Sweatstock 2014: "Old Friends, New Bands, an Awesome Time"

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Sweat out that sugar high with Sunbears.

When the average 21st-century music fan wakes up in the morning, he or she often turns on the smartphone and taps away into the digital life that we all now share, like, 18 hours a day. Free download after free download glides past our eyes as we swipe at touch screens, and enunciate for Siri, plugging in headphones, and turning off the world.

Now, that's all fine and good. But sometimes, an audio junkie needs something to hold, even hug. And of course, we're talking about vinyl, because Record Store Day is nearly here, and it's got us thinking about wax's constantly revolving place in our culture and society. Why is it important? And how can we celebrate it?

Among the answers: Sweatstock.

See also: Miami's Five Best Record Stores

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Miami's TestSure Helps Partiers Check the Purity of Their Molly, Cocaine, LSD

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Via justice.gov

Where's Molly?

Wrong question, party people.

It's a ridiculous myth that any drug purchased on the street advertised as "real molly" is ecstasy in its purest form. That tab's more likely to be some mystery pill that could kill you.

So follow the advice of Miami's TestSure and try asking: What's in this crap?

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The Sounds' Maja Ivarsson: "You Never Really Grow Up, Being in a Band"

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Winning over American crowds can sometimes be tough for foreign rock bands.

But Swedish group The Sounds has always enjoyed an easy, reciprocal relationship with U.S. fans.

"In Sweden, we have a little bit of a different crowd," lead singer Maja Ivarsson explains. "Over here in America, though, we've also had such a loyal and great fanbase for such a long time. We love America."

See also: Win Free Tickets for The Sounds at Grand Central Miami

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Flume's Harley Streten on Dance Music: "It's Like a Golden Age Right Now"

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If ever there was a poster child for the humble bedroom producer, it's Harley Streten.

Better known as Flume, he is the Austrialian wunderkind whose hypnotic blend of soulful pop and electronic dance music recently spread to all corners of the world, almost faster than you could've snidely said, "EDM." And he only just turned 22.

Uploading his musical visions onto the vast world wide web with the flick of his wrist and the tap of a button, Streten became an embodiment of what it means to make music in the Internet age.

But now, with practically a whole year of touring under his belt, he returns to Miami as a veteran of Winter Music Conference for the purpose of headlining his own night at Grand Central.

See also: Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs

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Dead Milkmen on Breakup, Reunion, a Lost Friend, and Prank Calls

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Photo by Nina Sabatino

When the Dead Milkmen decided to break up in 1994, it was a different era. Gimmicks like farewell tours were not a thing that bands like the Milkmen did.

Those guys were as sardonic a group of punk rockers as you could expect. They adopted ever-changing pseudonyms from album to album, and they played a fun little ditty called "Let's Get the Baby High."

Speaking from his Philadelphia home, guitarist and vocalist Joe Genaro, who back then went under the name "Butterfly Fairweather," now recalls the breakup with honest matter-of-factness. It was late 1993, and the band was taking a Christmas vacation between shows.

See also: Review & Photos: Dead Milkmen - Grand Central, Miami

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Space Between Words on the Miami Scene: "Live Music Has Always Been an Uphill Battle"

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Our city's subtropical club-goers have always loved the dance music. However, Space Between Words lead singer Steven Weingarth insists there's something rocking in Miami.

"Live music here has always been an uphill battle, but now there are genuine pockets that are blooming and flourishing."

Weingarth's band released one of the most dazzling local debuts of 2010 with And We All Follow The Sun, full of garage fuzz and psychedelic flourish. Since then, he and his mates have toured the country and released a well-received live follow-up.

One might think they would leave their home city behind for more traditional locales, but not so, says the frontman.

See also: Miami's Ten Heaviest Current Metal and Punk Bands

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Glitch Mob on DIY Electronic Music, Actually Playing Instruments: A Video Interview

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Photo by Neil Krug

The Glitch Mob isn't your average DJ group.

In fact, these guys don't usually DJ. They're one of those rare, talented acts who play electronic instruments. And they even help design those instruments, as well as the stage production behind their performances.

We've caught them in the act and we've been blown away. So we were stoked at the chance to chat with the Los Angeles-based Mob during the first day of Ultra Music Festival 2014.

The topics of conversation include the successful new album Love Death Immortality, their new stage design, and why ravers need to disconnect to connect.

See also: Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments

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Mobb Deep's Prodigy: "We've Seen Rappers Get Murdered, Locked Up ... We Still Here"

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It's been nearly two whole decades since Mobb Deep shook the rap world with the seminal album The Infamous.

Yet despite feuds, jail sentences, '90s-era violence, and ever-changing trends, the Queens, New York City duo remains as strong and relevant as ever. Today, crew members Havoc and Prodigy run their own label, Infamous Records, and they're set to release their first new album, the self-titled Mobb Deep, in eight years.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Infamous, this upcoming record comes packaged with a remastered version of the classic, as well as ten never-before-heard tracks. Havoc and Prodigy are also hitting the road and they've chosen to kick off the tour at Miami's Bardot.

See also: Top Ten Rap Felons: Shoot Outs, Beat Downs, and Face Eating

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Adventure Club on Who's a Screamer and Saying Fuck Cancer: A Video Interview

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Plenty of people were superpsyched to see Adventure Club's Christian Srigley and Leighton James perform at Ultra Music Festival 2014. These two Canadian guys are veterans of the EDM festival; they're so involved, they even did Ultra Korea.

Srigley and James were ready to rage on the stage when we caught up with them to discuss their cause of choice, Fuck Cancer, and being "pop-punk and proud." We also brought up the allegations against Steve Klein of New Found Glory which led to the age-old debate of which is worse: kiddie porn or peeing on people, a la R. Kelly.

Also, find out which of these handsome dudes is a screamer.

See also: Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments

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The Go-Go Dancers of Ultra Music Festival

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Photo by: George Martinez
From left to right: Jessie Wedell, C.J. Jones, and Kelli Rika

We've all seen them. They're gorgeous, perfectly unattainable beauties with grace, poise, and loads of talent.

They're the go-go dancers of Ultra Music Festival, and they're dressed in fantastic costumes, floating from the rafters, and charming the crowd from lofty pedestals flanked by fire and lasers.

But who are these women? Turns out, they're just like the rest of us -- except they're gorgeous and paid to dance at Ultra. We sat down with a few of the ladies from the main stage and Carl Cox mega-structure to pull back the veil of mystery by asking about their jobs, their day-to-day lives, and what kind of guys (or girls) they go for.

See also: The Virgins and Veterans of Ultra Music Festival: A Video Interview

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