Guitars Over Guns' Louis Salgar Award: "He Elevated the Lives of the People Around Him"

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The much-missed Louis Salgar.

On the afternoon of Monday, June 23, 2014, Louis Salgar was shot and killed in his own home after interrupting a home invader during the commission of a robbery.

The confessed murderer is Raul Reinosa, an ex-convict and drug addict, who used a gun found at Salgar's residence to commit this shocking, senseless crime.

But Louis wasn't just a victim. He was also a son, brother, friend, bandmate, barmate. He played in a number of local punk bands. He poured drinks at Gramps and the Broken Shaker. He was loved. He is loved.

And now he will be remembered, every year, with the Guitars Over Guns' Louis Salgar GOGO Legacy Award.

See also: Louis Salgar Murder: Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Miami Musician and Bartender

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Rick Ross' #RossFit Program: How to Lose 100 Pounds Like the Bawse

Categories: Lists, Local Music

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We used to lovingly refer to Rick Ross as the "Fat Boy," but it must have been getting under his skin.

He's embarked on a tireless mission to get back in shape, and he's made the effort public by using the hashtag #RossFit, snapping pics along the way, and even including his exercise regimen in his latest music video, "Drug Dealer's Dream."

Big homie may be the Bawse of Wing Stop, but he's taking his health seriously. The rapper's already lost a reported 100 pounds, and that's just the beginning. So how can you get #RossFit? Just check this guide and get to steppin'. (But never on your keys, of course.)

See also: In Defense of Rick Ross

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2 Live Crew's Brother Marquis on New Album, Turn Me On, and Three Decades of Dirty Rap

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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The 2 Live Crew, back in the day.

Brother Marquis was 19 years old when he joined 2 Live Crew and started recording some of the most famous dirty raps that the world has ever known.

He was born in New York, moved to L.A. at 14, and flew straight to Miami when the Crew needed an extra rapper.

Nearly 30 years later, he's been to the Supreme Court, and fought and won to preserve the right for every American to record and sell songs like "We Want Some Pussy." Now Marquis and Fresh Kid Ice have an amazing new 2 Live Crew album, Turn Me On, with production by Pretty Tony and Mannie Fresh, not to mention features from Trick Daddy, Trina, Too $hort, E-40, and Insane Clown Posse.

Here's what Brother Marquis has to say about wild shows, his first Spanish girl, and how he came up with his lyrics.

See also: Miami Booty Bass: Ten Best Acts of All Time

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Cris Cab on Where I Belong: "Great Albums Tell a Story, and That's What I Wanted to Do"

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Most 21 year olds don't spend their days traveling around the world, performing their songs for crowds of adoring fans while collaborating with some of the biggest names in the music industry. 

But Cris Cab is not most 21 year olds.

Thanks to a combination of hard work, determination, talent, and luck, he linked up with singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, musician, and fashion designer Pharrell Williams. 

The Grammy winner took Cab under his wing and exposed him to a world of superstars before young Cris was even out of high school.

Now this 21 year old is getting ready to release his debut album, Where I Belong. So we here at Crossfade caught up with him to get the story behind this first full-length record.

See also: Miami's Cris Cab on Pharrell: "I Couldn't Ask for a Better Mentor"

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Uchi's Cyborgs Party at Electric Pickle: "Bring Your Own Laser Beams"

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Cyborgs can be sexy too.

Dress-up is officially cool again. So is being a sci-fi geek.

In our opinion, that stuff never went out of style. But even if you're not a nerd for robots, the latest nightlife endeavor from sexy, dark DJ Uchi will get you bleepin' and bloopin' like a vintage automaton on the fritz.

It's called Cyborgs. And it's good, old-fashioned fun meets space-age house and techno.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Female DJs

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35 Years of Churchill's Fest: "A Celebration of the Old, the New, and the Future"

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Here's to another 35 at Churchill's Pub.

The year was 1979. The Clash kicked off its first American tour, AC/DC released Highway to Hell, and Churchill's Pub opened its doors for the first time.

While the Clash called it quits and the AC/DC dudes have long passed their glory days, Little Haiti's live music gem, in spite of recent changes in ownership, is still thriving.

"The only thing that's really changed is we're more structured," insists Nayra Serrano, Churchill's current booking manager and the woman behind Idle Hands Productions.

"It's cleaner now, but that feeling of that diamond-in-the-rough place, that welcoming vibe, it's still there."

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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Amos Larkins II on Learning the Music Biz by Breaking Into TK Records' Studio

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Amos Larkins II playing bass in the Sunnyview Records studio.

"Bass Rock Express" was the first international Miami bass hit, and it opened the floodgates for the rush of quad-heavy records that followed.

The song was produced, engineered, arranged, and vocalized by Amos Larkins II for MC ADE, and executive produced by William "Billy" Hines on 4-Sight Records in 1985. Amos produced it under the pseudonym Leon Green to mask his identity from radio program directors who saw his credits on too many slabs to put on the air. By then, he was already an established regional hitmaker.

But his start in the record business came between stacks of Blowfly's nudie magazines at the TK Records Hialeah compound. Here's what Larkins himself has to say about his earliest days in the industry.

See also: Amos Larkins II on Miami Bass, "Ghetto Jump," and Who Left Luke's Name Off the Sunnyview Label

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Blurr Weekly Brings Rock and Cheap Drinks to Wynwood's Brick House: "There's Been a Void"

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Burn down the disco, hang the blessed DJ.

For too long, all of those classic indie, Brit pop, post-punk tunes, from the Smiths to the Kinks to the Strokes, has been conspicuously absent from the downtown Miami soundtrack.

"Not a lot of bars are playing this stuff that we all used to dance to. There's kind of been a void, especially with the Vagabond gone," says Super Market Creative head Michelle Leshem. "We thought this is definitely something that can fill that void."

See also: Brick House, "Drinking Den and Music Venue," Opens in Wynwood

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Lil Debbie's Crew Attacks, Punches Otto Von Schirach at Downtown Miami's The Nest

Categories: Local Music, News

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Lil Debbie at the Nest, just before her crew's confrontation with Otto Von Schirach.

Beefs ain't what they used to be, and the world of hip-hop is honestly better for it.

But over the weekend, one California rapper was happy to have a war of words over social media -- and let some fists fly -- with one of Miami's local legends.

At the Nest, Lil Debbie and her entourage put a beatdown on hometown music man Otto Von Schirach when the latter jumped on the stage during her recent performance. What's less clear is why the fight went down.

See Also: Review & Photos: Lil Debbie and Otto Von Schirach - The Nest, Miami

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Miami's Anjuli Stars on VH1's The Linda Perry Project: "Nothing Was Fabricated"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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Anjuli Stars has a voice that could make the devil change his ways, the sun shine brighter rays, and the ocean calm its waves.

She's a rapper, a singer, and a business woman reppin' West Kendall to the fullest who has taken the sounds of The Hammocks to the world on tracks with Pitbull, Scott Storch, and now Linda Perry.

Perry, the songwriter behind Christina Aguilera's hit "Beautiful," picked up Anjuli for a VH1 show, The Linda Perry Project, seeking to sign the next great artist for her Custard Records label. Here's what Ms. Stars had to say about TV drama, freestyle rapping, and aggressive criticism.

See also: Ten Best Female Rappers Ever

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