Miami's Space Tapes Record Label Launches: "We Want Different, Cool, Creative"

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Miami's newest record label, Space Tapes, is set to launch.

Founded by three of the creative minds -- David Sinopoli, Jason Odio, and N.E.R.D.'s Shay Haley -- behind many of the Miami music scene's most interesting recent goings-on, Space Tapes seeks to help build a better infrastructure for the 305's emerging artists.

"It's crazy how much talent is coming out of Miami right now," Odio notes. "There's really no platform in the city that embraces that talent."

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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.

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Nino Brown on Jesus Christ: "He Got a Little Gangsta in Him"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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Before Cash Money Records, there were the Cash Money Brothers, a group of fictional New York City drug dealers whose criminal ascension during the '80s crack epidemic was masterminded by their leader, Nino Brown.

The New Jack City character, played by Wesley Snipes, has become an iconic rags-to-riches story in hip-hop culture, much like that of Al Pacino's Tony Montana.

More than 20 years later and over 1,000 miles from New York, DJ Khaled's We the Best have found their own Nino Brown.

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Miami's Five Best Record Stores

Categories: Lists, Local Music

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There was a time when the cynics believed that record stores were doomed to go the way of Blockbuster video rental joints: abandoned and forgotten by the masses who once flocked to their doors.

But the resurging popularity of vinyl has created a new niche market in which local music shops can thrive. And here in Miami, we still have enough record stores, despite the loss of many old favorites, to satisfy even the pickiest of record nerds.

Whether on the prowl for vintage LPs or new releases, it's all about knowing where to look. So in the hope of helping the wax-diggers out, we here at Crossfade have put together this list of Miami's five best record stores.

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Telekinetic Walrus: "It Can't Be All About LIV and Mansion, There's a Local Music Scene Too"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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In a galaxy not so far away, Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions is captivating audiences with a fusion of electronic booty-bouncing hip-hop and fantastic folk.

After a two-year hiatus spent recording music and building the Walrus Cave, this team of intergalactic superheroes returned to the Miami music scene in December 2013 with the release of its fourth musical installment, The Believers of The Flying Squirrel.

Now Telekinetic Walrus is back with another new record, The Instrumental Adventures of Faun 5000, King of Faunzellia. So we here at Crossfade took a trip to the Cave for a conversation about the band's hiatus, blueberry pancakes and Miami's ever-expanding music scene.

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Afrobeta on Miami Crowds: "Rude as F@#% ... But Nobody Dances Better"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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Two years after the release of their last mixtape, Wig Party, Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio of Miami indie-dance sensation Afobeta are eager to unleash some new music on the world. But even though they've been recently performing new material at shows, an official EP or full-length release appears unlikely for the time being.

To help put pressure on our favorite electro-pop duo, we here at Crossfade caught up with Cuci and Tony to chat about upcoming projects, the Miami music scene, and the future of Afrobeta.

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Trick Daddy Arrested for Gun Possession, Suspended License, and Cocaine

Categories: Local Music, News

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Courtesy of Broward Sherriff's Office

Loaded gun. Suspended driver's license. Cocaine.

Yesterday morning, Trick Daddy (government name Maurice Young) was stopped by members of the Broward County Drug Task Force while leaving his home in Miramar.

According to the arrest report, the 39-year-old lupus-afflicted rapper was behind the wheel without proper certification. So police requested a search warrant, eventually finding a weapon stashed in the bedroom and narcotics on the nightstand.

The charges: Possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon, possession of cocaine, and driving with a suspended license.

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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.

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The Flick Coffeehouse's 50th Anniversary - Coral Gables

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Alisa B. Cherry
Reunited and it felt so good

The Flick's 50th Anniversary and Benefit for the Dolphin's Project
Titanic Restaurant & Brewery, Coral Gables
Friday, March 28, 2014

It was a night of music, memories and nostalgia. Fifty years since the Flick opened its doors across the street from the University of Miami, many of the patrons and performers who once frequented those unassuming environs gathered to remember the club's glory days and share their reflections on a place that once ranked among the best folk venues the country. By the mid '70s, its doors were closed, only to be replaced by the Titanic Restaurant & Brewery which occupies the location now, but this past weekend, the sounds celebrated by an earlier generation of Miami musicians came to life once again.

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Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

Categories: Lists, Local Music

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Murk's Oscar G, a true Miami house OG.

The 305 helped invent modern dance music.

In the late 1970s, Henry Stone's TK Records, headquartered in Hialeah, pumped out disco hit after disco hit from KC and the Sunshine Band, even introducing the word booty into the pop lexicon.

Today, Miami party music is still making asses shake. And the local electronic scene is booming, with old-school DJs, barely-legal producers, and longtime label heads reppin' that MIA sound and stepping up as ambassadors for their city.

In 2014, there's been a Grammy, a solid showing of Miami acts at Ultra Music Festival, and lots of gritty 305 shit going down during Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week.

To commemorate all that booty bouncin' and head noddin', here are Miami's 25 best electronic music acts.

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