III Points Festival 2014 Lineup Additions: RJD2, Bob Moses, DJ Tennis, Ten Others

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Rush for Wynwood like RJD2.

Three months till III Points.

For the second straight year, Wynwood's homegrown music, art, and technology festival will flood its native hood with stellar bands and solo acts, street artists and performance types, tech startups and hacktivists.

Obviously, though, we here at Crossfade are most hyped for the tuneage. So it's awesome news that the fest has just added RJD2, Bob Moses, DJ Tennis, and another ten acts to a musical roster that already boasts Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, and 66 others.

Check the cut for III Points' full second announcement lineup.

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Miami's Ten Best Uncategorizable Bands of All Time

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Rat Bastard: Totally uncategorizable.

South Florida has long been a creative refuge for varied musical genres that have grown with little outside influence and a decidedly Floridian twist. This can be seen in our punk rock, metal, rap, and jazz.

Another of the better aspects of Miami's music scene has always been the relative freedom with which musicians of different genres will share a bill. Anyone remember that time the Crumbs split a night with drum 'n' bass artist Egg Foo Young?

If this town had the nation's ear like New York City or Los Angeles, these ten best uncategorizable bands would've been household names by now.

See also: Miami's Five Best Punk Record Labels of All Time

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Y Diz: "Miami's Scene Is Popping Right Now"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A


If you've been to a recent local show in the 305, then chances are you've run into Y Diz.

Whether performing or just hanging out in the crowd, he can be seen around Miami's clubs, rocking his signature long hair and viking-like beard.

Having worked with artists like Afrobeta, Cornerstoners, and Galactic Effect, he has certainly earned his stripes on Miami's music scene. But his main focus remains leading the team of intergalactic superheroes known as Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions.

We caught up with Y Diz before he left on a three-week musical journey across America's Atlantic Coast with Telekinetic Walrus. The topics of conversation included his kooky name, music and mathematics, and his plans for the future.

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

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Overtown Music & Arts Festival: "This Big Annual Event Will Expand Like Calle Ocho"

Meet Keke Wyatt at the Overtown fest.

Among the great American capitals of black culture, the Magic City has always been a beacon of music, art, and hope.

But you wouldn't necessarily know it by consulting most of the supposed scholars on the subject. They'll talk for hours about Chicago blues, New Orleans jazz, the Harlem Renaissance, and so-called "L.A. race music," but Miami has largely been left out of that national conversation.

Thankfully, the Overtown Music & Arts Festival will pay homage to that rich, too-often untold legacy.

See also: Raheem DeVaughn on R&B in 2014: "It's Up to Us to Keep It Alive and Fresh"

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Slap & Tickle Afterhours Takes Over E11even, Miami's Fanciest Strip Club

Courtesy of Slap & Tickle

Miami's underground house scene has a new home, though it may not be what you'd expect.

Imagine sipping cocktails while grooving to a three-hour DJ set on a ritzy rooftop, looking out over the heart of downtown Miami while catching the sunrise on a Sunday morning.

Of course, we're talking about Slap & Tickle Afterhours at our city's fanciest strip club, E11even.

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Miami's Five Best Punk Record Labels of All Time

Categories: Lists, Local Music


The '80s and '90s were a fun time for punk rock in South Florida and while there wasn't a large house putting out every single punk rock record that was recorded, there were a few individuals who took it upon themselves to scrounge up some dough, enter into dubious arrangements with bands and recording studios, and buy adverts in fanzines across the U.S. to ensure a handful of copies of their product would sell.

There are plenty of circumstances like that and we will try to pay respect and stir up a little interest in them in the spirit of record hunting and rediscovering music. Unlike other lists, where we never seem to please everyone, here we encourage your comments and leads below. Reminiscing about the early days of this great scene is a two-way street here at Crossfade.

See also: Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time

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Cheap Miami and the Magic of Cassettes: "Fans Feel Part of Something Sacred, Underground"

Cheap Miami's Patrick Garcia and Michelle Grand.

Who said cassettes were dead?

Definitely not Patrick Garcia and Michelle Grand, founders and owners of Miami-based record label Cheap Miami.

"We started Cheap Miami around two years ago in the summer," says Garcia. "I envisioned it as a small project. I was looking to work with bands that I liked, local projects. The funny thing is that the first two bands we released through Cheap Miami were totally not local. One was from France and the other one was from South Africa."

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Audio Junkie's Independence Bash 2014 Lineup and Set Times

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The Jellyfish Brothers wearing the face of America's spirit animal in honor of Independence Day.

Hark! What's up with that ear-shredding distortion and the scream of a thousand bald eagles?

It's America's birthday. And though sexy, expensive pool parties are a thing that could be done in Miami on this glorious Fourth of July ...

Well, we here at Crossfade would also suggest Audio Junkie's third annual Independence Bash, AKA three whole days of "fun and barbecue and good music" for free.

From the Jellyfish Brothers to Rat Bastard, Holly Hunt, 60 other bands, and a dozen vendors ... Just check the cut for the full lineup and set times.

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Miami's Five Best Open Mic Nights

Categories: Lists, Local Music

Photo by Tovin Lapan

Don't sweat it. Just let loose, grab that microphone, and do your thing. 

Open-mic nights are the missing link between the karaoke bar and throwing your own concert. They're a place to pour your heart out to complete strangers. A place where first timers and old timers share the stage.

Are you a poet, and you just don't know it? Do you spit rhymes? Can you make the guitar cry? Do you secretly have the voice of an angel? 

Here are Miami's five best open-mic nights.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Underground Rock Venues of All Time

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The Neighbours, New Weekly Party at Electric Pickle: "Summer Vibes and Feel-Good Songs"

J. Rocc Headlines The Neighbours this weekend.

Miami's Champion Sound and Soul Amazing are here to remind us that the 305 moves to more than SoBe's commercial EDM beats. Our city's scenesters bump it to alternative hip-hop, leftfield disco, and future bass too. And what better place for a local sonic smorgasbord than Wynwood underground dance music emporium the Electric Pickle?

The Neighbors, a new Saturday-night party from DJ Sire's Champion Sound and Methods' Soul Amazing, has already staked its place as one of the venue's weekly musts, thanks to expertly curated tuneage from both residents and special guests.

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

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