Miami's Five Best Punk Record Labels of All Time

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The '80s and '90s were a fun time for punk rock in South Florida. And though there wasn't a major publishing house putting out every single local album recorded, we were fortunate enough to have 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 help ensure that at least a handful of their product would sell.

So in the spirit of record hunting, crate crashing, and rediscovering music, here are Miami's five best punk record labels of all time.

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

Courtesy of Jellyfish Brothers
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

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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.

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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.

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Deeno, John Lewis the Fifth Rep West Kendall: "Just Like the Inner City, Drugs and Violence"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

"West of the City."

You've got to strive to survive on Kendall Drive just to stay alive.

More people live in the massive area known as Kendall than anywhere else in Miami-Dade County. And since the founding of Crazy Hood Productions over 20 years ago, it has been a home for real hip-hop.

Now two young artists, Deeno and John Lewis the Fifth, are keeping that rich tradition alive with their own sound and a new music video for the song "West of the City." Here's what the guys had to say about repping West Kendall, being Dominicans, the talent in their sector, and legalizing marijuana.

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Telescope Thieves Talks Quiet Hearts EP and 12-Hour Days: "I Worked to the Final Hour"


They say nothing worth having comes without hard work, and that's certainly true for Telescopic Thieves' Mario De Los Santos. Despite a ten-day (and counting) workday streak, he's forgoing sleep tonight to invade Slap & Tickle at Bardot and celebrate the release of his new four-song release, Quiet Hearts, on Space Tape Records.

It is one of those EPs that should make you proud of your city. That someone local is making something so soulful, deeply heartfelt, yet pleasantly danceable is something worth coming out to support. If De Los Santos can find time to write music this good during Heat game commercials, you can probably find the energy to attend his no-cover release party.

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Audio Junkie's Independence Bash: "Fun and Barbecue and Good Music"

Photo by Jesse Meadows/Courtesy of Audio Junkie

The Audio Junkie concept is simple: "a journal that captures a culture immersed and obsessed with audio."

But it's also complex enough to keep the project's masterminds, Greg and Eddy Alvarez, talking at the same time.

And when not finishing one another's statements, they tap into nearly identical sentiments, like twins.

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The Imperial: Former Stone Groove Weekly Open-Mic Night Lives On at The Stage Miami

Photo by Rod Deal

A few months ago, we got the heartbreaking news that one of Miami's most beloved nightclubs, The Vagabond, was no more.

The closing, which pretty much happened overnight, left downtown Miami's hipsters and cool cats looking for a new place to party.

Meanwhile, many people feared that the end of The Vagabond may also mean the end of Stone Groove, the club's long-running Tuesday-night open mic.

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Miami's 16 Best Latin Rock Bands of All Time

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While Miami's affinity for pure rock 'n' roll has fluctuated wildly since Hispanic immigration began in the '60s, the genre has still managed to thrive in the 305. As in all instances of assimilation, many first-generation Latinos rebelled against their parents and adopted the sounds of this new country.

In the '70s, though, an interest in their roots drove many burgeoning musicians to mix mom and dad's music with rock. It's been a sometimes erratic ride, musically, for the last 40-plus years, but Miami's remained at the forefront of the Latin rock in the United States. Though New York City and Los Angeles can also lay claim to leading the scene, Miami's proximity to the many varied sounds of the Caribbean and Hispanic diaspora has certainly kept her several strides ahead.

Here are Miami's 16 best Latin rock bands of all time.

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