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

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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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Miami's Ten Best Punk Guitarists of All Time

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The man, the punk, the legend -- Charlie Pickett.

Who shreds best?

We here at Crossfade have witnessed oh so many of Miami's punk guitarists. And today's list focuses on those ax-wielding individuals who've moved us the most with their fret-working powers.

Soon, we'll post another list in honor of the best lead/rhythm combos that the 305 has ever bred. And trust us, some old names will be repeated alongside some new ones.

But for now, here are the ten punkers who did/are doing some of the MIA's better twanging.

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

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Railroad Blues Opening in Downtown Miami: "There's Not Gonna Be Any Shit Music"


Every serious music lover dreams of opening a live-music bar.

The chance to program and design your own venue, every week, six days out of seven, is the life. Sure, it can be tough, but fellow fans will recognize the quality and appreciate your vision.

That's what Steam Miami owner Russ Bruce is betting on with Railroad Blues, a new NE 14th Street speakeasy-style venue and drinking spot, celebrating its no-charge soft opening this weekend.

C'mon, the first one is always free.

See also: Steam Miami: A Photo Tour of Downtown's First Interactive Nightclub

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GTA's Van Toth and JWLS Talk Success: "It's Crazy, and It Keeps Getting Crazier"

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GTA's Van Toth and JWLS: All gold everything.

A lot has changed for the boys of GTA. They're no longer Miami's most promising upstarts but internationally known DJ-producers. They've opened for Rihanna's world tour, played nearly every major music festival in the United States, and relocated to the West Coast.

But even though JWLS (AKA Julio Mejia) and Van Toth (AKA Matt Toth) may have become almost famous and moved to Los Angeles, they're still the same old subtropical dudes screamin' "Death to genres!"

We here at Crossfade recently spoke with the GTA bros about how far they've come and why it's so important to kick off their new cross-country party series, Good Times Ahead, in the MIA.

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

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Wood Tavern Owner's Bizerq Breathes New Life Into Former Soho Lounge Space

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Bizerq and Wood Tavern owner Cesar Morales.

Walking up the familiar stairwell of what was once Soho Lounge, there are now the sounds of hammers and electrical saws. Reaching the building's second level, it looks like Bizerq -- the newest nightclub in mainland Miami -- has a long way to go.

To say the space is in the white box stage would be generous. There's exposed framing, plumbing, and wiring everywhere. The concrete floors are cracked, making it a precarious journey as the tour continues.

But in two weeks time, according to Cesar Morales, the 36-year-old proprietor of Wood Tavern, the venue will be ready.

See also: Wood Tavern Owner Cesar Morales Leases Former Soho Lounge Space in Design District

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Gloria Estefan's On Your Feet! Musical Auditioning at the Arsht Center in Miami

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Show Gloria you've got what it takes to be her.

Ever wanted to become the next Gloria or Emilio Estefan and share the story of Miami's favorite power couple through song, music, and dance under the shiny lights of Broadway?

If so, you had better get On Your Feet! and head out to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on September 21 for Miami's open casting call.

See also: Gloria Estefan Preps Autobiographical Broadway Show, On Your Feet! for 2015

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DJ Laz Returns to Miami Radio on Hits 97.3

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Sir Michael Rocks Gets All "Respect Nature" and "Be Yourself" on Debut Solo Album Banco


You can't buy an all-over Nascar t-shirt with a picture of Chief Keef talking into a fat stack of Benjamins like it's a cellphone, but you might see one on Sir Michael Rocks as he rolls through Kendall.

The Chicago-bred rapper made the shirt himself, and he did actually sell a few through his apparel site, Exotic Gourmet. Unfortunately, Chief Keef is no longer available, but you can get shirts covered in video game controllers, old Nickelodeon cartoon logos, or one with Ekans and baseball bats.

Some people might find his style a bit odd, but Sir Michael Rocks doesn't care anymore.

See also: Sir Michael Rocks Filmed "F&%k SeaWorld" Music Video at Miami Seaquarium

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Seven Years of Safe Miami: "Leading People Who Trust Us Into the Unknown"


Miami's underground dance music scene owes many hard-working local promotions visionaries, many of which have come and gone. But one crew that has stood the test of time, while standing out for its bold, forward-thinking musical programming, is SAFE.

Since launching in 2006, these trailblazing tastemakers have introduced Miami to many of electronic dance music's great iconoclastic luminaries, including DJ Sprinkles, Optimo, Ben UFO, Martyn, and Joy Orbison. Put simply, SAFE parties are more than mere dance floor hedonism -- they offer a musical education.

Ahead of the crew's seventh anniversary celebration at Electric Pickle with DJ Sprinkles on Friday, Crossfade caught up with SAFE's Diego Martinelli to chat about SAFE's evolution and seven essential records.

See also: Safe's Diego Martinelli on the State of Dance Music: "This EDM Thing, It's Atrocious"

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