Sweatstock 2014 and Record Store Day in Miami

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Photo by Monica McGivern
Check out Crossfade's full 97-photo slideshow of Sweatstock 2014.

Sweatstock 2014
Sweat Records and Churchill's Pub, Miami
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Once again, Sweatstock showed Miami how to truly celebrate Record Store Day -- with free ice cream, good people, and great bands. Oh yeah, and tons of records.

For its fifth annual anniversary party and RSD blowout, Sweat Records was filled to the brim with vinyl enthusiasts while live-music fanatics clustered around the outdoor and indoor stages that'd be showcasing local and out-of-town talent, all day and all night.

Everyone's ears are still ringing. And their heads are still spinning too.

See also: Miami's Five Best Record Stores

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The Sounds - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Javier Ghoghos

The Sounds
With Blondfire and Ghost Beach
Grand Central
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bringing the spirit of rock 'n' roll to the stage is easier said than done.

For a band like Sweden's The Sounds, however, it's an art that seems to come naturally, as they circle the globe, making dance floors tremble from continent to continent.

See also: The Sounds' Maja Ivarsson: "You Never Really Grow Up, Being in a Band"

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Wanee 2014: Allman Brothers, Mushrooms, and Moonshine, a Recap From Juke's Eric Garcia

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Photo by Eric Garcia

So here we go again.

My band, Juke, was asked to play the Wanee Festival for the third year in a row. We made the seven-hour trek to the 580-acre Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, and I was stoked.

This year was to be the Allman Brothers last show. Also on the bill: Chris Robinson, Ziggy Marley, Derek Trucks, tons of music royalty ... And 25,000 people in the middle of nowhere can't be wrong, can they?

See also: Allman Brothers on Final Tour: "We Don't Want to Turn Into a Nostalgia Act"

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Dead Milkmen - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by teajayphoto

Dead Milkmen
With Humbert and Sandratz
Grand Central, Miami
Friday, April 11, 2014

While it can be difficult to watch certain punk outfits age (and settle into the awkward complacency that has plagued so many legendary bands in recent years), the brand of punk peddled by Philadelphia's Dead Milkmen -- rendered with snarky, subtle intellect, rather than brute force -- still sounds great after 30 years.

The Milkmen returned from hiatus in 2008 with as close to an original lineup as possible following the tragic loss of bassist Dave "Blood" Schulthise, and have since released new material and even occasionally played live shows.

Right now, the band's in the midst of a spring tour. (Well, if you can call three total dates a tour.) And over the weekend, Miami was fortunate enough to receive the Milkmen at Grand Central. They brought out the punk rock girls and boys for a night of singing and slamming to the classics, as well as some unexpected new jams.

See also: Dead Milkmen: "We're Not Much More Politically Correct Than We Used to Be"


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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.

See also: Interviews: The Flick, Miami's Legendary Music Club and Coffeehouse Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

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50 Things You See at Ultra Music Festival

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Photo by George Martinez
50. Girl-friendly PDA. (That's for the "L" in PLUR.)

If you've got ears, Ultra Music Festival is a pretty fun time.

But if you've also got eyes, it's amaaaaaaaaazing.

Basically, this sprawling EDM fest is a phantasmagoric fun parade starring famous people, nearly naked ladies, the beefiest of beefcakes, the kandiest of ravers, and the most ridiculously costumed of party people -- all spazzing out to uhntz-uhntz amid an LED landscape that's exploding with fireworks, lasers, pyro, kryo, and confetti.

Look, gawk, or leer... Here are 50 things you see at Ultra Music Festival.

See also: Ultra 2014 Superlatives: Grumpiest Cat, Most Revealing Raver, and More!

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Ultra 2014: Chance the Rapper, Riff Raff, Pusha T, Dizzee Rascal

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Photo by George Martinez

Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival have always been the place where new dance music records, artists, and genres are broken and made.

If your track catches fire at Ultra, you're guaranteed to have the best year of your career so far. Play your cards right, and you'll definitely get that invite to play the next time around.

This year, we heard nary a new summer anthem, nor an oh-my-god-you-had-to-see-it set. Most DJs played it safe with last year's house and trap anthems, rather than revealing any killer new tunes. It felt like 2013 all over again.

If anything was to be learned from this UMF, it's that hip-hop is coming back in a big way. For the first time ever, Ultra had five rappers on the bill -- six if you count M.I.A. -- and though relegated to the live stage, they were some of Ultra 2014's most interesting and exciting sets.

See also: Ultra 2014: Deadmau5 Subs for Avicii, Plays "Levels," Pisses Off Tiesto for Being "Sarcastic"

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Ultra 2014's Top 20 Raver Looks

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez
Check out Crossfade's 57-photo slideshow of "The Fashion at Ultra Music Festival 2014."

Beats, beauties, bass, booties, brawn, bras, and some valuable life experience. That's what it takes to make an Ultra Music Festival, as far as a fashionista is concerned.

You've never seen anything like the get-ups these people wear for their get-down. Luckily, you don't need to go to Ultra to enjoy the sights. (The sounds we can't help you with.)

Here are Ultra 2014's top 20 raver looks.

See also: Ultra Ravers Answer: What's in Your Fanny Pack?

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Ultra 2014: M.I.A., MGMT, Basement Jaxx

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Photo by George Martinez
M.I.A. at Ultra 2014.

Much like the actual weather in this era of global warming, the emotional climate at Ultra Music Festival's live stage is wildly unpredictable.

The fans might love it. They might hate it. It's always tough to predict. But the fervor and size of the audience often mirrors the enthusiasm, though not always the craft, of the performers. That's about our only forecasting technique.

Last night's opening Ultra 2014 live stage bill boasted some of the fest's heaviest hitters, including Basement Jaxx, M.I.A., and MGMT. And just in that order, from most enthralling to most likely to chill-you-the-fuck-out, the three acts impressed.

See also: Ultra 2014's Top Ten Fashion Trends: Unicorns, Muscles, and More!

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Steve Angello & Size Records' #Decade Party - RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, Miami

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Photo by Yesenia Hernandez
Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.

Steve Angello and Size Records' #Decade
RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, Miami
Thursday, March 27, 2012

Size Records is ten years old. And for its tin anniversary, former Swedish House Mafia member and label boss Steve Angello did what any dance music powerhouse might do -- throw a fuckin' rager in Miami.

But this just wasn't any silly party at some hotel or nightclub. Instead, Angello took over one of the city's most iconic landmarks, the long-abandoned RC Cola Plant, which is sort of Miami's answer to New York's now-gone 5 Pointz. It's a setting that you could see being regularly used for raves in a more anything-goes city like Berlin.

And while a bill that included Angello, Thomas Gold, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, AN21 & Max Vangeli, and more is nothing to scoff at, as a Miamian, I was excited to finally get inside this usually off-limits Wynwood locale.

See also: Skrillex' Good Times With Chance the Rapper, Zeds Dead, Ten Others - Wynwood, Miami

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