Brazilian Girls - Ball & Chain, Miami

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Brazilian Girls' Sabina Sciubba: "Scream it loud!"

Brazilian Girls
With Eons and the Hongs
Ball & Chain, Miami
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Better Than: Any band featuring Gisele, Sônia Braga, or even Carmen Miranda.

Walking into the new Ball & Chain bar, it was a little jarring to see a packed room staring at a three-piece jazz band.

Were we late? And where was NYC electro-pop outfit Brazilian Girls? The party already seemed to be in full effect.

As we discovered, this was the no-cover zone. And out back on the outdoor patio, the dancey, punky main event awaited.

See also: Brazilian Girls on New Album After Six-Year Hiatus: "This Could Be Our Best Record"

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Interpol and Hundred Waters - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Interpol's Paul Banks, crooning and brooding on South Beach.

With Hundred Waters
Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Venture onto South Beach on any given Saturday night and you'll likely find a gridlocked mess of sports cars and tourists blocking streets, parking spots, and doorways.

Add the South Florida Auto Show to the mix... and you're in for quite a rough ride.

Luckily, Interpol fans tend to be very polite.

See also: Interpol's Sam Fogarino: "Miami Is Where I Learned How to Do What I Do"

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Sidebar: A Photo Tour of Brickell's New Favorite Hangout

Categories: Nightlife, Photos

Photo by Jose D. Duran
Sidebar in Brickell might be your new favorite hangout.

Tucked away beside I-95, Sidebar promises to be a haven for those who think nightlife hoods like Wynwood and downtown have seen better days.

But Brickell? Yes, places like Kukaramakara, Fifty, and Blue Martini already exist in the area, but they tend to serve the occasional weekend warrior who needs to blow off some steam after a long work week.

Sidebar is more akin to nearby joints like Blackbird Ordinary and the now-defunct (temporarily?) Tobacco Road, in that this is more of a neighborhood watering hole meets music venue. And walking through the space, it has an aesthetic that you see more often in neighborhoods like Wynwood and Park West. (One that you might see popping up more often around western Brickell and eastern Little Havana as creatives flee looking for cheaper rent.)

See also: Sidebar Opening in Former PAX Space

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Marnie Stern and Brooklyn Brewery With Killmama and Kazoots - Gramps, Wynwood

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Marnie Stern
With Killmama and Kazoots
Presented by Brooklyn Brewery's Mash 2014
Gramps, Wynwood
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sure, it was a downright brisk November night, and many of us were undoubtedly still feeling the burn from spooking up the city on Halloween.

But that wasn't going to stop the denizens of Wynwood and rock enthusiasts of all stripes from coming out to see the esteemed Marnie Stern grace the stage at local hangout Gramps.

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Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias With J Balvin - American Airlines Arena, Miami

Photo by Sayre Berman
Check out Crossfade's full 40-photo slideshow from Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull in Miami.

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
With J Balvin and the Jump Smokers
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Sunday, October 26, 2014

Better Than: Staying home "Bailando" to YouTube videos and listening to your drunk friend talk shit.

When Enrique Iglesias chatted with Crossfade earlier this month, el cantante warned, "Prepárate for 'party time!'"

The Sex and Love playboy may have been joking... pero, bro, was he right.

Last night, the American Airlines Arena turned into the biggest block party in downtown MIA when the Spanish heartthrob, Pitbull, J Balvin, and the Jump Smokers got lose for a sold-out crowd of sugar daddies with hot mamis, bros in snapbacks, MILFs, and abuelas.

See also: Enrique Iglesias: "When I'm Up Onstage, I'm the Happiest Guy in the World"

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Tobacco Road's Last Call Ever: Closing Night at Miami's Oldest Bar

Categories: Photos, Recap

Photo by Alex Markow
A century-old bar and the $1.05 billion development that's about to destroy it. Check out Crossfade's full 59-photo Tobacco Road's Last Call Closing Party slideshow.

It was midnight. Just hours till Tobacco Road's last call ever.

After almost 102 years, 626 S. Miami Avenue's final beer and a shot would be served at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning.

But like the Road's owner Pat Gleber said: "That's only officially. We have to stop selling. But we can still serve. And then the real party's gonna get going."

See also: Tobacco Road: A Seven-Part, 102-Year History

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Iggy Pop and Sailor Jerry's Flash Collection Clothing Line Launch Party in Miami

Categories: Photos, Recap

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Check out Crossfade's full 67-photo Iggy Pop The Flash Collection Launch Party slideshow.

Iggy Pop isn't a big fan of shirts.

For casual hangouts, he arrives totally topless.

On dressier occasions, the 67-year-old Godfather of Punk prefers a nice suit jacket over an unbuttoned blouse, flying open to reveal his rippled, bronzed torso.

But what about those semiformal affairs, like last night's launch of Mr. Pop's clothing line for Sailor Jerry's Flash Collection? Well, only a sleeveless denim garment will do.

See also: Iggy Pop, Usually Shirtless, Designs Clothing Line

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Diddy on Success and the Music Industry: "Nobody Is Going to Give You Nothing"

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Check out Crossfade's 71-photo slideshow from Revolt Music Conference 2014.

If you had the chance to ask Diddy any question, what would it be?

To be honest, we used to think Diddy was a kook. He seemed so wacky, so flashy, and so demanding on Making the Band. Then we heard him speak at this past weekend's Revolt Music Conference, and we realized this guy is where he is today because he is honest, focused, and real.

The man born Sean Combs dropped knowledge during the #AskDiddy Q&A panel. And we've collected his best quotes, from passing out mixtapes to beefs with Suge Knight.

See also: Russell Simmons at Revolt Music Conference: "The Idea of 'I'm Going to Sell a Million Records' Is Almost a Fantasy"

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Russell Simmons: "The Idea of 'I'm Going to Sell a Million Records' Is Almost a Fantasy"

Photo by Eitan Miskevich
Check out Crossfade's 71-photo slideshow from Revolt Music Conference 2014.

If you're going to take advice from anyone, Russell Simmons isn't a bad mentor. He started a media empire out of his college dorm. He's easily responsible for more than half of the hip-hop classics you've enjoyed in your lifetime, not to mention tons of television and movies you've loved.

Maybe you've also browsed the Def Jam mogul's Twitter page and noticed he's got a real Buddha energy going on about him. He's even written a few books about finding "success through stillness." And he shared some of that Zen insight and other secrets during his breakfast Q&A at the inaugural Revolt Music Conference this weekend.

See also: Diddy at Revolt Music Conference: "Nobody Is Going to Give You Nothing"

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Porter Robinson's Worlds Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Check out Crossfade's full 43-photo slideshow from Porter Robinson at Fillmore Miami Beach.

Porter Robinson Worlds Tour
With Giraffage and Lemaitre
Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, October 17, 2014

Better Than: The hazing we went through growing up because we liked Sailor Moon and Mario Bros. more than whatever it is "cool" kids do.

"Say my name and you can say it with honor."

We'd guess whenever Porter Robinson heard his name ring through his middle-school halls, it wasn't toned with regal regard.

It's nearly scientific fact that nerds and geeks grow up to be the coolest adults, and by the time that 22-year-old Robinson got to his breakout hit, "Say My Name," about midway through the final North American performance of his game-changing Worlds Tour, we'd decided he was on par with his idols Justice and Daft Punk in delivering one of the greatest dance music performances we've ever seen.

See Also: Porter Robinson on Debut Album, Worlds, and Outgrowing "the DJ Thing"

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