Seth Troxler Heated Up the Terrace of Love on Valentine's Day at Space Miami

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Check out New Times' full 42-photo slideshow from Seth Troxler at Space.

Seth Troxler peddles the kind of funky, minimal, beat-driven music that one would expect from a man who's admitted that "Richie Hawtin is my favorite DJ."

The producer, originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, honed his sound while throwing techno parties in Detroit, and later moved to Berlin, where he's continue his tech-house odyssey.

But on Valentine's Day, this world-traveled dance music star (who sometimes appears fully nude for festival promos) brought his Terrace of Love party to Space Miami. And it was a late night for the lovers of the Magic City.

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J Dilla Day Weekend 2015's Birthday BBQ - Wynwood, Miami

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Check out New Times' 48-photo J Dilla Birthday BBQ slideshow.

The J Dilla Day Weekend 2015's Birthday BBQ at LMNT in Wynwood was a nostalgia trip through all things Dilla and the hip-hop days of yore.

Hipsters, hip-hop heads, stoners, and the occasional high schoolers united for the day the experience a festival that seemed designed to entertain the late, great producer himself.

From the multiple makeshift record collecting booths - all of which featured an excellent, selection of rare, mint soul staples - sneaker booths, assorted artwork and knick knack booths, to the range of old-to-new lyrically gifted artists, the festival aimed to please any hardcore hip hop head.

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International Noise Conference 2015's Ten Most Insane Moments

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Check out New Times' 83-photo People of International Noise Conference 2015 slideshow.

In a way, listing International Noise Conference 2015's ten most insane moments is an exercise in futility.

The whole five-day freak fest contained a wealth of bizarre occurrences, and not all of them were limited to the stage. With hundreds of acts spanning almost a full week of performances, a complete catalog of acts is impossible to assemble.

But whether you came for the cochlea-obliterating noise or a heaping dose of costumed, extremely NSFW weirdness, you were unlikely to leave INC disappointed. Or, at least, unchanged.

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Nipsey Hussle Meets-and-Greets Miami, Delivers Mailbox Money to the 305

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Hussle on the mic in Miami.

Over the weekend, L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle stopped by the 8&9 Clothing Showroom to meet-and-greet Miami.

There was also a pop-up shop stocked with his Hussle's popular Crenshaw merch. Stuff like flatbill caps, beanies, tees, and other swag.

Then he cruised over to the Design District's best party spot, The Stage Miami, to deliver some of that Mailbox Money.

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Phish Switched "From Suck to Blow" for New Year's Run 2015 in Miami

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There were Phish heads everywhere, maaan.

There was funny energy in the room before Phish took the stage to kick off its New Year's Run 2015 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

It's unusual that the first of a four-night Phish gig is also the big NYE celebration. Usually, that occasion is the climactic finale to the series of concerts. And usually, the band has the luxury of easing in to the run, by starting a bit slow.

Last night, though, Trey Anastasio and company had to begin and peak at the same time. This process was initially a bit awkward. But Phish and the the audience eventually achieved lift off in a big way.

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The Weeknd, Nervo, and the Beautiful People Did NYE 2015 at the Fontainebleau

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The lovely ladies of the 'Bleau.

Opulence is the exact word to describe the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

The 60-year-old institution is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels in Miami.

Home to the ever-lavish megaclub LIV, this decadent playground capped off its 2014 with a performance from R&B visionary The Weeknd and a closing DJ set by the Nervo twins.

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J. Cole's NYE 2015 at the Delano South Beach

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Dropping the ball on last year: J. Cole does NYE at the Delano.

J. Cole brought in the new year at the Delano Hotel on South Beach, but didn't really offer anything new, despite coming out with a brand-new album just three weeks ago.

The North Carolina-bred rapper took the mic at exactly midnight, wishing a happy 2015 to the mostly young and beautiful crowd, and quipping about the fact that not a single person was in the pool.

"I thought this was gonna be a pool party," Cole said. "But all I see is a pool."

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Big Freedia's Booty-Shakin' Bounce Party at Bardot Miami

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Big Freedia says: "Booty, booty, booty!"

In honor of new album, Just Be Free, the Queen Diva, Late-Night Creepa, New Orleans' Big Freedia (a gay man, if you don't already know, who answers to "he or she"), brought her booty-shakin' bounce party to Bardot Miami's carpet stage last night.

The rich and fabulously fierce cross-dressing tradition of her home turf was on full display as Freedia dropped repetitive fragments of infectious, hypnotic lyrics over precipitous beats.

There was also, as the Diva would say, "booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty!"

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Niko Javan's #Yoppin Wednesdays Party:
A Video and Photo Recap

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Niko Javan, the boss of #Yoppin.

"It's kind of like Jim Morrison if he had a laptop," says Niko Javan.

The Miami music producer and member of rap duo O'Grime is talking about #Yoppin Wednesdays, a new party that he launched at South Beach spot Haven last week.

Named after his "Yop = Your own path" saying, Javan's third day of the week is a synesthetic wonderland. Club music. Ambient soundscapes. Trippy visuals. And friendly strangers. All blurred together.

We went. It was bonkers.

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TDE Meets Jet Life in Miami: Isaiah Rashad, Young Roddy, and Hidden Ruby Live

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Isaiah Rashad takes a moment before performing "Modest" live in the 305.

The sun had just gone down. We walked into downtown Miami's Mekka Nightclub. And to our surprise, Top Dawg Entertainment's own Isaiah Rashad was doing his sound check.

"This sounds good, but turn the beat down a little bit so that you can hear me better," the Chattanooga, Tennesse-bred rapper instructed. "Does that sound good to y'all?"

He was playing "Modest" from his latest project, Cilvia Demo. And even during warmups, Rashad radiates sheer skill and raw enthusiasm.

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