Books are nice, I think we would all agree, but in the age of the eBook and the iPad it’s easy to glimpse a near future in which printed, hard-copy books go the way of the typewriter, relegated to dusty attics and museum collections of things we used to love. You may wax poetic, even indignant, in defending the value of a hold-it-in-your-hands-and-flip-the-pages-with-your-thumb book, but are you really going to take a stand for its value when you can curl up with a novel via the in-curvature of a pair of smart glasses?
“One man. Three women. One night.” Sounds like the makings of a Miami story. In fact, it was the tagline for the film The Night of the Iguana, an adaptation of the Tennessee Williams’ play of the same title that chronicles a single, lascivious night — never, “since Man has known Woman,” has there been “such a night,” says the film trailer’s narrator.
You’ve felt the chill. You enter a pristine art gallery and elicit an assessing glance from a meticulously chic staffer who, shrewdly spotting a non-buyer, quickly resumes staring at his MacBook. Maybe it was all in your head. Maybe you are welcome to browse at your leisure. But it doesn’t feel that way to you. And so you leave a couple of minutes later with a sour taste in your mouth.
With a 7″ due out in June and and a self-titled LP slated for a September release, Miami indie-rock trio Jacuzzi Boys are getting ready to take their show on the road with an East Coast to Midwest tour that starts on Friday with a gig at the Fillmore’s new in-house venue, Backstage at the Fillmore, a relatively intimate space (capacity 300-500) that is housed within the confines of the large concert hall itself. Ahead of the show Jacuzzi Boys frontman Gabriel Alcala and I exchanged emails about the Boys’ new music and hanging out at Iggy Pop’s home.
Everything’s grounds for competition these days. Cupcake baking. Weight losing. Runway walking. So why not character designing? That’s the premise of the Characterized tour, produced by Cut&Paste, a New York-born organization that tries to make designers better understood through performance, video, and conversation.
Fresh off the release of their eleventh album, Paralytic Stalks, and already teasing their next LP (due out in fall), Of Montreal (who are actually of Athens, GA) will perform at Grand Central on Friday night with opening act Wild Moccasins. To enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, shout out the name of your favorite Of Montreal song on the Beached Miami Facebook page with a link to this post. We will announce the winner via Facebook on Thursday afternoon.
With Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of your Miami Heat just starting their playoff run, the Borscht Film Festival this week released the full version of “Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse,” which premiered at Borscht 8 back in December.
“When I heard Lebron James was moving to Miami, I was shocked. I had no idea he was Jewish.” Comedian Seth Meyers said that while hosting the ESPYs in 2010. At the 2011 White House Correspondents dinner, he said, “Donald Trump often appears on FOX, which is ironic because a fox often appears on Donald Trump’s head.” Back in March, as host of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, he called the American South “the Michael Jordan of racism.”
This Saturday is the third Saturday of April and that means it’s Record Store Day, an international celebration of music, music makers, and the independent stores that make music as easy to purchase as a head of lettuce while ensuring freshness and that certain ineffable crunch.
To celebrate the end of another brutal winter in the subtropics, Miami-based rock and roll label Limited Fanfare Records presents a “Spring/Summer” sampler featuring new songs by local favorites PLAINS (“Hurricane City”) and Lil Daggers (“Spider Lilly”). Comprising 14 tracks by 14 different bands, most of them with Miami or Florida ties, you can stream the sampler in its entirety for the first time right here and download it via Limited Fanfare’s bandcamp.
If you like what you hear, make sure to catch live performances by Rickolus, Lil Daggers, PLAINS, Ex Norwegian, and sound sleeper at the Block x Blog Festival in Ft. Lauderdale on April 20th.