New Waves: Limited Fanfare Sampler with new PLAINS, Lil Daggers

By | April 8th, 2013 | No Comments

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.

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Interview with ‘The Shining’ doc filmmaker Rodney Ascher

By | April 4th, 2013 | No Comments
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Decades after a deranged Jack Nicholson channeled Ed McMahon — “Heeeere’s Johnny!” — The Shining captivates cinephiles and conspiracy theorists alike.

First things first: Learn how you can enter to win a pair of tickets to ‘Room 237′ on the Beached Miami Facebook page.

If whenever you see a pair of closed elevator doors at the end of a long, quiet corridor you brace for a tide of wine-dark blood, then you’re probably pumped for (or terrified in anticipation of) O Cinema’s Stanley Kubrick retrospective next week, which will comprise eight films (seven by Kubrick and a new documentary about the auteur’s terrifying masterpiece The Shining), several panel discussions about the man many consider the greatest filmmaker of last century, and even a remote Q&A with Full Metal Jacket star Matthew Modine.

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New Waves: ‘It’s Never Easy’ by ModernAge

By | March 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Quietly, Miami-based New Wave-Post Punk quartet ModernAge, who have a gig at The Garret on Saturday, have been releasing new material over the last several months as they work on a new album. Here’s a teaser video for “It’s Never Easy”, the band’s first single in four years, which you can hear in full after the jump.

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Miami Pope watchers, bide your time with Vibert

By | March 13th, 2013 | No Comments

As Vatican cardinals deliberate on whom to name as Pope Benedict XVI’s successor, it may be interesting to visit a little-known collection of paintings by the 19th Century French artist Jehan Georges Vibert at St. John Vianney College Seminary, a few miles west of Coral Gables.

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Sweatstock 2013 Lineup Announced

By | March 12th, 2013 | No Comments

Today, on its eighth birthday, Sweat Records announced the lineup for Sweatstock, its annual all-day, multi-stage music fest. Set for Record Store Day on April 20, Sweatstock will feature performances by more than 30 acts, including Otto Von Schirach, who will headline the main stage outside, ANR, Holly Hunt, This Heart Electric, and many other bands we’ve spotlighted on Beached Miami in the past. There will also be several food trucks and and cheap beer courtesy of Grolsch. To learn more about Sweatstock 2013, including how you can help fund the free event, visit the official event page after checking out this sweet flyer illustration by Beached Miami bud Brian Butler.

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Talking Paris and memoir with Rosecrans Baldwin

By | March 10th, 2013 | No Comments
Baldwin will teach a four-day workshop on writing memoir at Miami-Dade College in early May.

Baldwin will teach a four-day workshop on writing memoir at Miami-Dade College in early May.

This post is sponsored by the Miami Writers Institute.

Rosecrans Baldwin is the author of Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, a travel memoir that GQ named one of its Favorite Things of 2012. The book chronicles Baldwin’s experience living and working in Paris, a city to which he, like so many Americans, felt a powerful romantic attraction since adolescence and which he, unlike so many Americans, came to know in all of its inglorious modern glory as a copy writer at a Paris ad agency. (You can read a very entertaining excerpt at GQ.com.) Baldwin is also the author of the acclaimed debut novel You Lost Me There, a co-founder of the online magazine The Morning News, and a book reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Video: Miami Wants to Be the Next Big Start-Up City

By | March 7th, 2013 | No Comments

Last month’s Start-Up City: Miami, an event we previewed in my interview with urbanist Richard Florida, brought together entrepreneurs and techies for a day-long discussion about Miami’s potential future as a global ideas and innovation capital. This video from The Atlantic, which co-hosted the event alongside the Knight Foundation and Florida’s Creative Class Group, features several of the speakers and attendees, including Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, former City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, and someone who looks and sounds a lot like me.

To learn more about the event, check out our preview post — “Brain Circulation and Miami’s Future as a Start-Up City” — and the Herald’s recap.

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Farther than far out with enfant terrible Tomi Ungerer

By | February 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Most people know Maurice Sendak and his book Where The Wild Things Are, which, since its publication 50 years ago, has transported millions of children around the world to a darkly magical island in their minds. But who’s this Tomi Ungerer guy whom Sendak says taught him “to be braver than I was”?

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Good-bye, Arboles Libres. Hello, Eagle Chief!

By | February 24th, 2013 | No Comments
Meet Eagle Chief.

Meet Eagle Chief. Look familiar? — photo by Karla Ruiz-Gomez

Miami, say goodbye to Arboles Libres. Don’t worry. Singer Juan “Nacho” Londono, guitarist Eddie Moreno, and drummer Anthony Genovese are not ditching their hometown, though they are making a drastic change.

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Sunday Stroll aims to ‘reintroduce’ Little Haiti

By | February 20th, 2013 | No Comments
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The Sunday Stroll will feature neighborhood “hotspots” like the Little Haiti Cultural Center, pictured here during a performance of a vodou ritual. — photo by Robby Campbell

With the increasing number and volume of complaints about Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk and its rowdy atmosphere, a Little Haiti-based coalition is inviting the culturally curious to explore a different Miami neighborhood. Spearheaded by Yo Miami with the support of Sweat Records, the Little Haiti Cultural Center, and other neighborhood anchors, the first Little Haiti Sunday Stroll will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on March 3.

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