The imaginative marriage of Maite Urrechaga (bass, vocals) and Tony Kapel (drums, vocals) — aka Pocket of Lollipops — brings you Letters to Larrup, five tracks in the sparsely atmospheric, bass-boinging, speak-sing style that the Miami-based art punks pull off so well. Stream the EP in full below.
Rain may damage vinyl, but a spell of torrential downpour on Saturday did little to harm the fourth annual Sweatstock, a free all-ages three-stage block party hosted by Sweat Records to celebrate Record Store Day and the Little Haiti music shop’s eighth anniversary. You can view a ton of photos from the event on the Beached Miami Facebook page. For starters, here are 15 of our favorites by photographer Jesse Meadows.
Presented annually since 2003, the Rhythm Foundation’s TransAtlantic Festival is going big this year with four days of live modern world music. Starting Thursday with a performance by Miami’s own Psychic Mirrors at downtown venue Blackbird Ordinary and ending Sunday with a BBQ at Wynwood watering hole Gramps, the fest will feature performances at the North Beach Bandshell on Friday and Saturday by Argentine/Uruguayan electrotango collective Bajofondo, Bogota-based Bomba Estereo, the duo of Brazilian emcee Zuzuka Poderosa and San Francisco-based beatmaker Kush Arora, and Miami-based electro-indie-dance group Krisp (visit transatlanticfestival.com for full details).
To enter to win a pair of passes to both nights at the bandshell, simply shout PA’ BAILAR! on the Beached Miami Facebook page with a link to this post. We will announce the winner via Facebook on Wednesday afternoon. Until then, here’s Bajofondo to give you a sultry sense of the scene you can expect this weekend.
Sponsored by the Miami Writers Institute, this post features an interview between Andrew Slater and Tim O’Brien. Slater is a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, a lecturer of English composition at the American University of Iraq- Sulaimani, and a fiction writer whose work has appeared in the literary journal Epiphany and the anthology ‘Fire and Forget’. O’Brien, an American novelist who has written extensively about the Vietnam War, is best known for the short-story collection ‘The Things They Carried’ and the novel ‘Going After Cacciato,’ for which he won a National Book Award in 1979. On Tuesday, April 9, O’Brien will deliver an address at Coral Gables Congregational Church as part of a month-long series of events inspired by his work. For full details, visit thecenteratmdc.org.
Afrobeat godfather Fela Kuti’s musical, political, and sexual exploits fuel this continent-hopping production, which runs at the Arsht Center until the end of the week. To enter to win a free pair of tickets to the Thursday night performance, simply shout FELA! on the Beached Miami Facebook page with a link to this post. We will announce the winner via Facebook on Wednesday afternoon. Until then, here’s The Roots drummer Questlove (who, along with Jay-Z and others, produced the Broadway show) discussing Kuti’s impact on American hip-hop.
Update: And the winner is …
Miami-based rock and roll record label Limited Fanfare records presented this four-band showcase at Churchill’s on Friday night. All photos are by Jesse Meadows. To view many more photos from the show, visit the Beached Miami Facebook page.
Valentine’s Day evokes different emotions in different folks depending on how likely one is to get laid, or at least a box of chocolate, on this loaded holiday. To celebrate the agony and the ecstasy, the joy and the pity, the lonesomeness and, ultimately, the love, here’s a playlist of songs that are appropriate (however inappropriate) for the occasion. Curated by Miami Music Guide editor and William “Don Juan” Alton, these Valentunes are all by local bands. Gotta love that.
Frank “Rat Bastard” Falestra’s annual celebration of noise took over Churchill’s Pub from Wednesday through Saturday. Acts from as far as Denver and Boston made the trek to join a host of local bands with a frantic 15-minute set time limit. Performance styles ranged from Clang Quartet’s intense Christian noise performance filled with colorful and disturbing prop instruments to Unicorn Hard-on’s dance-inducing “Technoise” beats. Click on the photos here to view them in wide format, and visit the Beached Miami Facebook page to browse many more photos from International Noise Conference 2013.
This new tune by Miami dance-rock quartet Krisp — the second 7″ release by Sweat Records‘ in-house label, Sutro — will make the inside of your cubicle feel like the inside of a stretch limousine cruising along Ocean Drive with the windows down circa 1985. Take a listen, and then download “Will You Tell Me” for free from Official.fm or pick up one of the 400 vinyl copies (100 of them on opaque lavender wax) from Sweat.
On Saturday night, New Coke (featured in the Top 50 South Florida Songs of 2011) and the Cop City Chill Pillars (featured in the Top 50 South Florida Songs of 2012) performed at new Wynwood watering hole Gramps.