Ticket Giveaway: Meek Mill at Fillmore Miami Beach

By | August 9th, 2012 | No Comments

Touring behind his forthcoming debut LP, Dreams and Nightmares, Philly rapper and signee to Rick Ross’s Miami-based label Maybach Music Group Meek Mill (aka Robert Williams) is performing at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Monday, August 13. We have a pair of tickets for the show to give away to one lucky fan. To enter to win, share a personal dream/nightmare in the comment section of this post. We will announce the winner on the Beached Miami Facebook page on Sunday afternoon. Until then, “Amen”.

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New Waves: “Hi Luv” by Kodiak Fur

By | August 9th, 2012 | No Comments

Freshly formed Miami band Kodiak Fur, which includes three members of the Mr. Familiar production team and singer-songwriter Albert Vargas, could not have released a debut song further from expectations. Pulled off with authenticity and intrigue, the decidedly lo-fi “Hi Luv” stands in stark opposition to Mr. Familiar’s typically glossy productions and Vargas’s tamed acoustic style. “Hi Luv” indulges in cheap drum machines and a murky sheen but successfully combines it with perky synths and old school hip-hop beats that Hot Chip fans will enjoy. The resulting song, off of Kodiak Fur’s self-titled debut EP (due out on August 14), strikes hard with sex appeal and ennui, embodied in the coquettish brunette star of “Hi Luv”‘s fittingly low-budget video.

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‘Music From The Big House’ preview + ticket giveaway

By | July 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment

The Louisiana State Penitentiary — also known as Angola Prison and nicknamed “The Alcatraz of the South” — is the largest maximum-security prison in the United States. Located on the former site of a plantation owned by slave trader Isaac Franklin, it might seem an unlikely source for redemptive music. But while on her long journey along Highway 61, Canadian blues musician Rita Chiarelli felt compelled to visit Angola, whose dark history of crushing labor and sexual slavery arguably make it the nation’s most notorious prison. That visit led to Music From The Big House, a documentary that follows Chiarelli to Angola and shows that, like Antebellum slaves, inmates throughout the prison’s 100-plus years have taken solace in song and created a rich musical history in frightful circumstances.

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New Waves + Vinyl Giveaway: ‘Eternal Peasant’ by Motèl Mari

By | July 15th, 2012 | No Comments
Motél Mari

A collabo between Brooklyn and Johannesburg, Motél Mari will release its debut LP, Eternal Peasant, on Miami label Other Electricities this week.

It wasn’t enough for João Orecchia to collaborate with his friends in the South African experimental indie band BLK JKS. The creative process between Orecchia, a Brooklyn native, and BLK JKS’s guitarist Mpumi Mcata and drummer Tshepang Ramoba was so fluid that they went ahead and formed a permanent band: Motèl Mari.

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New Waves: Pocket of Lollipops’ “Angry Kittens” video

By | July 10th, 2012 | No Comments

Miami art punks Pocket of Lollipops have released a video for “Angry Kittens”, the lead track from their latest LP, Broken Balloon. Directed by Chris Salazar, the video meshes decelerated live footage from a Wynwood show during Art Basel 2011 with sensually sinking red lollipops and colored discs encircling the mouths of bassist/vocalist Maite Urrechaga and drummer/vocalist Tony Kapel. As on previous material, “Angry Kittens” features Urrechaga at her Kim Deal-like best (especially when she sings, “So to wake you up, honey/Ding, ding ding, ding, ding, but you miss that pussycat”) and Kapel doing a Fred-Schneider-through-a-funnel impression. The duo once again prove that K Records-styled minimalism is still fresh and evolving.

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Ticket Giveaway: Best Coast with Those Darlings at Grand Central

By | July 5th, 2012 | 42 Comments

The California indie rockers who stole everyone’s heart and never returned it are set to make their Miami debut at Grand Central on Tuesday, July 10.

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Audio Junkie Independence Day Bash at O Cinema

By | July 3rd, 2012 | 1 Comment

Audio Junkie, a campy video journal series that spotlights South Florida musicians, will celebrate Independence Day in the D.I.Y. spirit of the Founders — not Washington, Jefferson, and Adams but Merge, Sub Pop, and Factory Records.

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New Waves: “Feline Gamma” by Arboles Libres

By | June 27th, 2012 | No Comments

Miami alt-rock trio Arboles Libres has released the second single from its forthcoming debut full-length, Father, which still does not have an official release date. The down-tempo, light-hearted “Feline Gamma”, which features Chip Gardner (from local soul act Ketchy Shuby) on piano and producer Aaron Fishbein on bass, is definitely Arboles Libres’s purest pop song to date, though it still manages to let loose behind guitarist Eddie Moreno’s siren-like churning. For more about Father, check out the New Waves post for the album’s first single, “Andar”, and visit the band’s website.

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New Waves: Mucho Mui

By | June 26th, 2012 | No Comments

Earlier this month, Discosoma Records posted a soothing piece of jangly indie rock, credited to an unknown group named Wake Up. The foursome behind the Pavement-like, melancholia-tinged beach jam “Seek to Deceive” actually features some of the West Palm Beach music scene’s finest: Wake Up frontman Evan Mui, a singer-songwriter who just released a self-titled LP of solo work (see below); guitarist Bobby Yapkowitz (Secret French Kissing Society); bassist Austen Bemis (The Casuals); and drummer Carlo Gonzalez (Copy City Chill Pillars, The Dewars).

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Ticket Giveaway: Explosions in the Sky at Grand Central

By | June 18th, 2012 | 26 Comments

Touring behind their sixth album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, released in April of 2011 and featuring the track “Postcard from 1952″, Austin-based experimental post-rock quartet Explosions In The Sky will perform at Grand Central on Wednesday night, and we have a pair of tickets for the concert to give away to one lucky fan. To enter to win, describe your ideal postcard from 1952 — for example, “I have no reason to suspect you’re a communist. Love, Joseph McCarthy” — in the comment section of this post. We will announce the winner on the Beached Miami Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon. Until then, listen up.

Update: And the winner is …

To learn more about the Explosions In The Sky show at Grand Central Wednesday night, check out its listing in the Miami Music Guide.

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