The man who draws Miami music

By | February 25th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Ever notice the lanky hatted dude in the cut at the local show drawing calmly in his sketchbook as a mosh pit churns and swirls around him? Probably not. Brian Butler somehow manages to draw in public without drawing attention to himself. At the end of the night, he has an illustrated account of the show more nuanced than most written reviews, brimming with more life than your average photo slideshow. Continue »

Beached Bash by Brian Butler

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Churchill’s grime in all its glory

By | February 16th, 2014 | No Comments

After hearing the news last week that Churchill’s Pub will likely change ownership in May, we started digging through our archives for our favorite Churchill’s photos. It was damn hard to whittle them down, what with all the grimy good memories the pub and, by extension, owner Dave Daniels has given us. This collection captures only a sliver of the weird wonderful world of Churchill’s, a noisy netherland of fire, smoke, blood, sweat, booze and, of course, music. As much as any other place, Churchill’s has made Miami a magic city over the last 35 years. Here’s hoping the new owners don’t puke in the potion. Continue »

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Music and cycling, in harmony

By | October 31st, 2013 | No Comments
Alex Chaleff

Alex Chaleff: “Whenever I finish a performance or ride, I always feel, even if I’ve started and ended in the same place, that I’ve changed as a result.”

You may not think classical music and bike riding have much in common, but the two will harmonize during Cycling Night at the New World Symphony on Friday, Nov. 8, which will include a group bike ride, a 30-minute concert by the symphony, and the premiere of the film ‘Bicycle Dreams’ on the New World Center’s 7,000 square foot projection wall (full details). Ahead of the event, New World Symphony violinist and avid cyclist Alex Chaleff describes the intertwined and transformational impact that music and cycling have on his life. — Editor’s note

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How Arcade Fire’s Little Haiti show happened

By | October 29th, 2013 | 2 Comments
The Reflektors play Oct. 24, 2013 in Miami, FL at the Haiti Cultural Center.

Arcade Fire as The Reflektors at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. — photo by Eric Kayne

Arcade Fire beat out Eminem, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum for Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammys. With each new album, the band tours the world, playing venues like Madison Square Garden. But on Thursday, Oct. 24, Arcade Fire, one of the biggest bands in the world, performed as “The Reflektors” at a community center in Little Haiti. Read the rest of this entry »


Q&A with Jacuzzi Boys’ Gabriel Alcala

By | September 5th, 2013 | No Comments

With a new, self-titled album streaming on Pitchfork and a 32-gig US tour with Wavves and King Tuff lined up, the Jacuzzi Boys are living the “ultimate dream” for a trio that started out packing the scuzzy innards of Churchill’s. To celebrate how far they’ve come, the Jacuzzi Boys will pack the scuzzy innards of Churchill’s this Saturday for a record release show that will also feature Shark Valley Sisters, Rat Bastard, Kenny Millions, and DJ Disco Duck. Ahead of the gig, I traded emails with singer Gabriel Alcala to ask about the new “Domino Moon” video and his biggest hope for the days ahead (see Q&A after the jump).

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Jacuzzi Boys drop new track, kick off tour in South Beach

By | May 28th, 2013 | 1 Comment
Jacuzzi Boys hanging with Iggy Pop at his Miami home

Jacuzzi Boys hanging with Iggy — photo via Instagram/@jacuzziboys

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.

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Ticket Giveaway! Of Montreal with Wild Moccasins at Grand Central

By | April 30th, 2013 | 3 Comments
Of Montreal

Led by Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal (center, gold medallion) is getting ready to release their twelfth album, Lousy With Sylvianbriar.

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.

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New Waves: ‘Letters to Larrup’ by Pocket of Lollipops

By | April 29th, 2013 | 1 Comment

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.

Pocket of Lollipops by Jessie Askinazi

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Photos: Sweatstock 2013 featuring ANR, Afrobeta, Kermit the Frog

By | April 22nd, 2013 | No Comments

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.

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South Florida doing Record Store Day right

By | April 16th, 2013 | No Comments
Woohoo! RSD 2013

Polish your dancing shoes! Record Store Day 2013 is on Saturday. — photo taken at Sweatstock 2011 by Robby Campbell

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.

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