FaMa Studios' Kate Marlow Wants to Enrich Broward with Dance

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Aside from dancing together with her partner and husband Billy Fajardo since 1999, Katie Marlow of FaMa Studios has traveled worldwide to compete for about five or six years. Now, however, Marlow had a change of rhythm. "It's time to come home, you know?" she says. "It's time to come home and enrich the world of Broward. We are world champions; we have teams that come and dance with us around the world." She moved home to open FaMa Studios, a dance spot in Plantation.

Both hold a number of impressive accolades as a team, including US Open Cabaret Champions, sixth time United States Latin Hustle Champions, NADC Cabaret Champions and more. In addition, they are the sole couple in the U.S. to hold World Championship titles for two separate genres in the same year. As if that weren't enough, they represented the US four times at the Blackpool Dance Festival as well as developers and the Head Judges for the World Salsa Championships. Makes you feel slightly unaccomplished, huh?


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Derek Walin Talks Music and Fashion and WMC

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Austyn Weiner
This guy knows the So Fla scene.

In the Booth is his new column about electronic music, DJ culture, and South Florida nightlife. Visit his Facebook and Soundcloud.

Derek Walin
is a South Florida native, born and in Boca Raton. He has made his own way in the music business, creating two careers, both as a successful DJ, and as one of the founders of Super Music Group who represents some incredible talent like Amtrac, Posso, DJ Craze, Rob Banks, Mike Deuce, Sluggers, and more. Those artists regularly play at the biggest electronic music festivals and at major clubs all over the country, and share the stage with huge names like Kaskade, Mark Knight, Mad Decent, Tommy Trash, A-Trak, and the list goes on and on.

Walin has spent the last few years playing some of South Florida's biggest clubs and traveling the country as both an artist and a manager. I spoke with him to discuss his 2015 plans for his solo career and for SMG. You can see him perform live in Fort Lauderdale at Vibe Las Olas on March 21.

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On the Rise of Bluegrass in Popular Music

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Who wouldn't want to pick up that banjo right now and play away?

"'Bluegrass is going to be big this year' is what I heard when I started playing around 1964, and every year after that for 20 years!" John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recalls. And while "big" remains a relative term, he notes there has been an upward trend. "Every year since, it has expanded, grown, and increased audience a few percentage points."

One of the earliest threads of Americana and one rooted in more rustic realms, bluegrass has in fact seen a consistent surge in popularity, thanks to artists who have taken the music's traditional trappings and moved them toward the mainstream. It's clearly not your father's bluegrass anymore.

McEuen should know. He witnessed that rise first hand during his tenure with the Dirt Band. Some might consider him a purist, not because he eschews modern methods -- far from it -- but rather because as a loyal bluegrass devotee, he helped spur its spread early on. "If one were to graph Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and Jimmy Martin from their inception, a continual climb up would be seen, albeit not one so rapid," he explains. "But it has never gone away to 'resurge, as many contend. It has instead seen a long and steady growth."

See also: Steve Martin on the Banjo's Popularity, Martin Short, and the Loss of Robin Williams

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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's Art Overcomes Lackluster Presentation at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

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The late, great artist Frida Kahlo with some monkeys.

By Stassa Edwards

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's tumultuous marriage is the stuff of legend. In a relationship situated somewhere between codependent and abusive, the Mexican painters married in 1929, divorced in 1939, and remarried in 1940. Though deeply fraught and troubled, their relationship has an enduring appeal in large part because of the strikingly brutal self-portraits Kahlo produced throughout her short lifetime.

But the deep psychological examination Kahlo brought to her marriage isn't echoed in Fort Lauderdale's current exhibition, "Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera From the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection & 20th Century Mexican Art From the Stanley and Pearl Goodman Collection."

The cumbersome title says quite a bit about its direction. This is a show meant to celebrate two private collections, and while the exhibition does that quite well, it seems to have little interest in the radical personal and political lives of the painters.

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Lolipop Records' Corners Will Have You Maxed Out on Distraction

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Straight from California, Corners hits up SoFla.

Writers all over have been complaining that they can't find information on L.A. band Corners. "I'm not really sure what that all means," said the band's lead singer and guitarist, Tracy Bryant. He spoke to New Times by phone as the band drove from Des Moines to Milwaukee, where it'd be doing a radio interview. "We thought that was kind of weird that people said there wasn't that much information 'cause we didn't have a big self-made bio or something."

Its label, Lollipop Records, was sure to include a big bio, as well as links to clips written by journalists complaining about the lack of one, when announcing the bands' five Florida shows. That includes Friday in Delray Beach at Vintage Tap and Saturday in Miami at Churchill's Pub.


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Aesop Rock at Revolution Live: Get Free Tickets Here!

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See these dudes for free this Friday.

"Jittery, Zeitgeist, wither by the watering hole" is not from a Shakespeare sonnet but rather the second line from an Aesop Rock song. As you could guess from that one snippet, the New York-raised, San Francisco-residing Aesop Rock spent some time with a thesaurus.

The rapper made his name in the underground hip-hop world as the MC who could spit out the most unpredictable verses. Whether the subject matter is serious, like dealing with anxieties or the death of a friend, or just plain silly, like in "Homemade Mummy," which explains the embalming process, he takes you on a clever, lyrical journey.

His creativity as a writer and producer has landed him work with unpredictable partners. In 2013, he put out the album Hokey Fright with ex-Moldy Peaches member Kimya Dawson (who also knows her way around words).

Most interesting, and as proof he's something special, Aesop Rock was proclaimed by a scientific study to have the most diverse vocabulary of any rapper in the world. Data scientist Matt Daniels pored through the lyrics of 85 rappers and found that Aesop Rock used more unique words than any other MC (GZA was number two, Kool Keith was number three, and DMX was last).

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Reverend Peyton on the Blues: "Write About Stuff You're Living"

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Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band: Not such a big damn band after all.

Reverend Peyton is the first to admit that the name he gave his outfit -- Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band -- is somewhat misleading. "We've had so many soundboard people ask us over the years, 'How many channels do you need? I don't know if our board is big enough!' And I tell them, [laughing] 'Your board is probably big enough.'"
 
The confusion is only natural. For one thing, his so-called Big Damn Band is really just a trio. For another, he's no reverend, at least not in the strictest sense. "People have always called me Rev," Peyton explains. "And when we were naming the band, I had this tendency to identify things as a 'big damn' this or that. Like, 'That's a big damn truck' or 'That's a big damn whatever,' and it became almost like an inside joke. So I came up with the name 'Reverend Peyton and His Big Damn Band.' We had no idea anyone was ever going to care. I researched the name, and I just couldn't believe that no band had ever been called the Big Damn Band before. I thought it was just too good."
 
It wasn't only the irony of the name that potential fans found confusing; it was their entire MO. On first hearing, it's unclear whether it's a blues band, a jam band, a rock 'n' roll band, a funk band, or an archival Americana act. Not that it matters, because in truth, the band offers some of each.

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Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hütz: "Every Day, We Open Our Eyes and Let the Awesomeness Ensue"

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Gogol Bordello all up in your face.

It's not until you've heard Gogol Bordello that you realize your life was lacking loud punk rock with festive Gypsy roots.

Formed in New York City at the turn of the century, Gogol Bordello combines violins and accordions with lead singer Eugene Hütz's Eastern European lilt. It gives listeners the simultaneous urge to drink, dance, and frolic.

"I don't go onstage for some deep internal monologue or pent-up anger from teenaged angst," Hütz told New Times in a Ukrainian accent that ranged from strong to mild. "It's about having a blast."

Music has been a daily presence for Hütz since he was a fetus in the former Soviet Union. "My mom and dad had a romance straight out of high school. When my dad went to the army, my mom listened to his records. Lots of Jimi Hendrix, the Doors -- that's what I heard all the time from behind the wall called her womb."

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Behemoth's Nergal Discusses the Band's Future and Satanism

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Satan, you home?

At present, things are going very, very well for Behemoth, the Polish-bred band of extreme-metal demigods. Not so long ago, a cloud of uncertainty loomed over these titans when mastermind and frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski was sidelined by leukemia.

However, not only did Nergal recover, the band returned with its most ambitious musical statement to date: The Satanist, a universally acclaimed triumph for the group that further reinforces its staunch refusal to be pushed into the servitude of a specific metal subgenre, and an album that may truly be its magnum opus.

Nergal, long a pillar of iconoclasm, has become quite the icon himself in recent years. Following his cancer treatment, the outspoken Satanist was a coach on the Polish version of The Voice, recently opened a barbershop in Warsaw, and helped put together a pair of books -- his own biography and a Behemoth-specific collection of interviews and photographs -- slated for simultaneous release.

We caught up with the unbelievably busy musician to discuss the band's successes, the possibility of an impending solo project, and the potential end of Behemoth.

See also: The Expendables Talk Zombies, Social Media, and Marijuana Legalization

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Ten Awesome Reasons to Road Trip to AURA Music Festival 2015

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By Tracy Block

There's not much quite like AURA Music & Arts Festival. Though in its sixth incarnation, for the past three years, this celebration of all things art, sound, mind, and body has returned to Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. It's a time and place where you can catch forty diverse jam acts whose styles range from the innocent and melodic to trippy and nasty. It's also a spot where folks can come together and exercise their inner yogis or buy some one-of-a-kind artwork.

The fest starts on March 6 and runs through the 8th. Whether it's camping in the woods or pimping out an RV, the AURA experience is all about what you make of it. On the fence about embarking on the trek to Northern Florida? There's all kinds of reasons you should pack up your car and cruise out, and here are ten of the finest.

See also: Allen Aucoin: Life Lessons of a Disco Biscuit


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