Phish Is Playing Miami New Year's Eve 2014!

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Photo by Ben Thacker

Your old pals here at New Times called it, folks.

We recently made the case why Phish should spend New Year's Eve in Miami, and it looks like someone was listening. Because at about 2:15 p.m., instead of finding the usual updates littering the home page of Phish.com, phans were treated to the announcement that the band will play a four night run at the American Airline Arena, December 31 through January 3.


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MoNique on Getting Healthy, Shaving Again, and Her "Very Adult" Show

Categories: Comedy

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At the start of our interview, I asked MoNique how she was. She answered, "I'm wonderful! How are you?" I nervously replied, "I'm OK." At the end of our conversation, one in which we covered topics like leg shaving and exploring where confidence comes from, she instructed, "My love, if someone else asks you how you're doing, don't say, 'I'm OK...'" So, for the record, I'm doing great today. Mostly, though, it's because I had the chance to speak and laugh with this finest of comedian.

MoNique is bold always. Whether she's talking about farting onstage or acting in an Academy Award-winning role as an abusive mother in Precious, she is intense in all the right ways. Now in her mid-40s, a mother of four, the woman who wrote the book Skinny Women Are Evil is getting into shape by working out and eating right. We spoke with her about this new journey, what she's learned, and why she decided to take it.

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Learn Your Music History with The Front: The Band That Time Forgot, "a No Budget Punk Film"

Categories: About a Book

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Andre Peterson

With the way the current generation of garage rockers ape and fetishize the new wave of punk, the fact that a band like South Florida's the Front never really made it seems just a bit more heartbreaking in 2014.

There are currently labels that fill their rosters with new artists that sound like Pete Shelley's bastard children and make records that could be easily mistaken for dollar bin gems from '79. And while we're certainly not complaining about that, it is serendipitous that the Front's story is finally going to be told at this particular point in time with the debut of the documentary film The Front: The Band That Time Forgot. The trends have finally made it so that the group's tale and music may be fully appreciated by younglings and those that were there alike. People will finally get a proper look at what many consider one of the best bands the area ever spawned.


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Wild Cub Says: "The Last Thing Nashville Needs Is More White People Playing Guitars"

Categories: Q&A

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Though based in Nashville, Tennessee, nothing of the electronic indie act Wild Cub reeks of the Grand Ole Opry. The band's excellent first album, Youth, is more Peter Gabriel than Hank Williams, with polished worldly beats rather than confessional crooning.

When New Times spoke with Wild Cub singer Keegan DeWitt, he said that was purely intentional. Eager to stand out from a glut of singer-songwriters, Wild Cub hopes to be an actual band. In a telephone interview well before their upcoming performance at Coral Skies Music Festival, DeWitt shared how his group stands out in their hometown, what musicians influenced him, and how his work scoring films impacted Wild Cub.

See also: Coral Skies Music Festival 2014 Lineup: Cage the Elephant, the Hold Steady, and Others

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The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen Asks You to "Listen to the Fucking Songs... My Entire Life Is in the Songs"

Categories: Interview

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The Pretty Reckless currently has a hell of a lot to be happy about. The band's latest album, Going to Hell, has already produced two hit tunes, "Heaven Knows" and "Fucked Up World," and the group just kicked off the second leg of its North American tour.

It's no surprise that Taylor Momsen, who once acted in Gossip Girl, is heading straight to the top. What is surprising is that she's been able to do it with aggressive rock 'n' roll. While most music geared to 21-year-old girls is total "popcorn" pop, as Momsen calls it, she told us she's on a much different musical path.

As for whether we'll be seeing Momsen on the big or little screen again, the answer is, probs not. We found this all out and so much more when speaking with Momsen before the tour brings the Pretty Reckless back to Fort Lauderdale's Revolution Live on September 21.


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Torche Turns Ten Years Old at Churchill's Pub This Thursday

Categories: Heads Up

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In 2004, Rick Smith was 19 years old. He was a drummer with a penchant for chaotic hardcore, playing in South Florida outfits like Tyranny of Shaw and Concrete Evidence -- but none tested his mettle quite like Torche.

"Torche changed the way I thought of the term 'heavy'," says Smith. Steve Brooks, seasoned guitarist and singer for the South Florida band, was the force that truly altered Rick's perception of hard tunes. Playing in bands for 10 years before Torche, Brooks had a considerate ear for lone, unassuming riffs that made even the Beatles heavy, if only for a few measures.

He introduced Rick to aktionist, percussion-based tracks from groups like Crash Worship, whose primitive toms brought chills up his teenage spine. Suddenly "heavy" became much more than obvious, abrasive grind, and today, Torche's colorful development epitomizes that subtle weight.


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International Reggae and World Music Awards 2014 Heads to Coral Springs

Categories: Q&A

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Scene Outside the International Reggae And World Music Awards 2012

South Florida is one of the world's great capitals of Caribbean culture, a cosmopolitan region where people of all nations come together to celebrate music with African roots.

That's why the 33rd annual International Reggae and World Music Awards will be held at the Coral Springs Center For the Arts on October 4.

Jamaica's own Ephraim Martin started the enterprise based on a push to do so from none other than Bob Marley and Jacob Miller on a Kingston Airport runway in 1980. Today, it has grown to become one of the most respected shows of its kind in the world. Here's what Martin had to say about the awards' founding, culture, and biggest stars.


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Top Five Guitarists We're Most Excited to See Play Experience Hendrix 2014

Categories: Dialed In

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We are of the belief that no one can truly pick up where a proper maverick like Jimi Hendrix left off. It's as if there's an unspoken understanding amongst guitarists that Hendrix's playing style is a language unto itself. One really can't be faulted for chasing such a unique dragon, even if it's to the detriment of their own individuality.

However, while there have been plenty of notable, perhaps less-creative Hendrix biters over the years, those that really crack the code and get to the true essence of Hendrix's greatness tend to chase his fearless individuality. That is what allowed the guitarist and songwriter to deliver unique and now ubiquitous double-stop licks and harnessed screaming crescendos of feedback, making music of noise. These people strive for originality in their own art and seek a spirit beyond the sound. Prince comes to mind.

The Experience Hendrix Tour was born out of the necessity to celebrate and pay tribute to the man and his art. It's been channeled through the hands of a rotating, all star cast of players looking to pay homage to the great mold-breaker. The tours have all featured guitarists with their own legacies and unique voices, and it is this that makes Experience Hendrix such an exciting thing. Not only does it provide an opportunity to celebrate Hendrix's music, but it also affords fans a chance to hear the way other legendary players perceive and interpret the man's art.

As usual, the 2014 iteration of the tour features an absolutely stacked lineup of players. Here are the top five people we're most excited to see perform at this year's Experience Hendrix at Hard Rock Live Hollywood.


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Hirie Lets You Feel "Free to Soar Wherever Your Body and Mind Want to Go"

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Reggae music is alive and well in South Florida with acts like Fireside Prophets and Making Faces. But for the most part, the bands are fronted by dudes. That's is all good, but we were definitely interested when we heard about a touring group heading to town that's going against this trend.

Meet Hirie. She heads up a reggae band that shares her same name. Otherwise known as Patricia Jetton, Hirie is currently touring with Stick Figure and Pacific Dub and is bringing her island groove to Culture Room this Friday. We spoke with the young singer about being irie, getting up, standing up, and what she'd say to Rasta legend Bob Marley if he were alive today.

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Running Down a Dream: Tracking Tom Petty's Florida Roots in Gainesville

Categories: Road Trip

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When I told my brother I'd help him move out of his house in Gainesville, I planned to pay tribute to Tom Petty's place of origin by visiting sites that were important to him as a young man.

Jacksonville gave us Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tallahassee spawned Creed, Jim Morrison was born in Melbourne and went to Florida State University for a minute but was really a California guy. Tom Petty, though, was born, raised, and learned to play music in Gainesville. As far as the Sunshine State's contribution to rock music, Petty is ours.

I figured finding Petty's former hot spots would be easy. After all, Tennessee famously turned Elvis Presley's Graceland into a shrine. Every California guidebook has the address in San Francisco where the Grateful Dead lived. Hell, even Indiana has an "audio driving tour CD" where you can visit places important to John Mellencamp. But a quick internet search on significant Tom Petty sites showed nothing.

I asked a messageboard dedicated to Gainesville rock history and heard crickets. Some deeper sleuthing revealed old Gainesville phone directories where Earl Petty, Tom's dad, was listed. In 1950, the year of Tom's birth, there was an address at 1114 NE Ninth St. The phone book for 1958 listed him as living at 1715 NE Sixth Terrace. That was a start.


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