Rehab Plays Lake Worth Before Calling It Quits

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Your last chance at Rehab

Bands with a message are a rarity, especially if that message doesn't involve twerking or getting faded. The five guys in Rehab are instead spreading the word on a topic we can all relate to in some way: sobriety. Whether you have dealt with addiction or know someone who has, you know how important it is to have something to hold onto during the tough times. And for many, it's Rehab's music that keeps them afloat.

Known for its twisted mix of hip-hop and Southern rock, Rehab has earned a massive following. But the band recently decided to put a wrap on its journey. That doesn't mean writing music is over. While this will be their final tour, vocalists Danny Boone and Demun Jones are releasing solo records shortly. In the meantime, they're still at home on the road. Before they play Lake Worth for the third time this Friday, we spoke with Jones about how they found their unique sound, what they think of Lake Worth, and how they're working to make this last tour the best ever.

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Greg Fitzsimmons: "Fort Lauderdale Is Infamous" for Hecklers

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Boston might be the closest thing standup comedy has to a marine corps. Louis C.K., Bill Burr, and Doug Stanhope are all part of a long and impressive list of comics who got their start in Boston. Don't be fooled by the cheekbones of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Boston will fuck you up.

Greg Fitzsimmons knows this well. Starting out on the open-mic circuit in Boston, Fitzsimmons was terrified that the testosterone-dense crowds would find out he was gay. He's not gay and has no idea why this bothered him.

Fitzsimmons eventually made it out of Boston alive, though when we caught up with him, he was staying at his mom's two-bedroom apartment in Jupiter, Florida, with his sister, her husband, and their two kids, as well as his wife and their two children. So we don't know if that whole "alive" thing is still true.

We chatted with Fitzsimmons (who was nursing a neck injury suffered on a Busch Gardens roller coaster) about his life on stage, from the early days to the present.


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Alexis Monroe: "R&B Would Be the Genre of My Sex Life"

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Some porn stars hide in the shadows, attempting to shove away the very dish they so eagerly eat from. Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton would like you to forget about the grainy videos that are responsible for their fame, but still ask you to buy their new fragrance.

Shame.

Alexis Monroe is not one of those porn stars.

A self-described free spirit, Monroe said she always knew she'd be doing porn. And two years into her career in adult entertainment, she couldn't be happier. Good for her, we say. She found something she enjoyed, and she's doing it.

And a locked door and quick Google search will prove to any suspicious viewer that Monroe has the right stuff.

See also: Top Ten Porn Stars to Watch Out for at EXXXotica 2014

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Pete and Toshi Seeger Celebrated Musically by Local Musicians

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Pete Seeger at age 88 photographed on 6-16-07 at the Clearwater Festival 2007 by Anthony Pepitone.

The loss this past January of musician, activist, pioneer, and humanitarian Pete Seeger prompted an outpouring of tributes and appreciation from all corners of the world. So it's little wonder that his local admirers are preparing to pay homage as well. On Sunday, May 4, a group of South Florida folkies, activists, and enthusiasts will participate in an all day event dubbed "Remembering Pete and Toshi Seeger: A Musical Tribute" at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale. The concert will feature the top names in our local folk circles -- among them, Rod MacDonald, Laurie Jennings, Grant Livingston, Ellen Buskel, Marie Koppelman, Tracy Sands, and Amy Carol Webb -- and will celebrate the spirit of the Seegers' visionary philosophy.

"Pete introduced a lot of important songs and stood for a powerful idea, that music is more than entertainment, but also a means of addressing the reality of our world," explains MacDonald, one of the event's chief organisers. "I think his philosophy -- that if you can get people together, anything is possible -- is what's most memorable."

See also: Pete Seeger Tribute Concert in Lake Worth: The Man is Gone. The Spirit Lives On


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Jason Handelsman: the Poet Preacher of Cutler Ridge

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The night before I met Jason Handelsman at the Sports Grill on the Green (the one at the Palmetto Golf Course off U.S. 1), I was pacing in my bathroom and brushing my teeth when, out of nowhere, I felt like Jason and I were communicating somehow -- both of us in our respective lavatories, toothpaste burning our mouths, and that tingly feeling in the back of the skull that comes with what people sometimes think of as telepathy.

Handelsman -- writer, poet, musician, performer, and ordained pastor -- is glowering proof that our identities and lives are not cohesive, straightforward things. Not because of all the creative capacities just listed but rather due to the fact that before becoming a man of God, Handelsman was Azar Alcazar. He was also the Ghost of Dirty. Not to mention, The President, a practicing freemason, and more.

Harder things first, though: In 2009, Handelsman was writing for New Times, interviewing countless luminaries such as Rick Ross and Lil Wayne and growing an audience for his out-there, Dadaist style of writing and humor. It was then, while rising in the sordid ranks of South Florida's cultural journalism circuit, that everything came to a bloody halt. On Halloween night, on assignment in South Beach, Handelsman struck a man with his car while driving drunk.

By Rob Goyanes

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Hearing Damage: The Rat Opera Brings Dialogue and Song to the Life of Rat Bastard

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Rob Elba and Brian Franklin have gathered a large and notable cast of local musicians turned actors to perform their rock show Hearing Damage: The Rat Opera. The band -- which also includes Russell Mofsky, Andre Serafini, and William Trev -- started warming up with some Led Zeppelin last Wednesday night during its penultimate practice. They played with big, childlike smiles on their faces. The room was filled with song and laughter, more than a dozen old friends creating together and consuming a decent amount of beer, orzo salad, and sushi in the process.

Next week, they perform the rock opera inspired by the life of noise legend Frank Falestra, AKA Rat Bastard, onstage at Fort Lauderdale's Cinema Paradiso. Rat Bastard has helped guide the Miami music scene for three decades. He's recorded just about every local band or act that's come through town, and he's known as the mastermind behind Scraping Teeth (Spin magazine's worst band in America circa 1993), Laundry Room Squelchers, and the annual International Noise Conference at Churchill's Pub.

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9 Best Band T-Shirts to Wear to an Urban Outfitters Interview

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Colin Young-Wolff

Times are tough friends, and freelancing does not pay as much as it used to. Eating ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner gets old quick, no matter how much siracha you put on it. Because of these reasons, and the incessant need to make rent every month, this freelancer went (rather reluctantly) in search of a day job. We sent out tons of applications, for all sorts of gigs -- retail, service industry, sales, you name it. One of the places we heard back from first was Urban Outfitters.

We panicked about going in for an interview. Are we hip enough to make the cut? Urban Outfitters has long ruled the world's hipster apparel market. But most people look ridiculous in skinny jeans, and we don't own one pair of those faux thick-rimmed glasses. Our haircut isn't buzzed on one side either.

We needed to figure out how to nail this gig. And we realized that would require the right band T-shirt. One that says, "Yeah I'm with it, I've got my finger on the pulse of the scene." But which one is the right one? After the jump, help us chose the right shirt.


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Radio-Active Records Dishes on Record Store Day 2014: One Direction, Ghostbusters, and More

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Ian Witlen

"It's all kind of a blur," Mikey Ramirez, co-owner of Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records, says of their extremely busy 2014 Record Store Day. When we arrived, the wait was about 30 minutes to even get in the door, but apparently some people stood out there for hours to get a peek at what the store had to offer for this musical holiday.

The day started with some anxiety due to a heavy morning rain. "I was about to have a heart attack," Ramirez admits, "I thought, 'This day is not going to go the way I want it to go.'" But the line just kept growing larger and larger until it wrapped around the block.


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Bruce Springsteen's Biographer on the Boss' Ten Most Pivotal Moments

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There aren't many musicians who inspire serious scholarship, but Bruce Springsteen is one of them. The New Jersey native has sold more than 120 million albums over his four-decade-plus career. Although many acts that started in the 1960s or '70s still sell out arenas, most of these musicians (without naming names) have evolved into nostalgia acts. The Boss, however, continues to pump out new music, most recently January's High Hopes. Springsteen's music and life touch upon many critical historical and cultural moments of the past 60 years, from Ed Sullivan's weekly smiling face to the stresses of Vietnam and 9/11 to our tabloid obsession with celebrity.

To help navigate the pivotal moments in this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's career, New Times turned to Jeff Burger, editor of Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters. To compile the collection, Burger did plenty of sleuthing to track down rare interviews with Springsteen.

See also: Springsteen Photographer Chronicles 32 Years of the Boss

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Eric Biddines Talks About His MTV Hit "Railroads Down/Unfinished"

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You do not turn to adjust your set. The stations have not been renumbered. It is not a local channel you accidentally landed on playing Palm Beach rapper Eric Biddines's new video. You are in fact watching MTV Jams which has put Biddines's "Railroads Down/Unfinished" in heavy rotation.

The song, off his 2013 album Planetcoffeebean 2, with its Southern roots and playful samples is earning him comparisons to Outkast. Which is one of the ultimate compliments.

New Times caught up with the homegrown favorite who is in a bit of shock over his newfound yet long-time-coming fame. Excited about his future, Biddnes discussed the making of the video, his further explorations of Planetcoffeebean, and researching professional basketball players.

See also: Eric Biddines Is So Obsessed With Coffee, He Even Raps About It

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