Kreepy Tiki's 2014 Holiday Bash with Octo Gato, the Shakers, and More

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With a furry maritime shtick that has arguably one of the better band logos going in South Florida, Octo Gato is a delicious mix of punk and surf rock. While it might be easy to cite any outfit that's ever heard Link Wray or Dick Dale or even spent way too many afternoons spinning old Agent Orange or Surf Punks platters, Octo Gato brings it together with the swag of a cute kitten that enjoys a heavy session of shokushu goukan.

It's easy to picture these guys as extras on one of the zanier episodes of The Love Boat drying Isaac Washington's bar. It would be easy to dismiss the leis and day-glo approach to life too, but Octo Gato brings the sounds out with chutzpah and that underlying energy that made those silly beach movies of yesteryear so fun to watch.

See also: Octo Gato Creates a Cat-Inspired Superhero for "Superpuss" Video

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Most WTF Florida Music Moments of 2014

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Miami-Dade Corrections

Enough with the Florida jokes, America. We get it. We come across as a little trashy on the internet.

Yeah, we give our sexual predators $3 million lottery checks and occasionally store crack pipes in our butts. And sure, we have a perpetual hankering for some home-cooked meth and Colombia's finest nose candy. But we like to think of our approach to crime as creative. And as far as the drugs, if you don't like to party, you don't have to come over.

What follows here are some of the most WTF music moments that took place in our sunny state in 2014. You might say with a shiver when reading them: "What the F, Florida?" But when we locals reminisce about our crazy times, we think, "Aw, baby. You so crazy." And then take a hearty bump and keep on dancing. Here it goes.

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Ten Best Holiday Albums of 2014

Categories: Holiday Obscura


It's a holiday tradition as etched into our memories as a well festooned Christmas tree or a Hanukkah bush, as intrinsic to our celebrations as a spinning dreidel or the stockings hung on the mantle, presumably with care. We're referring of course to the annual barrage of holiday albums featuring the old seasonal standards and brand new songs penned about the wintery season.

Frankly, many of them truly suck. They're just painful. Trust us, we listened to a lot of them to compile this list. Fortunately though, 2014 had a few occasional gems that transcend the norm and actually provide the possibility of pleasant listening year round.

Here are ten examples of new holiday releases definitely worth discovering.

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Michael Franti Pens Song in Miami About Police Brutality Protests

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Franti in 2011

In the first two weeks of December, Michael Franti was recording in Miami -- the same time as protests were breaking out around the country over the lack of indictments for police killing unarmed black men.

In response, he was inspired to write the song "Same as it Ever Was (Start Today)" -- a one-off that Franti is releasing on iTunes outside of a record label. A video -- which he shot in California just last week -- will air on exclusively today, and then on YouTube.

[New Times was tipped off by our copy editor Keith Hollar, a longtime friend of Franti's who was hanging out with him in the studio when he wrote the song.]

Franti -- a mixed-race artist who has long been involved in social justice issues -- spoke to us from San Francisco about the song right before its release.

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Fleetwood Mac Heads to BB&T Center with Classic Lineup

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Since forming in London in 1967, British-American band Fleetwood Mac has been one of the most successful and recognizable outfits to emerge from the era and evolve since.

Could it be the soap-opera-like romances/divorces/affairs that have surrounded the core of its lineups, or is it drummer and founder Mick Fleetwood's stylistic flair or some continued levelheadedness that has kept it going this long?

Maybe it's just the tunes.

But Fleetwood Mac's highly acclaimed 1977 album, Rumours, owes its raging success, even to this day, as much to the troubled interpersonal dealings of the band's members as it does to the immense likability of the 11 tracks contained within.

See also: Mick Fleetwood on His Photography: "Doing It for Myself and Doing It for Fun"

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Ten Films to Look For in 2015

In Clouds of Sils Maria, Kristen Stewart delivers the performance of her career.

By Calum Marsh

As the year in moviegoing draws to a close -- and as critics busy themselves drawing up lists and handing out awards -- it seems time at last to look ahead. Here are the 10 films to get excited about over the year to come.

1. Jauja (Dir. Lisandro Alonso)

Revered Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso returns after 2008's exquisite Liverpool with Jauja, his most astonishing film yet. While no less oblique than its predecessors, Jauja finds Alonso working for the first time with an international star: Viggo Mortensen, an intriguing wrinkle in Alonso's minimalist approach. Mortensen plays a Danish general adrift in the badlands of 19th-century Patagonia, and his wearying travails form the bulk of the action. A cryptic and formidable work, to be sure, but an altogether mesmerizing one.

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Twiggy Rasta Masta, aka La Goony Chonga, Is Keeping Hip-Hop "Based"

Jessie Schiewe
Two-thirds of Slut Mobb (Twiggy Rasta Masta, right; Bootychaaain, left).

It's springtime in Hollywood. The sky is cloudless and blue. Tourists bake in the sun and the Hollywood sign winks from the hills. A low-flying plane poops smoke trails overhead. On the rooftop of a 1920s apartment building, two girls are smoking a joint and listening to music from a cell phone.

"Genius, right?" says the girl with the blue hair, who goes by the name Twiggy Rasta Masta. She has gold-encased teeth and a slight Spanish accent. Brown liner is stenciled around her lips and a gold chain hangs from her neck. The inside of her left wrist reads, "Yeah!"

"So good," agrees her friend, Bootychaaain. She has short hair, like a boy's -- curly on top, buzzed on the sides. Her nails are teal and over three-inches long, perfect for holding stubby joints.

Busted out the womb, is the Young Daughter, sings the third member of their crew. Heard your ass was thirsty/Need some fuckin' water. Her voice is wan and she sounds bored.

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Dan Hosker Music Continuum Show Celebrates Its Third Year at Churchill's Pub

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Teajay Smith

When Dan Hosker passed away on August 11, 2012, after a lengthy battle for his life following a freak car accident, South Florida and the world of underground rock 'n' roll lost one of its true guitar heroes. It also lost one of the nicest and most generous members of its community.

Though a profound tragedy, his passing has had a silver lining. It managed to coalesce our music scene into an even more tightly knit group than it was before. His friends, family, and former bandmates from the Holy Terrors, Antipope, and Boise Bob and His Backyard Band, among others, have kept his legacy alive with music, Hosker's love.

This year, the Third Annual Dan Hosker Music Continuum Show will continue to keep his name up in lights and in the hearts of South Floridians, where it belongs. Another special thing that's come from this tragedy is that the show serves as a fundraiser to help Priya Ray, another beloved member of this community, get herself a handicap-accessible van.

See also: In Remembrance of Miami Guitarist Dan Hosker (VIDEO)

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Ten Most Florida Music Concerts of 2014

Sayre Berman

No matter how bad Americans are at geography, there's one shape in the Union everyone can pick out when handed a blank map. That's Florida.

The uniqueness of the Sunshine State extends beyond the configuration of its borders. There are just certain Floridian qualities that capture the world's imagination -- usually pretty grimy, but oftentimes just plain tacky.

To celebrate the passing of another year of sweating through T-shirts and entertaining out-of-towners with mojitos, we present the ten most Florida concerts of 2014.

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The Black Keys and St. Vincent - BB&T Center, Sunrise - December 15

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Danny Clinch

When I heard the Black Keys were playing BB&T Center, I was skeptical. I thought, no rock band formed in the 21st century can fill up an entire arena. That's a venue for boy bands, hip-hop moguls, and rockers with membership to the AARP.

But as the Black Keys took the stage at 9:15 p.m., it became apparent that rock and roll was not dead. And it truly was an all ages show -- from teenyboppers out late on a school night to grandmas and grandpas, every kind of fan was in attendance. There were a couple empty seats. But it didn't matter, since no one sat down during the entirety of the duo's hour and forty five minute, twenty-one song set.

See also: The Black Keys' Patrick Carney on Working with "Shit Gear" and Cinematic Sounds

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