Lolipop Records Showcased Its Talent at Vintage Tap in Delray Beach

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By Daniel Stout

Last night, Vintage Tap on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach hosted its own microcosm of the alternative rock world hosted by local music rag PureHoney Magazine.

Four bands, hailing from Oregon, California, New York, and Fort Lauderdale, took the stage to deliver their own brands of '90s style at the small bar to a rather adoring crowd. The eclectic mix of rock subgenres the Lolipop Records' bands brought to the table was refreshing.

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Anberlin Brought Bittersweet Final Show to Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale

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Ian Witlen

By Michelle de Carion

I remember when my brother gave me a couple of Anberlin CDs years ago when I was in college -- the Never Take Friendship Personal and Cities albums. I fell in love with the rocky ballads, graceful lyrics, and the voice of Stephen Christian, which always softly rose above the rifts of the electric guitar.

I found myself mesmerized and energized by every song. On angry nights, I would pound the pavement of the Chicago streets running and blasting "Dismantle. Repair." and "Breaking." It was always a catharsis that ended with "The Unwinding Cable Car."

My relationship with Anberlin never ended, even though I hadn't been to one of the band's shows. That is, until last night, its second-to-last show ever. Years before, I remembered a friend telling me they sounded terrible live. I was happy to find out they were dead wrong.

See also: Anberlin at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Bar Guide

Photo by Lex Hernandez
Get buzzed with Basel's most beautifully boozy.

Art Basel hits our city each December like a ton of very stylish, possibly graffitied, definitely expensive bricks. People with cash flock here to snap up valuable artwork, culture nerds come for the quirky performances, and party animals get ratchet at each and every live music venue, because it's still Miami.

The thing is, maybe you've never been to this weird seaside town, and you'd really like to experience a bit of the nightlife outside the December art bubble. There are plenty of other bars around Miami that fill up each Basel with those who just want to chill for a minute.

Here are our suggestions for Miami's best bars, with something for every taste and sexual preference.

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Ten Bars and Clubs Open on Thanksgiving in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Categories: A Gay Ol' Time

By Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

The best Thanksgiving memories are the ones in which you're surrounded by family. But what's glittering for your memory bank can be hell on your IRL stress levels.

Way down the line, you can accentuate the positive, but at 6:52 p.m. Thursday, you'll have to use all your will power not to scream at Aunt Sylvia when she asks you for the seventeen thousandth time when you're going to settle down.

To assist with your mental health and desire to booze, we here at New Times decided to locate ten bars and clubs whose doors will be open for you to kick back and cut loose this Thursday.

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How Flagler Village Became Fort Lauderdale's Cultural Core

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The Masterminds Behind Fort Lauderdale's Flagler Village from Voice Media Group and Mitchel Worley on Vimeo.

Flip-flops aren't dancing shoes. But on any given afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, you can find too-tan folks working off hangovers by chugging Coors Light, jamming out to covers of Lynyrd Skynyrd... in flip-flops.

That's only part of Fort Lauderdale in 2014. Over the past five years or so, the city has taken a turn for the more cultural. This is especially true in the area north of downtown known as Flagler Village. Dedicated business owners, locals, developers, and community members have upgraded the blocks just west of Federal Highway, south of Sunrise Boulevard, and north of NE Fourth Street. Though it is still desolate in places, mainstay McGuire's Irish Pub is as popular as ever, small nearby businesses like Radio-Active Records are thriving, and mid-rises are quickly going up.

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Phantom of the Opera Dazzles at the Broward Center but Fails to Connect

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Photo by: Matthew Murphy
It's hard to turn a classic on its head, especially when you're talking about one of the most performed and beloved musicals of all time.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera has hooked children into theater and dazzled audiences young and old since its premiere in 1986, and yet, it felt sometimes as if the audience at the Broward Center on Friday night never truly connected with the performers onstage.

Was that because the performance itself was somewhat muddled, or was the performance somewhat muddled because the audience was rude? It's hard to tell. One thing is certain though -- the stagecraft of this Phantom is absolutely as brilliant as anything we've ever seen.

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The Clap Reunites in Fort Lauderdale for Poorhouse Show with Chaos and Punk Covers

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Many years ago, South Florida had herself some evenings of particular wanton excess that resulted in the Clap.

A quad of musicians left to their own devices formed a separate VD-named entity while their bands, Radiobaghdad and the Holy Terrors, took some "much needed time off."

The Clap made a racket with chaos and punk rock covers. Not to be confused with the early '80s Anglo-inspired punk band from Pennsylvania, South Florida's the Clap was a thousand times more tropical and has a solid sense of humor.

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The Exiles Brought Rockabilly and a Lost Feature on Native Culture to Fort Lauderdale

Ollie Wareham
(Left to Right) Spencer who starred in The Legacy of Exiled Ndnz, Pamela Peters, and Everett Osceola

Friday night, the Stranahan House Museum was transformed into a 1950s dance fest. At 6 p.m., Rockabilly band Slip and the Spinouts were playing music made for greasers and pre-auxiliary cord cars were displayed out front in all their shiny glory.

The reason for these festivities was not an interactive screening of Grease but rather of the lost movie The Exiles. Created in the late '50s by director Kent MacKenzie, it tells the story of three Native Americans who moved from their reservation to Los Angeles. The movie was created around the time of the Indian Relocation Act, a United States law created to encourage indigenous people to leave their reservations and move to certain cities in the U.S. where they were promised a solid job and good life.

See also: A Gay -- or "Two-Spirit" -- Miccosukee Man Fights for the Everglades

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Jump the Shark's Grand Opening This Week Is a Who's Who of South Florida's Art and Music Scenes

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Jump the Shark's Facebook page.

When IWAN's (Independent Working Artists Network) Concept Production Facility opened in 2009, it was a signal that Fort Lauderdale was beginning a climb toward gaining equal cultural footing with post-Art Basel Miami.

Named the Bubble after its first event, the venue -- an amalgam of gallery space and meeting ground for the area's creatives -- became a center of activity in the nascent days of the contemporary art scene. All the culture seems familiar now, like the monthly art walk and off-the-beaten path eateries and cafés that opened in the area.

Just this year, it was renamed Jump the Shark and is run solely by IWAN cofounder Garo Gallo. He's done an about-face while retaining the important set pieces that make the space a compelling community destination. Some key differences are securing a beer and wine license for the new bar and giving a face-lift to the patio area and incidental art adorning the venue.

See also: How Flagler Village Became Fort Lauderdale's Cultural Core

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Five Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

Categories: Five Under $5

Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
5. The Fort Lauderdale Beach Fall Music Fest
Noon, Saturday, November 22 to November 23, at Da Big Kahuna, 17 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Suite 308, Fort Lauderdale. Free with online registration or with a food donation. Visit Facebook.

The boys of Beach Place music festivals are back. Dave Neri and Colby Taylor are returning with over 12 hours of local live music in plenty of different genres for very cheap. You'll hear anything from hip-hop act Fresha Got The Kush to classic rock cover band Crush jamming out to Rush.

What makes this festival different from the rest is the fact that there will be a food donation for a Thanksgiving food drive. Oh, and if you're thinking of shaving that stache, don't. There will be a Stache Off with with prizes for the winner of the best mustache in honor of No Shave November, the huge viral campaign for men's health issues such as testicular and prostate cancer.

"It's extraordinarily important that we give to the community, and every child deserves food on their plate," says Taylor. In addition, there will be special promotion giveaways by Monster Energy Gaming and Grateful J's.

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