The Band in Heaven Releases New Video for "The Boys of Summer of Sam"


West Palm Beach pedal-heavy fuzz-rockers the Band in Heaven is back at it again. The group released a new 7" last Tuesday on Chicago imprint HoZac Records. It expands on the four-piece's psychedelic, black-leather swagger.

This nifty two-song release is also seeing the light of day via cassette tape on local label Decades Records this week.

The A-side "The Boys of Summer of Sam," boasts the kind of menacing scuzzed-out riffage that would make Black Rebel Mototcycle Club jealous. The video for the song, which addresses a serious subject, premiered yesterday on Noisey.

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SantaCon in Fort Lauderdale: We Said "Ho, Yes"

Categories: Holiday Obscura

Video by James Argyropoulos

This Saturday was the third time Fort Lauderdale celebrated the annual Christmas-themed pub crawl, SantaCon. We were already dedicated to participating before it was brought to our attention that there've been some mixed feelings about the nationwide event.

Some people, particularly certain bar owners, feel as though the event has gotten out of hand. This distain derives primarily from the bar fights, public urination, and vomiting, along with all around sloppiness, that some claim comes with the SantaCon territory. People have even gone so far as to make anti-SantaCon websites. Others, however, feel differently. Norman Siegel, civil rights attorney, defends the rights of SantaCon attendees and stated in an episode of The Daily Show that these Santas do have a right to parade the streets.

Regardless of what anyone says, SantaCon initially started as a satirical prank. In 1994, Santas rallied against the commercialization of Christmas in San Francisco with 34 participants crashing elite parties to "shock people." The event was not intended to be a reoccurring booze fest, but ten years later, the event is still going strong. In fact, with the numbers of attendees growing exponentially over the years, the event is even stronger than in earlier years.

Despite the criticism SantaCon has received, we still believe that there are more pros than cons. Sure, there are some bad Santas out there that tend to give it a bad rap, but there are just as many good Kris Kringles as naughty ones. We may not be able to keep a naughty or nice list like Jordan Klepper suggests on the aforementioned Daily Show segment, but we found joy in SantaCon. Here's how.

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Fleetwood Mac Was Better Than Ever at BB&T Center on December 19, 2014

Categories: Concert Review

Sayre Berman

Fleetwood Mac
BB&T Center, Sunrise
Friday, December 19, 2014

Better than: Anyone had the right to expect.

All those who packed into the BB&T Center at the penultimate show of the much-heralded Fleetwood Mac reunion tour truly felt they were attending a landmark event.

After some 48 years of slinging hugely successful albums and holding down a reputation as rock's most notorious traveling soap opera, the sold out performance was testimony to Fleetwood's longevity and durability. But the fact that the band still sounds remarkable -- some might say better than ever -- ensured its three hour, awe-inspiring show was one for the ages.

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

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Ten Best New Year's Eve Parties in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Categories: Best of 2014

Kimmy Drake

The new year promises a fresh start, but it's also the beginning of soon-to-be-broken resolutions, drunken midnight smooches, weeks of finding glitter on your sheets and in your ears, and all-around regretful debauchery.

But whether you look at the champagne flute half full or half empty, you have a sparkling alcoholic beverage in your hand. It's time to make some new mistakes, and why not do it while gulping some bubbly?

Spend this New Year's Eve having a really good time, like a silly, fun, wonderful night. And you don't have to go all the way to Times Square to see balls drop -- ahem, a ball drop. South Florida is jam-packed with everything from, well, Phish jamming to house DJs spinning to hip bands strumming.

So before you count down to midnight, read our countdown of NYE parties to find a proper way to kick 2014's ass out the door.

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Sacred Steel Guitarist Roosevelt Collier on His Success: "It's a Thrill to Be on the Ride"

Categories: Interview

Alex Markow

Roosevelt Collier is a South Floridian through and through. The pedal steel guitarist, playing in the sacred steel tradition, gradually became a force of nature in the local jam community and his talents are now desired by some of the most famous musicians worldwide.

He first played gigs with his uncles and cousins in the Lee Boys, and then branched off for a solo career. He still finds time to jump on stage with plenty of heavy-hitters like Umphrey's McGee and Perpetual Groove. He puts his entire heart and soul into each song, making every one of them memorable.

With extensive touring and many festival appearances in 2014, it seems also that Collier is soon to be a huge national name with no state guarded against one of his patented "jambushes."

"This year has been pretty awesome," Collier admits. "The shows I've been able to be a part of have been incredible." He was on tour with the new saxophonist of the Rolling Stones, Karl Denson, and his outfit Tiny Universe. They had a string of nearly sold-out shows in Colorado and put on some history-making sets at Bear Creek right here in Florida.

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Five Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

Categories: Five Under $5

Christina Mendenhall

5. Sith-Mas: Star Wars Christmas Cosplay Party
10 p.m., Friday, December 19, at District 15, 15 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. No cover. 21 and up. Visit Facebook.
May the force be with you this Friday at District 15's Sith-Mas event. The second annual Star Wars-themed Christmas party will feature dark beats spun by DJs LinderSMASH and Lorenzo DJ Kaos Fernandez and performaces by burlesque gals, hopefully all dressed like Princess Leia!

If Santa Claus and Darth Vader were able to procreate, this party would be their offspring. So what does one wear to this event? A sexy Santa suit with Darth Maul mask to confuse? Probably. We also like the idea of a Yoda adorned with Christmas lights and wreath hat.

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Ten Best Broward and Palm Beach County Albums of 2014

Categories: Best of 2014

Rich Aroma

It's that time of year again folks, when all us music critics get on our little soapboxes and decide what music was relevant or "worth it" in the past year. We are tastemakers, after all (at least in our minds), so crafting these year end lists is why we make the big bucks (ah, we jest).

We sifted through endless bins of padded manilla envelopes and sorted through thousands of emails to discern which Broward and Palm Beach County acts put out the best EPs and LPs in the past year. We know we still probably missed that one underground band playing warehouses in Davie that stands to be the next incarnation of Hüsker Dü. And chances are, we probably snubbed your personal favorite band too. We know. But them's the breaks, kids.

After attending to our bleeding ears -- you know, from listening to so many tunes -- we gathered together our ten personal favorite efforts of the year. There were some New Times mainstays, artists that made our list once again, but there many pleasant surprises in 2014, as well. Check out our list of the ten best local albums of the year and add your own in the comments, if you wish.

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The 2014 Gift Guide for Metalheads

Categories: Holiday Obscura

Sayre Berman

By Lauren Wise

Searching for the perfect gift for that music lover in your life isn't so difficult. However, trying to find the perfect gift for a metalhead is a bit more daunting. It's not that we're picky -- we just don't particularly value the commercialized side of our beloved genre. Therefore, the emerging market of heavy metal "gifts," short of albums or t-shirts, hasn't really ballooned until lately.

I've received some killer heavy metal gifts in my day -- Pantera Chucks, Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, Jimmy Page's memoir, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole courted with a handle of whiskey. Oh, and a vintage typewriter. You might not think that's very metal -- but it is badass to this heavy metal journalist.

So here's a list of gifts for the shredder or thrasher in your life, whether it's you significant other, father, sister, friend... or if you just want to scare the hell out of someone. Trust me, if you want to get that annoying chick to stop calling you, nothing says "red flag" like a documentary on satanic black metal.

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

Categories: Concert Preview


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

Categories: Heads Up

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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