FAU's Student-Run Record Label Hoot/Wisdom Recordings Raises Money for CompOWLation Vol. 4

Ian Witlen

Boca's only student run label, Florida Atlantic University's Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, has successfully launched a crowdsourced funding project on Power2Give to raise money for upcoming album releases, upgraded recording equipment, and promotion of the label's music beyond South Florida. This is the first time they've used the web to raise cash since the label's inception 12 years ago. The fundraiser was both set up and approved by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and FAU.

In case you aren't aware of the power Hoot/Wisdom has, let us educate you. In addition to talented local musicians Mandy Moon, the Pathetique, Phantomime, Grace Kimmel and others, the "Alex" half of the 2013 X Factor winner duo Alex & Sierra also worked with Hoot/Wisdom before moving to Orlando when his career took off. The FAU site claims the University "has one of the most active record labels at any university" proven by the release of 21 albums, which were produced entirely by students.

See also: FAU's Hoot/Wisdom Recordings: "The Future of the Music Industry"

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Gene Simmons Incorrectly Observed That Rock Is Finally Dead

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Ian Witlen

Kiss' bassist, frontman, and legendary tongue, Gene Simmons, made headlines last week for saying these four very wrong words in an interview he did with his son for Esquire magazine: "Rock is finally dead."

You should always be hesitant to expect too many profound thoughts from athletes, entertainers, or straight men who wear makeup. But anyone would be curious why a guy who cowrote "I wanna rock and roll all night" would now be quoted as saying, "The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered."

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Boca Attorney Writes "Positive Raps" to Deter Youth Crime

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Courtesy of David Hollander
When David Hollander couldn't get Will Smith to take up his cause, he turned to some of Palm Beach's rappers. When that crew told him his mission was lame, he came up with the moniker he now performs under: Pro Se.

The legal term means "to represent yourself," which is what Hollander, a 35-year-old Boca attorney, has been forced to do in his latest venture. After three years of working as a Jacksonville prosecutor, he's learned the easiest way to reach would-be offenders.

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Top 10 South Florida Tinder Photo Clichés


Tinder is a trip, man. For those who have been afforded the opportunity to get out there and get their swipe on in multiple states, there is no question that the variety and disparity of people looking for some action between different 38-mile radii is vast.

Much like an area develops a dialect, an area's Tinder profiles too possess a unique patois -- one that speaks to the nature of the place's activities and attractions. While one might expect a place as unhinged and unchecked as South Florida to boast a veritable buffet of what-the-fuck!? on Tinder, we've found quite the opposite.

There's an inexplicable homogenization going on down here. Each swipe digs deeper into a gallery of ultimately basic horny adolescents. We want you to get laid via the internet, so here are the top 10 Tinder profile clichés to avoid perpetrating to the tri-county area. We start with the women and then move on into the men -- this is a collaborative list, with help from music editor Liz Tracy. Also, these aren't just for straight folk. Gays also take note.

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Stache Hosts Jack's Joint Benefit for Special Olympics Tonight

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Michele Eve Sandberg

The 1920s-themed speakeasy, Stache, has been generating a lot of buzz lately that can be accredited to its laid-back concerts, cool vibe, and uniquely crafted cocktails. Tonight, the space once known as Green Room will be lit up for an entirely different reason. Stache is sponsoring the Special Olympics' benefit and blackjack tournament, Jack's Joint.

It may seem unlikely to find an event on Fort Lauderdale's Second Street that doesn't involve partying like a frat boy, but Steven Stepniewski, Special Olympics' Vice President of Resource Development, deemed Stache a totally appropriate venue for the fundraiser. "When we walked in, we thought it was a great place to have our event, in a Speakeasy atmosphere," Stepniewski said. "We knew it was the right venue for us."

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Jonny Veo Benefit at C&I Studios Reunites Green Room DJs

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Ian Witlen

The South Florida music community is like a family. If one of us goes down, you can bet the rest of us will support that fallen cousin in party. Whether it's in the form of a cold brew or a whole night dedicated to raising money to help pay medical bills, you're set for life in these tropical parts.

In the case of Jonny Veo, after a random, violent attack in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the nightlife forces have come together to raise funds in the form of a dance party, cutely called "A Kitten for Jonny."

Veo does all the booking and promoting for parties on Tuesdays at the Dubliner and Thursdays at the Vagabond. But this event is taking place at Fort Lauderdale's haven for creativity, C&I Studios. Organized and with music by former Green Room resident DJs Lindersmash! (AKA Mike Linder), Lorenzo "DJ Kaos" Fernandez, Mig, and Tonx, they hope to raise some dough to help Veo with his mounting hospital bills. You see, Veo had his jaw wired shut -- and as if not being able to eat solid food or talk weren't enough -- he also has a broken eye socket and cheekbone.

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CityChurch's Musical Christmas Eve in the City Welcomes Saints, Sinners and Skeptics to Fat Village

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Christmas Eve In The City from CityChurch South Florida on Vimeo.

Attention Catholics, atheists, skeptics, saints, festivus celebrators -- well, you get the picture. Everyone, and we mean everyone, is welcome at Fat Village tonight. It's Christmas Eve in the City, an event put on by CityChurch South Florida celebrating the JC's big day with music.

"This is definitely a religious thing, but everyone-religious or not is welcome to attend," says Sara Shake from Exposed PR, who is working on the event. But it's not your typical day at church. Local musicians Josh Diaz from KIDS, Corey Bost, and Dan Diaz from Civilian will be present, performing plenty of songs to get everyone in the mood to holiday. So, you indie-rock loving heathens, you have somewhere to go on X-mas that you can tell your grandma about the next day. You're welcome.

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Aloha Winter Music Festival Is About Fighting Cancer, Fun, and "Celebrating Life on the Beach"

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Proceeds from the 35-band Aloha Winter Music Fest benefit cancer patient Claudia on the right.

Dave Neri is no stranger to helping out people out by raising cash for their good causes through music. A Fort Lauderdale resident for almost 40 years, he's hosted and performed benefits since he was 17, first with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He's done the toy run for Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation for about six years, and played with bands at the South Florida Tattoo Expo to support the same cause for over a decade.

This season of giving, he dedicating many hours and offering over 35 (35!) bands a stage at the Aloha Winter Festival to raise funds for Claudia, the mother of one of our writers, Natayla Jones, who is suffering from cancer.

"I know that music is a very powerful tool." Neri says, "And it helps. I have an autistic child myself, so I don't mind doing anything to help children or anyone get through life. Whatever we can do."

Aloha is taking over two venues -- Da Big Kahuna and Sopranos Dueling Piano Bar -- at Fort Lauderdale Beach Place this Sunday with four stages and 13 hours of music. The invite claims: "Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion, and mercy." It also means hello and goodbye. "We made it like 'Hello, Winter,'" Neri says, "because we're tired of sweating our asses off, and we're welcoming winter. It's like a change in Florida, everyone starts being nice to each other. We decided to extend that to Claudia. When someone's in pain or suffering, and we can help, we're all for that."

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Thank You, Mark Wahlberg, for Introducing Me to Lou Reed

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Wikipedia Commons

The famous quote that appeared in all the Lou Reed obituaries when he passed away last month involved the purchasing of Velvet Underground albums: "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." With the even more recent news of Morrissey releasing a live cover of "Satellite of Love" on December 3, it is also probable that each of these record-purchasers also covered a Lou Reed song.

It is easy to understand why. Lou Reed's colorful lyrics always made whoever sung them sound cool. His voice was an easy one to imitate, not changing its tone very often. There's also the fact that Reed has explained his philosophy on structuring a song by way of saying: "One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz."

Over the years, Neil Young, R.E.M., and Nirvana have all covered his tunes. And if it wasn't for one famous interpreter of his songs, you probably never would have heard of Lou Reed.

See also: Lou Reed: We Remember the Legend

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Jay-Z, Madonna, Justin Timberlake: Please Don't Really Boycott Florida

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Sayre Berman
UPDATE: Turns out many artists first listed by April Ryan at American Urban Radio Networks, like Rihanna and the Rolling Stones, aren't actually boycotting the state. Mother Jones reported on the story, as did the Huffington Post.

Dear Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Usher, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Rod Stewart, Young Jeezy, and the growing list of other boycotters:

The news of your boycott against Florida is both inspiring in its idealism and distressing in its reality. Taking a stand, if you will, against the seemingly criminal Stand Your Ground law is more than honorable. It most certainly is! But there are consequences to your actions that affect Floridians who were also horrified by the Zimmerman verdict. We aren't all alike here, you see.

If I were a hugely famous performing artist who made a butt-ton of money and controlled the livelihoods of hundreds, maybe thousands of people, I might also want to knock some sense into this backward-ass state. But can't you find some other way to actually foment change?

Maybe hold a benefit concert to help form or strengthen groups lobbying to repeal SYG? Or take those dollars you made from those Pepsi commercials and help mobilize the youth and minority vote in this state.

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