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

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By Zach McCormick

For a modest-sized Midwestern city mostly known for cranking out a staggering amount of rubber, Akron has a lot to be proud of. Three of its native sons are sitting more or less on the top of the world in their respective fields, with LeBron James returning home like King Richard from the Crusades and the Black Keys landing hit after unlikely hit on the Billboard charts.

While LeBron might as well have been anointed a hero from birth, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney never really thought of themselves as star material. Building their success with a down-to-earth attitude and years of scrappiness and tenacity, the duo began its slow march to the top in 2001. Despite major-label money and a move to Nashville, the group has retained all of its affable outsider charm. We reached out to Carney to talk about his outside work as a producer and being a good loser.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Perform The Christmas Attic Live at BB&T Center

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Jason McEachern, 2014

"It's kind of like having a child; there's no secret," says Al Pitrelli, guitarist and founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. "You give birth to something. You're there from its inception. You fall in love with it the second it opens its eyes. And 20 years later, you realize that it's grown up into something you're so proud of."

For the past 18-plus years, TSO has been synonymous with Yuletide for fans of progressive and neoclassical metal. Known for operatic stage shows, TSO was formed by producer Paul O'Neill, who enlisted coproducer Robert Kinkel, rock musician Jon Oliva, and Pitrelli.

Tours for holiday albums like Christmas Eve and Other Stories and The Lost Christmas Eve have become unofficial traditions. And for the first time, TSO is performing its middle album, The Christmas Attic, as the show opener.

"The short version of the story is that we started touring in '99 and had seven or eight cities on the itinerary that first year," Pitrelli says, recalling the early days of TSO. "By the following year, there was 50 cities, and we're at a point now of 120-something, so we haven't really had a chance to catch a breath."

See also: Last Night: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at BankAtlantic Center

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Squeegee Science Celebrating Relaunch of Printing Shop

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Ashley Turner
Brett Wilkin at a live printing at Funky Buddha

In 2008, Brett Wilkin found himself replacing a turntable with a squeegee.

Renting a flatbed truck and leasing a small shared warehouse in Fort Lauderdale with some old equipment from his dad, he abandoned his electronic music career after feeling the pull of his father's old business and decided to open his own screen printing shop.

Seven years later, Squeegee Science has gone through a serious overhaul, moving into a bigger space downtown and expanding its team. Wilkin is now flanked by local artist and screen printer Lowell Donofrio, also known as Jinx Remover, and Wilkin's fiancée and business partner, Betsey Denberg.

Tonight, the Squeegee Science team is throwing a "relaunch extravaganza" for their family, close friends and customers to celebrate their success. "This party is about moving into a new era for the business, or as we calling it, a relaunch," Wilkin says. "While the night is partially about us, it's mostly about letting our customers know how much we appreciate their business."


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Electropop Band Crying Will Have You Emoting in Margate

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Crying, a New York City electropop band with an emotional name, calls its sound "sunshine pop," "porn groove," and "crime funk," all which evoke a lot of feelings. The trio includes guitarist Ryan Galloway, singer Elaiza Santos, and drummer Nick Corbo.

The band's peculiar name was not inspired by a specific incident, nor an emotive action done regularly by members. Instead, Galloway stated that when recording its new EP, the band merely tried to find a simple moniker that no other band had snatched up.

"We used last.fm to check and Crying wasn't taken," he explained. "It had nothing to do with our music." So, don't expect to do any weeping at its Talent Farm-promoted show at O'Malley's tonight in Margate.

See also: Seven Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale During Art Basel 2014

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Florida Grand Opera Brings Madama Butterfly to the Broward Center

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Failing to impress with its premiere in Milan's legendary La Scala in 1904, Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly went through a tightening and highly scrutinized revision and a mere three months later, the opera -- now one of the most beloved in the world -- connected with the discerning Italian audience. With a libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, Madama Butterfly has become one of the four cornerstones in Puccini's arsenal alongside Tosca, Turandot, and La bohème.

This work has endured for a number of reasons that cover more than the span of the observable but not distracting cultural clash of the main protagonists, 15-year-old Cio-Cio-San and her American husband, Lt. B.F. Pinkerton -- a romantic ne'er-do-well who enters the union through and arrangement with a marriage broker. The Florida Grand Opera's 74th season opened this past November in Miami with a brilliant rendition of this classic and a powerhouse performance by soprano Kelly Kaduce in the title role.

This two-day stint at the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts will please seasoned opera goers and newcomers alike.

See also: Florida Grand Opera's Stellar Madama Butterfly Gives Glimpse of Exciting Season

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Xeno & Oaklander and Iceage to Do DJ Sets at Radio-Active Records

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For those wanting to dip their toes in all the Art Basel hullabaloo that's going down in Miami over the next few days but not fully commit, Radio-Active Records is offering a viable solution. Instead of having to schlep past the Golden Glades Interchange, you can show up at Fort Lauderdale's venerable vinyl emporium, which is bringing in two notable indie bands that have scheduled performances at the popular Wynwood watering hole Gramps during this Miami Art Week.

Granted, Brooklyn's minimalistic electro duo Xeno & Oaklander and Danish postpunk rockers Iceage are scheduled to do only DJ sets at Radio-Active Records this Thursday. But fret not; the good times will be rolling. "This show will give those who can't make it to Miami a chance to hang out with the performers in an intimate setting and listen to some good tunes," explains Radio-Active co-owner Mikey Ramirez.

See also: Seven Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale During Art Basel 2014


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Wholesome Holiday 2014 Concert Guide for Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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The Holidays have a funny way of bringing out the gentler, more cheerful side of people ... Even us bassed-out party animals here at New Times.

Maybe it's all the spiked eggnog or "sugar" cookies, but whatever it is, it's something, well, pretty magical.

And since we're in that wholesome Christmas spirit, we're hooking you up with a month's worth of Holiday lights and musical goodness, from George Balanchine's The Nutcracker to classic Christmas carols with the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

Just check out Broward and Palm Beach's Holiday 2014 concert guide.

See also: Seven Best Classic-Rock Moments Released on DVD/Blu-Ray in 2014

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