Coastline Festival 2015 Announces Lineup: The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, and Others

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Coastline Festival is back!

And for its sophomore return, the fest is trekking the SoFla coast, bringing a "Craft Cove" village, "Food Frontier," and "Isle of Art" to the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre on Sunday, February 22, 2015, and to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg the day before.

While the select beer, gourmet grub, and art of Coastline is pretty exciting, the music is where all the hype is at. That's because the guys over at AEG, Pop2Life, and Ledge Entertainment are bringing the experimental psych-rock of the Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, and a slew of other indie acts to the 954 next year.

Check the cut for the rest of the line up.

See also: Tortuga Music Festival Announces 2015 Dates

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Howling Winds Premier New Tunes at Cans & Bands II Tonight

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For the second year in a row, Lavola frontman and mastermind Julian Cires has teamed up with the Palm Beach County Food Bank and the local music community to create a night of rock 'n' roll philanthropy.

Cans & Bands II, held tonight at Propaganda, will feature four premium local acts that can be enjoyed all for the low price of $5 or three canned goods. All proceeds raised will go the PBC Food Bank, which has the daunting task of collecting and distributing food to agencies from Taquesta to Boca Raton and as far west a Pahokee to feed the hungry and homeless.

"I wanted to put my efforts behind something directly proactive and beneficial to my hometown," the affable Cires told New Times recently. Cires tells us last year's even was a modest success, collecting more than 223 pounds of canned food and more than $288 worth of donations, and he is expecting fans to come with even more of a charitable intent this year.

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Matisyahu Returns to South Florida This Saturday

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You might have trouble recognizing the Matisyahu who will be performing Saturday at Mizner Park Amphitheater.

The New Yorker born as Matthew Miller shot to fame with his reggae/rap/rock hybrid "King Without a Crown." The song cracked the Top 40 in 2005 and transformed Matis­yahu into an unlikely celebrity as the Hasidic star who could kick a rhyme while donning a beard, sidelocks, and yarmulke.

The 2014 model looks completely different. He cut his hair, shaved his beard, and removed the religious garb. In an interview with Miami New Times earlier this year, he expressed frustration about the rejection he faced for changing his beliefs. "It can be painful when you put yourself out there and open up your heart and people don't get it. Or worse, they put out a lot of judgment. It's difficult when people think I betrayed the Jewish people or fell off the boat."

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Heart Returns to Hard Rock Live in Hollywood This Sunday

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Heart is playing Hard Rock Live on Sunday, days after disembarking from a cruise-ship festival titled, justly, Women Who Rock. Probably no other band has the longtime legitimacy that warrants it most fitting to headline a festival with that name.

The Wilson sisters, Nancy and Ann, who front Heart are the queens of rock 'n' roll. Take a listen to classic rock radio playlists and among the Led Zeppelins, the ZZ Tops, and the AC/DCs, you will see that the only feminine voices to break that glass ceiling were Heart's. 1970s-era hits like "Magic Man," "Barracuda," and "Crazy on You" get heads banging, hair shaking, and pelvises gyrating.

See also: Heart's Nancy and Ann Wilson Melted Our Ticker Last Night at Hard Rock Live

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Band of Heathens' Ed Jurdi on Doing Things "Ass Backward" and Working with Kid Rock

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Referring to the Band of Heathens as an overnight sensation isn't exactly accurate, even though, by the band's own admission, it ascended into the spotlight fairly quickly.

What began initially as a series of Wednesday-night jam sessions at a club in its native Austin -- an event the group dubbed "The Good Time Supper Club" -- coalesced into an outfit that quickly gained national attention and soon after, climbed to the top of the Americana charts. It was due in large part to the fact that it possessed all the goods it needed from the very beginning, thanks to a pair of seasoned singer/songwriters in Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist, each of whom had pursued solo careers prior to participating in those impromptu gatherings.

Not surprisingly, then, the group's initial albums were recorded live prior to releasing its eponymous studio debut in 2008. And while concert recordings continue to find a place in its catalog, Band of Heathens has shown a decided studio savvy as well. With the core outfit currently consisting of Jurdi and Quist on vocals and guitar and later recruits Richard Milsap and Trevor Nealon -- on drums and keyboards, respectively -- it can proudly lay claim to its most fully realized effort to date, Sunday Morning Record.

"I think everything about our band, in terms of the way things are usually done, has been ass backward," Jurdi told us earlier this year.

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American Idol Winner David Cook on the Most Boring Thing in Music


As overplayed as some may think it is, American Idol provides a great outlet for aspiring stars to really get some national attention. It also provides an outlet for wannabes to make complete asses out of themselves, but nonetheless, it's for the greater good. Take, for instance, rocker David Cook, who won season seven of the show. The man has made a record-breaking 14 debuts on Billboard's Digital Songs as well as released three albums and is currently on tour.

When we talked to the former Idol star, he was at home in Nashville, relaxing before going out on the road. Cook also told us he has been working on his new record and "keeping an eye on the World Series" because he is a "die hard" Kansas Royal fan (obviously we talked to him before the heart breaking loss to the Giants).

Here's a humble beginning for you -- he's a fan because he used to work in the stadium restaurant for five years waiting tables. We spoke with the modest singer/songwriter about new music, Idol, and turning tragedies into something positive.

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Trick Or Beats Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary with Two-Day EDM Halloween Festival

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You've done the impossible: You've created a sexy Rick Scott costume. But you're still not sure where to show off your relevant getup this Halloween.

You can be whatever you want in Boca at the "biggest costume party in South Florida." Yes, Trick or Beats is back, but instead of being one night at Club Cinema, it's celebrating its five-year anniversary with a full-fledged two-day EDM festival.

Packing 13 DJs, a ton of costumed performers, and host Lil John into the Sunset Cove Amphitheater for something much bigger, bolder, and a whole lot more fun.

See also: The 15 Best Halloween Parties in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Natalie Cole's Hard Rock Show Will Be "Unforgettable"

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1991 was year zero for people singing with the deceased. Before the living Beatles could reunite with the departed John Lennon in "Free as a Bird" or a Tupac hologram could collaborate with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at Coachella, Natalie Cole released "Unforgettable." The duet with her famous father Nat King Cole, who passed away 26 years earlier, used new technology to make it sound as though their voices were recorded in the same room. The novelty and nostalgia made the song a Top Ten hit and swept the 1992 Grammys as Record of the Year.

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Kyle Says, "I Actually Didn't Poop My Pants" on Ultra Music Festival's Main Stage


At just 21 years old, hip-hop singer Kyle launched his first North American tour, appropriately titled the "Hey Kyle! Tour." He's performed at the PLUR-heavy event Ultra Music Festival in Miami, had his video for "Raining Love" featured on BET's 106 + Park, and has collaborated with electro DJ Martin Solveig on his hit "Hey Now."

In addition, he just celebrated the one-year anniversary of his debut album, Beautiful Loser. Kyle enthusiastically said, as we kicked off this interview, "Let's get it!" He gave us the low on what school plays he starred in, his remix of Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," and what it was like to perform at Ultra.

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The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward on What "Life Would Be Like Without the Music"

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When an artist is indelibly identified primarily with an incredibly successful rock band and well-known for writing and singing dozens of its signature songs, any attempt to launch a solo career is bound to be a challenge. And when the individual in question is Justin Hayward, one of the longtime mainstays of the Moody Blues, any effort of the sort becomes all the more daunting.

Hayward joined the Moodys immediately after its transition from a wannabe blues band with the minor chart hit, "Go Now," and helped transform them into bold forebears helming the prog rock revolution of the late '60s and early '70s. It was Hayward who penned such FM standbys as "Nights in White Satin," "Tuesday Afternoon," and "Your Wildest Dreams."

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