Top Five Guitarists We're Most Excited to See Play Experience Hendrix 2014

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We are of the belief that no one can truly pick up where a proper maverick like Jimi Hendrix left off. It's as if there's an unspoken understanding amongst guitarists that Hendrix's playing style is a language unto itself. One really can't be faulted for chasing such a unique dragon, even if it's to the detriment of their own individuality.

However, while there have been plenty of notable, perhaps less-creative Hendrix biters over the years, those that really crack the code and get to the true essence of Hendrix's greatness tend to chase his fearless individuality. That is what allowed the guitarist and songwriter to deliver unique and now ubiquitous double-stop licks and harnessed screaming crescendos of feedback, making music of noise. These people strive for originality in their own art and seek a spirit beyond the sound. Prince comes to mind.

The Experience Hendrix Tour was born out of the necessity to celebrate and pay tribute to the man and his art. It's been channeled through the hands of a rotating, all star cast of players looking to pay homage to the great mold-breaker. The tours have all featured guitarists with their own legacies and unique voices, and it is this that makes Experience Hendrix such an exciting thing. Not only does it provide an opportunity to celebrate Hendrix's music, but it also affords fans a chance to hear the way other legendary players perceive and interpret the man's art.

As usual, the 2014 iteration of the tour features an absolutely stacked lineup of players. Here are the top five people we're most excited to see perform at this year's Experience Hendrix at Hard Rock Live Hollywood.


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Hurly-Burly Burlesque: Reunited, and It Feels So Good

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Have you been feeling as deprived of the bootylicious babes of Hurly-Burly Burlesque as we have lately? Have you and your girlfriends solemnly resorted to the washboard abs and kneepads of LaBare to get your fix of flesh? Well, grab a Kleenex and wipe away those tears, ladies and sexuality-confident gents, because everyone's favorite troupe of not-so-manscaped misfits are back for their re-debut on Friday, October 18, at Propaganda Lake Worth.

We caught up with the band of brothers who proclaim their "hibernation was to restore and conserve their sexual powers," or prowess, if you ask us. While they consider themselves the opposite of bears, whatever that means, the Burly boys tell us "following the the trend of midseason finales like Breaking Bad, we're ready to premiere the second half of of our debut, of our second season." We can only hope these dancing machines don't pull a Heisenberg.

In preparation for their appropriately themed Bill and Ted's Bogus Burlesque Journey, we asked the beasts of brawn what past or present celebrities or historical figures they'd like to see on the Hurly-Burly stage. Enjoy.

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Ten Best South Florida Music Blogs

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We know it can get tough navigating the choppy, oft-unpredictable waters of our South Florida music scene.

Besides this blog, (your ultimate source for the local lowdown and breaking music news, obvs), how else can a native keep an ear to the ground and an eye out for the next big thing? After all, for a region dominated by high-end nightclubs and Top 40 dive bars, digging into the underground can sometimes seem daunting.

We've compiled 10 of the best online sources for local music and arts coverage -- from blogs and magazines to YouTube channels and Twitter accounts -- run by individuals and collectives of some of our scene's most actively out-there and musically-obsessed creatives. Check it out and feel free to weigh in on some of your own secret internet spots in the comments.

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Hurly Burly Burlesque Shares Its Favorite 1980s Videos

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Move over, bedazzled bodices, feather frocks, and rhinestone pasties. There's a new burlesque in town. And if you're thinking Hurly Burly Burlesque is anything like those muscly, baby-oil-slathered, overly tanned Chippendale's dudes, think again. What this gritty, bearded, tattooed and, well, fitness-disinclined band of burlyesque "dancers" brings is beyond your wildest, or furriest, dreams.

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This weekend, the boys are back at 5 Points Lounge to shamelessly mock the 1980s with a video party. Let's hope for a sensual rendition of "Love Bites" or perhaps a hair-swinging strip tease to "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." We'd be lying if we said weren't looking forward to a little of their sugar-pouring, Camero-humping, high-waisted denim-shorts-wearing strutting.

They'll project hours of '80s bangers, complemented by a slew of half nekkid dudes. In honor of this flashback ("Flashdance," anyone?) Friday-night party, we asked the Hurly Burly-ers to give us their top five fave 1980s music videos, which, we're told, may or may not be part of their routine. 

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Morgan La Rue and The Shimmy Shake Revue Turn Two at Mickey's Bar!

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Morgan La Rue and her Shimmy Shake Revue are a staple in the ever growing, and always titillating, SoFla burlesque scene. With hundreds of shows under her belt, and dozens of girls participating in her local and nationwide burlesque events, the Shimmy Shake Revue has made a home for itself at Mickey's Bar in Pompano Beach.

This monthly event featuring Miss La Rue and her troupe of bedazzled babes also features Mickey's Monthly Cruise Night, a retro car and bike expo with trophies and prizes for Best Hot Rod, Best Custom, Best in Show, and loads more. The ever studly gents of the Sweet Chariots will be providing the soundtrack to this week's festivities.

In anticipation of this Saturday's burlesque night, and the two year anniversary of the Shimmy Shake Revue, we caught up with Morgan La Rue and talked venues, music, and of course -- the art of tease.

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Owl City's Adam Young on Taylor Swift: "She Wouldn't Be a Bad Roommate at All"

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Released late August, Owl City's The Midsummer Station debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 and the single "Good Times" sold over 1 million copies in its first week out. With catchy dance tunes like "Speed of Love" and collabs with pop rockers like Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Adam Young, the mastermind behind these beats, brings indie dance pop full force. From Indonesia to France to the Philippines, Young's fan base is expansive and even includes starlets like Taylor Swift.

In anticipation of the September 8 show at Revolution Live, we chatted with Young while he was in Nashville, Tennessee, about The Midsummer Station, and some pretty silly stuff we found on Adam's blog.
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Exposure Films at Green Room's Black Friday; Wear Your Gothic Best

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Black Friday at Green Room will host one of its most impressively interesting events to date. The weekly goth fest is the set for the filming of Hollywood suspense thriller Exposure. The filmmakers, we are told, are hitting up the South Florida party looking for the most worthy goths and industrial night-crawlers to feature in the film's club scene.

With some pretty big names in the works (Corey Feldman, anyone?) all Black Friday attendees should plan on dressing to impress. The more over-the-top, the better. A vamped-up version of Lydia Deetz, yes. An ode to The Craft, even better. Any character that gets knocked off in Blade is a pretty good bet too, as are Kate Beckinsale in Underworld and Joaquin Phoenix in 8MM. Pretty much every great movie has at least one token goth in it, and that token goth can be you.


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Protoman Drops New Track With New York City DJ Angston

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Straight off the Black Locust Society "Sunshine State Tour," local hip-hop MC Protoman released a new track, "Live Fast," with New York DJ Angston. This song has next-level swag. Hip-hop meets EDM? There's oodles of dance potential here.

"Live Fast" has a party energy and touch of the experimental that is a departure from what Protoman typically puts out. "My direction is no direction," Protoman says, "I've been messing around more and more with other styles of production."

But, the maturity and commercial catch of "Live Fast" has us wondering why he's never attempted something like this before. "I'm not trend hopping," Proto asserts, "I'm just curious, I like the change, and I like the challenge."


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Subculture Presents Sincerely Yours, Marty McFly at The Classic Gateway Theater on July 14

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Last month, we introduced you to Subculture, a company of community organizers and music enthusiasts led by Phillip Roffman. In our interview with Roffman, he expressed a desire to band together likeminded locals from various artistic scenes, and mount cross-disciplinary events. Now, the first of these is coming. Mark your calendars for Sincerely Yours, Marty McFly, which takes place on Saturday, July 14.

For the evening, Subculture is transforming the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, a South Florida cultural staple, into the '80s. The evening centers around a double feature of iconic movies from that decade: the teen-angst anthem The Breakfast Club, and everyone's favorite time-traveling, freaky-friday-esque cult favorite, Back to the Future.

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Alligator City Brings a New Flow to DMX Show

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What happens when two of South Florida's best MCs combine forces to bring the best of what the Miami and Fort Lauderdale hip hop scene has to offer? For those of you who were stumped, the answer is Alligator City.

An undeniable reference to the notoriously aggressive predator of the 'Glades and "an ode to the swamp and the sticks,"Alligator City, made up of Chris "Bizerk" Brajdic and Timothy "Protoman" McClure, is a duo whose raw talent and tag-team vocals are reminiscent of The Beastie Boys or Outkast.

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