Bring Tissues to Downtown Dana's Going Away Bash Tonight at O'Shea's

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People often move to South Florida on a whim, for the sunshine, the beach bods, the 24-hour sloppy, sandy makeout seshes. They also usually leave just as quickly, barely leaving a wake as they zoom out of town on their selfish jet skis.

Dana Krangel is not one of those sunburnt energy vampires. Though the New Times scribe and West Palm nightlife connoisseur, otherwise known as Downtown Dana, is hot-tailing it out of town, she's definitely left her mark on this scene and continues to as she plans her next move to Berkley, California. Tonight, she's hosting her own going away party at O'Shea's with three female-fronted bands.

"Downtown West Palm has been ridiculously kind to me over the past four years," Krangel says, "and the opportunities I had here have changed me in the best possible way. Palm Beach County is a great place to live and party and, most importantly, see a show."

Though many may argue that statement, the truth is, in her time here, Krangel placed a bright spotlight on the 561 scene, time and again, showing the world that WPB has live music worth experiencing.


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Torche Turns Ten Years Old at Churchill's Pub This Thursday

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In 2004, Rick Smith was 19 years old. He was a drummer with a penchant for chaotic hardcore, playing in South Florida outfits like Tyranny of Shaw and Concrete Evidence -- but none tested his mettle quite like Torche.

"Torche changed the way I thought of the term 'heavy'," says Smith. Steve Brooks, seasoned guitarist and singer for the South Florida band, was the force that truly altered Rick's perception of hard tunes. Playing in bands for 10 years before Torche, Brooks had a considerate ear for lone, unassuming riffs that made even the Beatles heavy, if only for a few measures.

He introduced Rick to aktionist, percussion-based tracks from groups like Crash Worship, whose primitive toms brought chills up his teenage spine. Suddenly "heavy" became much more than obvious, abrasive grind, and today, Torche's colorful development epitomizes that subtle weight.


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Blowfly's Tour Diary: Fighting Keylor Navas in Costa Rica and Saving Blowfly's Home

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Help Blowfly save his house! Give to the Indiegogo campaign by 3 a.m. tonight (midnight PST).

The following is an account of the strangest routed tour in my 10 years with Blowfly through San Jose, Costa Rica to Baltimore, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Long Branch, New Jersey, Seattle, and in Canada, Victoria and Vancouver. While those three segments make sense on their own, you'd pretty much need to be on mushrooms to put them together on purpose. Or be in charge of the Weird World of Blowfly

July 31: My wife and I meet Blowfly at his Burger King of choice on NW 36 Street and 27 Ave. He's in a good mood, eating his pancakes. Tomorrow, we're playing his first ever show in Latin America. As he has lived at the gateway to Latin America for 55 years, this was a hole we're all thrilled to be filling.

Unfortunately, Clarence's mood and mine took a severe turn when the clerk checking us in at curb at American Airlines has taken it upon himself to flag Clarence, an international traveler for many decades, for having an unusable passport. Citing an $10,000 fine he fears Costa Rica will hit the airline with if he lets a dirty rapper pass with a dirty passport for them to do dirty and deport.

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Churchill's Pub: 35 Years of Blood, Sweat, and Beers

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By Mariel Zayas-Bazan

Blood, sweat, beers, and maybe a few tears were shed three months ago, but Churchill's change of ownership has proven a smooth -- and even positive -- transition. Toes no longer curl at the smell of piss by the door. The patio bar is renovated. Damn decent food is churning out of the kitchen and punks are still booking ceiling-crawling shows. A few fixtures may be missing from the walls, but Mr. C's jar of English jam is still around, and so is he. We can't complain.

This Monday marks 35 years since Churchill's Pub first opened. While a lot has changed since '79, you can still play pool, swig beer, and watch soccer. And for a long while now, you can also catch local bands from the bright side of the bar. This Friday through Saturday you'll have 60 bands and three stages to choose from and no cover. It's only fitting that legendary and soon-to-be legendary Broward heavy-hitters dot the lineup.

See also: Churchill's Pub, My Childhood Drawings, Filth, and Art

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Former Stone Fox Guitarist Is Back in a Big Way with Celebrator

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Every now and again, jaded though we are, we get a little excited about some new musical gem we encounter. For example, yesterday we stumbled upon the dreamy, trip-a-delic sounds of Celebrator.

It's the latest project of Boca Raton resident David Barnard. If you didn't know any better, listening to the soulful, reverb-ified, honeyed loops of his debut EP Save Yourself, you might think you've unearthed some rare, early Portishead demo session. But you'd be mistaken, my friend. This chimerical creation was brought to life right here in the suburban confines of Barnard's mother's residence. Some parts were recorded straight from the white noise resonance of Barnard's iPhone.

South Florida music aficionados will remember Barnard from other projects. He was the one with the Dylan-esque 'fro who struck the gargantuan guitar licks for Jordy Asher's blues-infected garage rock creation Stone Fox (which later became Blond Fuzz and then morphed into Young Circles). He may have been quiet over the past few years since Jordy moved to the Big Apple and lucked upon working with Queen Bey, but Barnard has come back in a serious fashion with this little 4-song nugget of lo-fi mastery.

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South Florida's 10 Biggest Concerts This Fall and Winter

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Neal Preston

It's that time again! The kids are back in school, you're not allowed to wear white, the taste of pumpkin lattes lingers on your palate and stores are already getting out their Christmas decorations.

Fall is in the air.

To make certain you celebrate this season properly, we have ten fantastic autumn musical events for you to mark on your calendars before you get too deep into the Halloween spirit.

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Stache's Mad Men the Party Is a Fantastic Idea

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Some will say a Mad Men party is so 2007. People with shorter attention spans might prefer honoring a newer TV show maybe an Orange Is the New Black night where everyone is dressed in female prison garb or a True Detective evening where guests perform their best Matthew McConaughey impression. I applaud the promoters at Bar Stache for having a night saluting what is quite probably the greatest drama to ever air on television.

The venue is aiming to "transport you back in time to where men wore suits and class was at the top of the list. Well, right after bourbon and women of course," according to Stache's site. But as most of you know, Mad Men is more than fashion, it's a small screen phenomenon.

See also: Mad Men: Ten Potential Rock and Roll Tie-Ins for Season Six

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Kiss Country 99.9 Power Happy Hour at America's Backyard Tonight

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South Floridians too often forget that this country has much of its roots in Country. Heck, as last week's New Times interview made plain, even T-Pain is down with the twang.

Of course, the folks who hit the Davie Pro Rodeo stay in the know, as do those who tune-in to Kiss Country Radio. And starting this Friday, the family of friends behind America's Backyard wanna be sure you do too.

They're calling the new series the Kiss Country (that's 99.9 on the radio dial) Power Happy Hour, and New Times got ABY's own Elizabeth Furiati to fill us in.


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Jason Fitzroy Jeffers on His Film Papa Machete and the Art of Machete Fencing

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Jason Fitzroy Jeffers has been a Renaissance man of sorts in South Florida. A musician and journalist, he recently changed his focus to filmmaking and his first official production, the short documentary Papa Machete has been steadily picking up momentum. This week it was officially selected for the Toronto International Film Festival's (TIFF) inaugural section of short international works, Short Cuts.

Concentrating on the life of farmer Alfred Avril, the movie explores his status as the last remaining master of tire machétt, a martial art created by slaves when combating Napoleon's armies, there is a poesy of protection and pragmatism as "the machete, which is both a weapon and a farmer's key to survival," transcends symbolism and hyperbole.

We spoke with Fitzroy about his experience with Third Horizon working on the film with the Borscht Corporation, Haiti and his latest musical endeavors.


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Lex One and Mike Beatz's One-Two Punch for their Upcoming Album No Prisoners

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There's something to be said about a little hard work and how it never hurt anybody. Quite frankly, we think a little hard work can get you everywhere and anything.

Jamaican-American rapper Mike Beatz has created a notable production resume in his 25 years that includes T-Pain and Trina as well as releasing some thoroughly enjoyable mixtapes.

Lex One's blog Get That Paper Son (GTPS) is an ethos that transcends the clichéd ideology that hip-hop has unfortunately fallen into. It's not about the bling and the almost mandatory falling into the foils of the nouveau riche, it's about truly understanding and representing the culture.

In four short years, these guys, along with Pusher FM, managed to carve a niche in the rap world with their danceable and conscious racket as Wizard Sleeve.

Well, the sleeves are pulled and here's the next round of wizardry from these two in anticipation of their upcoming album No Prisoners.

See also: Lex One on Starting a Label, Evading the Law and His Favorite Black Jews


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