Orbweaver Releases Magical Multicolored Vinyl EP

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Janette Valentine

South Florida's troupe of fearlessly experimental extremists, Orbweaver released its debut extended player Strange Transmissions From the Neuralnomicon last year to a chorus of critical interest. The media and audience were seemingly as enthralled as perplexed by the ambitious group's Lovecraftian take on heavy metal.

The limited-edition cassette of the EP -- released on Shroud Eater cofrontwoman Jean Saiz's Primitive Violence label -- was given the ultimate treatment for a band with a flair for science fiction. It includes rad extras like comic cards that feature Saiz's illustrations of characters found in the lyrics. The music is finally available as a proper vinyl release through Corpse Flower Records.

The band is slated to open many of the higher-profile metal shows coming to South Florida and has a new album in the works. Orbweaver is starting to see its hard work pay off. We spoke with the band's vocalist/guitarist and sonic manipulator at large, Randy Piro, about the vinyl release and all that is exciting for Orbweaver at present.

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Down North Is Bringing Seattle "Soul Punk" to South Florida

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People think of funk and dirty rock and roll as being from down south. The Seattle four-piece Down North is trying to contradict that geographic stereotype one gig at a time. The band is currently on its first tour that stretches all the way to the Atlantic. The extensive itinerary includes three total South Florida dates at BB King's and the Funky Buddha. Shows that have been long in the planning according to singer Anthony Briscoe, "I've been trying to get us to the East Coast for three years."

The group has completely transformed since its beginnings. "Down North was originally seven white guys who played funky music," Briscoe explains.

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Action Bronson Got "Bored" at Mad Decent Block Party Tour Kickoff (Photos)

Categories: Festival Days

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Ian Witlen

The most interesting person in hip-hop at the moment -- and yes, we're allowed to make this claim -- is probably Action Bronson. The plus-sized ginger not only got locked in a Porta Potty while taking a piss (or dump?) mid-set recently, he also has his own Vice foodie webseries called Fuck, That's Delicious.

See also: Slideshow of Mad Decent Block Party 2014 at Revolution Live


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Vans Warped Tour 2014: The Maine Says Pitbull Makes "Pretty Horrible Music"

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The air was hot and damp, punk and pop sounds blared, teens ran amuck in band T-shirts, the primary color of the day was black. This weekend at Cruzan Amphitheatre, the Vans Warped Tour blasted through West Palm Beach.

After watching Beartooth and a few other acts (we couldn't make out some of the screams, but we think we heard, "College never worked out for me, but I like this gig."), the Maine caught our ears. Greeted by a slew of screaming fans, its set kicked off with lead singer John O'Callaghan, a clean cut Kurt Cobain look alike, lifting his shirt to show off his tattoo. Nasally high school fans sang along to the poppy and infectious "Girls Do What They Want," drenched in sweat. Toward the end of the song, O'Callaghan pulled a guy with shades onstage named Alex. Alex fumbled with the lyrics, but still got cheers. The Warped crowd is a nice one.

A bystander squealed and grabbed her boyfriend's hand when she recognized the first seconds of "Right Girl." She was 20-year-old Chandal, aged the same as the now classic tour. When we asked what she thought of the Maine, she said, "Honestly, I've loved them since sixth grade. They used to be into a lot of love songs but now they write about adult stuff, like life. It's like I grew up with them!"

We managed to get an interview with the band's drummer Patrick Kirch. The 24-year-old told us about Florida shows and the Pitbull shoutout O'Callghan kept giving on set.

See also: Top Seven Signs You're Too Old for Warped Tour

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The Musical Box Perfectly Recreated Genesis at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on July 25

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Gustavo Quintas

The Musical Box
Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale
July 25, 2014

Better than: You can do better only by using a time machine to see Genesis in 1973.

In the midst of several lengthy, early-era Genesis songs that the Musical Box performed last Friday, I came to a realization. There is just no way a band like Genesis could have existed today. Young music fans just would not have the patience for it. They wouldn't appreciate the rich complexity of these songs, the wry, surreal humor that references everything from myth to sexuality.

Genesis was an amazing product of a popular music movement revolting against short pop songs, prog rock. It, and similar British bands like Yes, King Crimson, and Pink Floyd, practically dared pop radio to pull one of its songs out of context from its albums in search of a single. This was nearly impossible given that some prog rock songs even took up the entire length of one side of a record.

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Sara Bareilles - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - July 25

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When I originally told my plus one I was bringing her to a Sara Bareilles concert, she smiled at me with a look that said, "I don't do chick music." I tried to get her amped about the show, describing how hilarious Bareilles is, how her voice is magical, how she plays piano like a boss. I even got her to wear a little black dress with me for the occasion, appropriate, given it was the Hollywood, Florida, stop at Hard Rock Live of the singer's Little Black Dress Tour.

On our way to the concert, I played a bunch of Bareilles' songs to get the mood going, and I lucked out, because when my guest heard "I Choose You," she already started to change her mind on the matter.

See also: Hannah Georgas' Calls Girls Using Her Song "an Honor" and MC Hammer Her Guilty Pleasure


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We Know Who That Huge Guy Getting a Lap Dance on TMZ at the Gathering of the Juggalos Is

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Big LA, on the left, star of TMZ's video that went viral yesterday.
Yesterday, TMZ posted a video of a juggalo stripper giving a lap dance to the bellybutton of an enormously fat man here at the Gathering -- a short film actually shot by DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia/Da Mafia 6ix fame. The video quickly went viral.

We know what you are asking yourself: Who is this man of such impressive girth? How did he and the kindly young lady in the video find each other? Lucky for you, we have the answers you seek.

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Ten Reasons Juggalos Are Better Than You

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Riverfront Times

Life sucks. There is a multitude of reasons why, and no one has come to terms with this inescapable truth better than juggalos. Zen masters of nihilism and partying, they have become unquestionable experts at finding creative ways to cope with the unrelenting pain of reality.

See also: The Twenty Best-Dressed Juggalos at the Gathering


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The 20 Best-Dressed Juggalos at the Gathering

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All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
Clearly, this man takes the top honors.
Juggalo fashion generally involves great big pants and T-shirts that were possibly purchased at truck stops. Hair is best when it is braided and aloft in the style of Coolio, and everything looks better coated in a thin layer of sticky-delicious Faygo, of course.


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Die Trying Has "Been at the Bottom, Trying to Get to the Top"

Categories: Interview

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Jossette VonShadow

Miami punk band Die Trying encourages sing-alongs at shows. Frontman and primary songwriter Tony Flores isn't sure you'll understand his lyrics, so take some time to learn them, and share the vocal spotlight. "You can join the band," he says, "because I think the mics are for everyone. We're all fucking equal." Whether or not his bandmates agree with this assessment of humanity is up for debate, but they all appreciate the enthusiasm he presents onstage.

For two years, the Oi the Boat-signed band has been performing around South Florida and recently returned from its third, longest, and most successful national tour. Members of the band are not neophytes, Shawn Perkins, Los Treces, Chris DeCastilla, and Charles Wynn, as well as Flores have played in other local acts like Hellhounds, Unit Six, F.A.T.E, and VCR.

Die Trying has one self-released EP, which it recorded live, and two 7-inch vinyls out on its label. Appropriately on the Fourth of July, Die Trying's song "On the Streets of MIA" was released as part of Voi!ce of America Vol.4 with label mates from around the country, Sniper 66, Concrete, and Hard Evidence. Just last week, the guys started working with No Peace for All's Rick Carmona on the next big project, taking more time to craft this, the group's second EP.

We met with guitarist Treces, bassist DeCastilla, and Flores at Churchill's Pub during a Wednesday night Treces throws, Vinyl Solutions, where you can bring and spin your own records (Take note!). Along with Nayra Serrano, the Hialeah native runs the booking company, Idle Hands, that handles shows at the classic Miami venue (Take note again!). We found that the three guys have a diversity of opinions on certain things, but definitely not their music.

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