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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Cavity's Dan Gorostiaga on Zinemaking and His Top Ten Records of All Time

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From left: Barge, Landrian, Gorostiaga, Norris, and Weinstein.

Dan Gorostiaga has been a key a figure in South Florida's underground. As founder and sole constant of Cavity, he put Miami on the metal map during the '90s with the band's highly imitated, stripped-down sludge. Since its split in 2001, I have personally pestered him about the band getting back together and even campaigned through County Grind's Blast From the Past columns to stir interest.

This past summer, during his former bandmates' band Black Cobra's stop at Gramps in Wynwood, Gorostiaga performed "Crawling" and "Supercollider" to a crowd that was largely unaware of this intention.

As an artist, Gorostiaga's recent inspirations have seen him become a maker of zines and artist's books that are limited-edition objects d'art. We recently had the chance to discuss Cavity, his art, and being onstage once again.

See also: Beatriz Monteavaro and Priya Ray Curate Echos Myron Exhibition with Art by Musicians

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Gouge Away Offers Female-Fronted, Hardcore Music for Resistance, Education, and Awareness

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By: Denis Girasol of Nineteen Eighty-Nine Films

At the entrance to Pompano Beach's Solid Sound Studio, the unmistakably familiar sound of a hardened bar band slugging its way through a cover of Heart's "Crazy on You" is offered to all passersby. But back behind the main studio, down a little alleyway to another warehouse bay, something entirely different is going on.

Stacks of magazines on police brutality, animal rights, Angela Davis, Food Not Bombs, and sexual consent are piled high at a table operated by Gouge Away's vocalist, Christina Stijy. She is standing on a chair to get a better view of band Guilty Conscious' set as a packed room of punk and hardcore kids lose their collective shit -- in the best possible way. Gouge Away's members have organized the all-ages show in hopes of bringing more to the studio on a regular basis.

Guitarist Victor Skamiera jumps on the shoulders of a friend to hang up a spray-painted banner reading "Resist Oppressive Traditions," and Stijy -- a kindergarten teacher by day -- reminds the crowd to "Have fun and watch out for each other" before the band blasts through the beginning of its set with Stily's strikingly impressive howl carrying the way.

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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

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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 Melvins' King Buzzo: "They All Think I'm Insane"

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I've been in and out of mental institutions my whole life," repeats the Melvins' Roger "Buzz" Osborne during our recent phone interview from his home in Los Angeles. "How about that?" he says slyly.

King Buzzo is a recognizable figure in the world of contemporary rock, especially with his gravity-defying, Sideshow Bob-like locks. His innovative songwriting, operatic vocals, and experimental guitar playing have credited him with pioneering countless genres, including stoner rock, grunge, drone metal, and sludge. However, that doesn't really matter.

"We are not part of any scene," he says. "Regardless of what anybody out there may think, there is nobody out there like us. People bring up that old grunge stuff, but that was over 20 fucking years ago!"


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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Says Redeemer of Souls "Reignited Things"

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Make no mistake that Judas Priest forever changed the development of heavy metal, helping it progress in a way that few other bands ever will. Though we know few fans of the genre are ignorant enough to fail to make that distinction, it's important to remind everyone now and again that this band -- and its iconic vocal athlete and frontman, Rob Halford -- will absolutely be included when the carving of the heavy-metal Mount Rushmore commences.

What might be most remarkable about Judas Priest, however, is that this band, with a career spanning more than 40 years, has remained as vital as ever and recently released one of its best albums, the sublimely intense Redeemer of Souls -- a nearly unprecedented feat in a young man's game.

And while all this is not to ignore the fact that Priest has surely endured its share of hard times, lineup swaps, and the odd rough album, the group has entered its twilight years firing on all cylinders and screaming for vengeance as loudly as ever.

New Times was fortunate enough to speak with the disarmingly affable Metal God himself, Rob Halford. He was gracious enough to muse upon the current state of Priestly affairs, talk about why heavy metal is still exciting to him, his longevity, and his plan B -- becoming a lounge singer if the Priest thing doesn't work out for some reason.

See also: Steel Panther on Fashion: "Find, Like, Places Where Strippers Buy Their Clothes"

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Puppet Master Jim Hammond Explains Day of the Dead Fort Lauderdale's Roots (VIDEO)

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A peculiar thing is happening this weekend, a salute to the Mexican tradition of honoring those whom we have lost and who have, somehow, turned to dust and left this planet. This special holiday, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, comes around once a year and takes over downtown Fort Lauderdale for two days of revelry. Saturday and Sunday, roughly 9,000 attendees will show up in full-on sugar-skull makeup -- ornate face paint with floral designs and striking black-and-white skeletal details -- and clad in authentic holiday garb to join a massive skeleton-puppet processional while mariachi bands sound off among the folkloric ballet dance troupes, an artisan craft crypt component, and an installation of ofrendas altars. Food trucks, tequila, and burlesque will also figure into the weekend's festivities.

But what's odd about this popular fifth-annual event is that we're not in Mexico, and South Florida has a relatively small Mexican population. Moreover, the event's founder, Jim Hammond, director of the Puppet Network, is not of Mexican descent. And yet, the Florida Day of the Dead Celebration kicked off in 2010 with just 700 attendees and now brings in thousands each year.

So why, as Hammond himself asks, "is a crazy gringo from Vermont" putting on one of the city's best-attended events? And one that's well-funded to boot, by $40k in John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant monies? Hammond explained all this and more to New Times.

See also: Photos of Day of the Dead 2013 in Fort Lauderdale


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Dumpstaphunk - Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale - October 24

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Disclaimer: The word "funk" (and its many variations) will naturally pop up a lot in this article. There's absolutely no way around it. You cannot separate it in any way from the band we caught last Friday night at Revolution Live, Dumpstaphunk.

For instance, we have to say that it was funktastic. Ivan Neville and company brought their brand of heavy New Orleans funk to a Fort Lauderdale crowd, leaving every single person in attendance losing control of their bodies and surrendering to it. All were dancing as hard as they could the entire time. Oddly enough, the night didn't start off very funky, but that was by no means a bad thing.

See also: Dumpstaphunk Is "the Most Stank, Funky, Nasty Substance or Concept Possible"


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Coral Skies Festival - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - October 26, 2014

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It was a day where you couldn't ask for better weather. Among a medley of food trucks and craft beers, a smorgasbord of indie rock was served up steaming hot at the Coral Skies Music Festival.

The descriptor "indie rock" at this point is a catch-all term for any type of music performed by people wearing skinny jeans and/or thick-framed glasses. The Hold Steady, with their Brooklyn-bar-band raucousness, fit the label, as did Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra, with its emo sarcastic grunge, and headliner Cage the Elephant's classic rock.

"Indie" at this point really has nothing to do with independence, as many indie acts are signed to major labels and license their songs to commercials; rather, it seems to be synonymous with authenticity, where the music does not seem overproduced and Auto-Tune is only used with a sense of irony.

See also: Coral Skies Festival at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach


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