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

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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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Hank Williams III is the Master of His Domain

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Hank Williams III, or Hank 3 as he's known is a bit of an anomaly. The iconic country legend's grandson and the son of a junior who's been part of America's consciousness whether they know it or not; Hank 3's never been a comfort-fit in them skins. No. On the contrary, he's not only forged ahead on the merits of his own talents, he's also done so without having to rely too heavily on the pedigree of his name.

Equally comfortable on a country drawl as he is fuckstarting some shit up with a metal/punk rock set. Hank 3 is a true performer. Now in his early forties, this enfant terrible of American rock and roll is not slowing down at all. He recognizes that he has fans who are drawn to him for a variety of reasons.

We've all been to many concerts where we have felt jibbed. Not at a Hank 3 gig. Oh no. As we had the pleasure of discussing, Hank goes on stage on time and rocks out for a minimum of four hours each night. That's way more freaking bang for your buck so make sure you shake his hand gently and stay on until the very end.

See also: Happy Birthday, Hank Williams III!

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

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The Canadian indie singer-songwriter, Hannah Georgas, has been putting out some catchy-as-hell and simply lovely tunes since her 2009 release, The Beat Stuff. She even toured as part of the Lilith Fair revival back in 2010. The Dine Alone Records' artist first caught a taste of the alt mainstream when her song Millions, off her last, eponymous album, closed out an episode of HBO's Girls. Not so oddly enough, it's a show she's absolutely addicted to.

Now this chanteuse is traveling with Sara Bareilles and Emily King for the Little Black Dress tour that hits the Hard Rock Live on June 25, for a night of music attuned with, well, those who don little black dresses.

In a recent interview, Georgas talked to us about getting tweeted at by Ms. Bareilles; the virtues of her hometown, Vancouver; and her guilty pleasures.

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Zeds Dead Release Somewhere Else Just in Time for Mad Decent Block Party

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The life of a big-time dance-music producer seems easy enough. You travel the world, hang out with your buddies, meet adoring fans, and you make tons of money while doing it.
But that's just the surface. If you're a real artist, there's a serious balancing act between fueling your passion for creativity, writing something fans can relate to, and figuring out how to best package and sell your end product.

It can be a tricky tightrope to walk, but at the end of the day, that feeling of self-satisfaction is key. Dylan DC of Zeds Dead knows it's all about feeding that insatiable urge to write.
"For me and Zach [Rapp-Rovan, AKA Hooks], we were always producers first before being DJs," DC said. "We'd be making music whether we were successful or not, continuously. It's almost like a need; it's like a drug. I go too long without making music and I start freaking out, feeling unproductive."

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American Idol Live's Sam Woolf Says the TV Show "Is Like a Family"

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Former American Idol contestant Sam Woolf is a lot different than other kids his age. Instead of attending college classes or working a part time job at Subway, the eighteen year old had the guts (and lungs) to try out for American Idol. He made it past the grueling auditions, lasted quite some time on the show, and as a result, is currently on the American Idol Live tour.

And so far, he likes it. "It's good, we have a lot of fun," Woolf told us on a recent phone call. "We've been exploring each city, meeting the fans. Tour life is way easier than I thought it would be. It's easier than the show. You're not being judged like on the show."


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Black Fridays Turns 3 With These Most Memorable Moments

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Celebrate three years of goth at Black Fridays' anniversary bash.

Since its inception in 2011, Black Fridays has been the go-to bash for the "dark electronic and classic new wave"-lovin' crowd.

And in the past three years, the popular party has seen it all -- from suspension acts to zombie walks to cosplay nights. It even outlasted multiple moves, from its home in the 954 at Green Room to the 305's Vagabond and back to its original spot in Fort Laudy's revamped spot, now known as Stache.

Tonight, Black Fridays will be celebrating its anniversary at Revolution Live along with Astari Nite. The band also premieres its "I.O. 1987" music video.

But before you black-wearing masses crowd the Fort Lauderdale venue, here are some of Black Fridays' most memorable moments according to the man who started it all, Mike Linder, AKA DJ Lindersmash.

See also: Black Fridays Return to Fort Lauderdale: "It Feels Like Home"

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The Fray: "We're Just a Bunch of Guys From Denver!"

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The Fray's Isaac Slade, Joe King, Ben Wysocki, and Dave Welsh have been riding a wave of success sprinkled with intensely memorable moments since 2005.

The Grammy-nominated band even had the opportunity to meet the Boss at one of the group's own shows. A recent interview with drummer Ben Wysocki details how it all went down. "We met Bruce Springsteen a few years ago when he brought his daughter to one of our shows. And just the fact that Bruce Springteen's daughter knows who we are was crazy. We were like, 'What the heck? We're just a bunch of guys from Denver!'"


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The Bachelor Hosts Casting Call at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek This Saturday

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Maybe you'll be the one who ends up with a hunk of a man like The Bachelor's season 17 Sean Lowe.

Ever wanted to find love as millions watch your every move on national TV?

Well, Saturday's your chance.

ABC's The Bachelor is hosting a casting call at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek for all you lonely ladies (and dudes?) looking for Mr. Right.

"You have to be single, that's a starter!" laughs Lacey Pemberton, the reality show's casting director. "We're looking for women and men. We're not 100 percent sure who we're using for the bachelor yet."

"You also have to be willing to take a leap of faith," she adds. "Aside from that, there really aren't any requirements."

Except for the fact that you have to be over the age of 21, of course.

See also: Top 10 South Florida Tinder Photo Clichés

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Kobra and the Lotus' Kobra Paige Calls Touring with KISS and Def Leppard "Insane!"

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"Nineteen years ago, I was watching Def Leppard with some friends up in Calgary, standing in the nose bleeds, now I'm getting to support them on tour... This is surreal!" says Brittany Paige, aka Kobra Paige.

She's the lead singer and chief song writer of heavy metal revivalists, Kobra and the Lotus. Her band is currently on a mammoth tour of the States, supporting rock behemoths Def Leopard and KISS, heading to West Palm Beach's Cruzan Amphitheatre on July 22.

The magnitude of it all is certainly not lost on her. "The other night, I was standing amongst all the KISS props back stage while Def Leppard played," continues Paige, "I was just standing there looking at Rik (Allen) playing on the drums, and I'm like, 'this is insane!'"

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Moe.'s Jim Loughlin on Return Of the Jedi and the Vibraphone

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Jay Blakesberg

Legendary jam band, moe. (originally Five Guys Named Moe) has been putting out albums for nearly three decades now, with a catalogue of 24 albums to show for it. The group consists of guitarists and vocalists Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier, bassist and vocalist Rob Derhak, Jim Loughlin on percussion and vibraphone, and drummer Vinnie Amico.

Moe.'s latest album No Guts No Glory came out late May, and its hilarious music video for its hit single "Blonde Hair and Blue Eyes" even premiered exclusively on Conan O'Brien's website TeamCoCo.com. The video follows the guys as they stick up for a little girl with blonde hair and blue eyes and provide wet willies to any little boy who gets in her way.

We spoke with moe.'s Jim Loughlin before their date at Revolution Live about the video and how this rocker remembers the opening day of Return of the Jedi.


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