World of Beer and Main Event Talent Have Beef Over Payment of Bands

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Last night, chaos broke loose on the interwebs as the owner of Main Event Talent Agency, Judy Blem, posted an angry text photo on the company's Facebook page demanding that World of Beer pay outstanding debts for bands that have played at the company's venues.

World of Beer, a popular chain of bars that specifically notes live music as a key part of its culture, was attacked repeatedly in the comments -- there are 54 comments so far and Blem's post has been shared 155 times. Main Event's post claimed that there remains "21 unpaid invoices for 42 gigs performed at 3 South Florida WOB locations (Dadeland, Midtown & Wellington), dating back from July 19th through September 28th, 2013." The post claimed that the invoices had been repeatedly sent to Reeves Krumin Enterprises LLC (RKE LLC) but have been ignored by the franchise for over six months.

We contacted Judy Blem to discuss the matter further, but she declined to give a statement because of legal concerns. "I have to be careful of what I say," she told us, though throughout the rest of the night, someone commenting through her Main Event's Facebook continued to comment on the photo, defending Blem and giving out more details.

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Dollar Draft Beer Found in Broward

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Broward, you big beautiful beer-bloated lush, what would the rest of South Florida do without you? Of all the beer joints, gin saloons, watering holes and dives across the lower portion of the state, you probably have the finest. I think I can confidently say that. It's science.

Last month, New Times conducted a very serious shoe-leather investigation. Everywhere we looked around in the 305 and 954, prices were creeping up: rent, real estate, gas, and especially, the price of beer. The latter trend shouldn't surprise anyone. In drinking culture, haughty is the new trend, with expensive-ass craft beers and cocktails that cost more than feeding a family of four at McDonald's. The old days of cheap beer-and-a-shot seem to be circling the drain.

So, we decided to do the seemingly impossible. Can you still get cheap beer in South Florida? Can you still get the cheapest beer deal out there, $1 draft? We went looking.


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New Found Glory Fires Guitarist and Songwriter: Pop Punk is Now Dead

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Despite all the tours and T-shirts declaring otherwise, pop-punk is now officially dead. New Found Glory, a band that has often prided itself on maintaining all of its original members over 16 years of recording, has fired its guitarist and songwriter. In a Facebook post this morning, the Coral Springs natives announced that Steve Klein was let go over personal differences.

Regardless of how one feels about the genre, Klein is one of the most influential figures in it. His lyrics and song titles now pepper the names of the next-next generation of pop-punk bands. He was a key figure in bringing that style of music to the mainstream in the early millennium. Whether your last post on the AbsolutePunk message board was last week or you spent your high school years blasting "Sticks and Stones" in your car, you owe something to the man.

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Surfer Blood's JP Pitts on Where the Band Is Today: "We Are All Still Best Friends"

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Zachary A. Bennett
This Tuesday, West Palm Beach's Surfer Blood announced the official release date for its major label debut on Warner Bros Records, Pythons. The long-awaited follow up to the collection of lo-fi fuzzy gems that made up Astro Coast, is slated for a June 11 release date. 

It's been a long time coming for Surfer Blood, who technically self-released Astro Coast three years and some months ago. An impressive debut, it showcased Surfer Blood's use of Pixies' start-stop dynamics, and Pitts' Black Francis' style roar. The album won a place on our 2009 Best Of List and on many an accredited national music sites around the nation. Recorded and mixed in front man JP Pitts' apartment in early 2009, it wasn't held back by its DIY nature. 

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Canadian Jazz Phenom Michael Kaeshammer Brings Mardi Gras to Fort Lauderdale Tonight

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Those not familiar with pianist Michael Kaeshammer's work might find it a bit baffling that the Gold Coast Jazz Society chose a 36-year-old German-born, Canadian-raised singer-songwriter to headline the Mardi Gras-themed February edition of its 21st Anniversary Jazz Concert Series. A closer inspection however reveals that Kaeshammer -- touted as Canada's triple-threat for his virtuosic piano playing, pristine vocals, and glistening persona -- has the Fats Waller-inspired chops to pull off such an endeavor. 

No stranger to the lively and animated take on the blues, the debonair musician has been tickling the ivories in true New Orleans' boogie-woogie fashion since the age of 13. He tells New Times that he just wrapped up work on his next studio release, due out in May, a reworking of 20 songs originally recorded and/or produced by influential New Orleans R&B maestro Allen Toussaint. "It's everything my dad had in his record collection," says the personable Kaeshammer. He's quick to point out that the album is "not a period piece," rather, he rewrote a great deal of arrangements to fit his backing band and give it a modern sound.More »

Bon Jovi Announces Dates for Because We Can Tour; Coming to Tampa and Sunrise

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Bon Jovi juuuuust announced U.S. dates for Because We Can Tour.

And it happens to come to Sunrise, Florida, on Jon Bon Jovi's birthday! (Yes, I know when Jon Bon Jovi's birthday is. Not ashamed.)

Let's hope Jon's daughter is all better from her recent heroin overdose; let's hope that family pasta sauce is selling like crazy; and let's hope Jon plays the hits, not the "weird old man music" he played during his solo show here a few months back.

See Also:
- Review: Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia at Hard Rock Live
- Bongiovi Pasta Sauce: A Taste Test

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Weezer Performs at Hard Rock Live Hollywood on November 8; Tickets on Sale Now

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Whip out those old black nerd glasses. Oh, wait, you're still wearing them... Well, keep wearing those Buddy Holly frames, even if it's only ironically, because alt-rock heroes Weezer are returning to South Florida to perform at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Thursday, November 8. Following the success of their Weezer Cruise, which departed from Miami in January, the boys are back with both the great tunes of yesteryear and the controversial ones of now. For plenty of fans who couldn't or didn't feel like dropping 800-plus bucks back then, this is some seriously awesome news. The Blue Album blast-worthy news.

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Tech N9ne on Mayday!'s Sound, Freestyles About Zombies, Talks Family, Faith, and Prayer

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Review of the Tech N9ne show at Club Cinema.

Before his epic concert last night at Club Cinema in Pompano, we jumped at the chance to chat with Strange Music mogul Tech N9ne about the Hostile Takeover Tour and his recent outspoken defense of hip-hop leading man Lil Wayne. Tech, born Aaron Dantez Yates, has been in the rap game since the late '90s. He earned his place as a revered artist with talent and hard work, selling over one million albums since he first hit the scene.

We caught up with Yates early in the afternoon and, as can be expected from a man who just performed around 90 shows in something like 100 days, he was asleep. Luckily for us, and for all of you, he woke up and got his act together in about 20 minutes before inviting us to his yacht-sized tour bus.

Contrary to his on-stage persona, Yates is noticeably quiet and mellow. Some of that might have to do a day long drinking binge he embarked upon the day before on Deerfield Beach. Dressed casually in shorts and a tee shirt, complete with house slippers and blacked out Oakley shades, he was quick to warm up. His charm and passion translate in our interview, something hard to do in black and white type.

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Dino Felipe Releases Where Did I Go? with Remixes - Available on iTunes

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Every time someone from South Florida tells me that they've never heard of Dino Felipe, I am genuinely horrified. Dino's not only one of the most brilliant and productive musicians from our little corner of the world, he's got a genuine and frenzied artistic vision. A fucked up genuine vision that translates magically, both visually and musically.

Besides pumping out songs from his bedroom, lately Dino's been playing drums with This Heart Electric (performing last night at Ricochet's ladies' night, which was complete with live, moshing musical chairs), CLAWS, and occasionally 90s Teen. But he's been making incredibly intense music and putting on seriously energetic performances both solo, with Finesse and Runway, and dozens of other acts for well over a decade. 

His music isn't to be pinned down, but he's prone toward experimentation. He'll follow an electronic album with one packed with lo-fi organic delightfulness. There's no one sound, but it's all got the feel of Dino's brilliance, vulnerability, and restlessness. He is creatively what all other artists wish they were: Someone who produces quality constantly.


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Literary Devices for Indie Nerves: The Faulkner Detective's The Modern Handshake

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There's something relatively soothing about Brooklyn-based indie rock quartet The Faulkner Detectives. It's something slightly primal and askew and somewhat not at ease with itself that I find comfortably calming. South Florida expat Alex Segura (guitar/vocals) has done well for himself in various mediums (journalism and comics mostly) and now turns his creative juices to stripped-down indie gems.

Like any man's dreams, he's surrounded himself with women and where he's gruff and unrepentant about his southern bend towards literature, the girls soften it up whilst adding the aforementioned edge of unease. This is not sweet play on play of boy and girl, this is more like awkward first dates and coming into terms with feelings.

And like the opening twangs of "A Matter of Time," it's pretty and promising.


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