90 Miles Away: Crazy Hood Film Academy Needs a Little Bit of Your Help

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Ever wonder what the underground hip-hop scene is like in Cuba? If you're Cuban-American, first, second, or even third generation, ever wonder why you feel so strongly about the island though you only know it through pictures and abuela's stories?

Lifelong friends DJ EFN and Garcia -- esteemed members of the local hip-hop community since the early '90s -- have wondered just that. They're now trying to find out what's happening just 90 miles away. They, as Crazy Hood Productions, need a little bit of your help to create an upcoming documentary/recording on the state of hip-hop within the political isolation of Cuba today.

That's right, and here I will not pussyfoot about anything fearing an Ozzie Guillen-like backlash, these two dudes just want to connect with their familial roots first, and secondly, see how their art has flourished under the extreme conditions of the Castro regime.

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JAMS Brings DJs, Live Hip-hop, and American Pride to Laser Wolf for Jamburger Hill This Memorial Day

Clear your holiday weekend calendars, folks. The epic DJ collective known as JAMS is bringing record heat to local watering hole Laser Wolf for a Sunday afternoon Memorial Day bash. The party goes by the brilliant name: Jamburger Hill. 

DJs Esoteric, Kristof, Damask, and Mikey R. of Radio-Active Records will be pumping out surf rock, house, hip-hop, and funk all day long as the patio area at Laser Wolf transforms into a beach day barbecue -- kiddie pools and beach balls included. JAMS will serve up Americana food favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers -- but of course -- provided by area food trucks. 

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Buju Banton Nominated for Two IRAWMA Awards Despite Being Locked Up

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The past few years have been rough for Buju Banton, but the incarcerated reggae star received a bit of good news earlier this week. 

Buju, who's serving a decadelong sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution Miami on questionable drug charges, has been nominated for two International Reggae and World Music Awards. 

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No Diplo? Who Cares? Jacuzzi Boys Added to Sleigh Bells Show at Revolution

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When we heard the news about Diplo dropping off the Sleigh Bells show, we were bummed -- sort of. But then the nice folks over at Revolution mended our broken hearts by lowering the price of the tickets. However, we still kept our fingers crossed that someone else would be added to the Saturday-night roster.

Well, friends, you can uncross your fingers. Our wishes have been granted with the addition of Miami's beloved trio the Jacuzzi Boys. With black-metal band Liturgy already on the bill, the garage-rock sound of the Jacuzzi Boys is certainly going to make things interesting. But hey, we're not complaining, and neither should you.

Tickets are still available, but we're guessing they're going to start moving a whole lot faster now.

Brush up on your Jacuzzi Boys tunes after the jump.

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Machine Gun Kelly Leaves Fort Lauderdale and Gets Arrested: Criminal Foreshadowing in Videos

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He's thinking, "Stupid, stupid, stupid."

Just last Thursday, County Grind attended a particularly wild concert that included some near-nudity, stage diving, and lots of masturbation chatter. The show was that of Machine Gun Kelly, the Cleveland rapper whose gift is his ability to spit out lyrics as fast as, well, a machine gun.

After the rapper left Fort Lauderdale, he and his crew headed to Orlando, and then Saint Pete, where he ended up in a jail cell. According to MTV and Twitter, it was in the slammer that MGK uncovered that the inmates recognized him. That was probably pretty neat and fortuitous for an up-and-coming, strikingly skinny, rowdy, white-guy rapper. He was charged with disorderly conduct and released on bail.

Let's take a minute to watch a few MGK videos that foreshadow last night's events. They hint at a lifestyle that is, you know, criminal.

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Plains Added to the Official South by Southwest Lineup

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​We are big ol' crazy Plains fans around here. County Grind named their self-tited debut LP Best of South Florida Music of 2011, and you better believe we meant it. 

This is just one reason we were tickled when we saw that the four-piece rockers were added to the South by Southwest official showcase lineup. How freaking neat is that?

Our first instinct was to call them and ask, how the hell did this happen? Michael McGinnis, singer and songwriter for Plains, is also the dude over at Honor Roll Records. Through Honor Roll, they asked to be considered, and not long after, their inbox proclaimed something like, "You're in." 

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Bleeding Palm Makes Crazy Dino Felipe Video for "Rip Off," Featuring Felines and Tambourines

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You may remember both Bleeding Palm's hypnotic cat-laden graphics and Dino Felipe's intense performance, featuring a walker, at the County Grind Live Music show at Green Room. Even though the musical genius, and we don't use that word lightly, had twisted his ankle the night before at a Churchill's show, he sure as shit didn't miss our Green Room fiesta. 

Bleeding Palm makes the most magnificent animations out of photos taken mostly around South Florida. They never, ever, never-ever fail to impress. Dino Felipe is probably the most prolific musician of all time short of Tyagarajah of South India, whom Wikipedia claims composed thousands of songs. Dino's on his way, though, having put out more than 50 releases so far. So many, and oh so good. 

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The Band in Heaven Premieres New Video on Brooklyn Vegan

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Several of life's most interesting phenomena -- sex, religion, and music -- are beautifully composed in the Band in Heaven's new video for its song "Sludgy Dreams." The seemingly stop-motion creation premiered this morning on Brooklyn Vegan. Very fancy and well-deserved. The track is stoner fantastic, and the video is totally hypnotic. 

The West Palm Beach group just released its dreamy psych debut seven-inch on Chicago-based HoZac Records. Brooklyn Vegan featured the video and a stream of the song "If You Only Knew." The site also reported that the Band in Heaven will be playing Austin Psych Fest's SXSW showcase. Enjoy the kaleidoscopic video and the sludgy sounds after the jump.

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Pineapple Groove Renamed Hangar 88, Returning With 88's Dueling Pianos

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Delray Beach's Pineapple Groove finally decided on a new identity. The local musical venue closed its doors back in October and is now redefining itself as Hangar 88 under the ownership of Jim Layson's 88's Entertainment.

The club is calling itself "the most unique venue in Delray Beach." According to Facebook, Hangar, or Hanger as it's also being referred to, 88's Dueling Pianos are leaving the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and relocating to the Delray Beach spot, bringing their "Dueling Piano Show" with them.

Pineapple Groove was open for under a year and featured a Best of Homegrown Concert Series pushing local acts. The energy may remain -- "No bad vibes allowed" -- but it seems the sounds will change a bit. Along with the dueling pianos, apparently, there will also be karaoke, DJs, dance music, and national acts. The new manager is Philip Simonetta, down from Philly, serving what Hangar 88 described as Lebanese and Italian tapas.

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Diplo Backs Out of Show at Revolution Live With Sleigh Bells

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​You read right. DJ, producer, and active tweeter Diplo is off the bill for the Sleigh Bells show. He was expected to perform alongside the Brooklyn noise-pop duo at Revolution Live this February. 

Diplo grew up Thomas Wesley Pentz in Florida and hit it superbig collaborating with M.I.A. He's one-half of dancehall project Major Lazer with DJ Switch and heads his own record label, Mad Decent. Don't know why we're telling you this, because you're probably listening to something Diplo created right now or looking at his new photo book, 128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo's Visual Guide for Music, Culture, and Everything in Between.

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