Black Lips' Basel 2013 Pool Party: Naked Women, Vomit, and Fog Machines

Photo by David Von Bader

Black Lips
Shore Club, Miami Beach
Thursday, December 5, 2013

It's fair to say that Art Basel Miami Beach has come under critical siege at times for its supposed devolution from world-class art festival to glorified party.

However, while plenty of people critiquing Basel are, in fact, too cool for even the coolest events and busy playing the role of the post-hip hipster, the fact of the matter is Basel takes place in Miami and Miami fucking parties.

While there is so much more to this city and its culture than partying, it is in the subtext of just about everything going on around here. And it is with that spirit in mind that Atlanta's Black Lips and Juxtapoz Magazine threw Basel 2013's penultimate rock 'n' roll gig -- a pool party at the Shore Club, complete with naked women, vomit, and fog machines.

See also: Basel 2013: Ten Free Weekend Parties

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Basel 2013: Kendrick Lamar Ruled, Kanye West Was a No-Show at Mana Wynwood

Morgan Coleman
You were #1 last night, Kendrick.

Last night, I tweeted at Kanye West for the first time ever. Did I think he'd read the tweet? No, duh. But I did want to document that my feet hurt a lot, and that it was his fault entirely.

A substantial group gathered under the Flaunt magazine tent in Wynwood waiting for Kanye to arrive. The audience steadily melted, along with the mud on the totally naked performers' bodies. We -- nude ladies and black-clad crowd -- all ended up collapsing slowly to the floor with fatigue. Kanye was supposed to be the cherry on top of the dirt slathered, human sundae that was L.A. artist Vanessa Beecroft's performance. Sure, it wasn't billed that he was definitely attending, but there's no doubt he was the "special guest."

"For the love of Yeezus!" we silently screamed, "Show us some 'Mercy,' 'Ye!" But the whole night was certainly not ruined by the lack of a ramble about rappers making designer clothes (for the people who cannot afford them). Nope. About 20 minutes of Kendrick Lamar at the end of the night almost completely erased the memory of that grueling hour and a half that we spent waiting with fear for vaginas to finally emerge from beneath thinning mud. And we're not exaggerating, Kendrick really, really did it.

See also: Slideshow of Kendrick Lamar at Mana Production Village

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Alabama Shakes: Soul, Timeless Tunes, and Raw Talent at the Fillmore Miami Beach

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

Alabama Shakes
Fillmore Miami Beach
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Better Than: An abbreviated Kendrick Lamar set, a weird party not thrown by Lady Gaga on North Beach, drinking warm beer in Wynwood.

As the rest of South Beach clamored about to secret parties, cramped galleries, and other Basel diversions, the lavish Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater housed a proper soul revival, courtesy of the Alabama Shakes.

The venue was packed with an unexpectedly large crowd to welcome the Shakes with raised hands and raised voices, and the band made sure its inaugural performance in Miami was one to remember.

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Johnny Marr's The Messenger Tour Finale at Fort Lauderdale's Culture Room


Johnny Marr
Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Better than: Whatever you'll be doing on that night when Morrissey cancels his show because he has a tummy ache.

It is a rare air indeed that has filled the lungs of Mr. Johnny Marr over the course of an unbelievably charmed life in music.

Beyond his work as the Richards to Morrissey's Jagger, Marr has been involved with a staggering number of remarkably good records, played the role of guitar anti-hero for generations, and done it all while exuding the kind of inherent coolness that simply can't be learned, nor explained. He also recently became a fully realized solo artist with The Messenger , an LP that displays his many talents as a songwriter, guitarist, and surprisingly strong singer.

Last night, Marr ended the tour supporting The Messenger at Fort Lauderdale's Culture Room.

See also: Johnny Marr Is the Quintessential 1980s Guitarist

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Shai Hulud at The Talent Farm, October 24

Juan Diniz

Shai Hulud
The Talent Farm, Pembroke Pines
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Since the band's inception in 1995, Shai Hulud has seen more than its fair share of members come and go since it helped define a specific metallic hardcore sound.

Over the years, that sound has been consumed, adapted, and appropriated ad nauseam. However, as guitar guy Matt Fox enthusiastically quipped between songs during the band's performance last night: "Essentially, we're just a shitty local band from South Florida, and there's nothing else we would rather be."

See also: Derek Miller's Evolution: From Poison the Well to Sleigh Bells

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Joe Nice - Too//Future Party at Original Fat Cat's, Fort Lauderdale - August 19

All photos by Tony Salazar

There's a distinct sensation when you're at a party that's outgrown itself. The crowd's there, the music, the drinks, the same cigarette smoke and sidewalk jerk-chicken vendor, the same bouncer and bartenders, and the same guys playing pool in the back. But there's a certain air of restlessness, a subtle shift in energy. Savor this buzz, hang onto this buzz, make it grow, or watch it slowly fizzle out.

After six months of hustling, booking prominent DJs from the international underground, and even shelling out funds from their own pockets, the crew that hosts the monthly Monday night Too//Future dubstep party at Original Fat Cat's is close to reaching its carrying capacity at the downtown Fort Lauderdale venue.

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-West Palm's Proper Dosage Launch Dubstep Party "Too Future" at Fat Cat's in Ft. Lauderdale

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Miami Heat Fans Tell What They Would Do With Championship Trophy if Allowed to Touch It

Categories: Last Night


Few inanimate objects draw a crowd. The Mona Lisa brings a few people out to Paris, and summers at Sequoia National Park attract onlookers to see the General Sherman Tree, but paintings and trees don't bring the wide smiles a trophy can.

Wednesday night at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood, the 2013 Larry O'Brien Trophy was displayed for all to see. The Miami Heat organization brought the golden trophy, handed out each year to the NBA Champions, for basketball fans of all ages to pose with in pictures.

Von Freeman, director of marketing at radio station 790 AM, explained the night's origin: "At the radio station, we were planning this event tonight where you can win a Refresherator filled with Coors beers when Dan [LeBatard, of the station's Dan LeBatard Show] said, 'Why don't we make the night big and see if we can bring the Heat's championship trophy?' People love it. They're shocked this is the real trophy. The only thing is, you can't touch it.'"

You can't touch it? But why?

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RX Bandits - Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale - July 14


Ten years ago, Rx Bandits released The Resignation, its fourth studio album -- a beacon in the ever revolving door of band members and ever evolving sound.

Last night, Culture Room brought the act to Fort Lauderdale, along with a show that your high school self, and maybe even your late-twenties self, would be giddy about. Rx Bandits powered through nearly three hours of tunes, spanning their entire career, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of their 2003 album.

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Al Pacino Restored Faith In Humanity with One Night Only at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood

Categories: Last Night

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It's not often in your life that you hear a heckler cry out, "hoo-ah!" or even "Attica!!!" But at Al Pacino's One Night Only event at Hard Rock Live, this happened more than once. In fact, it happened many times.

You can call it a show -- there's storytelling and laughter -- or you can liken it to Inside the Actors Studio, but really, there's not much else out there exactly like One Night Only. My mother actually said it restored her faith in humanity. And that's something you can't say about James Lipton's Proustian question-asking.

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Ultra 2013: Deadmau5 Proves He's a Real Person, Rejects the Easy Headliner Gimmicks

How quickly some stars have ascended in the EDM boom. Just a few years ago, in 2009, Toronto-based producer Deadmau5 could be found at Ultra Music Festival on the live stage, essentially opening up for Simian Mobile Disco. Last night, though, trying to get the main stage to witness his fest-closing set was an exercise in carefully ignoring claustrophobia.

Tens of thousands of revelers squished body to body in the surrounding field, sharing sweat and vibes as they cheered, recorded, and Instagram-ed Joel Zimmerman's every move. Seriously, Deadmau5 could have showed up and played a polka and kids would have still gone insane, by their level of rapt, devout attentiveness.

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- Ultra 2013: Kaskade and Tiesto Kick Off UMF's Weekend Two, Reach Epic Pop Peaks
- Ultra 2013: Avicii Does Country Music and Eric Prydz Proclaims "Love You" UMF!
- Ultra 2013: Slash Does Surprise Guitar Solo, Crashes Chuckie's Set, "Pretty Awesome Gig"
- Ultra 2013: Yeasayer Insulted the Ravers While Matt & Kim Charmed Them

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