Wholesome Holiday 2014 Concert Guide for Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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The Holidays have a funny way of bringing out the gentler, more cheerful side of people ... Even us bassed-out party animals here at New Times.

Maybe it's all the spiked eggnog or "sugar" cookies, but whatever it is, it's something, well, pretty magical.

And since we're in that wholesome Christmas spirit, we're hooking you up with a month's worth of Holiday lights and musical goodness, from George Balanchine's The Nutcracker to classic Christmas carols with the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

Just check out Broward and Palm Beach's Holiday 2014 concert guide.

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Top 10 Best 1960s Psych/Garage Bands from Palm Beach and Broward Counties

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Ahh... It is so easy to look south to Miami-Dade and come away as bandits with these "genre" lists. While it is true that there always seems to be a larger pool from which to pick from down there, the current state of affairs in South Florida's music has made the actual pin-pointing slightly more difficult with many bands nowadays sharing members across county lines.

Back in the '60s and '70s, things were a little clearer, and Broward and Palm Beach counties had some serious homegrown talent. Some of these outfits were one-hit or regional wonders and many, thankfully, managed to record for posterity. Many didn't. There are a handful of compilation discs out there and online conservationists who have kept some of that music alive.

As always, this is not an all-inclusive listing, but rather a demonstrative grouping of some of the best talent these counties enjoyed in the '60s.

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Twelve Halloween Punk Rock Songs to Scare Away Trick-or-Treaters

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Horror (or rather "shock") has had a long and rather fruitful relationship with punk rock. Many of the classic bands of the genre have touched upon the topic, whether addressing human horrors, fantasy/science fiction, Reaganomics, or even All Hallow's Eve itself.

Even the Misfits made a career out of the night, before becoming a parody of itself. With so many songs to pick from, here are ten we find most appropriate to scare off those pesky trick-or-treaters, but we encourage you to add your picks in the comments below.

Now make sure you get the razor blades all the way into those chocolate bars!

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Ten Guys Who Make Their Guitars Talk

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"How does he make that guitar talk?" listeners often wonder when they hear Peter Frampton noodle around.

It's not the drugs or drink you imbibed that's making you think his guitar is vocalizing. Rather, it's an intended effect achieved through technology. The English rock legend uses an effects unit called a talk box, which allows him to control the modification of the guitar's sound by changing the shape of his mouth.

As Peter Frampton makes his way to Hard Rock Live this Sunday night, let's celebrate ten other practitioners of the talk box.

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Top 12 Albums Turning 30 This Year

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Believe it or not, but 1984 -- be it Orwellian dystopia, a lousy time for hair products and fashion, or a year forever linked with Van Halen -- was 30 years ago. It was also a busy year for music. There were hundreds of albums released as were a hefty sum of music-related films like the classic mockumentary This is Spinal Tap, Prince's Purple Rain, and that greatly adaptable punchline, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

It was a great and turbulent year. Going back over the charts and jogging my preteen memory has uncovered the amazing staying power of some artists like Ted Nugent and Bob Dylan (Penetrator and Real Live respectively) and some who went the wayside like General Public (All the Rage) and Play Dead (From the Promised Land).

Here are 12 albums, month by month, that turn(ed) 30 this year that are worthy of your reconsideration.

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Ten Most Underrated Prog Rock Albums

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Broward County is about to receive a wave of live shows by some classic progressive rock bands or their tribute spawn. The Musical Box, a Canadian outfit that reproduces Peter Gabriel-era Genesis stage shows, with costumes and all, kicks off the surge this Friday. It will re-create the band's set list from its 1973 Selling England by the Pound tour in a show at the Parker Playhouse. Not long after, on August 1, Yes will perform two of its iconic early '70s albums, Fragile and Close to the Edge, on the Hollywood Hard Rock Live stage. Deep Purple (more a failed prog band that turned to heavier rock for success) will close out the month.

Though further down the road and farther south, a special mention should be granted to the Australian Pink Floyd, which will bring "Set Their Controls" show to the Fillmore Miami Beach in October. Like the Musical Box, it is a tribute band with extreme production values. A few years ago, it reproduced Pink Floyd's The Wall as the original group would have performed it in 1979 -- giant wall and all -- at the same venue. Its next appearance at the Fillmore will feature selections from Wish You Were Here, Dark Side of the Moon, The Division Bell, and The Wall.

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The 15 Most #Selfie Obsessed Musicians

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The Chainsmokers summed it up pretty perfectly with their hit "#Selfie." The egocentric craze of snapping shots of yourself to share on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook or wherever you choose to upload your photo diary is upon us and doesn't seem to be dying out anytime soon. Everyone from tweens to your cat are into taking selfies.

Here's a list of the 15 most selfie obsessed musicians on the web. These famous folks love to snap shots of their well-known mugs on any given occasion. Whether they're working out a gym, just got a new tattoo, or are just making breakfast, their multitude of followers eat these shots up like candy. Yum, yum.

In no particular order, here are the guys and gals who made the cut.


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Katy Perry and Juicy J Are the "Dark Horse" Collaboration Pop Deserves

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Who would have known Katy Perry and Juicy J would make such a great pair? By now, we're all too familiar with their guilty-pleasure hit of the year. We think that just maybe, their match-made-in-heaven shtick could extend well beyond the trap hook of "Dark Horse."

Juicy J is the only feature on the entire Prism album, and Perry asked for him by name. People who don't even like Katy Perry love this song. It was a number-one hit on the Billboard charts -- Juicy J's first, but it shouldn't be his last.

Both are performing separately in Broward County this week, but if these two stay teamed up, they may be able to take over the world. And we believe there are some really good reasons this just might be the collabo pop music aficionados have been waiting for with bated breath.

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11 Weird and Somewhat Stupid Band Names

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It stands to reason that to brand itself effectively, a band must have a name that's also subversive and memorable. During the initial flush of the British Invasion, parents were forced to ponder the meaning of band handles like the Beatles, Pretty Things, Zombies, the Kinks, and the Who (as to the what and why). Those names seem innocent enough now, compared to many acts today whose titles are geared toward implying idiocy, irony, or insult. We've compiled a list of weird and suggestive band names; they defy the norm and inspire a second glance. Add your favorite horrible band name in the comments.

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Ten Signs Jason Mraz Is a Real Hippie

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Jason Mraz first appeared on the coffeehouse scene 14 years ago with sweet vocals and an acoustic guitar. Now he's a two-time Grammy winner who's gone multiplatinum in more than 20 countries. His latest album, YES!, came out on June 15, and his international tour kicked off Saturday.

But even with his star having risen and fallen a bit, this Cali boy doesn't seem to be budging from his laid-back, socially conscious hippie roots. Though his Instagram looks pretty hipster-crisp, it's the content that counts. This guy still likes to get dirty at his organic avocado ranch when he's not catching waves at the beach or sucking down homemade smoothies with chia seeds.

Here are ten signs Mraz is a crunchy, West Coast hippie.


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