Tha Wolf Pakk: "Every Single Song Doesn't Have to Be About Women, Cars, and Most Notably Money"

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Hip-hop in South Florida continues to grow and evolve. Headline-grabbing, flash-in-the-pan acts aside, the underground movement is alive and kicking and it will be no time before the rest of the nation takes note. A newer addition to the growing roster of conscious and thoughtful hip-hop is Tha Wolf Pakk, a duo comprised of MCs Dylan "Achileez" Campbell and Joshua "Antics" Tennie.

It's always a bit of a cliché when an outfit attempts to change the game and/or bring something different to the table, but this young act is slowly getting its guiding voice together. So far it's evident that Tha Wolf Pakk is well-versed in the better aspects of rap and understand the collective strength of its voices when staggering verses.

By enlisting the soulful vocals of Liza Forero, it adds an informed, R&B dynamic to this early crop of cuts that the duo is using to dip its artistic toes into South Florida's hip-hop scene.

See also: Best Internet Memes of Stitches, the Miami Rapper

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Marco With Love Returns to Broward with Radio-Active Records and Poorhouse Shows

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The late '90s in South Florida were a fun time to be part of the punk rock scene. There was a sense of camaraderie and community. Sure there were some meatheads who ruined it every-now-and-again, but overall, everybody got along and a lot of those friendships have continued to this day. One of the better examples of the fun this scene nurtured was Florida's version of England's Eater, the Outrights.

Years later, their singer/guitarist and Broward native Marco Argiro has continued to pursue the muse and has had one of the more varied and geographical careers we can think of. Relocating to Tallahassee after high school and eventually to New York post-graduation, Argiro's been a busy, busy man garnering acclaim with bands like Le Mood and the Killing Floor.

See also: Marco Argiro With Love: "I Had a Handful of Tunes Up My Sleeve"


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Beatriz Monteavaro and Priya Ray Curate Echos Myron Exhibition with Art by Musicians

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Art and music have long collided within South Florida. Well before Miami became linked with Art Basel and certain neighborhoods were taken over by galleries, South Florida's arts scene was alive and vibrant, maybe not as in your face as it is now, but there nonetheless. Two artist/musicians who have seen the region's growth have been former Floor drummer, Holly Hunt's Beatriz Monteavaro and Kreamy 'Lectric Santa's Priyadarsini "Priya" Ray.

As members of seminal Florida bands, their names will forever be etched into the canon of Florida's underground music scene. Both women happen to be visual artists, and as such, offer a unique perspective on the cross-genre work of musicians creating visual art and visual artists creating music.

The upcoming Echos Myron exhibition at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood takes its name from a Guided By Voices song. This group show concentrates on the creative collectivity of a particular and diverse group of artists, drawing from a pool of over three decades worth of work. We had a chance to speak with Beatriz and Priya about the show.

See also: Our series on the visual side of South Florida musicians.

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PureHoney's Three Year Anniversary Brought Sweet Indie Goodness to Respectable Street

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What have you accomplished in the past three years? While we're pretty sure you didn't just sit on your ass (no offense if you did), chances are also good you didn't start a music rag from scratch or contribute as much to the local cultural scene as Steve Rullman did. The founder and publisher of PureHoney magazine, has been very busy. His music-filled monthly publication can be found in basically every bar from Clematis to Wynwood and back, easily accessible to the show-going masses.

See also: Purehoney Magazine 3 Year Anniversary at Respectable Street (Slideshow)

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Bury December's Guitarist Was Raised "Strictly" on Metallica

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Bury December was first conceived in Fort Lauderdale back in 2011 when founders guitarist Antonio Ramos and bassist Claudio Kucelin met in high school. Once they teamed up with vocalist Kevin Saballos, guitarist Keegan Hughes, and drummer Brandon Brace, the band with a name inspired from a misheard song lyric was fully formed.

A few years later and the metalcore act is now working on its debut EP Summit at Dreamscape Studios owned by a good friend of the group, Allan Rivas (formerly of Manchester and Tonight I'm Burning). Once the recording process is complete, the guys plan on showcasing the album this fall with some local live shows within the 954 area code. To quote Ramos on the upcoming 20-minute, five song EP, "We're really stoked to release it!" And so he should be. Here's what else the guitarist had to say about growing up making heavy music in South Florida.

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Kingdoms and Crowns on New Album Leave a Light On: "It's a Dream Come True"

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Kingdoms and Crowns, an alt blues-rock band from Boca Raton is putting out a new album, Leave a Light On, this fall. The band released their first EP Casey last year in May of 2013 and have graduated to recording full length albums, something rare for bands at a local level.

But as frontman Stratis Washburn (yes that's his real name and we got into that in the interview) explained, the band wanted to take full advantage of the time they had in the recording studio with engineer Andre Scheidt and this time an EP wasn't going to cut it.

Veterans of the local music scene in Broward and regulars at places like Dada in Delray, the band plans to showcase their new album with a buttload of local shows to start and then hit the road hard to get their music out there as much as possible.

We talked with Washburn about the new album, his name, the idea of being signed and his passion for photography.

See also: Boca Band Kingdoms & Crowns Is So Not a Christian Band


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Riverside Market to Host Fundraiser for Musicians on Call Tonight

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The Riverside Market is hosting a fundraiser tonight to benefit Musicians on Call, a nonprofit charity that brings local musicians to hospitals so they can give in-room performances to patients. The event will be sponsored by Florida Beer Co., and there will be a $10 cover at the door, which includes one draft beer and goes directly to Musicians on Call.

The event will be headlined by its organizer, leader of the South Florida branch of the org, and all-around busy dude Phil Barnes. Barnes has been -- to say the least -- active in the recent South Florida music scene.

See also: Summer Soundtrack Pop-Up Series Hits Fort Lauderdale Today


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Forge Is Inspired by Amanda Palmer's Business Model: "Pay Whatever It's Worth to You"

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South Florida's Forge is a new band composed of Colin Healy, Chris Aiello, Alex Kozma, and Marcos Pizarro. Healy and Pizarro formerly of the Republik, joined together with an old friend and a new talent to form this progressive-pop band whose inspirations range from Tool to Taking Back Sunday.

The guys have released their first EP, appropriately titled The First EP, which the group is giving away on its website. Soon to follow is a full-length album that the band also plans to give away gratis, although it wouldn't mind a little financial appreciation once it hits iTunes. So if you're feeling generous or just want to show the guys how much you love their music, keep that in mind.

We had a chat with Healy about the band, the new EP, and why the band gives its music away like free candy to anyone who wants it.


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Lex One and Mike Beatz's One-Two Punch for their Upcoming Album No Prisoners

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There's something to be said about a little hard work and how it never hurt anybody. Quite frankly, we think a little hard work can get you everywhere and anything.

Jamaican-American rapper Mike Beatz has created a notable production resume in his 25 years that includes T-Pain and Trina as well as releasing some thoroughly enjoyable mixtapes.

Lex One's blog Get That Paper Son (GTPS) is an ethos that transcends the clichéd ideology that hip-hop has unfortunately fallen into. It's not about the bling and the almost mandatory falling into the foils of the nouveau riche, it's about truly understanding and representing the culture.

In four short years, these guys, along with Pusher FM, managed to carve a niche in the rap world with their danceable and conscious racket as Wizard Sleeve.

Well, the sleeves are pulled and here's the next round of wizardry from these two in anticipation of their upcoming album No Prisoners.

See also: Lex One on Starting a Label, Evading the Law and His Favorite Black Jews


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Jupiter, Florida's Seagrape Souljahs: "We Have Soul in Our Music"

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How irie are your vibes? We bet not as peaceful as Jupiter's Seagrape Souljahs. A crew of five of the chillest guys in an already chill scene, Seagrape Souljahs is steadily on a path to spread its positive message. Big on the hyper-local scene in Jupiter, this reggae band has paid its dues and is more than ready to bring this energy to the rest of South Florida.

Playing day three of Lake Worth's annual block party at Propaganda, Summer Daze, isn't just a gig for Seagrape, it's an affirming testament to the all work it's been putting in. The band started out playing cover songs by Tribal Seeds and now they'll on the same bill as them. It's a major step for a local band, and the Seagrape Souljahs approach it like the dudes do everything else, with a laid back mindset and music-first attitude.

Before the final day of Summer Daze, we talked with Seagrape Souljahs about some positive vibes (man!) and Legend, of course.

See Also: First Last & Always, aka FLa, Calls The Band's Sound "Casual Intensity"


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