Propaganda's Summer Daze Essentials for 2014

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Dana Drolet
Spred The Dub rocking the inside stage, full of beers, tanks and ears.

We realize that it is only their second year, but it already feels like it wouldn't quite be summer without Propaganda's Summer Daze music series. The all-out block party is a culmination of pure energy -- from local music's finest offerings, skate competitions, and pools -- South Florida culture all comes together on J Street. It's basically summer camp for big people. Your same friends are there each time, and you indulge in a day full of activities until you basically pass out.

More than a good time though, Summer daze is important for your mental health. Prop cranks out bad ass shows all year, but Summer Daze is now an essential element in an increasingly blah season. Where else are we supposed to go in the summer that serves up this much fun?

This weekend kicked off the first of the three in the Saturday series. It was the full day dose we needed. While your sheer presence might be enough, here are a few more ways you can prepare for the next glorious seasonal jam -- day two with Lit.

See Also: The Summer Daze Concert Series Returns to Propaganda with Badfish

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Askultura on Its Name: "It Means Waffle House Is Bad for Your Spirit"

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J.T. Turret

The World Cup might bring the world together once every four years, but Askultura does it every day. The soccer-crazed gang of nine punk rockers describes itself as "globally-sourced." What makes this Miami-based band so different from their ska friends is their diversity and the ability to create music that hits close to home. Coming together from Peru, Columbia, France, and beyond, Askultura is as seriously worldly.

With the release of its new album I.N.F.E.R.N.O. comes another Askultura tour, this time to the Northeastern U.S. But when Askultura hits the road, it's not just a tour, it's a traveling circus. The only automobile capable of containing all their crazy is the official Cool Bus -- a school bus converted into a dream on wheels, packed to the brim with not just equipment but stations of fun.

Before it journeys north, we chatted with singer, guitarist And Mazzatoro about what's for dinner and the thing the Cool Bus has in common with MTV's Real World.

See Also: Askultura Hits the Road in a School Bus Filled with Beer and Dried Apricots

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Your Big Picture Cafe Hosts a Slew of Musical Nights and Days

Categories: Local Music

Len Perry and Robert Mitchell at open mic

Many run-of-the-mill cafes tend to work a wannabe Starbucks angle, with overpriced sugary drinks and CDs for sale by the register. Your Big Picture Café, however, is a step above.

Located on University Drive, Your Big Picture Café is laden with cozy furniture and jam packed bookshelves. It has a warm, welcoming feel. Menu items at this café are largely organic and even include beer and wine at extremely reasonable prices. The most expensive item being a 12-inch cheese pizza for $12.49. And the place even plays host to belly-dancing, Tai Chi, drum circles, live music, and other classes promoting spiritual wellness.

Robert Mitchell, host of some open mics and workshops there, says that the cafe was started in 2010 by Charlene Vairy as an homage to her late mother. Vairy kept her mother, a cancer victim, alive eight years longer than predicted by using natural remedies such as plant-based treatments and meditation techniques. Vairy opened the café to share her knowledge on the subject while "nurturing" the local community, particularly with music.

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Shorty the Giant Is "Stoked" to Play Propaganda's Summer Daze

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Michael Shaffer
Hey Shorty.

There is something so refreshing about Shorty the Giant. Maybe it's that the band's name is more confusing than descriptive. Definitely part of it is the act's raunchy blend of big guitar blues and modern reggae.

Shorty the Giant is an integral part of the massive, annual Summer Daze day one lineup at Propaganda. Badfish is headlining, but the chunky list of locals on the bill doesn't fail to impress either. A lot of the local talent taking the stage is more reggae focused, so the touch of blues Shorty brings is more than welcome.

Before the Summer Daze series kicks off in Lake Worth, we chatted with the band's bassist Billy Kontos about its special sound, how he feels about the scene around here, and why Summer Daze is important to the group.

See Also: Lake Worth Long Shots: "I Don't Ever Want to Do an Acoustic Show Again"

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Decades Records Showcase Brings the Cool Back to Clematis

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Ates Isildak
Always the right weather for a Jean Jacket
Supporting local music comes in many forms: going to shows, buying merch, and even sharing a music video on your Facebook page. Passing out fliers was simply not enough support for one local crew. The need to provide a platform for South Florida's glorious strangeness is what inspired the creation of Decades Records. The West Palm Beach label, part of the Frenchkiss Group, is on a distinct mission to find and promote the area's most original music.

With club owner and coffee aficionado Rodney Mayo backing the label, it's no surprise that the inaugural Decades Records Showcase will be shining its light in one of his own venues, Respectable Street, this week. But it's not just the reputation of the bar that will no doubt transform this six-band assault into memorable performances. With two stages available and plenty of talent, each band is almost guaranteed to deliver big on sound and stage presence.

See also: Rodney Mayo on the Short Life of Dubliner in Fort Lauderdale

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Counting Crows' Adam Duritz Doesn't Want to Sound Like Your Grandpa

David Elmes@cc2.0
Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows at EMC World 2010

Counting Crows first made their mark on the music industry in 1993 with their hit album August and Everything After, pumping airwaves with a thick dose of the addictive "Mr. Jones." Over the next two decades and beyond, that song continues to get radio play; the band has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and is still going strong, with live performances that surpass expectations.

Somewhere Under Wonderland is the band's first new studio album since 2008 and is expected out on Capitol Records this fall. But Counting Crows hit the road with a national tour that kicked off in Tampa and hits Hollywood's sold-out Hard Rock Live on Thursday. Duritz spoke with New Times about the album, his work with the Outlaw Roadshow, and his surprising opinion of Auto-Tune.

See also: Is It Wrong to Like Counting Crows?

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Broward and Palm Beach Counties' Ten Best Hardcore Bands of All Time

Categories: Local Music, list


Articles listing out the best bands in any genre never seem to fully satisfy everyone. But oh, well, what can you do? This may be especially true for any listicle trying to cull the best hardcore outfits to emerge from Broward and Palm Beach counties. So we tread forward lightly at the risk of incurring the vitriolic wrath of opinionated users on the Eulogy message boards.

In our little reminisce here, we couldn't help but notice that there was a very strong presence of NY/HC-styled outfits during the '90s in South Florida, and that we actually miss the violent days of youthful thugcore. We present you with Broward and Palm Beach counties' best hardcore bands of all time.

See also: Broward-Palm Beach Counties' 11 Best Punks Bands of All Time

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Franco Parente Talks Churchill's Pub Documentary, Little Haiti Rock City

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

Churchill's the Movie is currently in production, and there's a Kickstarter campaign raising funds to help complete Little Haiti Rock City.

The dude responsible is Franco Parente, a freelance filmmaker born and raised in Miami. He has won numerous film festival awards. He has a French television series development deal. And he has directed commercials for corporations like Burger King.

He and co-producer Angel Markoulis recently quit their jobs to devote all their energy to the Churchill's Pub project. Here's what Franco has to say about Marilyn Manson, Peter Buck, and U2.

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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Crazy Stories at Churchill's Pub: A Video Interview

Blood. Shit. Spilled beer. "And a girl," as Churchill's Pub enforcer Nicky Bowe recalls, "pissing into a saucepan."

Only a few examples of the weird, wild, and occasionally disgusting stuff that can happen in the course of a trip to Our Beloved Shithole at 5501 NE Second Avenue on any given night of any given week.

Just check out today's vid on the crazy stories at Churchill's Pub.

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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Jason Cardinal Releases Original Music Before Moving to Boston

Categories: Local Music

Jason Cardinal
A band of one.

Jason Cardinal got our attention last October when he took over the America's Got Talent audition room in Miami with his one man band spectacle. Gigging constantly throughout Palm Beach County, Cardinal's live performance has grown into a complete show. With spot-on impersonations and unexpected smashups, Cardinal has perfected the art of showmanship. So what's next? The creative bug is hard to shake, and he finally started writing and recording original music with the help of local musician and producer Greg Hansen.

First up is the new single "Love All Over the World" that Cardinal wrote while traveling and performing last summer. Eventually, the song grew and took on a larger message focused on a greater sense of good globally with a pop beat that's easy to love. More songs are in the works, but pretty soon we won't be able to call Cardinal a local boy. He is in the process of moving the one man band to Boston in hopes of taking over a new territory and growing his fan base. Before he makes the big leap, we chatted with Cardinal about his music inspirations, what happened with America's Got Talent and what he will miss most about South Florida.

See Also: Palm Beach County Musician Takes Spotlight at America's Got Talent Audition

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