Eric Biddines Talks About His MTV Hit "Railroads Down/Unfinished"

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You do not turn to adjust your set. The stations have not been renumbered. It is not a local channel you accidentally landed on playing Palm Beach rapper Eric Biddines's new video. You are in fact watching MTV Jams which has put Biddines's "Railroads Down/Unfinished" in heavy rotation.

The song, off his 2013 album Planetcoffeebean 2, with its Southern roots and playful samples is earning him comparisons to Outkast. Which is one of the ultimate compliments.

New Times caught up with the homegrown favorite who is in a bit of shock over his newfound yet long-time-coming fame. Excited about his future, Biddnes discussed the making of the video, his further explorations of Planetcoffeebean, and researching professional basketball players.

See also: Eric Biddines Is So Obsessed With Coffee, He Even Raps About It

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Alex Segura of the Faulkner Detectives on Writing First Novel Silent City and Working With Kiss

Robert Kidd

We first met Miami native Alex Segura when reviewing his band the Faulkner Detectives's EP (Livid Records) The Modern Handshake back in 2012. Since then, his career in journalism and comics publishing has kept him bouncing between South Florida and New York City. His most recent, nonmusical musical endeavor: He penned the script for a surreal issue of Archie Comics in which the gang from Riverdale meets Kiss.

With that in tow, Segura just published his debut novel, Silent City, a gritty crime noir steeped in the decadence of a bygone era of hard-drinking journalists with mild poetic inclinations who can manage a little pearl in the swine before giving in to the personal demons. A speedy read and a solid first novel, Silent City is imbued with enough music to have you humming along and visualizing all those places in Miami you'd rather not set foot in.

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Springsteen Photographer Chronicles 32 Years of the Boss

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The anticipation surrounding Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's show at the BB&T is brewing like a swollen sky before a thunderstorm. The Boss plays the venue for the first time in more than four years on Tuesday, April 29, as the tour supporting latest release High Hopes bounds on.

The E Street Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by none other than Bruce himself, who gleefully introduced them as a "heart-stopping, pants-dropping, love-making, earth-quaking, Viagra-taking" group. This should be quite a show.

In preparation for his arrival, disciples of the Bard of the Rust Belt should indulge in Debra Rothenberg's stellar photo book Bruce Springsteen in Focus 1980-2012 (Turn the Page Publishing). Rothenberg is an award-winning photographer who shot everything from sports stars to politicians and currently works for the New York Daily News. However, it is in her fellow New Jersey native, Springsteen, that the photographer's passion for her subject separates her from the rest of the photo pit.

See also: Bruce Springsteen Is Coming to South Florida!

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Tech N9ne on "That Fast Flow," Strangeulation, and Being a "Job Creator"

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How fast is too fast?

Rapper Tech N9ne's supersonic lyrical delivery tests the boundaries of human comprehension. The Kansas City-based MC was bestowed his name thanks to his ability to spit out words with the speed of a TEC-9 semiautomatic weapon. Tech N9ne later gave his handle a double-entendre by stating the "tech" was short for "technique" and with nine completing all digits -- his name signifies his total ability to rhyme like a champ.

The rapper got his start moving from one hip-hop collective to another. In the 1990s, he went from Black Mafia to 57th Street Rogue Dog Villians to Nnutthowze to the Regime. But in 1999, he decided to become independent, not just as a solo artist but by starting his own record label, Strange Music. The name of his current tour, Independent Grind, celebrates his status.

New Times caught up with Tech N9ne a couple of days before his Fort Lauderdale show to discuss the secrets of putting on a great hip-hop show and the importance of clarity over speed.

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No FOMO: Kat Lane Brings Miami Energy to Her Brand of Dance Music

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Kat Lane is Miami to her core. Her songs -- like "Miami in the Summer" -- have the irreverence and stickiness of a South Beach summer night.

Lane got her start as a dancer when she was about 4 years old. That, and her parents' passion for music, is how she got into singing and DJing as an adult.

"Ever since I can remember," she says, "music has been at the forefront of what I do." Recently, Lane sang the national anthem at the Sony Open tennis tournament. She's also opened for Kaskade and has performed at Space and the Fontainebleau.

Though she's a singer, she'll be doing a DJ set with Steve Aoki at Hard Rock Live on Friday. She revealed she's a big fan: "The energy of his music is just kind of unmatched," she says. "He obviously thinks outside of the box. He brings a different perspective to his performance."

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Easy Star All-Stars' Mission Is to Bring Reggae "to the Masses" With Dub Side of the Moon

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Photo by Jammi York
Since the 1970s, rock bands have feverishly plundered the reggae springing out of the islands of the Caribbean and the West Indian neighborhoods of London and New York. Clapton, Blondie, and Led Zeppelin all either covered or lovingly entwined their own sound with the bass-heavy grooves of everything from dub to dancehall. Some have worked -- check the Clash's cover of "Police and Thieves" -- some not so much -- see Bryan Adams' "Reggae Christmas."

New York-based dub collective Easy Star All-Stars flipped this phenomenon a decade ago when they playfully spat back a reggae reworking of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. The aptly titled Dub Side of the Moon expertly applied the trippy mysticism of dub to the prog-rock behemoth and has become a bona fide classic in its own right. Since then, the collective has refurnished Radiohead's OK Computer and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with their own distinctive brand of spaced-out dub with startling results, as well as recording a well-received album of their own compositions, 2011's First Light.

Now ten years on from Dub Side..., the Easy Star All-Stars return to South Florida to play Fort Lauderdale's Culture Room as part of their tour of the U.S. celebrating the album's big 1-0 birthday. Easy Star's own "Queen of Dub" Kirsty Rock took time between shows to speak with us.

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Hank Williams Jr. Says He Supports "Freedom of Press"

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It must feel like a gift and a bit of a curse to be the son of one of modern music's greatest and best-known musicians. Hank Williams Jr. would know. He's had his fair share of struggles but also, as he told us in the following interview, plenty of opportunities from a very young age and a lot of which to be proud.

The outspoken and often controversial musician has plenty to say about your government, but he's also crafted some classic country tunes and has a massive fan base. He's performing this upcoming weekend seaside at the Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale Beach. We wondered if he shared Tortuga's mission to save the oceans and what other causes are close to his heart. His answers may surprise you.

See also: Train's Jimmy Stafford: "We're in a Place Where We Can Afford Risk"

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Steve Hackett: "There's Just Not Enough Serious Music Out There"

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We recently posted part one of our interview with prog legend Steve Hackett, guitarist for the Peter Gabriel-fronted iteration of Genesis. He's performing the band's early works this week as part of his Genesis Revisited show at Parker Playhouse Saturday, April 5.

Read part one here" "Steve Hackett Calls Genesis 'a Very Competitive Band'."

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Dita Von Teese: "In My Sexual Fantasies, Things Are Not Politically Correct"

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Photo by Ali Mahdavi
Check out a 14-photo sneak peek of Dita Von Teese's Strip Strip Hooray!

Anyone that has spent more than few nights carousing Fort Lauderdale's retro-centric bars has undoubtedly encountered one of the area's many burlesque troupes. In 2014, the style of striptease popularized in the '40s is hotter than ever. For that (and the barrage of secondhand glitter you may experience at a show), you can thank model, actress, designer, and most importantly, burlesque star Dita Von Teese.

Von Teese was at the forefront of the neo-burlesque movement in the early '90s and has since developed into the form's greatest champion, conservationist, and performer. The curvaceous brunette idealizes the glamour and panache of burlesque. She appears like an actualization of a Vargas painting or the nose art of a B-52. Von Teese has earned the adoration of fans the world over and will be bringing her critically lauded variety show, Strip Strip Hooray, to Revolution on April 10 and 11.

New Times spoke with the charming Von Teese about everything from originality in burlesque to what defines feminism in her line of work.

See also: Hurly Burly Burlesque Is Hairy Men in Thongs (Video)

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Steve Hackett Calls Genesis "a Very Competitive Band"

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Lesley Wood

Genesis, in its Peter Gabriel-fronted, "classic" iteration, was possibly the most creative, intellectually stimulating, and inspired band of the entire first wave of British progressive rock. There was the weight of albums that displayed the group's uncanny propensity for long-winded (yet never idle) sonic explorations and the perfectly wrought lyrical content that traveled deftly between epics of science fiction and gritty. Also, the colorfully rendered social commentary and the dynamic, visceral assault brought to the music by each of the band's five virtuosos. Early Genesis was an absolute force of nature who's legacy survives mythologically.

Guitarist Steve Hackett played no small role in developing the sound of those records. While Gabriel's dramatic voice and performances and Phil Collins' percussive prowess seem to be at the center of most Genesis discussions, Hackett's flare for pioneering unique techniques (two-handed tapping, off-kilter effects) inarguably changed the way the guitar has been approached for decades while fueling the rock side of Genesis' prog.

See also: The Musical Box: A Look Back at The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

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