Pink Talking Fish Combines the Songs of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish With Original Jams

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Destiny Spang

Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish are arguably three of the most beloved musical acts in history. And if this were a few years ago, they'd have not a lot in common. However, Eric Gould's Pink Talking Fish has completely changed that.

Pink Talking Fish is a tribute act to all three bands and finds a way to combine them into a comprehensive set. Each song bleeds flawlessly into the next, and then back again.

At AURA Music and Arts Festival's live streaming series on December 10, they wove together this little medley: "Run Like Hell" > "Psycho Killer" > "Run Like an Antelope" > "Run Like Hell." Needless to say, it was mind-blowing. The band also has a chameleon style of jamming, changing to fit the mood of each song while still going into unique grooves of its own.

If you missed the webcast, you have no reason to worry. Not only will it be posted on YouTube fairly soon but Pink Talking Fish is performing three dates in Florida this week: Guanabanas in Jupiter, the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, and the Dunedin Brewery.

We spoke with Eric Gould, founder of Pink Talking Fish and a former member of electro-jam band Particle, about what begat this bizarre brainchild.

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The Black Keys' Patrick Carney on Working with "Shit Gear" and Cinematic Sounds

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Danny Clinch

By Zach McCormick

For a modest-sized Midwestern city mostly known for cranking out a staggering amount of rubber, Akron has a lot to be proud of. Three of its native sons are sitting more or less on the top of the world in their respective fields, with LeBron James returning home like King Richard from the Crusades and the Black Keys landing hit after unlikely hit on the Billboard charts.

While LeBron might as well have been anointed a hero from birth, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney never really thought of themselves as star material. Building their success with a down-to-earth attitude and years of scrappiness and tenacity, the duo began its slow march to the top in 2001. Despite major-label money and a move to Nashville, the group has retained all of its affable outsider charm. We reached out to Carney to talk about his outside work as a producer and being a good loser.

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Que Lastima's Paultergeist on Album Fever Dreams: "The Darker the Shadows, the Brighter the Light Seems"

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Eddie Gonzalez

If there was any question whether the state of music in South Florida was malingering, Paul Holland just blew it out of the water.

Paultergeist, as he's known, was relegated to sideman accordion player in popular Lake Worth act Viva Le Vox. With his new project, Que Lastima, he has unsheathed a full arsenal of honorifics: composer, arranger, frontman, pianist, organist, guitarist, singer, hellraiser, and false prophet.

The band's live shows don't convey music so much as reach out, grab your throat, and force-feed an epiphany of experience akin to a tent revival. As if the performances weren't enough, there's the album. Fever Dreams isn't just a standout for local recordings; in the humble opinion of this writer, it is among the very best albums of 2014.

Holland creates a dreamy world of knife-fight circus church music that's part punk, gypsy jazz, New Orleans swing, and sinner's swagger. He's taken fuzzy guitars and made them feel right at home with horns and waltzing pianos and saxophone solos. He manages to make his accordion sound like a Parisian bistro one moment and a tool of Satan's hellfire the next.


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Coral Springs Singer and PR Gal Margeaux Jordan Says She Was "Put on This Planet to Entertain"

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Mark Gallo

Pop singer Margeaux Jordan is only 24, but the Coral Springs resident has already worked with L.A. Reid as part of girl group Velvet Angels, acted in a few TV and movie roles, and been a backup dancer for Pitbull and Thalia, among others.

Jordan's successes so far haven't only come from being onstage, behind the mic, or in front of the camera: she's a also a business woman on the rise. Last year, she created Geaux Getter, her own public relations and social media management company. Though working on this new entrepreneurial venture, she's still making music.

We interviewed the young singer about covering Sam Smith, life after working with major labels, and her new PR career.


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Infected Mushroom Advises You "Wear Your Diapers" to Culture Room on Saturday

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Alex Markow
Infected Mushroom a year ago at Revolution Live.

In 1996, Amit Duvdevani and Erez Eisen met in Haifa, Israel, where their mutual love for creating psychedelic trance music had them join forces to form Infected Mushroom. Nearly two decades and eight full length albums later -- including those with the conversation starting titles Converting Vegetarians and Vicious Delicious -- and the duo is still going strong.

Now based in Los Angeles, Infected Mushroom is taking its never ending tour and a live band to Culture Room on November 29. New Times exchanged some late night correspondences with the two to learn how they first met, the inspirations they find on the road, and why you might want to bring a diaper when attending the show.

See also: Infected Mushroom Will Have Audiences Tripping on Sound With Its Fungusamongus Tour


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The Filthy Casuals Musically Are Venturing Into a Funky "Unknown"

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The Filthy Casuals play an amalgam of styles rooted in rock and blues that display elements of funk, alternative, jazz, and grunge. This young outfit is a product of its building blocks and with many of the quintet's members stinting in local hip-hop groups, there's also an airy digital-ness to their compositions.

Is it new music like they claim? You be the judge. One thing is certain, this young band is different. Where others could get too far gone into jam territory, specially with backgrounds like theirs, the Filthy Casuals keep it copacetic and concentrate on delivering tracks that play up to their individual strengths.

We had a chance to catch up with the band following the release of its single "My Dreams Never Change" and ahead of next week's drop, "Mexico," to discuss their beginnings, youthful bravado and where they plan on taking the band next.


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Rockin' Jake Calls Florida's Blues Scene "Quite Vibrant and Happening"

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Courtesy of Rockin' Jake

Harmonica player Rockin' Jake has spent years spreading the blues around the nation. The five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine's Best of the Beat award hails from Connecticut, but he's lived in New Hampshire, New Orleans, Texas, and St. Louis and finally settled in the great State of Florida.

Rockin' Jake has made this place his actual and musical home since 2012, playing with band members guitar/vocalist Anton LaPlume, bass/vocals Cleveland Frederick, and drummer Maurice Dukes. The eclectic singer's sound (as described on his website) can be summed up as "a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues, and zydeco." And although we love the local swamp vibe, it's always nice to get a little Cajun swamp blended in with it to mix things up a bit.

Rockin' Jake is performing tonight outside of the Baily Contemporary Arts Pompano Beach, also known as BaCA, for a free street festival. Food will be provided by Spanx the Hog Barbecue, and beer and wine is complementary. And as for art, there'll be three galleries' worth and a chalk mural on the street.

We sat down and spoke with the bluesy singer about the harmonica, Badmouth hot sauce, and his former home, New Orleans.


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Amy Fiddler, Former Indie Record Label Entrepreneur Publishes Debut Novel About "the Ultimate Music Fan"

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Emily Shur, compliments of the author

Amy Fleisher Madden, better known to South Florida's punk scene as Amy Fiddler, began a strange journey into self-publication and independent record label operating at the tender age of 16. Her fanzine, Fiddler Jones was indicative of the pop punk '90s with a Cometbus-styled bend that balanced band interviews, reviews, and personal musings with humorous anecdotes about the scene strewn about for good measure.

From the fledgling upstart, undoubtedly fabricated during the heydays of the Office Depot "honor system," Fleisher went on to found Fiddler Records in 1996 that released records by local favorites the Vacant Andys, Milkshed, and the Agency as well as national heavy-hitters like New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional, and Juliette Lewis & the Licks.

It's been many years since her hectic teenage years as an entrepreneur and Fleisher has reinvented herself first into the world of advertising and more recently back into the world of publication -- armed with her first novel A Million Miles. We had a chance to discuss her past and the book. And while she might no longer be a local resident, this local girl done good, is proud of her South Florida roots.

See also: The Queen of the Fiddler Records Empire Returns to the Music Biz

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O.A.R.'s Marc Roberge Talks about His Hometown and How to Pronounce the Band's Name

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O.A.R. has been going strong since 1996 and is showing no signs of slowing down. And unlike other bands that switch out multitudes of members, have messy dealings with narcotics, and infamous scandals, the chill alternative act has kept a humble air about it, not allowing fame to get to its collective head. In fact, the band recently visited its hometown in Rockville, Maryland, to get in touch with its roots and film home movies documenting their journey.

O.A.R. will be making a South Florida stop this Saturday at Boca's Mizner Park Amphitheatre. We got to chat with the band's lead singer, Marc Roberge, about the mispronunciation of the band's name and what it was like working with Jeep for the "Jeep on the Rocks" video.


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Jim Camacho Talks Little Haiti Rock City, The Mouse King, and Touring With Linda Perhacs

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Welcome to the Swamp.

Nope, we're not talkin' Tim Tebow's breeding ground up in Gainesville -- we're talking the 2014 Miami Book Fair International's pop-up lounge. And performing at this year's Swamp is Miami composer and adult alternative singer/songwriter Jim Camacho.

Joined by fellow SoFla music legends Charlie Pickett and Rob Elba, the Swamp will also be presenting a special screening of the trailer for Franco Parente's upcoming Churchill's Pub documentary, Little Haiti Rock City, where Camacho and his crew share their unforgettable moments at the Little Haiti gem.

See also: Top Ten Current Bands That Should Be Famous

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