Hirie Lets You Feel "Free to Soar Wherever Your Body and Mind Want to Go"

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Reggae music is alive and well in South Florida with acts like Fireside Prophets and Making Faces. But for the most part, the bands are fronted by dudes. That's is all good, but we were definitely interested when we heard about a touring group heading to town that's going against this trend.

Meet Hirie. She heads up a reggae band that shares her same name. Otherwise known as Patricia Jetton, Hirie is currently touring with Stick Figure and Pacific Dub and is bringing her island groove to Culture Room this Friday. We spoke with the young singer about being irie, getting up, standing up, and what she'd say to Rasta legend Bob Marley if he were alive today.

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Joel Da Silva on the Midnight Howl, Hep Cat Boo Daddies and Going "Balls to the Wall"

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Joel Da Silva is keeping the blues alive and fresh in the South Florida sonic sea. The vibrant guitarist composer, teacher, and booker at Vintage Tap, Delray Beach, currently heads up Joel Da Silva and the Midnight Howl. The band's 2014 release Durty Howlin' Blues helped him continue to solidify his reputation as a solo artist and distinguish his current project from his previous group, the Hep Cat Boo Daddies.

He'll pay tribute to his late HCBD bandmate, bassist Sean "Evil" Gerovitz, and join former drummer Randy Blitz along with current Howl bassist Bob Cleary onstage at the fourth Button South Class Reunion at Revolution Live on September 26

New Times caught up with the blues man recently.


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Washed Out: "I've Always Been a Huge Fan of Disco"

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When New Times spoke with Ernest Greene, the mastermind behind the chillwave act Washed Out, he was as adept at conversation as he was at creating a relaxed melody.

Whether he was discussing how the TV show Portlandia jumpstarted his career, the transition of recording an album solo versus sharing the live stage with a band, or the blessings of being able to make music and tour with his wife, he was open and thoughtful about every question shoved his way. Here is some of the conversation we had with Greene before this Saturday night show at Culture Room. The rest of the article, you can read here.

See also: Washed Out's Ernest Greene: a New Breed of Southern Music Man

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Loose Buttons Talk University of Miami, the Strokes, and Playing with Best Friends

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Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman offers his insights, opinions, and observations about the local scene. This week: A band consisting of (mostly) University of Miami students sets out to make its mark.

At the tender age of 21, members of Loose Buttons have already built quite a career. The foursome live in New York City, but three are students at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. The band has, thus far, released two EPs, headlined Tobacco Road and Brooklyn Bowl, toured the East Coast, played the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon and Times Square with Grizzly Bear and My Morning Jacket. It's even teamed up with Amnesty International in Washington D.C..

Singer Eric Nizgretsky, guitarist Zack Kantor, bassist Manny Silverstein, and drummer Adam Holzberg may seem extraordinarily young to have accumulated all these accomplishments, but the truth is, some a few of them were even younger when they started out playing live. Age 14 to be precise. While still in their mid-teens, Nizgretsky and Kantor played such places as Kenny's Castaways, the Bitter End, and the Knitting Factory well before they were of the legal age to actually hang out there. The group is currently celebrating the release of its second EP, Damage Gallery, another example of its infectious, smooth sounds.

Being a former UM student myself, I was delighted to chat with Eric Nizgretsky and hear how Loose Buttons is doing both itself and my alma mater proud.


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Anthony Jeselnik on Death Threats, Stand-Up, and Roasting Donald Trump

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"Tonight, Anthony Jeselnik is going to leave his stamp on the roast. And tomorrow, he'll use that stamp to buy food."

That's how Seth MacFarlane introduced Anthony Jeselnik at Comedy Central's Roast of Donald Trump. And while obviously a bit hyperbolic -- like all good jokes -- there was a good deal of truth poking out beneath the surface.

That night was America's first introduction to Anthony Jeselnik. It was an audition. And Jeselnik was painfully aware that his performance in those six minutes would either spawn a career in comedy, or send him spiraling toward obscurity.


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Beastie Boys Photographer Sunny Bak: "None of Us Really Realized That It Was History in the Making"

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If you've come across a photograph of the Beastie Boys in the past 25 years, chances are the woman behind the lens was Sunny Bak. An acclaimed photojournalist and no stranger to the music industry, Bak also photographed such talents as Madonna and Jay Z, capturing fashion and music moments in the New York life and beyond.

It was with the Beastie Boys, though, that Bak found one of many opportunities that helped propel her toward the success she enjoys today. Two years after the death of Adam "MCA" Yauch, Bak is bringing over two decades' worth of unpublished prints to light in a traveling exhibition in memory of the rapper.

New Times caught up with Bak as she traveled to the Sunshine State, where she will spend some time infiltrating the arts community with talks and kicking off the East Coast tour of her exhibition, "Beastie Bak and the VAC," at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines.


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Big Smo on Hick-Hop and His A&E Reality Show

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Twelve years after releasing his first album, the man known as Big Smo has become a superstar. He mashes country and rap into what the mammoth Tennessee native affectionately calls hick-hop. After years of struggle, Big Smo has used every medium at his disposal to finally catapult himself to fame. It took millions of YouTube views of his songs before he could sign with a record label and now finds himself the star of an A&E reality show that bears his name.

A day before his tour takes him to BB King's in West Palm, New Times spoke with Smo about the blessings and pitfalls of fame, why he stuck with music, and what other large men he would like to make music with.


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T-Pain Says, "I May Get Into Some Gypsy Shit" Next

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To say that T-Pain's upcoming Drankin Patna Tour is a natural part of the Tallahassee-bred hitmaker's progression is kinda like saying strippers dig it when rappers make it rain. Both are perfectly true, of course. But neither takes into account the many dips and curves it takes to do what they do.

Sure T-Pain's the cat who made much of his rep with such alcohol-fueled combustions as "Buy U a Drank" (with Yung Joc) and "Bartender" (with Akon), took star turns on Ludacris' "One More Drink" and Jamie Foxx's "Blame It," and also proudly showed off his diamond-encrusted liquor chains on DJ Khaled's clip for "Welcome to My Hood." But he's also the dude who made a fortune off an app, turned Auto-Tune to trap, and sidled up alongside the likes of Flo Rida, Pitbull, and Kanye (with whom he won a Grammy). And one doesn't rise to those kinda heights when they're drunk.

Drinking songs have gotten T-Pain drunk, though -- drunk with power, fame, money, and the sorta self-confidence some people would kill to have. But his business is all about fun, and one gets the impression that however many bottles may have been consumed, at the end of the night, he and his crew have had a blast.

New Times reached the master mixologist in Atlanta during rehearsals for the pending tour (which hits Revolution on Tuesday, August 12), and the chat was nothing but laughs.

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Jesse McCartney on In Technicolor: "There's a Lot to Bite Into"

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When we spoke with Jesse McCartney, the babiest face in R&B, he was in New Orleans about to do a soundcheck. The night before, he'd hung around town getting drinks, eating gumbo. Doing things people do when in the Big Easy.

Whether or not you like the McCartney of old, of Dream Street, of Summerland, or even his last album Departure in 2008, we'd like to recommend you listen to his newest release, In Technicolor. McCartney was involved in the songwriting of every tune on this album, and though it's obvious to make a Justin Timberlake reference, the singer definitely took his cues from older icons. In "Superbad," homeboy sounds like the spawn of Michael Jackson (And yeah, he could be Paris' sib. Who knows where those kids come from?).

Besides digging the album, McCartney is laid back and easy to talk to about anything. He even admitting to being a chocoholic and watching the Kardashians. Check him out here before his show tonight at Revolution Live.

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The Hip Abduction's Influences Include Graceland, Mbaqanga, and Cut Copy

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Like all life forms, the St. Peterburg six-piece the Hip Abduction's origins can be traced to the ocean.

Vocalist David New was playing acoustic solo shows when he turned to his fellow surfers to form a band. Influenced by reggae and utilizing African instruments like the kora and ngoni, the Hip Abduction has created a sound as strong and steady as the tide. Last year's eponymous album even debuted at number five on Billboard's reggae charts.

The band is crossing the state to play an August 15 show at the Funky Biscuit. New Times caught up with New (no relation) to talk about the band's influences, their plans for the future, and how they take listeners to their happy place.


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