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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Photo by Fernando Perdomo

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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Sevendust on Making Its Own Songs Acoustic: "Might as Well Rip Off Yourself"

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Chris Baird

In 1965, Bob Dylan was booed and called a Judas for daring to plug in his guitar and go electric. Sevendust, the Atlanta metal veterans, heard only cheers when it pulled that trick in reverse by unplugging and going acoustic.

The band's ninth studio album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, is a completely acoustic production, half new songs and half reworked songs from its catalogue. Instead of being seen as a betrayal to the heavy and loud sound upon which the group built its reputation, the record has been embraced by enough fans to reach the top spot on Billboard's Hard Music Chart.

The success encouraged the band to go on an all-acoustic tour which Sevendust guitarist John Connolly was excited to speak about with New Times. The gracious Florida resident opened up about Sevendust's future, the aforementioned transition, and why he dropped the drumsticks to pick up a guitar.

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Dubtribe Sound System Explains "the Magic of House Music"

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This Saturday night, Stache will commemorate the arrival of its first birthday. To celebrate this event, the speakeasy did more than buy a cake with one lonely candle, it invited house legends Dubtribe Sound System to play a live set on November 15.

Comprised of Sunshine and Moonbeam Jones, Dubtribe has been pursuing its dance-at-all-cost ethic since its '90s San Francisco warehouse days. New Times recently contacted the duo. The two reminisced on the group's origins, time spent apart from each other, and what to expect when they hit Stache.


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TAUK Launches Florida Tour With Blowout Jam at Funky Biscuit

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I remember being in a car with a friend and hearing this entrancing music and both of us having the "Who is this? And why the hell don't I know it yet?" moment. We looked at the display screen and saw the name TAUK and instantly devoted ourselves as new fans.

It seems to be the common reaction. When I play it in any new group, someone's bound to ask the same questions. And the answer is, TAUK is a four-piece instrumental postrock, electronic, funk, jam band hailing from New York that is currently taking the jam scene by storm.

It's a well-oiled machine that packed Funky Biscuit last night. The foursome demonstrated an astounding set of skills. It manages to stay tight while taking its sound into insane directions. The audience pretty much hung on every note.


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