KC Chopz: "There's a Lot of Club DJs Who Can't Play on the Radio"

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KC Chopz

Free tables, free bottles, piles of money, and beautiful women. The life of a DJ may be awesome, but competition is brutal.

Whether you mix and blend on live air, or make the club speakers go thump, you've got your work cut out for you every step of the way.

Just ask KC Chopz. For nearly a decade, the 25-year-old DJ/producer and Power96 contract personality has burned it up on both broadcast airwaves and in the nightclubs. Here's what he had to say about the differences between the two.

See also: DJ Laz Gives New Times Writer "Multiple O's" with Diamonds (VIDEO)


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Mandy Moon Could Be Your Future Yogi

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Local gal Mandy Wright lives a normal life. She grew up in Boca Raton, attended Florida Atlantic University, she even worked a stint at Starbucks in Mizner Park. But when she started out as a singer-songwriter, she took on the cosmic moniker, Mandy Moon. In 2011, she formed a band, a close knit team that jams out a fusion of blues, indie rock, and soul.

Mandy Moon and co. are planning to show off some fresh tunes and a very new addition, a brand new bassist, at Dada on Friday night. "We're writing a lot more material, a lot more blues," Moon explains. "We're pretty excited with the new stuff we're coming out with." She feels like this will be the band's breakout album. The previous one was released with a little help from friends and fans via their Kickstarter.

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LeAnn Rimes Dishes on Her Stepsons, Tabloids, and "Saying What Other People Can't Say for Themselves"

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Sara Hertel​

Though LeAnn Rimes has dealt with her share of tabloid controversy, speaking with her on the phone revealed a calm and cool character. Though the papers sprinkle words like "affair" and "rehab" generously next to her name, Rimes just seems like a family friend you've known your whole life -- Rimes is normal but not ordinary.

With her newest album, Spitfire, it seems as if the successful country star is letting it all out for the first time since she started working at the age of 11. In a bold move, her and hubby Eddie Cibrian's VH1 series, LeAnn & Eddie, will premiere on July 17, broadcasting even more of Rimes' personal life.

To get the lowdown on LeAnn, we spoke with her about her two stepsons, her reputation, and, of course, her heartbreaker anthem "How Do I Live."

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Kris Thomas, the New Lead Singer at BB King's, on His "Controversial" The Voice Audition

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Kris Thomas was raised in the birthplace of rock n roll, Memphis, Tennessee. The music flowing through that city -- from the churches to Stax Music Academy -- helped Thomas build a personal vocal foundation. It later earned him national recognition as a contestant on the fourth season of the NBC series The Voice. That media attention led directly to Thomas' new job as frontman of the house band at West Palm Beach's BB King's Blues Club.

New Times caught up with West Palm's newest blues singer as he spoke about learning his craft in Memphis, making it big on The Voice in Burbank, and what audiences can expect from him at BB King's.

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Sklar Brothers: "Focus on the Human Side of Sports"

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The good kind of bros

You know what's better than one guy doing standup? Two guys. And when those guys are twins, it's kind of mind-blowing. Randy and Jason Sklar have been major players in the comedy scene since the late-1990s and have grown along with the trends to truly embrace new forms of comedy. If the Sklar Brothers don't look familiar to you, you haven't stared at a screen in years. They have made cameos in every show from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to Grey's Anatomy to Entourage. They are Hollywood's go-to for funny twins, and while they take on big roles, they also take time to carve their own niche in comedy that specializes in sports humor -- not to mention their healthy obsession with indie rock.

With so much experience and such varied obsessions, the Sklar Brothers have seen a recent resurgence. Multiple appearances on Comedy Central's new smash @midnight and a chance to express themselves wholly through the Sklarbro Country podcast have meant freedom to be funny in their own way. Randy and Jason Sklar are walking sports and comedy encyclopedias, and when we got the opportunity to interview them, we were left with no choice but to pick their brains about the evolution of comedy, their current music passion, and why working in comedy is the best it's ever been.

See Also: Jo Koy on Comedy: "It's Truth"


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Jimmy "Bo" Horne on Performing: "I'm Not New to This, I'm True to This"

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Before he ever made the hits "Spank," and "Dance Across The Floor," Jimmy "Bo" Horne was just a kid from West Palm Beach who got signed to TK Records.

Today, his infectious dance cuts from the '70s are still hits today. And their now classic Miami sounds still pack concerts of thousands from Sao Paolo to Rome, like the Disco Fever show this June 28, at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

Here's what he had to say about shows at Dillard High Shool, working with James Brown, and appearing on American Bandstand.

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Jessica Fichot Brings Sounds of the World to Sunrise

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Andy Sheng

Jessica Fichot's first Florida show at Sunrise Civic Center tomorrow promises a tantalizing intermingling of sounds. Fichot, backed a three piece band, marshals a plethora of influences, taking the listener from summer evenings in Parisian cafes, to smoky 1940s Shanghai nightlife palaces.

The American-born, Paris-raised, L.A. based chanteuse fuses her sparklingly unique vocals to a variety of genres such as French chanson, Chinese swing, and gypsy jazz, singing in several different languages. Fichot's live performances effortlessly globe trot and saunter through a spectrum of moods; melancholy, jaunty, complex, child-like.

Jessica Fichot's performance on Saturday should be a refreshingly original tonic to the Top 40 and classic rock radio fodder the area usually draws. Having just touched down in South Florida, Jessica spoke with us at New Times.

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Keb' Mo' on BLUESAmericana, Acting, and Touring with a "Tight Ship"

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"Why do interviewers always ask me that question?" wondered Keb' Mo' in response to being asked what audiences can expect at his June 8 concert at B.B. King's Blues Club.

The Southern Californian who currently resides in Nashville has become synonymous with the blues. After years as a musician dabbling in calypso, R&B, rock, and the theater world, the man whose birth name is Kevin Moore finally found success in 1994 after releasing his debut album under his new name "Keb' Mo'."

With two Robert Johnson covers, it was the kind of blues that audiences had been craving and sparked a career that now encompasses 12 albums including this year's BLUESAmericana. New Times spoke with Keb' Mo' about the blues and acting, and he even answered the original question of what audiences can expect at his concert. "Their time and money well spent."

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

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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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Drive-By Truckers Is "Ideologically a Punk Rock Band"

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For those out there that wish Bob Dylan were wordier, Drive-By Truckers might be the band for you. The Athens, GA, quintet combine rock, country, folk, and punk to chronicle the American dream from the bottom of a bottle.

Ten albums into a career that spans almost two decades, their latest, English Oceans, has been their most commercially successful reaching number 16 on the Billboard album charts.

Drive-By Truckers are making a stop at Culture Room on June 4, but first road weary singer guitarist Patterson Hood spoke with New Times about his songwriting influences, what differentiates his solo albums from Drive-By Truckers', and being the son of a session musician (his dad, David Hood, played bass for, among others, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, and Frank Black).

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