Citizen Cope: "As Long as I Can Play for People and Touch People, It's a Beautiful Thing"

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When describing the music of Citizen Cope, aka Clarence Greenwood, you may get stuck. Sure, you can talk about the mellowness, his smooth voice, and the catchy melodies, but it's hard to pinpoint exactly what he's doing. Spotify may "suggest" him to you, but after listening to what artist? The music is a creature unto itself.

Citizen Cope is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the release of the Clarence Greenwood Recordings by touring, well, pretty much everywhere. The man has six stops in California, a couple on the East Coast, and even a show in Mexico. Best of all, he plays at Revolution Live tonight.

We spoke to him this week about poetry and Brooklyn.


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Ghost Owl on Building a New Audience: "Get Your Ass Out There and Earn It"

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Just a year ago, Adam Perry, Albert Suttle, and Matthew McDonald went on hiatus from their previous band Perpetual Groove and formed Ghost Owl. They decided to change their style a bit, freeing themselves to explore new sounds, going for a harder, more rock feel while retaining the entrancing elements and textures that ran through Perpetual Groove's music.

In this one year, Ghost Owl toured heavily; shared the stage at festivals with acts like EOTO, Kung Fu, Conspirator, and Zoogma; and released its debut album, Say Goodbye to Finland, to rave reviews. The album is one of the fresher, newer-sounding releases we've heard in a while. It presents a near-perfect balance of electronic jam and rock without ever straying too far one way or the other.

Adam Perry (singer, synths, and bass) was kind enough to have a little chat with New Times before Thursday's show to discuss how the last year went, the album release, and a little bit about what the future might hold for Ghost Owl.

See also: Ghost Owl's Adam Perry on the Jam Scene, It "Felt Like You Were There with Everybody"

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Charli XCX Says, "I'll Never Be a Pop Princess"

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Before summer began, there was a good chance you'd never heard of Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, or Rita Ora. Now, at the start of fall, you can't get enough of these guys. And let's not forget about Charli XCX. She, like her chart-topping colleagues, has been around for years but is just recently getting much-deserved praise.

Charlotte Aitchison, as Charli is also known, co-penned 2013's summer smash hit by Icona Pop, "I Love It." The half-Scott, half-Ugandan released her major-studio debut, True Romance, last year and is featured on Azalea's ubiquitous "Fancy" and crafted "Boom Clap," which appears in the film The Fault in Our Stars.

With a U.S. tour underway, the 21-year-old Brit will be heading to Fort Lauderdale's Culture Room. We caught up with the songstress before the show to chat about genuine girl power.


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Michael Feinstein: "I Was Ira Gershwin's Kindred Spirit"

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Nobody works as hard to keep the popular music of the early 20th century alive as Michael Feinstein. From his PBS documentary. Michael Feinstein's American Songbook to the memoir he wrote, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs which chronicled his time learning from the legendary songsmith Ira Gershwin to his countless live performances, Feinstein has been relentless in celebrating the songs of yesteryear.

Feinstein will be conducing Kravis Center Pops Orchestra in West Palm Beach for three performances. We spoke with the legend about his love for the Great American Songbook, his time with Ira Gershwin, and his favorite memories performing at Kravis Center.


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Wild Cub Says: "The Last Thing Nashville Needs Is More White GuysPlaying Acoustic Guitars"

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Though based in Nashville, Tennessee, nothing of the electronic indie act Wild Cub reeks of the Grand Ole Opry. The band's excellent first album, Youth, is more Peter Gabriel than Hank Williams, with polished worldly beats rather than confessional crooning.

When New Times spoke with Wild Cub singer Keegan DeWitt, he said that was purely intentional. Eager to stand out from a glut of singer-songwriters, Wild Cub hopes to be an actual band. In a telephone interview well before their upcoming performance at Coral Skies Music Festival, DeWitt shared how his group stands out in their hometown, what musicians influenced him, and how his work scoring films impacted Wild Cub.

See also: Coral Skies Music Festival 2014 Lineup: Cage the Elephant, the Hold Steady, and Others

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International Reggae and World Music Awards 2014 Heads to Coral Springs

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South Florida is one of the world's great capitals of Caribbean culture, a cosmopolitan region where people of all nations come together to celebrate music with African roots.

That's why the 33rd annual International Reggae and World Music Awards will be held at the Coral Springs Center For the Arts on October 4.

Jamaica's own Ephraim Martin started the enterprise based on a push to do so from none other than Bob Marley and Jacob Miller on a Kingston Airport runway in 1980. Today, it has grown to become one of the most respected shows of its kind in the world. Here's what Martin had to say about the awards' founding, culture, and biggest stars.

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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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