Heady & Sullen Debut EP Is a Testament to Their Undying Love

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Ariel Vega is no stranger to our New Times readership. As the drummer for the Honeysticks in the '90s, he helped pave the way for the alternative sounds of South Florida today. An eternally busy musician with live tried-and-true chops and a penchant for creation within the studio and session setting, his latest musical endeavor involves his wife Tammy Fons, an accomplished and classically trained pianist.

Under the name of Heady & Sullen they're releasing a debut four-song EP replete with atmosphere and melody. Formed by their different backgrounds but catapulted into creation by a symbiotic link, their music is lofty and baroque and full of love without the aegis of cliché.

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Glitch Mob on DIY Electronic Music, Actually Playing Instruments: A Video Interview

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Photo by Neil Krug

The Glitch Mob isn't your average DJ group.

In fact, these guys don't usually DJ. They're one of those rare, talented acts who play electronic instruments. And they even help design those instruments, as well as the stage production behind their performances.

We've caught them in the act and we've been blown away. So we were stoked at the chance to chat with the Los Angeles-based Mob during the first day of Ultra Music Festival 2014.

The topics of conversation include the successful new album Love Death Immortality, their new stage design, and why ravers need to disconnect to connect.

See also: Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments


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Adventure Club on Who's a Screamer and Saying "Fuck Cancer": A Video Interview

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Plenty of people were superpsyched to see Adventure Club's Christian Srigley and Leighton James perform at Ultra Music Festival 2014. These two Canadian guys are veterans of the EDM festival; they're so involved, they even did Ultra Korea.

Srigley and James were ready to rage on the stage when we caught up with them to discuss their cause of choice, Fuck Cancer, and being "pop-punk and proud." We also brought up the allegations against Steve Klein of New Found Glory which led to the age-old debate of which is worse: kiddie porn or peeing on people à la R. Kelly.

Also, find out which of these handsome dudes is a screamer.

See also: Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments

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The Virgins and Veterans of Ultra Music Festival: A Video Interview

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

What is it about Ultra Music Festival that makes the young kids go crazy? Can this year's UMF top the twin weekends of 2013? Does it live up to the hype? What's better: PLUR or molly?

These are the hard-hitting questions that we asked the brave
souls of Ultra 2014. We harassed virgins and veterans alike on their way into the fest. Some of them were so emotional about the festival, they just had to cry.

We also talked to a Christian guy shouting into a megaphone to hear why Ultra will send you to hell.

See also: Ultra Ravers Answer: What's in Your Fanny Pack?


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Lucky Cole, Everglades "Glamorous Photographer," Photo Shoot (VIDEO)

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The writer as subject.

On a recent sunny day, our videographer Kathryn Sotolongo and I drove down to where bloated alligators are pecked on by starving vultures and sawgrass'll take off a finger if you're too handsy with it. Out on Loop Road, where the Everglades becomes Big Cypress National Preserve, Lucky Cole and his wife, Maureen, host strangers on their homestead, nourishing them with venison chili and cheap beers. They also nurture women in a less physical way. They take glamorous and sensual photographs of them in various stages of undress. Lucky clicks, and Maureen directs. The photos are great.

Through their exotic photography, they offer everyday women the opportunity to feel beautiful. I took the challenge of being one of their subjects. As Lucky shot pics and Maureen yelled, "Suck it in! Stand on your toes!" I found I liked them even more than when I interviewed them, and that's saying a lot! What follows is a video interview with the two lovebirds who are known around the world for their HGTV-ready pad, for astonishing hospitality, and for helping females feel empowered.


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Marco Argiro With Love: "I Had a Handful of Tunes Up My Sleeve"

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Broward native Marco Argiro has come a long way from his days fronting the beloved local punk rock trio the Outrights. In a time when preteen was still preteen and the "tween" nonsense had not entered the lexicon, Argiro and his mates had the chops to turn heads and become an integral part of that mid- to late '90s punk rock scene. Relocating to Tallahassee after high school and eventually to New York postgraduation, Argiro's been a busy, busy man with bands like Le Mood and the Killing Floor.

He's recently released a solo venture titled Love on his own Outright Rock Records, and while there's still that power chord love buried within the compositions, his travels and experiences and ever-expanding influences come through in an effort that is sublime shoegaze, psych-tinged, and mellow postrock ambiance.

We recently had a chance to catch up with him and discuss his transformation from preteen local rocker to transatlantic crooner. And, we're, one, impressed by the sheer amount of work he's put in, and, two, happy to report on one of our own, getting out there and making it in the music world.


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Charlie Pickett's Twin Tone Records Reunion in Minneapolis with the Sonics

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"Chaz" Pickett rocking, FL style.

Our friends in Minneapolis have come unstuck in time and put forth a veritable punk rock powerhouse gig this weekend. It both respects their own roots and nods to the Pacific Northwest as the cradle of raunch 'n' roll. Also, it makes us question why we, as proud South Floridians, have not done the same, and reminds us of our former music editor, Reed Fischer who is now at the helm of Gimme Noise at our Minneapolis sister paper City Pages.

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A Punk Mixtape for a Very Loud Valentine's Day

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Patrick
Look at these lovebirds.

Here at the Grind, we're never short of excuses when it comes to sharing music with our fine readers, and today's video playlist is thematically in tune with the goodwill of Valentine's Day and charged with the punk rock energy you'll want for when the date's over and the lights turn down. So get your scented candles ready, pick out some nice floral arrangement, and take your significant other somewhere decent and quiet where you can devote your time to a good meal, good conversation, and to losing yourself in the serenity of their eyes.

Happy Valentine's Day and thank you for your continued readership!


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Six More Best LGBT Punk Bands

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Chainlink 'cocks: Phil Barker (left), Tony Barber, Pete Shelley, and Steve Diggle.

A couple of weeks ago, I offered a list of ten LGBT punk bands using my usual scientific approach that meets my memory's criteria. While I fervently appreciate all of your clicks on the blog, I also appreciate those who took the time to jog my memory with some obvious choices that were left out of the proceedings. We here at County Grind aim to please, and today we will correctify all wrong-doings by offering six more LGBT bands of your suggesting!

Last time I got a little cheeky and threw Madonna into the list as a bonus, in today's blog I promise no such nonsense, I've been warned sternly by my handlers and Madge's people. There is a time and place for cheekiness and County Grind is not one for such shenanigans. No siree! We strive for a little humor and musical journeys you might not undertake on your own, we certainly mean no disrespect.

See also: Top Ten LGBT Punk Rock Bands
Top 50 Punk Bands, a State by State Breakdown

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Sammy Gonzalez Keeps Classical Guitar Alive

Categories: Local Music, Video

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Sammy Gonzalez might be best-known to the rock 'n' roll crowd as Jacobs Ladder's bass player, to the classical jet set as the first chair of Miami Beach's Classical Guitar Quintet, and to bald guys everywhere as the enviable owner of an unruly curly top.

While he might not be appearing anytime soon endorsing Paul Mitchell products, Gonzalez has come a long way preaching the gospel of classical guitar to South Florida, and his reverence for the craft is inspiring, infectious, and philanthropic.

Sammy's upcoming release is a double disc of nine classical compositions on the first and a DVD of studio mixes with dancers and assorted media elements in the second. He's setting us up for a flamenco music album that should be entering the final stages of production by the time you read this.

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