Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter: An Inside Look (Video)

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Photo by Carolina del Busto
There's so much to see and explore at Diagon Alley, Universal Studios' latest Harry Potter-themed expansion, that words and pictures can't possibly do it any justice. But moving pictures? Now we're talking.

See also: Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Crazy Stories at Churchill's Pub: A Video Interview

Blood. Shit. Spilled beer. "And a girl," as Churchill's Pub enforcer Nicky Bowe recalls, "pissing into a saucepan."

Only a few examples of the weird, wild, and occasionally disgusting stuff that can happen in the course of a trip to Our Beloved Shithole at 5501 NE Second Avenue on any given night of any given week.

Just check out today's vid on the crazy stories at Churchill's Pub.

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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West Palm Beach's Tattoo Mania with Big Gus and Maddie La Belle (VIDEO)

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This past weekend, West Palm Beach's Convention Center got all sticky with needles and antiseptic for the first annual Tattoo Mania.

The place featured international tattoo artists as well as a few celebs. We spoke with local artists from Aces High and Ink Link, as well as Big Gus of Spike TV's Tattoo Nightmares who told us of a most particularly vile tat he encountered. Also present was new Florida resident Maddie La Belle who appeared on season three of Ink Master. She brought along her newborn and we chatted with her about some of the biggest threats to a tiny human at a tattoo convention.

Check out the whole scene at Tattoo Mania in the following video.


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Favorite Bands at Churchill's Pub: A Video Interview

It's been said that Churchill's Pub just might hold the world's record for having the most live acts in a single venue.

But while the massive mission (and accompanying pint-drinking campaign) to complete that count rages on, we here at County Grind can say it's no doubt been the home to some of Miami's best and favorite bands over the last three decades.

From Charlie Pickett and the Holy Terrors to Jacuzzi Boys ... Check out today's vid on the bands at Churchill's Pub.

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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History of Churchill's Pub: A Video Interview

It is Miami's embassy of punk, rock, metal, noise, and pints.

After 35 years under the ownership of beloved founder Dave Daniels, the cultural landmark otherwise known as Churchill's Pub has been sold.

Some are worried about drastic changes. Others expect the place to see another million mosh pits. In either case, an era has come to an end.

That's why we here at County Grind are celebrating the 305's best rock club ever with a cover story entitled "Bangers & Mosh" and a series of video interviews with Mr. Daniels, local music legend Rat Bastard, and pub enforcer Nicky Bowe.

Check out today's vid on the history of Churchill's Pub.

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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Keyboard Cat Is Back With New Song, "96 Tears" (VIDEO)

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No matter how shitty your shitty day was, even the mere idea of Keyboard Cat's return is enough to make the sides of your frowny mouth turn upward. But what if the internet's most talented musical cat performed one of the best songs of all time? For sure, that'd make you pee your panties with glee!

Get ready to clean that damp bottom, because Keyboard Cat is back with "96 Tears" by Question Mark and the Mysterians (or ? and the Mysterians, whichever your preference). We dare you to press play just once.


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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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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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