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Berlin + Big Country: The 80s Cruise Pre-Party – 3/7/20

Berlin + Big Country: The 80s Cruise Pre-Party @ The Ground at Club Space in Miami.


Tickets: https://berlinbigcountry.eventbrite.com

L.A. synthpop legends BERLIN and Scottish rock giants BIG COUNTRY share the stage in Miami. Join us before setting sail on The 80s Cruise!

Lead by the playfully sexy Terri Nunn, Berlin is known for their high, energetic live show as well as their multi-platinum hits including:

“TAKE MY BREATH AWAY”
“NO MORE WORDS”
“MASQUERADE”
“SEX (I’M A…)”
“THE METRO”

The multi-GRAMMY nominated Scottish rock band Big Country scored 17 top 30 UK singles and massive worldwide hits including:

“IN A BIG COUNTRY”
“FIELDS OF FIRE”
“WONDERLAND”
“KING OF EMOTION”
“LOOK AWAY”

Dance to DJ sets of the best in 80s classic alternative. Meet fellow cruisers before setting sail on The 80s Cruise departing Miami.

Berlin

“New music is the lifeblood of anybody making music— it’s that creation, excitement, new babies [songs]! It inspires me and it inspires others,” declares Terri Nunn, the charismatic and enigmatic singer of L.A.’s iconic synth electro-pop pioneers, BERLIN.

BERLIN will forever be recognized as the American progenitor of electro-pop artistry with sensually appealing lyrics. Few bands emerging from the era of BERLIN have achieved as far-reaching and long-lasting an impact and, rarely, such a timeless array of musical grooves. The Los Angeles-based band made its first national impression with the provocative single “Sex (I’m A…)” from the platinum-selling debut EP Pleasure Victim in 1982. “The Metro” and “No More Words” were also chart toppers, but it was the unforgettable, intimate, and strikingly beautiful love song, “Take My Breath Away” that took the band to another level. The ballad’s defining role in the Tom Cruise film, Top Gun, helped solidify BERLIN’s everlasting place in American pop-culture. The song was a #1 international hit and received both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for “Best Original Song” in 1986.

The band released its seventh studio album, Animal, in 2013. Animal explored contemporary electronic dance music while remaining true to the groundbreaking sound and Nunn’s signature vocals that continue to define BERLIN. Animal was the result of Nunn’s re-ignited love affair with current electronic music, and the feeling that BERLIN could make a unique statement in the EDM [electronic dance music] milieu. “It’s still my favorite medium. I’ve loved it since I met John [Crawford, original Berlin bassist) in 1979, when he wanted to bring electronic music to America, because it wasn’t here yet,” she recalls. “What it’s morphing into is exciting me so much, I was motivated to look for songwriting partners to help us initial impression on the music world in 1982, with their seductive single, “Sex (I’m A…),” from the platinum- certified debut EP Pleasure Victim. BERLIN’s first full length LP, Love Life, hit in 1984 and was certified gold. In 1986, BERLIN topped the charts with the unforgettable, intimate and strikingly beautiful love song, “Take My Breath Away.” The ballad’s defining role in the Tom Cruise film Top Gun has also helped solidify BERLIN’s everlasting place in American pop-culture. Nunn’s ongoing influence earned her the #11 spot on VH1.com’s “100 Greatest Women in
Rock,” while, as an actress, she played leading roles in films including Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold with Kim Basinger, and Thank God It’s Friday with Jeff Goldblum and Debra Winger.

Currently, Nunn is recording a brand new BERLIN studio album with her original BERLIN band members and co-writers, John Crawford (bass) and David Diamond (keyboards). The album is scheduled for release in mid 2019. The album is being produced by Australian producers Andy and Thom Mak. The album marks the first collaboration by Nunn, Crawford and Diamond since Love Life, the third BERLIN album, released in 1984.

Video was very important to early hits like “Sex (I’m A…)” and “The Metro”— has also taken on new meaning for BERLIN. “YouTube is the new MTV,” Nunn notes. “We used to spend so much money on mini movies, but now all you need is a good HD camera and a guy who knows some lighting. Online is where people go to see and hear music— it’s free and it’s easy and so wonderful.” Nunn’s honesty and infectious enthusiasm carries through every aspect of Animal, which she views as an entirely new chapter. “I always looked at music as passion. All we can do is appreciate that people’s passion is so strong for music… I feel it too, it’s part of my DNA, and I love what I grew up with. What I learn as I get older,” she concludes, “is that it’s not about money or ‘making it.’ Sure, they’re fun games, but it’s about connection, that’s where the real joy, passion and bliss comes from, and music is such a huge part of connecting people. It’s the way… to bliss.”

BERLIN’s discography has yielded twelve gold and platinum album awards. The band—founded by Nunn, bassist John Crawford, and keyboard player David Diamond—made its everlasting place in American pop-culture. Nunn’s ongoing influence earned her the #11 spot on VH1.com’s “100 Greatest Women in Rock,” while, as an actress, she played leading roles in films including Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold with Kim Basinger, and Thank God It’s Friday with Jeff Goldblum and Debra Winger. Along with comedienne, Wendy Liebman, Nunn also previously hosted the critically acclaimed radio show Unbound with Terri Nunn on 88.5 FM KCSN Los Angeles.

Despite her many creative outlets, music, BERLIN and touring remain Nunn’s first love. Nunn, a rabid music fan, was inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” and her discovery of the LA club scene, starting with the band, X. Looking back, she recalls her own early musical dreams. “I remember going to a Rolling Stones concert at the Rose Bowl, and I couldn’t believe they did 2 1⁄2 hours of songs and I knew every single one! That’s a legacy, a body of work that has mattered to people. That’s what I aspired to,” she says. “Of course, no way am I close to that body of work, but I have a number of songs that people love that much, and they come to hear Berlin over and over. I’m so grateful for that.”

Big Country
 

Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band’s hometown Dunfermline in Scotland.

Initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric, the classic Big Country sound was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the Big Country that (with producer Steve Lillywhite), recorded the classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983.

The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and driving ‘The Crossing’ to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.

The run of success continued throughout the 1980′s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and the second album ‘Steeltown’ (1984), which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles ‘East Of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where The Rose Is Sown’ . In 1985, Big Country appeared at Live Aid in London followed by further successful album releases ‘The Seer’ (1986, which included the bands biggest UK hit ‘Look Away’, which also reached Number 1 in the Irish Singles chart) and ‘Peace In Our Time’ (1988), which saw the band playing the first ever privately promoted gig in Russia at the Moscow Sports Stadium.

At the start of the 90’s ‘Through A Big Country’, featuring all the bands classic hits was released, followed by the fifth studio album ‘No Place Like Home’ (1991) taking the band’s total record sales to well over five million copies.

Further studio albums Buffalo Skinners (1993) and ‘Why The Long Face (1995) followed, which saw Big Country landing the special guest slot on the Rolling Stones ‘Voodoo Lounge’ European tour and several shows in the UK and Ireland with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in 1995.

In August 1998 they were once again invited to open for the Rolling Stones on their ‘Bridges To Babylon” tour of Europe prompting Mick Jagger to say that Big Country were “one of the best opening bands we ever had”.

Two songs written at that time (‘Somebody Else’ and ‘Devil In The Eye’) were co-written with Ray Davies of The Kinks who invited the band to back him on the main stage at Glastonbury to perform a storming set in the rain.

By now singer Stuart Adamson had relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and so his fellow bandmates decamped to America to join him in writing and recording the album ‘Driving To Damascus’. It would be the last album they recorded together. With Stuart at the helm, Big Country, scored 17 top 30 UK singles achieving 5 gold and platinum status albums along the way. Stuart and Big Country would tour Europe one final time in 2000 and on the closing night at their beloved Barrowlands in Glasgow the band were fatefully joined on stage for one last song by Alarm singer Mike Peters and Bruce Watson’s son Jamie on guitar.

On December 16th 2001, Stuart Adamson took his own life in Honolulu, USA. He is survived by his children Callum and Kirsten. A celebration of Stuart’s life was held at Glasgow Barrowlands in May 2002 featuring the remaining members of Big Country with special guest vocalists including Mike Peters who would also sing with the band at a fan club convention in Zaandam, Holland.

The remaining three members had no real thoughts of performing as Big Country again. But, Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki and Bruce Watson re-united in 2007 to celebrate the band’s Twenty-fifth anniversary. “It wasn’t a come-back… it was just the three of us having fun, as friends and as a band, and hoping to give the fans some enjoyment by playing our songs live, to celebrate 25 years” – Bruce Watson

In the summer of 2010, Bruce Watson finally picked up the phone and asked Mike Peters to do what he had previously been reluctant to do and sing with Big Country officially. In order to celebrate 30 years since the band was formed, Mike (a longstanding friend of Stuart’s who credits the words of ‘In A Big Country’ as literally inspiring him to ‘Stay Alive’ through two very public cancer battles), instinctively agreed and dates were booked. The first was fittingly in Glasgow, Scotland on New Years Eve 2010 and the second in the band’s hometown of Dunfermline. There was instant chemistry with the band also being joined by Bruce Watson’s son Jamie on guitar as Big Country again sought solace in the music and the freedom to express their love and admiration for their departed friend Stuart Adamson (who’s usual space at the centre of the stage was left symbolically vacant).

“When we are playing it is as if we never stopped, but I know we have, I know we suffered a great loss. But you heal . . . slowly. I can assure you that Stuart will be there with us every night, in our thoughts, in our words, and in our hearts. And now we find ourselves maybe not fully healed, but whole enough to hear the calling to continue this story. And time has made me realise that this story has always been about our fans, the love we have for our fans, and the love they have selflessly given us back.” – Bruce Watson

“When Bruce Watson called and asked me to sing for Big Country it was something I didn’t need to think twice about. It’s been an incredible honour getting to know the music of Big Country intimately and a pleasure to be around such great musicians and fans alike. I find singing the lyrics of Stuart Adamson very life affirming” – Mike Peters

Two years of intense and emotional shows followed with the ‘new’ Big Country fuelled by a renewed energy and once again revelling in the dreams and visions that had brought them together in the first place, finding instant and respectful acceptance by fans and critics alike. Since then, the band have performed at many of the UK and Europe’s most famous festivals, including Isle Of Wight (Twice), V Festival, T In The Park, Oxegen, Pink Pop and Cropredy creating a new generation of fans and renewing the passion for diehards with the introduction of new original songs such as ‘Another Country’ and ‘The Journey’ which encapsulate not only the sound but the heart and soul of Big Country past, present and future.

With the promise of a new era dawning for the band and the realisation that Big Country now have the platform to once again record and tour on a world wide scale, bassist Tony Butler has decided that his time in Big Country has come to a close and so he has retired gracefully from the stage. The band now welcomes Scott Whitley on bass.

In April 2013, Big Country released The Journey and toured across the globe in support of this highly acclaimed album throughout the year.

Coming into 2014, new challenges arose for Big Country. With Mike Peters dedicating his efforts full-time towards the support of the 30th Anniversary of The Alarm’s Declaration, Big Country have been joined by Simon Hough to perform vocal duties. He has fit in perfectly as the band continues its touring throughout the year that Big Country celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the release of the album, ‘Steeltown’. 2015 sees a massive Best Of (and more) tour of the UK and Europe, during which, Scott Whitley joined the band on bass, following Derek’s departure after 3 years. With 2016 comes the 30th Anniversary of ‘The Seer’ with the album being performed in its entirety on tour.

Black Lips – 1/24/20

Black Lips with Plastic Pinks and DJ sets by Danny Kokomo of Jacuzzi Boys @ The Ground at Club Space in Miami.

Black Lips are an Atlanta-based combo who developed a reputation as one of the Peach State’s wildest bands. Catch the Black Lips in Miami!


Tickets: https://blacklipsmiami.eventbrite.com

The story of the Black Lips began in Dunwoody, Georgia, a quiet, conservative suburb of Atlanta, in the year 1999. Born of a mutual love of Link Wray, The Stooges, and The Ramones, and sealed through a shared dedication to defiance, the band formed after childhood friends Jared Swilley and Cole Alexander were kicked out of Dunwoody High for separate, yet equally bad, behavior. The former classmates took their love of music and restless energy and channeled it into their newly found free time, and joined by friends Ben Eberbaugh and Joe Bradley, the Black Lips started playing shows around Atlanta, at house parties and bars. They spent this time honing their sound – garage rock infused with blues, psychedelia, and punk, plus a healthy dose of reckless abandon – and released their first 7-inch, “Ain’t Coming Back,” in 2002 on Die Slaughterhouse records (named in homage to the flophouse den they called home). Shortly before the band was set to head out on their first ever national tour, Eberbaugh was tragically killed by a drunk driver. Devastated but determined to carry on in Eberbaugh’s honor, the Black Lips hit the road as a trio just a few days later.

It’s been 15 years, but that passionate dedication to touring has never left the band. The Black Lips have released eight full-length albums since that first tour, and have traveled the country and the world extensively, making a name for themselves as an electrifying, must-see live act. It helps that the same mischievous spirit that helped speed up their exit from the educational system is still very much alive, thriving in its new environment on stage, resplendent with punk rock theatrics and miscellaneous bodily fluids, amongst other things. The band’s energy and unique “flower punk” sound helped them build a rabid fan base, and after releasing their first two albums through Bomp!, they put out the critically celebrated Let It Bloom on In The Red records. This record garnered the Black Lips features in Spin and Rolling Stone, and they were soon signed to Vice Records, subsequently releasing Los Valientos Del Mundo Nuevo, an ambitious album recorded live at a bar in Tijuana, Mexico, in February of 2007.

In their decade-long tenure with Vice, the Black Lips have evolved from wildly crooning over fuzzy, raucous music at house shows full of kids to wildly crooning over fuzzy, raucous music at international festivals in front of thousands of fans. They have toured consistently, with their zeal for travel taking them all over the world, and not without some international adventure: In 2009 the Black Lips went on their first (and last) tour of India, playing shows in Bangalore and Mumbai before chaos struck in Chennai after the band ditched their toned-down presence in favor of classic Black Lips capers, including some not so well received Lips-locking. After the same sex smooching and also Alexander baring his butt to the rowdy crowd, the tour’s sponsors pulled out and the band was nearly jailed, their passports confiscated by the disgruntled promoters. According to Swilley: “The first few shows, we were being really reserved because we didn’t want to offend anyone, but they kept telling us to do what we wanted…I guess “do whatever you want” didn’t include kissing each other, and I think Cole mooned the crowd, which is a huge no-no. We had to physically wrestle our passports back from the promoters. It was the scariest 15 hours of my life, but we got out of there.” The band ended up taking a 200 mile cab ride to the next province and hopped a flight to Berlin, narrowly escaping Indian prison.

Undeterred, the band jumped at the chance to become the first Western punk band to tour another notoriously conservative continent, the Middle East, just a few years later. Why? “It was important for a number of reasons,” Swilley says of the tour. “We’ve always wanted to push boundaries of where we go. Plus, a lot of people told us we couldn’t do it, and anytime someone tells us we can’t do something, then we kind of have to. We have O.D.D, oppositional defiance disorder.” This time, their shows went off without a hitch, and Black Lips played shows for crowds in Jordan, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the United Arab Emirates in 2011 in support of that year’s release of their record Arabia Mountain, produced by Mark Ronson. The title was actually a reference to a mountain in Georgia, but that didn’t stop the Lips from playing the record all over the Middle East, to enthused fans and without causing any further international incidents. “Everyone was really nervous about us going there, but it really went off without a hitch,” adds Swilley. The band also hasn’t abandoned plans to become the first rock band to play on all seven continents, hoping to hit their last remaining one, Antarctica in the near future, and disregarding Metallica’s claim of this achievement: “Just when we were securing the funding, Metallica sniped us. They took a boat, probably a gold plated Versace boat, down there. But they actually didn’t play on land, and they didn’t play with amps, so technically they haven’t played Antarctica. Metallica hasn’t beat us yet.”

For their ninth studio album, the Black Lips have teamed up with Sean Lennon, who got on board to produce Satan’s graffiti or god’s art? in 2016. The Black Lips had formerly worked with Lennon on Arabia Mountain, where Lennon played theramin on several tracks. The band moved up to Lennon’s studio compound on a remote farm in upstate New York, and spent several months living and breathing the new record. This removal from the outside world, plus the return of beloved early guitarist Jack Hines and the exciting addition of new members Oakley Munson on drums and Zumi Rosow (the first female Black Lip) on saxophone, infused the project with a focused, intoxicating liveliness, similar to the spirit that had brought the Black Lips to life in the first place, way back in 1999. Only this time, the band is drawing from nearly two decades of experience and musicianship, and the newness is tethered by familiarity: Munson is a longtime friend of the band, and Rosow has been playing live with the Black Lips for several years now. There’s even a dash of kismet: unbeknownst to the band, after being off the grid for some time, Munson had just recently moved to a cabin a short distance away from Lennon’s compound, and the first time his phone ever rang after he plugged into the wall, Alexander was on the other end, asking him to play.

All of this excitement and immersion created the perfect storm for the Black Lips’ most musically evolved album to date. “It was a really beautiful experience. We were very far from civilization, and we were all living at the studio. We weren’t going home to our own beds every night; that was our whole world, 100% of the time,” says Swilley of the experience. “Making this record was the most wonderful few months of my life. It was by far my favorite time recording an album so far…It was just magic.” The Black Lips were joined by Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family, who helped co-produce the record with Lennon, plus another rather magical guest: Yoko Ono. “She’s very cosmic,” Swilley says of the celebrated artist and musician, who makes an appearance on a few of the tracks. The final product is urgent and thoughtful, reflecting the growth the Black Lips have experienced since bursting onto the scene (once or twice quite literally on fire), but it’s also true to their original blistering, careening take on rock n’ roll: fuzzy, dirty, and rife with three and four part harmonies. Satan’s graffiti or god’s art? proves that while they may have grown up a bit and changed a few things around, the Black Lips are still as creatively unhinged and exhilarating as ever. Satan’s graffiti or god’s art? is out now on Vice Records.

 
Black Lips
Plastic Pinks

 

Rock & Roll outfit from Miami, FL.

Plastic Pinks formed in Jan of 2013 and have kept the integrity of their energetic sound throughout the years, even after going through some line up changes. Known for their charismatic performances, energetic music and their commitment to their craft, they have toured over the years and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. They once shared the road with AJ Davila (Terror Amor / Davila 666) which helped pave the way for future tours where they promoted their various releases. Among those releases they had many breakthrough moments, like having their 7”inch record released by the Atlanta label, Die Slaughterhaus Records, in which the songs “Fui” and “Kelly” gained them momentum and inspired a craving to push harder than before. Later on, they released their digital / cassette EP, “Livin’ On the coast”, via Wiener Records. This particular EP propelled the band further which helped as a stepping stone towards to their later released album “Sunnyside Rabbits” (recorded/produced by AJ Davila) with Burger Records. During the Sunnyside Rabbits three month tour the band was featured on Daytrotter, as wells as a KEXP live session, which added more wind to their sails.

After playing various high profile shows like III POINTS festival, SXSW, Burgermania, Atlanta Mess-Around as well as having played with the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Warpaint, King Krule, Run The Jewels, RJD2, Ty Segall, Black Lips, Shannon and The Clams, The Spits, Thee Oh Sees, Hinds, La Luz, The Coathangers, Wand, Natural Child, DIIV, Neon Indian, Surfer Blood, Jacuzzi Boys, Kim and The Created, Jaill, Destruction Unit, The Garden, Iceage, Night Beats among the list, you can only ask yourself; What’s next for Plastic Pinks?

For their fourth release they will unleash “El Animal”, a six-song EP under the Ghost Drag Records banner. Plastic Pinks have taken their time to work on this upcoming release by exploring a broader sound and a less constrictive approach. For that they enlisted the help of Gordon Raphael (producer of “The Modern Age”, “Is this it” and  “Room On Fire” by The Strokes) to do the EP’s mixing, as well as their upcoming album’s, as a way to capture a new era of Plastic Pinks. They are also working on their following album tentatively named “Don’t Forget The Mischief” with the help of their friend Robert Peters (Fuzz Baby Records) who recorded and co-produced “El Animal” to have it be released later on 2017.

DJ Sets by Danny Kokomo of Jacuzzi Boys

Melodime + The Talbott Brothers – 1/22/20

Melodime + The Talbott Brothers @ The Ground at Club Space in Miami. Join us before setting sail on The Rock Boat XX departing Miami!


Tickets: https://melodimemiami.eventbrite.com

Melodime is a Virginia-based band with influences in both country and rock that features emotionally charged anthems, piano driven hooks, and energetic guitar solos for a dynamic, organic sound.

Melodime, featuring Brad Rhodes (lead vocals, guitar), Sammy Duis (piano, organ, bass), Tyler Duis (drums), and Jon Wiley (guitar, mandolin, dobro), has performed over 100+ shows annually throughout the continental United States, sharing the stage with such well-known acts as Sam Hunt, Eli Young Band, A Thousand Horses, and Sister Hazel.

The band has also left its mark internationally with performances in Mexico, Canada, and Europe, all while founding and running a charity, ‘Now I Play Along Too,’ which provides musical instruments and lessons to underprivileged children in the DC area, Florida, Nepal, Kenya, and Haiti.

The band is quickly becoming a fan-favorite in the festival scene, playing five consecutive Rock Boat cruises, as well as Musikfest, Herndon Festival, Mile of Music, and other events. In their hometown of Northern Virginia, the group has performed at popular venues such as The State Theatre, 9:30 Club, The Hamilton, and Baltimore Soundstage.

New album “Kings of a Self-Made Dream” out now.

Melodime

Instagram: https://instagram.com/melodime

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The Talbott Brothers
 

The Talbott Brothers are a product of America’s heartland. Though currently based in Portland, Oregon, the duo grew up in Imperial, Nebraska, with a population just eking over 2,000. As indie-folk-rock musicians, Nick and Tyler Talbott, are somewhat of an anomaly, originating from a place where farming or ranching are the more typical career paths. Their honest songwriting is not only a breath of fresh air, but collections of down-to-earth messages that prove to be prevalent in today’s world.

Ghost Talker is the second full-length studio album from the sibling duo. Blood harmonies and sibling rivalry are evident in their songwriting with lyrics pulling from the trials of everyday life and the questions we all face. “Everyone has ghosts, whether they talk about them or not. We wanted to take off the mask and be honest with this record, hoping that what we needed to say is what people needed to hear.”

At its core, the album is transformative in nature, prompting the listener to question motives, face realities, and go to war with their own ghosts. Spiritual apprehension and seeking answers are common themes. “Shadowboxing” is a hard look in the mirror, realizing that what you have been fighting all along is your own fear. “It takes one good fight to turn things around.”

Lead single, “Run No More” forces a look at the past while offering a soul shaking guitar solo that feels like a rally cry. “We tried running for a long time but it doesn’t do a heart any good. Sometimes in a wake-up call you realize what’s most important to you. “Run No More” is about when your legs give out and you gotta turn around and fight.”

Drawing influence from John Mayer, Kaleo and Mumford & Sons, Ghost Talker will challenge your built-in world view and push you to embrace the unknown. No strangers to the road, The Talbott Brothers will be touring across the US, supporting the album release this fall 2019.

Cursive, Cloud Nothings + The Appleseed Cast – 11/16/19

Cursive, Cloud Nothings + The Appleseed Cast @ The Ground at Club Space in Miami.


Tickets: https://cursivemiami.eventbrite.com

Get Fixed Tour 2019…Join us for the return of Cursive to South FL and the Miami debut of Cloud Nothings. Support: The Appleseed Cast

Cursive
 

Over the past two decades, Cursive has become known for writing smart, tightly woven concept albums where frontman Tim Kasher turns his unflinching gaze on specific, oftentimes challenging themes, and examines them with an incisively brutal honesty. 2000’s Domestica dealt with divorce; 2003’s The Ugly Organ tackled art, sex, and relationships; 2006’s Happy Hollow skewered organized religion; 2009’s Mama, I’m Swollen grappled with the human condition and social morality; and 2012’s I Am Gemini explored the battle between good and evil. But the band’s remarkable eighth full-length, Vitriola, required a different approach — one less rigidly themed and more responsive as the band struggles with existentialism veering towards nihilism and despair; the ways in which society, much like a writer, creates and destroys; and an oncoming dystopia that feels eerily near at hand.

For the first time since Happy Hollow, Vitriola reunites Kasher, guitarist/singer Ted Stevens and bassist Matt Maginn with founding drummer Clint Schnase, as well as co-producer Mike Mogis at ARC Studios in Omaha. They’re joined by Patrick Newbery on keys (who’s been a full-time member for years) and touring mainstay Megan Siebe on cello. The album runs the sonic gamut between rich, resonant melodicism, Hitchcockian anxiety, and explosive catharsis — and no Cursive album would be complete without scream-along melodies and lyrics that, upon reflection, make for unlikely anthems.

Cloud Nothings
 

Cloud Nothings was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined.

Their sixth studio album, entitled Last Building Burning, was released on October 19, 2018 on Carpark Records. Following its release “Under the Radar” rated the album 8/10 stating “…Cloud Nothings have never been better.” “The Line of Best Fit” 9/10 saying “Baldi and his conspirators have created something fantastic here – easily matching the scope and ambition of artists across the musical spectrum. They always seemed to be on the cusp of greatness, and Last Building Burning is their first step over that threshold.” “Pitchfork” 7.6 and singles out the track “Leave Him Now” as “Cloud Nothings at their best: direct, visceral, vulnerable. It hits in the gut and rings in the head, striking that golden ratio of ferocity and tunefulness that this band does best.”

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The Appleseed Cast
 

The Appleseed Cast is an American rock band, based in Lawrence, Kansas, with 20 years of recording and touring. The band was founded in the early days of emo by singer-guitarist Christopher Crisci and guitarist Aaron Pillar, and quickly grew to fame. The Appleseed Cast has steadily evolved over the release of eight full-length albums with Crisci at the songwriting helm, changing lineups but never breaking up, continuing to hone the TAC sound. The band’s current lineup includes Crisci, Ben Kimball, Nick Fredrickson, and Sean Bergman.

Major acclaim first came in the early 2000s and earned them a 9.0 from Pitchfork for their album set Low Level Owl, Vol I and Vol II. The band has enjoyed continued high praise for their work on Two Conversations, Peregrine, Illumination Ritual, and others.

Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, A Star Is Born) – 11/10/19

Anthony Ramos: The Good & The Bad Tour – Only Florida Show with special guest Elliott Skinner @ The Ground at Club Space in Miami.

*Due to an overwhelming response, the show has been relocated to The Ground at Club Space, two blocks from 1306 Miami. Original tickets will be honored.


Tickets: https://anthonyramos.eventbrite.com

Anthony Ramos starred in the Grammy-award-winning Broadway smash, Hamilton and hit film, A Star Is Born with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Anthony Ramos

YouTube: https://youtube.com/anthonyramos

Anthony Ramos, 26, is a Grammy-award-winning artist, best known for originating and starring as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in the hit Broadway Musical, “Hamilton”. His solo debut followed the 2016 Presidential Election, when he released The Freedom EP, a series of songs written as a love-letter to an in-repair nation. After performing his music to sold out venues, Ramos jumped right back into the studio, and continues to churn out a new collection of equally thought-provoking and inspired tracks.

Ramos currently stars as “Mars Blackmon” in Spike Lee’s Netflix series, SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT.  His current credits include A STAR IS BORN opposite Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, a lead role in Monsters and Men for Neon, Godzilla: King of The Monsters for Warner Bros., a lead role in SUMMERTIME for director, Ed Burns, WHITE GIRL for Killer Films and a supporting role in PATTI CAKE$ for Fox Searchlight and a recurring role on NBC’s Will & Grace.

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Elliott Skinner

Making Movies + Dama Vicke **Free Show** – 10/20/19

Making Movies with Dama Vicke & MINIMAL presents FINDELMUNDO @ Las Rosas in Miami.


Get your FREE tickets here. Early arrival strongly suggested. Space is limited!

Tickets: https://makingmovies.eventbrite.com

Get set for Making Movies to bring their mix of afro-latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n’roll to the Magic City on their debut Miami show.

Making Movies

Instagram: https://instagram.com/mkngmvs

Energy, mysticism, roots– it’s hard to describe the genre-breaking music of Making Movies, a band that Rolling Stone says is “breaking down walls in the United States,” with a mix of afro-latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n’roll that makes the group’s sound something unique. The connection between the Chi brothers (hailing from Santiago, Panama)– together with their Mexican bandmates, the Chaurand brothers– results in an overwhelming musical presence that takes you through landscapes festive, furious, refreshing, and dark.

At times the falsetto of Diego Chi (bassist) takes you to the underworld, while the fuzz of Enrique Chi’s guitar anchors his spirited voice in the midst of the Chaurand brothers’ primal and folkloric percussion. An explosion of energy on the stage––does the soundtrack make the movie, or does the movie make for the soundtrack?

In 2017 Art As Mentorship was created by Enrique Chi, born out of six years of collaboration between Making Movies and local non-profits Base Academy of Music and the Mattie Rhodes Center. What began as a week-long music education camp for youth in an underserved community has grown into a six-month songwriting and mentorship program called the Rebel Song Academy. Students get to record with and learn from industry professionals, like Grammy-winning producer Steve Berlin of Los Lobos who recorded the first class in 2018.

The world turned their attention to Making Movies as Rubén Blades, Flor De Toloache, Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and Las Cafeteras joined forces with the band on their new album, ameri’kana, which releases in May 2019. The first two singles, “No Te Calles” and “Cómo Perdonar”, were launched along with a movement that invites artists and fans to participate on the website NoTeCalles.World, by joining the chorus with Rubén Blades and Making Movies. The album includes “Delilah”, a song about immigration written during a week-long writing session between Blades and Lou Reed that had never before been recorded. Saying that “Rock’n’roll is Latin music” the band dedicates the album to the beautiful inhabitants of the ameri’kana continent.

When Making Movies performs live it is as though a spirit descends upon the room, entrancing audiences with the pulse of their Afro-Latino rhythms, psychedelic jams and rock’n’roll riffing. Armed with their ambitious and politically charged new album, I Am Another You, the band punches out one high-energy song after another, with theatrics and head-banging climaxes riding atop a bed of driving percussion. Their Latin American roots are placed front and center with moments where the front-man Enrique Chi trades his electric guitar for a folkloric Panamanian mejorana, and the Chaurand brothers hop off drums and percussion to instead supply the rhythmic pulse with a dueling zapateado huasteco, a traditional form of dance from Veracruz, Mexico.

The band’s political idea is straightforward enough that they can express it in four words: “We are all immigrants.” In supporting that cause, a portion of all proceeds from their latest release I
Am Another You will goes to the National Immigration Law Center.

The band has shared the stage with Arcade Fire, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

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Dama Vicke
 
Dama Vicke, Best Songwriter at Best of Miami 2018 and winner of American Tracks Music Awards as Best Independent Artist and Best Lyrics released a 5 song debut EP titled “Point Of Inflection” a beautiful cinematic-like yet eerie and melodic, dressed in a mixture of alternative rock fusion with hints of experimental jazzy folk accents; her lyrics narrate true story scenes from her real life events.
Dama has performed in recognized USA venues, as well as internationally, La Habana, Cuba, Colombia, and Mexico City.
Her music videos have been directed by filmmaker Carla Forte, produced by Alexey Taran, also, filmmaker, choreographer, and professional dancer both from Bistoury Physical Theater.
Dama Vicke from Mexico City, a fanatic of suspense and horror films has been one of the most active artists in the South Florida music scene since early 2000’s. She began her career collaborating with US and Mexican artists, currently devoted to her solo EP where poetry, visual arts, dance, film, and theater form a strong essence supported by her live band.
 
Point Of Inflection highlights her talent as a singer-songwriter, working with Javier Guell guitar player and song-writer, along with producer Roger Izaguirre from Earplay Studio.

Point Of Inflection promises to be an endearing project with a band to be savoured live, with a theatrical yet sensual form of expression and an outstanding musical performance by every single member of her band

 
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The Alarm, Modern English, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, SIGMA LXXXV Tour – 9/7/19

The Alarm, Modern English, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel SIGMA LXXXV Tour @ The Ground at Club Space in Miami. This is The Alarm’s first South Florida show in 34 years!


Tickets: https://thealarmmiami.eventbrite.com

A fraternity of alternative British rock bands led by acoustic pioneers The Alarm, post punk auteurs Modern English, and the charismatic Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel will take to the road throughout North America in 2019.

The Alarm
 
The Alarm was made in Wales, UK and by the time of 1981’s debut single ‘Unsafe Building’, featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash”.
This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since, with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 6 million sales worldwide, a career that has also seen founding member Mike Peters sing on stage with the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Hits include “Sixty Eight Guns”, “Strength”, “Rain In The Summertime”, “Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?”, “Spirit Of ’76” and more.
 
Modern English
 
Modern English are a new wave/post-punk band from Colchester, Essex, England best known for their hit single “I Melt With You”. The song has been covered by a variety of artists, with several different versions being licensed for film and television worldwide. Other favorites include “Hands Across The Sea”, “Someone’s Calling” and “Ink And Paper”. The 4AD band recently released their first album in 30 years.
 
Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel
(with original members Jay Aston, James Stevenson, Pete Rizzo)
 
Gene Loves Jezebel (GLJ) are a British rock band formed in the early 1980s whose best-known songs include “Heartache”, “Desire (Come and Get It)” (1986), “The Motion Of Love” (1987), “Jealous” (1990) and “Break The Chain” (1993) as well as their broody dark alternative club hits “Bruises” (1983), “Influenza (Relapse)” (1984), and “The Cow” (1985).

Nitzer Ebb – 5/24/19

Nitzer Ebb with Liebknecht (Daniel Myer from Haujobb) & DJ Paul Klov @ The Ground at Club Space in Miami.

Tickets: http://ticketfly.com/event/1816936

Britain’s Nitzer Ebb are one of the most influential acts associated with the EBM (electronic body music) scene, as well as alternative dance in general. Since the early ’80s, the group, led by enthusiastic frontman Douglas McCarthy, have produced an aggressive, visceral brand of electronic music influenced by German industrial and new wave groups like Die Krupps and D.A.F. The group remains best known for the classic “Join in the Chant,” a single taken from 1987’s That Total Age that became a staple of dance clubs from Ibiza to Detroit. Subsequent albums such as 1991’s Ebbhead displayed more of an interest in pop songcraft, and found some success on alternative radio. Nitzer Ebb broke up following 1995’s Big Hit, which featured a greater presence of non-electronic instruments, but they reunited over a decade later, as their influence on newer generations of industrial and hard-edged techno artists continued to grow. After Industrial Complex appeared in 2010, Nitzer Ebb went on hiatus again, but they re-formed with all of their founding members in 2018 for a tour and retrospective box set.

Formed in Chelmsford, Essex, in 1982 by vocalist Douglas McCarthy, drummer Bon Harris, and keyboard player David Gooday, the group began experimenting with synthesizers and drum pads, fusing the bandmembers’ affinity for dark goth and punk rock with the emerging technology. A demo cassette titled Basic Pain Procedure appeared in 1983. After several popular shows around London during 1984, PWL producer Phil Harding began working with Nitzer Ebb and recorded their first single, “Isn’t It Funny How Your Body Works,” which appeared on the band’s Power of Voice Communications label in 1985. Three more singles followed during 1985-1986 before Nitzer Ebb signed to Mute in late 1986; the first Mute recordings were the singles “Murderous” and “Let Your Body Learn” in early 1987, just before the release of their debut album, That Total Age. After the single “Join in the Chant” was remixed by producer Flood (Nick Cave, Erasure), it became one of the crucial tracks in the growing alternative/Balearic dance scene, played out alongside Chicago house, Detroit techno, and Northern soul.

After the release of That Total Age, Nitzer Ebb toured Europe with Depeche Mode, and the latter band’s pop sensibilities appeared to inspire them. By the time of their second album, Belief, Gooday had disappeared (to be replaced by Julian Beeston) and Flood had taken over the producer’s role from Harding, nudging Nitzer Ebb closer to the dancefloor and shearing away the militaristic bent of much of their earlier recordings. Singles like “Hearts and Minds,” “Shame,” and “Lightning Man” were loaded with the cold aggression of earlier recordings, working well on dancefloors as well as college radio stations; the 1990 single “Fun to Be Had” even reached number two on the dance charts. The following year’s Ebbhead further consolidated their position with alternative audiences, with at least two well-known singles, “I Give to You” and “Godhead.”

Nitzer Ebb virtually disappeared from active music-making for the next four years, finally reappearing in 1995 with their fifth (and least industrial-sounding) album, Big Hit. The group became inactive, but McCarthy became a regular collaborator with Alan Wilder’s Recoil project, and formed the duo Fixmer/McCarthy with techno producer Terence Fixmer. The compilation Body of Work 1984-1997 appeared in 2006 and was immediately followed by set of new remixes titled Body Rework. After a reunion tour to support the releases proved successful, the group began working on new material. In January of 2010 they released Industrial Complex, their first studio album in 15 years and their first for the Alpha Matrix label. Nitzer Ebb then toured with Die Krupps, issuing the joint EP Join in the Rhythm of Machines in 2011. The following year, Basic Pain Procedure was reissued by Pylon Records.

Box Set [1982-2010] was released in 2018, containing double-LP reissues of Nitzer Ebb’s five albums for Mute, as well as empty slots for their other two full-lengths, which remained in print. Additionally, the band’s original lineup began performing for the first time since 1987.

 

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Liebknecht

Website: https://soundcloud.com/dmyer/liebknecht-next-drumapella
Facebook: http://facebook.com/LiebknechtOfficial
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanielMyer
Instagram: http://instagram.com/liebknecht__

Liebknecht is the musical collaboration of Daniel Myer (Haujobb) & Rinaldo Bite. Liebknecht is techno, dancefloor elements mixed with dark textures, cryptic messages, eclectic experimental sounds and straight forward beats, always on the Edge between old school electro and club culture.

DJ Paul Klov (Bohemia AG)

Murphy’s Law **Free Show** – 5/10/19

Murphy’s Law **Free Show** w/The Big Skandal, Bruceliamneeson & Brute @ Las Rosas in Miami. Tickets required for entry. Early arrival strongly suggested. Space is limited.


Tickets: http://ticketfly.com/event/1831446

Founded in Astoria, Queens in 1983, Murphy’s Law are a huge part of the New York and American hardcore legacy. Their albums, such as the self-entitled, “Murphy’s Law” and 1989 follow up “Back With A Bong” helped to create the sound of New York Hardcore back then, as well as what it stands for today.

Murphy’s Law
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/murphyslawnyhc
Instagram: http://instagram.com/murphyslawnyc/

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The Big Skandal
Website: http://bigskandal.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/BigSkandal
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thebigskandal

The Big Skandal are a Ska/Rocksteady band based in Miami, FL, drawing influences from traditional artists like The Skatalites, Laurel Aitken, and Prince Buster as well as later artists like The Specials, Operation Ivy, and Madness.

Bruceliamneeson
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Bruceliamneeson-411269712943770/

Hard Rock, Metal, Punk from Miami, FL on Terramoto Records.

Chris Callous-Guitar Vocals
Ely Bascoy -Bass Back up Vocals
Terrel Hopkins= Drums

Brute
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Brute-405760220241726/

Miami Oi! band featuring members of Nunhex, Antifaces and Die Trying.

of Montreal – 4/5/19

of Montreal with Yip Deceiver (featuring of Montreal members) & Haute Tension @ The Ground at Club Space in Miami.


Tickets: http://ticketfly.com/event/1817124

of Montreal is a band from Athens, GA. 

The band’s recorded material can be divided into two distinct periods. Their early work focused on 60s-tinged pop and psychedelic elements channeled through the prism of Kevin Barnes’s unique lyricism. In more recent years of Montreal’s style changed to a mixture of electronica, funk, glam, and afrobeat music influenced by Prince and David Bowie.

 

Support:

Yip Deceiver (featuring of Montreal members)
Website: http://soundcloud.com/yip-deceiver
Facebook: http://facebook.com/yipdeceiver/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/yipdeceiver

Haute Tension
Website: http://hautetensionband.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/hautetensionmia
Twitter: http://twitter.com/haute_tension_
Instagram: http://instagram.com/hautetensionband

Haute Tension is a psychedelic, surf-noir band whose sound casts shades of punk over the slowly flooding Miami landscape. Enjoy the air of coconuts and palm trees while it lasts.

“This band is a party and you can’t help but to have a good time. – The Family Reviews

“No Miami act worked harder in 2018 than surf-noir trio Haute Tension…” -Lauren Reskin, Sweat Records, Owner.