Like those of many ‘70s children, even Russell Mofsky’s earliest memories are colored by a touch of psychedelia.
“I grew up with a healthy overdose of classic TV shows, westerns, spy movies, and monster movies,” he recalls, along with the surreal cartoons and children’s shows that ruled the era. (See, for example, the entire oeuvre of Sid and Marty Krofft.) And even after doing time in the skate-punk scene as a teenager, Mofsky, now a voracious record collector, always turned back to the slightly weird.
The perennial proclamation, “rock ‘n’ roll is dead,” is itself a near-expired idiom. While electronic music genres may dominate – especially here in South Florida – there is still demand for the raw, body parts-to-sound tactility of a guitar, bass, drums and voice.
The Jacuzzi Boys are emblematic of this desire for a stripped-down, musical physicality, a cultural fixation traceable to Chuck Berry’s rhythmic licks and Elvis’s suggestive hips.
05/17/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz Rocker, guitarist Bobby Lee Rodgers returns with his trio featuring Don Coffman on bass and Thomas Damon on drums. They’ll perform Jazz standards and compositions from his latest CD, Fire Fly.
Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is a community choir celebrating its tenth anniversary. Here's a few minutes with Executive Director Beth Clark and Artistic Director D. Shawn Berry about the choir and its mission in the community. For more information, visit yspb.org.
05/03/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll find out where the skeletons are buried – literally. Former Miami-Dade County archaeologist, Bob Carr, talks about his new book, Digging Miami. Charles Greenfield previews the Cypress String Quartet’s Sunday afternoon concert in Coral Gables.
In 1998, the cultural climate in Cuba wasn't exactly conducive to artistic freedom. While a thriving underground music scene did exist, official radio and television channels were notoriously selective, only airing artists who echoed the Communist Party line.
Back from his recent trip to Havana, rapper Jay-Z quickly released a new song, Open Letter, in which he not only addresses controversy about the trip but speaks his mind in a way that is likely to stir up some of the deep passions Americans have toward Cuba and the communist island's tumultuous relationship with the United States.
Shaded area indicates the reach of Ultra's sounds. This is not a scientific map, but rather one based on observations. We drew the lines from the point where ambient sounds from the urban environment become louder than the music itself.
Standing outside the gates of Ultra Music Festival, an audiologist and her colleague are staring at their sound level meters. The devices track the decibel level of the atmosphere, giving us some unsettling clues as to how safe the environment is for your ears.
After an extended buildup, the beat finally drops. As the fans go crazy, the bass starts to pump. Even a few hundred feet from the stage, casual conversation is strained.
Record labels -- the kind that lovingly hand-pick a few bands and release real, tactile product by them -- aren't exactly cash cows in 2013. Yet two years of solvent success shows that Brian Kurtz, the proprietor of Miami-based indie outfit Limited Fanfare, has discovered a niche. In releasing music and promoting concerts by, and even managing, a selected handful of promising underground rock and roll bands, he's managed to move physical units. Imagine!
03/15/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Debra Hall-Greene speaks about the documentary, Stiltsville: Generations On The Flats, which airs on WLRN TV Channel 17 Sunday, March 31st. Judith Bishop talks with Joe Adler, award-winning, South Florida Artistic Producing Director of Gablestage, about regional theater and his long, illustrious career.
This Friday marks the beginning of a nearly two-week sprawl of events surrounding Winter Music Conference, and what's come to be known unofficially as "Miami Music Week." It's a time when the entire world of electronic music descends on Miami in a frenzy of industry palm-greasing and parties.