Arielle Castillo

Arielle Castillo is a freelance music and culture writer based in Miami. Previously, she served as music editor for the Village Voice Media newspapers Miami New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach, helping originate both publications' online music coverage. she has also written for SpinRolling StoneBillboard, AOL's SpinnerNylon, American Way, and Flaunt, among other publications and sites. Visit her on the web at ariellecastillo.com or on Twitter at @ariellec.

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Cinema
2:35 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

'Lovelace' Biopic Depicts Story Of Pornstar's 'Deep' Miami Connection

Actors Peter Sarsgaard and Amanda Seyfried in the film Lovelace.

In the annals of pop culture history, the name Linda Lovelace is synonymous with the mainstream notoriety of hardcore porn.

As the 23-year-old star of the infamous 1972 XXX feature Deep Throat, she scandalized America with the first feature-length adult movie.

But Linda Lovelace was just a character for the woman born Linda Susan Boreman — and one she didn't necessarily play willingly.

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Public Services
6:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Can This Social Media Campaign Save More Miami-Dade Public Libraries?

Demonstrators during last Saturday's library rally near the Concord branch.
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Music
8:16 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Why Hipnosis Looks Like Cuba's First Heavy Metal Band To Defect

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Meet the latest unexpected international arrival on Miami's rock scene: Hipnosis, straight from the semi-illicit metal scene of Havana.

On Monday, July 22, the six-member group likely became the first full band of its heavy ilk to plead asylum in the United States.

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Arts
8:54 am
Tue July 9, 2013

No Rent, No Problem For A New Crop Of Miami Vintage Clothing Shops

Eclectic finds from pop-up vintage shop Nic Fit Vintage

The rising costs of commercial real estate throughout Miami-Dade County means fewer choices for would-be independent retailers. See, for instance, the full mall-ification of Lincoln Road, and the sweep of new high-end luxury retail through the Design District. Small-business proprietors are even starting to move out of Wynwood’s main drag; punky street fashion boutique the Kult, to name one, recently closed up shop off NW 2nd Ave.

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Music
3:33 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Egyptian Lover's Bass-Heavy Miami Musical Influence: Five Artists You Should Know

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Egyptian Lover, a 49-year-old electronic musician born Greg Broussard, is a rare West Coast artist whose imprint looms large on the Miami underground music world.

In the ‘80s, when he first emerged from the fringes of the Los Angeles breakdancing scene, there was something of a bicoastal rivalry among similarly minded producers.

Miami had its own flourishing bass-music scene, with producers like the elusive Maggotron and the Beat Club churning out robotic jams hinging on the Roland TR-808 drum machine.

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Arts
7:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Miami Musician Karina Iglesias Talks About Life During, After 'The Voice'

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To many serious musicians, reality TV singing competitions — American Idol and all the variants trailing in its wake — don't rank highly.

And Miami's Karina Iglesias considered herself very much a serious artist, gigging around town since 2002 with as many as eight different bands, hustling both the covers and original circuits to support herself as a professional musician.

By night, she performed with as few as two and as many as 20 people backing her up, lighting up both clubs and corporate events with her bold, soulful voice.

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Photography
3:09 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

See The Beauty In Haiti With Photographer Maggie Steber's New Show In Coral Gables

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Picture images of developing countries in American media and you’ll likely think of a few recurring tropes — photos depicting squalid living conditions and political strife.

“We always end up looking at poor countries as being fraught with tragedy and poverty,” says documentary photographer Maggie Steber, in a video trailer for her new solo show opening in Coral Gables on Thursday. “We don’t recognize what is beautiful. We don’t equate what is beautiful.”

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Music
7:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Hukilau: Where Exotica, Gold Dust And Tiki Culture Meet

Russell Mofsky fronts Gold Dust Lounge, pretty much South Florida's only act devoted to "exotica" music.

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.

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Music
7:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Seven Essential Tracks From Miami's Disco Heyday

"Get Off" gave Cuban-American group Foxy, as well as TK Records, a bona fide mainstream hit.

Miami boasts, of course, a reputation as a major clubbing center — but in decades past, the city is also where a big chunk of clubbing music actually got made.

Most histories of disco music focus on New York legends like DJ Larry Levan and clubs like the Paradise Garage, where funk and R&B met a new dance beat. But Miami had its own disco sound — and not just that of the Bee Gees, who did, in fact, record major material like their 1975 album Main Course here.

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Cinema
7:56 am
Thu May 30, 2013

How To See Indie Films In Miami Before New York Or Los Angeles

What's going on here, exactly? Find out before anyone else at O Cinema in June.
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In certain intellectual and artistic circles, it’s almost a sport to complain about how Miami gets every bit of culture last among the country’s larger cities. And yet, every day a little piece of evidence appears, shining like a beacon of hope in a sun-bleached mental vacuum.

Indie film buffs, take particular note of the latest development to benefit you: GATHR, a nationwide sort of film-previewing club that’s now offered in Miami at O Cinema’s Wynwood location.

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Bike Culture
12:28 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Lose Yourself On Two Wheels Touring Miami's Artsy Subculture

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Miami's quickly growing bike scene remains tightly interwoven with the city's other do-it-yourself-spirited, artsy subcultures.

Sure, there are plenty of people with fancy road bikes and Lycra suits joining Critical Mass and speeding along on group rides. But a large number of the scene's most outspoken two-wheelers are young people who push for bicycling less as an exercise form per se.

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Public Radio
7:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Got A Face For Public Radio? Then Try This Name Generator

NPR fave Ira Glass is considered a good name, and many would say, a good face.
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It's almost a chicken-and-egg question. Do reporters and hosts with worldly or intellectual-sounding names naturally seek out public radio? Or are they drawn to this career after recognizing their fellow fancy-monikered peers on the air? Either way, among the staff at National Public Radio there are definitely a lot of fancy first-and-last-name combos like Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and Douali Xaykaothao.

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Arts
1:00 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Flying Under The Radar With Six Hip South Florida Writers

Edwidge Danticat
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Last month, we introduced you to nine acclaimed authors who call South Florida their home, at least part-time. But that was just a small sampling. South Florida boats a tribe of critically acclaimed scribes living anywhere from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County. Below are seven folks who are building on the tradition of hometown heroes like Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen (who actually now lives just a little bit further north in Vero Beach.)

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Music
11:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Five Local Acts You Need To Watch At The Heineken Transatlantic Festival

Miami act Psychic Mirrors are a must-see this weekend.
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This weekend marks the 11th annual edition of the Heineken Transatlantic Festival, a project spearheaded by the Rhythm Foundation in 2003. Like most other musical events mounted by the area nonprofit, the focus here is on a confluence of sounds from across the globe.

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Emerging Artists
11:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Miami-Based Limited Fanfare Records Succeeds On Rock And Roll, Not Rocket Science

Stallone is one of the bands with local ties on Miami-based Limited Fanfare Records.

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!

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