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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Arts
11:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Nine Acclaimed Authors You Didn't Know Lived In South Florida

Judy Blume hangs out in Key West.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

South Florida may not exactly have the brainiest reputation -- but those of us in the area's intellectual trenches know that it's not all beach bimbos here. In fact, the pleasant weather and peaceful shoreline vistas may well be making the population collectively smarter.

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Ultra Music Festival
11:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Six Local Acts To Watch At Ultra Music Festival

Afrobeta performs both weekends of Ultra Music Festival.
Credit Daniel Sannwald

We've gone over the main beginners' tips to navigating Ultra Music Festival, the sprawling dance music festival that takes place this weekend, March 16 through 18, and next weekend, March 22 through 24. We've also gone over the top live acts to see there, too, since not all of the festival is just one repetitive beat.

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Ultra Music Festival
11:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Ultra Music Festival: Seven Live Acts You Need To See

Brooklyn act Yeasayer plays both weekends of the Ultra Music Festival.
Credit Anna Palma

If you've passed through or live in downtown Miami, you've probably already heard Ultra Music Festival testing its massive low-end speakers. Yes, the festival, which starts this weekend and then repeats all over again next weekend, brings plenty of bass. With the top names in electronic dance music converging on the massive event, the weekend offers plenty of straight-ahead, four-four beat oblivion.

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Ultra Music Festival
11:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Ultra Music Festival For Beginners: A Five-Step Guide

Organizers are already testing the lights for Ultra Music Festival downtown.
Credit Sammy Mack

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.

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Arts
11:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Miami "Downtown Soul" Act Ketchy Shuby Aims To Conquer SXSW

Miami act Ketchy Shuby is heading to Austin for its first SXSW showcase.
Credit via facebook.com/KetchyShuby

Six-piece "downtown soul" collective Ketchy Shuby is a rare local act that easily crosses genres and crowds. There are dashes of grinding psych for the garage kids, touches of reggae for the rootsy hippies, plenty of soul for the crate-diggers -- and basically everyone gets down to funk, right? "We generally play soul music," explains Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez, the band's singer and guitarist. "But we draw inspiration from other genres like Ethiopian jazz, psychedelic rock, and '70s music."

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Arts
6:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

A Transit Station In The Design District? The Pop-Up Purple Line Miami Makes It So

Credit Via @LeahSwanky on Twitter

If you're friends with any civic-minded folks on Facebook -- or people who just like to get around without a car -- you've probably come across this lovely little meme this week. We've known for quite a while that Miami public transit is lacking. But this handy web graphic, by Leah Weston via her Twitter account, @LeahSwanky, sure throws it into stark relief, doesn't it?

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Film Festivals
11:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Seven Lesser-Known Film Festivals Already Happening in Miami This Month

The Miami Wildlife Conservation Film Festival returns this April.
Credit via wcff.org

The Miami International Film Festival started last week on March 1, bringing scads of film and megawatts of international star power. And while it may be the biggest celebration of film this month in town, it's not the only one. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has, for the second time, dubbed March Miami Film Month in an effort to promote the city's art cinemas.

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Arts
2:54 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Sons Of Mexican Music Royalty Look To Miami Booty Bass For Inspiration

In the world of norteño music, a boisterous, accordion-driven genre of Mexican music, there is no bigger act than Los Tigres Del Norte. Think of the Rolling Stones in English-language rock and roll, and you'll get an idea. The band boasts the same kind of longevity (some 45 years since its inception) and stadium-filling power across the world.

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Arts
11:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Does Little Haiti's Cultural Scene Need To "Reintroduce" Itself?

Credit CC by ND-2.0 / Photo by Bob B. Brown via Flickr

Last week, Jordan Melnick of Beached Miami posted an interesting interview with the organizers of a new event in Little Haiti dubbed "Sunday Stroll." The monthly event starts this Sunday, March 3, organized by the underground art studio and gallery Yo Space, and supported by Sweat Records and the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Melnick interviewed Yo Space's founder, Yuval Ofir, who wants to introduce a wider audience to small, creative businesses established in the area:

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Arts
11:01 am
Tue February 26, 2013

'Searching For Sugarman' Has Connection To South Florida's Radio-Active Records

This year's Oscar for best documentary went to Searching For Sugar Man, a film that follows two South African fans of the cult musician Sixto Rodriguez as they attempt to figure out if, as rumors have it, he died, or if he's still toiling in obscurity. The film explores how Rodriguez went from an almost-was folk star of the early '70s to a largely forgotten cult icon, to a favorite once again of the clued-in.

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Grassroots
11:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival: Bands, Yoga, And Sustainability, Too

As of this morning, the second annual Virginia Key Grassroots Festival is already easy-grooving on Virginia Key Beach. The four-day event, which started last night, features bands, camping, yoga, and the usual array of slightly crunchy entertainment. But still, it's not just another run-of-the-mill hippie jam-down.

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