LAST NIGHT’S JAM: Earth, Wind & Fire – October 15, 2014

Formed in 1969 by Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) has forged an identity for itself founded on their amalgamation of funk, jazz, Latin, African, R&B and soul influences that have adapted well over the years to varying social trends like disco and pop. White’s indelible touch on the outfit has been a calculated approach balancing musicality, vocal talent […]

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Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Four

I’ve been feeling ambivalent lately towards this little vanity project of mine. While it is nice to reminisce and talk some shit about music without worrying about deadlines and “clicks,” it is also a time-consuming endeavor that does nothing to pay my bills. A therapist once told me that I didn’t “follow through” with my goals and that’s true. However, […]

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Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Three

Some years go by okay, some don’t. This one’s three-quarters of the way in and it’s already been too much to take. Young people shouldn’t die young regardless of the circumstances. This past week we lost artist Edward Crowell II to a motorcycle accident and Tuffgnarl.com friend Orlando Sanchez to a heart attack, according to most sources. Regardless, two more […]

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TUFF GNARL CHURCHILL’S SATURDAY: Promotional Highlights of the Week

I’m not going to lie. I’m exhausted. We here at TuffGnarl.com have been at full promotional blitz mode for the last few weeks doing interviews, brainstorming ideas for our first anniversary event and driving like madmen getting flyers and posters up at various places throughout the Tri-County South Florida region. Behold: my top picks from our efforts promoting for September 20th’s “An Evening […]

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Beloved Hip-Hop Icon Blowfly Kicks Off International Tour Tonight at Churchill’s Pub

I really hate sounding pedantic, well, that’s not actually true… I revel in the fact that I’m a pompous ass but sometimes, even I have to accept the fact that it is better to take the backseat and let others have a moment. To say that Clarence “Blowfly” Reid is a South Florida icon/institution is putting it lightly and quite […]

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INTERVIEW: Matt Hutchison from Self Destructo Records

I first heard of Self Destructo Records when Abel Folgar reviewed the fantastic Primitive Sounds for a Modern World by Jonny & the Depressives earlier this year. Since then, the label has not stopped dropping amazing records. Founded by Matt Hutchison and Chuck Maple in 2013, the label’s aesthetics and roster owe a lot to DIY punk rock ethics and succeeds by engaging […]

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