Kill Your Idol hosts benefit for baby Zéa Joli Lane this Thursday

My friend and longtime South Florida music scenester Chris Graham and his family are going through an unimaginable emotionally and financially draining ordeal as their eight-month-old daughter, Zéa Joli Lane, fights through an aggressive stage IV Neuroblastoma cancer that has attacked her spine and has spread to her neck, brain, kidney, liver, lungs, bone marrow and to areas of tissue […]

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10 Must-Do Steps for Sustainable Homebrewing

In the craft beer world, solar panels and ambitious recycling programs have become the norm. Microbreweries from Alaska to Colorado to Massachusetts strive to be sustainable, local, and organic. But there’s an even greener way to drink beer: Make handcrafted ales in the comfort of your own home. The 1.2 million U.S. homebrewers have some advantages when it comes to sustainability. They brew smaller batches and thus use fewer resources. They […]

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Nathan’s Zine Review: Hug It Out, Tinted Windows, Bacon In The Beans

“What is a zine?” This is probably the question I get asked more than any other. And not surprisingly so, as outside of a handful of subcultures and art-minded channels, zines, despite a history that is believed to date back to the 1930s, aren’t exactly at the forefront of public consciousness. There are numerous places around ye olden Internet to […]

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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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RIP Edward F. Crowell II – A Miami Artist

This past weekend, the Miami art scene was rocked by the sudden death of artist Edward F. Crowell II. A well-liked young man that had been steadily endearing himself to South Florida’s art scene, Crowell embodied a rare combination of respect and admiration from his peers. No easy feat in Miami’s often competitive and back-stabby art scene. Self-taught and emboldened […]

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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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