Remembering Miami Independent Film Director Joel Sotolongo

Fellow Miami creative and friend of tuffgnarl.com Joel Sotolongo has lost his battle with cancer. Joel directed two films Work of Art and That Was Piddie Korn. He was actively working on a third film titled Rolling 20s before his death. Sotolongo was known a staunch advocate for independent guerrilla film-making in Miami and was a wealth of knowledge in the field. He served […]

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Another Music Podcast Episode 310 – The GAZMS

This past Friday I chatted with the boys from The GAZMS in front of a live “studio” audience at Ft. Lauderdale’s Laser Wolf. We talked potato chips, Miami’s Fulltime Motherfucker / Sandratz’s “rock off” feud and talked shit about everyone’s favorite avant-garde noise asshole – Rat Bastard. They played a few songs (my apologies in advance for the horrible mix […]

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Three Things To Do In the Tri-County This Weekend! 07-29-17

Friday July 28th – The Gazms Q&A @ Laser Wolf (Broward) I’ll be hosting a Q&A/live in-studio performance with Miami punks The Gazms at Ft. Lauderdale’s favorite drinking hole – Laser Wolf. Shameless self-promotion you say? Maybe. But go find a better event this Friday! I double dare ya’! https://www.facebook.com/events/1480038935350615 Saturday July 29th – Cavity A.D. @ Respectable’s (Palm Beach) […]

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Another Music Podcast Episode 308 – Joe Koontz (MC1 / AAA)

Recorded in front of a live audience at Laser Wolf on May 19th, 2017. Joe Koontz talks about playing in his one man band – MC1, Against All Authority‘s legacy and opens up about living with Marfan syndrome. Koontz performs three songs including a couple from his latest self-released LP “The MC1.” Stream/Buy MC1’s new record – The MC1 below. The MC1 […]

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MOVIE NIGHT INSTANT SCREENING: Nevermind Citizen Kane… Here’s SWAMP APE!

It’s a real shame that Hollywood dismisses independent filmmakers because they’re not rich, elitist or “pretty” as them with their shitty facelifts and sag-away boob jobs. Any filmmaker worth a shit will tell you that it takes plenty of grit, know how and passion to tell a good story on zero budget utilizing art’s most expensive canvas. The film Swamp […]

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SHOW PREVIEW: Shonen Knife at Churchill’s Pub 05-05-17

Shonen Knife was formed by Naoko Yamano and Atsuko Yamano in Osaka, Japan in 1981 and since then has continued to write some of the catchiest songs ever put to wax. Most in the United States were first introduced to Shonen Knife from their shows opening for Nirvana in 1993 and the band’s multiple national television appearances in support of their album “Let’s Knife” […]

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Interview: Author Alex Segura Talks About His Noir Hero, Pete Fernandez and His Latest Novel ‘Dangerous Ends’

  When we last spoke to Alex Segura here at TuffGnarl.com he was embarking on giving readers and crime fiction fans their second dose of the Miami set noir adventures of reporter Pete Fernandez. Almost a year later Segura is bringing us a third new novel, Dangerous Ends, set in the magic city. The book hits shelves this week. As both […]

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Record Review: The Holy Terrors – Live Six – 25th Anniversary Reissue

1992 was an interesting year in South Florida’s music history. The scene was large and prolific enough to afford stark divisions. The primary divide was between the mostly Miami-based contingent of punk rockers and weirdos and the mostly Broward-based “serious” would-be rock stars. The division was deep enough for noise guru Rat Bastard to design a flyer illustrating it. The […]

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INTERVIEW: WE TALK THE BUDDHA, SPIRTUAL REBELLION AND A LITTLE BAD RELIGION WITH SOFLA’S DHARMA PUNX

Buddhism has always been kind of a counterculture calling card in American society. Unconventional thinkers seem to find themselves drawn to Eastern religions masquerading as philosophical ideas. Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism often encompass nontraditional beliefs that appear revolutionary in a society as vanilla and repressive as ours. The Beat Generation of the ’40s and ’50s searched out alternative ways of expressing spirituality and the […]

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COLUMN: Rocket To Greenwich – My Time With Furious George

  There we were frantically rushing equipment from a yellow taxi, through the front door of the venue and onto the side of the stage of Brooklyn’s legendary The Grand Victory. When we first entered the place we were greeted by Sean, the venue’s bookie and general manager who directed us to the backstage/green-room area that doubled as a storage […]

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