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The best kept secret in music


It's official. Indie rock has invaded Hialeah. The Diamond Lounge (1166 W.68th St., Hialeah), an old watering hole located in a strip mall, has been hosting sporadic shows for the past few months, and seems to have hit its stride lately.

The venue is probably the only gringo place in Hialeah; a place where veterans get together and talk about the war, drink a bit to take the edge off the memories and listen to Led Zeppelin. Now, it's also an intimate venue to see your favorite indie band perform upclose.

And this week's show is special. A&R from Atlantic Records, Mary Gormley, will be in the house to take a gander at local indie/emo band THE STOP MOTION. They must be pretty interested. Why else would this lady brave Hialeah to watch them?

Playing along with THE STOP MOTION at the Diamond on Saturday, July 19, is Zira & The Getback. The show starts at 10pm., cover is five bucks and it's an 18-and-over event. For more info, go to - Street Magazine/Rene Alvarez

The New Times New Talent Stage is where Miami-Dade and Broward's most amazing up-and-coming musicians will be showcased at Global Gathering. Let's take some time to meet one of these rising stars.

THE STOP MOTION, whose influences include the Pixies, Blind Melon, U2 and Pink Floyd, give out free custom lighters labeled with the group's Art and web address. The bandmates knew their name was speading when someone in Colombia gave them a shout-out. "They said they found one of our lighters, checked us out, and really loved our stuff," says Gaston de la Vega, the bass player. The band's Song "BOO KITTY" is featured in a Kenneth Cole compilation CD, and they also have deals wiht Fox and the WB. - New Times Miami/Jean Carrey

Alternative/indie/emo band THE STOP MOTION has been nimbly moving up the scene ladder, beginning with the release of it's live album, Live @ Churchill's a few months back. Recently, TSM has been recording new tunes with veteran producer Paul Trust at Dungeon Studios. Tentatively labeled the Trust EP, it's THE STOP MOTION'S best work to date. Take a listen at or - Street Magazine/Rene Alvarez

Who puts out live albums, unless you're PHISH, PEARL JAM or some other godforsaken jam band? THE STOP MOTION, that's who. When an indie rock band decides to do this sort of thing, my first reaction is to revolt. Live recordings of straight-ahead indie-pop tend to be, well, boring.

Not so with THE STOP MOTION'S LIVE @ CHURCHILLS'S CD, which is being released this weekend. It sounds a little more interesting than just powerful; it's intimate, like a quiet night performing for strangers and friends (though the night of the recording, there were more than 200 people in the room). The 10-song set, which showcases unreleased material as well as some from their 2002 studio effort, CRUSHED, shows a band comfortable with itheir chemistry and sensitive to the pristine, adolescent-sounding voice of their vocalist-guitarist, JUAN LOPEZ. Songs like favorite "FAR AWAY" and "3-3-0" come off especially well, exposing the frayed emotional tightrope that makes this outfit one of the best bands in town. Indie rock with an '80s new-wave soul, THE STOP MOTION succeed at giving something special to their fans.

In this case, live is good. Pick up a copy of the CD Friday, March 14, at Revolver (SOHO LOUNGE 175-193 NE 36th St, Miami Design District. - Street Magazine/Rene Alvarez

Playing a version of "HEY JUDE" at the Beatles Tribute concert last Friday at Club 5922's Revolver night, up-and-coming band THE STOP MOTION exhibited a real penchant for crisp, melodic anthems. The band's self-titled three song EP is further testament tothis penchant. THE STOP MOTION'S sound, a cross between the Dam Builders and the Foo Fighters, is careful yet emotive. In this case the restraint pays off, and the songs come off in a genuine, honest way.

No filler here - after all, it's only three songs - but check out the lead track "FAR AWAY, " then go see the band this weekend at one of two shows they'll be playing. On Friday, Nov. 30, The band will be at the Mercury Theatre (5580 NE 4th Court, Miami for the video premiere of Clean Surf at 10 pm. Then on Sunday, Dec. 2nd, they play Pulse, a two-stage, multiband indie rock concert at the Gables Pub. Doors open at 7pm, cover is ten dollars. - Street Magazine/Rene Alvarez

Members of THE STOP MOTION wish they were eating from a can while traveling at 80 mph to their next show. But touring is expensive. So they've put together a benefit to fund their 2003 tour ("tour" -although most people don't it - is French for "living in a van"), set to sail in late August. Get them out of town on Friday, August 15th, at Churchills Pub (5501 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami. Doors open at 9pm Donation is $5, all-ages show. For more info please visit; - Street Magazine/Rene Alvarez

It's the holidays and Underbelly, a mere 3 years old, writes to Santa for a few things. However, Underbelly is precocious and does not want mere things. Underbelly wants unlikely happenstance. Underbelly wants music scene magic.

This ones a a long shot: Underbelly wants commercial radio station Zeta 94.9 FM to put some local music in its regular daily rotation. A big wish in this age of corprate monopolization of the airwaves, but as long as Mr. Claus is reading we might as well go for something that borders on elf magic. (Of course, it might also be a bellwether of the Apocalypse. We'll take the risk.) An artist like THE STOP MOTION would fit into Zeta's mix nicely and bring a fresh change for a station whose music is so uniform tht it's known as the "Zeta Sound". - Street Magazine/Rene Alvarez

If you who missed the first annual Street Buzz Music Fest, it's a shame because you missed a night of eloquent performances & scene camaraderie.

Nearly 800 people of all types of musical creeds and affiliations filed into Power Studios to see the bands. Though everyone performed exceptionally well, there was one highlight.

THE STOP MOTION played a powerful set of indie rock, with guitars showering bits of sound while vocalist Juan Lopez swung his innocent melodies over them. It was a great night of music, and Underbelly thanks all the bands and all the people who make the event such a success. - Street Magazine/Rene Alvarez


The Stop Motion "S/T" E.P., The Stop Motion "Crushed" L.P., The Stop Motion "Live @ Churchills Hideaway" L.P., The Stop Motion "In Bad Company" E.P., The Stop Motion "Trust" E.P. & The Stop Motion "Greater Than Grenades" L.P.


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Stop Motion (TSM) formed in the summer of 2001. A brainchild of singer/guitarist Juan Lopez and bassist, Gaston de la Vega, the band soon grew to include the drummer, Aristides Dimitriou, a long time friend and guitarist, Alex Garcia, a school mate of Gaston’s. Chemistry was obviously on their side when they released a self-titled E.P. and a full-length album entitled Crushed that same year.

In 2002, relishing in the rush of a new album and the buzz from the underground scene, TSM was given the opportunity to record their set at their hometown venue, Churchill’s Hideaway to a crowd of over 200 fans. After a rock solid performance and an excellent recording, the band decided to release a new CD: Live at Churchill’s.

Following the continued local success, TSM began recording a three song E.P. (VJ’s got a Message, Boo Kitty and 3-3-0) with Paul Trust at Dungeon Studios, birth place to Dashboard Confessional’s E.P.’s and first albums. With an amazing E.P. and a full-length album in hand they decided it was time to spread the word.

TSM took off for a month on their first tour up the east coast. They played several showcases, one of which was at the eminent CBGB’s in New York City. Label executives from Atlantic, Epic, Sony, Maverick, Lava, Roadrunner, A&M, MCA and Virgin were scheduled for attendance. Word spread quickly and upon their return to South Florida, TSM landed a gig for Garnier Fructis where “VJ’s got a Message” is played and licensed to be used by Garnier Fructis and its sister companies.

“VJ’s got a Message” wasn’t the only TSM hit that was being acknowledged. “Boo Kitty” is featured in a Kenneth Cole compilation CD that is given away at all Kenneth Cole stores nationwide. Following their showcase at CBGB’s in NYC, Maverick Records chose “Boo Kitty” for the soundtrack to their movie in collaboration with VH-1 “30 Days ‘till I’m Famous”. The movie was produced both by VH-1 and Maverick Records.

In February of 2004, TSM had the opportunity to play a showcase for Sony Music Publishing, Capitol Management Group and Blue Jankey Entertainment, INC. Capitol Management Group representative, Robert Metzgar said, “The Stop Motion is hot, they are very contemporary and release a driving heavy rock that just turns women into a puddle of love. The sound of this band pour out of the stage like the flood waters of a tidal wave.” President and CEO of Blue Jankey Entertainment, INC., Matt W. Rowe, was also judging the showcase and said, “The Stop Motion is an energetic group who lights the inner fire of the mind. They are very outspoken and do NOT stop the motion of the audience.”

TSM returned to the studio in 2005 and are currently putting the finishing touches on their latest full-length album “Greater than Grenades” due out this year. Following the finalization of the new album TSM will be heading out on a national tour in the winter of 2006. Their tour schedule takes them from the southeastern coast all the way to the northwestern coast of the United States.

TSM has just renewed their contract with Garnier Fructis for 06-07.

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