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Summer of Weirds III at Churchill's Pub: Luma Junger, This Heart Electric, and Seven Others!

See the full 45-photo slideshow from Summer of Weirds 2012 at Churchill's Pub.

Summer of Weirds III

With Xela Zaid, Sharlyn Evertsz, Ed Wilcox, The Jellyfish Brothers, Rose Quartz, Mr. Feathers, Crucial Taunt, Luma Junger, and This Heart Electric

Churchill's Pub, Miami

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Better Than: Taco Tuesday at a norm bar.

To Weirds or not to Weirds? That is the question. The answer, of course, is ... To Weirds.

Last night at Churchill's Pub, South Florida's premiere freeform music showcase held its third annual summer blowout. Check out the highlights after the jump.

This Heart Electric!
This Heart Electric!
Photo by Ronnie Rivera

This Heart Electric

Though the event's name might imply a consistently freakadelicized lineup, The Night of Weirds doesn't rely exclusively on the avant-garde. In fact, many times the "weirdness" in question isn't even about individually strange acts. Instead, a sense of the "weird" is caused by the cumulative experience of a supereclectic concert. So fittingly enough, This Heart Electric -- featuring Ricardo Guerrero on acoustic and Dino Felipe manning percussion -- opened the proceedings with breezy, beach party hazers that recalled a more attractive, better dressed Violent Femmes.

Luma Junger!
Luma Junger!
Photo by Ronnie Rivera

Luma Junger

The night's rock music prologue continued with Luma Junger, the Internet's favorite band.

Ed Wilcox!
Ed Wilcox!
Photo by Ronnie Rivera

Ed Wilcox

Cult free-jazz percussionist Ed Wilcox played at the very first Night of Weirds five years ago. And last night, he did a thorough job of justifying the night's namesake. His psychedelic style (free improv unfolding like a multidirectional, multidimensional plane rather than a linear succession of beats) paired with soulful, somewhat eerie crooning recalled a minimalist Captain Beefheart.

Rose Quartz!
Rose Quartz!
Photo by Ronnie Rivera

Rose Quartz

Formerly No Milk and Ant Parade, Rose Quartz traveled from Tampa and commanded the audience's attention with pulsing, ethereal, ghost-lectro.

Mr. Feathers!
Mr. Feathers!
Photo by Ronnie Rivera

Mr. Feathers

On the other end of the spectrum, Mr. Feathers and the rest of the Creature Tweaker Council had the Churchill's back patio on lockdown. Anyone sick of the rock 'n' roll and/or freak shit inside the main room could find shelter at this mutant e-music satellite show.

 

Xela Zaid!
Xela Zaid!
Photo by Ronnie Rivera

Sharlyn Evertsz and Xela Zaid

Both of these solo performers had the room overflowing with sound despite a lack of band members. The former used guitar, vocals, and assorted electronics to build a pummeling wall of sound. The latter retained a little more groove, though dissonance was still the name of the game.

Jellyfish Brothers!
Jellyfish Brothers!
Photo by Ronnie Rivera

Jellyfish Brothers and Crucial Taunt

Noise and rock 'n' roll go together like peanut butter 'n' celery. The Jellyfish Brothers picked up the summer vibes where This Heart Electric left off. But the Jellyfish infused the formula with a bit more traditional surf riffage and a chunkier, harder sound. Meanwhile, Crucial Taunt -- featuring members of Snakehole, Dyslexic Postcards, and Curious Hair -- were the garage-punk equivalent of a train running off the rails. At the most explosive, they recall the powerful tantrums of Jay Reatard's Lost Sounds project. Definitely a band to watch!

Sharlyn Evertsz!
Sharlyn Evertsz!
Photo by Ronnie Rivera

Critic's Notebook

The Crowd: Weirds devotees, Weirds detractors, weirdos, beardos, queerdos, New World students, New World dropouts, beauty school dropouts, DASH kids with fake IDs they didn't need, and a middle-aged gentleman wearing a backpack who looked like a Disney World tourist that had been kidnapped and then left for dead on Tralfamadore.

Overheard In The Crowd: "This is it! We're here! Churchill's Pub!"

Crucial Taunt!
Crucial Taunt!
Photo by Ronnie Rivera

From Stage 1: "I wrote this song for Boise Bob fifteen years ago." - Mr. Entertainment

From Stafe 2: "I don't even know your name." - Mr. Entertainment, speaking to Andrea Knight after she jumped on stage to accompany his solo guitar playing with a little rhythm from the backline drum kit set up on stage.

In Conclusion: Once and for all, Summer of Weirds III proved that, sometimes, sequels are worth indulging.

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Churchill's Pub

5501 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

305-757-1807

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