Do you enjoy art, fashion, film, and music?
If the answer is no, you probably aren't human. But if the answer is yes, you should go buy tix for Miami New Times' Artopia 2012, "an event," according to the official Facebook page, "that promotes art for people."
There's gonna be an interactive installation by the TM Sisters, couture creations by Luis Valenzuela, "complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres," not to mention totally rad tuneage from Otto Von Schirach,
Dino Felipe, Pocket of Lollipops, Boise Bob and the Backyard Band, and This Heart Electric.
UPDATE Unfortunately, Dino Felipe and This Heart Electric will no longer be performing at this year's Artopia.
This Heart Electric
He co-founded electro-punk duo Animals of the Arctic. He masterminds local music showcase Death to the Sun, AKA SoFla's annual apocalypse party in honor of the autumnal equinox. And now he (i.e. Ricardo Guerrero) is This Heart Electric, a one-man band that likes to describe itself as "pop weird."
Boise Bob and the Backyard Band
Equal parts "traditional country," "rootsabilly," and "comedy," this kooky quintet is a swampland junk band starring Boise Bob on hollers and guitar, Tex Merlot on the electrified washboard, Owen Cash on washtub bass and mouth organ, Darnell Hotdog on banjo, and Rufus Bacongrease on fiddle. Get drunk till the "Well Runs Dry." Sing along to "Swamp Song." And gobble up that "Possum Meat," y'all.
Pocket of Lollipops
With songs called "Posh Punk Birthday," "Angry Kittens," and "Cute Chaos," this husband-and-wife tag team (writer-slash-filmmaker Tony Kapel on drums and visual artist Maite Urrechaga on guitar) is an adorably angst-y indie rock kinda thing. Just imagine if pre-divorce Kim and Thurston of Sonic Youth took a couple's retreat to Japan, got real deep into Tokyo cat cafe culture, and decided to record a concept album in the hotel bathroom.
He's released 50 albums, including Xanaxconversex, No Fun, Fantision, My Vomit Is A Crystal Ball, and Please Enjoy This. He's caused noisy chaos alongside Venetian Snares and stormed the stage at the Bruise Cruise kickoff party. He's even "trash-cycled" your old jeans and t-shirts to make you look rad. What hasn't Dino done? Well, cure cancer. That's about it.
Otto Von Schirach
If you hail from the 305 and you aren't already Otto's most rabid fan, we here at Crossfade would really like to know: Where the fuck you been? Trapped under a two-ton red rock on Mars? Lost inside the underwater wreckage of an oil tanker somewhere near the center of the Bermuda Triangle? This intergalactic bass warrior is Miami's Best Solo Musician.
Miami New Times' Artopia 2012 with Otto Von Schirach, Dino Felipe, Pocket of Lollipops, Boise Bob and the Backyard Band, and This Heart Electric. Thursday, March 8. Villa 221, 221 NE 17th St., Miami. The party starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 11. Tickets cost $20 to $60 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Ages 21 and up. Visit the Artopia minisite.
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