Tonight's in-store show at Sweat Records, brought to you by the people behind the Death to the Sun series, presents rowdier fare than usual.
Original headliners, the ominously named Brooklyn duo Unstoppable Death Machines, have canceled. but there's still plenty of weirdness.
To wit, touring circus Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, nominally a band, is actally something closer to a performance art troupe.
Though the multi-member group is now based in Brooklyn, it first incubated at SUNY Purchase. (For us Southeasterners, that's like the state school of choice for artsy DIY types from New York State.) There, the group originally sprung out of a rock opera written by founding member Neil Fridd, and that kind of theatricality carries over to the band's performances today.
The group favors props, old instruments, costumes made out of stuffed animals, and other shenanigans that would usually provoke heavy eye-rolling -- if the songs themselves weren't so damn infectious. Think anthemic pop sing-alongs -- maybe a la Matt and Kim -- but spiced up with random world-music inflections and brass. The group is, after all, signed to David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, the home of pan-global musical randomness.
Download Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt's song "Ride/Friendship" below. And if you dare, visit the band's web site, which looks like 1997 puked, complete with awkward HTML-tiled graphics backgrounds, animated GIFs, and cutesy cursors. It would probably count as an independent-study art piece in itself.
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Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt with Rich Aucoin and Trilobites. Tuesday, May 3. Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $3. All ages. Call 786-693-9309 or visit sweatrecordsmiami.com.