After hearing the news last week that Churchill’s Pub will likely change ownership in May, we started digging through our archives for our favorite Churchill’s photos. It was damn hard to whittle them down, what with all the grimy good memories the pub and, by extension, owner Dave Daniels has given us. This collection captures only a sliver of the weird wonderful world of Churchill’s, a noisy netherland of fire, smoke, blood, sweat, booze and, of course, music. As much as any other place, Churchill’s has made Miami a magic city over the last 35 years. Here’s hoping the new owners don’t puke in the potion.
With a new, self-titled album streaming on Pitchfork and a 32-gig US tour with Wavves and King Tuff lined up, the Jacuzzi Boys are living the “ultimate dream” for a trio that started out packing the scuzzy innards of Churchill’s. To celebrate how far they’ve come, the Jacuzzi Boys will pack the scuzzy innards of Churchill’s this Saturday for a record release show that will also feature Shark Valley Sisters, Rat Bastard, Kenny Millions, and DJ Disco Duck. Ahead of the gig, I traded emails with singer Gabriel Alcala to ask about the new “Domino Moon” video and his biggest hope for the days ahead (see Q&A after the jump).
Miami-based rock and roll record label Limited Fanfare records presented this four-band showcase at Churchill’s on Friday night. All photos are by Jesse Meadows. To view many more photos from the show, visit the Beached Miami Facebook page.
Here’s your heads up on a musical maelstrom touching down in Miami on Friday, June 7. Headlined by Danish punks Iceage and Lower, this must-see show will also include sets by South Florida’s New Coke and Suede Dudes. Learn more.
Frank “Rat Bastard” Falestra’s annual celebration of noise took over Churchill’s Pub from Wednesday through Saturday. Acts from as far as Denver and Boston made the trek to join a host of local bands with a frantic 15-minute set time limit. Performance styles ranged from Clang Quartet’s intense Christian noise performance filled with colorful and disturbing prop instruments to Unicorn Hard-on’s dance-inducing “Technoise” beats. Click on the photos here to view them in wide format, and visit the Beached Miami Facebook page to browse many more photos from International Noise Conference 2013.
Instrumental rockers from Athens, Ga., Maserati announced a U.S. tour that includes a November 1 appearance in Miami at Churchill’s Pub. This month, the prog-psych-space (you pick, they all fit) rock foursome released Maserati VII, the band’s first album since drummer Jerry Fuchs died after falling five stories down an elevator shaft in 2009 at the age of 34. Fuchs, who also drummed for !!!, The Juan Maclean, and LCD Soundsystem, was replaced by Mike Albanese, who has drummed for Cinemechanica and Bit Brigade.
Shot from the crowd at TEEPEE’s August 18 Churchill’s show, this video captures frontman Erix S. Laurent and his live band playing the track “I’ll Leave It Entirely Up To You” off of TEEPEE’s upcoming LP, Distant Love or: Time Never Meant Anything, And Never Will. If you like what you hear, you can support TEEPEE’s 13-gig East Coast tour throughout September via Kickstarter. (That choice is entirely up to you.) To learn more about TEEPEE and Laurent, check out the interview we posted a few weeks back.
After six years performing solo as Teepee, Erix S. Laurent is trying something new. The 25-year-old Miami native, formerly known as Eric Lopez-Zareno, is bolstering the one-man act with a band.
Miami’s strangest came out in full force to Churchill’s Pub Tuesday night for Summer of Weirds III. This Heart Electric kicked the night off, setting a fast pace that persisted through blazing sets from The Jellyfish Brothers, 90s Teen, TUMBLEWEAVE, and a host of other local bands.