Look Alive Fest 5

Published on November 11th, 2016

Look Alive Fest 5

Psychic TV | Cred: Drew Weidemann

Psychic TV | Cred: Drew Weidemann

Miami Art Week is about to get a whole lot louder: Look Alive Fest is back for its fifth year of adventurous experimental music at Churchill’s Pub. Featuring the best lineup of the year, every year, Look Alive is unparalleled in sonic and conceptual exploration. Here’s what you get in 2016:

With the recent successful Kickstarter campaign for the documentary film, “A Message from the Temple,” the timing to see Psychic TV could not be more perfect. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, a founding member of Thee Temple of Psychick Youth and Psychic TV, is bona fide stalwart of ideological progression and critical thought. H/er contributions to subculture’s vernacular go as far back as the foundation of COUM Transmissions and as recent as the “Try to Altar Everything” exhibition at New York City’s Rubin Museum. If Psychic TV is new to you, expect cosmic change—Thee Temple is always open to new recruits.

Destruction Unit

Destruction Unit

Destruction Unit is quite possibly the greatest active live band in America, and with the recent tragedy of November 8th, you can expect these cats to set fire to your American flag and snort the ashes. I’ve seen them in basements in Northwest Indiana, on massive Los Angeles stages, in New York backroom bars, and each time they kick open the door to my mind anew. Blistering volume, tight composition, and full-on psychedelic mania make Destruction Unit a must-see.

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Every Horoscope performance is different, and with Rene’s complex relationship with his home town, you could put money on this one being powerful as all get out. Horoscope drips heaviness: Cuban history, sex, drugs, self-destruction, and ultimately catharsis. Part performance art, part noise, all whatever the fuck he wants, Horoscope is taking your preconceived notion of “Miami music,” whatever that means, and shining light into its dark corners.

Rounding out the bill are Philadelphia’s noise rock collective Temple of Bon Matin, New York’s Collapsing Scenery, Richard Vergez’s Drowning the Virgin Silence, Miami’s psychedelic noise rock contingent Other Body, and other “special guests.” Judging from Look Alive founder and host Andrew McLees’ uncanny ability to pull heavy names from the international underground, “special guest” could mean anyone. I mean, the guy booked legendary psychedelic electronic band Silver Apples last year—how much heavier can a hitter get?

Look Alive Fest 2016 featuring Psychic TV and Destruction Unit 18+ at 8pm on Friday, December 2 at Churchill’s Pub with Horoscope, Temple of Bon Matin, Collapsing Scenery, Drowning the Virgin Silence, and Other Body.Visuals by Tachyons + and Secret Celluloid Society. Advance tickets available at LOOKALIVEFEST.com | RSVP on Facebook
~ Jordan Reyes

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