Deaf Poets’ East-Coast Tour Kick-off Party at Churchill’s Pub Article for

Deaf Poets just kicked-off their first tour ever with a party Friday November 22, 2013 at Churchill’s Pub that rocked the house. On the pub’s indoor and outdoor stages, ten local acts including bands Eagle Chief, Hunters of the Alps, The Grey 8’s and singer-songwriter Jesse Jackson performed, bidding their friends a rockin’ farewell….

With a mix of indie-rock sounds, garage punk beats, and melodic blues lyrics, Deaf Poets have garnered a fan following since they came on the music scene in 2010. The Miami duo of drummer Nicolas (Nico) Espinosa and singer-guitarist Sean Wouters is embarking on an east-coast this winter, stopping at cities like Brooklyn, NY and Augusta, GA. 

Red Wagon Link on Band Camp:

https://deafpoets.bandcamp.com/album/red-wagon-11-22-13   

   On Friday night, the release of the band’s four track EP called Red Wagon was also celebrated.   Red Wagon, Deaf Poet’s second EP release, was distributed on old-school audio cassettes or tapes.  According to drummer Nico, “EPs on tapes is the new thing to do.” “First it was vinyl, now tapes, next thing you know it will be A-tracks,” he joked. by BUFU records, a label based out of Boston, a city the band loves to play.  According to Nico, EPs on tapes is the new thing to do.  First it was vinyl, now tapes, next thing you know it will be A-tracks,he joked.  Moreover, he said, “A lot of things that had vanished in time are making a comeback.  There’s a sense of value to owning a cassette or vinyl rather than an mp3.”  Nico and Sean released the EP through BUFU records, a label based out of Boston created by their close friends, Ben Katzman.  Deaf Poets has had a great reception in Bean Town, which they love to play.  A full album titled 4150 will be released soon, and the band is planning a CD release party upon their return from tour.   

Deaf Poets exudes a positive energy with their live performances and their music gets everyone moving.  At a Deaf Poets show, there will be dancing, head-banding, moshing and cheering.  Although they are two, Nico and Sean make the noise of five.  They have a pure, raw talent and always give 110%.  Friday was no exception.  Like usual, the twenty-three year old Argentine Nico seemed to go into an alternate state, a sort of percussion-induced musical trance, pounding the drums with a fervor, continuous and hard.  After their performance, audience members asked for an encore.  Five more,one party-goer yelled.  Fans just cant get enough.  They are that good.

    

All pictures are courtesy of  Deaf Poets.

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They could continue to evolve as some of the best local musicians in Miami.CBS Miami

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The 19th Annual Miami Rock Festival at Churchill’s Pub: Where Rock-n-Roll Past, Present, and Future Collide

 

“Entropy has more order than Churchill’s” – Ren

Churchill’s Pub has been rocking the Magic City since 1979. At the legendary dive bar, the past lingers like yellow-brown cigarette stains on the panoramic mural, resting high along the dark, wooden bar. Inspired by the Everglades, Southern artist Harold Bennett created the paintings of white ibises gliding over a tropical landscape around 1950. According to owner David Daniels, an art appraiser who once visited the bar claimed that if the piece were on canvas, it could be worth more than the building itself. One patron of nineteen years claims to have seen the escapist piece stained by tobacco smoke over time.

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Harold Bennet Mural

    On September 1, 2013, Miami’s musical landmark in Little Haiti celebrated thirty-four years of making rock-n’-roll history.   For nineteen years now, the Miami Rock Festival has been launched on the pub’s anniversary celebration, lasting the duration of the fall-bearing month. David Daniels cofounded the event with New Times music editor Greg Baker and “the Beast,” Tobacco Road’s promoter at the time.  This year, the thirty day festival brought unique events to the live-music hub, promising to rock the town every night of the week.              

   Churchill’s Pub doesn’t discriminate.  Known for letting a nyone and everyone rock, most local bands get their first gig at the venue.  Some of Miami’s most popular groups like Holly Hunt, Eagle Chief, and Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa got their start at this focal point of Miami’s music scene where punk-rock and unbridled creativity converge.  Owner David Daniels said, “We may hold the world record for most acts in a single venue and are currently checking the books.”  Jazz, art-rock, punk-rock, heavy metal, rockabilly, Latin-rock, noise-rock, sludge-rock, and more musical genres were represented at the Miami Rock Festival, along with spoken-word poets, puppeteers, and burlesque dancers.

      During the Master Blaster Music Fest on September 27th, twenty bands played three stages and complimentary barbeque was served.  With so many bands headlining, patrons were offered a wide selection, making the chance of catching a good act fair.  At 30 Days of Rock, held on September 29th, musicians were selected at random to create an impromptu band.  Like making a smoothie with random fruits, the blend could be delicious or distasteful.  Such is the state of music-making: getting together the right mix is the luck of the draw. 

    The best nights of the Miami Rock Festival were the record release parties of heavy-metal band Die Trying and local fan-favorite Jacuzzi Boys.  At Die Tryin g’s Oi’ The Boat Record Release Party on Saturday September 28th, the venue was packed to capacity.  With Low Visibility, The Ruins, Hardware Youth, SSK, Bottom Shelf Warriors, and FWA playing, the music was great.  The parking lot was full early.  The bathrooms ran out of paper late.  People were standing outside.  Punk-rock kids engaged in the frenzied, violent dancing known as moshing.  Fans rushed the stage at the end of the set.  Many of the local regulars that give Churchill’s Pub a family atmosphere partied along too. 

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Miami Jazz Jam

       Yet most September nights of the Miami Rock Festival were, in the words of a Sweat Records’ employee, “just like any other month.”  So, if you went to the bar on a Monday night, you might not have known there was a rock festival at all.”  Instead, you would have been in jazz heaven. Monday night’s Miami Jazz Jam has been one of the British pub’s best events for the past thirteen years.  Adding to the tradition and longevity, cofounder Mike Wood has been the host of jazz night since it started. Churchill’s house band with Fernando Ulibarri on guitar, Abner Torres on drums, and Josh Allen on bass, alternates with jazz musicians from the University of Miami and other trained backgrounds, creating unique ensembles each week.     

     While on most nights, punk-rockers swirl like tornadoes in the audience, moved by electric guitars and raging vocals; on jazz night, candlelit tables are set through the space, giving the venue a subdued vibe.  The night draws an eclectic Miami audience to an intimate, theater-like experience.  Also on Monday night, on Churchill’s outdoor stage, the Theater de Underground finds its home in a canopy under the moon-lit sky.  Benjamin Shahoulian, host for the past five years, said, “it’s a psychedelic avant-garde open mike mayhem.”  The uninhibited, bohemian platform attracts a variety of artists, musicians, singers, songwriters, poets and dream-makers.   In an atmosphere where anything goes, many artists collaborate spontaneously.   A singer may hit the stage randomly for the first time with a guitarist. And, some bands like local favorite Arboles Libres, now known as Eagle Chief, were born in the unbridled atmosphere like gold from colliding stars.

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Poetry Reading at Theater de Underground 

    Besides keeping with traditions, one of the secrets to the British pub’s longevity is the family atmosphere.  “It’s like a punk-rock Cheers,” said one patron.  Many of the same employees have worked the bar, the doors, and the back for years.  Some have become well-known figures in the local music scene.  Nicky Bowe, a bartender with an Irish-accent and tattoo sleeves, celebrated his wedding at the pub.  Likewise, regular patrons, a few with personal ties to the pub, have built a community around it. 

    On any given day, if you sit at the bar, a local regular will likely strike-up a conversation with you.  On a Thursday afternoon during the festival’s month, an older gentleman named Bob from the nearby Little Haiti neighborhood opened up as he smoked a cigar and had a drink at the bar.  In an elegant accent, he said, “I’ve been coming here for nineteen years.  If I don’t come in, I’m either sick or out of town.” 

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     But, some regular patrons were oblivious about the Miami Rock Festival.  A former jazz night belly dancer named Frida who goes to the bar in the late afternoons for a drink said, “There is a festival?”  She continued, “Back in the days, there were up to five stages, there were people in the streets, men in diapers, and the bus was decorated like a genie bottle.  People would go inside.”    

     Now, an old white double-decker with “Churchill’s Pub” written in large black letters along the graffitied side and a direction sign in the front that says “Miami Beach” sits abandoned along the bar’s parking lot on N.E. 2nd Ave.  Owner David Daniels claims the bus to nowhere is an insured, recreational vehicle whose engine sort of works.  Part of the landmark, the old junker decorates the building like a piece of trash art. 

      In 2013, there were no men in diapers on the street.   But, on the third Sunday night of the festival, Mere Quantum Noise, an art-rock band boasting decades of consciousness expansion through music, blended ridiculous, comedic hijinks with rock-n’-roll.  One bandmate took off his pants, fell on his back on the stage floor, and pulled his legs up, revealing his large white bum to a small audience at the end of a set.  A partygoer recorded the spectacle on his phone and laughed while playing it back. “This band rocks! You don’t see this anywhere else in Miami,” he proclaimed.  Likewise, Churchill’s Pub may be something you don’t see anywhere else in the world.   

    

For more information on what’s happening this month at Churchill’s Pub or to get involved with these events in the future visit http://www.churchillspub.com

     

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Home, Refuge, and Inspiration: Shangri-La On The Magic City

 

Look Who’s Rockin’

Home, Refuge, and Inspiration: Shangri-La On The Magic City

  When you hear the name Shangri-La, you probably think of the fictional paradise depicted in the 1933 novel “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton.  Hilton describes Shangri-La as an otherworldly, exotic and harmonious utopia.  Likewise, an upcoming local band, Shangri-La, is fulfilling the legend of the literary name, bringing a little piece of heaven to The Magic City.  The band consists of Felix Ovalle on drums and synthesizer, Carlos (Kike) Sevilla on guitar, synthesizer and vocals and Mango Sterling on vocals.  The trio combines roots stemming from Venezuela, Peru and the Dominican Republic.  And, the sounds of foreign, tropical paradises echoes in their high-flying electronic, indie-rock melodies. 

  Shangri-La is one of a few upcoming local bands managed by Gummdrops, a ground-up initiative with a focus on music that creates a platform for artists, musicians, and activists in Miami to connect with each-other and collaborate on projects.  Since they were established in October 2012, Shangri-La has been hitting the best local live music venues like the Vagabond and Churchill’s Pub, impressing audiences with a raw talent that sounds polished and professional as well.  A recent Tropicult article said “Shangri-La rises to the top in a city full of cookie-cutter, mundane sparkly poppy keyboard fueled groups.” Part of their success is due to original vocalist Mango Sterling.  The songstress sounds like a cross between Bjork and Etta James, ethereal and strange, yet soulful and passionate.      

  The group recently performed at Churchill’s Pub, a sort of rite of passage for all local musicians.  The performance was part of the pub’s new female-oriented night, a unique “ladies” night, which brings the most talented female musicians and performers in the local arts scene to their stage.  Shangri-La’s dance-infusing set included crowd-pleasing hits “Sticks and Stones,” “Familiar Stranger,” “Saved,” Total Embrace,” “Touch,” “Tourist,” “IDK,” and “Degenerates.”  Soon, they will be passing another rite, releasing a new record.  So, be on the lookout in the near future.   

   In the meantime, I caught-up with Felix, Carlos (Kike) and Mango, and asked them about their origins, their idea of home and their musical roots, amongst other things, getting to know the faces behind the music. 

How did you choose the name Shangri-La?

After trying many different names, Felix came up with Shangri-La and we all agreed to it.  Shangri-La is a fictional place in a novel that is said to be modeled over tibet. It is a place of peace, acceptance and privilege. Which is exactly what the band and the music means to us.

Where did you all grow up?

Mango Sterling was born in Dominican Republic and raised in Miami and New York.

Kike was born and raised in Peru.

Felix was born and raised in Venezuela.

How did the band get together?

Kike and Felix met through a mutual friend. Since then, they started to share music that they both like and decided that it was time to start a band together. They placed an ad for a singer on craigslist and after many replies they found Mango.  She sent them a demo and both knew that she was the last piece of the puzzle.  

How did you get into music? 

For us, music is a lifestyle, a religion…

Mango: I was a kid model in pageants in dr and mia. Went to college for acting and was in an electro down tempo band called Limbic Divine in NYC,  now studying psychology at FIU. Hope to combine the two and heal with art. 

Kike: I started playing guitar at the age of 12. Since then, my musical career started. I joined my first band when I was 15  and stayed there for 5 years. Studied sound engineering and moved to Florida when I was 21. Then formed a band called NoiseVox and also joined a cover band. Decided to study culinary arts as well, so I’m a musical Chef.

Felix: I picked up the drums when I was 15 years old. Always surrounded by music and art. I went to school to become a Photographer and also an Art director, but music has always been my main goal in life.

Where do you make music?

We make music at Kike’s home studio in Sunny Isles, Fl. and we practice at GAB Studio in Wynwood.

What you like about home [Miami] that fuels your creativity?

Mango: When you’re a child your first ideas come while you’re lounging at home, it’s a source of comfort and freedom. 

Kike: At home is where I find that my ideas flow more, especially when I am playing my guitar, which is everyday basically. 

Felix: Home is my refuge, it’s a personal space where everything is on track with my personality. There is no better place.

What are some of your inspirations and influences?

Sharing our individual inspirations is what inspire us as a band. We combine our different experiences and find inspirations from that.

For influences, the list is huge, but to name a few that we share: Depeche Mode, Bat for Lashes, NIN, Radiohead…

What is your favorite place to play in Miami or favorite show?

Every venue has its own magic, but I will say that so far my favorite show has been at Blackbird Ordinary when we played Irocke 4evr Festival (Kike and Felix). Mango loves Kill Your Idol. 

What are your goals as a band?

Make a good living out of our music and keep playing together for many years

Jell-O Wrestling at Churchill’s Pub: Anti-Feminist or Harmless Fun?

Jell-O Wrestling at Churchill’s Pub: Anti-Feminist or Harmless Fun?” published on the Miami New Times Cultist 

Jell-O wrestling conjures images of hardbodied coeds in little bikinis, engaged in a slippery-limbed struggle to pin their opponent and to prevent a boob-exposing wardrobe malfunction in a tub of Jell-O. Meanwhile, drunken men cheer them on, secretly hoping the girls will fail in the latter regard.

One would suspect males from Hialeah to Kendall flocked to Jell-O Wrestling Night at Churchill’s Pub the first Wednesday of August with similar hopes in mind. Some preppy guys seemed out of place at the bar, home to punk-rock regulars who night after night fill the air of their “beloved shithole” with guitar riffs, drum rolls, and cigarette clouds. The event’s poster might have lured the outsiders. It depicts a mound of red gelatin with a red-bikini-clad girl as the topping. Or maybe it was just the promise of killer live music and good cheap beer, which Churchill’s Pub, known as the CBGB of the South, delivers.

The spectacle of women grappling in a tub of jelly returns to Churchill’s tonight. If you’re asking yourself, Jell-O wrestling? Really? In 2013?, we were right there with you. So we checked it out for ourselves.

The flyer, designed by one of Churchill’s female employees, advertises the event as a sexist flesh-fest. But like many advertisements that portray women as goods in our consumer-driven culture, it was slightly misleading. Instead of pin-up girls in skimpy bikinis, the pub’s female bartenders, wearing sporty outfits, battled it out in the goop. The bar’s “lovelies” — Sonia, Rebecca and Elena — among others, looked strong, wearing sports bras, gym shorts, and knee-high soccer socks to complement their toned physiques. Some girls engaged the theatrics of pro wrestling by sporting masks with white eagle wings around the eye holes.

A large inflatable pool filled with red Jell-O was placed in the pub’s outdoor stage area, a dilapidated patio next to the shack that houses owner David Daniels’ residence. Around the pool, folding chairs were filled to capacity, so many onlookers stood vulnerable to blobs of Jell-O, which splashed out of the pool. MC Nicky Bowe teased the crowd by calling out one of the wrestlers: “Sonia. Come out, Sonia. Where are you?”

Jell-O Wrestling at Churchill's Pub: Anti-Feminist or Harmless Fun?

Sonia Przulj

As the speakers blasted Kelis’ song “Milkshake,” Bowe introduced the wrestlers. The girls smiled and giggled as they wobbled into the pool, balancing themselves carefully like gelatinous acrobats. At the MC’s direction, the contestants pushed and pinned each other in efforts to be named champion, a title bestowed by the audience’s noise level.

The bartenders’ close friends and pub regulars sat in the front rows, cheering them on with applause, whistles, and hoots of “yeah” and “hooray!” It seemed almost like a family event — a very strange family event for a very strange family. Pub regular Beatriz Monteavaro, artist and drummer of experimental noise band Holly Hunt, attended the spectacle. Dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, with her dark, unkempt hair down, while smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer, she sat onstage. Asked what she thought about female Jell-O wrestling, she said with a kind yet serious stare: “I’m morally opposed to it. But I’m here to support my friends.”

Female Jell-O wrestling and other events of a similar nature, such as mud-wrestling, are controversial. Critics consider them degrading, sexist, misogynistic, and inappropriate entertainment for 2013. Advocates counter that the contestants participate of their own free will and have a good time. Some have even called for men’s Jell-O wrestling to take place too. In fact, at one point during Churchill’s festivities, the MC prompted shirtless males to jump into the tank for all “the feminists in the audience.” A muscular guy, with a ripped chest and six-pack abs, wearing tight black biker shorts jumped right in, much to the delight of the ladies present.

But is this tradition outdated and sexist?

Daniels, owner of Churchill’s Pub, said, “The girls are not being degraded. They want to do it. It’s a win-win situation. Everyone has a good time, and the girls leave with a ton of cash in their hands.”

Ian Michael, event booker at Churchill’s, agreed. “Our last Jell-O wrestling event in July was a fundraiser for the Fort Miami Women’s Rugby Club. The bartenders had a lot of fun and asked to do their own Jell-O wrestling event.”

One of the bartenders, Sonia Przulj, a pretty tattooed girl with an Australian accent, said, “I don’t feel degraded. I feel comfortable enough with everyone at the bar to do it. It’s a lot of fun.”

Overall, we agree with Przulj. It was fun. Between matches, as the contestants prepped, patrons rushed indoors to refill their beers and enjoy sets from local bands Dyslexic Postcards and Tonight We Kill. Some people remained seated at the bar, preferring to watch the “sport” from a drier location, on the flat-screen TV sets hanging above them.

But there were cringeworthy moments too. During one of the breaks, someone got on the mike and yelled, “Come back to see some tits and ass!” A few girls looked at one another and shook their heads. We’ve come a long way, baby, but not far enough.

Jell-O Wrestling at Churchill's Pub: Anti-Feminist or Harmless Fun?

The success of the Fort Miami Women’s Rugby Club fundraiser in July and the bartenders’ party earlier this month have led the pub’s event organizers to bring it back regularly. Tonight, Wednesday August 28, at 8 p.m., Churchill’s will feature bikini-clad models wrestling in mud. (The event comes with its own equally pervy flyer, above.) Admission costs $10; the chance to jump into the ring yourself costs $15. The event is a fundraiser for a thesis film, Dawn of the Sheriff.

Meanwhile, bartender Przulj is organizing another Jell-O wrestling competition to take place Wednesday, September 25. Visit churchillspub.com.

— Monica Torres

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Miami T-Shirt Swap at Churchill’s Pub

Miami T-Shirt Swap at Churchill’s Pub” published on Tropicult.com

By Monica Torres

T-shirts are the most underrated medium for art, providing a platform for the display of creativity through both language and form. These aptly named cotton, shoulder-chest huggers are the most democratic pieces of fashion. Quintessentially American, T-shirts embody a spirit of individuality through self-expression. They share a special, symbiotic relationship to another homegrown American art-form, rock-and-roll. T-shirts are memorabilia, capturing memories of a time and place, through music.

The Churchill’s T-Shirt Swap Meet, which took place last Sunday August 11, 2013, was an art gallery event where Miami’s music legends placed all of their old, unwanted t-shirts on display at the pub, inviting people to ponder the personal history behind their shirt. Among these legends were Frank “The Rat Bastard” Falestra“Little” Nicky BoweSteven Toth, Mr. Entertainment, and DJ Le Spam.

Local t-shirt designers such as NiC FiT Vintage and Iron Forge Press also displayed their pieces in a street market-style atmosphere. It was the first pop-up shop event of its kind at the 34-year-old “beloved shit-hole.” For the occasion, the folks over at Shirt Series designed a limited edition t-shirt for the pub depicting a silhouetted gray image along with the said line.  It was sold for $5 a pop.

The Rat Bastard has been a presence in the local scene for almost two decades. Sammy Hagar resembling with curly blond tresses, wearing dark shades indoors like a real rock-star, Frank Falestra, also known as Rat, was selling some of his old rags for $2. I got a chance to see his kind, light green eyes for a moment as he, shade-less, asked me to take any of his shirts.  Happily, I got a glittery “Temple of Bon Matin” t-shirt along with an introduction to the obscure “noise” genre band. In this way, t-shirts serve as one of the best promotional materials, leading observers to take interest in a band or business through catchy designs.

Beatriz Monteavaro  from local heavy metal “noise” group Holly Hunt was also selling her old rags, displaying memories and experience. Out of the black, grey, and white heavy metal shirts that made up her table, one particular shirt stood out from the rest. On a green background was written Ice Cube’s lyrics, “I didn’t even have to use my a.k, today was a good day.” I asked Beatriz about the shirt. She said that someone she didn’t like anymore had given it to her.  So, getting rid of it meant getting rid of the memory as well. She also said she didn’t mind parting ways with the shirts because they were ones that she didn’t want anymore.

Enjoy a gallery of some of T-shirts from the event:

Tom Tom Magazine x Miami’s Best Female Drummers

Tom Tom Magazine x Miami’s Best Female Drummers” published in Tropicult.com.

You might think that a magazine all about female drummers wouldn’t be very popular, but Mindy Abovitz has shown us that the world loves to see a badass mama hitting them tambours hard. Her all about ‘chicks with sticks’ publication, Tom Tom Magazine, has become a hit around the globe.

For its Summer 2013 “Country Issue” the magazine headed south to discover the female drumming talent booming in the Miami music scene. And, meanwhile, its creator got an opportunity to connect to her roots.

Mindy is a homegrown Florida girl, but currently resides in Brooklyn, where the magazine is headquartered.  She started playing drums after her best friend, Stephanie Lavigne, bought Mindy her first drum kit.  Stephanie is now a photographer specializing in underwater, commercial, architectural and wedding photography.

For the issue, the two childhood friends sank the old drum kit to the bottom of a pool for a sublime, underwater photo-shoot.  Photographing the sinking drums and rising bubbles metaphorically captured the moment in the deep fluency of time.

“Submerging the drum set combined two of my favorite things (drumming and swimming) and photographing it left behind the ephemera to remember the moment forever” Mindy Abovitz

 

To kick off Tom Tom Magazine’s world tour, on May 22, they hosted a show with Plan B at Churchill’s Pub.  Five drum-banging girls, their bands and the people who love them came together to support the publication. The line-up included Testokra, Killmama, Estonian Couch Surfer, Quarter Horses and the Violet West.

photo-2At Books and Books in Coral Gables on July 24, Tom Tom Magazine hosted a Q & A with Mindy Abovitz.  Liz Tracy, music editor at the Broward New Times, facilitated the conversation which revolved around feminism, drumming, and women in music and media. Here are few highlights from the Q & A.

Monica Torres (Q): What made you want to start a magazine all about female drummers?

Mindy Abovitz (A): I am a feminist.  I was tired of googling ‘women and drums’ back in 2009 (when the magazine was started) only to find images of girls in bikinis on a drum.  So, even though I’m not a writer and I hate writing, I felt there was a need to showcase women drummers and encourage girls and women to drum because the regular drum magazines weren’t doing it.

Liz Tracy (Q): What’s next for Tom Tom Magazine?

Mindy Abovitz (A): I want to work with women’s advertisement.  I want to target feminine products such as makeup and maxi pads, you know the things you think about when you think about women.

Liz Tracy:  Yes, because when I think of women, I always think of a huge maxi pad.  (Audience Laughs)

A Tom Tom Magazine event wouldn’t be complete without a woman drumming it out, so Quarter Horses played a set after the Q & A. They are a trio consisting of drummer Emile MilgrimDaniel Elijah (Novy Graey) and Tristan John.

The gospel noir band derives musical inspiration from symbolist paintings as well as old American gospel music from the south.  It was only their second show, but their dark, melodic sound drew a large crowd.  Many congregated around the band, sitting on the floor, taking in Graey’s poetic vocals about sexual, spiritual struggles, in a sort-of musical communion. They’re definitely one local band to keep your eye on.

The magazine’s current issue also features a Miami Drumming Guide, which showcases some of our favorite Miami female drummers. Beatriz Monteavaro of Holly HuntSophie Sputnik of Killmama and Emile Milgrim of Quarter Horses are some of the ladies featured. Emile Milgrim is also the manager at Sweat Records and the owner of record label Other Electricities. She is a friend of Mindy’s and helped to organize these local events.  The drumming guide contains insider information for all you music lovers and musicians on the scene, including these drummer’s favorite local hangs, recording studios, music stores and the best places to play in town.

Enjoy a gallery of some badass women on drums below.  Some of these images were taken from Tom Tom Magazine’s awesome Facebook page.

The magazine has articles, art, fashion, comedy, city drumming guides, interviews, tips and techniques for drummers, global current events, and more.  The current issue contains a review of the HBO documentary, “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” giving attention to the harsh, unjust incarceration of the Russian girl group.  There is also a section with some really cool oil-on-linen drum paintings by Alexandria Tarver. Go pick up a copy today, there’s a stack over at Sweat Records right now.