Another Friday afternoon, another weekend is here. In all honestly, this weekend in South Florida seems just average to slightly above — your regular weekend party staples are still happening, and there remains a handful of special events. It’s just not one of those insane weekends where you get stressed in advance trying to juggle it all. That may be a good thing for a change. In any event, here are five live music events that we can endorse as guaranteeing a good time:
Reel and Restless Fest Pre-Party With Strung out at Churchill’s, Friday, September 14
Aging punk rockers will enjoy tonight in Little Haiti, when Southern California new-school greats Strung Out headline a multi-band bill. The group has continued to release new alums since its ’90s-era Warped Tour heyday, and they’re as uptempo and searing as ever. Considering it’s been three years since the band’s last proper studio album, though, fans can likely expect a mix of both classic and unreleased material. Touring act the Swellers also play, supported by local acts like Askultura and Everymen.
9 p.m. at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $18 and up; age 18 and up. Call 305-757-1807, or visit churchillspub.com
French Horn Rebellion and Afrobeta at Grand Central, Friday, September 14
Errr, yes, there’s actually a French horn in this Brooklyn duo, but the result isn’t band geekery. Instead, think synth-pop, yacht rock, and other dance-able material that’s made the group a perfect match for tours with acts like Hot Chip. The equally part-digital, part-organic local duo Afrobeta plays the supporting slot.
French Horn Rebellion, with Afrobeta and Auto Body. 10 p.m. Friday, September 14 at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Admission is $15; age 18 and up. Call 305-377-2277, or visit grandcentralmiami.com
Reel and Restless Fest at Churchill’s Pub, Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16
Basically, if you were in the flower of your teen youth in the ’90s, enjoyed fast, loud, and obnoxious guitar music, and possibly wore basketball shorts to enter a pit, you will be at Churchill’s all weekend. The Reel and Restless Fest combines screenings of movies documenting the hardcore scene, special readings and exhibits, and rare and reunion shows by several acts beloved by the late-20s/early-30s set. Saturday’s headliners, for instance, include Trial, Culture, and Damnation A.D., where Sunday features Shai Hulud and Bird of Ill Omen, among many, many, many others.
Doors open at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $18 to $75; age 18 and up. Call 305-757-1807, or visit ochsfilmshowcase.blogspot.com
County Grind Live with Boils and Goyles, Jellyfish Brothers, and the Cost at Green Room, Saturday, September 15
New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music blog returns to Green Room again for one of its monthly showcases of up-and-coming acts from throughout the three counties. So far, the selections have refreshingly chosen acts either rising or coming from left-field rather than heading straight for the usual suspects. Among our favorites for tonight are the Cost, a four-piece post-punk act hailing from the unlikely locale of Doral.
10 p.m. Saturday, September 15 at Green Room, 103 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $5; age 18 and up. Call 954-449-1030, or visit greenroomlive.com
Amtrac at Bardot
A rising electronic artist from Kentucky? Sure, in the internet age, why not? The solo artist born Caleb Cornett hails from the Louisville area, but instead of playing bluegrass, he excels in making atmospheric but dance-able electronic music that’s got him on the quick come-up. This is likely one of the last times he’ll play a venue as small as Bardot in Miami. Support comes from ESP.
9 p.m. Saturday, September 15 at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Admission is $10; age 21 and up. Call 305-576-7750, or visit bardotmiami.com