Artopia 2013: Roofless Records Brings Noise as Performance Art to Coral Gables Museum

A drive to Coral Gables isn't typically on your list of things to do on a Thursday night, but when Miami New Times is throwing their annual art and music extravaganza at the Coral Gables Museum, you get in your car, and you drive. 

Besides the crazy, costumed and limber antics of Cirque X, Latin rhythms by Palo!, sounds of the Larry Joe Miller Band, and breakdancing by the Ground Zero Crew, we will be enjoying a more conceptual approach to sound thanks to Roofless Records. 

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Matt Preira, a New Times writer and the main dude of Roofless, is presenting Radio Test #2. He defines this as '"kind of like noise theater." His label and production company, for lack of a better term, deals a lot with experimental musicians who ride the line between performance artist and noise musicians.

For those not familiar with the genre, noise is experimental and has many avatars, from Sonic Youth to Throbbing Gristle to the guy screaming passionately into a mic while taking a poop at Churchill's.

What Preira is looking at is how those artists making noise end up also making performance art, complete with costumes, acting, and visuals. How, in the process of all of this, "noise developed its own performance vernacular." The artists doing this work, he adds, "accidentally cultivated a new genre." 

Preira explores this transformation. "I think of noise as a sub genre of rock and roll, but in this context, it's divorced from that," he says of this event at Artopia. He's taking noise in this evolved state and bringing it to an art event, a place it was never originally intended to go. And it wouldn't necessarily fit in again at rock club in its current state. He describes it as: "If performance had to intern for noise and then do a presentation on what it learned."

Don't worry, you're into it, even if you didn't know you were.  

Artopia. February 28, from 7 to 10 p.m., the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Winners of MasterMind Awards will also be announced. And there will be bites and booze. 

General admission tickets cost $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Go VIP and get access to the VIP lounge with open bar, additional restaurants, and cigar rolling for $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Purchase tickets at

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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