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Evil Wiener's iconoclastic leader, Billy Sugarfix

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Evil Wiener's iconoclastic leader, Billy Sugarfix

Evil Wiener's Weiner Roast 

When: Mon., July 4, 5 p.m. 2011

Evil Wiener is emblematic of Chapel Hill: quirky, with ample charm and an absurdist wit. Indeed, this band could be the town mascot, emerging annually like the Easter Bunny to celebrate the national holiday with a weenie roast at The Cave. This is the 10th year for that summer rite.

The group comprises such area musical mainstays as bassist Groves Willer (Shark Quest), drummer Chuck Garrison (Superchunk, Small 23) and the band's iconoclastic leader, Billy Sugarfix. A gifted songwriter, Sugarfix is capable of penning paeans to just about anything, from "Bad Manners" to untimely sneezing ("Allergic to Morning") to mischievous ghosts ("I'm a Poltergeist"). Sugarfix's adenoidal baritone glides between lyrics casually surreal and playfully innocent, suggesting a combination of Robyn Hitchcock and Jonathan Richman. He has a gift for catchy vocal melodies that can have you humming his lighthearted inanities all day long, and for punchy lo-fi power pop hooks that'll start your head a-bobbing.

Evil Wiener is too low-key for fireworks, but there are always surprises and, of course, ample roasted hot dogs to celebrate the independence that the fun-loving Evil Wiener perfectly symbolizes. —Chris Parker

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