Monday, June 1, 2015

Tonight in live music: Snoozer with Lady Bones, Michelle Branch

A few shows happening this first night in June.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 6:05 AM

A few shows worth mentioning this Mon., June 1. Check 'em out below.

Snoozer with Lady Bones This bill sounds like a lethargic one, solely based on the names of the two bands leading the fray. Philly three-piece Snoozer makes music that’ll make you rock out, not nod out – prog-psychedelic, propulsive and loud with plenty of guitar fuzz, low-end stomp and wildly crowed and shrieked vocals, while another trio, Boston-area Lady Bones (I see Lazy Bones every single time I read it), is dissonant but also fast-moving and displays unexpected technicality and melodic guitar amid the grungy, jagged rock drive. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Tampa Bay Acoustic Music Festival: Michelle Branch The month-long Hard Rock event spotlights veteran acoustic-powered artists alongside rising talent will be held Thursdays through Sundays until the end of June, though the kick-off party happens this Monday with Arizona pop-rock songstress Michelle Branch, who brings a stable of early ‘00s hits (“All You Wanted,” “Breathe,” “Are You Happy Now?”). (Hard Rock Café, Tampa)

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

All three Garth Brooks concerts at Amalie Arena canceled, 2015 Stanley Cup Final game scheduled

We lost a country giant, but gained night of championship ice hockey

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2015 at 11:54 PM

While Tampa Bay Lightning fans rejoice, local Garth Brooks fans are faced with mixed emotions, seeing as the three concerts the drawling king of country music and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, were scheduled to play at Amelie Arena this week, on June 5 and 6 (7 p.m. Fri., 7 and 10:30 p.m. Sat.), have been canceled in light of unexpected scheduling by the NHL and NBC on June 6 for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. According to the release from the arena, "We had hoped to be able to reach an acceptable solution in the best interest of all involved but due to safety considerations it is just not possible."

Garth Brooks
  • Garth Brooks

An official statement from the Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood camp below:

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This Sunday in live music: The Mud Flappers, Noise Night at The Bunker with Marion Walker & others

Music events happening this Sun., May 31.

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2015 at 1:54 PM

A few noteworthy happs this Sun., May 31, the last day of May.

The Mud Flappers
  • The Mud Flappers

The Mud Flappers with Strung Like a Horse The Skipperdome welcomes O-town brewed septet The Mud Flappers, their jaunty vibrant sound drawing on elements of gypsy jazz, folk-Americana and country swing, marked by strains of violin and accordion, filled out by banjo, guitars, keys and light drums, and driven by multi-part vocal harmonies. Chatanooga, Tenn.’s Strung Like a Horse lays down gypsy-kicking punk-grass marked by the kazoo tooting and mandolin and acoustic guitar playing of frontman/vocalist Clay Maselle. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Noise Night at The Bunker: Marion Walker with Staghorn, Gullwing, Hello.Invade!, Stoned Ape? A free, monthly live music series that features a wide array of sounds (from metal to Americana to rock n’ roll) and talent (locals as well as touring bands) at the quaint Ybor coffee shop. Three Bay area outfits (including rowdy, tongue-in-cheeky garage-etc. experimenters Stoned Ape?, and fuzz-spastic rock two-piece Hello.Invade!) are joined by a few out-of-towners on this night: Reno’s Marion Walker, purveyors of oozing, grinding psychedelia with droning masculine-feminine vocal harmonies, and Staghorn, from St. Louis, brewing up self-styled “post-apocalyptic” post rock with down-tempo rhythms and extended instrumental interludes. (Tre Amici @ The Bunker, Ybor City)

Ol’ Dirty Sundays
Crowbar, Ybor City
Beartoe Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa
Roy Schneider w/Kim Mayfield Painted Fish Gallery, Dunedin
Sunday Live Music Series: Ed Woltil Trio Independent Bar & Café, Tampa
The Tampa Battle Of The Bands May 31, Orpheum, Ybor City

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

This Saturday in live music: Melt Banana, Y Los Dos Pistoles Album Release Party, and more

Live music happening this Sat., May 30

Posted By on Sat, May 30, 2015 at 12:21 PM

A breakdown of shows happening this Sat., May 30.

Melt Banana
  • Melt Banana

Melt Banana with Meatwound Few bands achieve such consistent levels of noisily complex sonic bizarrity as Melt Banana, a Japanese experimental rock outfit powered by the irregular and unconventional guitar passages of Ichirou Agata – who overlap riffs, shreds and pedal effects – and the piercing vocal outbursts, and ferocious verse-firing of frontwoman Yasuko Onuki. For fans of Mike Patton and any of his sundry projects. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

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Friday, May 29, 2015

The Hip Hop ABCs: The winner of Letter N; vote on Letter O

The alphabetical rap battles continue...

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Looking at potential winners for the Letter 'N' of the Hip Hop ABCs, I saw a lot of heavyweights who can usually be found on many people's all-time top 5 lists. You had legendary groups like Naughty By Nature, which I will have the pleasure of opening for later this summer, and N.W.A., which has had a film biopic produced in their honor that also lands this summer. [Trailer below.]

But you also had two of the best emcees from hip hop’s most storied city — Nas and the Notorious B.I.G. I thought it would be a three-way race because N.W.A.’s movement was so raw and powerful, and they boasted an entire coast of support. Nas has long been the thinking man’s emcee who could actually craft albums that made you move and meditate. None of that proved to be a match for the man who went from “ashy to classy” as he helped Sean Combs build an empire in the empire state. 

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Weekend Tune-Up: Tunes for your weekend by A$AP Rocky, Yukon Blonde, Disclosure & more

A playlist of 15 tunes to launch you into the weekend, Spotify playlist included.

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Memorial Day has come and gone, which means that the kick-off to summer is underway. Not to worry, the Weekend Tune-Up is primed to accompany you to pool, beach or barbecue. This week's rather versatile edition hits on dance, pop, hip-hop, lo-fi, R&B and jazz. A$AP Rocky surprised us with his new album, and pushed it out a week early. The production is top notch. Yukon Blonde dropped a fresh single, just ahead of a new album due out June 16.  Unknown Mortal Orchestra finally released their new record, and it's good! New outfit James Davis dropped an EP, and this one caught me off guard, in a good way. Fans of chill, singer-songwriter fare and grooving sounds will dig this. Do we have a Neon Indian sighting? After a four-year hiatus, he drops a gem on us. To cap off the Tune-Up is world/jazz-fusionists Snarky Puppy. The song I've included is an instrumental outro, something I normally avoid, but you need to hear Snarky Puppy. Enjoy, music lovers!
Yukon Blonde
  • Yukon Blonde
Neon Indian
  • Neon Indian

1. Disclosure, "Holding On" Feat. Gregory Porter
2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Ur Life One Night"
3. A$AP Rocky, "Jukebox Joints" Feat. Kanye West
4. Yukon Blonde, "Como"
5. James Davis, "Better Than You Are"

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Two Tampa Bay promotion companies become one: Thx Mgmt joins Brokenmold Entertainment

Joe D'Acunto joins Phil Benito and Sean O'Brian to make the ultimate promo company power trio.

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 11:50 AM


The rumors that have been swirling around for the past several months have finally take root: Thx Mgmt founder Joe D'Acunto is joining Brokenmold Entertainment's Phil Benito and Sean O'Brien as an equal partner, and all three will now be working together to host events and bring rad indie sounds to town under the Brokenmold umbrella. "It's official," O'Brien told CL today.

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Listen to a Brit-flavored new track from Hymn For Her side project The Mix Tapes

New band was created to “not make us feel as if we sold our souls to the great bar mitzvah devil.”

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM

From left: Skool-Ejekt, Kitty Pause, and Reverend Rewind of the Mix Tapes
  • From left: Skool-Ejekt, Kitty Pause, and Reverend Rewind of the Mix Tapes

The Hymn For Her camp finally has a No. 1 album, sort of.

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Tonight in live music: Kill Paris, Collie Buddz, Thomas Wynn and The Believers & more

Live music happening this Fri., May 29

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 6:00 AM

It's Fri., May 29. Live music is happening. You need something to do after this long work week. So, why not take the plunge? A breakdown of possibilities below...

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  • Collie Buddz

Collie Buddz with OceanStone, Badda Skat Born in Louisiana, raised in Bermuda, schooled in Florida, singer-songwriter Collie Buddz has a unique pool of influences from which to draw, but has remained rooted in reggae-island sounds since his 2007 debut, puffing so much Mary Jane along the way he assumed a fitting handle and has dedicated much material to his No. 1 sweetheart. New track “Prescription” finds him chanting sing-song reflections about his dispensary desires (“Tell the doctor to write my prescription, to remedy my affliction … I need it, I need my weed, taking pills just ain’t my speed”) over dancehall-bumpin’ sounds. The single is the impetus behind his current California-Florida tour. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Benefit for Steve Connelly with Michael Miller & the Heart Machine, Ella Jet, Brian Merrill, Stan Arthur, John Kelly, Steve Connelly & more A precursor to the huge Skipperdome blow-out at the end of June, this charity concert is held for beloved local guitar slinger, songwriter, and producer Steve Connelly, who’s been dealing with run of ill fortune that started with his health and hit a harsh peak when the roof of his Zen Studios collapsed back in March, halting the work coming in and drying up the means of paying his medical bills. In a single month, the GoFundMe campaign set up to help him out has already reached 40 percent of its intended 20k goal ($11,338), which reinforces the impact he’s had on the local scene and reveals the numerous people who care about his well-being. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Album review: Luxury Mane, Isn’t This Great?

The third album in three years from the Billy Summer-led rock band

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM


Billy Summer, Kyle Lovell and Jay Schultz have averaged an album a year since forming Luxury Mane back in 2013. The third and latest Isn't This Great? – released on cassette and also available for download – picks up where last year’s fine Gold Standard left off, veering between hazy and glammy psych-pop, fuzzy garage rock and sinister post-punk marked by much guitar texture and warped effects.

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