Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend Tune-Up: Tunes for your weekend by Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Little Dragon & more

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

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Here we are, already creeping up on Memorial Day weekend. Hard to type that and not be surprised at how fast the year seems to be zooming by. At least I have your music needs covered. New Music Tuesday was kind once again. Hot Chip finally dropped their new LP, and it doesn't disappoint, a mix of R&B and electro Brit-pop that makes for a really fun record for the summer. Tame Impala continues to tease us with tracks from their forthcoming LP — are you digging the direction they're headed in? — as does Unknown Mortal Orchestra, while Shark Week treated us to a fine debut, Beach Fuzz. If you're into sandy, surf-informed garage rock, give Shark Week a spin. Interpol, I mean Ceremony, also released a new album for all you post-punk junkies (and hti Epic Problem June 22). All of these bands plus some others you should know about are featured in this edition of Weekend Tune-Up. Jam it through the long weekend, and have a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Shark Week
  • Shark Week

1. Hot Chip, "Love Is The Future"
2. Snoop Dogg, "Awake"
3. Tame Impala, "Eventually"
4. Shark Week, "Waste Of Time"
5. Shadow Age, "Silaluk"

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Tonight in live music: K. Michelle, Chris Thomas King, Celph Titled & more

Concerts happening this Fri., May 22.

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Take a look at shows happenign tonight in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg on this Fri., May 22.

  • Jimmy Fontaine
  • K. Michelle

K. Michelle Her sound adds funky hip hop bump n’ stutter to slinky R&B slow jams, and her name power has risen ever further with a few noteworthy guest collabs (Missy Elliott, Gucci Mane), a spot on VH1’s reality series Love & Hip Hop and then her own spin-off, K. Michelle: My Life, and two well-regarded LPs. The most recent, Anybody Want to Buy a Heart?, debuted at the top of the R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts when it dropped in December. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer Guide 2015: RePLAY — Summer Concerts Preview

A look at tours hitting Tampa Bay now through Sept. 1

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 11:15 AM

  • Dean Stockings
  • Culture Club

As Florida’s summer gets fully underway, the number of smaller acts making their way down south peters out while the big arena tours ramp up, hurricane season and sweltering heat be damned. There are some definite highlights on either end of the spectrum, however.

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Tonight in live music: Florida Folk Scene Showcase, Singer-Songwriter Night @ Tre Amici, Thantifaxath

Live music happening this Thurs., May 21

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 6:00 AM

A few stripped-down showcases and a death metal show are the live music highlights on this Thurs., May 21. Some other shows happening tonight included as well...

Flint Blade & Honeydew
  • Flint Blade & Honeydew

Florida Folk Scene Showcase No. 35: Flint Blade & Honeydew, The Recycled Citizen, Flaco The next installment of homegrown folk music finds a few locals joined by crunchy South Florida duo Flint Blade and Alison "Honeydew" Murphy; her doleful clarinet melodies prove an intriguing counterpoint to his tapped and plucked grooves on Chapman Stick, a guitar/bass hybrid. The result – with added electronic embellishments and light percussion on 2014 five-song EP Together – is breezy swaying dub flecked in roots and psychedelic flavors and marked by Flint Blade’s off-kilter vocals and conscious subject matter. (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg)

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The third annual Burgatory Fest 2015 & PBR Burger Bash hits St. Petersburg

The Wolf-Face anniversary-cum-Memorial Weekend party invades the 600 Block on Saturday; hear tracks by a few performers now

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Sunshine State, one of 14 bands performing at Burgatory
  • Sunshine State, one of 14 bands performing at Burgatory

The Memorial Weekend party celebrating Wolf-Face’s anniversary (three years together in 2015) has expanded to a big ol’ 600 Block blow-out replete with suds, grub and sets by a slew of Florida bands that join the Teen Wolf punk rockers in much gleefully ass-kicking revelry and furry cavorting. Burgatory Fest 2015 + The PBR Burger Bash kicks off in the late afternoon with Pabst Blue Ribbon providing free burgers (both beef and vegetarian opetions) to all the early bird arrivals. Amid the highlights of the 14-band lineup — locally-brewed Career (the crushing quartet formerly known as Ink & Sweat); Gainesville’s Sunshine State, a crunchy punk n’ roll project featuring Against Me! former Warren Oakes; and grungy dissonant post-hardocore three-piece Buffalo Buffalo, from Tallahassee. Of course, Wolf-Face dominates with both were presence and live power, and close out the festivities with their raucously howling good times.

Event details: Burgatory Fest 2015 + The PBR Burger Bash with Wolf-Face, Sunshine State, Mighty Mongo, FERO LUX, Reveal Renew, Teen Agers, You Vandal, Operator, Buffalo Buffalo, New Cathedral, Caffiends, Stegosaurus, Worst Party Ever, Sat., May 23, 4 p.m.-midnight, The Local 662, Fubar, downtown St. Petersburg, $12.

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Summer Guide 2015: ReCOVER - Can you karaoke?

Lay down some jams this summer in air-conditioned comfort.

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 2:00 AM

It used to be so easy. Land in downtown St. Pete. Have a few drinks with your crew on Central Avenue. Slip into Octave and belt out whatever tune befits your mood (“Wrecking Ball”? “Psycho Killer”? “Waiting Room”?), maybe lead a full bar sing-along of “Bohemian Rhapsody” before ducking back into the night to continue your shenannys elsewhere…

Only the one-time Best of the Bay-winning karaoke hotspot closed its doors late last year, and while former Octave Master of Ceremonies John Colby has attempted to re-start the party across the street at Local 662, the endeavor hasn’t as yet been as consistent or as successful as its 600 Block predecessor.

But never fear. I’ve put together a helpful list of alternatives where you and your friends can get your terrible singing on while enjoying an array of different atmospheres.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Way Back Wednesday: Dr. Dre

A weekly video spotlight on influential artists who came up pre-'00s

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 12:40 PM

Welcome to another installment of Way Back Wednesday, where I remind you about some classic artists from way back...

The Dr. will now see you.
  • The Dr. will now see you.

I grew up listening to all types of music, across genres. Dr. Dre played an integral part in my current taste. He helped to launch, and groom many careers. He was also responsible for making West Coast hip-hop what it is today, and introducing the music world to G-Funk. "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" is one of those universally recognizable tunes with its distinctive guitar and bass riffs sampled from an obscure Leon Haywood tune. The Chronic is a cultural phenomenon, possessing so much meaty content and grooving style that it remains relevant 23 years after its release. No matter what type of music you like, Dr. Dre is a name most people know. 

Background: Andre Young aka Dr. Dre, was born and raised in Compton, Calif., a hometown city he'd make a popular and controversial topic for years to come. Young cut his teeth in the music game with the World Class Wreckin' Cru, which churned out several hits from the mid-1980s, most notably "Turn Off The Lights." After releasing an EP and LP, WCWC's members went their separate ways, and that prompted the launch of Dre's unbelievable career. He also gained an important skill during his tenure with WCWC — that of DJ/producer. Dre recruited Yella to form what would later become N.W.A. After making two EP's and three albums with that notorious rap group, Dre left the group after butting heads with fellow member Eazy-E. His abrupt departure from N.W.A. and beef with Eazy made national news and spurred feuds between several other rappers. Despite the odds — two groups behind him, controversy stirred up by his lyrical content in N.W.A., a legal battle with well-liked former friend and group-mate Eazy E — Andre Young managed to come out on top.

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Radarmen celebrate a new album at a release show this Friday

The local indie rock trio presents Echoes in Sound; check out two tracks here.

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM

  • Nicole Kibert
  • Radarmen?

Amid the latest rising tide of local rock acts coming out of Tampa Bay is Radarmen?, made up musicians with proven pedigree (former and current players of Signals from Satellites, Brahm Bones and Electric Geese, guitarist/singer Rodney Smith and bassist/singer David Kibby, joined by drummer Adam Revak). The trio has been making waves with darkly-hued, reverbed experimental rock and discordant post-punk that's finally given the studio treatment and pressed to a full-length debut, Echoes in Sound. This Friday, the trio celebrates its release with support sets from raucous locals Flat Stanley and Plan to Fail. (Fri., May 22, 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $5.)

Stay tuned for a review of the LP and watch for more dates from this talented trio. You can also listen to a few tracks below...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Music Tuesday! (May 19): The Helio Sequence, Paul Weller, Faith No More, Hot Chip & more

A curated breakdown of albums that dropped this week, with lots of audio & video included

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 1:11 PM

The third week of May releases is looking pretty exciting. Take a look at my curated breakdown of the album — info and links for the ones I think you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know) – with hyperlinks, info, audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to see releases from the past several weeks…

Ceremony, The L-Shaped Man (Matador)

Coal ChamberRivals (Napalm)

Bryce Dessner and Sō Percussion, Music For Wood And Strings (Brassland)

Diamond Youth, Nothing Matters (Topshelf Records)
Baltimore's Diamond Youth present a power pop-grungy debut that vaguely evokes Weezer, OK Go and Queens of the Stone Age all at once without really sounding like any of them. Check out "Thought I Had it Right" below.

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Tonight in live music: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Helios Jazz Orchestra featuring Lorri Hafer

A few concerts happening on this Tue., May 19

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 6:00 AM

A few shows happening on this Tue., May 19.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo If love is a battlefield, then Pat Benatar must be the all time champ, since her partnership with guitarist/producer/husband Neil Giraldo has lasted more than three decades and through a dozen albums since the 1979 debut that put her on the charts with “Heartbreaker.” The powerhouse couple dole out all the expected hits (“Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “We Belong,” “Invincible” – remember The Legend of Billie Jean?) along with trademark covers like John Mellancamp’s “I Need a Lover” and “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)

Helios Jazz Orchestra feat. Lorri Hafer The next Side Door presentation marks the return of Dave Manson’s swinging 18-piece big band as joined by Lorri Hafer, a fine jazz vocalsit who has the distinction of touring with Glenn Miller Orchestra, among others. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

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