All jazz musicians think about it, many talk about it, some even plan it — but very few actually leave the nest and head to New York to make their bones.
Trumpeter Jonathan and saxophonist Jeremy Powell — brothers who grew up in St. Petersburg — are among those who did. And stayed. They return for a gig at the Palladium Theater, a homecoming CD release party for Jonathan’s newest album with his group nu Sangha, Beacons of Light, which was recorded at The Bunker studio in Brooklyn, where the brothers currently reside.
Against all odds and amid a dubious music retail climate, Microgroove has managed to triumph as a boutique record shop with a finely-curated selection of vinyl encompassing popular, obscure and local titles, along with offering personalized service and hosting the odd in-store performances within its quaint Seminole Heights confines.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means you have the day off, which means it's time to PARTY! Here's some music-related happening taking place on this Wed., Nov. 25, plus a peek at the giant holiday weekend in live music ahead.
Figure aka Josh Gard
Figure Joshua Gard is the EDM DJ/producer behind FIGURE, which he uses to pushing sinister bass music that’s heavy on dubstep and drumstep womp and synth fizz, much of his material monster movie oriented and even featured in a series of digital releases (the latest is Monster 6.66), this in addition to the full-length Gravity LP he dropped in July. This date finds him delivering his video show with support from Hudson-spawned Midnight Tyrannosaurus. More info and tickets here. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)
More than 40 local and Florida regional acts are represented at the third annual edition of Don’t Stop St. Petersburg, its date shifted from mid-October to the last weekend in November and site repositioned further up Central Avenue, from the hustle and bustle of the 600 Block to the vibrant eclectic Grand Central District, both steps taken so the day-long fest coincides with Small Business Saturday. ‘Course, it’s also a holiday weekend, when lots of youthful area folks are home for the holidays, and the cooler conditions likely don’t hurt either, especially with the focus on public spaces via the four indoor and outdoor stages located on and around the 21st Street North block that will be closed down for the occasion and lined with local vendors hawking wares.
There’s no lack of great music to check out, with genres touching on psych, garage, hip hop, punk, folk rock and piano pop among others, and no fewer than 10 Best of the Bay winners are featured in the lineup. Some are givens; Luxury Mane, Samurai Shotgun, RedFeather, Sonic Graffiti. Others you might need reminding about or help navigating to, and what about the few newbs in here, too? Here’s our stage-by-stage highlights paired with the complete schedule for each stage for your planning convenience.
(L) Merchandise's Carson Cox , and Dum Dum Girls' Dee
It was already intriguing watching Merchandise frontman Carson Cox wriggle and writhe around onstage, but the Tampa-based songwriter’s new collaboration with Los Angeles’ Dum Dum Girls is just straight up sexy.
CL's seventh annual Holiday Auction to the benefit The Children’s Home — which provides children that are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment with a safe, permanent home — is currently underway. We've already raised more than 100k in previous auctions and are hoping to substantially add to that number in 2015.
While biddable music-related items are light in the first few weeks, things really picking up steam in mid-December. Here's a complete breakdown that includes auction dates and links where applicable.
Amid manning the boards for an impressive roster of bands at his St. Petersburg-based MANA Recording Studio, singer/guitarist/producer Erik Rutan also leads one of the best death metal acts practicing heavy crushing technicality today: Hate Eternal. He and fellow core member/bassist J. J. Hrubovcak along with young yet choppy drummer Chason Westmoreland released the epic, drama-stoking Infernus in August, their sixth LP overall and debut on Season of Mist. The month-long tour behind it nears its conclusion with this hometown date featuring support from labelmates Misery Index and Beyond Creation and Rivers Of Nihil. Tue., Nov. 24, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $15.
Check out a few cuts off Infernus below, and peep a pretty cool behind-the-scenes video featuring Rutan at his Mana Studios, too.
You guys feel it? That's the weather finally operating like the holidays are ahead and it feels amazing. As usual, I've got 15 new tunes to guide you through your week, and to provide a bumpin' soundtrack to your Black Friday shopping, should you decide to venture out into the chaos. I want to give thanks to everyone out there, because every human life is important. Have a safe and happy Turkey Day. Eat up and listen.
The boys are back, and by boys I mean the Canadian duo otherwise known as Junior Boys. They've been one of my favorite electronic acts for quite some time, and it's been more than four years since we've had some fresh jams. They've returned and blessed us with a fantastic electro-pop ode called, "Over It." Having seen Junior Boys perform live several times (and actually getting a chance to chat with them), I can't recommend their music enough. Welcome back, boys. Ra Ra Riot just announced the release of fourth full-length Need Your Light, due early next year. Lead single “Water,” which was co-written and produced by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, starts things off in typical Ra Ra fashion. Naytronix's "Back In Time" was tapped for a tune-up a few weeks back, but a new uptempo remix laced with keys and organ just surfaced from Money Mark. It almost has a jazzy vibe about it. Louisville psych rockers Wax Fang's new cut, "Exit Strategy" is a driving tune that packs some great energy, with frontman Scott Carney delivering a monotone bellow over endless percussion. Look for a new Wax Fangs LP in 2016.
“You need a means to an ending / I need a spiritual cleansing,” Brian Sella warbles tunefully amid stream-of-consciousness waxings in “Help,” the bouncing lead single off The Front Bottoms’ Back on Top LP. The New Jersey folk-punk quartet with the sunny melodic sound and wry-humored lyrical turns brings the tour backing said album to town, with support from lo fi indie rockers Elvis Depressedly and Australia’s raw punk pushers The Smith Street Band. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Orpheum, Ybor City, $16.50 (all ages).