Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Southern Darkness Fest crushes Ybor City this Saturday with Pelican and others

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:02 AM

Pelican
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A giant influx of heavy crushing bands – 27 to be exact – amass in Ybor City for the inaugural Southern Darkness Fest. Three venues play host to metal of most types (heavy, sludge, drone, black, post-, stoner, doom) as well as hard rock, hardcore (regular and punk varieties), grindcore, crust punk, d-beat, power violence, experimental, post-hardcore and screamo. Leading the impressive lineup is Chicago’s influential instrumental post-metal/post-rock quintet, Pelican, their atmospheric yet urgently driving sound propelled by dual guitars that vary between pretty melodic passages and thick grimy distortion; Pelican issued their fifth studio album, Forever Becoming, last year. Other acts of note: Georgia heavy metal power trio Black Tusk, and Tampa’s own post-classical five-piece, set and setting, fresh off their tour with Mouth of the Architect, which also plays Southern Darkness this Saturday. [More info after the jump...]

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Photo review: Motley Crue's farewell tour featuring Alice Cooper and The Raskins

A look back at the Aug. 17, 2014 show, in photos

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Just as all good things must come to an end, so must all bad things. At least Mötley Crüe went out in style, courtesy of Alice Cooper and The Raskins.

Alice Cooper - TRACY MAY
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Motley Crue - TRACY MAY
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New Music Tuesday! (August 19): Wiz Khalifa, Benjamin Booker, Dr. John, Beach Day & more

Releases out this week; audio & video included.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:19 PM

It’s more new music releases for August. Info and links for this week’s releases – the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know) – with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to see releases from the past several weeks…

Ark LifeThe Dream of You & Me (Greater Than Collective/Misra)

Bahamas, Bahamas Is Afie (Universal Republic)
Afie Jurvanen is the alt folk musician from Toronto otherwise known as Bahamas. He's worked with the likes of Feist and Jack Johnson, and is kind of reminiscent of the latter, but with a more modern sonic pallette and a falsetto vocal tone he can hit ala Justin Vernon. Very very nice. Check out "All the Time" below.  



Liam Bailey, Definitely Now (Flying Buddha/Sony Masterworks)

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Beach Day, Native Echoes (Kanine)
Yep, you know this band; they are from Hollywood, Fla., and they play here frequently; in fact, the garage-pop-surf glazed outfit (now minus one of its feminine members and currently made up of singer/guitarist Kimmy Drake and drummer Skyler Black) hits town to play Summer Jam 10 on August 30.

Benjamin Booker, Benjamin Booker (ATO)
We have been hyping the shit out of this release. Click here to check out all the glowing praise we've given Benjamin Booker — and this includes the Best of the Bay award we gave him and Max Norton, when they were still know as 'Booker & Norton' and claimed Tampa as their hometown. (New Orleans and New Orleans-by-way-of-Tampa is how they get referenced now — and all I gotta say is, Tampa Bay doesn't get enough credit for producing great musicians as it is; throw this sad city a bone, won't you?) Check out the video for "Have You Seen My Son" after the jump...

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Tonight in live music: Michael McDonald & Toto

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Michael McDonald
  • Michael McDonald
The co-headliners on this tour have been working together on various projects for more than three decades. Members of LA rock band Toto met the blue-eyed soulful former Doobie Brother via Steely Dan and the DBs, and collaborated with Michael McDonald on his 1982 solo debut, If That's What It Takes; he returned the favor on 1986 Toto album Fahrenheit, adding his distinctive falsetto to “I’ll Be Over You.” Both have their own share of hits. Snowy-haired McDonald charted with the ‘80s-urgent ode to heartache, “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” Running Scared soundtrack hit “Sweet Freedom,” and duets with Patti LaBelle (“On My Own”) and James Ingram (“Yah Mo B There”), while Toto’s catalog peaked with “Africa,” “Hold the Line,” and “Rosanna.” The latter just issued a new DVD/Blu-Ray release, 35th Anniversary Tour – Live In Poland, and is recording material for a brand new LP due out sometime in 2015. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $45-$95.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Concert review: WMNF Groovefest 5 at Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa

A look back at the Saturday fest; photos included.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Holey Miss Moley - ANDY WARRENER
  • Andy Warrener
  • Holey Miss Moley
I pumped WMNF on my way to Groovefest 5 and the Saturday Soulful Soiree proved the perfect warm-up to the station's event, which found me arriving in the midst of a set by Holey Miss Moley. The impressive multi-piece Clermont-based ensemble was laying down thick layers of funk marked by the howling solos of alto saxx player Christian Ryan (also of Orlando-based reggae group I-Resolution). Lead guitarist Jacob Cox — whom I'd seen on stage with Come Back Alice the last time I visited the Skipperdome — looked right at home on stage with the group, vocalist Danny Clemmons held the crowd captivated with his presence and energy (dude can really wail), and the Reverend Funky D (who plays in a few other groups and leads The Funky Seeds) delivered a dose of some ol' time religion as he went off on keys in hyper-funky, choppy-sticky passages ranging from instrumentals showcasing each individual artists' talents like "Nagatuk" to vocals-fueled numbers ala "Ain't No Use," "Ja Jam" and "Sho' 'Nuff."

"We love the vibe and reception we get here, we love playing here," Clemmons said later.

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Local musicians to hold benefit for Ybor institution Cephas' Hot Shop

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

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Artists, musicians, hipsters, hippies and holistic eaters alike all know about Cephas' Hot Shop, the Caribbean cuisine hotspot a few blocks off of Ybor City's 7th Ave. sprawl. Owner Cephas Gilbert has been an Ybor staple for more than 30 years, and the man himself is famous not only as a breathing encyclopedia of rare & healthy eats, but also an altruist who's fed more than one guest who couldn't afford a meal.

Gilbert has been forced to shut down for operating without a food-service license. He admits it's true; the license reportedly lapsed five years ago, he needs to make approximately $15K in repairs and upgrades to his kitchen — which was nearly gutted in a fire eight years ago — before he can renew it.

In true local-scene tradition, Ybor club owners and promoters have rallied a killer slate of bands in record time for the Cephas' Hot Shop Benefit Concert, to be held Thurs., Sept. 11 at Crowbar. Click through for the lineup, and if you can't make the gig, you can always donate here.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

This weekend in live music: Motley Crue & Alice Cooper, OneRepublic, WMNF Groovefest & more

Concerts, Aug. 16-17

Posted By on Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 5:30 AM

A diverse array of music happening this Saturday and Sunday. A breakdown below...

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
OneRepublic
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OneRepublic with The Script, Jamie Scott I feel dirty and awful about it, but also liberated, like I can finally make it official – hi, I’m Leilani, and I’m addicted to mainstream pop music. In the case of Colorado pop rock outfit OneRepublic, I’m digging on that “Counting Stars” track. Like, car dance, fist pump, howl along to it, dig. It’s sticky as shit, the lead-up to the refrain is perfect (“Everything that kills me makes me feel alive”) and it has that gospel vocal-and-hand-clap breakdown that gets me every time. So yeah, OneRepublic. This tour backs the album that spawned said hit, 2013’s Native. Support from other pop radio acts that haven’t written a song sticky enough to grab me. Yet. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)

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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Hip Hop ABCs: Letter T

The alphabetical rap battles continue...and can you guess who won 'T'?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

It is nearly impossible to get a bunch of passionate hip hop fans to agree on anything. But I tried anyhow, starting with a series of polls on Facebook that aimed to figure out which emcee or group was the best in the game as driven by the letters of the alphabet. No specific rubric or criteria was given; just a simple request for answers to the question, "Who is the best emcee or hip hop group beginning with the letter 'A'?; 'B'?; 'C'?; 'D'?..." and so on. The responses were immediate and spurred some pretty spirited discussions. A general consensus was ultimately reached for each and per the request of Music Editor Leilani Polk, I'm bringing the poll results to Ear Buds. Each week, I'll reveal a letter and its "winning" artist, and then I'll re-open the question for further debate. Once we finish the first 26, we'll start it all over again fresh.

I have a huge confession to make. I do not enjoy the music of the winner of the Hip Hop ABCs Letter 'T'. I have procrastinated posting this article because I know being honest with you about this will severely damage my reputation. I mean, how can I be respected enough to write about hip hop when I don’t like an artist who is widely considered the best emcee of all time. 

Maybe I can’t be. The truth, however, is the truth.

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Tonight in live music: OFF!, Hail Dale Pale Ale Release Party & more

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Thank god it's Friday. Here's some music that's happening all over Tampa Bay tonight.

OFF! - STEVE APPLEFORD
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OFF! with Gay Kiss Seething, roiling and raging through potent, muscular, to-the-point odes is LA’s Off!, a hardcore punk supergroup made up of Black Flag/Circle Jerks vocalist Keith Morris, Rocket From The Crypt drummer Mario Rubalcaba, Burning Brides guitarist/frontman Dimitri Coats and Redd Kross bassist Steven McDonald. The foursome is on the road behind a third album that dropped in January, Wasted Years. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Black Tongue I imagine that if you’re in a deathcore band, the first place you seek name ideas is a medical encyclopedia under “diseases and conditions.” UK-bred downtempo doomcore outfit Black Tongue chose the dark n’ hairy build-up of bacteria in the mouth to represent their nightmarish metallic-crushed sounds. (Epic Problem, Tampa)

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Concert review: Miniature Tigers at Crowbar, Kishi Bashi at New World Brewery, Ybor City

A look back at the Tue., Aug. 12 shows.

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Two concerts, one Tuesday night. The first, Miniature Tigers at Crowbar, delivered on upbeat dance-time fun and whetted my appetite for the second, Kishi Bashi at New World Brewery, which was transcendent, heart-squeezing tender, rousing, and it not only made me get down with full-on wild abandon but literally had me jumping up and down like a mad fool with a big ‘ol shit-eating grin on my face. [Text by Leilani, photos by Brian unless otherwise noted.]

Miniature Tigers at Crowbar Tue., Aug. 12. - BRIAN MAHAR
  • Brian Mahar
  • Miniature Tigers at Crowbar Tue., Aug. 12.

In defense of Miniature Tigers, I only knew a few tracks but I’d heard good things about the Phoenix fivesome's live show and wanted to check it out. They didn’t disappoint with their fresh and adorable exuberance, and they were particularly excited to see the 150-plus people enjoy their Tampa debut. Their sound varied between sweetly nostalgic and infectiously peppy indie pop with muscular rockin’ rhythms and Beatles-esque vocal harmonies, to more synth-grooving dance numbers with R&B-velvety vocals or dreamier croons. There was a heavy focus on material from just-released fourth LP, Cruel Runnings, and they kicked off the set with that album’s first track, “Swimming Pool Blues,” part of its refrain a four-verse dose of “Yeah-Yeah-Yeah-Yeah-Yeah”’s that prompted head-bobbing and bopping from the cluster of folks around the stage.

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