Sunday, August 2, 2015

This Sunday in live music: Greenhouse Lounge with Moka Only & Illa J; Ol' Dirty Sundays with Nick Bike

A few hip hop and dance-oriented happenings this Sun., Aug. 2

Posted By on Sun, Aug 2, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Two rather intriguing hip hop and dance oriented events happening this Sun., Aug. 2, one in Hillsborough, one in Northern Pinellas. Check 'em below.

Greenhouse Lounge, Moka Only, Illa J Greenhouse Lounge marries organic instrumentation (guitar, bass, drums) with laptop programming, electro effects and pulsing dancefloor rhythms that amp up to break-beat paces or ease down to mid-tempo groove-sways. This night finds the Jacksonville three-piece joined by Moka Only, an underground hip hop artist from Canada, while Illa J has a soulful singing quality to go with his own rap chops, both as a solo performer and member of Detroit groups Slum Village and Yancy Boys; he’s also J-Dilla’s younger brother. The latter two recently traded rhymes and harmonies on “Explosives,” a slinky track by Vancouver/Montreal production duo Potatohead People. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

Ol’ Dirty Sundays with Nick Bike Another hip hop-rooted music purveyor from Canada, Vancouver-area DJ Nick Bike, is a two-time scratch-capable Red Bull Thre3style champion whose edits and bootlegs have been tapped by the likes of Jazzy Jeff and Diplo, among others. The “Best of the West” mix that earned him first place in the 2015 qualifiers touched on EDM (Disclosure, Flume, Major Lazer), both old school and new school hip hop (Missy Elliott, Run the Jewels, Nas, Future), and the odd unexpected outside-the-box selections (Radiohead, Donna Summer). (Crowbar, Ybor City)

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

This Saturday in live music: Big Shoals, Bogus Pomp, Sofia Talvik & more

Some shows happening this Sat., Aug. 1.

Posted By on Sat, Aug 1, 2015 at 7:00 AM

It's Saturday — the first of August. Go see some live music. Here are some options, with an extra dose of twang.
Big Shoals
  • Big Shoals

Toby Keith with Colt Ford He’s Ford truck-cheeky, bluntly patriotic, never leaves home without his Stetson, has 20 No. 1 country charters to his credit (one of those “Beer for My Horses” with Willie Nelson), is on the road behind 18th studio album 35 MPH Town – yep, it’s Toby Keith. This date is part of his “Good Times and Pick Up Lines Tour.” (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)

Big Shoals with Will Quinlan, The Dram The polar opposite of the show that’s happening at the amphitheater, this twangy lineup is led by Gainesville roots rock outfit Big Shoals, which waxes on earnest subject matter ranging from the relentless pull of alcohol (“12 Steps”), to a beauty queen who’s fallen far from grace (“Jezebel”), to the typical heartache and heartbreak fare (“Girl Behind the Bar,” “Maybe Next Time”). Singer-songwriter Will Quinlan adds moody brooding folk to the night’s sounds while The Dram rounds it out with punk-kicking Americana. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Weekend Tune-Up: Tunes for your weekend by Disclosure, Jamie Lidell, Albert Hammond Jr. & more

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

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Here we are, it's the last day of the month — let's go out with a bang and 15 new tunes. A gang of fresh singles dropped this week, only spurring added anticipation of forthcoming releases. I snatched a good chunk of them for ya. Play on. 

Can't-miss electronic music duo Disclosure issued the second single off their upcoming  Caracal LPand Sam Smith has been called on ONCE again for his crooning. Disclosure and Sam have great chemistry. English soul singer Jamie Lidell has returned with a new track called "Pink Light," and it may be my favorite tune on this week's playlist. It's a slow burner with some subtle but sweet guitar work. Brooklyn indie-synthpop group Small Black just announced a new record this week, Best Blues, which excites me. I've been a big fan of their music since their 2010 debut, New Chain. First single "Boys Life" is a soaring tune with twinkling keyboards. L.A.-based Gardens & Villa have a jangly new jam, and it was inspired by comedian Aziz Ansari. That alone should make it worth a spin or two. It's good!

My sleeper tune of the week comes from up-and-coming indie R&B artist Gallant. "Weight In Gold" premiered over a month ago, and has caught the attention of many. It also caught the attention of musician/producer Ta-Ku. The Australian native threw a fresh coat of high-hats, synth, bass, and even a little organ in to make this one of the better remixes I've heard this year. It pairs perfectly with Gallant's neo-soul vocals. A must listen. 

Jamie Lidell
  • Jamie Lidell
Small Black
  • Small Black

1. Gardens & Villa, "Everybody"
2. Albert Hammond, Jr. "Side Boob"
3. Here We Go Magic, "Falling"
4. Chet Faker Feat. Banks, "1998"
5. Jamie Lidell, "Pink Light"

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Tonight in live music: Perpetual Groove, Counting Crows, Pato Banton & more

A look at live music happening this Fri., July 31, plus a peek at what's to come this weekend.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Some very special live music happening on this last day of July, including the kick-off of a few two-night stands, both in St. Petersburg, and one featuring return of a beloved Southern favorite. More info below...
Perpetual Groove, from their June 2015 reunion shows in Athens.
  • Perpetual Groove, from their June 2015 reunion shows in Athens.

Perpetual Groove Few fans were surprised when Athens-area jamtronic quartet Perpetual Groove announced they’d be taking a hiatus in 2013. Frontman/songwriter/guitarist Brock Butler had been struggling with substance abuse problems serious enough to affect both his career and home life, and finally decided to take a break from everything to fully focus on getting healthy and happy again. Though bandmates Albert Suttle, Matt McDonald and Adam Perry went on to form a new project, Ghost Owl, the absence of P-Groove was felt keenly, and when the four musicians finally made their way back to the stage, together, tickets to the first few #NotAReunion shows in Athens were gone within minutes. Not sure if one or both of the two (Friday and Saturday night) dates in St. Pete will hit sell-out capacities, but if you want to guarantee you get a dose of pulsing, sci-fi space odyssey electro and funky trippy rock n’ roll, get your tickets stat. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gary Clark Jr. announces new album, concert at Jannus Live

The Austin bluesman hits Jannus Live on February 18

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 4:30 PM


Gary Clark Jr.’s been dutifully carrying the blues from the depths of dad-rock to a whole new generation since the debut of his first album, Black and Blue, in 2012. With a frenetic approach to fretwork and a worn vocal style that sounds far older than his 31 years, Clark’s earned a legion of fans through countless festival appearances and elbow-rubbing performances with the likes of everyone from Jeff Beck to Beyonce.

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Damon Dash, hip hop's ninth element, comes to Tampa Bay

The genre's iconic entrepreneur hits town on August 9

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM

He is not a turntablist. He doesn’t rap or break dance and I’ve never seen him tag a wall with a spray can, but Damon Dash is Hip Hop. KRS One expanded hip hop culture from its four traditional elements — deejaying, emceeing, break dancing, and graffiti, the genre's patron saint adding beat boxing, fashion, street knowledge and entrepreneurship to the mix.
Dash's career has been the personification of entrepreneurship, hip hop's ninth element, and he's coming to Tampa to share some of his wisdom.

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Album review/Show preview: InfyNite TraxX, Richy Infynite

The Tampa-Orlando emcee presents his fourth LP at Crowbar this Saturday; hear a cut now.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Richie Cortes aka InfyNite TraxX is an emcee who was raised in Tampa, is based in Orlando and maintains a foothold in both cities with performances and albums like fourth and latest full-length, Richy InfyNite. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Bay area producer/emcee Bobby Treacherous at his Treacherous Manor and featuring a who’s who of Central Florida hip hop talent throwing down guest verses or vocals, Richy InfyNite is a 21-track odyssey of moods ranging from dramatic stripped-back bombast to more relaxed and soulful contemplations. The music is broken up by skits with echoing sample splices and InfyNite TraxX’s gruff-voiced sing-song delivery given syrupy deep effect as he voices thoughts and observations and creeps into the occasional cut like “Gutta Make Em Suffa” with fast-spitting rapper brother Kenosobi.

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Tonight in live music: Rocky Votolato, Fifth Harmony

A few shows happening this Thurs., July 30.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 4:00 AM

A few very different shows happening this Thurs., July 30. Breakdown below, plus a few others happenings 

Rocky Votolato
  • Rocky Votolato

Rocky Votolato with Dave Hause, Chris Farren Seattle-based folk rock singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato arrives in town with his band, filling out his tender high-toned vocal melodies and poignant lyrical quality that sparkles sweetly and surges urgently on eighth and latest LP, Hospital Handshakes. Votolato is supported by Philly’s Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), who has a harder punk-alternative quality to his odes, and Naples-brewed Chris Farren, the regular singer-guitarist of Fake Problems who gets retro fuzzy and pop-catchy in solo outings that include a fresh 7-inch, Where U Are. This tour is presented by and partially benefits Zero Platoon, a nonprofit founded and staffed by veterans seeking to aid and entertain active duty service members battling depression and other mental health issues while adapting to military life. (Local 662, Saint Petersburg)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ol' Dirty St. Pete makes its debut tonight!

DJs Casper and LeSage bring the vibes and sounds of Ol' Dirty Sundays to The Bends, on Thursdays

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

ODS resident DJ LeSage - BRIAN MAHAR
  • Brian Mahar
  • ODS resident DJ LeSage

On any given Ol’ Dirty Sunday in Ybor, you’ll find the Crowbar patio packed with bodies, some crowded in a circle around the b-boys and b-girls who break moves and kick through steps in casual parading or serious battling or the occasional headstand and downrock combos, while others attend to their own personal grooves, bumping and swaying in knots and clusters to the dance-hawking sounds pumped from behind the decks. Soul, funk, hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat and R&B joints – old, new and everything in between, some of it dished by ODS resident DJs Casper and LeSage, some of it scratched and spun by whichever special out-of- town guest happens to be on hand, from Cosmo Baker to Rich Medina, with the odd emcee jumping onto the mic and spitting impromptu verses over the jams.

If you’ve been thinking about how cool it’d be to have ODS in St. Petersburg, the wait is over.

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Tonight in live music: Dave Matthews Band, Authority Zero & more

Some concerts happening this Wed., July 29

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Do the Hump Day dance ... maybe to some live music? Here's a breakdown of what's happening this Wed., July 29...
Dave Matthews Band
  • Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band Whether there’s new material to tour behind or not, Dave Matthews Band always hits the road over the summer and without fail, ends up stopping in Tampa Bay with their jazz-pop-rock jams. First set’s acoustic, second set’s plugged in, and guitarist Tim Reynolds continues to add value to the otherwise lushly vanilla enterprise. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa)

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