Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Merchandise team up with Dum Dum Girls for sultry new single, “Red Sun”

Tampa boys team up with Sub Pop queen for track recorded in Tampa, Berlin, and NYC over the summer.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 4:41 PM

(L) Merchandise's Carson Cox , and Dum Dum Girls' Dee
  • (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.

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Get your music on during the seventh annual CL Holiday Auction for The Children's Home

A breakdown of music-related items available for bidding now and in the coming weeks.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 2:28 PM

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.

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Tonight in live music: Hate Eternal

St. Pete's death metal champs return home behind latest Infernus LP. Hear cuts off it now.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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  • Hate Eternal

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.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekly Tune-Up: Tunes for your week by Junior Boys, Ra Ra Riot, Freddie Gibbs & more

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

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 3:07 PM

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.

Junior Boys
  • Junior Boys
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.

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Foo Fighters drop new (and free) Saint Cecilia EP

"To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families."

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 2:27 PM

Add another page to the file for “nicest band in rock”; the Foo Fighters just released a surprise EP called Saint Cecilia, which you can stream and download here.

According to a message from Dave Grohl, the release was going to be a small "thanks" to cap off their world tour, but it took on new meaning after the attacks in Paris earlier this month:

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Tonight in live music: The Front Bottoms with the Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly

Three indie bands take the stage for an all ages show at Orpheum tonight (Mon., Nov. 23).

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 12:18 PM

The Front Bottoms
  • The Front Bottoms

“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).

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Album review: Weather Report, The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981

From the morass that was fusion, one exemplary band emerges.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 10:51 AM

History has not been kind to the jazz-fusion movement of the 1970s, and for the most part that vilification is justified. Listening back to the top acts of the genre — Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tony Williams Lifetime, Al Di Meola, various Chick Corea projects — reveals a reliance on dazzling technique that often renders the music bloodless, at times vapid. These decades later, most of it sounds as dated as a maroon velour shirt.

It should be noted that all of the above acts featured stellar musicians, but their fusion material — most of it, at least — is not their finest hour.

There is, to my mind, one exception, one shining star amid the fusion morass.

Weather Report.

A new 4-CD boxed set, The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981, only strengthens the argument. The collection’s 28 tracks have been culled from board cassettes and artfully cleaned up under the supervision of drummer Peter Erskine.

The band formed in 1970, the brainchild of keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, both graduates of Miles Davis’ electric (proto-fusion) bands. Those two were the only constants during Weather Report’s 16-year tenure. The band featured a revolving door of drummers, percussionists and bassists. As a result, the group stayed in a near-constant state of artistic evolution, while retaining a signature style that combined jazz, rock and R&B, with doses of world music and expansive jams that were a genre unto themselves.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

This Sunday in live music: George Winston, Mavis Staples with Joan Osborne, Ethan Parker Band

Some concerts happening this Sun., Nov. 22.

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Here's the breakdown of concerts happening this Sun., Nov. 22.

Mavis Staples with Joan Osborne She began her musical tenure in The Staples Singers but Mavis Staples been releasing solo soul, R&B and gospel-hued material since 1969 and has managed to remain relevant without spending too much time on the charts, though 2013 LP One True Vine (her second produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy) marked her Billboard 200 peak at No. 67. On her current tour, Staples is joined by roots and blues pop songstress Joan Osborne, who enjoyed her come up with the faith-reflective “One of Us” and is currently celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the breakthrough album that spawned it, Relish. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

This Saturday in live music: Circa Survive, Cash Cash with Tritonal, Joe McMahon and Johnathan Coody + more

Some concerts happening on this Sat., Nov. 21.

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 7:00 AM

It's Sat., Nov. 21, and there's some music happening all over Tampa Bay. Check out the concert breakdown below.
Circa Survive - ANDREW SWARTZ
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  • Circa Survive

Circa Survive with Rx Bandits, Citizen Pennsylvania alt rock outfit Circa Survive have delivered a consistently high quality blend of post-hardcore, emo, prog and experimental rock since forming in 2004, with lyrical inspiration ranging from 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Mark Z. Danielewski’s novel House of Leaves, to lead singer Anthony Green’s real-life struggles with mental health. This tour falls behind 2014’s Descensus, a textured and nuanced fifth album that, according to Alternative Press in its glowing review, “feels much looser and organic than anything Circa have done before, almost as if the band are finally comfortable in their own skin.” (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Tonight in live music: The Sword, Dumpstaphunk, Have Mercy + more

A breakdown of concerts happening this Fri., Nov. 20, plus a peek at the weekend ahead.

Posted By and on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Lots happening tonight and this weekend as far as concerts go. Check out the breakdown for this Fri., Nov. 20, and then take a peek at the weekend ahead below.
The Sword
  • The Sword

The Sword with Royal Thunder J.D. Cronise has been the creative force behind The Sword for a dozen years, propelling its transition from the stoned, doomful sounds of 2006 debut Age of Winters, to ‘70s vibing hard rock and heavy metal ala Thin Lizzy and ZZ Top in 2015 fifth and latest LP, High Country, its big fuzzy guitar riffs, pounding and crashing rhythms, and overall dramatic ball-busting appeal reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, while Cronise’s vocal quality evokes Ozzy at his best. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)–Leilani Polk

Mountain Holler, Rogerthomas, Austin Miller, Jun, Infinite Third, Dea & Saint A rather eclectic bill of local music makers with diverse lyrical and instrumental capabilities as well as varying styles of delivery, from the straightforward acoustic guitar-driven indie folk of Mountain Holler to the ambient soundscapes and layered electric guitar renderings of Infinite Third. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) –LP

Bleubird, Jabrjaw, BC, Jon Ditty Alt hip-hop is a catch-all term that doesn’t quite begin to describe New World Brewery’s Friday night lineup. Leading the pack are two South Florida talents. Fort Lauderdale emcee Bleubird fashions himself as a boisterous hip-hop powerhouse on his latest release, No Limit Tank, erratic like his personality and marked by spacey trap beats and Bleubird’s booming rapid-fire flow. West Palm Beach’s self-proclaimed “Loosie King,” Jabrjaw, spits effortlessly over jazzy-funky boom-bap beats. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) –Andrea McCray

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