Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tonight in live music: Donavon Frankenreiter with Cody Simpson, Porcupine

A few shows happening this Thurs., Aug. 27

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM

A few noteworthy shows happening in St. Pete tonight. Take a look at the breakdown below; a few other things happening this Thurs., Aug. 27, also included.
Donovan Frankenreiter - SAINT ROCKE
  • Saint Rocke
  • Donovan Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter with Cody Simpson Donavon Frankenreiter seems like one cool dude. On top of maintaining a rather fine-looking mustache, the Hawaii-based singer-songwriter juggles family, surfing and music with laid-back ease, even launching a contest in May where he gave away a GoPro camera every day while live-streaming videos that documented his studio sessions as he recorded his new album in what he dubbed “10 straight days of streamin’ & strummin’.” It proved an efficient and effective experiment; the entirety of The Heart was completed in this manner, and came out August 4. His sixth full-length and second with co-writer Grant-Lee Phillips proves more earnest and sentimental than past material, its heart theme spurred in part by his father, who was battling leukemia during its making and died a few weeks after its completion. Warming the stage on this tour is Aussie songsmith Cody Simpson, who has a sweet high-toned croon and breezy sunshine-drenched acoustic rock sound dosed healthily in island sonic hues. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

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The Hummingbirds present 13 Days

The husband-and-wife roots duo celebrate with an album release party at Hideaway Cafe this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 4:00 AM

The Hummingbirds are Rachel and S.G. Wood.
  • The Hummingbirds are Rachel and S.G. Wood.

The Hummingbirds aren’t actually from Tampa Bay, but the Detroit native husband-and-wife roots duo played here an awful lot before re-locating to the area last year and are currently shopping for a 
permanent home to call their own while promoting a new album, 13 Days, its title track an amusing back-and-forth duet about a rather short relationship and all the reasons it went right (and wrong). Rachel Wood’s husky tuneful drawl balances S.G.’s deeper twanging intones, their instrumentals (built on vintage electric guitars, drums and banjo) a mix of rambling Southern-driving roots rock (“Horses and Rattlesnakes,” “Red Truck”), Appalachia-hued Americana (“Fast Love,” “Borrow Me”), classic country with alternative charm (“Richer with Nothing,” “Leave This Town”) and even dusty tumbleweeds-blown folk-roots with gospel hues (“Listen to the River”).

The Hummingbirds present 13 Days at a release party that features support from a few other local twangy staples — Rebekah Pulley and Will Quinlan.

The Hummingbirds' Album Release Party takes place this Sat., Aug. 29; doors open at 6 p.m., with the show to kick off at 8 p.m., at Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg, Admission is $12.

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Funky D gets some love from his friends

The local music scene rallies around jam staple Funky D in his time of need with a fundraiser blow-out this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 4:00 AM

HOME TURF: The Rev. Funky D at The Blueberry Patch - TRACY MAY
  • Tracy May
  • HOME TURF: The Rev. Funky D at The Blueberry Patch

In 25 years of working the Tampa Bay music scene, Darryl Quesenberry, aka Reverend Funky D, has experienced its growth and progress first hand. Playing professionally at a local level is difficult at the best of times, but Funky D has managed it for the entirety of his existence here, and insists that one of the reasons he’s remained so long is the overlying sense of fellowship and community. “It’s magic that way. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve been all over, and played in some top notch scenes, and I’ve always ended up here.”

This sense of community is reflected in the fundraiser held for Funky D this Saturday, initially organized to aid him while he was out of work and recovering from hernia surgery. When doctors discovered he had Stage III colon cancer, the fundraiser’s scope changed immensely. “He is such a significant part of our local music scene ... he’s been a huge inspiration for a lot of the younger musicians coming up, which explains the outpouring from the music family,” says Robyn Alleman, one-time bandmate, Blueberry Patch board member, and fundraiser organizer who says that 24 hours after she put up a post seeking volunteers, “I had over 100 people offer.”

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New Tunes Day: The Dead Weather, Silicon, The Underachievers & more

A round-up of some fresh songs and videos, plus a look at new albums dropping this Fri., Aug. 28

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 1:49 PM

I have some fresh sounds to share with you and new videos to show you on this 25th day of August. Check 'em below, along with a breakdown of albums coming out this Fri., Aug. 28, and links to full LP streams by Yo La Tengo, Beach House and others, too.
The Dead Weather's Dodge and Burn hits stores September 25.
  • The Dead Weather's Dodge and Burn hits stores September 25.

The Dead Weather, "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" video
I dig the Dead Weather, and you should, too. The quartet made up of Alison Mosshart (The Thrills), Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs), Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs) and Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) are finally releasing a third album of pulsing, grinding psychedelic blues and follow-up to 2010's Horehound. This latest single comes with its own ferocious video directed by award-winning duo Ian & Cooper; check it below. Dodge and Burn drops September 25 on Third Man Records, and includes remixes of four previously released "Vault" tracks and eight new songs.

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Underoath announces a reunion tour that launches from Tampa Bay next March

Two albums will be played in their entirety. The presale is tomorrow; public sale on Friday.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Underoath, together again
  • Underoath, together again

Underoath played the last date of their tearful farewell tour on Jan. 26, 2013, at Jannus Live. The nostalgia for what once was must have been running strong after the April/May premiere of the fan-funded documentary film Tired Violence — which followed Tampa Bay's favored Christian post-hardcore rockers on said tour — because they're getting back together to play some dates next spring.

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Tonight in live music: Machine Gun Kelly at The Ritz Ybor

The aggro rapper repped by Bad Boy/Interscope brings his rapid-fire raps to Tampa Bay

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 6:00 AM

  • MGK

With a nickname earned from his rapid-fire rapping and an aggro-heavy sound that straddles the line between hip-hop and punk rock, Machine Gun Kelly has been riding his come-up since getting discovered by Diddy and signing to Bad Boy/Interscope in 2011. He’s finally finished a sophomore follow-up to 2012 smash debut, Lace Up (which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200) and in addition to more live instrumentation, General Admission features guests by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, French Montana, Yo Gotti and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, which produced first single “Till I Die”; its video has more than 12 million views as of this writing. The LP’s release has been delayed, however, and last month, out of frustration and as a sort of an apology to his fans for the wait, MGK dropped Fuck It, a mixtape made up of songs left off the LP, now due out in September. Tue., Aug. 25, 7 p.m. doors, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $30 (all ages).

Check out some media below, including a full stream of Lace Up...we suggest starting there.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

This Sunday in live music: Umphrey's McGee, Yes & Toto, Leisure Cruise

Some shows happening this Sun., Aug. 23

Posted By on Sun, Aug 23, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Three quality shows of note on this Sun., Aug. 23. Take a look at the breakdown below.
Umphrey's McGee
  • Umphrey's McGee

Umphrey’s McGee with J. Roddy Walston and the Business I’ve seen Umphrey’s McGee play live. A lot. Admittedly, I used the music of the Chicago septet to fill the musical void left during the period that Phish was “broken up,” between 2004 and 2009. But I developed separate and equally intense feelings of appreciation for Um, made up of highly skilled and technically inclined musicians who draw on the finer sounds of rock, jazz, metal, reggae, electronic music and even a little funk, soul and hip-hop, their “progressive improvisations” not so much jams as calculated musical odysseys. And their live show will melt your face. Don’t sleep on this one. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

This Saturday in live music: Funkfest with Jodeci, SWV & others, The Atlas Moth, Shroud Eater + more

Concerts happening this Sat., Aug. 22.

Posted By on Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 11:37 AM

A decent lineup of live music happening this Sat., Aug. 22. Take a look at some highlights below.
  • Jodeci

If we’re really nit-picking here, this ‘Funkfest’ bill doesn’t actually feature any true-to-form funk acts but several artists that charted R&B, hip-hop and New Jack Swing hits in the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Heading up the bill are a few vocal quartets with sweet and sexy charters – the K-Ci & JoJo-powered Jodeci (“Come and Talk to Me,” “Forever My Lady”) and Dru Hill (“How Deep Is Your Love”). Other highlights include catchy track-making rapper/producer Trick Daddy (“Thug Life,” “Nann Nigga,” “Take It to Da House”), known for his collabs with sassy rhyme-slinging Trina; nasty hip hop purveyors 2 Live Crew (“Pop That Coochie,” “Me So Horny,” “Banned in the U.S.A.”); and gospel-hued girl group SWV, which put out several love songs (“I’m So Into You,” “Weak” and the MJ-riffing “Right Here/Human Nature”) before breaking up in ’98; their reunion has been documented in an unscripted WeTV reality series, SWV Reunited, that just finished its second season. Also performing: MJG, Demetria. (Raymond James Stadium, Tampa)

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekend Tune-Up: Tunes for your weekend by Panda Bear, Deerhunter, Neon Indian & more

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

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 2:30 PM

  • EL VY
I'm excited as always to bring you music heads the latest and greatest in indie music. Today's entry will be my 25th Weekend Tune-Up, and all I can say is, wow. I'm extremely humbled and fortunate to get the opportunity to share the music that moves me with you guys every week. We all have different taste, and you may not dig the music of every artist I share with you guys, and that's OK. I greatly appreciate all the support and hope you look forward to checking out these Tune-Up's as much as I enjoy putting them together. Thank you, again.

Now, let's get to the music.

From the top I have EL VY, a collaborative group composed of the National's Matt Berninger and Menomena/Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf. "Return To The Moon" is bit more uptempo than the usual 
Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox
  • Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox
National fare, but Matt's voice is as recognizable as ever. British singer-songwriter Lapsley has a new electro-influenced slow jam titled, "Hurt Me." I really dig her vocals in this emotional track. Beirut has been pretty quiet since announcing the release of a fresh LP, No No No . "Gibraltar" is the new single, and it's filled with hand-claps, congos, and cheerful keyboard melodies. I'm  always in the mood for Beirut. Animal Collective fave Panda Bear dropped an unexpected EP, Crosswords, and I've included one of the four tracks here. I've also been listening to the Beach House's new record, Depression Cherry, pretty much nonstop for the past week, and I'm happy to report that I have very positive feelings towards it. "PPP" is a lovely, sumptuous tune that sounds like it might fit well in a movie soundtrack. Typical goodness from the dreamy Baltimore-based duo. 

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The Weeknd coming to Tampa

The Canadian crooner and Drake associate lands at Amalie Arena this fall

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 12:30 PM


Hairstyle with a sultry-voiced human attachment The Weeknd will bring his “The Madness” fall tour to Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Thurs., Dec. 17. Hitting the road in support of his upcoming LP Beauty Behind the Madness, the Canadian R&B revivalist (or, leader of the so-called PBR&B movement) will surely bring the baby-making vibes with popular singles like “Earned It,” "The Hills" and “I Can’t Feel My Face” set to be on the album, which is due out on August 28.

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