Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Music Tuesday! (September 30): Prince, The Vaselines, Melissa Etheridge, Yelle & more

Releases out this week; audio & video included.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Holy macaroni, it's the last day of September! Jesus, time flies, and the new music just keeps on coming. Info and links for the releases 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…

Bryan Adams, Tracks of My Years (Verve)
The Canadian rocker with the rust-coated vocals issues an 11th album covering songs from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s he remembered hearing in his formative years, spanning the genres, and including The Beatles' "Anytime At All," "Lay Lady Lay" by Bob Dylan and CCR's "Down on the Corner," among others. 

Steve Aoki, Neon Future I (Dim Mak/Ultra)
The second full-length from favored house producer Aoki features a range of electro and hip hop guests, among them, Fall Out Boy, will.i.am, Waka Flocka Flame, Afrojack, MGK and Flux Pavilion.

Curtin, One for the Doghearted (Wonderland Archives)

Davey Suicide, Worldwide Suicide (Standby Records)

Electric Youth, Innerworld (Secretly Canadian)
The Toronto duo (Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin) plies breezy, dreamy synth-shimmering dane pop and came up with the single "A Real Hero," tapped in that Ryan Gosling film Drive. This is their debut; check out "Runaway" below...

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Tonight in live music: Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Torche

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:04 AM

Two very different shows happening this Tue., Sept. 30. Info on both below.

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers - JEN SISKA
  • Jen Siska
  • Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers with Daryl Hance
“It’s a little too late to die young,” Nicki Bluhm belts out in “Little Too Late,” her dulcet vocals tunefully drawling or soulfully howling over 11 tracks in the self-titled debut from the San Francisco-based songstress and her band, their music a rambling, organ groove-oriented mix of folk rock, Americana and roots-and-psych-flecked rock n’ roll. On a side note, Nicki’s husband Tim Bluhm – guitarist of The Mother Hips and sideman to numerous others – co-writes most of her songs, arranged and produced Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, and serves as the band's musical director. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, $22 & $32.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Album review: SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land

The British electronic musician manages to avoid the sophomore slump with his second full-length

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM

British electronic artist SBTRKT – revered for his use of punchy-catchy synths and ability to balance glitchy electronic rhythms with fiery vocals – manages to elevate his material while avoiding sophomore slump territory with his second full-length.

Previous recordings found the Brit otherwise known as Aaron Jerome mastering the forward-thinking house music that's been emerging from Europe over the past few years, but Wonder Where We Land represents a paradigm shift for SBTRKT as he calls on elements of electronica, hip-hop, pop, and indie rock to build the 15 tracks. First single “NEW DORP. NEW YORK” juxtaposes Vampire Weekend lead Ezra Koenig’s sassy vocal stylings against a big fat lowend groove and a bouncing chaotic whirl of chimes, clatters and various other electro flotsam.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Video: Saint talks about winning the Bar Exam

Posted By on Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Tampa Bay will be well represented at this month’s Bar Exam in Atlanta. Saint, who hails from Palm Harbor, sat down with Infinite Skillz to talk a little about his career thus far, winning the A2BAY sponsored first ever Tampa Bay Bar Exam, and what he plans to do in ATL.

Infinite Skillz is a Hip Hop fan and emcee. Click here to find out more about his music.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

This weekend in live music: Taj Weekes & Andowa, Bruce Springsteen 65th Birthday Tribute & more

Shows this Sat.-Sun., Sept 27-28

Posted By on Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

An interesting weekend ahead...

  • Rebelution

Reggae Rise Up Festival with Rebelution, Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz, Zion I, Ballyhoo!, Rootz Underground, Los Rakas New to Tampa but now in its sixth incarnation, Reggae Rise Up Festival brings eight acts with island swaying sounds to town, then tops off the music with food and beer from local eateries and breweries along with an art showcase featuring Bay area talent. Among the performers at the day-long fest are world-calypso-flavored quintet Rebelution from Santa Barbara, Calif., backing a fourth full-length, Count Me In; a few Jamaican exports, roots reggae icons Steel Pulse and rocking upstarts Rootz Underground; and Los Rakas, their own sound mixing hip hop and Latino aesthetics. (Raymond James Stadium, Tampa)

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Music Shit Happened: Bruce Springsteen for babies, Black Keys on Fallon, new music from Melvins-Butthole Surfers supergroup & more

The Internet was good this week; here's a breakdown of highlights, audio & video included.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The Boss
  • The Boss

>>> The Boss stepped another year closer to senility this week (happy 65th, Bruce!), but that hasn't stopped him from kicking ass in his live shows. Now there's a way for parents to slip a little Springsteen into the dreams of their infant children. Rockabye Baby LPs have tackled Maroon 5, Journey, Radiohead, and even Bowie. Their latest efforts are a tribute to Jersey's golden boy. The 13-track effort includes takes on "Dancing In The Dark" and "Hungry Heart" among others, but you can hear "Born In The U.S.A." below (take that Baby Einstein!). You can dance to more grown up versions of Bruce tunes this Saturday when WMNF throws a birthday bash at Skipper's Smokehouse. More than 20 bands are set to play and there will be a full performance of the 1983 folk classic Nebraska, with one singer-songwriter performing a song each, in order. Doors for the WMNF show open at 4 p.m. and tickets are $13-$16. More information is available here. Order baby Bruce jams here.

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Tonight in live music: Luke Temple, Old School Sessions with KRS-One, Pharcyde & Black Sheep + more

Concert his Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 5:00 AM

A nice selection of potential concerts you could be seeing this Friday night.

Luke Temple
  • Luke Temple

Luke Temple with King of Spain, Oxford Noland He has a delicate velour-brushed falsetto that’s so soothing and serene it’s hard not to be lulled into a dreamy contented state when he sighs or croons sublime serenades with his band, Here We Go Magic, or as a solo artist with several LPs and EPs to his credit that touch on percussive-boosted experimental folk, breezy grooving rock and ‘80s hued synth pop. Even though “Florida” – the second single off 2013 solo outing Good Mood Fool – isn’t really about our state (the lyrics were inspired by a friend of Temple who developed a coke habit after her father’s death), we’re sure glad he’s coming down here to perform it for us, along with various other selections from his repertoire, in such an intimate setting. Count me in.

As an added bittersweet touch, it looks like, after eight years of playing, amazing local indie­ post-­pop act King of Spain is calling it quits. First led solely by multi-instrumental songwriter Matt Slate, then filled out by bassist Daniel Wainright four years deep, it's the latter's move out of state for a job that prompted the former's decision to retire his band. In honor of the fare-thee-well, KOS gives away all of their remaining stock, including latest LP, All I Did Was Tell Them the Truth and They Thought It Was Hell. The current line-up of Slate, Wainright and drummer Aaron Schaub hit the stage at 11 p.m. for the last hurrah. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) [More shows after the jump.]

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tampa Bay Lightning announce pre-game concert series, tap Have Gun Will Travel to play October 9

The Lightning set to give lots of local artist love during the 2014-15 campaign

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM

  • Kelley Jackson

The Tampa Bay Lightning hinted at a love for locally-grown music last year when BOTB-winning emcee Jinx released the team’s official playoff anthem. The team doubled down on their belief in the Bay area’s creative culture today by announcing a 10-game pregame concert series that kicks off on October 9 before the Lightning’s regular season home opener against the Florida Panthers.

Bradenton boys gone national Have Gun, Will Travel are set to kick the series off when they take to the Ford Thunder Alley outside of Amelie Arena from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The show is free to the public, but you'll obviously need a ticket if you want to get inside the arena afterwards. The band is currently working on a no-holds-barred new album with Shawn Kyle (The Beauvilles, Florida Kilos), and they’re relishing the opportunity to take a short break to see some hockey.

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Hyperbolic Chamber Music launches at The Venture Compound this Saturday

The new postmodern classical music series starts with 'Works for Cello' with Grace Juliano

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

When the right creative forces collide, projects like the Hyperbolic Chamber Music concert series arise. The inaugural presentation, Works for Cello, launches at Venture Compound this Saturday evening, its conception made reality by way of three talented and enterprising young minds: Grace Juliano, a USF Master’s-holding cellist, music educator and freelance player who subs for The Florida Orchestra; Venture’s steadfast leader Jesse Thelonious Vance, renowned for his relentless efforts to bring avant garde art forms to a broader local audience and for using his nonprofit mixed-used warehouse space as a platform to do so; and Sean Hamilton, percussionist, degree-seeking student in the innovative electronic music program at USF’s School of Music and vice president of its student-run New Music Consortium.

Hamilton said he was volunteering at Venture Compound when he and Vance struck up a conversation about Hamilton’s interests and capabilities. When Vance asked him what he wanted to do most at Venture, “I was like, ‘I want to play music,’” Hamilton said. “Then we started talking about the chamber music series, and it’s all gone from there.”

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Album review: Zulu Wave, Jagorilla

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM


From the first raging notes that launch “Jagorilla,” Zulu Wave confirms they aren’t fucking around with the rocking out. The set opener and title track off the local quartet’s brand new full-length is carried on urgently driving passages of dissonant ripping guitar and pounding bass interspersed with drops of keyboard melody, the sexy-pained intones of frontman Michael Barrow soaring rigorously over top.

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