Monday, July 21, 2014

Video: NPR premieres Benjamin Booker's new clip for "Have You Seen My Son"

Rolling Stone says the BOTB-winning artist sounds like "Howlin' Wolf's scrawny, bipolar little cousin discovered a fuzzbox" too.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

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It's the start of another workweek, and that means another round of incredibly good news for one of the Bay area's favorite exports — Benjamin Booker. Today, NPR premiered the clip for his debut LP's sixth track — "Have You Seen My Son?"

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Tonight in live music: The Fray at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

The Fray
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You couldn’t escape The Fray back in 2005 when their chart-toppers “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How To Save Your Life” pervaded seemingly every entertainment medium. Almost a decade later, the pop-rock group from Denver has entered a bit of an experimental phase, as evidenced in latest album Helios. The group’s sugary-sweet lyrics remain as catchy as ever but tracks like “Give It Away” find lead singer Issac Slade crooning over disco-inspired guitar chords (complete with cowbell!). Never underestimate The Fray. Oh, Honey (now with a Glee credit on their resume) and Barcelona open the show. 7 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $25-$75.

Check out some Fray music after the jump, both new and old...

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Listen: Tweedy "Diamond Light Pt. 1"

The Wilco frontman and his son team up for a surprisingly great, extended jam.

Posted By on Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 6:00 AM


I'll admit it. When I heard Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy was partnering up with his 18-year-old son for a new project, it seemed like a cheap stab at novelty, a way to give his kid the rock band experience under his chaperoning duty.

If "Diamond Light Pt. 1" is any indication, though, this could the most interesting and engaging this he's done in the past few years. A six-plus minute jam of hypnotically syncopated drums at the hand of young Tweedy (excellent rap name if this doesn't pan out), guitar drones and the older Tweedy's sleepy vocals, "Diamond" is a track that ventures off the beaten path a payoff that's surprisingly great.

Spencer Tweedy's drumming really makes the whole thing so uniquely enjoyable. The kid's definitely got an irregular, but well-measured approach to the kit we'll hopefully hear a lot more of as his career progresses. Give it a listen below.

The collaborative project, eponymously named Tweedy will release a full-length entitled Sukierae on September 23 via dBpm Records. You can purchase a limited edition (and, admittedly, pretty awesome-looking) Diamond Light 10" vinyl here. Anyone who pre-orders Sukierae will get a free download of "Diamond Light Pt. 1" on Mon., July 21.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday & Sunday Live Music Rundown: WMNF Americana Fest feat. Nikki Lane, Bird Street Players, etc.

Who's playing where this weekend? Find out here.

Posted By and on Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Nikki Lane.
  • Nikki Lane.

Here's your rundown of killer local and national shows for Saturday & Sunday, including WMNF's Americana Fest, Machine Gun Kelly, Bellos, Dubbest and more.

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Rebekah Pulley.
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WMNF Americana Fest w/Nikki Lane/Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets/Beartoe/Ronny Elliott with Chinese Maryjane/Will Quinlan and The Diviners/Big Shoals/The Burke Brothers/Devon Stuart/Wiltshire and The Chosen Few/The Hummingbirds For its latest multi-band fest, WMNF turns to roots music and brings a new sweetheart of the outlaw country scene to headline the festivities: Nikki Lane, a South Carolina belle now living in LA and making waves since the release of her 2011 Walk of Shame LP, her lightly smoky sugar-coated drawl belying her sometimes sharp tone and the mature subject matter of her songs; 2014 sophomore follow-up All or Nothin’ was produced by (can you guess?) Dan Auerbach. A well-stacked lineup of local and regional talent repping roots rock, folk rock, Americana, newgrass, swamp blues, alt-country and all the twang in between round out Americana Fest, which kicks off at 4 p.m. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Tonight in live music: Suenalo, Cookie Monsta, American Idol Live & more

Concerts, Fri., July 18

Posted By and on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

It's Friday!! Some music happening tonight that you might want to know about. A breakdown of the highlights below.

Cookie Monsta
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Cookie Monsta Evoking childhood nostalgia with his stage name but delivering an entirely adult brand of EDM is UK producer/DJ Cookie Monsta (aka Tony Cook), whose electro learning started with on his brother’s Playstation, continued in college with music technology studies, and ultimately grew into a bona fide career that finds him dropping synth-grimy, snare-slapping, wobble bass-banging dubstep onto dance floors around the world, including this one-off date from the “Zomboy Outbreak Tour,” which comes this way on August 1. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City) –Leilani Polk

American Idol Live Now that the 13th season of the hit reality singing competition is over, the top 10 belters take to the road to give fans a live dose of American Idol in the flesh. Hard rocking Ashville-bred winner Caleb Johnson leads the pack, with a locally beloved highlight in the form of Bradenton’s own Sam Woolf. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) –LP

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Interview: A CL Holiday Auction winner talks to Less Than Jake

The ska-punk band hits town as part of Vans Warped Tour on July 25.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Amid the music-related items in CL’s annual Holiday Auction to benefit The Children’s Home, ‘Interview Your Favorite Band’ has been a much-bid-upon contender. Last year’s winner took the opportunity to interview Patrick Wilson in honor of the actor/musician’s appearance with his brothers in The Wilson Van for a charity concert in downtown St. Pete, while a few years before that, our winner chatted with bassist Rick Burch of Jimmy Eat World for their stop at The Ritz that year.

This year, the winner, Dylan Thomas, reached out with only one band in mind: Less Than Jake, which landed in town with Vans Warped Tour on July 25. Though the concert fell outside of the item's expiration date (which was in May), we’re pretty accommodating, not to mention happy to promote a Florida-bred ska-punk outfit with more than two decades of playing to their credit.

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  • Less Than Jake

After making some arrangements – Less Than Jake was entirely amenable to the idea behind the interview and both sides agreed upon an email exchange – the questions were fired off, and answers received earlier this week. Check them out after the jump...

Less Than Jake is backing an eighth studio album, 2013’s See the Light. Vans Warped Tour hits Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on Fri., July 25. Tickets here.

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Why Phish? Let me break it down for you...

When you see a band 65 times, they’ve got to be doing something right.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

As soon as I meet someone new and the introductions are out of the way and we get to the requisite “What do you do?” part of the conversation, a question arises that I both dread and anticipate in equal parts, depending on how knowledgeable the person claims to be:

It's all about the love, baby.
  • It's all about the love, baby.
“Oh, you write about music — what’s your favorite band?”

It’s almost like a trick question, because often, the person asking isn’t as interested in hearing my answer as giving one of his own and immediately astounding me with his tuneful awareness, or using my answer as a basis for comparison to her own seemingly superior (and usually rather rigid) musical taste, then listing all the reasons I’m wrong. It turns into a debate; we’re arguing in circles and neither side is really listening to what the other has to say.

It’s this willful ignorance that usually dictates my response to the question: a vague “too many to name,” because why go through all that? But if the person continues to pry, I’ll be honest and without batting an eye, respond, “Phish. What else is there?”

I’m not ashamed of my love of Phish. I’m just reluctant to have to justify the music that has informed the decisions I’ve made and the path I’ve taken for the past decade, which ultimately led me to the person I am today.

But, for the folks who are genuinely curious as to why I’ve seen this band 65 times, and will continue to see them until they stop touring, it’s a Tao sort of thing, and I’m gonna break it down, as simply as possible. 

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Tonight at Fubar: Heyrocco with Black Coast Royals and Acting Natural

A free indie rock show for your Thursday.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 4:04 AM

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You can hear the ‘90s rock influence in the tunes of Greenville, S.C.-bred trio Heyrocco, a mix of grungy guitar distortion and looser strums, ambling or harder-thumping drums, and earnest emotive vocal melodies drifting and warbling and yearning along. Black Coast Royals is the St. Pete band formerly known as lushbudget, a four-piece that mixes vintage rock twang with psych and hard-rock drive. And Acting Natural sets pitch-perfect three-part vocal harmonies against swaying roots-rock melodies and brasher rock n' roll stomp. 9 p.m., Fubar, St. Petersburg, free admission (ages 21 & up).

Check out some audio and video of all three acts after the jump...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Merchandise take to Tampa Theatre in video for "Enemy"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Merchandise's 4AD debut, After The End, won't be available until August 25, but the Tampa-based outfit has wasted no time giving us tastes of the 10-track effort.

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Album review/Show preview: Tides of Man, Young and Courageous

The prog rock four-piece plays Orpheum on Friday.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

After losing vocalist Tilian Pearson and parting ways with Rise Records, Tampa indie prog rockers Tides of Man elected to continue as an instrumental four-piece (guitarists Spencer Gill and Daniel Miller, bassist Alan Jaye and drummer Josh Gould) and self-produced their third full-length with funding from an Indiegogo campaign. The result, Young and Courageous, proves they made the right decision. 

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