Saturday, January 24, 2015

This weekend in live music: Iris DeMent, Bruiser Queen, Rumpke Mountain Boys & more

Concerts this Sat.-Sun., Jan. 24-25

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A look at concerts happening this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-25.

Jonny Craig
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Jonny Craig with Kyle Lucas, Captain Midnite, Down With Webster Whether he’s fronting alt rock bands like Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance and brand new outfit Slaves, or putting out his own solo R&B records, Canadian musician Jonny Craig is delivering a strong, soulful bari-tenor croon. Craig and frequent collaborators Kyle Lucas and Captain Midnite hit the ‘Burg on tour behind a new Gold Standard/Artery Recordings comp, The Blueprint for Going in Circles, that showcases Craig’s solo style along with Lucas’ quick-witted raps and Captain Midnite’s bass heavy beats. (Local 662, St. Petersburg) –Seth Peterson

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Spring Arts Music Preview 2015, from Elvis Costello to Tune-Yards to The Who

A breakdown of noteworthy concerts hitting the Tampa Bay area between January and May, 2015

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:00 PM

This week's Spring Arts 2015 Preview looks at all the most noteworthy art exhibits, theater productions, festivals and concerts happening this January through May. We've put together all the music-related happenings for your live music planning convenience below. For the complete arts calendar, click here

  • Galactic
Galactic with Monophonics The New Orleans funk-jazz institution held down by the tight drumming prowess of Stanton Moore returns with San Francisco psych-soul up-and-comers Monophonics providing more than capable warm-up. January 31, State Theatre, St. Petersburg.

Merchandise/Parquet Courts/Soda After a three-month tour that took them overseas and back supporting 4AD debut, After the End, Tampa’s own hometown non-heroes Merchandise hit the road again, bringing their art rock/New Wave shoegaze to a surprising (unconventional) venue as joined by hard-buzzing indie garage rockers Parquet Courts and Gainesville psych-thrashers Soda. January 31, American Legion Hall, Tampa.

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Rocker Andrew W.K. and author Phillip Crandall coming to State Theatre Jan. 29

The prince of partying set to appear with the author of the acclaimed 33 1/3 book.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 8:39 AM


To put it lightly, the end of 2001 was a morose time in American history. While the nation was reeling from the deadliest terrorist attack in history, the entertainment industry consoled in the best way it could with a succession of tribute performances and Britney Spears’ regrettably timed reclamation of the pop charts with “I’m a Slave 4 U” (remember that VMA performance?). Rock was splintering into new directions with “The” bands (THE Strokes, THE Vines, etc. etc.) elbowing their way to the forefront alongside rap rock mainstays like Limp Bizkit, Incubus, Staind and the like. Then, something peculiar happened.

It’s hard to remember which came first; seeing the iconic, nose-bleed album cover of I Get Wet or hearing the monstrous single “Party Hard,” but the reaction was similar — who the fuck is this guy?

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Tonight in live music: Wild Adriatic, Arlo Guthrie Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour & more

Concerts this Fri., Jan. 23

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:45 AM

A look at what's happening in live music on this Fri., Jan. 23.

Wild Adriatic
  • Wild Adriatic

Wild Adriatic with Geri X, The Dram Direct from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and calling on ’70s-era vintage rock sounds is blues rock trio Wild Adriatic, the groove-grinding and driving tunes on 2014 debut full-length Big Suspicious marked by powerfully soulful vocals and guitar textures that vary from Southern-fried crunchy to clear soaring solos to funky wah wah-pedaled passages. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Q&A with Tennessee-based roots rocker Matt Woods

Posted By and on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 1:26 PM

CL correspondent Andy Warrener caught up with Matt Woods during the first Tampa-area stop on his "Loud Mouth Lookers" tour with Nashville-based Rachel Kate. Woods' 2014 release With Love From Brushy Mountain was nominated as Saving Country's 2014 Album of the Year. The Southern rootss-country rock crooner set off from East Tennessee in early January bent on bringing more listeners into the fold. Woods has two stops in Tampa on his current tour. Tonight, he'll be at New World Brewery in Ybor City with a full band. On Tuesday, Woods and Kate visited St. Pete's Ale and the Witch and we sat down with Woods to ask some burning questions. Interview below with live video footage of his performance...

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Concert review: Ben Howard lands at Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

A look back at the Brit's Tues., Jan. 20 show

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 12:22 PM


Stateside, Ben Howard has kept a relatively low profile in the folk world since his appearance on the scene in 2008. However, the English singer-songwriter managed to fill Jannus Live this past Tues., Jan. 20.

Singer-songwriter Willy Mason opened the show. Accompanied by two other band mates, Mason – who was formerly signed to Conor Oberst’s Team Love Records — churned out several alt-country/folk tunes that failed to keep a good portion of the unusually chatty audience’s attention. With vocals that sound eerily similar to Caleb Followill circa 2004, Mason’s lyrics are Americana and simplistic, almost to a fault.

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Tonight in live music: Antibalas and Zap Mama, Keller Williams, Shovels & Rope + more

Concerts this Thurs., Jan. 22.

Posted By , and on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 4:30 AM

Another jam-packed weeknight of music on this Thurs., Jan. 22. Check out the breakdown below.

  • Antibalas

Antibalas and Zap Mama Modern high quality Afrobeat is a sound synonymous with Antibalas, a Brooklyn ensemble that’s been serving their Fela Kuti-inspired, Cuban and West African percussion-infused blend of funk, jazz and dub since the late ’90s. Vibrant, brass-blasted vintage-hued grooves are jammed by upwards of a dozen players, marked by multi-lingual lyrics that are chanted, hooted, called and sung, and the sonic mood ranges from dark and ominous to rays-splashed and joyous. This tour finds Antibalas cross-pollinating with Zap Mama, the project of Belgian-Congolese polyphonic/Afro-pop/soul singer Marie Daulne, who has the most heavenly soulful vocal timbre, not to mention rather impressive scatting capabilities. (Ferguson Hall at Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa) –Leilani Polk

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Concert review: Midge Ure soars alone at the Local 662, St. Petersburg

A look back at the Tues., Jan. 20 show

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:46 AM

While adolescent daydreaming about a favorite band or performer playing a private at-home concert is usually just wishful thinking, many fans had that very vision come almost completely true last night. Midge Ure, veteran singer and songwriter most popular for fronting New Wave/new romantic pioneers Ultravox, treated a sparsely attended Local 662 in downtown St. Petersburg to a veritable walk-through of his lengthy songbook with the aid of only a acoustic guitar. And that voice; that bold, soaring, powerful voice that hasn't aged a bit and can fill a room without the aid of a microphone — yes, Ure's among the lucky few '80s-era frontmen who still has his vocal chops running on all gears. Tuesday night's fantastic show more than exemplified that.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Music Tuesday! (January 20): The Decemberists, Marilyn Manson, Fall Out Boy & more

A look at releases out this week; audio & video included

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

This third week of January releases is a big one. I've curated a list with info and links for the ones 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…

Above & Beyond, We Are All We Need (Ajunabeats/Ultra Music)

Aqualung, 10 Futures (BMG)
The artist otherwise known as Matt Hales presents an adventurous new sixth album and follow-up to 2010's Magnetic North, despite announcing he was done with Aqualung after its release. He used all he learned in producing and writing for other artists like Jason Mraz, Alex Clare, Birdy, Paloma Faith and Rihanna collaborator Mikky Ekko fueled the set of songs that are on 10 Futures. Seven of the 10 tracks feature guests, among them, Glaswegian electro trio Prides and art-rock band Sweet Billy Pilgrim, and Australian singer Josef Salvat. "Eggshells" featuring Lianne La Havas La Havas below.

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Tonight in live music: Greensky Bluegrass, Ben Howard, Midge Ure & more

Concerts on this Tue., Jan. 20

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 5:00 AM

An impressive slate of shows happening on this Tue., Jan. 20. Check out a breakdown below...

Greensky Bluegrass - CJ VANBUHLER
  • CJ VanBuhler
  • Greensky Bluegrass

Greensky Bluegrass with The Last Bison Double-bass thumping provides the lowend foundation in the dashing and rambling music of Michigan jamgrass quintet Greensky Bluegrass, their four-part vocal harmonies led by the soulful drawl and deft mandolin work of Paul Hoffman, and soaring over tight instrumental interplay with bandmates on plucked and strummed acoustic guitar, banjo, and dobro or sliding lap steel. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Midge Ure Ultravox often gets props for its early influence on techno music, and frontman Midge Ure is responsible for the stylistic trajectory that ushered the British New Wave outfit into more electro-synthesized sonic realms when he replaced original singer John Foxx in 1980; he also took them to the UK charts with 17 Top 40 singles. Ure (also the co-conspirator of Band Aid and Live Aid) has eight LPs in addition to the songs he produced with Ultravox; the last was 2014’s Fragile, his first album of new material in more than a decade. This solo acoustic date supports. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

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