Friday, April 17, 2015

The Hip Hop ABCs: Winner of Letter H; vote on Letter I

The alphabetical rap battles continue... vote now!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

I won’t say that I’m rooting for repeat winners, but I do get a small sense of validation when the Creative Loafing poll results match the original winners. You see, we started the Hip Hop ABCs over on my Facebook Page, where it was just a series of disjointed threads about which artist or group best represented Hip Hop for each letter of the alphabet. Just like this list, I was purposefully low on rules and rubric. We decided as we went along that if a solo artist belonged to a group that was bigger than their solo career, we should keep it to the group. Even that was loosely enforced. I wanted participation because what you think matters just as much any one else’s opinion does. 

But we’ve moved this list from my little corner of the social media world. We’ve gone public. That means I can’t stop a group I’d never heard of from winning. I’ve never had much say on who we vote on and this list is no different. And that’s okay. It isn’t about me. It’s about us. It’s about hip hop. This week’s installment is about the Letter H and that means it’s about the Hieroglyphics.

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Weekend Tune-Up, VII: Mark Ronson, Pond, Jose Gonzalez, Calexico, Death Cab for Cutie & more

A quarterly review playlist spotlighting noteworthy releases (by song) that came out January-April; Spotify playlist included.

Posted By and on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Tim and I have put our respective musical libraries together and come up with a quarterly review of sorts — a look at some releases that came out between January 13 and April 14 that we've both been digging on... those deserving of at least a second listen, or even a first if you missed them all together. It's a long one — nearly three hours and 41 songs total — but it hits on all moods, from roots to hip top to psychedelic rock to funky soulful gems to jangle pop. Straightforward list as well as embedded Spotify playlist below.

Father John Misty
  • Father John Misty

Conor O' Brien (aka Villagers)
  • Conor O' Brien (aka Villagers)
Breakfast In Fur
  • Breakfast In Fur
1) “Courage,” Villagers, Darling Arithmetic (Domino)
2) “Crazy,” Kat Dahlia, My Garden (Epic)
3) “Between the Bars,” Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sing Elliott Smith (Ramseur)
4) “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker,” Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper (Domino)
5) “Feel Right” feat. Mystikal, Mark Ronson, Uptown Special (RCA)

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Concert review: The Who Hits 50! tour opens in Tampa Bay

The Who's final tour — a retrospective of their 50-year career — opens in Tampa with support from Joan Jett

Posted By and on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 10:44 AM

The Who's Roger Daltrey - TRACY MAY
  • Tracy May
  • The Who's Roger Daltrey

Once upon a time, The Who were known as the loudest, rowdiest, most daring rock n' roll band out of the UK. Unbelievable stories of the antics of late gonzo drummer Keith Moon and madman bassist John Entwhistle have become staples of rock mythology, and the remaining members have forged on and continued to carry the torch of the much beloved band since their formation a half-century ago. [Text by Gabe, photos by Tracy]

As guitarist Pete Townshend and dynamic lead singer Roger Daltrey proved this past Wednesday, on the opening night of "The Who Hits 50!" tour, they may not be as rowdy as they once were...but, boy are they still LOUD. And can they still carry a show.

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Tonight in live music: The Ting Tings, Lauris Vidal, Lita Ford & more

Concerts happening this Fri., April 17

Posted By , and on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Here's our daily breakdown of live music happenings, these taking place on this Fri., April 17.

The Ting Tings
  • The Ting Tings

The Ting Tings with Kaneholler The UK multi-instrumentalist pop duo came up on the U.S. charts in 2008 with percussive, stomping rah-rah anthem “That’s Not My Name” and followed it with the more groove-oriented, Blondie-influenced dance ode “Shut Up and Let Me Go,” the snotty vocals of frontwoman Katie White (guitar, bass drum, keys, cowbell, hand-claps) underscored by the deeper tuneful intones of compadre Jules De Martino (drums, vocals, guitar/keys). The Ting Tings have released a few albums since the debut that spawned both ear-wormy singles. The latest, January’s Super Critical, was produced Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor and embraces the Ibiza party spirit that jolted them from a period of creative inactivity into disco domains á la bass-bumping singles “Wrong Club” and “Do It Again,” White’s piping coos matching the breezy upbeat dance vibes. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)—Leilani Polk

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Iron & Wine and Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell team up for covers album, perform on Letterman

Sing Into My Mouth features covers of the Talking Heads, Sade and more.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM


Folk rock is like the kale of music today: they've both got a long list of proven benefits, they were both virtually nonexistent for years and, like everything good, they've both been exploited to absurdity by their respective industries. Throw a rock in a room of newly scouted songwriters and you’re either hitting a wooden string instrument, a guy who looks like he crawled from the pages of a John Steinbeck novel, a girl who sings an exact octave higher than the guy, or some radio-ready combination of all three.

I blame this folk explosion, or folksplosion, on guys like Sam Beam and Ben Bridwell, two dudes with a mutual affinity for the South who, by no fault of their own, struck gold in the valley between “folk” and “indie rock” about 10 years ago. Fast forward to today, when most of us consume and expel music like it’s a fibrous leafy green, and band names like Iron & Wine and Band of Horses sound far more nostalgic than they have any right to.

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Tampa Bay named No. 6 on Foursquare’s list of Top Cities ‘Keeping Vinyl Alive’

We’re better than New York, Philly, and Austin!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:52 PM

CL Music Editor Leilani Polk and past CL Auction winner Chris Littel on a vinyl shopping spree at Bananas Music in St. Pete. - PHIL BARDI
  • Phil Bardi
  • CL Music Editor Leilani Polk and past CL Auction winner Chris Littel on a vinyl shopping spree at Bananas Music in St. Pete.

Record Store Day
— the worldwide celebration of retail’s version of mini-music museums — happens this Sat., April 18, and with just a few hours left before vinyl enthusiasts take over shops looking for limited edition offerings (and hopefully buying lots of local product), Tampa Bay has landed on a national Top 10 list of cities that support music on wax.

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Tonight in live music: Extreme, Jarabe de Palo

Posted By and on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM

A few concerts happening around Tampa Bay on this Thurs., April 16.

  • Extreme

An Evening with Extreme The Boston quartet made a mark on the rock world that has lasted for the better part of two decades, if only via 1991 Billboard-topping acoustic ballad “More Than Words” and faster follow-up “Hole Hearted.” Extreme brings its special 25th anniversary performance of Extreme II: Pornograffiti to Clearwater, delivering the multi-platinum sophomore album that spawned both singles in its entirety followed by a greatest hits set. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) —Seth Peterson & Leilani Polk

Jarabe de Palo Formed in Barcelona in the early ‘90s, Jarabe de Palo (“wood syrup” in English) has been wooing international audiences with its easygoing, groove-riding brand of Spanish-language rock ‘n’ roll that takes pop and folk turns. The sextet is primed to build on its U.S. fanbase with this current tour behind 2014 eighth LP, Somos. (District 3, downtown Tampa) —LP

Future Vintage w/Endless Flow
Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin
Bunker Singer-Songwriter Night: Exit 44/Steven Cary/Julia Gomez Tre Amici @ The Bunker, Ybor City
Y & T w/Kip Winger/Eddie Trunk Largo Cultural Center, Largo
Kasondra Rose and the Sleepless Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
On The Edge @ The Amsterdam: Dunedin Lyricist Society/Kevin Schutt/Not For Nothing/Only Monsters The Amsterdam, St. Petersburg

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Neighborhood Issue: A look at Sideshow, the satellite venue of SHAMc

SHAMc's outdoor showspace brings music to Main Street as the center nears completion

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Caravan of Thieves performed at Sideshow Thurs., April 9.
  • Caravan of Thieves performed at Sideshow Thurs., April 9.

The terrace behind Tapping the Vine isn’t much to look at by day – vacant, lit by shadowed daylight, scattered with worn wrought-iron and wicker patio furniture, its view an empty stretch of parking lot off Main Street.

But on occasional evenings, the space is transformed and put to use as Sideshow, an intimate outdoor satellite venue of the neighboring still-under-construction Safety Harbor Art and Music Center.

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Record Store Day 2015 lands at an indie shop near you this Saturday

Daddy Kool, Microgroove, Planet Retro, Bananas and Mojo Books & Records all host April 18 events and sales

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 4:00 AM


The retail holiday that drives scores of music enthusiasts to independently-owned record stores nationwide returns with a whole new batch of limited vinyl releases. The Bay area’s five biggie indies each throw down a days worth of events and storewide sales to mark the occasion. While none know exactly what they’ll be getting until just before the Sat., April 18 sale, the most sought-after titles will likely be available if you get arrive early enough. Here’s a breakdown of what’s in store:

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

G. Love & Special Sauce returning to play free show at Curtis Hixon Park on May 2

The Philly bluesman headlines the Mayor’s Mac n’ Cheese throwdown during Riverfest weekend

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 4:18 PM


It’s been just over two weeks since G. Love blew through Jannus Live in St. Pete, but now the City Of Tampa has announced that the 42-year-old Philadelphia pop-bluesman born Garrett Dutton will be returning to the Bay area next month.

The best part? There’s no cover charge.

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