Saturday, October 18, 2014

This weekend in live music: Macy Gray, Givers, The Toasters, Lyle Lovett & more

Concerts, Oct. 18-19

Posted By on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Lots on tap this weekend, in addition to Don't Stop St. Pete. A breakdown below...

  • Givers

Givers with Kind Cousin There was a period in 2010 that Givers were a regular touring staple of the Bay area. Okay, they really only played here two or three times but those were some truly memorable performances of teeth-hurting indie pop and world-beat exuberance marked by charming boy-girl harmonies. Their self-titled EP is still among my all-time favorites (and I still return to every so often) but after the quintet signed to Glassnote, they re-recorded the tracks and set them amid several others in a 2011 full-length, In Light, that just didn’t carry the same sense of wide-eyed wonder and raw magic. Still, these kids know how to throw it down in a live setting and make you want to dance, shout and cheer all at once while tugging relentlessly at your heart-strings. A must-see. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Tonight in live music: Tim Reynolds & TR3, Willy Porter, DrFameus + more

A breakdown of concerts taking place this Fri., Oct. 17

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 6:06 AM

A rather fatty Friday in live music. Check out what's hitting tonight below.

Tim Reynolds & TR3 - CHRIS BICKFORD
  • Chris Bickford
  • Tim Reynolds & TR3

Tim Reynolds & TR3 Reynolds has been a member of Dave Matthews Band for six years, officially, and unofficially, since DMB formed in ’91. He’s been leading his own projects for upwards of three decades. In fact, it was during his ‘80s-era tenure with TR3 that he met Matthews. Though inactive for several years, he revived his electric fusion power trio (with bassist Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier) in ‘07 and has been pumping out tour dates and the odd album with TR3 ever since. Their most recent release, Like Some Kind of Alien Invasion, dropped October 7 via ATO and features an experimental yet still accessible fusion of prog, funk, jazz and blues; first single “All Over the Place” calls on all of these genres at once, with gritty soulful vocals delivering free associative-style verses about “walking in the sand, drinking coffee” over a staccato-bumping tempo that lurches and grooves amid guitar riffs and scratches. Solid stuff. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Don’t Stop St. Pete brings nearly 50 bands to seven downtown venues this Saturday

The Antiwarpt spin-off returns for a second go-round with Ex Cult & others.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Music festhusiasts were left with a difficult choice when Antiwarpt stepchildren Plan-B Block Party and Don’t Stop St. Petersburg fell on the same day last year. Not the case in 2014, and local music fans are the big winners now that everyone is playing nice. CL thoroughly documented Plan B two weeks ago, and today we look ahead to Don’t Stop, which spreads nearly 50 bands across seven venues.

Already whimsical on its own, downtown St. Pete will reach a whole new level of enchanting on Saturday when hundreds of live music enthusiasts descend on the half-mile stretch of Central, First, and Baum avenues for nearly 12 hours. Navigating through so many different sounds and over so much real estate can be a daunting task, however, and the sets you accidentally stumble upon will probably lead to you finding your new favorite band. We’re suggesting a few things you should go out of your way to notice, anyway...

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Tonight in live music: Porter Robinson at Amphitheatre, Ybor City

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 4:06 AM

Porter Robinson
  • Porter Robinson
Though he had some successes with releases on Skrillex’s OWLSLA label and his Big Beat Records single “Language,” and produced official remixes for Avicii and Deadmau5, Porter Robinson really gained some traction in the EDM scene after collabing with Mat Zo on 2012’s synth-fizzing progressive house single “Easy.” He took a synth-pop turn in full-length Astralwerks debut, Worlds, which ranges from the hazy, ambient dreamy washes of “Sea of Voices” to the glitchy whirring vocal-spliced “Flicker.” On this tour, he abandons his traditional DJ booth post to manage multi-tracks and controllers, trigger samples and play midi keys. Warming the stage are two other electro-centric artists: Lemaitre from Oslo, Norway; and San Francisco's Giraffage. 8 p.m., Amphitheatre, Ybor City, $31.

Check out audio & video for both aforementioned tracks along with a bonus jam after the jump....

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Clearwater Jazz Holiday hits Coachman Park with Edward Sharpe, Dr. John & more

The 35th anniversary edition is held Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 16-19.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - LAURE VINCENT-BOULEAU
  • Laure Vincent-Bouleau
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Continuing in the vein of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by adding more non-jazz-rooted talent to its lineup while maintaining a foothold in the grooves, Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns for another four days worth of music and delivers the high-quality goods for its 35th anniversary edition. Earth Wind & Fire brings “Shining Star,” “September” and other hits with R&B, disco and funky fresh flavor to Thursday’s headlining slot, while on Friday, NYC-bred smooth jazz fusionists Spyro Gyra takes the featured spot. Saturday night brings the piano-fueled New Orleans swamp-blues grease of Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, their performance ending in the holiday’s customary fireworks show. And Sunday’s festivities are closed out with indie folk rock outfit Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue funking up the crowd with brass-blasted bombast directly beforehand. The official CJH After Parties are held at Capitol Theatre on Friday and Saturday, and feature TBA performers from the holiday joining Allon Sams and his "All-Star House Band" for some late night jams. [More info after the jump.]

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Music Tuesday! (October 14): Stars, OK Go, Foxygen, The Game, U2, Set It Off & more

Releases out this week; audio & video included.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Rocktober continues with some choice albums hitting the shelves this week. 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…

Absolutely Free, Absolutely Free (Lefse)

Backbeat SoundsystemTogether Not Apart (Easy Star)

Maggie Björklund, Shaken (Bloodshot)
The solo debut from Jack White's pedal steel player.

Celestial Shore, Enter Ghost (Hometapes)
The second release from the art rock trio is a more straightforward grungy rock record with its usual doses of math, psychedelia and post-punk dissonance. Video for "Creation Myth" below.

Dads, I’ll Be The Tornado (6131 Records)

Electric Six, Human Zoo (Metropolis)

Favorite Weapon, Sixty Saragossa (Rise)

Fences, Lesser Oceans (Island)

Sallie Ford, Slap Back (Vanguard)

Foxygen, ...And Star Power (Jagaguwar)
The Cali indie rock due with pop-psychedelic and '70s rock tendencies and a penchant for lo-fi production qualities mightily impressed with last year's We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. This follow-up is 24 tracks described as "the radio station you can only hear if you believe." Definitely has AM gold appeal replete with lush Bacharach style arrangements and some intriguing guest appearances, including Wayne Coyne, Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes, and White Fence's Tim Presley. The duo is currently touring as a nine-piece 'Star Power' band. Check out latest video "Coulda Been My Love" below.

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An Earful: Merchandise drop new video, Benjamin Booker wows Jools Holland, The Who come to Tampa and James Blake doesn’t

The Internet was good this weekend; videos included.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

“Telephone” is easily the most accessible track on Merchandise’s 4AD Records debut, After The End, and over the weekend the clip got proper video treatment at the hands of Scottish artist John Byrne who tapped his own play The Slab Boys for inspiration. “This video was lots of work. For sure our most theatrical but also our most animated,” frontman Carson Cox said, “Under the amazing art direction of John and a load of Scots we were able to not only confuse time but create a new type of surrealism.” You can watch the whole band in full makeup and costume above (via Stereogum). See two more videos from the release here and here.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Well-Played List, 10-13-2014: Generationals, Tijuana Panthers, Blackalicious & more

Find out what the CL Team and local tastemakers are jamming this week; audio & video included...

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

It’s Monday, time to get your blood pumping for the week with some new listens - or old. The ongoing listening series otherwise known as The Well-Played List features the most listened-to, jammed-out songs, albums and artists of the week as submitted by the CL Music Team along with a rotating crew of tastemakers — local music promoters, record store and venue owners, music fans and scenesters, DJs, musicians, and a radio personality or two; check the past several week’s worth here. Audio and video included, along with any applicable show information. Past editions here. And on that note, what are you jamming this week? Tell us in the comments…


Blackalicious, Black Arrow (2002) Love this second full-length from the Cali  hip hop duo featuring rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel. Intellectually clever lyrics flow over tight grooving production that samples anything from Harry Nilsson's "Arrow" in the bumpin' opening track "Introduction: Bow and Fire," to The Crusaders and Dolly Parton in soulful closer "Release." The guest list is strong and includes instrumentalists (Karl Denson on flute and sax), vocalists and rappers (Ben Harper, Zach de la Rocha, Lyrics Born), and a few sit-in producers (Cut Chemist, Questlove, DJ Shadow). It's the sort of disc you could put on repeat and just keep head-bobbing out to all day long.

Thom Yorke, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (2014) I got super excited about this when it dropped but have barely lukewarm feelings about it. It's like, modern electro Radiohead experimentation without the warmth or heart and with too much in the way of extended ambient interludes. At least Yorke's falsetto is its usual delicate bird wheeling over top of it all, even if it doesn't seem to be saying anything meaningful. Late night music, for sure, but maybe what you listen to if you are actually on your way to dreamland. 

SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land (2014) I need a new album to work out to and this latest from electro-dance producer SBTRKT appears to be a likely candidate. I've been addicted to first single "New Dorp. NEW YORK" — which features Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend — for a few weeks now, and it has already proven capable of inspiring after-hours dance parties. Several other cuts off the album are equally strong. Read Cody's review of Wonder Where We Land here, and check out the video for the aforementioned track below along with the rest of this week's entries...

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Album review: Johnny Marr, Playland

The ex-Smith presents a confident, engaging follow-up to last year's Messenger

Posted By on Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM


Ex-Smiths guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr isn't interested in reviving old ghosts. The man who gave the legendary British group from the '80s their sound and style has reinvented himself as a genuine solo artist, frontman and lead singer after brief stints as member in a variety of indie bands. And as his newest solo album Playland strongly suggests, he's not interested in rehashing his past work. Instead, Marr is more interested in carving out his own niche with his new three-piece backing him, and rocking out like never before.

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