Monday, April 20, 2015

Tonight in live music: John Gorka at Straz Center for Performing Arts

Did you miss his Craftsman House show last night? Here's one more chance to see the folkie in Tampa Bay

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM

John Gorka - ANN MARSDEN
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Did you miss John Gorka's performance at Craftsman House Gallery yesterday evening? Good news — you have another chance to see him tonight at Straz Center for Performing Arts. And it looks like the show has been upgraded to Carol Morsani Hall.

Gorka’s distinctive sound — a rugged baritone with undertones of sweet melancholy — has entranced folk fans since his breakout album in the early ‘90s, Land of the Bottom Line, which established both his sympathy for the down-and-out and his gift for writing lyrics that can break your heart and make you chuckle at the same time (“I saw a stranger with your hair, tried to make her give it back… And by the way, how is my heart? Haven’t seen it since you left.”). His 12th studio album, Bright Side of Down (Red House Records, 2014), finds him mining similar territory, backed up by such fellow beloved folkies as Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy Kaplansky and Claudia Schmidt, going from a jaunty tune about being trapped in a blizzard in Iowa (“Holed Up in Mason City”) to a tentative welcome of a warmer season in “Really Spring.” In between, he mourns for a crumbling town “where the new jobs don’t pay” in “High Horse”; sings what may be the cutest dad-to-daughter ditty ever, “Honeybee”; and strikes a characteristically self-mocking note in “Mind to Think”: “If I had a mind to think, I might do some damage.” In “Procrastination Blues,” he allows that he’s “well aware of the limits of my appeal,” but he doesn’t seem in danger of reaching those limits any time soon.

Mon., April 20, Carol Morsani Hall at Straz Center for Performing Arts; call the box office for ticket information — 813-229-7827.  

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

This Sunday in live music: John Gorka, The Real Clash Wednesday Benefit Show & more

Concerts this Sun., April 19.

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A nice healthy slate of live music happenings on this Sun., April 19. Check it out below...

John Gorka
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John Gorka John Gorka’s distinctive sound — a rugged baritone with undertones of sweet melancholy – has entranced folk fans since his early ‘90s breakout album, Land of the Bottom Line, which established both his sympathy for the down-and-out, and his gift for writing lyrics that can break your heart and make you chuckle at the same time (“I saw a stranger with your hair, tried to make her give it back… And by the way, how is my heart? Haven’t seen it since you left.”). His 12th studio album, 2014’s Bright Side of Down, finds him mining similar territory, backed up by such fellow beloved folkies as Eliza Gilykson and Claudia Schmidt, going from a jaunty tune about being trapped in an Iowa blizzard (“Holed Up in Mason City”) to a tentative welcome of a warmer season in “Really Spring.” In between, he mourns for a crumbling town “where the new jobs don’t pay” in “High Horse”; sings what may be the cutest dad-to-daughter ditty ever, “Honeybee”; and strikes a characteristically self-mocking note in “Mind to Think”: “If I had a mind to think, I might do some damage.” In “Procrastination Blues,” he allows that he’s “well aware of the limits of my appeal,” but he doesn’t seem in danger of reaching those limits any time soon. Two chances to see him this week: tonight in the intimate setting Craftsman House, and Monday at the Straz Center’s Jaeb Theater. Don’t miss him (Craftsman House, St. Petersburg) —David Warner

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

This Saturday in live music: New World Brewery Anniversary Party with Iska Dhaaf, Peter Hook, Jimmy Buffett & more

Concerts taking place this Sat., April 18.

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So much is happening this weekend that I've broken up the traditionally single-post weekend round-up into two — one for Saturday, one for Sunday. Here's what's happening on this Sat., April 18...

Peter Hook
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Peter Hook & The Light: A Joy Division Celebration Some nostalgia reunions reek of the desperation to make a buck. Disputes with former bandmate Bernard Sumner aside, ex-New Order/Joy Division bassist Peter Hook’s current tour retreading turn-of-the-’80s Joy Division albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer has some added value, even if it’s a little bittersweet. With the suicide of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in 1980, most fans never got a chance to see the proto-New Wave band’s haunting and often somber — yet uncannily rhythmic — tunes performed live, nor did the generations that discovered Joy Division decades later. The 59-year-old rocker does a formidable job resembling though not blatantly ripping off Curtis’ foreboding vocal (Hook used to sing backing vocals), all while delivering his signature high, melodic basslines. Hook’s current band – which includes son Jack Bates, also on bass, guitarist David Potts, keyboardist Andy Poole and drummer Paul Kehoe – may be even more solid than those upstarts from Manchester were 35 years ago. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Julie Garisto

From Indian Lakes with The Soil & The Sun, Lemolo From Indian Lakes showcases the musical prowess and creative musings of Californian drummer-turned-singer-songwriter Joey Vannucchi. The band is an extension of his solo project, Songs From Indian Lakes; Vannucchi ultimately added four band members to the roster and dropped “Songs” from the moniker. Last year’s Absent Noise earned some well-deserved attention. It channels Vannucchi’s rhythmic beginnings, departing from the typical 4/4 time signatures that plague most pop music, and its more post/alt-rock sound features catchy syncopation behind Vannucchi’s angelic voice. (Epic Problem, Tampa) —Adam Hardy

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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
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Conor O' Brien (aka Villagers)
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Breakfast In Fur
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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
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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

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

The Ting Tings
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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.

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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
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  • 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
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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

ALSO TONIGHT
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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