It's a busy Friday, Aug. 1, and there's a little something for everyone tonight. Check out some highlights below.
Royal Thunder & O’Brother with Sons of Hippies Mixing blues and metal may sound as unappealing as combining orange juice and toothpaste (OK, maybe not that horrific) but Royal Thunder’s Southern-coated riffs and love-stricken wailing of frontwoman/songstress MIny Parsonz make a strong case for the genre cocktail. Fellow Southern quintet O’Brother guarantees to get your head bangin’ with their fuzzy basslines and breakneck drumming. The vocals walk a fine line between post-hardcore screaming and ‘90s-era grunge belting, but O’Brother never crosses too far into either territory. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —Cody Smith
Whether you’d dare to admit it or not, you had a blast watching Pitch Perfect. Yes, I’m even looking at you, middle-aged man in the Joy Division T-shirt and fully tatted sleeves. Betwixt the jazz hands, beat-boxing and bombastic singing, what’s not to love about a cappella groups?
No Southern Accent
In summary, a cappella is a group of people who strip down and rearrange music to be performed without any instruments, often reinventing familiar or popular tunes. They sometimes even use their voices to emulate the instruments themselves, while the more traditional groups focus solely on harmonizing. The a cappella scene is blossoming, and it’s been sweeping across the collegiate stratosphere.
One group of performers particularly talented at making music with their mouths is No Southern Accent, from the University of Florida. It’s a completely student-run award-winning coed a capella group originally established in 2001. No Southern Accent annually attends SoJam, a convention held in North Carolina, and ICAA, the International Championship of Collegiate Acapella (which was the exact competition featured in Pitch Perfect).
From Benjamin Booker to Hundred Waters, we've put together a list of some noteworthy talent coming out of the Sunshine State
By Cody Smith
on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM
While Florida may not boast as many national artists as NYC or LA, we’ve still got a few great ones repping our weird state. Tom Petty, KC and the Sun-shine Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rick Ross, Against Me!, and Less Than Jake got their starts in Florida and paved the way for four rising acts currently making waves. Representing Tampa, Orlando, and Gainesville, they may just carry the torch (or in Florida’s case the orange) into the national spotlight.
Benjamin BookerLet’s kick off this list with someone who quite literally embodies the “hometown hero.” Benjamin Booker grew up in Tampa, graduated from Hillsborough High School and moved to New Orleans after playing solo shows in the Tampa Bay area. Drummer Max Norton accompanies the rocker and their debut album drops August 19 on ATO Records (joining labelmates like the Alabama Shakes and Band of Horses). ATO Records head Jon Salter flew down to catch Booker’s set at New World Brewery for WMNF and offered him a deal shortly after. Booker crafts pure rock ‘n’ roll flavored with a side of gritty grunge, blues and soul, armed to the teeth with a raspy croon, rollickin’ guitar jams, and speedy drumming. Who can argue the success of a musician who's performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, opens for former White Stripes frontman Jack White this summer, and joins the lineups of festivals like Lollapalooza and Newport Folk Fest? Booker returns to Tampa on October 25 for the Coral Skies Festival and a welcome-home set.
The Woodgrains Hang up your flower crowns, crocheted tops and high-waisted shorts, girls. Pulling off the true nostalgic flare of the 1960s and ‘70s is no easy feat, but this psychedelic trio has mastered the art to a T. The Woodgrains are heavy on the Zep and heavier on the riffs, making for a real nitty-gritty Southern folk-rock atmosphere. After relocating to Athens, Ga., and gradually becoming a prominent bunch, The Woodgrains have managed to hold tight to their Okefenokee Swamp roots, which shows in the deep hippie-esque nostalgia of their self-titled sophomore album (complete with long Jimmy Page inspired locks, of course). (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) —Jackie Braje
Lots of noteworthy news in local music coming from bands that hail from here, and from venues bringing big name acts back to town to get our adrenaline pumping and hearts thumping.
Holzman & Smith
We have long been fans of rising local indie rock stars Zulu Wave, which earned a spot on the CBGB Festival stage two years in a row and were one of two bands picked to play last year's Coastline Festival. Hell, we even had a stripped-down version of the band play our CL Music Issue Launch Party a few weeks back. So you can imagine our excitement when the foursome (currently Ariel Cortes, Michael Barrow, Brian Schanck and Danny Piechocki) announced they'd be issuing a follow-up to 2012 EP Nyami Nyami. The new album, Jagorilla, is due out September 30, and the band hits the road for a Southeastern hype tour August 15. A video trailer hyping the album holds some intriguing sounds that preview what's to come. Check it out after the jump...
Amid the various genre classifications on their bandcamp page, Black Pussy (a tricky name to Google without getting porn and allegedly influenced by the real name of the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar") lists ‘stoner pop’ and ‘weedgazer,’ both apropos self-stylings of their Portland-brewed sound: influenced by ‘70s-era cock-strutting sex-oozing blues-influenced hard and psychedelic rock, all crunchy muscular guitar riffs, crashing drum fills and droning-howling vocals that have a sort of Dark Wave quality.
The outfit is helmed by singer-songwriter Dustin Hill, who recorded all the music on 2012 debut On Blonde before he was joined by bandmates Ryan McIntire (guitar), Dean Carroll (drums), Aaron Poplin (bass) and Keith O'Dell (keys). Sophomore follow-up Less Info More Mojo was recorded with Brant Bjork (Kyuss) and is due out later this year. In the meantime, Black Pussy dropped a 22-minute version of their track "Galaxies" on a split 7" with biblical proof of UFOs. A digital single version is available at blackpussy.bandcamp.com. Also performing on this night: Into the Cellar (featuring members of Palantine and Early Forms), and COSM. 8 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $10.
Check out a few videos by the band after the jump...
Some live music highlights for this Tuesday; one is a day full of death metal that starts in the afternoon, while the other features three indie rock bands, two out-of-towners and a local. Info below...
The Summer Slaughter Tour: Morbid Angel with Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decredit Birth, Within The Ruins, Fallujah, Psykotribe The name says it all, or at least, it should evoke some sort of instant connection to heavy music. “The Summer Slaughter Tour” (“The most extreme tour of the year!”) brings the loud to town – blast beats and intense breakdowns, atonal guitar shreds, blood-curdling screams, gut-roars, coughing barks and high-pitched shrieks, subject matter touching on death, destruction, mayhem, war, the apocalypse and all the gruesomeness in between. In sum, a big lineup of death metal, as led by Tampa’s own icons of the genre, Morbid Angel. 2 p.m., State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $28.
The last week of new releases in July is a rather light one. Info and links for this week’s releases – 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…
The Allman Brothers Band, At Filmore East (UMe)
The seminal live album from the Southern rock outfit (recorded March 12-13, 1971) has been expanded to six CDs with 15 unreleased tracks as well as the complete June 27 performance during the iconic venue’s final weekend. The set is produced by Bill Levenson, who compiled Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective.
Eric Clapton & Friends, The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) (Bushbranch / Surfdog)
Clapton's primary influencer and peer gets his due in a covers album Clapton himself put together to honor the late artist's legacy a year after his death. Among the artists who join him are Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White.
Diplo, Random White Dudes Be Everywhere (Mad Decent)
A meme-inspiring NOLA bounce tune “Express Yourself,” the social media-frenzy-causing “Boy Oh Boy” and deep festival-trap single “Revolution,” Diplo has made his mark in EDM. This is a deluxe collection of his most popular singles, never-before-heard remixes and two brand new tracks that feature collabs with Waka Flocka Flame, Yellow Claw, Alvaro and others. "Revolution (Danny Diggz Remix)" featuring Faustix & Imanos And Kai after the jump...
A very diverse selection of live tunes happening this weekend, from mega-tours to DJ dance parties. More info below...
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SATURDAY, JULY 26
Fall Out Boy and Paramore with New Politics Try to convince me you haven’t howled along with Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” and I will call you a goddamn liar. (“I’M ON FIIIIIIIIIRRRREE!!!”). Okay, maybe you don’t listen to terrestrial radio as often as I do, but that song was everywhere for a while and it’s earwormy as hell, even if you aren’t generally a fan of Fall Out Boy; I know I’m not. Plus, it’s impressive that the alt rock-tronic outfit went on hiatus for three years and came back with a triple-platinum single, not to mention a fifth full-length, 2013’s Save Rock and Roll, that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Sharing co-headlining duties with Fall Out Boy on this “Monumentour” is Paramore, the punk-pop group led by sweet-yet-sharp-voiced singer Hayley Williams, which is currently on tour behind an eponymous fourth LP, their first without founding members Josh and Zac Farro. ‘Course, it’s Williams that the fans really care about and album sales cement this fact; Paramore topped the charts in eight countries and generated two platinum-certified singles: “Still Into You” and “Ain’t It Fun.” 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa.
An eclectic Friday with mostly local music bookending a superstar memorial and the annual Vans Warped Tour stop.
6 Volt Rodeo
6 Volt Rodeo, Sara Rose Band, The Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show If Spade Cooley were to rise from the grave and assemble a five-piece flannel-clad Western swing band, I imagine it would sound a lot like 6 Volt Rodeo. The Palm Harbor natives (Bear Cannon, Josh Paul, Mike Daley and Richy Scally) are a dance-inducing bunch with a generous side of jazz and rockabilly on their plate. Sara Rose Band is a female-fronted Western swing quintet from Tampa with the ghost of Patsy Cline grooving around their upbeat tunes. Also performing is the Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show, a one-man guitar act reviving the surf-and-space-age sounds of the 1950s. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City.—Jackie Braje