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Some shots from last night's Green Day show at the forum. More will be featured in a follow-up review of the show that will be posted by tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Billie Joe Armstrong and 12-year-old fan Giovanni Sosto, from Costa Rica, share some stage time during "Know Your Enemy."
The RITZ Ybor has announced that the 70's Soul Jam featuring The Stylistics (pictured), Chi-Lites and MC Jimmy "JJ" Walker due to take place this Friday, August 7, has been postponed and will not be rescheduled until sometime in 2010 (no date has been confirmed). Refunds are available at the point of purchase; tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded.
New single from 'The Crying Light'. Includes the earnest and impassioned cover of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love.
Assjack - Assjack
Death-metal band founded and fronted by Hank III.
Fruit Bats - The Ruminant Band
Using bright melodies, defiantly major-key chord structures, natural imagery mixed with the occasional blazing insight and tender observation, 'The Ruminant Band 'marks a further crystallization of singer/songwriter Eric Johnson's own melodic instincts and overall vision.
Guided By Voices - Under the Bushes, Under the Stars 2xLP+MP3
The last GBV album with the original lineup of Pollard-Sprout-Mitchell-Fennell. Beautiful original gatefold packaging. Double HQ-180 vinyl includes download code.
Gus Gus - 24 / 7
Sixth album from the Icelandic electronic/dance collective.
Julian Plenty - Julian Plenty is Skyscraper
Solo album from Paul Banks- lead singer of Interpol. This varied album runs the gamut from folk-tinged acoustic songs to orchestral guitar anthems.
Jay Reatard - Watch Me Fall LP+MP3
Vinyl now, CD due August 18.
Sian Alice Group - Troubled, Shaken, Etc.
You get your minimalist trances, electronic experimentation, techno thump, jazz motifs and Eastern music tropes. A complete listening experience.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll 7"
Picture disc with remix b-side.
Yim Yames - Tribute To LP+CD
A few days after George Harrison passed away in 2001, Yim Yames (aka Jim James, lead singer for My Morning Jacket), was moved to record this six-song EP of Harrison covers.
Metal Monday came early this week with Sunday evening's show, August 2, at Czar's Imperial Palace featuring Torche, House of Lightning and Averkiou. Death Metal, one of Tampa's more unqiue claims to fame, has influenced a plethora of subgenres including the hardcore scene I grew up in. It was awesome to see how many old school hardcore kids made it out along with a whole new group of metal afficiandos on a Sunday night.
Hailing from Miami, Torche has a rabid fan base hooked on their unique sound - it's part thrash with a twist of melodic hardcore, and dare I say a bit of twang, all on a solid metal base. Decibel Magazine called Torche's music a "whole new beast built from the DNA up." Since Torche's Meanderthal (Hydrahead Records) took the #1 spot on Decibel's 2008 Top 40 Extreme Albums list, their fan base is rapidly expanding but thankfully their intensity remains intact.
Live the band exceeds expectations drawing in the audience until everyone is at least nodding along if not full on head banging. You can see that these musicians love what they do and are having a party on stage to which the whole crowd is invited. As a gift to the fans from back in the Floor days, the crowd went nuts when Scimitar was played. When the audience demanded an encore, the band requested a bit of patience while Rick reassembled his drums that had come undone in the intensity of their last song and the audience happily waited late on a Sunday night to squeeze in just a couple more songs.
Their energetic stage presence had me capturing Steve and Jonathan nonchalantly hanging out in mid-air repetitively:
To really experience the mid-air nonchalance, click on the photo to view them in a larger size.
Torche's 2009 EP (with DVD) Healer / Across the Shields (Hydrahead Records) is out now for your home enjoyment.
Torche is Steve Brooks (Guitars/Vocals), Jonathan Nuñez (Bass), and Rick Smith (Drums)
House of Lightning
The elusive and mysterious House of Lightning (ex-Dove) made one of their too rare appearances opening up for Torche. The crowd reveled as the waves of thrash crashed down upon them.
As a music photographer, few things are as entertaining to capture as the myriad faces of metal framed by hair swirling around in awful red lighting. As you can see during House of Lightning's set, the opportunities for capture were endless.
Word on the street is that House of Lightning has been recording so hopefully a record will be coming soon!
In spite of being the only non-metal band of the evening, Gainesville's Averikou did a good job of holding the attention of the mostly metal mania audience. Averkiou is on the one hand a prototypical shoegazer band (frequent comparisons to Swervedriver, Guided By Voices and, of course, My Bloody Valentine) producing a delicious sound that is nearly tactile and on the other hand is a straight up indie pop band. Check out their new album, Throwing Sparks (Clairecords/Barracuda Sound) which has received universal praise with the most common complaint from reviewers being that it is too short!
Averikou is Matt Brink, David Quarles, Chad Darby, James Hernandez and Jason Shusterman
Here a few concert announcements I received this past weekend.
No Clubs Presents sci-fi horror metal makers GWAR with special like-minded guests Job for a Cowboy and The Red Chord Sunday, October 4, at The Ritz in Ybor City. Tickets are $19 in advance/$22 day of show, and go on sale this Saturday, August 8, beginning at 10 a.m. The 25th anniversary tour marks of the band's "re-awakening on planet Earth" celebrates their most "sonically devouring, instrumentally challenging" album to date, Lust In Space, due out August 18 on Metal Blade Records.
Tastemakers and THX Management have finally revealed part of the lineup for Summer Jam 5 on Saturday, August 29; The Honorary Title, featuring singer-songwriter/frontman Jarrod Gorbel, will headline the show at Crowbar in Ybor City with Cory Branan. Tickets are $10 in advance/$12 dos, and can be purchased by clicking here. Confirmed local acts include The Beauvilles, The Sheaks, Guiltmaker, Shunda K of Yo Majesty, Mogul Street Reserve, How Dare You, Blind Mans Colour and many others, though there hasn't been any word about which of the bands will perform at New World Brewery, the other venue hosting Summer Jam 5.
A weekly bulletin on musical guests playing late night TV; set your TIVOs or DVRs if youve got an early bedtime.
The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS
Monday, August 3: Levon Helm (original air date July 9)
Tuesday, August 4: Kelly Clarkson (July 13)
Thursday, August 6: St. Vincent (pictured, photo by Annie Clark, June 24)
Friday, August 7: Anthony Hamilton (February 11)
Monday, August 3: Gomez
Tuesday, August 4: All-American Rejects
Thursday, August 6: the Jonas Brothers
Friday, August 7: Flo Rida
Thursday, August 6: Glasvegas
Friday, August 7: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Kids are freaking great, right? They just keep getting smarter and more clever every generation. Here's the latest whiz, 5-year-old Wesley, who performs his own unique rendition of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" at the 2009 Spring Coffee Shop Jam at Columbia City Theater in Seattle. This is not a child being exploited or another chance for fanatical stage parents to put their kid under a spotlight. The clip is from an ongoing event that gives students at Heartwood Guitar Instruction a chance to showcase their abilities. I
I love how he says "twain" instead of "train," and when he sings, "But I shot a man in Reno / just to watch him die," it kills me.
Check out my shots from the Maxwell show at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater this past Thursday, July 30. Apparently the neo-soul singer is bashful; the handful of photographers were granted access to shoot the first three songs, but only from the very back of the auditorium.
A friend of mine sent me a link to this Soul Train clip featuring Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie." While the quality of the video isn't great, the dancing is effing classic. I want to bust moves like this. I do bust moves like this, in my mind.