Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rock the Park with Easter Island, then groove the Hub with Pompeya

Audio included.

Posted by on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

This Thursday poses far too many options when it comes to music. In St. Pete, you've got the NOLA-bred eclectic rock brew of The Revivalists at Local 662, or the holiday-themed Cloak + Dagger show at The Bends, with special guest spinner Jesse Scotto.

Easter Island
  • Paige Beasley
  • Easter Island
But even more exciting are two shows presented by Thx Management that are taking place just blocks from each other in downtown Tampa, both free, and lined up in such a way that you can make it to both, if you are so inclined.

The December edition of Rock the Park is headed up by Easter Island, an Athens/Atlanta five-piece that has, over the past few years, been drawing a healthy buzz for producing a mix of dreamy atmospheric pop and darker-tinged shoe-gazy rock as mysterious and majestic as their moniker suggests, and driven by the songwriting of co-leaders/brothers Eathan and Asher Paynewhich. Space-funk disco-slinging Displace and all-genre-fusing sextet Dropin Pickup add their own respective sounds to the bill. Rock the Park is held from 6 to 9:30 p.m., for free, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.

  • Alexey Kiselev
  • Pompeya
Kicking off shortly after Rock the Park at The Hub is Pompeya, a quartet from Moscow, Russia that makes surprisingly warm grooving indie pop coming from such cold climes. Pompeya formed in 2007, is currently backing their first U.S. release and second full-length overall, Tropical, and take sonic cues from strutting ‘70s disco and urgent yet buoyant New Wave, their songs full of cooing vocals, funky basslines, riffy guitars and synth lines that vary between sharp strains of melody or hazy atmospherics. For fans of Toro Y Moi. Starts at 9:30 p.m. Sun Signs open.

And as mentioned earlier, both of these shows are free. Check out a few tracks by Easter Island and Pompeya after the jump...

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