Saturday, December 21, 2013

Best of the Day: Hallicination Before Christmas & Brokenmold Holiday Party

Posted by on Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Two big seasonal throwdowns take place just blocks from each other in Ybor City on this night.

Hallucination Before Christmas is the ridiculously big seasonal soiree and canned food drive thrown by locally-based electro music-repping Hallucination Recordings has been described as a collision of Christmas and Halloween; flamboyant attire — club kid, cosplay, goth, fetish — is encouraged and a freaky-festive atmosphere rules the night. Guest DJs preside in each of The Ritz’s three rooms and among this year’s performers are old hands, including electro house DJ/producer/remixer Tommie Sunshine and Hallucination founder/Rabbit in the Moon leader Monk, and newer acts like Proper Villains, who jumps off dubstep into electro, house, DnB, hip-hop, and UK garage territories. Organizers ask for a minimum of three nonperishable food donations (the most in-demand items are peanut butter, breakfast cereal, and canned tuna, veggies and fruits); everything goes to Feeding America Tampa Bay. Tickets are $20 with a donation; more without. More info on the event Facebook page. 9 p.m.-3 a.m., Czar at The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City.

The much beloved bird-flipping Santa tee-shirts are representative of the atmosphere we’ve come to expect from the Brokenmold Holiday Party — festive merriment with fuck-you rock n’ roll attitude. At least in spirit, anyway; in reality, everyone’s usually full of good cheer at these things since the music is consistently excellent. The seventh annual installment is proof positive, headed up by SWIMM, an LA-by-way-of-Melbourne, Fla. duo pushing psychedelic garage rock in a new self-released Feel EP; additional players flesh out the lineup in a live setting. Also of note: Deaf Poets, a Miami-spawned guitar-drums combo that switches between grimy garage blues to slower-paced shoegaze odes to dreamier melodic washes of sound. Sarasota chamber folk/pop sisters Good Graff also perform, as do new CL hip hop favorites, The Real Clash, just added to the bill this week. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $8.

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