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.

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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.

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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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