Thursday, June 12, 2014

This week in Tampa Bay area live music: 97X Shindig with Cage the Elephant, Moon Hooch, Cut Copy & more

Concerts, June 12-18

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

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  • Have Gun, Will Travel
Rock Brothers Brewing 1-Year Anniversary Party w/Have Gun Will Travel/Big Shoals/Forrest Hoffar A free two-tiered party marking Rock Brothers’ one-year milestone of brew-making as well as the anniversary of its creation of Have Gun Will Travel’s trademark High Road Ale. The rousing Bradenton-based Americana rockers issued their fourth and latest full-length Fiction, Fact or Folktale? last year, and the album features the track that inspired the brew, “High Road.” More rootsy tunes offered by Gainesville’s Big Shoals and local alt folk singer-songwriter Forrest Hoffar. (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg)

The Happy Together Tour w/The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie/Chuck Negron/Mark Farner/Gary Lewis & The Playboys/Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels Nothing like ‘60s-era nostalgia to get the Baby Boomers moving. This latest past-vibing road show is headed up by the band that produced the song for which the tour was named, “Happy Together” – The Turtles, featuring Flo & Eddie. Among the other performers on this night: Three Dog Night former Chuck Negron (“Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Old Fashioned Love Song”) and Grand Funk Railroad former Mark Farner (“Some Kind of Wonderful,” “We’re an American Band”). (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

The Murder Junkies w/Car Bomb Driver/Mosquito Teeth/Rat Cafeteria/The Scurvy What better way to celebrate a “Friday the 13th Full Moon Party” than with the former backing band of late punk rock great GG Allin? This particular incarnation of Murder Junkies played with GG in the three years leading up to his death in 1993, and re-formed in 2003 as led by GG’s righteous elder bass-playing brother, Merle Allin, who’s joined by original drummer Donald Sachs and a changing line-up that currently includes guitarist Benjamin "FC Murder" Bunny and singer PP Duvay. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

COPE w/Marvelous Funkshun Get your happy dancing crunch n’ groove on with local jam rock stalwarts COPE, with warm-up from Marvelous Funkshun, a quartet that hails from Winston Salem, N.C. and fuses guitar-driven blues, jazz and rock into an improv-ready stew. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Adjy/Oliver and Company/Sam Wolter A local bill headed up by St. Pete solo music maker Adjy, who crafts stripped-back yet somehow lush experimental pop marked by sweetly earnest vocals, chiming glock and piano notes, driving and changing tempos, and the odd samples and splices of found sounds and conversations. (The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg)

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  • Sonny Fodera
Sonny Fodera w/Brian Busto/Jask/Kenderdine Bros For the next edition of Serious Soul, resident tastemaker Brian Busto welcomes Sonny Fodera, a fast-rising London-based house music DJ who delivers fat pulsing 4/4 beats and impeccably mixed sonicscapes that dive into deep dirty territories and carrying soulful vocal samples and splices. He’s signed to Cajmere’s reputable Cajual Records; this tour backs his second release on the imprint, After Parties & Aeroplanes. (Hyde Park Café, Tampa)

Victims of Circumstance CD Release Show Heavy rousing ska-punk outfit Victims of Circumstance – featuring guitarist/ragged-voiced lead singer Mike Smyth, drummer Glenn Stewart, bassist Lindsey Pittard and a two-horn section of Jay Atheney (tenor & baritone sax) and Devin Johnson (trumpet) – throws a big skanking party to mark the release of No More Heroes. First 300 in the door get a copy of their fourth and latest album with their $10 admission; support by UNRB, Lying with Lions and Saganaki Bomb Squad. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Summerland Tour w/Everclear/Soul Asylum/Eve 6/Spacehog Even if none of the ‘90s-era-popular alternative acts on this bill appeal to you, it’s free, so why not drop in anyway? Because even if you can’t tell one nostalgic palm trees-shaded ode from another in the Everclear catalog (I’m pretty sure “Santa Monica,” “Father of Mine” and “I Will Buy You a New Life” all use the same three chords), Soul Asylum offers the promise of a Dave Pirner sighting (and potentially “Somebody to Shove,” “Runaway Train” and “Misery”), and both Eve 6 and Spacehog had one solid mainstream chart topper each; the former with 1998’s played-everywhere “tender heart in a blender” cut “Inside Out,” the latter via 1996’s trippy “In the Meantime.” (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg)

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Jonathan Scales plays steel pan like no one I’ve ever seen – a jazz-rooted experimenter with fusion capabilities who never sounds like he belongs in the islands and wails melodic passages in progressive time signatures with his Fourchestra of high-octane talents – drummer Phillip Bronson and bassist Cody Wright. The Fourchestra also plays at Dunedin Brewery on Fri., June 13. (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg)

Rio Nights with Rio Bossa A free EMIT concert staged as part of the Warehouse Arts District ArtsWalk. Rio Bossa features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Manson, husband David (trombone/percussion) and Sao Paulo pianist Regis performing Brazilian bossa nova numbers by Tom Jobim, Marcos Valle, Toquinho, Johnny Alf and others. (UsArtistsGroup Studios, St. Petersburg)

WMNF Annual Book and Record Sale The local community-supported radio station gathers all donated books, CDs, DVDs, records, stereo gear, instruments and various other music-related odds and ends, adds its own swag to the heap, and hawks everything for on-the-cheap. Admission is $3 general, free to WMNF members (with entry coupon); early birds get in an hour early for $8 (minus $3 for members). (Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, Tampa)

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  • Underhill Family Orchestra
Underhill Family Orchestra w/Oliver & Co./Dropin Pickup Hailing from Mobile, Ala., Underhill Family Orchestra has rootsy indie rock elevated by its gypsy swinging danceability, intriguing and unexpected percussive-washed rhythmic breakdowns, and the dynamic vocal interplay of Joelle Rosen and whichever masculine voice harmonizes with her low sultry intones at any given point, although the men in Underhill Family Orchestra sing lead, too, timbres ranging from high sweet pleas to gritty moaning barroom howls. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Trinity 7 w/Jahguar A Saturday night of island vibes as featuring roots reggae septet Trinity 7, which is piloted by Jamaica-born and raised singer-guitarist Ras Meishak. Youthful quartet Jahguar adds pop-bright R&B-smooth vocal melodies to their own swaying sounds. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Ottmar Liebert And Luna Negra With a fresh album nearly every year since he hit the New Age jazz scene in 1989, Germany-born U.S.-based Ottmar Liebert is nothing if not prolific. This year the guitarist issued two recordings; three-oh-five calls on the flamenco, funk, R&B, rock and pop influences that inform Liebert’s style while Bare Wood is a comp that includes pieces he composed between 2002 and 2012, with all electric or electronic instruments removed from the original recordings and Flamenco guitar and acoustic bass added. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)

Benefit To Build: A Fundraiser for the Pine Ridge Reservation Permaculture Project w/Archaic Interest/Article 47/Lonely Drones/The Green Benchers/Jun J Bustamante/Rebekah Pulley/more
“You should come and bring your dad,” reads the Facebook invite to this all-ages event that takes place from 2 to 11 p.m. and benefits local organization Grow Permaculture in its ongoing sustainability and revival efforts with the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation. Guest speakers share wisdom, St. Pete artists display works, a marketplace of vendors hawk goods, and a dozen local talents perform music ranging from world-fused anti-folk (Jun) to indie surf-garage rock with psychedelic fizziness (Archaic Interest). (Studio@620, St. Petersburg)

Dex Romweber Duo Whoever you are, you’ve been told at least once by some grumpy narrow-eyed elderly person to “know your roots.” Indiana-born, N.C.-based rockabilly musician Dex Romweber planted his seed of influence in the late ’80s alongside Chris “Crow” Smith in The Flats Duo Jets, which issued an impressive 10 studio releases in its 16-year tenure. Romweber gained widespread exposure via 1986 documentary Athens, GA: Inside/Out (which also featured legends like REM and B-52’s), and his rustic vocals and songwriting style has since influenced modern favorites like Cat Power, Neko Case and Jack White. Romweber currently performs with his drummer sister Sara in the Dex Romweber Duo – they rehearse every Thursday in Dex’s garage – and the twosome hits town supporting a new Bloodshot Records LP, Images 13. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg) –Jackie Braje

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  • Cage the Elephant
97X Shindig w/Cage the Elephant/Bear Hands
Yep, it’s another free concert from 97X. Yep, you have to get passes in advance at one of the ticket drop locations listed at But if you dig Cage the Elephant, I’m sure it’s worth the trip. The Kentucky outfit has a handful of singles playing on the station’s airwaves right now – the grungy melodic “Shake Me Down” (off 2011 sophomore LP Thank You, Happy Birthday), and from 2013 latest Melophobia, the groove-vibing psychedelia of “Come a Little Closer” and the lightly Afro-flavored bounce and tender yearning of “Take It or Leave It.” All are strong, catchy, garage-blues-attuned rock numbers driven by the scratchy-sweet vocals of frontman Matt Schultz. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Deafheaven w/Pallbearer/Wreck And Reference
San Francisco-bred outfit Deafheaven surged onto the black metal scene with a sound diverging from the usual blackened tropes, issuing a sophomore LP, Sunbather, that landed on no less than 25 Best of 2013 lists with its “auditory chiaroscuro” aesthetic, which frontman George Clarke said explores “the contrast between darkness and light, but there’s also sadness and there’s frustration and there’s sexuality.” Clarke spoke with CL to advance Deafheaven’s appearance warming up for Between the Buried & Me at The Ritz this past March, and they return to Ybor as headliners on their next go-around. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Earphunk Calling on the sounds of gritty bass-banging organ-howling funk is New Orleans-brewed Earphunk, a sextet that brings prog time signatures and technicality to their high-octane instrumentals. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Cut Copy w/Classixx After embarking on their most comprehensive tour to date and enlisting heartthrob actor Alexandar Skarsgard to star in the video for lead single "Free Your Mind," Aussie synthpop group Cut Copy debut their mix of groovy New Wave instrumentals and synthesizers in Tampa. Simultaneously rockin' vocals, keys and guitar, frontman Dan Whitford's mind-bending harmonies transport fans to the 1980s with an electro-kick, urging everyone to "shine brighter, shine on / shine brighter than the sun." Nu-disco darlings Classixx provide open with an array of jams from their much-lauded end-of-the-year list-making debut LP, Hanging Gardens . (The Ritz, Tampa) –Cody Smith

Say Anything w/The Front Bottoms/The So So Glos/You Blew It!
Tampa’s very own drumming sensation Reed Murray may have been inelegantly excised from Tallhart as that local band was getting signed to Max Bemis’ Equal Vision imprint, Rory Records. But at least he made a friend in Bemis, and displays such impressive chops (he also drums in Carollhood with Underoath guitarist Tim McTague) that Bemis invited Murray onto Say Anything’s current six-week “Rarities and More Tour,” which also features Eisley’s Garron DuPree doing temporary bass duty for Adam Siska. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)

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  • Moon Hooch
Moon Hooch w/Infinite Groove Orchestra/The Wholetones Nothing perks my ears up more than outside-the-box saxophone, especially when the player’s arsenal isn’t limited to tenor. But when a music friend suggested I listen to Moon Hooch, I was dubious – I mean, two saxes and a drummer? How could this work? Rather well, I discovered. The Brooklyn-bred jazz-trained trio features Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen juggling tenor and baritone saxophones – the latter also blowing contrabass clarinet among a few other not-so-traditional wind instruments – and James Muschler keeping a steady or galloping beat as the two trade crazy jagged solos or weave notes together like brass twine or get John Zorn experimental-screechy in their self-styled “cave music” (a mix of house, DnB, jazz and rock). (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Xerox w/Egos/Primate Research/Stoned Ape If you could call a group coming out of Iowa City “super,” I suppose Xerox fits the bill. The trio is made up of Solid Attitude guitarist/lead spouter Matt Fenner and bassist/singer Mickey Shaw with drummer Brad Highnam (Nerv, Old Scratch Revival Singers, Los Voltage), who serve snotty post-punk dissonance that’s showcased on a brand new self-titled EP. (Mojo Books And Records, Tampa)

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