Saturday, July 5, 2014

Live music weekend: moe., Go Go's, Chilled Monkey Brains & more

Concerts, July 5-6

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Lots of intriguing live music events taking place this holiday weekend. Check out the highlights below...

click to enlarge moe. - JAY BLAKESBURG
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moe. I’ve seen Buffalo, N.Y. jam stalwarts moe. several times over the past eight years: stand-alone concerts, a few festival sets, three performances over three days at their annual Labor Day weekend fest in Upstate New York, moe.down. All times, the five-piece has electrified with their muscular, twangy jam-riding brand of rock ‘n’ roll that segues through progressive, roots, blues and psychedelic territories with a three-man attack of vocal leadership primarily handled by Rob Derhak (bass) and Al Schnier (guitar, keys), with Chuck Garvey (guitar) chiming in or taking the wheel for select tracks. This tour backs an 11th full-length, No Guts, No Glory, issued via Sugar Hill Records this past May. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)—Leilani Polk

Ronny’s Wild Ride...Celebrating 50 Years of Rock & Roll w/Ronny Elliott & the Nationals/Chinese Maryjane/Steve Connelly The longtime local Americana and folk rocker has been penning songs in these parts for five freaking decades. I bet even he can’t believe it. Ronny Elliott offers some sage words of wisdom on the eve of his 50-year anniversary show right here. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —LP

Hairpalooza w/Stephen Pearcy/Winger/Great White/Slaughter If you were ever a big supporter of second-tier hair bands back in the day, then this is the show for you. Of course, vocalist Stephen Pearcy’s Ratt was an ‘80s juggernaut of the first order, but Winger (“Seventeen”), Great White (“Once Bitten, Twice Shy”) and Slaughter (“Fly to the Angels”) always seemed to come through town in support of somebody just a bit more ubiquitous, like KISS or Whitesnake. Still, this is a relatively comprehensive time warp for fans. Attention shred-guitar nerds: Yes, Reb Beach is apparently touring with Winger. (England Brothers Park, Pinellas Park) —Scott Harrell

Red, White & Boom! w/Monarch/NoNeed/Broke Mr. Jones/Sammy White NoNeed’s bio on ReverbNation proclaims them as “Degenerates of the 813,” and so goes the theme of Red, White & BOOM!, a post-Independence Day party. The Dirty Heads-esque raconteurs started as the underdogs of Bull Country and have since blossomed as the super troopers of the local reggae-rock scene. Other performers include indie duo Broke Mr. Jones — lyrically lush and akin to the smooth vibing of 311 — and the hyper-cool grunge dudes of Monarch. As Monarch vocalist and guitarist Jason Polo put it, “If people can’t get behind live music, live art and live culture, what good would a city be?” (Crowbar, Ybor City) —Jackie Braje

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Replay America w/Go-Go’s/Patty Smyth/Martha Davis and the Motels/Cutting Crew/Naked Eyes Pop hits of the 1980s are revived, shined up, and taken on the road by the now-mature artists who produced them for the inaugural “Replay America” tour. Era sweethearts The Go-Go’s headline with their sticky New Wave anthems; four of the five original members (Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey and Gina Schock) deliver “We Got The Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation” and the like. Also performing: Patty Smyth of Scandal fame (“Warrior,” “Goodbye to You”), Martha Davis and The Motels (“Only the Lonely,” “Suddenly Last Summer”) and Naked Eyes (“(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me”). (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)—LP

Wolf-Face/Ken South Rock/An Atomic Whirl
Clearwater-based punk rockers Wolf-Face may take their band name a bit too literally (you’ll never see the four members performing without their fiercely furry masks and Teen Wolf basketball wear), but their debut full-length Still a Son of a Bitch elevates the group above their admittedly gimmicky image. Unhinged and uncompromised, Wolf-Face may not linger on the cusp of receiving national attention for much longer. Opening acts Ken South Rock and An Atomic Whirl are two duos that coincidentally unite American and Japanase musicians for otherworldly soundscapes. (Planet Retro, St. Petersburg) —Cody Smith

Chilled Monkey Brains w/All Over the Place/Abortion Twins If you gon’t get the reference inherent in the name of the topliner for this downtown St. Pete ska-punk soiree, then I can’t help you and I don’t even really want to know you all that much. Tally sextet Chilled Monkey Brains blend ska, punk and metal, and should win an award for managing to fill the “Artists we also like” section of their Facebook profile with a ton of bands we’ve never heard of. Skanking Ohio DIY-tour afficionados All Over the Place and local punk act Abortion Twins round out the bill. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) —SH

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