Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Watch Jinx channel Lil' John in new Tampa Bay Lightning playoff anthem "We Want The Cup"

Somebody tell Lord Stanley to come home to his Tampa Bay familiy.

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

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For Tampa Bay Lighthing Fans, the push for the Stanley Cup — professional hockey's championship trophy for those completely immune to sportsball — starts tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa when the team hosts the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs. It's a pretty momentous occasion, too.

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Record Store Day 2014 comes to an indie music shop near you this Saturday

Another year, another batch of exclusive & limited vinyl.

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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Every year, local indie music shops are flooded with exclusive, limited edition inventory for the nationwide celebration of Record Store Day, not to mention select titles offered earlier than their official release date. And pretty much everyone, from unsigned indie artists to huge label stars, has gotten involved in the indie store-only release action.

I’ve been eyeing a few re-issues — a 10th Anniversary remastered 180-gram vinyl pressing of Satanic Panic in the Attic, of Montreal’s psych pop breakthrough — as well as an RSD exclusive Django Django 7” release featuring the spastic UK dance band covering the Monkees’ “Porpoise Song” (from the tripped-out film Head). Because of limited quantities on any given title, no one shop can make any guarantees about what they’ll actually be carrying, or how much of it — the orders are placed and fingers are crossed until the shipment arrives. That’s why showing up early on Saturday to your shop(s) of choice — and joining the inevitable line of folks waiting for the doors to open — is essential, especially if there’s something in particular you just HAVE to have. Plus arriving early ensures you find something you probably didn’t expect, before the wave of masses hit and all the best stuff sells out.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Black Keys share "Turn Blue," the title track off their forthcoming album

The duo's latest is due out May 13.

Posted by on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

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The Black Keys are due to drop their eighth studio LP Turn Blue on May 13. Following the release of lead off single "Fever" — which is already getting some serious alt-radio airplay — the Keys dropped the album's namesake track earlier today.

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New Music Tuesday! (April 15) + Record Store Day (April 19): Japanther, The Afghan Whigs, Jason Derulo & more

Releases out this week; audio & video included.

Posted by on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM

This week, we offer a breakdown of some new releases out on April 15, and a selection of noteworthy vinyl coming out this Sat., April 19, in honor of Record Store Day 2014. More on that later, including a breakdown of participating local shops. In the meantime, info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to see releases from the past several weeks…

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The Afghan Whigs, Do To The Beast (Sub Pop)
The first Whigs release since reuniting in 2011 and the first album of new material since 1998's 1965.

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (Rise Above Records)

Ian Anderson, Homo Erraticus (Kscope)

August Alsina, Testimony (Island/Def Jam)

Banner Pilot, Souvenir (Fat Wreck Chords)

Del Barber, Prairieography (True North)

The Birds of Satan, Birds Of Satan (Shannabelle)
The side project of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Breathe Carolina, Savages (Fearless)

Jack Bruce, Silver Rails (Esoteric)

The Crookes, Soapbox (Modern Outsider)
The tight and ferocious Sheffield, UK indie rockers issue a third full-length. Their latest video, for the song "Holy Innocents," was shot by drummer Russell Bates using captured footage from Sant' Antonio Chapel in Northern Italy, where they recorded Soapbox. Check it after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases, both today's and Saturdays...

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Coachella in Tampa Bay: Watch festival sets from Coachella bands headed this way

...or by bands who've been here recently.

Posted by on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

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Just in case you unplugged over the weekend and missed all the #CoachellaSelfies, alleged dancing from Leonardo DiCaprio, and inappropriate cameos from Justin Bieber, let us be the first to remind you: Coachella happened this weekend.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Watch Kendrick Lamar, Tech N9ne & others pay homage to Nas' Illmatic in new video

Hip hop heavyweights of today discuss the impact of the Nas album as its 20th anniversary nears.

Posted by on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

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On April 19, Nas' seminal debut Illmatic turns 20; the same age the pioneering MC was when he recorded what would eventually be celebrated as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. To commemorate the occasion, Google Play just released a 14-minute feature that includes a handful of notable names like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Tech N9ne and Nas himself discussing the influence of the album on themselves as artists and hip hop culture at large.

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The Hip Hip ABCs: The Letter K

Posted by on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM

It is nearly impossible to get a bunch of passionate hip hop fans to agree on anything. But I tried anyhow, starting with a series of polls on Facebook that aimed to figure out which emcee or group was the best in the game as driven by the letters of the alphabet. No specific rubric or criteria was given; just a simple request for answers to the question, "Who is the best emcee or hip hop group beginning with the letter 'A'?; 'B'?; 'C'?; 'D'?..." and so on. The responses were immediate and spurred some pretty spirited discussions. A general consensus was ultimately reached for each and per the request of Music Editor Leilani Polk, I'm bringing the poll results to Ear Buds. Each week, I'll reveal a letter and its "winning" artist, and then I'll re-open the question for further debate. Once we finish the first 26, we'll start it all over again fresh.

Normally I try to have a little suspense or mystery about the weekly winners of the alphabetical rap battle that is The Hip Hop ABCs. Other than the Titanic movie I guess, most people don’t tune in when they know the ending already. Well, this isn’t some sappy movie about an ill-fated ocean liner.

This is the Hip Hop ABCs. 

This is the Letter K and it belongs KRS One.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Local Natives, Tech N9ne, Bob Schneider, Dead Milkmen & more

Concerts, April 10-16

Posted by on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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THURSDAY, APRIL 10
97X Freebie Weebie: New Politics Listener-controlled rock station 97X delivers free all-ages concerts by fast-rising national talent throughout the year. ‘Course, you have to snag tickets at one of the official ‘Ticket Drop’ locations to actually get in (more info at 97xonline.com). The 2014 Freebie Weebie makes it well worth your time with Denmark’s pop-sensible alt rock trio New Politics. You’ve likely heard the lead single off their 2013 sophomore album – the hooky, heel-kicking “My Sharona”-channeling “Harlem,” which was tapped for a trailer of Disney’s Frozen and has been playing over the airwaves a lot lately. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)

Authority Zero w/Donald Spence The melodic hardcore act with skate punk, Spanish and reggae-ska flavor that's been going strong since ’94, Authority Zero, has been powered by emotive and raw-voiced lead singer and songwriter Jason Devore for its full two-decade reign. Fifth and latest album The Tipping Point – recorded with Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Social Distortion) in California and issued last year – sees the studio debut of two newer players, guitarist Brandon Landelius and drummer Sean Sellers (who joined in 2011 and 2012, respectively), and the current tour features an even fresher face, bassist Mike Spero, who replaced Jeremy Wood last year. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

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Hyde Park Cafe keeps the underground house music scene alive in SoHo

CL looks at a local venue with international cred and the people who keep it relevant.

Posted by on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 6:25 AM

Peel away SoHo’s protective outer layer of partying and posturing, and you’ll find an entire underground house-music scene that has existed for two decades, and took root with the opening of Hyde Park Café in 1995.

HPC resident Brian Busto runs Serious Soul on Fridays from the Velociti room. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • HPC resident Brian Busto runs Serious Soul on Fridays from the Velociti room.
Through highs, lows, and typical ebb-and-flows, Hyde Park Café has endured, not only becoming a fixture of the SoHo landscape and the vital core of the local underground house scene, but also developing an international reputation as a preferred destination for house and techno DJs to play in Florida.

HPC owner Tommy Ortiz operated the club in virtual obscurity for its first five years, barely managing to stay afloat as he attempted to foster a nightlife scene in SoHo, and throw a weekly underground house-music party featuring the artist who’d originally introduced Ortiz to the genre, DJ Jask (still an HPC resident to this day).

“My bathrooms didn’t even work for a while,” he says.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Listen: tUnE-yArDs, "Wait for a Minute"

tUnE-yArDs turn the lights down low and go R&B on their newest track off forthcoming Nikki Nack (out May 5).

Posted by on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM

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Three years after the release of breakout album w h o k i l l, tUnE-yArDs are gearing up to release a third full-length album, Nikki Nak on May 5. Following the release of the frantic jump rope rhyme/new track "Water Fountain," tUnE-yArDs dropped another Nikki Nack song entitled "Wait for a Minute" on Tuesday.

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