Concert Review

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Concert review: New Wave / No Synths at Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg

A look back at Sunday's synthesizer-free tribute to the '80s

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 3:58 PM

“So what is 'New Wave,' really?” Gina Vivinetto asked the crowd at the Palladium Side Door this past Sun., Oct. 26. Answers like “The Cure!” and “The Psychedelic Furs!” were inevitably spouted, but the definition itself was difficult to put a collective finger on. At New Wave/No Synths, hosted by Vivinetto, a handful of six local bands were asked to reinterpret the grooves of the experimental and indefinable New Wave movement using, well, no synthesizers.

First to the mic was Y Los Dos Pistoles, a four-piece indie garage group and our very own 2011 “Best Band to Drink Whiskey To,” and they opened the show with The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” Their own spin did justice to the pop-rock hit, served with less pop and heavier doses of grunge rock. They covered other '80s big-bills such as Blondie and ‘Til Tuesday. After playing The Cars’ “Just What I Needed,” they playfully admitted, “We tried playing a cover song once a few years ago. We almost broke up.” But I was pretty grateful they stuck with it after hearing their rugged, metallic guitars and Shae Krispinsky’s sultry vocals tweak all the original pop bits.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: A look back at Clearwater Jazz Holiday 2014

Clearwater Jazz Holiday celebrated 35 years this past weekend.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Troy Andrews a.k.a Trombone Shorty performs with his Orleans Avenue band
  • Kimberly DeFalco
  • Troy Andrews a.k.a Trombone Shorty performs with his Orleans Avenue band

Clearwater Jazz Holiday Celebrates 35 Years


Under the umbrella of crystalline skies and a live oak canopy, Clearwater Jazz Holiday 2014 hosted the consummate backyard picnic at Coachman Park.

That is, if you invited 30,000-plus of your favorite neighbors, friends and family, listened to a diverse line-up of renowned musical acts and spread it out over four days. And hey, no cleanup required!

Celebrating 35 years of bringing some of the jazz world’s biggest names to Clearwater, festival organizers continue to raise the bar with each new edition and have been following the growing trend of diversified music festivals like the formerly genre-specific New Orleans Jazz Festival, by welcoming performers that reach beyond the original genre scope.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Don't Stop St. Pete brings nearly 50 bands to seven downtown venues

A look back at the Sat., Oct. 18 fest.

Posted By and on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM

  • Brian Mahar

You have to hand it to anyone who’s ever organized a local music festival. Just thinking about what it takes to find the bands, the funding, and the faith not to scream “fuck it” when something invariably falls apart and puts the whole thing in jeopardy is enough to make the majority of us wholeheartedly pass on the endeavor. Then, there’s the actual festival, which, if you’re doing it like Don’t Stop St. Petersburg, means ring-leading six downtown venues, almost 50 bands, hundreds of paying customers, and everyone else through a frantic circus act of live music, booze, and bad choices you can only hope stay controllable for one night in October. [Words by Andrew, photos by Brian.]

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Plan B Block Party in review, from Kishi Bashi to Day Joy, Florida Night Heat and Those Darlins

A look back at the second annual Ybor City music fest held this past Sat., Oct. 4.

Posted By , and on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Three members of the CL music team ventured out to Ybor this past Saturday night for the second annual Plan B Block Party, which featured more than 40 bands spread over six venues. Here's some of our highlights.

Kishi Bashi at Plan-B Block Party 2014 - DRUNKCAMERAGUY
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  • Kishi Bashi at Plan-B Block Party 2014

6:55 p.m., Day Joy, The Social With the sun setting behind the tall gothic-style windows of The Social, the atmosphere was weirdly too perfect for the melodic and melancholic Day Joy. Orlando-spawned and nationally recognized, the group set the tone early in the evening with Michael Serrin’s gorgeous vocals and hushed, sailing harmonies backed by those of bandmate Peter Michael Perceval. My interest in the Plan B shindig was initially sparked once word of their performance came down through the grapevine, and the set, chock-full of the lulling tunes from their debut album Go To Sleep, Mess, didn’t disappoint. —Jackie

7:10 p.m. Rec Center, New World Brewery I eased into my own Plan B experience with the sublimely mellifluous folk pop and ambient rock melodies of Rec Center, the quintet's multi-voice harmonies shepherded by the stunningly sweet intones of Susie Richardson-Ulrey. Her vocals are just as pristine, exquisite and pitch-perfect live as on disc and served as an elegant backing coo to co-songwriter Michael Waksman's gentle tenor when he took the lead in songs like the lightly forlorn "Without a Scratch," though the set's highlight was a brand new number, "Thread No. 2," Susie piping strongly over breezy-swaying cello-bowed arrangements that amped up the tempo to propulsive and galloped to a powerful and rather satisfying crescendo. Can't wait to hear it recorded. —Leilani

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Photo review: Tom Petty doesn't back down at the Amalie Arena

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

  • Drunk Camera Guy

The recently re-named Amalie Arena was full of boomers when Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers landed in town this past Sunday evening. Special guest opener Steve Winwood warmed and wooed with strong vocals, impassioned piano playing and guitar strumming, and a pair of luxurious white muttonchops. Petty sparked an instant connection during his own headlining performance, pausing often to point, smile, and chat between songs. He's never been shy about his enjoyment of marijuana, and at one point he joked that 1991 was a great year even though "Into the Great Wide Open" was just about all he remembered of it. The 64-year-old was clearly having a blast, as were all the fans who'd come out to see him on this night... [More photos after the jump...]

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Concert review: Experience Hendrix at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

A look back at the traveling tribute show, with photos.

Posted By and on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Zakk Wylde, Experience Hendrix - TRACY MAY
  • Tracy May
  • Zakk Wylde, Experience Hendrix

A white-bearded gentleman in tie-dye sat alone outside Ruth Eckerd Hall amid a cloud of smoke, fashioning a long feather earring, a Rasta-colored pucca shell necklace, and a black cigar holster. A cluster of other Hendrix die-hards ambled around, beers in hand and leather abound, all anticipating the Experience Hendrix Tour — an all-star tribute to the late great guitarist this past Sat., Sept. 20.

“If you think you’ll break out your air guitar at some point tonight, raise your hands,” a radio host from The Eagle 107.3-FM asked, prompting a few middle-aged women to get to their feet before the show even started. After a wildly successful roundabout this past spring, the tour launched another national excursion and landed in Clearwater with an impressive roster of musicians ranging from Johnny Lang to Noah Hunt, Zakk Wylde, Rich Robinson and Buddy Guy.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Concert review: Erasure brings thumping club music to Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg

A look back at the Sun., Sept. 14 show.

Posted By and on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Erasure at Mahaffey Theater Sun., Sept. 14, 2014. - DRUNKCAMERAGUY.COM
  • Erasure at Mahaffey Theater Sun., Sept. 14, 2014.

For only being a two-man operation, Erasure sure knows how to kick up a huge cloud of glittery dust and throw a hell of a party. The synth-pop twosome who got their start in the mid-1980s have continued to rack up an impressive amount of dance club hits and a wide array of gold and platinum-selling albums. The long-lasting adoration for the British pair can be mostly attributed to a ravenous, die-hard dedicated fanbase. Just ask any of the giddy attendees who danced and sang along during the band's nearly sold-out 90-minute performance at St. Petersburg's lovely Mahaffey Theater this past Sunday night. [Text by Gabe, photos by DCG]

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Concert review: Ty Segall tears through the Skatepark of Tampa

The California wonderkid laid a hot heap of raw rock on the SPOT.

Posted By on Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM


Whether it's age, booze or both, you see enough live music and you're bound to forget a few shows. What I can only hope is that the memory of Friday night’s Ty Segall show at Skatepark of Tampa stays as raw and joyous as it was after the last crackling note buzzed from SPOT's speakers. [Text by Andrew, photos by Tracy.]

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Photo review: Lily Allen brings Sheezus to the House of Blues, Orlando

Posted By on Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Drunk Camera Guy
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I'll admit that I was a little worried when I walked into the House of Blues this past Wed., Sept. 10, and saw the stage decked out in giant baby bottles. Lily Allen's new album is a strange dichotomy of self-conscious mom and bad-ass bitch, and the decor had me worried that I was going to be seeing only one side of things.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Photo review: Birthday girl Tori Amos gives Ruth Eckerd Hall a gift

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Tori Amos, Ruth Eckerd Hall, August 22, 2014 - DRUNCAMERAGUY
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  • Tori Amos, Ruth Eckerd Hall, August 22, 2014

Tori Amos spent her 51st birthday with a crowd of fans in tiaras and feather headbands this past Friday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

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