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

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New Politics - DAVE AUSTRIA
  • Dave Austria
  • New Politics
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 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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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tampa Bay Blues Festival 2014 brings Buddy Guy, Irma Thomas and more to Vinoy Park

An impressive lineup for the 20th annual edition.

Posted by on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Buddy Guy headlines on Friday night
  • Buddy Guy headlines on Friday night
April has arrived heralding another round of sizzling sounds brought to Vinoy Park by Tampa Bay Blues Festival, which celebrates two decades in 2014 with a truly impressive lineup. While it’s not strictly all about the blues, the genre fits into the repertoire of every artist playing over the three-day fest.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Watch Kevin Devine cover Nirvana's "All Apologies," see him at The Ritz April 17

"When Kurt Cobain killed himself, my mom & dad called me to see if I was alright."

Posted by on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

As the tributes and remembrances piled up on the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's suicide, it's become clear there aren't too many contemporary rock acts that'd be making music if the late Nirvana frontman never poetically put his innermost thoughts onto tape. And while he was only on Earth for a short 27 years, the impact Saint Kurt had on music as we know it today is immeasurable.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Amos Lee, Ski Beatz, Mobb Deep, Jesse Cook, Anvil & more

Concerts, April 3-9

Posted by on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM


Branford Marsalis Quartet
  • Eric Ryan Anderson
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet
Branford Marsalis Quartet Of prestigious Louisiana jazz pedigree, Berklee-trained Branford Marsalis is the elder of brother Wynton by a mere year, plays soprano, tenor and alto saxophones, and cut his teeth working with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, not to mention collabing with Sting and the Grateful Dead, writing Broadway scores and even experimenting with hip-hop in his band, Buckshot LeFonque. While his sonic focus has shifted to more classical music environs in his later years, he still keeps his jazz chops tight and improv game at-the-ready with his quartet. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

Steve Hackett Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel might be the most prominent and prosperous ex-members of Genesis, but Steve Hackett flexed his lead guitar and songwriting muscles with the band from 1970 until his departure in 1977, and appeared on six seminal Genesis albums, including The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. The British axeman has recorded upwards of 20 solo LPs; two of those re-imagine Genesis material he helped produce as joined by assorted guest vocalists. Hackett hits town on the next leg of dates backing the most recent one, 2012’s Genesis Revisited II, and you can expect to hear “The Chamber of 32 Doors” and “Entangled” among other cuts. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)

Rock The Park: Poetry N’ Lotion/The Real Clash/Tommy Simms A triple serving of Rock the Park tastiness. Poetry n’ Lotion dishes out a clever, brass-blasted kitchen sink of fusion that touches on metal, gypsy jazz, reggae, Irish folk music, samba, psych and prog rock sonic doodads. The Real Clash brings high quality hip hop bombast with a full band (percussion, drums, guitar, bass, keys, DJ), two emcees and a howling vocalist/hype gal. And rock songwriter Tommy Simms (Win Win Winter, Automatic Love Letter) rounds it out with plaintive yet sweet vocals over heartfelt acoustic guitar-driven odes. (Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa)

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Florida Listening Room Festival brings concerts to homes, offices and the Palladium Theater this week

The fest returns for its third annual installment; public-invited finale in St. Pete this Sun., April 6

Posted by on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Not to be confused with DIY punk and hardcore-oriented house shows, living room concerts are acoustic-oriented affairs with audiences that seek a quieter, more intimate live music experience than typically found in bars and clubs. Hence the name of venues catering to these audiences — listening rooms — and the title of the multi-day event that brings a range of artists to private homes around the Tampa Bay area: Florida Listening Room Festival (FLiRF).

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Q&A with Del The Funky Homosapien, who stops in St. Pete with Deltron 3030

Del's project with Dan the Automator and Kid Koala hit State Theatre with full band in tow this Wed., April 2.

Posted by on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Deltron 3030
  • Robin Ha
  • Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030 is the funkadelic alt-hip hop-tronic supergroup made up of producer extraordinaire Dan The Automator, raps-like-he's-just-shooting-the-shit emcee Del the Funky Homosapien, and DJ/scratchmaster Kid Koala, each a powerhouse talent in his own right. The former two met and first collaborated in Handsome Boy Modeling School, but according to Del in our phoner yesterday, "We really hooked up in Deltron."

In their eponymous 1999 conceptual debut, Deltron 3030 introduced a dystopian 31st-century society and its hero, Deltron Zero, an embittered former mech soldier who used his sacred rhymes to rebel against the New World Order. This year’s sequel and Deltron 3030’s first album in 13 years, Event II, is more like a bonafide rap opera, taking it forward 1,000 years past Earth’s devolution from dystopian society to a post-technology post-apocalyptic world where criminals run rampant, police are the minority, and the rest of humanity’s rogues struggle at survival. Both albums explore relevant themes without being preachy, everything is infused with a healthy dose of absurdity and humor that keeps the stuffy earnestness at bay, and guest vocalists sing hooks or backing vocals complementing Del’s chewy rhymes, or deliver skit-like narrative interludes in between tracks. Event II found an ensemble of non-musical guests filling those narrative roles — actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Amber Tamblyn, actor/comedian David Cross, and chef/entrepreneur David Chang — while the artists joining Del were the usual diverse assortment who, Del said, were all associated with Dan the Automator in some way. [MORE AFTER THE JUMP]

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Deltron 3030, Avett Brothers, Second Annual Spring Beer Jam & more

Concerts, March 27-April 2.

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The Breakfast
  • The Breakfast
Second Annual Spring Beer Jam w/Serotonic & Displace (Thursday)/The Heavy Pets & Sophistafunk (Friday)/The Breakfast, Dangermuffin & Shoeless Soul (Saturday)/Uncle John’s Band & Between Bluffs (Sunday) With fledgling breweries cropping up all over the Tampa Bay area, Dunedin Brewery continues holding down the Northern Pinellas territories with excellent and varied offerings in addition to its seven standard ales. For the second annual Spring Beer Jam, the Brewery presents four days’ worth of (free) jam-centric live music and introduces a few dozen seasonal beers in addition to special and limited-edition flavors, including Stout For the Reaper (a chocolate cherry milk stout) and a collab with 7venth Sun & Cigar City, Subtropical Farmhouse. Among the high-quality bands that play each day are South Florida rock favorites The Heavy Pets joined by upstate New York hip hop-vibing Sophistafunk on Friday, and a Saturday bill headed up by Connecticut psych-prog jam scene vets The Breakfast. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) —Leilani Polk

Fortunate Youth w/Sheffield Crew/Sidereal If being almost nominated for a Grammy counts, then don’t write off SoCal outfit Fortunate Youth. Their latest LP was one of 50 finalists for ‘Best Reggae Album,’ and while they didn’t make the final cut (we’re betting Snoop Lion snuck into the nominee spot Fortunate Youth should’ve had), the 12-track effort is still pretty impressive. All 40 minutes of All A Jam ooze with a kind of beach-born, rocksteady, island-friendly vibe Sublime would be proud of, and if the band digs into earlier material like "Get Up" from their debut EP or cuts like “Jah Music” from their 2012 debut LP, then fans might be getting lifted and spiritual at the show, too. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Ray Roa

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

This Week in Tampa Bay area live music: Action Bronson, Pink Martini, Protest the Hero & More!

Concerts, March 20-26

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Autumn DeWilde - PINK MARTINI
  • Pink Martini
  • Autumn DeWilde


Miley Cyrus w/Icona Pop The awkward in-between phase when a child pop star transitions into adulthood has sometimes proven twice as tough on Disney pedigrees, and Miley Cyrus has followed in the footsteps of her predecessors with a series of graceless, provocative maneuvers that caused one media frenzy after another. ‘Course, she planned her public unveiling of her image change in the weeks leading up to the release of her 2013 fourth album Bangerz, a brilliant PR move that managed to solidify the love of her already adoring fanbase in defense of her honor, usher in her more hip hop-oriented stylistic change with greater ease, and put her in the minds of a general populace that likely didn’t know, care or think about her at all before her VMA twerk n’ tongue work. While I don’t really dig her music much, I admire her moxie, on full display when her “Bangerz Tour” hits the Forum and Miley makes her grand entrance on a giant curling (lawsuit-triggering) tongue slide. (Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa) —Leilani Polk

Between the Buried and Me w/Deafheaven/Intronaut/The Kindred Between the Buried and Me is one of those bands that you can’t listen to while trying to concentrate on something else. They hijack your attention with their key changes, time changes, and everything-else changes. Melancholy and melodic passages transition into brutal death-metal mosh music, which becomes surprisingly intelligent and contemplative progressive rock. The band’s prominence in the scene is demonstrated by their move from the shoulders of one giant label — Victory Records — to their current roost at Metal Blade Records, and they’re sure to continue their beautiful onslaught in the years to come. Providing main support for the current tour are Californian black-metal fusionists Deafheaven, their sounds in the vein of one of Sweden’s essential black-metal bands, Dawn, only with added light to the morose and depressing stretches of sound. A Deafheaven feature ran in last week’s issue; read it at (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City) —Shawn Ohtani

Adam Randall Band The Clearwater folk and roots-rock singer-songwriter hits the Witch on the heels of releasing a new full-length album of original material, Different Blood. (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg) —LP

King Parrot w/Vattnet Viskar/Witch Bastard/Deadlift/A Long Way From Living While many bands attempt to meld different subgenres into their sound with the goal of being unique, King Parrot succeeds and leaves everyone else in the dust. Not only do they showcase the best aspects of death metal, black metal, thrash, prog, and all the “cores” into their music, but King Parrot does it with their own distinctly Australian sense of humor. Some laud King Parrot as staging the best and most entertaining performances that an extreme-metal fan could ever hope for, while others argue that their official YouTube videos are every bit as captivating as anything they have to offer in a live setting. Regardless of which side is correct, this metal show shouldn’t be missed. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —SO

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Deafheaven shines a light in the usual black metal darkness

The Cali metal outfit supports Between the Buried & Me at The Ritz Ybor on Thurs., March 20.

Posted by on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

  • Reid Haithcock
  • Deafheaven

It’s clear from his band’s two genre-hopping LPs and his onstage histrionics that Deafheaven frontman George Clarke has a predilection for the dramatic. Last year’s well-regarded sophomore record Sunbather drew heavily from two diametrically opposed pillars of melodrama (the weepy moans of shoegaze and the twilight rush of black metal) and rocketed the San Francisco project, helmed by Clarke and co-founder guitarist Kerry McCoy, from metal-scene pariahs to a crossover success story extolled by outfits like Spin and This success can be at least partially attributed to Clarke’s intense night-in-and-night-out emotionality. In conversation with Clarke, with whom this interviewer caught up on the phone from a Michigan tour stop, that theatricality peeked through in his generally enthusiastic demeanor.

“Darkness always meant more to me than anything else,” he explained, regarding the early interests that eventually drew him to black metal. Whether it was the writings of Edgar Allan Poe or the body-horror of early Stephen King, the art that appealed to Clarke from a young age tended to skew toward the morbid. “It always felt stronger than things that were lighthearted or playful or bright.”

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Modest Mouse hits Orlando this May

Posted by on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Modest Mouse in the studio with Big Boi
  • Modest Mouse in the studio with Big Boi

Modest Mouse will return to Florida and hit up The Beacham Theatre in Orlando on Fri., May 16.

This will be Isaac Brock and Company's first Florida appearance in five years. They played a one-off in Miami following what was supposed to be an appearance at the abruptly-cancelled Langerado Music Festival back in 2009. Before that, they played at Hard Rock Live in Orlando in 2008 in support of their last proper full-length We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. They last appeared in Tampa at the old (smaller) Orpheum back in 2004 (yeesh, time flies) right before their biggest album to date, Good News for People Who Love Bad News and its ubiquitous single "Float On" blew right the fuck up into the mainstream.

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