Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tonight in live music: Donavon Frankenreiter with Cody Simpson, Porcupine

A few shows happening this Thurs., Aug. 27

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM

A few noteworthy shows happening in St. Pete tonight. Take a look at the breakdown below; a few other things happening this Thurs., Aug. 27, also included.
Donovan Frankenreiter - SAINT ROCKE
  • Saint Rocke
  • Donovan Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter with Cody Simpson Donavon Frankenreiter seems like one cool dude. On top of maintaining a rather fine-looking mustache, the Hawaii-based singer-songwriter juggles family, surfing and music with laid-back ease, even launching a contest in May where he gave away a GoPro camera every day while live-streaming videos that documented his studio sessions as he recorded his new album in what he dubbed “10 straight days of streamin’ & strummin’.” It proved an efficient and effective experiment; the entirety of The Heart was completed in this manner, and came out August 4. His sixth full-length and second with co-writer Grant-Lee Phillips proves more earnest and sentimental than past material, its heart theme spurred in part by his father, who was battling leukemia during its making and died a few weeks after its completion. Warming the stage on this tour is Aussie songsmith Cody Simpson, who has a sweet high-toned croon and breezy sunshine-drenched acoustic rock sound dosed healthily in island sonic hues. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

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The Hummingbirds present 13 Days

The husband-and-wife roots duo celebrate with an album release party at Hideaway Cafe this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 4:00 AM

The Hummingbirds are Rachel and S.G. Wood.
  • The Hummingbirds are Rachel and S.G. Wood.

The Hummingbirds aren’t actually from Tampa Bay, but the Detroit native husband-and-wife roots duo played here an awful lot before re-locating to the area last year and are currently shopping for a 
permanent home to call their own while promoting a new album, 13 Days, its title track an amusing back-and-forth duet about a rather short relationship and all the reasons it went right (and wrong). Rachel Wood’s husky tuneful drawl balances S.G.’s deeper twanging intones, their instrumentals (built on vintage electric guitars, drums and banjo) a mix of rambling Southern-driving roots rock (“Horses and Rattlesnakes,” “Red Truck”), Appalachia-hued Americana (“Fast Love,” “Borrow Me”), classic country with alternative charm (“Richer with Nothing,” “Leave This Town”) and even dusty tumbleweeds-blown folk-roots with gospel hues (“Listen to the River”).

The Hummingbirds present 13 Days at a release party that features support from a few other local twangy staples — Rebekah Pulley and Will Quinlan.

The Hummingbirds' Album Release Party takes place this Sat., Aug. 29; doors open at 6 p.m., with the show to kick off at 8 p.m., at Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg, Admission is $12.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Underoath announces a reunion tour that launches from Tampa Bay next March

Two albums will be played in their entirety. The presale is tomorrow; public sale on Friday.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Underoath, together again
  • Underoath, together again

Underoath played the last date of their tearful farewell tour on Jan. 26, 2013, at Jannus Live. The nostalgia for what once was must have been running strong after the April/May premiere of the fan-funded documentary film Tired Violence — which followed Tampa Bay's favored Christian post-hardcore rockers on said tour — because they're getting back together to play some dates next spring.

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Tonight in live music: Machine Gun Kelly at The Ritz Ybor

The aggro rapper repped by Bad Boy/Interscope brings his rapid-fire raps to Tampa Bay

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 6:00 AM

  • MGK

With a nickname earned from his rapid-fire rapping and an aggro-heavy sound that straddles the line between hip-hop and punk rock, Machine Gun Kelly has been riding his come-up since getting discovered by Diddy and signing to Bad Boy/Interscope in 2011. He’s finally finished a sophomore follow-up to 2012 smash debut, Lace Up (which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200) and in addition to more live instrumentation, General Admission features guests by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, French Montana, Yo Gotti and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, which produced first single “Till I Die”; its video has more than 12 million views as of this writing. The LP’s release has been delayed, however, and last month, out of frustration and as a sort of an apology to his fans for the wait, MGK dropped Fuck It, a mixtape made up of songs left off the LP, now due out in September. Tue., Aug. 25, 7 p.m. doors, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $30 (all ages).

Check out some media below, including a full stream of Lace Up...we suggest starting there.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

This Sunday in live music: Umphrey's McGee, Yes & Toto, Leisure Cruise

Some shows happening this Sun., Aug. 23

Posted By on Sun, Aug 23, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Three quality shows of note on this Sun., Aug. 23. Take a look at the breakdown below.
Umphrey's McGee
  • Umphrey's McGee

Umphrey’s McGee with J. Roddy Walston and the Business I’ve seen Umphrey’s McGee play live. A lot. Admittedly, I used the music of the Chicago septet to fill the musical void left during the period that Phish was “broken up,” between 2004 and 2009. But I developed separate and equally intense feelings of appreciation for Um, made up of highly skilled and technically inclined musicians who draw on the finer sounds of rock, jazz, metal, reggae, electronic music and even a little funk, soul and hip-hop, their “progressive improvisations” not so much jams as calculated musical odysseys. And their live show will melt your face. Don’t sleep on this one. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

This Saturday in live music: Funkfest with Jodeci, SWV & others, The Atlas Moth, Shroud Eater + more

Concerts happening this Sat., Aug. 22.

Posted By on Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 11:37 AM

A decent lineup of live music happening this Sat., Aug. 22. Take a look at some highlights below.
  • Jodeci

If we’re really nit-picking here, this ‘Funkfest’ bill doesn’t actually feature any true-to-form funk acts but several artists that charted R&B, hip-hop and New Jack Swing hits in the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Heading up the bill are a few vocal quartets with sweet and sexy charters – the K-Ci & JoJo-powered Jodeci (“Come and Talk to Me,” “Forever My Lady”) and Dru Hill (“How Deep Is Your Love”). Other highlights include catchy track-making rapper/producer Trick Daddy (“Thug Life,” “Nann Nigga,” “Take It to Da House”), known for his collabs with sassy rhyme-slinging Trina; nasty hip hop purveyors 2 Live Crew (“Pop That Coochie,” “Me So Horny,” “Banned in the U.S.A.”); and gospel-hued girl group SWV, which put out several love songs (“I’m So Into You,” “Weak” and the MJ-riffing “Right Here/Human Nature”) before breaking up in ’98; their reunion has been documented in an unscripted WeTV reality series, SWV Reunited, that just finished its second season. Also performing: MJG, Demetria. (Raymond James Stadium, Tampa)

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Friday, August 21, 2015

The Weeknd coming to Tampa

The Canadian crooner and Drake associate lands at Amalie Arena this fall

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 12:30 PM


Hairstyle with a sultry-voiced human attachment The Weeknd will bring his “The Madness” fall tour to Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Thurs., Dec. 17. Hitting the road in support of his upcoming LP Beauty Behind the Madness, the Canadian R&B revivalist (or, leader of the so-called PBR&B movement) will surely bring the baby-making vibes with popular singles like “Earned It,” "The Hills" and “I Can’t Feel My Face” set to be on the album, which is due out on August 28.

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Tonight in live music: Kim Lenz and The Jaguars, Telekinetic Walrus & more

A breakdown of concerts happening this Fri., Aug. 21, plus a look at what's coming up this weekend.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Hey look — you made it to Friday. Take a minute to heave a sigh of relief. But don't be content with veg time on the couch — go see some live music! Here's what's happening this Fri., Aug. 21, plus a look at what's coming up this weekend. Who knows? Maybe there's something you'll want to see every night this weekend...
Kim Lenz
  • Kim Lenz

Kim Lenz and The Jaguars with Ted Stevens & the Doo Shots Voted “Rockabilly Female of the Year” at the 2015 Ameripolitan Music Awards, Texas-raised LA-based songstress Kim Lenz has been lauded as the feminine counterpart to Elvis Presley by Rolling Stone with a soulful vintage rock sound propelled by her sneering, sultry drawl and the tight instrumentals of her three-piece band, The Jaguars. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Fil Pate Organ Trio Favored local string-playing great Fil Pate is known for his sit-ins and collabs with acts ranging from Rich Whiteley to Applebutter Express, but he also has plenty of solo material that puts his fine picking talents on full display. With his trio – which also encompasses Casey Otto (organ, keys, left hand bass) and Leo Suarez (drums) – he sets aside his go-to mandolin in favor of acoustic guitar. They’ll be making their Hideaway Café debut fresh from the studio and have promised to perform some new material along with covers by choice artists. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tonight in live music: The Motet, Will Sprott, Nashville Pussy & Valient Thorr + more

Several high quality shows are happening this Thurs., Aug. 20.

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM

A healthy serving of shows happening on this Thurs., Aug. 20. Breakdown below...
  • C. Dylan Langille
  • The Motet

The Motet with Serotonic
Drumming force Dave Watts has been leading The Motet out of Denver for more than 15 years, pushing a heady blend of funk, jazz and Afrobeat that occasionally segues into reggae and electro-tinged territories. Watts’ robust percussive-fused rhythmic power is complemented by heavy basslines that can be wet and flexible or deep and steady, soundscaping or groove-hawking keyboards, a trumpet-sax section adding restrained boosts or dramatic accents, and occasional soulful vocals on material that ranges from originals like sci-fi greasy dub-soaked “Rynodub” and vintage Sly Stone-vibing “Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed,” both off a 2014 self-titled LP, or covers like the S.W.A.T. theme and “Low Rider” (à la last year’s annual Halloween throwdown). (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) –Leilani Polk

Tech Jam The biggest annual fundraiser for TechStart Tampa Bay — a nonprofit that strives to provide technology education and opportunities to at-risk youth — finds five Bay area tech companies and their respective bands (like Tech Data’s Unusual Suspects and Peak 10’s From This Fire) battling it out for votes and donations and the ultimate title of Tech Jam Badass. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)–LP

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Fall Arts Preview 2015: What to Watch for in Music

Jose Gonzales, Chance the Rapper and others hit Tampa Bay this fall.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 4:02 AM

After what felt like the slowest summer in music ever, tour schedules have picked up and we’ve got lots to look forward to this fall. Here’s a peek at some noteworthy shows scheduled to land in Tampa Bay in the coming months. Bust out your calendars and start plotting out your fall music must-sees now.
Thee Oh Sees
  • Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees John Dwyer is one prolific son of a gun. He and his San Francisco band, Thee Oh Sees, have issued an album a year since 2008 (with two in 2011), and even a brief hiatus in 2013 couldn’t keep ‘em down for long; a few more LPs have followed since their full-steam-ahead return in 2014. This year’s Mutilator Defeated At Last maintains their time-tested formula of mixing fuzzy ‘60s-hued psych-garage rock with snotty modern art punk, all driven by Dwyer’s brassy yelps and dreamier croons. Thee Oh Sees inspire fervent devotion, and this show will most assuredly sell out well in advance; get your tickets stat. Sept. 18, Crowbar, Ybor City.

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