Thursday, August 28, 2014

Summer Jam 10: Must-see acts

CL Music Editor Leilani Polk cherry-picks the best of an all-out excellent bill.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Beach Day.
  • Beach Day.

While the Summer Jam 10 lineup only encompasses 13 bands – relatively light in lieu of other multi-act, multi-venue music events – every single one is worthy of your attention. So, which to choose? We’ve highlighted six mandatory sets below.

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The last damn jam

Summer Jam 10 marks the end of this beloved, homegrown Ybor mini-fest.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Joe D'Acunto and Durium "Deacon" Jones. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • Joe D'Acunto and Durium "Deacon" Jones.

Joe D’Acunto’s heart isn’t on his sleeve. It’s in his mouth, ready to be unleashed at a moment’s notice. And regardless of the situation — be it a mellow afternoon chat at New World Brewery or a last-call rant at The Hub — you’re going to get every ounce of that heart shoved down your throat.

The hulking, bearded New York transplant has cultivated a passion for Tampa Bay since he started booking shows here in 1998. Part of that passion dies on Saturday, when the curtains fall on the 10th and final installment of Summer Jam — one of Ybor City’s longest running music festivals.

This year’s lineup is arguably its best, most eclectic to date and includes a few Georgia bands (dance-pop weirdos Reptar and garage-rock savants New Madrid) plus nearly a dozen Sunshine State artists plying everything from Americana to electronica on two stages. The party has been known to host local acts before they break, too. Merchandise’s Carson Cox (now signed to UK imprint 4AD) brought an early band — Dry County — to play Summer Jam 2, and fast-rising blues rocker Benjamin Booker (a Hillsborough High School grad now signed to ATO Records) played just last year.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Those Darlins, Matt Butcher, A.J. Vincent lead Plan B Festival initial lineup

A post-Anitiwarpt world isn't so bleak after all.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Those Darlins play Gasparilla Music Fest in Tampa, Florida on March 8, 2014.
  • Ray Roa
  • Those Darlins play Gasparilla Music Fest in Tampa, Florida on March 8, 2014.

Update:Advance tickets to Plan-B are just $10 for a limited time, and will increase in price to $15. Admission will be $20 at the door.

A year removed from the schism that derailed one of St. Petersburg's most promising music festivals, organizers of Antiwarpt offshoot Plan B seem to have the negativity well in the rear-view.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Southern Darkness Fest crushes Ybor City this Saturday with Pelican and others

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:02 AM

  • Pelican

A giant influx of heavy crushing bands – 27 to be exact – amass in Ybor City for the inaugural Southern Darkness Fest. Three venues play host to metal of most types (heavy, sludge, drone, black, post-, stoner, doom) as well as hard rock, hardcore (regular and punk varieties), grindcore, crust punk, d-beat, power violence, experimental, post-hardcore and screamo. Leading the impressive lineup is Chicago’s influential instrumental post-metal/post-rock quintet, Pelican, their atmospheric yet urgently driving sound propelled by dual guitars that vary between pretty melodic passages and thick grimy distortion; Pelican issued their fifth studio album, Forever Becoming, last year. Other acts of note: Georgia heavy metal power trio Black Tusk, and Tampa’s own post-classical five-piece, set and setting, fresh off their tour with Mouth of the Architect, which also plays Southern Darkness this Saturday. [More info after the jump...]

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tonight in live music: CL Music Issue Release Party, Kiss with Def Leppard, Virgil Donati

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

This Hump Day proves to be a rather eclectic one, as far as live music goes. Check out what's happening tonight...

Creative Loafing Music Issue Launch Party with Zulu Wave, Funny Bunny, Primitive Campers feat. Rich Whitely & Fil Pate, Mountain Holler x Ophelia CL’s annual Music Issue is right around the corner (it comes out tomorrow!!), and we’re throwing a shindiggy at New World tonight with a specially curated lineup of bands playing in honor of its launch. Included in the lineup: a mash-up of two solo folk-hewn artists, Mountain Holler with Ophelia; a newer roots-jammy outfit driven by the guitar and mandolin of Rich Whiteley and Fil Pate; sweetly psychedelic trio Funny Bunny, featuring co-vocals by husband-and-wife team Aaron Lepley (bass) and Kim Stein Lepley (guitar); and a stripped-back (less a member) but still fiery and bombastic version of Zulu Wave. The first 50 people in the door will get a CL tote bag (what?!?), we'll be hosting a drawing with prizes that include a pair of tickets to Interpol (courtesy of No Clubs) and a $50 Microgroove Gift Certificate

Come out early and enjoy some barbecue. Then get ready to party. For free. Here's the Facebook event invite so you can confirm. 7-11 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City. [More events after the jump...]

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Live Nation bring Julian Casblancas to headline inaugural Coral Skies Festival, nix relationship with Coastline Festival

Bombay Bicycle Club, The Hold Steady, Cage The Elephant, and more set for October 25 festival.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 4:07 PM

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Live Nation was not playing around when they expressed a desire to put on more festivals in the Tampa Bay area.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Live and Local Spotlight: Dunedin Brewery 18th Anniversary Weekend

Four days of brews and live tunes.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 5:50 AM

The Fritz
  • The Fritz
As if it weren’t enough that we’re enjoying a holiday weekend, Dunedin Brewery is throwing a weekend-long anniversary bash that marks its 18th year of brewing and serving craft beers to the Bay area public.

The brewery marks the occasion as expected: by cracking open some special edition batches, both new (an 18th Anniversary American Pilsner and a white IPA with hibiscus called Moon Reflects on Hibiscus) and aged (like the 2008 Spatz Barleywine), as well as living up to its rep as Dunedin’s live music haven by welcoming back favorite acts to play the stage over the next four days. 

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Reptar, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Millionyoung, and New Madrid lead Summer Jam 10 lineup

Long-running Ybor music festival says goodbye with strongest lineup to date

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Staying power is hard to come by in the world of music festivals, and while giants like Clearwater Jazz Holiday and WMNF's Tropical Heatwave have been around for decades, you won't really find smaller, one-day fests that have withstood the test of time.

Summer Jam is an exception, and on August 30 the Ybor-centric celebration of the end of summer is finally calling it quits with its 10th — and perhaps strongest — lineup yet.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Strokes and Phoenix stand out at the fourth annual Governors Ball in NYC

The early summer fest is making itself known as a dominant force the Northeast.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Friday's line-up at the Governors Ball in NYC.
  • Friday's line-up at the Governors Ball in NYC.
After missing out on attending Coachella for the first time since George W. Bush was still in the White House, I was determined to find some other out-of-town festival this summer that could bring maximum musical pleasure without breaking my oh-so-fragile checking account.

And that's why I was in New York City last weekend — to attend the fourth annual Governors Ball, a three-day festival that took place on Randall's Island, accessible only by ferry or by walking across the R.F.K. Bridge - the same route that takes you to and from LaGuardia Airport.  

The Friday experience began with Jason Isbell, performing at 1: 30 p.m. on the big Governors Ball stage, for the second time this year. The former Drive By Trucker performed a set of songs that brought the only country flavor to the festival until Neko Case played later in the day, and he was joined by his wife Amanda Shires on the fiddle. Isbell opened up with the very catchy "Super 8 Motel" ("I don't want to die in a Super 8 motel"). Some Tampa locals might have seen him perform on the second-day at the Gasparilla Music Festival earlier this year, in a more introspective set. Here, he was ready with more rock-friendly material for the masses, many of whom only caught pieces of his act, since the day was still young.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Local were-band Wolf-Face celebrates two years with Burgatory Fest & a PBR Burger Bash this Saturday

Two venues, 15 bands, and a bonus of burgers & brews.

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

  • Katherine Dunn
  • Wolf-Face
Two years ago, a pack of werewolves stormed the Fubar stage clad in yellow Beavers basketball tanks, knee-high tube socks and Chuck Taylors, headbands circling fur-sprouting muzzled-and-fanged faces, instruments blazing as they growled, barked and howled through raucous punk-rock odes about the life and times of frontman Michael J. Wolf, the aging cantankerous one-time inspiration behind 1985's Teen Wolf.

This Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of that momentous Wolf-Face debut at a venue the foursome now considers their unofficial home turf. It's also the date of Burgatory, Wolf-Face's second annual Memorial Day weekend throwdown, and a salute to National Burger Month, with PBR providing the brews and beef. Wolf-Face headlines the two-venue fest, joined by 14 others, all Florida acts doling out punk and hardcore sounds with a few heavy exceptions (set and setting, Zulu Wave).

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