Thursday, January 8, 2015

Action Bronson announces major label LP, Mr. Wonderful, out March 24

Also drops second single "Actin' Crazy"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 2:54 PM


As CL’s resident Action Bronson fanboy, it doesn’t take much to profess my love for the big, Albanian MC and everything he brings to hip hop today — a fine taste for gourmet foods, a lack of self-seriousness bordering on absurdity, and a je ne sais quoi so crudely New York, “rapper” hardly scratches the surface. He’s a character; oddly formed, oversized and baked out in a way only this city could manage.

So, after a long-string of mixtapes and an EP, it’s nice to hear he’ll finally drop his first major-label full-length, Mr. Wonderful, via Atlantic Records on March 24. The album pairs the Queens emcee with a solid roster of top producers including Mark Ronson, The Alchemist, 88 Keys and frequent collaborator Party Supplies.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Listen: The Art of McCartney feat. Bob Dylan, Kiss, Brian Wilson and others

Hear 34 Paul McCartney covers from a range of big music names.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM


The Art of McCartney is a 34-song compilation of Paul McCartney’s greatest hits covered by a variety of (in)famous names ranging from Bob Dylan (“Things We Said Today”) to Owl City (“Listen to What the Man Said”), Brian Wilson (“Wanderlust”), Heart (“Band on the Run”), Willie Nelson (“Yesterday”) and a whole lot of others. It’s set to be released on November 18, but you can stream the 2-plus hour monstrosity below...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

An Earful (Local Edition): Big Guava downsizes, Coastline brings Flaming Lips & Future Islands to Vinoy Park, and Gatsby streams new LP

Festusiasts, hip hop heads: listen up.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Local emcee Gatsby presents a new LP, #starshipJERICHO. More info after the jump.
  • Local emcee Gatsby presents a new LP, #starshipJERICHO. More info after the jump.

Big Guava is back, and while it’s not as big this time around, it will have a noticeable impact on the agendas of some local festhusiasts. Live Nation’s summertime music festival is taking over the shed we’re still calling “Gary” for two days, May 8 and 9, which happens to be the same dates that Bay area community radio station WMNF will stage the 34th installment of its long running summer’s eve bacchanal, Tropical Heatwave. There’s obviously not a lot of crossover between the Heatwave crowd (think Paul Thorn, Joseph Arthur) and Big Guava attendees (last year’s headliners included Outkast and Haim), but Heatwave is known for bringing in a whole slew of up-and-coming acts before they break big (see: Elephant Stone, Carolina Chocolate Drops). Both fests are still months away from any lineup announcements, so the potential effect on attendance at Heatwave is still too vague to even try to predict. Stay tuned here and here.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tampa macabre-metal duo Into The Cellar release debut album. Stream it now.

Ex-Palantine boys go heavier, creepier on new project.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM


"I think over the course of five albums, Palantine started to head into heavier territory."

That's what Vinnie Cosentino told CL when we asked whether his new project featured more down-tuned guitars. "In some ways Into The Cellar is a continuation of that," he added, "but this is really a whole new band and ultimately much heaver."

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stream new releases from St. Pete bands Jensen Serf Company, Zulu Wave

Then grab cassettes and vinyl from two of the 'Burg's finest

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Jensen Serf Co.
  • Jensen Serf Co.

There are some who still don't know that Pinellas County is fertile ground for rock music that makes your ears ring while leaving you begging for more. New releases from two of the area's best should clear up any confusion for good.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Awkward Age offer limited free downloads of brand new LP, warm up for Pre-Fest on Saturday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM


Punk rock was well represented at Creative Loafing's Best Of The Bay awards last week (so not punk). One of the accolades went to Pre-Fest. The day-long music event capitalized on the abundance of existing shows already happening in advance of The Fest in Gainesville and rounded them all into Ybor City. There aren't too many scurrying kids catching shows all around Tampa Bay anymore, but there will be a lot of partying happening October 29 and 30.

Tampa gets an advance taste of all that on Saturday when Pre-Fest throws a warm-up show at New World Brewery. To celebrate, BOTB-winning outfit Awkward Age (one of the bands playing said show) is giving away their brand new LP, We Could Be Anywhere. CDs won't be available until late October, but Awkward Age couldn't keep it in their pants until then.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Live and Local Spotlight: The Apes present Release The Apes

Listen to "Boogie with the Taliban" and "Apes Take Miami," then hit Skipper's tonight for the release party

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:08 PM


Ed Lowery closed the door on beloved Tampa ska outfit Magadog back in 2012. That hasn't stopped the 45-year-old frontman from skanking though, and this Friday his latest band — The Apes — celebrate a brand new album at Skipper's Smokehouse.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Listen to Atlantic Oceans' debut 7-inch, grab it on green vinyl now

Ex-Giddy Up, Helicopter!/Sleepy Vikings members get in on New Granada's 20th Anniversary series

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

There's always a part of us that wilts away when certain local bands call it quits. Fans of beloved Tampa outfits Giddy Up, Helicopter! and offshoot Sleepy Vikings know this feeling well, and while those groups are now long gone, a bit of both lives on thanks to Atlantic Oceans.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

El-P and Killer Mike announce new Run The Jewels album, share first track, "Blockbuster Night"

Zack de la Rocha, Travis Barker and others enlisted for new album out October 28.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM


El-P and Killer Mike, the two-headed hip-hop monster known as Run the Jewels, have announced the follow-up album to their excellent 2013 debut Run the Jewels. Thoughtfully titled RTJ2, the new album will be released via CD, LP and digitally on October 28 via Nas' Mass Appeal Records. To commemorate the occasion, they've dropped a full version of the track "Blockbuster Night Pt. 1," which you can check out below.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Merchandise offer another taste of After The End with stream of "Green Lady"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

  • Tim Saccenti

It's August, and that means local music fans have less than a month to wait for Merchandise's debut LP for famed UK-imprint 4AD (Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters), which sees its release on August 25. The Tampa-based outfit has already given us tastes of two of the album's tracks ("Little Killer," "Enemy"), and yesterday they shared a full stream of the effort's fourth track, "Green Lady."

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