FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
Jazz, The Art of Music Series: Stolen Idols Museum of Fine Art’s Friday night summer concert series — which brings a range of fine Bay area jazz artists to the scenic confines of its glass conservatory — concludes with a performance by Stolen Idols. The quintet crafts slinky exotica made for swaying amid the flickering light of tiki torches, melodic keyboard arrangements textured with vibes, marimba, percussion and upright bass. The $10 ticket price includes entry to the museum. (Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg)
Rescuer w/With Increase/Faith Addiction A free all-ages show to close August, all three hardcore bands making their debut on the Mojo stage: Rescuer, a quintet signed to Rise Records that purveys melodic hardcore and galloping punk with desperate screamo vocals; another five-piece, With Increase, slings jagged bursts of fury and delivers lyrics in breathless feral shouts; and cleverly-named Faith Addiction, their brutal raging style shaded deep metallic. (Mojo Books & Music, Tampa)
Turbid North Hailing from the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex — God, what an awesome Minority Report-esque word — by way of Alaska, rising thrash outfit Turbid hits the road in support of their new concept album Orogeny. A tale of survival in the brutal northern wilds, Orogeny is equal parts Jack London, Ride The Lightning-era Metallica and classic, moody death metal; following a stint opening up for new-school favorite Unearth, the group was signed to that band’s Ironclad Recordings. This is probably the last time you’ll catch this act anyplace as small as Fubar — they’ve got the goods to rise quickly through the ranks of the current metal/crossover scene. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) —Scott Harrell
Abiotic w/Dark Sermon/Bigredrobot/The Rival Within/All Sets Aside/A Long Way From Living/many more In “Vermosapien,” the first video-spawning single from newcomers Abiotic, ear-shattering roars and harsh wet shrieks climb over complex rhythms that pound and breakdown in staccato blasts or intense grinding thrusts with the distortion-crunched guitar and bass riffs, another guitar lasering clean solos amid all the heaviness. The Miami technical death metal fivesome released their first EP in 2011 and signed a worldwide multi-album deal with Metal Blade Records earlier this year. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Chris McCarty w/Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu Despite regularly performing stages all over the Bay area, singer-songwriter Chris McCarty usually returns to the Skipperdome with his soulful, amorous, feel-good acoustic rock grooves. Joining him on this foray is fellow Gainesvillian, Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu, fronted by Miami-born Joseph, who incorporates hints of his Haitian island roots into his full-bodied brand of funk and blues rock. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
The Heavy Pets w/Greenhouse Lounge South Florida’s Heavy Pets have grown into a fine group of musicians in the five years since they formed, tightly fusing elements of rock, funkadelic jazz, reggae, blues and jamtronica into a celebratory dance-inducing sound. The fivesome took a more organic approach to last year’s acoustic foray, Swim Out Past the Sun, produced and recorded with Grammy winner Vlado Meller (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction), and featuring sit-ins by longtime Jerry Garcia collaborator David Grisman. Greenhouse Lounge, from Jacksonville, warms up the show with their sample-strewn, manipulated and synthesized electro-dub soundscapes, assembled by a laptop rocker/guitarist, bass player and drummer. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Geoff Abraham & The Stone City A three-piece led by guitarist/gruff-singing guitarist Abraham with drummer Mark Busto (formerly Sugarspoon) and bassist Aaron Akers (The Loving Thorns), who dole out deep-fried blues-rock with gritty Southern appeal. For fans of the Black Crowes and Black Keys. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa)
COPE Last year’s Reader’s Poll winners of the “Best Jam Band” award went to Cope, and fans of the foursome — which dips into funk, jazz, bluegrass, Southern rock and reggae to get to their rockin’ sound — are offered two chances to see them this weekend; this Friday night gig in Dunedin, and then again on Saturday at Ringside café in St. Pete. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Sublime With Rome w/Matisyahu/Cypress Hill/The Dirty Heads/Pepper A big tour of reggae rock with a splash of hip-hop hits Pinellas Park. The post-Bradley Nowell Rome Ramirez-led Sublime with Rome finally issued a debut, Yours Truly, last year, and hits town in support. Currently, the sole leftover from the original Sublime is bassist Eric Wilson; Bud Gaugh departed in January and has been replaced by John Freese (A Perfect Circle, Devo, NIN). Also on the bill: quicksilver rhyme-spouting beat-boxing reggae artist Matisyahu, sporting a new look (cleanly shaved, hair grown out from a close-cut buzz to short, bleached and chic), backing a new Kool Kojak-produced album (2012’s Spark Seeker) with a fresher sound and exotic instrumentation, and shedding his strict spirituality-on-sleeve Judiasm in favor of a more loving and unencumbered creative attitude; old school hip-hop slayers Cypress Hill, their most recent release a collaboration with dubstep artist Rusko; SoCal fivesome The Dirty Heads, backing their sophomore LP, Cabin by the Sea, which arrived in a mailed press kit with a set of oversized DH-branded rolling papers; and Pepper, a popular melodic rocking dub, ska and reggae rock trio from the Hawaiian islands. (England Brothers Bandshell, Pinellas Park)
I was at the show and loved it. Great insightful review
As usual, great review, very well written.
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