THURSDAY, APRIL 19
Night Beats w/The Florida Kilos/Wet Nurse Lee Blackwell calls the rainy streets of Seattle home, but his voice — an oft-warbled, ominous croon reminiscent of a Zeppelin-era Robert Plant — could have surfaced from the recesses of a dingy, mold-ridden basement in rural Tennessee. His band, Night Beats, plays an equally grimy brand of pysch-rock where jangly guitars sound like they’ve been drudged through dust, caked in spit, then washed in the rolling waves of Huntington Beach, Calif. “Dwayne’s Drone” from their latest self-titled LP is an especially hypnotic mishmash of glitched vocals and sprawling and swirling guitar textures, the sonic equivalent of chasing a double shot of cheap whiskey with ice cold Keystone Light; it might sting a bit on the way down, but leaves your face tingly, and makes everything look and feel really good. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —Ray Roa
Wanee Festival 2012 The four-day Allman Brothers Band-headed music fest includes performances by the likes of Further, North Mississippi Allstars, and Hot Tuna Electric; check out Kevin Tighe’s interview with Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen at cltampa.com/music. (Spirit of Suwannee, Live Oak)--Leilani Polk
La Dispute w/Balance & Composure/All Get Out/Sainthood Reps/Makari La Dispute crafts an intense mix of post-hardcore, prog, hardcore punk, and screamo as carried by the volatile vocals of frontman Jordan Dreyer, his spoken-word passages spewed in sing-song rhymes, choking barks or wildly clamorous shrieks. (Orpheum, Ybor City)--LP
Brunt of It w/Chilled Monkey Brains/Nothing In The Dark A skanky, punkified bill of indie bands headed up by New England septet Brunt of It, their infectious sound marked by urgent blasts of brass, tight and rousing rhythms, and gruff lead vocals shrieking with support from spirited multi-voice backing shouts and rah-rah choruses. Also of note: Chilled Monkey Brains, from Tallahassee, which has a harder-edged horn-fused weirdo-prog appeal, and a fresh new EP, We’re All In This Together. (Transitions Art Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)--LP
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Dick Dale & the Dick Dale Band w/Hodaddys/Amber Lynn & the Swingin’ Papas With a Stratocaster and biker-bandana in lieu of a scepter and crown, the King of the Surf Guitar returns to Tampa Bay! His most recognizable melody is “Misirlou,” one of his most requested songs since its 1962 debut, but blasted permanently into the pop-music lexicon by Tarantino’s use of it in Pulp Fiction in 1994, and again in 2005 when Black Eyed Peas heavily sampled it in their hit, “Pump It.” Not a man who rests on his hits, Dale continues to tour and provide energetic performances. Advice for this show? Go early and stay late… you just might catch Dale sound-checking before the show via remote-pack from outdoors, and if you’re lucky, he’ll perform some haunting acoustic songs as an encore. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Justin Little
Ronny Elliott’s 65th Birthday Party He’s known for slinging sharp-witted anecdotes, writing well-crafted narratives, and delivering his musings in a crusty lower-register drawl against alt roots rock with plenty of Southern fried twang. Tampa Bay troubadour Ronny Elliott — who’s been active for the better part of four decades, but only started sowing his solo oats and building an international rep in 1995 — celebrates his legal retirement at this “No Gold Record, No Gold Watch” birthday party with his full band, The Nationals, and special guests Ramsay Midwood and Sandy Atkinson. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)--LP
Chicago Hitting town on what’s becoming an annual stop is seminal soft prog-jazz group Chicago, purveyors of horn-fused platinum-selling hits for more than four decades. Last year, Rhino released Chicago XXXIV: Live in ‘75, which was recorded during one of the band’s finest tours and features such old-school hits as “25 or 6 to 4” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)--LP
Jammin’ on the Green 420 Music Festival A huge three-day, two-night camping festival celebrating the unofficial holiday with lots of live music at a clothing-optional resort. Organizing and heading up the fest is hip-hop funkified-jam rock outfit Green Sunshine; a huge array of other like acts fill out the lineup and add blues, electronica, jazz, and reggae to the sounds of the weekend. An after-hours DJ set, a late-night acoustic campsite super jam, yoga workshop, and other activities round out the weekend diversions. Nudity is permitted, not required. (Riverboat Resort, Land o’ Lakes)--LP
Peelander-Z w/One-Eyed Doll/Lemon Law/The Shinobi MC Four Japanese musicians take on color-themed comic-book personae and deliver brash tunes in coordinating costumes as NYC-based act Peelander-Z. Their punkified sound takes a New Wave-synth pop turn on their just-released record, Space Vacation, which even includes a cover of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Live shows involve plenty of outrageous antics and audience participation (human bowling, limbo dance, karaoke and the like). (Orpheum, Ybor City)--LP
Tyler- I can't believe how talented of a writer you are. This article was beautifully…
Great interview! Give the interviewer a full time job! He's great!
The DJ was actually The Castle's very own DJ Tom Gold :)
Fabulous review Gabe! Too bad I missed it.