THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Adam Ant w/Brothers of Brazil Synchronistically, the day before I got an email confirming Adam Ant's canceled February date at Hard Rock in Tampa had been rescheduled for September, I'd been driving around playing Adam and the Ants' Antics in the Forbidden Zone ANT-thology, singing and spazzing out like I was a tween again. As much as I'm not a fan of "greatest hits" reductions, I really love this one, which brings you from lo-fi gems like Adam and the Ants' "Kick" and "Xerox" to the catchy pop sensations of Adam Ant's solo hits "Goody Two Shoes" (which I nixed from my copy) and "Friend or Foe." I always thought Ant was so original with his combination of indigenous tribal music, brassy flair, proto New Wave rock and old-fashioned romantic swish; plus he was sexy, clever and an utterly entertaining showman. I saw him perform for his "Strip" tour at the Bayfront Center during my freshman year of high school and it changed my life. Count me in for Hard Rock's upcoming nostalgia fest. Who knows? Maybe he'll treat us to a cut or two off his forthcoming (release date pending) LP, Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter. (Hard Rock Café, Tampa) —Julie Garisto
Stallone w/Manray/Flying Snakes/Earth Burner Alternative live music space Castle Grayskull has hosted several shows of hard-leaning indie rock since opening its doors to the public in March. This all-ages bill features Georgia-based Stallone, an instrumental metal foursome fronted by Torche former/MonstrO current Juan Montoya. Stallone's dual prog-intricate guitarwork and distortion heavy passages are interspersed with quieter, surprisingly melodic drop-tuned interludes and more straightforward turns at sludgy, stoner rock. (Castle Grayskull, St. Petersburg)
M83 w/Sun Airway It's tough to describe the difference between listening to a recording of M83 and seeing them live. On headphones, their albums have a way of cocooning you from the outside world, flowing seamlessly between tense synthy pop and epic orchestration with a cinematic quality that often feels like a soundtrack as they progress. It's as though the L.A.-French outfit's control of album pace and layers of keyboards create dense insulation that block out everything else. In a live setting, the music is no less enveloping, but in a completely different way. Louder, faster, and more intense, when their songs fill the room the response isn't so much personal as a collective gut reaction. The crowd moves in unison as though songwriter/producer Anthony Gonzales is pulling thousands of puppet strings instead of playing keys. A lot of credit goes to a near perfect setlist; by getting rid of nearly every atmospheric "filler" song, M83 create an anxious energy that seems to peak over and over again throughout their shows. This latest O-town foray should prove no different. (House of Blues, Orlando)—Deborah Ramos
Agent Ribbons w/DieAlps! Guitarist Natalie Gordon and drummer Lauren Hess are the songstresses behind Agent Ribbons, Gordon’s full-bodied cabaret-throaty lead complementing Hess’ higher brighter soprano back-up in colorful black-humored narratives set against minimalist instrumentals. Though the Austin-by-way-of-Sacramento, Calif. duo added string arrangements to 2010 sophomore full-length Chateau Crone for a more baroque-resonant sheen, just-released EP Let Them Talk found Agent Ribbons scaling back to their vintage garage-pop aesthetic in songs like "Family Haircut," which is marked by Spector-stacked girl-group harmonies and psych-percussive textures. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Wyclef Jean Book Signing Inkwood Books welcomes Haitian-born hip hop artist Wyclef Jean for a book talk and signing of his new memoir, Purpose: An Immigrant's Story. Though it's not a music event, per se, the presentation includes a live interview with St. Pete Times pop music critic Sean Daly, followed by Q&A and signing. According to the release, "there may be music as well." Reserved tickets and copies of the memoir available at Inkwood. (Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Tampa)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Ketchy Shuby The self-styled "downtown soul" of Miami septet Ketchy Shuby draws on vintage gold psychedelic funk and soul, Afrobeat, reggae, jazz and blues influences, the musicians building heady grooves with clav, organ and bass, adding texture with guitar and percs, infusing brassy bursts or gently rising strains of sax and occasional flute, and each one (save for the drummer) providing backing harmonies to the alternately mellow-melodic or gritty-impassioned singing of frontman Jason Hernandez-Rodriguez. (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa)
Blast Friday w/Atlanta Rhythm Section Downtown Clearwater's free monthly street fair and party kicks off a new season of good times and live music on the stage in front of Capitol Theatre with a concert by Atlanta Rhythm Section, the more than four-decades-old soft rock band that put out 1970s hits like "So Into You," "Imaginary Lover" and "Spooky." (Cleveland Street, downtown Clearwater)
Stick Martin Show Flash Drive Release Party The local rock-hop trio led by rhyme-slinging songwriter Stick Martin hosts this new music throwdown, and the $10 admission price includes a specialized Stick Martin Show flash drive with five never-before-released tracks from a live set they performed at WMNF, among other select cuts. (Tampa Bay Pitcher Show, Tampa)
Coastline was also held in West Palm Beach, on the following day (Sun., Nov. 10).
what the other indie music festival in Florida you are referring to?
Great to read that..I am a big music fan..