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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
Bill Kirchen Roots-rockabilly singer-songwriter and Telecaster titan Kirchen hails from Austin and has been flexing his twang music muscles since the late 1960s, when he played with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. This date is in support of latest album Stems & Seeds, a collection of re-recorded tracks. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Jessie Ware w/Mikky Ekko The British vocalist’s contributions to the SBTRKT album and a gushing “Best New Music” recommendation from Pitchfork.com prompted me to give Jessie Ware’s 2012 debut Devotion a listen, though I expected to blow off its saccharine-sweet pop a few songs in. Surprisingly, within the first 24 hours of owning the album, I played the track “Wildest Moments” 25 times; I never figured it’d end up being just too catchy to stop playing. Ware’s vocals are an instant reminder of early 1990’s Whitney Houston or Jennifer Lopez, but there’s something modern and effortless about it when layered atop R&B-influenced pop-tronica, making it feel like that decade’s influence is finally back in the right way. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Deborah Ramos
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Excellent review, sorry I missed the concert.
I was fortunate to see Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presence was heart warming and her…
loved it! Well worth the $$.