THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
One Single Wish: A Benefit Concert for Crohn’s Disease w/Christopher Costabile & Friends Clearwater native artist and musician Christopher Costabile (The Human Echo, River Guard) has been fighting the effects of Crohn’s Disease since he was diagnosed with the incurable auto-immune disorder at 18, and has endured three surgeries and a near-death intestine rupture because of it. His experiences prompted a commitment to helping other Crohn’s sufferers, so he gathered some of his Tampa Bay area music-making friends — Beardsley’s Brian Berry, Andrew Craven and Jason Kushner, Jaclyn Hicks (Ironwood), Mark Harman, Alissa Martinez, and Justin Vilardi (Paint the Town Red) — to write, record, and produce One Single Wish. The Christmas album features 12 new, original, bell-ringing and choral-singing holiday-themed tracks, with all proceeds from album sales and admission to this benefit concert donated to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). The $10 cover gets you a free download of the album … but if perchance you can’t make it, download and donate at onesinglewish.com. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Torche w/Set And Setting/Tides Of Man Harmonicraft is the third full-length from Miami stoner metal foursome Torche, its relentless riffage, massive howling choruses and melodic turns at heavy earning mixed reviews; it made Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 list but only earned a tepid 6.5 rating from Pitchfork, which found Harmonicraft too formulaic and not enough of a progression from 2008’s Meanderthal. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
Lauris Vidal w/Big Blu House/Acho Brother A three-way bill of Florida-grown talent as headed up by infectiously poetic alt folk troubadour Lauris Vidal, his most recent recording “Prisoneer” a stripped-down blues-psych tune musing on people who become prisoners to wanderlust (“The battered hearts of men like us / Shake like leaves for the never-ending road”). (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Roy Schneider CD Release Show Multi-talented Ft. Myers singer-songwriter Roy Schneider (guitar, harmonica, mandolin, stomp box) hits town behind a new studio album of Americana, Walls That Talk, with covers by heroes David Crosby and Guy Clark scattered amid the album’s 11 tracks. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
Dan Deacon w/Grand Buffet/Michael Parallax When I interviewed Dan Deacon more than five years ago, the DIY electro artist was rising from the Baltimore experimental music scene and working at carving a niche out for himself on a national level with his schizzed out-glittery sonic experiments and digi-warped psych explosions that, while cheeky and outrageous, came from a completely authentic place. “I just hope that people take it as sincere and not a joke,” he said. “Sincerity is an insanely important aspect to what I do.” Since then, he delved into classical music, and among other projects, he scored a film for Francis Ford Coppola, Twixt, and collaborated on a piece with So Percussion Quartet, Ghostbuster Cook: Origin of the Riddler, that was rated among the top 10 classical music performances of 2011 by New York Magazine. He also recorded a few well-regarded (Pitchfork.com-approved) studio albums. America, his 2012 debut on Domino Records, pays homage to his native country, its ecstatic, celebratory sounds integrating acoustic textures into the pop-tronics like concert percussion, winds, brass, and strings, and contrasting with the album’s darker lyrical undercurrents. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
The Wholetones Naples foursome The Wholetones hit town every six weeks or so, their tight musicality on full display in vibrant aggro roots music they’ve dubbed ‘folkcore,’ which touches on jazz, bluegrass, indie rock, reggae and metal influences in an original repertoire filled-out by oddly distinctive covers of songs by Modest Mouse and Johnny Cash, among others. Live, these guys do not disappoint. Ostensible frontman Taylor Freydberg plays a serious acoustic guitar and sings in a deeper-register hum with higher-toned vocal harmonies delivered by Alex Dorris, who jumps between nimble-fingered banjo shredding and drawing out wailing notes or fast-slashing spiccato on cello. Russ Depa plucks and thumps his upright bass with laid-back prowess and drummer Mayo Coates brings it home with lightly driving or heavy-charging rhythmic thrust. This free show starts at 7 p.m. (The Bungalow, Tampa)
Holiday Rock & Roll Spectacular w/Car Bomb Driver/Pretty Voices/Dank A loud, shit-kicking punk-sneering holiday rock show featuring the brash sounds of Car Bomb Driver, the garage-reverb jangle of Pretty Voices, and the once-a-year appearance of local punk vet supergroup Dank, made up of bassist Martin Rice (The Weapons of Ass Destruction), drummer Hugh T. Williams (TWOAD, Sparky’s Nightmare), singer/guitarist Travis Parker (TWOAD, Grassy Knoll Gunmen), and guitarist John McNicholas (Spiller). (Octave, St. Petersburg)
Hallucination Before Christmas 2012 Few holiday parties encourage freaky costumed debauchery with quite so much gusto as Hallucination Before Christmas, the annual Hallucination Recordings dance music-meets-Nightmare Before Christmas party and canned food drive for Feeding America Tampa Bay. More than 20 DJs are spread out over Czar’s four rooms for the 2012 edition, and each room gets its own theme with custom built props, eye-popping visuals, and distinct sonic atmospheres. Halloween Town (“Jack’s Christmas Graveyard and Pumpkin Patch”) delivers electro, nu disco, bass breaks and freak beats from featured misfits Tommie Sunshine, David Christophere and MONK (the latter two co-founders of Rabbit In The Moon); Oogie Boogies Lair (dubstep, trap, moombahton, drum n’ bass, drumstep) stars Miami’s Craze; Christmas Town (deep, minimal, tech and acid house) is headed up by Oonaslim; and Sally’s Sanctuary (chillwave, ambient grooves, funk, trip hop, acid jazz, downtempo) closes the night with DayDREAMn. Hallucination collected more than 1,700 pounds of food last year, and hopes to surpass that number in 2012. Bring three canned food donations or risk paying a higher ($20) cover. (Czar, Ybor City)
loved it! Well worth the $$.
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?