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Beautiful Corpses w/Escape Tonight/The Best Day Ever/Rick Tokyo/Lights Out Lemmings I imagine the live debut of Beautiful Corpses will be a high-octane affair purely based on the musicians who make up the quartet, originally the studio project of Ascending to Avalon singer/multi-instrumentalist Ryen Gerson and now filled out by A2A bandmate and longtime collaborator Eric Bourne on guitar, and two Rise of Saturn heavy-hitters, drummer Pablo Liparoto and bassist Ivan Peña; the latter has described their sound as “a powerful mix of Zeppelin blues rock and swamp heat.” An eclectic lineup of locals fire up the stage, among them, grinding punk-fused alt rock trio Escape Tonight, and The Best Day Ever, their conceptual dance pop telling a transcendent love story one "chapter" (set of songs released as EPs) at a time. (Gasoline Alley, Largo)
King Django w/The Snail and Matt Mcleod/The Apes New Jersey’s King Django (born Jeff Baker) has been kicking around the NYC underground ska/reggae scene since the mid-1980s, and has an impressive resume to prove it. The singer, songwriter, emcee and multi-instrumentalist has toured internationally as a solo artist, fronted NYC bands Skinnerbox and Stubborn All Stars, played trombone for the likes of Rancid, The Toasters, and Murphy's Law, recorded with The Slackers and Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones among many others, started his own label (Stubborn Records), and opened his own boutique studio, Version City, where he produces and engineers multi-artist collections. He stops through town on his “Version City” tour of ska, rocksteady, soul, dancehall and dub acts. Warming up the stage is local eight-piece The Apes, which features players from Magadog, Rude Squad, and Gwan Massive. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)
Tom Rush The prolific singer-songwriter has been going at it for more than a half-century, was among the leaders of the ‘60s folk revival, and shows no signs of letting up soon. Tom Rush stirred the pot last fall with his response to Mitt Romney’s anti-47% caught-on-tape comments to potential millionaire donors — his own clever “hidden camera” clip that finds Rush performing the mocking ode, "What's Wrong with America,” at a faux fundraiser (“I’ll tell you what’s wrong with America, I’ll tell you why times are tough / The poor have too much money, and the rich don’t have enough.”) (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)
David Bromberg Quartet Three important reasons why you should care about David Bromberg. 1) His guitar style is steeped in the blues but his musical career really started in the mid-’60s Greenwich Village folk scene, where Bromberg became a much called-upon session artist who played hundreds of recordings by the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Carly Simon. 2) A random encounter with The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia at Woodstock (they both hid from the rain in a tepee) eventually led to four Dead members (Garcia included) playing on his second and third solo albums. 3) From 1980 through 2007, Bromberg only performed and recorded sporadically, instead turning his attention to violin making. His official return came in 2007 with Grammy-nominated solo album Try Me One More Time — only after he’d settled in Delaware and opened a violin sales and repair shop. His more recent sound encompasses elements of country, bluegrass, ragtime, and world music. His quartet includes Mark Cosgrove (guitar, mandolin, vocals), fiddler Nate Grower, and bassist Butch Amiot. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)
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Feral Babies/Wolf-Face/Permanent Makeup A punk rock triple header encompassing the hardcore, eardrum-blasting thrash and furious gut-wrenching punch of Feral Babies, a foursome that’s currently gearing to release a split EP with Chemical Ache on Kiss of Death Records. Hairy Teen Wolf bedecked foursome Wolf-Face brings songs like “I’m a Son of a Bitch!” and “Pubes on My Face!” to the bill while Permanent Makeup classes up the joint with their avant jangly surf-garage fuzz and reverb. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
PON SITE DJs Casper and LeSage of Ol’ Dirty Sundays have put their tune-filled heads together again and the result is this day of island vibes and culture held on the outdoor patio at Martini Republic. From 2 to 8 p.m., DJs Blenda and Shafiq spin all-reggae 45s in between sets by Bay area groove and sway purveyors Tribal Style, Badda Skat and Rocksteady@8. (Martini Republic, Tampa)
Grant Peeples & Grant Livingston Friends of Florida Folk serve a double helping of Floridian Grants on the intimate Hideaway stage — the Panhandle’s completely nostalgia-free twangy folk-roots singer-songwriter Peeples, who issued a new album, Prior Convictions, last year; and South Florida acoustic music maker Livingston, who sets his offbeat observational humor against a sound reflecting elements of blues, ragtime and swing. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)
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.