THURSDAY, APRIL 4
Rock the Park: Poetry N Lotion/Samurai Shotgun/Good Graeff The April edition of THX Management’s monthly outdoor music series provides a diverse and appealing soundtrack to the evening that features the trumpet-and-trombone attack of jazz-metal-electro fusionists Poetry N’ Lotion. Also performing is prog-alt hip hop outfit Samurai Shotgun, a fivesome that combines rocking live instrumentation (drums, bass, guitar) with the turntables tricks of DJ Qeys and Prince Golden’s commanding rhyme style; the result tastes of Wu, Rage and Roots. Finally, Sarasota’s Good Graeff rounds it out with their sunny infectious folk pop and Americana tunes as written by twin sisters Brooke and Brittany Graeff, who sing in sweet-piping harmonies, the former playing acoustic guitar, the latter jumping between cello and ukulele. (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa)
Aer On their brand new Strangers EP, campus-friendly suburban Boston duo Aer (David von Mering and Carter Schultz) take the acoustic pop, chilled-out alt hip hop and dub-fused reggae of 2012 debut The Bright Side into synth-riddled bass-bumpin’ territory, touching on electro rock and sci-fi funk flavors and even bringing on producers like Ratatat and Pete Rock along with guests Mod Sun and Guy Harrison to keep things fresh. Both trade verses in rapid-fire raps or more chilled-out flows, and sing in smooth R&B-sweet harmonies. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
Budweiser: Made in Tampa Bay Party w/Savoy/Milkman A free (ages 21+) party celebrating the Bay area with food, swag bags, ice cold Buds and live dance jams by two acts: Savoy, a Brooklyn-based livetronica trio that finds DJs Ben Eberdt and Gray Smith building high-energy electro-house club bangers with big pounding rhythms by drummer Mike Kelly; and Milkman, the alias of San Diego producer Gregg Luskin, who started his career as a mash-up artist and went on to building original dance tracks he currently presents via a combination of programming and ‘controllerism’ that allows him to command both the sound and the laser light show mimicking it. RSVP registration required at madeintampaparty.eventbrite.com. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Saskatchewan w/The Young Rapids A fine-class Orlando dream pop acts with a haunting melodic and hazy grooving sound, Saskatchewan, hits New World. Adding a bright note of Afro-tinged, percussive art rock and pop to the evening are The Young Rapids, from DC. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Some Like it Hot — The Music of Marilyn Monroe The Palladium’s Second Annual Gala features a program of select music from Marilyn Monroe films as staged by NYC jazz vocalist Rebecca Kilgore with support from the Harry Allen Quartet (sax player Harry Allen, guitarist Nate Najar, bassist Joel Forbes and drummer Kevin Kanner). (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
St. Pete Shuffle Presents New Granada Night w/Red Room Cinema/Rec Center/Mrenc The First Friday evening of shuffleboarding and live music is a showcase of three acts repped by New Granada Records. Rec Center features label leaders Keith and Susie Ulrey (on drums and vocals/keys, respectively) crafting breezy indie folk and melodic alt rock with singer/guitarist Michael Waksman, bassist Brian Roberts and cellist Melissa Grady. Red Room Cinema brings epic post-rock to the lineup as purveyed by a two-piece (guitarist Anthony Maltese and bassist Brian Burleson) while Lakeland’s Mrenc is another twosome (The Dark Romantics’ multi-instrumentalist Eric Collins and drummer/percussionist Dean Lorenz) that has a more beat-driven experimental vibe. (St. Pete Shuffleboard Courts, St. Petersburg)
Mindless Self Indulgence w/Peter Pepper NYC’s freakazoid industrial dance smashers and synthesized punk-hop thrashers Mindless Self Indulgence have embraced a new phase in their tenure, ditching label backing and running a high stakes, $150k Kickstarter.com campaign to fund their fifth album that became the site’s second most successful fan-funded music project with 225k raised (Amanda Palmer is still No. 1 at $1.2 million). How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence — their first in five years — hit fans who donated in mid-March, and includes some rapping and rah-rah choruses along with the usual cheeky-hilarious song titles and subject matter, like "Kill You All in a Hip Hop Rage," "Hey Tomorrow Fuck You and Your Friend Yesterday," and "I Want to Be Black." Copies will be available at concerts on MSI’s current tour, with the official release date on May 14. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)
Kill the Noise w/Style of Eye/Brillz Block rocking electro house, drum n’ bass and dubstep collide in fatty club-bangers as mixed, mashed and blown-out by Kill the Noise, the stage name of New York producer Jake Stanczak. Joining him on the “Black Magic Mystical Wonder Tour” is Swedish dance music DJ/producer Style of Eye (Linus Eklöw), and ass-shaking trap music dropper Brillz, from LA. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)
Tommy Malone w/Thomas Wynn and the Believers Though smoky-voiced singer, songwriter and axeman Tommy Malone is an active member of New Orleans swampy roots rock staple The Subdudes, he also does the solo thing. His sound is a fluid mix of bayou blues, honky tonk, wahwah psych rock, funky soulful R&B and even a little Latin jazzy lounge as evidenced in 2001's Soul Heavy. This year, Malone signed with New York's MC Records; his first solo record in a dozen years is due out this summer. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
I was fortunate to see Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presence was heart warming and her…
loved it! Well worth the $$.
Coastline was also held in West Palm Beach, on the following day (Sun., Nov. 10).