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SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
Purity Ring w/Young Magic Remember those old nautical folk tales of beautiful sirens luring sailors to meet their sweet below the waves with melodic and mesmerizing serenades? Montreal’s electronic-indie duo Purity Ring has similar tendencies, pulling you into their depths and then devouring you whole. The vocals of Megan James are so sweet and delicate, but with lyrics like “let it seep through your sockets and ears, into your precious ruptured skull,” it’s clear there’s something dark lingering beneath her lacy loops. Word on the street is that other half, instrumentalist Corin Roddick, employs a custom tree-shaped command center that controls both sound and light. Purity Ring’s post-dub and gothic samples have earned their album Belispeak its own genre-name “Witch House,” appropriate considering the twosome’s tunes are captivating and potentially dangerous. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —Arielle Stevenson
Mavis Staples Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy produced and wrote a few songs on You Are Not Alone, building a warm organic sonicsphere on the 12th release from gospel-R&B-soul-blues artist Mavis Staples, which CL writer Gabe Echazabal called “an instant classic.” The seemingly odd pairing resulted in universally-acclaimed magic, and You Are Not Alone earned Staples a Grammy for Best Americana Album at the 53rd annual awards. (Mahaffey Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Murder-Suicide Pact w/The Spears/Panspermia/God Harvest/Nazi Dust/Hollow Skull/RattenKrieg A crushing evening of hardcore punk, experimental noise, grindcore and powerviolence from mostly local acts as headed up by Murder-Suicide Pact, which stages this last show before calling it quits — and on the eve of releasing a new 15-song LP, Die Screaming, on Give Praise Records. Also of note: old school punk rockers The Spears (featuring members of Down By Law, Pink Lincolns, Hated Youth and D.R.I). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. (Mojo Books & Music, Tampa)
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers w/Ellie Lee With raspy-voiced commentary on capitalism and governmental gluttony delivered against gospel-soul flecked backing vocals and a blues rocking groove, “Greedy” introduces Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. The current outfit fronted by the guitar-wailing California purveyor of soulful R&B, Chicago blues and Southern rock features longtime bassist Randy McDonald along with drummer Byron Cage and keyboardist James Pace. The track was issued in November on a vinyl 45, Greedy/That’s All I Got, as an appetizer of sorts to a full-length album that’s set for release sometime this year via Alligator Records. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
Kansas “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son” are the staple Kansas hits you know and love best and ideal for performing on karaoke night after one-too many Jager shots, because that’s the only time you can really dredge up the depth of cheesy emotion required for the former, and lose your inhibitions to try to hit all those soaring notes in the latter. The progressive rock outfit celebrates four decades together this year and is joined by a full symphony orchestra for this date. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)
Florida Night Heat / The Send Offs / Thee Wilt Chamberlin If I have to tell you why these three Tampa Bay rock bands are great, then you obviously haven't been paying attention. Go. See them. Drink beer and be merry and rock out with your ... well. Get down. But don't take off your clothes, please. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Yonder Mountain String Band Colorado’s much loved jamgrass outfit always brings a lot of warm bodies to Jannus, many of them crunchy and carefree as they get down to Younder Mountain String Band’s fun-loving originals, like the dirt road spring-bop of “Rambler's Anthem” and cheeky reggae-tinged “2 Hits and The Joint Turned Brown,” along with genre and era-hopping covers of songs that include John Hartford’s “Steam Powered Aereoplane,” the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence,” and “Girlfriend Is Better” by Talking Heads among other delights. They sing in tuneful four-part harmony and use traditional instrumentation (banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass), but leave plenty of room for improvisation. Fiddler Jason Carter of The Del McCoury Band joins Yonder for their annual St. Pete stop. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
Auto! Automatic!! w/Samurai Shotgun/The Black Roses/Julia Set Instrumental math/prog rock trio Auto!Automatic!! — which celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2012 — has been mostly inactive over the past several months while loop and harmonics guitar genius Brian Larson worked on material and revived his solo project, The Aloha Model, and drummer Alex Fedele joined Poetry n’ Lotion, adding trombone and percs to their sound on stage and in the studio. Bassist Adam Kuhn completes the ensemble when A!AA!! hits Crowbar for their first performance of 2013. Alt hip hop group Samurai Shotgun backs their rhymes with live instrumentals, guitar-and-drums duo The Black Roses riff and rage through punchy garage-punk odes, and Julia Set rounds out the Saturday night bill with a sound that jumps between forceful metal pummel, shreddy technicality ala King Crimson, and placid post rock interludes. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
Sunshine Blues Festival w/Tedeschi Trucks Band/Sonny Landreth/Joe Louis Walker/Jaimoe's Jasssz Band/The Wood Brothers/Dr. John/Big Sam’s Funky Nation/Sean Chambers Band/Bobby Lee Rodgers Florida is the setting for the first-ever Sunshine Blues Festival, a traveling fest in miniature spread over two stages and with a mere three stops that end right here in the scenic waterside setting of Vinoy Park. Heading up the festivities is Tedeschi Trucks Band. Helmed by soulful songstress Susan Tedeschi and musician husband, subtle slide-wailing guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, the 11-piece brews up a textured, melodic, jazz and gospel-hued union of roots rock, blues and R&B. Other fest highlights: grizzly New Orleans ivories-banging singer-songwriter Dr. John, whose funky fresh 2012 album, Locked Down, was produced with a heavy hand by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys); electric blues axeman Joe Louis Walker, fresh off issuing his own new album, Hellfire; and The Wood Brothers, the folk, blues and back porch grooves project of guitarist/singer-songwriter Oliver Wood and upright bass-wielding younger sibling Chris (Medeski Martin & Wood), currently joined by Jano Rix (drums, shuitar, melodic). Read more about the brothers here. (Vinoy Park, 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.