THURSDAY, JUNE 14
Orgone w/Green Sunshine A group of vinyl-loving friends and self-taught musicians steeped in Los Angeles' DJ culture formed Orgone as an instrumental quintet in 2002, and it has since evolved into an eight-piece with a two-horn brass section and sassy femme vocalist (Niki J. Crawford) who enhance the band’s gritty raw and vigorous take on '70s-style heavy-driving funk, Afrobeat and psychedelic soul. Orgone is signed to Ubiquity Records (which also reps SF outfit Monophonics), and is currently working on their fifth full-length. (Orpheum, Ybor City) --LP
Jackyl w/LA Pussycat/Lit Up Get your Southern metal thrash on when Jackyl hits town with their hard-hitting, hard-pounding high-octane sounds to St. Pete, with high-screeching vocalist Jesse James Dupree leading the hair-flaying festivities. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)--LP
Driver Friendly w/The Mother Machine Austin-based septet Driver Friendly still brandishes the pop punk tendencies of their yester years — catchy hooks, upbeat synths and keys, and general hope-amid-the-shit appeal — but has progressed to a more propulsive alt rock sound and embraced a sort of unpolished raucousness. Commanding lead vocals deliver mature lyrics bolstered by strong multi-voice choruses, a double horn punch adds brassy backbone to ascending keys and guitars, and galloping drums bring energetic momentum to Driver Friendly's triumphant feel. New self-released, self-produced third LP, Bury a Dream, is now available at driverfriendly.bandcamp.com. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)--LP
The BoDeans Purveying a warm and stirring brand of fiddle-fused roots rock for nearly three decades is BoDeans. The Milwaukee-based quintet hits town just after the release of 11th studio album American Made, which finds singer, songwriter and band creative force Kurt Neumann getting introspective as he relates his experiences and feelings about growing up in the blue collar heartland and chasing the American dream. Likely you know BoDeans from their 1993 track, "Closer to Free" ("Everybody wants to be …"), made popular in '96 via its use as the theme song in hit TV series Party of Five. Yes, you can admit you watched that… (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)--LP
FRIDAY, JUNE 15
Rays Summer Concert Series: Afrojack I could have predicted the "Jacked America Tour" would switch-out its original Tampa Bay stop from the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall to someplace better known as a venue. (Some booking agent didn't do their homework.) The new landing site – Tropicana Field for a post-Rays game concert – is also a head-scratcher, but at least the rave time vibe of Dutch house producer Afrojack (the man behind Pitbull's 2011 chart-topper, "Give Me Everything") will have a guaranteed audience. How long they'll hang around is another matter entirely. (Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg)--LP
The Bouncing Souls w/The Menzingers/Luther If Bruce Springsteen is New Jersey's favored son, then Bouncing Souls are its red-headed stepchild. Over a 25-year career, the punk rock group has proved an influential part of the DIY punk landscape and seminal in its modern evolution. This week, the foursome issued their ninth and latest full-length, Comet, which was produced by Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) and waxes on such topics as the essential humanity missing from the media in first single "Static," to the title track's theme of living life to its fullest without concern about when that life might end. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)--LP
Kix Brooks You know this mustachioed Nashville country music artist formerly as one-half of musical duo Brooks & Dunn, who retired from their partnership and went their respective ways in 2009. While Brooks was more support to Dunn's lead during their 20-year tenure together, he released a solo album before they even met and after some downtime operating his successful winery and continuing work on his radio show, American County Countdown, he's re-settled into solo mode for 2012 with some live dates and a fresh-pressed starting-over single "New to This Town," featuring guest guitar by Joe Walsh. (Dallas Bull, Tampa)--LP
So Happy Together Tour w/The Turtles feat. Flo & Eddie/Gary Puckett & The Union Gap/Micky Dolenz/The Grass Roots/The Buckinghams The traveling nostalgia show that began in 1985 returns to the hall with its latest edition, headed up by the band that originally wrote "So Happy Together," The Turtles featuring original founders Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, who started performing as "Flo and Eddie" (The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie) during downtime from their post-Turtles gig with Mothers of Invention. Also on the 2012 tour is a string of schmaltzy pop makers – singer Micky Dolenz of The Monkees fame, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (“Young Girl”) and The Buckinghams ("Kind of a Drag") – and the more rock-oriented Grass Roots (“Let’s Live for Today”). (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)--LP
Loins / Permanent Makeup / Month Mind / Just Satellites Enjoy a four-sided shot of boisterous, ball-busting local music that includes a set by Loins, the new noise/punk/no wave group that has Sleepy Vikings beat-blaster, Ryann Slauson, bringing her frontwman game into play. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)--LP
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.