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The Dangerous Summer w/Breaking Laces/Tommy & The High Pilots/Rare Monk/others The Dangerous Summer brings their punk pop-hued alt rock to town on the heels of issuing a third studio effort, Golden Record, out this month on Hopeless Records. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
RiFF RaFF Neon Icon Tour w/Big Makk You’ve probably caught wind of the back-and-forth between Houston rapper Riff Raff (whose initial claim to fame was as a reality contestant on MTV’s From G’s to Gents) and the creators of 2012’s Spring Breakers. Riff Raff has filed a $10 million lawsuit alleging the character portrayed by James Franco (a drawling tatted rapper/criminal named Alien) was modeled after his own life right down to the character’s gold grill and cornrows, and created without his permission or a proper production credit. (Franco and director Harmony Korine insist Alien’s character was inspired by underground Florida rapper Dangeruss.) Check the trailer and you’ll reach your own conclusions pretty quickly. Controversy aside, the cheeky freestylin’ slacker rapper has some street cred, both as a member of comedy rap group Three Loco (with Andy Milonakis and Dirt Nasty aka Simon Rex), and as a solo artist now signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label. A Diplo-supervised album is due sometime later this year. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Robby Krieger w/Dean Johanesen Singer, songwriter and iconic guitarist of The Doors Robby Krieger hits Palladium Theater with his band Jam Kitchen, which includes multi-instrumentalist Arthur Barrow and keysman Tommy Mars (both one-time players with Frank Zappa), sax player Larry Klimas (Neil Diamond, WAR, Chicago) and drummer Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea, Al Di Meola). The program will include Krieger’s original solo material along with select songs he helped write from the Doors catalog — “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me,” “Light My Fire” and “Love Her Madly” among them. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
Fowler’s Bluff This St. Pete alt-rock quartet with light Southern and prog-fusion tendencies has been performing as Fowler’s Bluff since 2011, but only really started ramping up their presence in the local scene over the past year as they’ve continued building their original repertoire and adding polish to their live show. This date celebrates the completion of their first five-song EP, recorded at various sites around the area, and ranging from the moody measured melodies and psych-ambient atmospherics of “Swell,” to the more urgent expansive drive of “Monte Carlo.” The first 50 guests get a copy of the EP with their $5 admission. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)
Not Tonight Josephine w/Malaya/Amare/Civil Action “We live and die with, a sense of pride, it’s our only common gold,” sings multi-layered vocals that open the title tracked off Not Tonight Josephine’s brand new Common Gold EP, produced by James Paul Wisner (UnderØath, Paramore). Though inactive for a period while undergoing personnel changes, the current lineup — original drummer Randy Ayers and bassist/guitarist Evan Foley joined by higher-toned vocalist Danny Garry and guitarist Scott Vallina — has hit the ground running and headline this Saturday night bill in St. Pete. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)
Groovefest 2013 w/The Heavy Pets/Come Back Alice/Serotonic/Rich Whiteley Band/Ted Lukas & The Misled/Roundhouse Social/more The fourth annual edition of WMNF’s groove and jam-driven showcase, which features two stages: one for stripped down acoustic performances by Rich Whiteley, Dean Johanesen, Jerrod Simpson, Shane & Fil and the Applebutter Duo; the other for bands rocking and rolling during the plugged-in main event sets. Genre-hopping is a given, most sonicscapes are represented in some way even if only in passing — from Southern rock, folk and prog fusion to jazz, funk, reggae and the blues — and sit-ins are a likely possibility, as is improvisation. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
Wait for Green Venice Beach, Calif.-by-way-of Tallahassee quartet Wait for Green — which purveys breezy sun-soaked reggae rock heavily seasoned with grooving funk hop, psychedelic dub and shuffling vintage surf rock — was originally formed by FSU students/musicians Drew Dockerill (vocals, guitar) and AJ Larson (bass), who re-located to the West Coast in 2009 and cemented the current lineup with drummer Danny Morledge and guitarist James Kirby the following year. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 01
Jamaican Queens w/Levels/Oxford Noland/Godsnack Detroit “trap pop” duo Jamaican Queens (Prussia former Ryan Spencer and producer Adam Pressley) take their influences from Southern hip-hop, electro, dub, downbeat and alt-folk music, churn and filter them through tinted Detroit-scuzzy lenses, and serve up the results on full-length debut, Wormfood. The short but delectable nine tracks range from the Berlin/Top Gun reminiscent synth melodies and chugging dance beat of opener “Water” to the expansive sample-strewn love and suicide contemplations of closing track “Caitlin,” head-bobbing beat maintained until its dissolution into the ambient electronics and warped scattered vocal samples that close the album. ’Course, as these things go, I won’t actually be in town to see the band that has produced one of my favorite albums this year — but please, do show up in my place so I can live vicariously through all of you. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Excellent review, sorry I missed the concert.
I was fortunate to see Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presence was heart warming and her…
loved it! Well worth the $$.