THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
The Ataris w/Flatfoot 56/Red City Radio/Lemon Law Indiana alt rock foursome The Ataris have been working on sixth LP and follow-up to 2007's Welcome to the Light for a rather long time. The release date is still unknown, but a working title — Graveyard of the Atlantic — was confirmed a while back and a few tracks were released on a 7" in 2010 via Gainesville's own Paper + Plastic, which will also release the full-length upon its finish. Also on the bill: Flatfoot 56, a bagpipe-wielding Celtic punk band from Chicago, and another P+P-repped rock band, Red City Radio, from Oklahoma City. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Supersuckers w/No Loves Supersuckers dispense barroom-brawling cowpunk with a grungy-distorted layer of garage and Southern-fried rock n’ roll, the cheeky-twisted songwriting covering a range of topics, from drinking and drugging ("Bloody Mary Morning," "Ron's Got The Cocaine") to country culture ("Doublewide," "Hot Rod Ralley"). After a few-year hiatus that saw frontman Eddie Spaghetti writing and recording a solo debut, Supersuckers re-grouped last year, did some touring, welcomed a new drummer, and are rumored to be working on fresh material for a forthcoming LP. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Soul City Sue w/The Dags/The Sunset District feat. John Mcnicholas We've seen the return of many old school local bands over the past several months — Spiller, Failure Face, The Same… The next group to reunite is melodic prog rock quartet Soul City Sue, which graced the stages of venues like the Emerald and DNA in the late '80s and early '90s. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
The Malah w/DJ Craig Heneveld How does a jamtronica band stand out amid the hordes that have materialized over the past several years? Since 2003, The Malah has followed the tried-and-true method of building up a loyal fanbase with relentless touring while evolving their instrumental sound. The Denver-by-way-of-Greenville, S.C. trio includes live players who layer electronic and organic textures into groove-laden soundscapes fusing elements of funk, jazz, world beat, trance and breakbeat; guitarist Brandon Maynard and bassist Elliott Vaughn are both heavy-handed users of synths, samples and pedals, while Seth Fankhauser adds percs to the mix along with his own sample-slinging and beat-driving. Third full-length Light Forms dropped in August. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
The Adicts w/Car Bomb Driver/The Dead Popes/The Destroid An iconic British punk band with a dystopian approach, The Adicts have been regaling fans in Clockwork Orange droogwear as ring-led by jester/frontman Monkey for more than three decades. In fact, 2012 marks the band's 35th Anniversary and a 10th studio album, All The Young Droogs, was released Sept. 11 for the occasion and apparently finds the quintet venturing into uncharted territory. The area's highest quality punk-skewed acts, from the bombast of Car Bomb Driver to the cool but grinding surf-rockabilly vibe of The Dead Popes, warm up the stage. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Datsik Canada has birthed a slew of young yet high-ranking dubstep artists in the late aughts and among them is rising 20-something DJ/producer Datsik (Troy Beetles). "I think dubstep has become so huge because it's a complete bastardization of electronic music," he's said. "There's a little bit of everything thrown in the mix and dirtied up. There are pieces of hip-hop, the bass from electronic dance tracks and the roots of U.K. garage and drum & bass … Dubstep is totally the punk rock of electronic music." Datsik's Facebook page is currently closing in on 800,000 likes. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)
Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones Side Door Cabaret welcomes Bradenton-based Deming and his band for an evening of throwback sounds that draw on traditional blues, West Coast and Texas swing, rockabilly and American roots influences as driven by guitar and infused with harmonica. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Chrissy Murderbot w/Navigateur/Spies On Bikes/Cj Milli/Subpirate/Sidedraft/DJ Mega/Soft Rock Renegades I didn't know Chi-town had birthed its own sub-genre of ghetto house called 'Chicago Juke' until Chrissy Murderbot came into my life. The underground producer/DJ also known as Chris Shively has been working the Windy City scene for upwards of 15 years, founded three labels exploring different facets of his aesthetic interests — progressive dance with Sleazetone, jungle via Dead Homies Recordings and newest booty music label Loose Squares — and he's also the man behind the blog, My Year of Mixtapes. His self-styled sound is "booty-rave-jungle-house-bass-bashment-ghetto-garage-core." A diverse range of Florida electronic acts warm-up up the stage. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Whitney James The rich-timbered vocalist returns to perform a concert of jazz standards as part of the Side Door Jazz series. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
William Elliott Whitmore w/Samantha Crain In his fifth proper studio release, 2011's Field Songs, Iowa-bred banjo-thrashing alt folk-roots troubadour William Elliott Whitmore delivers on his usual style of coarse sincerity and vivid, meditative storytelling. His gritty-resonant vocals serve as the perfect vehicle to evoke scenes from a fading American landscape as inspired by his own upbringing on his family's farm ("Let's go to the field, we’re gonna do some work, spend our day digging in the dirt / we'll hope the rain follows the plow, this piece of ground is our homestead now"). Warm-up for his current tour by petite Oklahoma songstress Samantha Crain. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
I was at the show and loved it. Great insightful review
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