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Trust for Liars w/Port Nova/Under The Summer Lights/HYPE Crunchy aggressive alt rock/post-hardcore outfit Trust For Liars heads up this local bill of heavy sounds. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)
Sean Chambers The blues ace, a Florida native, has been slinging licks in these parts for quite some time now, while also expanding his touring sphere around the country and overseas. Still, it’s a treat when Chambers straps on his Strat in an intimate barroom like the Ringside. He’s always been an energetic but tasteful guitarist, combining Chicago, Texas and Delta styles, with a special nod to Stevie Ray Vaughan. And his continuing facility on slide has considerably benefited his artistry. But on his newest album, The Rock House Sessions, due for release three days after this gig, he displays his ongoing maturity as a vocalist. The innate rasp in his pipes has become weathered and wizened and draws favorable comparison to one of the best white blues singers ever (Gregg Allman). So, yes, Chambers will surely blow you away with his six-string wizardry, but make sure you pay close attention to his singing as well. (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) —Eric Snider
Heene Boyz Touted as “The World’s Youngest Metal Band,” the Heene Boyz are three underage brothers — guitarist/singer Bradford (age 14), bassist/singer Falcon (10) and drummer Ryo (12) — who are already wailing and shredding like adults, not to mention recording and touring; new conceptual album American Chili is their second. (Brass Mug, Tampa)
Aych CD Release Party Among Tampa’s crème de la crème of hip-hop is measured-drawling rapper Aych, who unveils a fresh record, Power, and throws a blow-out party in honor of its release this Saturday. DJs Deacon, Heat and Benjamin Grimm man the spins, a huge assemblage of guests perform or make short appearances (among them, Ariel “JaneDoe” Williams, Jroc Jones, Wally Clark, Jai Price and Mike Mass), and a ’90s hip hop tribute rounds out the festivities. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Nine Bullets 7th Anniversary Party w/Truckstop Coffee/Matt Woods/Will Quinlan/The Urbane Cowboys/Booker and Norton/Devon Stuart & Big Shoals Tampa Bay-based roots-and-beyond taste-making music site Ninebullets.net has established national cred over its seven-year reign, seen the personnel grow from founder/editor Bryan Childs to a full stable of trusted writers, and the Ninebullets.net podcast evolve into a show on WMNF. Childs & Co. made it through another year intact and to mark the occasion, he’s assembled an all-Florida bill to lay down the score at the 7th Anniversary Party. He also facilitated the reunion of an all-time Ninebullets fave, Truckstop Coffee, their mix of Southern grinding alt country and working man’s rock n’ roll dusted off for this single night of merriment. Show starts at 7 p.m. sharp. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
India.Arie w/Gramps Morgan You may remember Grammy Award-winning groove songstress India.Arie from her 2001 breakthrough single “Video,” which finds her sharing life lessons and delivering smart self-aware lyrics (“Am I less of a lady if I don’t wear panty hose? My momma said a lady’s ain’t what she wears but what she knows”) in her husky-coated vocals. India.Arie is on the road behind fifth studio album, Songversation, which proves she’s just as capable at writing warm scorchers, sexy slow jams and bumpin’ R&B numbers as she is at being a socially conscious role model for young feminists. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
Ol’ Dirty Sundays: DJ SCRATCH Named a hip-hop icon by The Source magazine in 2006, legendary trick-spinning turntablist/producer DJ Scratch has been running game for 28 years, got his first break via mentor-peers RUN DMC, and has served as the official tour DJ for the likes of EPMD, Jay-Z and P-Diddy. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Netherfriends and Friends “Wilbur, Alabama” is carried on a churning synth groove and vocals bent into a chorus of helium-high pitches back the sing-song intones of Shawn Rosenblatt, aka Netherfriends, who introduces the 50 songs, 50 states album concept over a few short verses: “The pressure is on, I’m recording in a van, got one last state, of the lower 48 …” The recording project to produce a song in every state over a 12-month period was released online in July, and the Philly native musician, composer and sound sculptor has returned to the road in support. His technique of live beat construction, sampling, and looping/layering sounds is rooted in hip-hop, though Rosenblatt also has some formal music training and strays into pop, psychedelic and indie rock realms. (The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg)
Ambrosia Coming out of SoCal in 1970, Ambrosia was ostensibly a prog-rock band, its albums stuffed with ensemble gymnastics, tricky changes and majestic vocal harmonies. But the group achieved its middling fame and whatever fortune it amassed via soft-rock ballads like “You’re the Only Woman,” “The Biggest Part of Me” and “How Much I Feel,” many of which sounded like subpar Hall & Oates outtakes. I do, however, have a passing affection for 1975’s “Nice, Nice, Very Nice.” (Largo Cultural Center, Largo) —ES
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 $$.