THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Denney & the Jets w/Tristan You might assume looking at the name, ‘Hey, these guys must sound like Elton John!’ Or perhaps your first thought was, ‘Is this an Elton John cover band?’ The answer to both your knee-jerk reflections is a resounding “Nope.” Band namesake Chris Denney is the nasally vocalist and guitar-playing frontman of Denny & the Jets, a five-piece with music marinated in the twangy retrofied rock n’ roll sounds of their Nashville home and dosed lightly with garage, blues and alt country flavors. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —Leilani Polk
The Steepwater Band Ale and the Witch welcomes national-scale talent to its courtyard stage when Chicago-bred four-piece The Steepwater Band brings their seething blues and heartland rocking sounds to town in support of their latest studio release, 2011’s Clava. (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg) —LP
Regina Spektor w/Only Son This year’s What We Saw from the Cheap Seats is arguably the most emotionally resonant work to date from Moscow native piano pop/alt folk songstress Regina Spektor, whose stunningly pure and expressive soprano is a perfect fit for her clever lyrical style and mood-flipping songwriting, and a pleasant contrast to her vocal tricks, scats, acrobatics and flourishes. If you missed last week’s story on Spektor, read it here. Warming up the stage is Only Son, the solo project of NYC-based singer, songwriter, guitarist and Spektor spouse, Jack Dishel (The Moldy Peaches). (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)—LP
Peelander-Z w/Electric Eel Shock/Hi-5 Go/Abortion Twins Japanese action comic punks Peelander-Z return for their second Tampa show in seven months, and this time they’ll have a new album — Space Vacation — in tow. Newbies should gleefully expect to witness a high-energy, “where the hell am I?” kind of set with a single overriding purpose: pure, unadulterated fun. Imagine what might happen if The Power Rangers weren’t into fighting and were into consuming massive amounts of candy before playing hyperactive pop-punk for adoring fans (who they pluck onstage to play along), and you might have an inkling of the madness that is sure to ensue. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —Ray Roa
The Worn Winter w/Bangarang/Jack Jasper/Danfield Four bands formed in the past year hit the Market stage. The Worn Winter is an indie rock four-piece that channels the psychedelic blues rock of the late ‘60s. Bangarang infuses their own rock with hip hop and island influences. Jack Jasper offers up three-piece soul-and-groove blended sonics with R&B-velvety sweet vocals. And Danfield dips into the acoustic guitar-driven reggae rock. (Market on 7th, Ybor City)—LP
Waka Flocka Flame w/Wooh Da Kid NYC-born, Atlanta-based crunkin’ dirty South rapper Waka Flocka Flame is part of the 1017 Brick Squad (with Gucci Mane and Wooh Da Kid among others) and issues his recordings under Warner Bros. imprint 1017/Asylum Records. His sophomore full-length Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family features guest spots from some of today’s hottest hip hop stars, among them, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Ludacris and Travis Porter. Each brings his or her own distinctive swag to Waka’s mix of banging hooks, cheeky ad-libs and intellect-free lyrics, which wax on topics ranging from gold grills and lickable metallic paint jobs (“Candy Paint & Gold Teeth”) to the ladies at the clubs who know how to work their ass-dipping moves (“Get Low”). (Orpheum, Ybor City)—LP
Bi-Coastal Boogie Woogie Gals w/Liz Pennock and Caroline Dahl A concert featuring two boogie woogie blues artists from either side of the country; Tampa Bay’s own keys-banging crooner Liz Pennock and San Francisco Bay mistress of the ivories Caroline Dahl are joined by guitar-slinger Dr. Blues in their first co-appearance since performing at the Brussels Boogie Woogie Piano Summit in 2004. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)—LP
Motionless In White w/Chelsea Grin/Stick To Your Guns/Crown The Empire/Upon This Dawning Motionless in White is a gothic metalcore sextet from Pennsylvania with a dark blasting aesthetic littered with rage-filled lyrics that reflect on subjects like Jack the Ripper, The Lost Boys, the Salem Witch Trials, and the psychological damage of infidelity. Second album When Love Met Destruction is similarly horrifying as first single "If It's Dead, We'll Kill it" shows, though has a more socially conscious feel. According to vocalist Chris Cerulli, the song (which features guest screams by Bleeding Through’s Brandan Schiepatti) was inspired by his disgust “for people in the world who have developed this sense of entitlement that they think gives them the right to dictate standards others need to live by.” (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)—LP
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Dillon Francis Compared to sometimes poorly-attended "indie" rock shows, dance clubs stay mostly packed when nationally-recognized producers and DJs blow through town. Criticize them for their glow sticks and oddball clothing choices, but EDM fans are loyal to their scene and come out in throngs to see their favorite artists. One of those surely to draw a crowd is LA-based Dillon Francis. The 24-year-old boasts unanimous seals of approval from heavyweights like Diplo and Skrillex and his synthesis of pop, dubstep and the increasingly popular moombathon that he sometimes dubs "Horny Spice" — on tracks like "Dill The Noise" and "XX" from his Something, Something, Awesome EP (out now via Skrillex's OWSLA imprint) — is irresistible. Francis is an art school student-turned-graffiti artist-turned photographer with a love for 1950's culture and punk outfits like The Germs and Blood Brothers, but his creative space seems to be in the booth, with monitors glowing back at him and controllers begging to be manipulated whilst his fans clamor for more. Listening at home or in the car is enjoyable, but there’s really no substitute for getting sonically pummeled by a venue PA as Francis' set should prove. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City) —RR
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.