THURSDAY, JULY 11
The Coathangers w/Permanent Makeup/Atlantic Oceans The Coathangers are an all-femme indie rock band from Atlanta with a sound that draws on elements of dissonant post-punk and more upbeat garage rock, all of it treated with ominous low-end, a coating of surf-y reverbed guitar and dark sci-fi keyboard texture, and vocals that see-saw between aggressive snarled-shouted verses and sweet, snotty or just plain batty higher-toned harmonies. The dark and bright moodiness paired with droll lyrics make for a rather intriguing and appealing dichotomy. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Bossa Nova Guitars: Nate Najar and Phill Fest Two jazz guitar stars — the Bay area’s own nylon-string plucking and stroking Nate Najar and South Florida-based Phill Fest, prodigal son of late keyboardist Manfredo Fest — draw on their bossa nova backgrounds to present an evening of lounging Latin grooves. “The Girl From Ipanema” anyone? (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
FRIDAY, JULY 12
Matt Pond w/Matrimony/The Pauses New England indie troubadour Matt Pond dropped the “PA” and his latest group of instrumentalists (save longtime co-producer Chris Hansen) for ninth full length The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand, diverging from the more melancholic contemplations of 2010’s The Dark Leaves to explore brighter, triumphant pop rock with soaring melodies, faster-paced and more robust rhythms, and tasteful banjo and keyboard adornment. Pond selected a creamy crop of Orlando players to join he and Hansen on the road in support of the album — keys mistress/bassist/vocalist Tierney Tough (The Pauses), drummer Rawnson Forpahl (Saskatchewan, Loud Valley), and guitarist Tre Hester (The Great Deceivers) — and recent video for the track “Hole in My Heart” was shot on location in O-town. Opening the show are Matrimony, a rockin’ husband-and-wife-fronted alt-roots outfit from Charlotte, N.C., and the aforementioned indietronic rock trio, The Pauses, playing one of their last live dates before holing up to record a new album. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Brian Davis Tampa’s country nightclub hosts its annual bikini contest and brings in national name talent to provide accompaniment: Nashville-based singer-songwriter Brian Davis, who has a strong Southern grind to his sound and backs a sixth studio full-length, Under the Influence, written with fellow country ruckus maker Brantley Gilbert. (Dallas Bull, Tampa)
Teach Me Equals w/Oliver & Company/Radarmen?/Hussar/Archaic Interest The Sarasota-based twosome formerly known as Bard and Mustache has a new name (Teach Me Equals) but their music remains an intriguing marriage of post-classical and experimental pop aesthetics, with Erin Murphy’s gorgeous throaty vocals sailing over instrumental arrangements built on the plucked, bowed, scraped, strummed and warped strings of violin, cello and guitar, and weaving in haunting harmony with the lower register intones of partner Greg Bortnichak. Teach Me Equals are gearing up to embark on the biggest project of their career: living on the road for upward of 12 months while playing shows in 48 states and Canada. This throwdown in St. Pete is both a kick-off of sorts and fundraiser for the first six-month leg of their journey. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)
Ballyhoo!/Authority Zero A double bill of punk-rooted reggae-fused acts from either corner of the U.S. hit the Jannus stage. Baltimore’s Ballyhoo! leans to a breezy, melody-fueled pop-Caribbean orientation and backs a 2013 LP issued on their own Right Coast Records imprint, Pineapple Grenade. Mesa, Arizona favorites Authority Zero have a heavier, ska-and-Spanish music tang to their own vigorous skate punk odes, and are fresh off releasing The Tipping Point, their fifth full-length overall but first to feature newer members Brandon Landelius (guitar) and Sean Sellers (drums). (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
Pitch for Pink w/Rob Base and Tone Loc The eighth annual Pitch for Pink game finds the Clearwater Threshers decked out in special pink jerseys as they battle the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs in support of the non-profit Morton Plant Mease Foundation, which offers breast health services and programs to uninsured women, among other services. Old school hip-hoppers Rob Base (“It Takes Two,” “Joy and Pain”) and Tone Loc (“Funky Cold Medina,” “Wild Thing”) perform after the game. (Bright House Field, Clearwater)
Escape Tonight CD Release Show w/Rise of Saturn/UNRB/The Best Day Ever The corroded, deeper register vocals of guitarist/frontman Russell Fama wheel and chafe above the driving pop punk-hooky alt-rock instrumentals he writes with bassist Rick Herbert, lead guitar player Pete Tremblay and drummer Danny Bauer as Escape Tonight. The foursome unleashes their brand new Ampersand EP at this free CD release show, with warm-up varying from Rise of Saturn’s funk-hop prog rock, to the brass-blasted ska-punk fusion of UNRB, to dramatic synth rock stylings delivered by The Best Day Ever. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)
SATURDAY, JULY 13
Anberlin w/Campfire OK/Stars In Stereo CL Staffer and longtime Anberlin devotee Daniel Cura hailed Anberlin’s February performance in Orlando as one of the best he’s seen, with the tightest most consistent playing. The Central Florida native alt-rock outfit makes their long-awaited return to the Tampa Bay area as part of the “Anberlin Lite Tour,” a run of acoustic dates at which the band promises “we’ll be playing songs we haven’t played in a long time, re-working some familiar songs, and maybe a new cover too?” (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
You totally nailed the essence of the concert! Great review!
Whata relevant lineup...................15 years ago.
Ryan Adams! Sweet! I love "Summer of 69"!
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