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Gino Vannelli The Canadian singer-songwriter earned his first of two top 10 hits on the U.S. Hot 100 and AC charts with easy breezy 1978 single, “I Just Wanna Stop” (…“And tell you what I feel about you babe … I never wanna live without you babe… I just wanna stop, for your love”). (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) --LP
The Malah w/Sir Charles & DJ Craig Heneveld A night of lights-saturated jams as led by Denver-based three-piece The Malah, which builds electro-grooving soundscapes fusing funk, jazz, world beat, trance and breakbeat textures via a mix of live instrumentation (guitar, bass, percs, drums) and electronics (pedals, laptops, loops, synths and the like). (Crowbar, Ybor City) --LP
Jeff Mangum w/Tall Firs Jeff Mangum stands amid the shadows in the realm of indie rock despite, or perhaps because of, writing what some consider to be one of the greatest — if not the greatest —records of the 1990s and beyond. Neutral Milk Hotel released the surreal yet personal In the Aeroplane Over the Sea in 1998, and disbanded shortly thereafter. Mangum, the band’s fountainhead, turned to reclusion. There were rumors of a nervous breakdown. He refused interviews. The press bandied about comparisons to J.D. Salinger, apt except that after a while, Mangum started making very sporadic appearances. A surge of shows featuring Jeff alone on stage with his guitar and his otherworldly voice have flowed through the last few years, with each new tour carrying more rumors of an end to Jeff’s live excursions. Will this year be Mangum’s last? Maybe, maybe not. I bet even Jeff himself can’t answer that question. Mangum hits Orlando this Saturday with Brooklyn’s Tall Firs, and tickets to the show are already sold out. Find a friend who has a spare. (Beacham Theatre, Orlando) —Shae Krispinsky
Suede The sultry-voiced AC pop, jazz and blues songstress who plays piano, guitar and trumpet in a repertoire of originals and standards entertains at this charity concert to benefit Metro Wellness and Community Centers, a nonprofit committed to providing HIV services, social networking, and other health and wellness programs that enhance the quality of life. Click here to read more about Suede. (Metro Wellness and Community Center, St. Petersburg) --LP
Marshall Crenshaw w/Bottle Rockets A Top 40 charter in the 1980s with upbeat power pop ode “Someday Someway” and roots pop purveyor whose Hollywood claim to fame was his role Buddy Holly in 1987 Richie Havens bio-drama, La Bamba. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) --LP
Gaelic Storm The annual stop of the indie-folk rock group that incorporates Irish and Scottish tunes into their mix, and hits town with a ninth full-length, Chicken Boxer. (PHCC Performing Arts Center, New Port Richey)
Underoath Farewell Tour w/mewithoutyou/As Cities Burn/LetLive Seminal locally-bred Christian metalcore outfit Underoath announced plans to split after their current tour, issuing a career-spanning compilation in November, Anthology: 1999-2013, and selling out this final hometown show months in advance. In his farewell column to Underoath, CL’s Daniel Cura wrote: “All of a sudden there was this band made up of Christians not preaching to me or commanding me to be or do something. They were singing about real life, about personal flaws and owning up to those flaws. Their music was less of a sermon and more of a confession. Underoath made the teenager in me realize there are others out there actually struggling with their lives and their faith and they weren’t trying to hide it. They were real...” Click here to read it in full. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
Meth Dad/Netherfriends/Godsnack/Noctambulo A rather intriguing indie music showcase co-hosted by The Venture Compound and THX Management. Leading the festivities is Meth Dad, experimental posi-electro pop piloted by the idiosyncratic vocals and ADD-crazy sonicscapes of force-of-nature party starter Tyler Walker, from Tennessee; for fans of Dan Deacon. Also of note: Chicago's one-man pedal-loop band Netherfriends, aka Shawn Rosenblatt, whose compositions have a funky, trip-hop soulful appeal, and live rig includes a sampler, loop pedals, a drum pad, keyboard, guitar, and self-made percussion box equipped with pots, metal poles, and wood-blocks. (The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg) --LP
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
Early Forms w/The Happiness Machine Vinnie Cosentino (Palantine) presents the live debut of Early Forms, his alt rock project with vet locals Alastair St. Hill (Gentlemen Please) on bass and backing vocals, drummer Andy Stern (Feral Babies), and newer collaborator, guitarist/singer John Smith. The foursome’s Better Broken Houses LP kicks off with the surf-tinged “Compromised,” its echo-chamber vocal harmonies carrying through much of the album, which ranges from the trademark Cosentino reverb and fuzz we all know and love, to more prog-melodic drive and darker, tuneful post-rock meanderings. (The Hub, downtown Tampa) --LP
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.