THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
Jucifer w/Tickle/Servants and the Mist Singer/guitarist Gazelle Amber Valentine has rather pretty vocals — sweet, clear, high and dulcet-toned — but she sticks to harsher-edged shrieks and gut-clenching roars in Jucifer’s 2010 album, Throned in Blood. Over the past several years, the two-piece (rounded out by drummer-husband Edgar Livengood) has been incorporating elements of hardcore punk, drone, doom and black metal into their sludgy sound, increasing the heaviness and taking the loud factor to eardrum-busting, wall-of-noise territories. This year marks Jucifer’s 20th anniversary. (Brass Mug, Tampa)
RedFeather/Florida Night Heat/Loud Valley/The Mother Machine A Black Valley Collective showcase featuring four fine quality bands, three from the Tampa Bay area, one from Orlando. St. Pete’s RedFeather is a psych folk ensemble with a sound that calls to mind Rocky Mountain ridges — acoustic guitar picks and strums winding amid keyboard melodies, tribal percussion, and nature-driven lyrics delivered in the echoing lead calls of Mark Etherington with ethereal-sweet backup by keys mistress Jaqlyn Troubadour. Florida Night Heat plows through propulsive rock instrumentals with power trio interplay and deep shades of psychedelia and sludge-stoner griminess. The Mother Machine brings ‘60s-informed garage-blues-trippiness to the table while Loud Valley rounds out the evening with dreamy waltzing roots pop marked by hymnal vocal harmonies and bright, lushly textured instrumentation. (Black Valley Collective, St. Petersburg)
Acme Jazz Garage The funky, bluesy organ-fueled jazz quartet made up of vet local musicians — bassist Phillip Booth, guitarist Matt Swenson, drummer Tim Diehl and keysman Mike Aloia — lands at Ella’s for some Thursday night rocking and grooving. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa)
Corrections House Experimental supergroup Corrections House is composed of four musicians who all practice some form of non-traditional (sludge, black, avant garde, post) metal in their daily lives: Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza/Bloodiest) and Scott Kelly (Neurosis). The live show is billed as four solo sets of “experimental/spoken word/acoustic” material that concludes in a collaborative climax. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 01
Infected Mushroom w/Shreddie Mercury A rollercoaster of brain-fizzling electronics twist, turn, collide and coalesce in the music of Israeli psytrance duo Infected Mushroom. Their explosions of psychotropic sonics draw on elements of dubstep, reggae, moombahton and electro house, and are loaded with a high sense of drama and humor. Vocal cuts are processed and distorted to either end of the spectrum, from helium high to sub-deep brazzle, like those in cheeky ADD-riddled track, “U R So Fucked” off Infected Mushroom’s 2012 eighth album and debut on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, Army of Mushrooms. The duo hits town on the tail end of their “Unveiled Tour” with their eye-popping, jaw-dropping 3D-landscaped light show, created by the same people behind The Skrillex Cell. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)
G-Eazy w/Skizzy Mars G-Eazy’s playful beats and lyrics about raging and ladies keep true to the hip-hop game, but are given a retro twist via his Greaser hair, letterman jacket, and sampling of 1960’s tracks like “Runaround Sue” by Dion and the Belmonts. His alternative approach becomes a sort of new age doo-wop when he uses indie rock band Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” as the backbone of his track “Acting Up” featuring female vocalist Devon Baldwin. He’s opened for the likes of Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, and Drake, and the young music mogul is currently holding his own as headliner on his tour with Skizzy Mars. (Local 662, St. Petersburg) —Shannon Kelly
Empire Cinema w/Rug/Goodnight Neverland A triple serving of locally brewed indie talent as headed up by Empire Cinema. The alt-rock four-piece dropped a self-titled EP in November marked by post punk-flavored vocals riding wailing, echoing and distorted guitar, and a dark, dissonant driving appeal that hints at the band’s Modest Mouse influences. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Zach Deputy w/Big Something/Funky Seeds Zach Deputy brings his quirky one-man act back to town, this time landing in the ‘Burg. Deputy’s bluesy guitar licks and howling vocals are paired with funky hip-hop beats in his self-proclaimed “island-infused, drum n’ bass, gospel ninja soul,” his songs delivered live in looped instrumentals. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Shannon Kelly
Sister Sin w/Doro Swedish old school heavy metal and hard rock purveyors Sister Sin – led by howling and sneering growling frontwoman, Liv Jagrell — hit town backing fourth album Now and Forever (Victory Records). For fans of Judas Priest. (Brass Mug, Tampa)
Hotel Carolina w/Brendan James/Matt Duke/Griffin House/Ari Hest/Michael Tolcher/Sarah Miles/many more What began as a music fest in South Carolina featuring nationally touring singer-songwriters has grown into a multi-city event that, as of 2013, now includes St. Pete Beach. Among the artists scheduled to appear at the Friday-Saturday surfside event are New York acoustic pop rocker Ari Hest, who has a lightly seductive, husky vocal, and sweetly crooning New Jersey-born songstress Sarah Miles. (Postcard Inn, St. Pete Beach)
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.