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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 05
The Used w/We Came As Romans/Crown The Empire/Mindflow The Used’s fifth studio album, Vulnerable, stays true to their trademark style of anguished vocals, bar chord riffage and thick basslines as evidenced in first single “The Taste of Ink.” But the Utah foursome infuses the album with a whimsical vibe, and lead singer Bert McCracken whispers his way through verses and choruses with added distortion and electronic crutches. The Used headlines the 2013 “Take Action Tour.” Warm-up by three rising bands. We Came as Romans has a heavier hardcore sound complete with double-bass drums and throaty screams backed by pretty boy vocals. Crown the Empire offers synth-fueled post-hardcore instrumentals and occasional growls, while Mindflow changes up the bill with their Brazilian progressive metal. Take Action has been shedding light on important social issues that affect young people through more than 10 years of tours; this one spreads awareness of the “It Gets Better Project,” which supports LGBT teens enduring those awkward adolescent years. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City) —Shannon Kelly
The Lowe Family A big family group (seven siblings and their parents) that’s been active for upwards of 25 years. Mom and Dad Lowe (on vocals and trumpet) come from musical backgrounds, and the Lowe siblings grew up studying and performing music together; all six sisters play violin along with a range of instruments that encompass banjos, keys, harp, marimbas, drums, Irish pennywhistle and bodhran, while sole brother Doug plays piano, organ, bagpipes, and electric and upright bass as well as composing, writing and arranging The Lowe Family’s music. Their variety show-style repertoire jumps from classical and Celtic music to showtunes, jazz, bluegrass and gospel music, all marked by high-octane choreography and rising six-part vocal harmonies. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 06
Terror/H20 w/Backtrack/Code Orange Kids You see a name like Terror, you think, ‘I bet there’s something real scary about this band.’ You’d be wrong — unless you have a fear of gritty barked lead vocals, forcefully shouted multi-voice choruses and crushing riff-raging instrumentals. Victory Records drops the California group’s sixth LP, Live by the Code, in April. Co-headlining this coast-to-coast tour is H2O, formed in 1995 by Sick of It All roadie-turned-vocalist Toby Morse, and considered a high-quality staple of the NYC hardcore punk scene. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
Bob Marley Tribute w/Tribal Style This Wednesday would have been the 67th birthday of Bob Marley, an iconic game-changer in reggae music whose popularity brought the Jamaican genre into homes around the globe, not to mention introduced Rastafarianism and a whole new culture of pot-smoking to potential practitioners of either or both. The Bay area’s own roots-and-dub-grooving Marley-influenced outfit Tribal Style — featuring Jamaica-bred Tenn brothers Muthoni (keys, vox), Tokunbö (drums, electronics) and Mugabe (bass, vox), along with guitarist Blake Yeager and DJ/percs man Blenda — pays tribute to the late great during this mid-week jam; admission is $5. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
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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.