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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
Eddie Vedder Earlier this year, the much-anticipated (sold-out) solo concert by Pearl Jam’s enigmatic force-of-nature frontman, Eddie Vedder, was canceled along with the rest of the dates on his 15-city solo tour because of nerve damage to his right arm. He’s back in working shape and has scheduled not one but two make-up performances at the Hall (on Monday and Tuesday night) in support of his Grammy-nominated sophomore outing of originals and covers, Ukulele Songs, and live concert DVD, Water on the Road, which tracks his 2008 solo tour. Special guest Glen Hansard (The Swell Season) joins Vedder on the road. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
Dan Bern The wry lightly Dylanesque modern folk singer, songwriter and guitarist issued two albums of new material this year: Doubleheader, 18 odes dedicated to his boyhood obsession and favorite subject, baseball; and a more traditional Bern effort, Drifters, filled out by band members from LA collective Common Rotation on banjo, dobro and trumpet. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)
Day Joy/El Cantador Another outfit born from the ashes of Orlando’s Introduction to Sunshine that seems to be generating a buzz by serving small tastes of music before delivering the main course is Day Joy. Since hitting the scene earlier this year, the quintet has played the odd live dates and issued a two-song Animal Noise EP that introduced their sound — dreamy folk pop with surreal-sweet heart-clenching vocal harmonies floating over a luscious mix of light percussion, ukulele, banjo, synthesizers and guitar — to a wider listening audience, and the first single and title track off forthcoming full-length, Got To Sleep, Mess (due in early 2013 via small plates records), has gotten the thumbs-ups from blogs like I Guess I’m Floating and Pretty Much Amazing. Joining them on this date is El Cantador, a three-piece hailing from Alabama, their tight grooving electro rock built on bouncy synths, wailing electric guitars, bumpin’ bass and steady danceable rhythms. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
BBQ Wednesday Series w/Water Liars This evening’s edition of free musical digestion is brought to you by Water Liars. The fledgling twosome from Missouri (singer-guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bryant) only got together in 2011, but their 2012 full-length debut, Phantom Limb (Misra Records), has already stockpiled glowing recommendations from the likes of NPR (which gave them a Song of the Day nod), Paste magazine ad The Onion’s AV Club for their mix of gentle alt-folk and loose swaying rock. Opening track “$100” shifts from sludgy crawl to easy drive marked by choral vocal harmonies and a refrain that devolves back to the slower reverb-coated fuzz of the opening, while “Dog Eaten” reveals Water Liars’ gorgeously tender side with sweet earnest vocals and simplistic heartsick lyrics piped over acoustic guitar. For fans of Iron & Wine. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Chris Cagle A make-up date for Chris Cagle’s canceled October stop. The high and sweet-toned country music artist has five studio LPs under his belt; two of those are Billboard Country chart toppers and the most recent, Back in the Saddle, is his first album since leaving Capitol Nashville to go the indie route. (Dallas Bull, Tampa)
Tyler Ward w/Carl Dylan Denver singer-songwriter Tyler Ward is the latest to make the growing list of YouTube success stories. He started out posting videos of original songs along with covers by artists like Adele, Maroon 5 and Justin Bieber on the video site, and has apparently turned down multiple record deals because he makes enough bread via his partnership with YouTube to continuing releasing his music independently. (His page currently has upwards of 1 million subscribers and more than 311 million views overall.) In September, he released half of his forthcoming debut, Hello.Love.Heartbreak, on iTunes and 12 hours later, it had already reached No. 1 on the Singer-Songwriter charts. The full album hits in February. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
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