THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
Travis Scott A young Houston-bred, LA-based rapper who’s got friends in all the right places; he was signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label as a producer, appeared on the label’s 2012 comp, Cruel Summer, and at the same time, was due to issue his debut EP Owl Pharoah on T.I.’s Grand Hustle imprint, but held it back for more re-tooling. He’s named Kanye, T.I. and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon as inspiration, and each artist makes an appearance on Owl Pharoah, as do Toro Y Moi, 2 Chainz, Wale, Theophilus London and A$AP Ferg among others. The album was ranked among Spin’s “40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013.”(Orpheum, Ybor City)
AURA Concert Series: Papadosio w/Earthcry AURA is among Florida’s myriad of jam band-geared festivals, held in February at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, and specializing in live electro acts with sonic branch-offs into funk, jazz, rock and reggae territories. This concert series spotlights select acts due to play the 2014 edition. Asheville-based Papadosio heads up this bill, their dance music sound ranging from ambient to propulsive and driven by the sonicscaping of synth/keys/programming brothers Billy and Sam Brouse. For fans of Disco Biscuits. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
Unknown Hinson w/6 Volt Radio Despite an announcement last year that he’d be hanging up his touring boots for good due to the rising costs of being on the road, the bug has taken a bite of tongue-in-cheeky and vampire freaky country n’ western troubadour Unknown Hinson (aka Stuart Daniel Baker) and he returns to the Skipperdome with his trademark brand of campy twang, new tunes off 2012 album Reloaded (“Human Oddity,” “A Smart-Ass Yankee (In A Rebel Court)”), and some of the regular Unknown standards (“Baby, Let’s Play Rough,” “Rock ‘N Roll Is Straight from Hell”). (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
The Beauvilles Revival Show w/Good Graeff/Sun Signs In the grand scheme of scenes, The Beauvilles haven’t been absent for too long — less than two years, more than one — but there’s no telling when Shawn Kyle will get a wild hair up his ass to play his potent, howling, riff-raging Beauvilles material again (this is allegedly a one-time thing), so why not enjoy the fleeting moment while it lasts? Jason Dudney returns on bass, Matt Rose picks up on drums where Max Norton left off, and two solid area acts — Sarasota’s sublime sisters-led folk pop outfit Good Graeff and experimental rockers Sun Signs — support. The $10 admission includes a CD. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Set and Setting/Wolf-Face/Jensen Serf Company/Cosm A four-pack of local indie bands touching on heavy instrumental post rock (set and setting), cheeky Teen Wolf-inspired punk (Wolf-Face), lo-fi beach-garage noise (Jensen Serf Company) and sludgy stoner metal (Cosm). (Octave, St. Petersburg)
Operation Coexist Unplugged Holiday Showcase w/Billy McKnight/Bars and Guitars/Will Erickson/Forrest Hoffar Local nonprofit music therapy organization Operation Coexist stages special concert events featuring local rising talent to raise funds and awareness for its community efforts. Among the highlights at this special acoustic holiday party are Billy McKnight, frontman of Southern rock outfit Soul Circus Cowboys, and Bars and Guitars, a trio that blends acoustic rock instrumentation with boy-girl pop hooks and hip-hop rhymes. (Hideaway Cafe and Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)
Mix 100.7 Acoustic Christmas w/Goo Goo Dolls/The Fray/Michael Franti/ZZ Ward/Colbie Caillat I remember attending an Acoustic Christmas back in ’02, when it was hosted by the late Star 95.7-FM and held at Mahaffey Theater; that bill featured Lisa Loeb, Duncan Sheik, Tonic and Sixpence None the Richer. (My husband was working the radio station back then — don’t judge.) This year’s 100.7-FM edition (same venue, different Hot AC station) is headed up by alt pop-rock trio Goo Goo Dolls, best known for 1990’s hits like “Iris,” “Name,” and “Slide,” currently touring behind 10th studio album, 2013’s Magnetic. Also of note: Spearhead visionary, activist and folk-reggae-pop rock fusionist Michael Franti, and bluesy singer-songwriter ZZ Ward. (Mahaffey Theater, St Petersburg)
The Rap Up w/Dynasty/The Rukus/Mike Mass/Jinx/Eyeznpowa/Queen Of Ex/Genolexis A showcase of all-star hip-hop talents from the Tampa Bay scene. Seriously, this is a show you don’t want to miss if you consider yourself a fan of the genre and aren’t already familiar with the spitters and rhyme-slingers that call our city home — and if you are familiar, you probably don’t need to read this plug ‘cause you’ve already made plans to go. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
GMFridays Music Series w/Thomas Wynne and the Believers/Damion Suomi The second installment of the free concert series hyping up Gasparilla Music Festival features two Central Florida acts with roots-imbued sounds. Thomas Wynne & crew lay down the spirited, heartening, soulful Southern rock ’n’ roll anchored by the strong soaring lead vocals and masculine-feminine harmonies of Wynn (who has a very John Fogerty-like rustiness to his intones) and sister Olivia. Damion Suomi delivers a more folk strolling and stomping mix. (Grand Central, Tampa)
Great interview, Timmy! It was a pleasure to read on both sides of it. Nice…
Great interview and a true icon! Well done Timothy!
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Great interview Timothy!