Toadies brought their Southern Gothic, twisted purple of punk rock to Tampa this past Sunday evening to a packed house in the beautiful Ritz Ybor in Ybor City. Toadies have always impressed me with their live shows. This was the third time I have seen the band, once in ’95 opening for the likes of Bush, and Hole, and once on the Summerland Tour with Everclear. I will say out loud that Toadies have stood the test of time better, with better songwriting, than all three of those bands. Not because I don’t like those other bands, but because Toadies have always been a little off kilter with an original Texas sound all their own. I have always said that there is a layer of ‘boogie’ underneath all those sour notes and jaded stories, as if ZZ Top and Buzzcocks birthed a band.
For all those who know me and my taste in music, there is rarely a day that goes by when I don’t listen to the Melvins. They are just one of those bands that continue to get better with age, continue pushing the envelope, and continue to make records that are consistently different without losing their core sound.
So… when I got the chance to interview Melvins guitarist/vocalist/ and all around badass, Buzz Osborne, I jumped at the chance even though my palms went instantly sweaty and there was a ringing in my head for a month prior to the interview.
I went down to the wonderful Orpheum Theater in beautiful Ybor City, Tampa, I really do think that the Orpheum is one of the best venues in all of Tampa. I generally get there a little early, but not too early, because I don’t like waiting, but I like to see the opening acts.
There is nothing more American than a Tom Petty song.
And…. those perfect moments when it’s mid-summer, top down, two-lane highway straight ahead, “I Won’t Back Down” on the radio would come along and make that picture perfect moment that much better. And most of the time you didn’t realize it, you just sang along to the song. But like a songwriting ninja, that 3-minute moment became indescribably better because Tom Petty filled the air.
I realize I am little late here… But the sheer awesomeness of the Melvins made me do it…
I finally got to see the Melvins live… Yup…. I did it… and it was glorious… And… it was in the intimate setting of The Orpheum in Ybor City, Tampa, which has quickly become one of my favorite venues around town.
Thousand Foot Krutch have been around in some shape or form since the Mid-90s and come with a full arsenal of catchy and powerful pop-laden crunch fit for everyone. The band just released their second full-on live album entitled, Untraveled Roads, this month. The band are road dogs, touring incessantly, playing in front of huge crowds of adoring fans. This past summer they took their first ‘break’ from the road during their 20+ year career as musicians. Lead singer, Trevor McNevan, was nice enough to take a few minutes to speak with us about the new live record, and the inspiration, love, and joy the band receives from their fans that fuel their work.