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Central Florida June Rock Concert Listing

The dog days of summer for the Central Florida concert season. There are a few good shows, but they are few and far between. Cage The Elephant is the obvious highlight.  The artists in bold are our recommended acts this month.

Orlando Concerts

Sun 06/01/14 Chicago – Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live

Mon 06/02/14 Floor – Backbooth

Tue 06/03/14 Watson – Bombshells Tavern

Wed 06/04/14 Milka – Will’s Pub

Thu 06/05/14 Drive-By Truckers and Water Liars – The Beacham
Thu 06/05/14 Kingdom Of Giants – Bombshells Tavern

Fri 06/06/14 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Stagnant Pools – The Social
Fri 06/06/14 Paleface – The Abbey
Fri 06/06/14 Terri Binion – Will’s Pub

Sat 06/07/14 It Lies Within – Bombshells Tavern
Sat 06/07/14 The Plush Monsters – Will’s Pub

Mon 06/09/14 Swearin’ and Potty Mouth – Will’s Pub

Tue 06/10/14 The Naked And Famous – The Beacham
Tue 06/10/14 Toad The Wet Sprocket – House Of Blues

Thu 06/12/14 Foxy Shazam – The Social
Thu 06/12/14 Kalin And Myles – Plaza Live Orlando

Fri 06/13/14 Bane – Backbooth

Sat 06/14/14 Bane – Backbooth
Sat 06/14/14 The Everymen – Will’s Pub
Sat 06/14/14 Max Schneider – Plaza Live Orlando

Sun 06/15/14 Man Overboard – Backbooth
Sun 06/15/14 Paleface – Will’s Pub
Sun 06/15/14 Tides Of Man – Bombshells Tavern

Mon 06/16/14 Deafheaven – Backbooth

Tue 06/17/14 Cage The Elephant and Bear Hands – Plaza Live Orlando
Tue 06/17/14 MxPx – Backbooth
Tue 06/17/14 Whitechapel – Firestone Live

Wed 06/18/14 Black Taxi – Will’s Pub
Wed 06/18/14 MxPx – Backbooth

Thu 06/19/14 Say Anything and The Front Bottoms – The Beacham

Fri 06/20/14 Rivers Monroe – Bombshells Tavern

Sat 06/21/14 Andy Grammer and Brendan James – The Beacham
Sat 06/21/14 Common Kings – The Social
Sat 06/21/14 Earphunk – Zen Fields (Winter Garden)

Sun 06/22/14 B.J. Thomas – Community Building (Mount Dora)

Tue 06/24/14 Blackbird Blackbird – Backbooth

Thu 06/26/14 Vertical Horizon – Hard Rock Hotels Velvet Sessions
Thu 06/26/14 Hymn For Her – Jessie’s (Winter Haven)

Fri 06/27/14 Tessanne Chin – Bob Carr Perf. Arts Centre

Sat 06/28/14 Black Tide – Bombshells Tavern
Sat 06/28/14 Hundred Waters – The Social

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Jacksonville Concerts

Sun 06/01/14 Matt Hires – Jack Rabbits

Mon 06/02/14 The Mongoloids – Jax Underbelly

Tue 06/03/14 For The Fallen Dreams – The Roc Bar

Thu 06/05/14 Andrew Jackson Jihad and Cheap Girls – Jack Rabbits
Thu 06/05/14 
From Hell – Burro Bar

Fri 06/06/14 Drive-By Truckers – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Fri 06/06/14 Weezer – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Sat 06/07/14 Boston – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Tue 06/10/14 Mother Superior – Burro Bar
Tue 06/10/14 My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – Jax Underbelly

Wed 06/11/14 The Everymen – Burro Bar
Wed 06/11/14 Paleface – Jax Underbelly

Thu 06/12/14 War Of Ages – Murray Hill Theatre

Fri 06/13/14 Foxy Shazam – Freebird Live
Fri 06/13/14 Ursa Minor – Murray Hill Theatre

Sat 06/14/14 Black Taxi – Jax Underbelly

Sat 06/14/14 Counting Crows – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Sun 06/15/14 Bane – Jax Underbelly

Tue 06/17/14 Beach Day – Jax Underbelly

Thu 06/19/14 Andy Grammer and Brendan James – Freebird Live
Thu 06/19/14 Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White T’s – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Sun 06/22/14 Paul McCartney – Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena

Sat 06/28/14 Boys No Good – Jax Underbelly

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Tampa Area Concerts

Sun 06/01/14 Carman – Shiloh Baptist Church (Plant City)

Tue 06/03/14 Drive-By Truckers – Tampa Theatre

Wed 06/04/14 American Aquarium – New World Brewer
Wed 06/04/14 Peter Murphy – Orpheum

Thu 06/05/14 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Stagnant Pools – Orpheum
Thu 06/05/14 Keb’ Mo’ – Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)
Thu 06/05/14 Mieka Pauley – The Hideaway Cafe (St. Petersburg)

Fri 06/06/14 Boston Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

Sat 06/07/14 Paleface – Blue Rooster (Sarasota)

Sun 06/08/14 Paleface – Dunedin Brewery (Dunedin)

Mon 06/09/14 Black Star Riders – State Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

Tue 06/10/14 Foxy Shazam – Orpheum

Wed 06/11/14 Counting Crows – David A. Straz Jr. Center For The Performing Arts

Fri 06/13/14 Colt Ford – The Round-Up
Fri 06/13/14 Cope – Skipper’s Smokehouse
Fri 06/13/14 The “Happy Together” Tour: The Turtles feat. Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron, Mark Farner, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and Gary Lewis & The Playboys – Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

Sat 06/14/14 “Summerland” Tour: Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Spacehog – Vinoy Waterfront Park (Saint Petersburg)

Sun 06/15/14 Black Taxi – Dunedin Brewery

Tue 06/17/14 Cut Copy – The Ritz Ybor

Wed 06/18/14 Moon Hooch – The Crowbar
Wed 06/18/14 Say Anything and The Front Bottoms – The Ritz Ybor

Thu 06/19/14 Classic Albums Live The Lakeland Center (Lakeland)

Thu 06/19/14 Doppelgangaz Orpheum

Fri 06/20/14 Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Plain White T’s – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Fri 06/20/14 Andy Grammer and Brendan James – Capitol Theatre (Clearwater)

Wed 06/25/14 Agalloch – Orpheum
Wed 06/25/14 Blackbird Blackbird The Crowbar

Fri 06/27/14 Badfish – Trib. to Sublime – Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)
Fri 06/27/14 Damon Fowler Group – The Ale And The Witch (St. Petersburg)

Sun 06/29/14 Phantogram – The Ritz Ybor

Mon 06/30/14 Katy Perry with Capital Cities – Tampa Bay Times Forum

Brendan James – Simplify Album Review


Brendan James Album Review

Brendan James
Brendan James

Brendan James – Simplify Album Review by BrokenBirdie

Brendan James’ 5th studio album starts off with a twinkling piano on “Windblown” that sounds like a wake up call from the hills and forests of his native New Hampshire. Once James starts singing it’s immediately clear that this is a man with a few things to say. The title track could easily become a protest song. “Stop for a minute and wipe the progress from our eyes, stare at the setting sun that holds us here alive” is a good summation of the track and the album as a whole. Stop, slow down, consider what is really important in your life. Is it money or is it happiness? Is the pursuit of one worth the cost of the other?  The band sounds flawless and the mix is great in that none of the instruments overpower any of the others, including the front man’s piano.

James is not breaking any new ground on Simplify but what he is doing is taking a page from many of the greatest songwriters of the last 60 years. Paul Simon comes to mind more and more often with each listen, but James could also be compared to more contemporary artists like Damien Rice or Glen Hansard.

He is a songwriter of the highest caliber, a troubadour, a storyteller that knows what the score in life is, but rather than sounding down and out, he remains relentlessly upbeat. Even the heartbreaking chorus of “The Skeptic” seems to say “this is what is wrong…this this and this. But! Here’s what is also right” and it’s an admirable and inspiring sentiment to take away from a song. It’s little wonder that, with this attitude, he has already accomplished so much in his young career.

It is clear to me that James has already found his voice and knows what to do with it, but I can’t help having this lingering feeling that he is holding something back. He has the passion but I would bet money that there is a savage howl somewhere inside of him that he is suppressing, and I for one would be absolutely thrilled if he would let it out.

Other standout tracks include the bouncy sing-a-long “Hillary”, and and the philosophical “Constellations.” Simplify is an excellent record from start to finish, an inspiration to fellow songwriters, and will be in rotation on my iPod long after you’re done reading this.

Broken Birdie

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