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Getting Social with Anthony Green

Amthony Green Show Review

Anthony Green at The Social - Photo: Ronni VillanuevaAnthony Green at The Social - Photo: Ronni Villanueva
Anthony Green at The Social – Photo: Ronni Villanueva

If you weren’t at the Anthony Green show this weekend, you sure missed one hell of an entertaining night. On his current tour for his freshly released album, Pixie Queen, Green made a stop at Orlando’s The Social. It was a night of pure fun, singing your heart out, and celebration.

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A Night Filled with Hi-Fi Fun and Great Lo-Fi Melodies

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On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of seeing two exciting bands at Will’s Pub. Crowd pleasers to the sold out show were Teen Suicide and Elvis Depressedly. I was not overly familiar with the music of either band previously, so my ears were in for a new treat.

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Torche Concert Review

Torche has restored my faith in rock music.

I have been very vocal about how much I like Torche. They raised the bar again when they recently played the New World Brewery in Tampa. Torche is hands down one of the best live shows around, and they prove time and time again why they should be closer to the top of the pantheon of the current metal scene.

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Mowgli’s Lift Up HOB-Orlando

House of Blues in Orlando was buzzing Wednesday night as three hot, talented acts took the stage for a night of excellent new pop rock. We were there to see The Mowgli’s who put on another fantastic set, sandwiched between two blossoming female-fronted acts Phases and Lights.

The Mowgli's HOB-Orlando. Photo: rarasfarm.com
The Mowgli’s at HOB-Orlando. Photo: rarasfarm.com

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Sufjan Stevens

The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts was a bustling scene for the Friday night show of Sufjan Stevens. Fans both young and old(er) alike anxiously stood in lines for vinyls, shirts and drinks before the show began.

Sufjan Stevens at Dr. Phillips Center Performing Arts Orlando
Sufjan Stevens at Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in Orlando

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A Sublime Evening in Tampa

A Sublime Evening in Tampa

“Summertime and the living’s easy, and Bradley’s on the microphone with Ras M.G.” say the lyrics to Sublime’s 1996 hit “Doin’ Time”. Fast forward almost twenty years, and neither Bradley Nowell, nor Marshall Goodman, a.k.a Ras M.G. were on the microphone, but the sound they created, and the mellow vibes that go along with it were in the air at Tampa’s Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on August 14th.

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The Dead Deads, Mr. Bella, Leaving Haven Concert Review

Local Bands Highlight HOB Showcase Night

 
I got the opportunity to see Leaving Haven live at House of Blues on Friday. I brought my daughter and some of her friends so they would get a chance to see a real live rock band, and expose them to something besides that pop music they’re always listening to.
 

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I got the opportunity to see Leaving Haven live at House of Blues on Friday. I brought my daughter and some of her friends so they would get a chance to see a real live rock band, and expose them to something besides that pop music they’re always listening to.

The last time I was at HOB was in December for the Black Mass tour, and things at Downtown Disney have changed a lot! The whole place is a big construction site, traffic is a mess, and parking is very different. Aside from that, we made the show right after the doors opened, and were rewarded by a group I’d never even heard of: The Dead Deads.

If you can imagine the result of Rob Zombie having love children with the Go-Go’s, who are then mentored by The Ramones, you might come up with this group. The Dead Deads are a five-piece, all-girl band hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. They have toured with Halestorm, and are part of the lineup of September’s Motörboat, along with the likes of Motörhead, Slayer, Anthrax, Budderside, and many others. They took to the stage wearing black x’s across their eyes, walked up to their instruments and began their sonic assault on the audience with their upbeat, pop-punk song “Rainbeau”, during which singer Meta Dead broke her guitar and had to borrow one from another band that was there.

Recovering from their brief technical difficulty, the Dead girls continued to thrill those of us who attended the show with Hella Dead performing trippy synth effects, Meta and Betty Dead shredding through heavy riffs, Daisy Dead rocking her bass, and Billy Dead keeping it all together with rapid-fire drumbeats. They seemed genuinely happy to be at HOB, and kept us very entertained, interacting with the audience and smiling the whole time while performing songs like “Blackout”, “Sour Blooms”, and “Lemonade”.

We met them at their merchandise table after their set, where they were very amicable, posing for pictures with their fans, including my daughter, selling and signing stuff, and encouraging people to tag themselves at the show via social media. They informed me their next stop was in Jacksonville, and I later found out about their gig on the Motörboat. If you are lucky enough to have a Motörboat ticket, be sure to check out The Dead Deads. I know if I see them on a billing somewhere, I will be there if possible! Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedeaddeads, and tell them Rarasfarm sent you. You can pick up their music at their website: http://www.sonicbids.com/band/the-dead-deads/audio/ .

Up next was a quartet from Tampa called Mr. Bella. Their music was like a fusion of hard rock and pop, vocalist Erin Marie’s style somewhere between Christina Aguilera and Amy Lee of Evanescence. Her band seemed kind of stiff, lacking a lot of showmanship. I feel like they could have brought more energy to the stage, but their sound was good, as they rocked through their set which included “Hurt Like Hell”, “Words”, and “So Long to Sanity”, which will receive airplay on WJRR when it is released this Halloween. For more information about Mr. Bella, here is their site: http://www.mrbella.com/home.php .

Leaving Haven was next up, and clearly the hometown crowd favorite. As the curtains opened, the attendees collectively cheered as the Melsenti brothers, Madison Macko, Mike Strippoli, and Trevor Hastings appeared from backstage, and began playing “Just Like You”. I’ve not yet been to a show where one band played hard rock, did an acoustic song, and performed a hip hop medley, but then I’d never witnessed Leaving Haven in their element before.

Hastings’ voice was silky smooth, his vocal style reminds me somewhat of Adam Levine of Maroon Five, and the rest of the band had a modern rock sound, but varied from song to song. They flawlessly performed such hits as “Hearts and Arrows”, my personal favorite “Johnny Greed”, and the house favorite “Look So Good”, which why I’ve never heard on the radio still eludes me.

Leaving Haven

But the most fun part of the entire set was the mixed bag of rap hits they snuck in, playing small parts of “Trap Queen”, “Gin and Juice”, “Turn Down for What”, and others, while Strippoli’s guitar reverberated through, giving the hip hop tracks a metal edge, which I loved, and Trevor rode a big wheel tricycle, then started break dancing. You other bands should be taking notes here. Leaving Haven absolutely killed it.

There was another band from L.A. called True Violet, but their music wasn’t really within my range of preferences, so I made my way to Leaving Haven’s merch booth, where I was thrilled to meet Mike Strippoli. He was kind enough to sign my daughter’s arm, and hook me up with some CD’s. Then I gathered up my troop of tired teens and we headed for the van. The next show, according to the website: http://leavinghaven.com/ is on August 8th, on the Victory Casino Cruise ship in Port Canaveral, but I would recommend if you have the chance to see these guys, you should definitely go. I know I will.

The website also has links with their tracks on it. Check it out, there’s some great music for everyone!

Philip Snyder

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Toadies Concert Review

 

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The Toadies – Photos credit: PJ Kiernan.

Toadies – June 14th – ROC, Madeira State Park, Madeira Beach, Florida

Written By: Brian Furman

Fort Worth, Texas’s The Toadies are alt-rock stalwarts. Their mega-hit “Possum Kingdom” has transcended to rock greatness with their record Rubberneck arguably one of the best of that 90’s era if not of alt-rock entirely. While they have put out great music after Rubberneck, it has largely gone unnoticed unless by die-hard fans…which is a damn shame.

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So… I was super excited to hear The Toadies were added to the 2015 Summerland Music Festival bill which unfortunately has been overlooked as far as the festivals tours go, and has fallen to the depths of deep 90’s nostalgia. Which again, is a damn shame because there were truly rockin’ bands at the festival: Fuel, American Hi-Fi, and Everclear to name a few, all multi-platinum selling artists in a time when that mattered. But The Toadies were the ones that most in attendance couldn’t wait to see, and they proved worthy enough for us all to bake in the Florida heat.

Frontman, Vaden Todd Lewis, still the skinny powerhouse of a singer that melded a high-pitched southern growl with commanding control, sounded as if he walked through a wormhole straight from 1995. The rest of the band followed suit delivering brutal renditions of Rubberneck classics: “Backslider”, “I Come From the Water” and “Possum Kingdom” driving the crowd to ask each other “Do you want to die” in dramatic fashion….with tongue firmly in cheek.

See photos from the show here: The Toadies Concert Photos

 

The band delivered on “No Deliverance” the title track from the album of the same name with both the rhythm section of Doni Blair and Mark Reznicek rocking out as hard as the crowd. “Little Sin” and “Heel” from Hell Above/Stars Below showcased the grossly underrated sophomore album. Lewis and lead guitarist Clark Vogeler never wavering, playing off each other, not with great technical skill but with a mastery of the constant feedback filling the gaps playfully underneath each song.

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The Toadies – Photos credit: PJ Kiernan.

Unfortunately for the crowd, they played a shortened set due to the festival lineup, but were able to include a new song “In the Belly of the Whale” which could have fit nicely as a B-side on Rubberneck. The song seemed a throwback to a slowed version of Texas boogie combined with a Halloween feel that the crowd took quick notice of.
The band all seemed to be generally having a good time with Lewis quipping at one point “We play to 0 people in our hometown of Fort Worth, and we come to Florida to play for 1,000 so we like it here”. “Rattler’s Revival” followed after Lewis told the crowd he felt like dancing and they were going to have to help him. The catchy tune did not feature the brass section on the recording, but the live version wasn’t missing anything with Blair and Vogeler filling in nicely.

They even payed homage to Texas heroes ZZ Top playing the beginning licks of the classic “La Grange” before seamlessly walking the intro, highlight of the set, and fan favorite “Tyler” from Rubberneck, arguably the best song they have in their arsenal. The energy only seemed to ramp up during the last minute scream of Lewis rasping the story of a man breaking into a woman’s house and fumbling to her bedroom commanding “I will be with her tonight” Lewis and the entire crowd chanted the narrative in unison, in the brutal Tampa sun.

It almost felt as if the band was validated by the amount of people that knew who they were, and I find that absolutely astonishing. For those who are reading this and know nothing of the band, go to the local record store and pick up a used copy of Rubberneck. Listen to the record from beginning to end, as a record should be listened too, and then Thank Us in the comments section. It will be well worth it.

Brian Furman

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