Best Of 2016

Best heavy music haven: BRASS MUG

Best heavy music haven

Even though it’s located in what some of us consider a live music wasteland – North Tampa – Brass Mug continues to succeed with weekly bills of hard-crushing talent, from local ass-kickers like Abortion Twins and Beerwolf to the heaviest of hitters from Tampa Bay and beyond (like Obituary, Exodus, ABSU, The Goddamn Gallows, Mobile Deathcamp and Black Tide). Brass Mug even welcomes overseas talent – Brazilian black metal band Unearthly stopped in last year – and the occasional much-anticipated reunion like that of long-lost Gainesville-Tampa Bay punk/emo/old wave outfit, Tears in the Sahara. 1450 Skipper Rd., Tampa. 813-972-8152. —Leilani Polk