Ari Roar brings his dream pop to Mojo Books & Records, plus a new Thrushes video filmed in Tampa

Miami songwriter comes out of the bedroom and into the bookstore. Listen to his new EP now.

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Ari Roar brings his dream pop to Mojo Books & Records, plus a new Thrushes video filmed in Tampa

Mojo Books & Music continues living up to its reputation as one of the best places to catch a show. Period.

This Sun., Nov. 22, the 4,200-square-foot space at 2540 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa hosts Miami-by-way-of-Denton, Texas songwriter Caleb Campbell as he wraps up his month-long tour in support of a new cassette under the Ari Roar moniker.

“The tour has been great at times and weird at times,” Campbell told CL. “Many cool surprises have been had. Good vibes all around. I don't know how it will feel to end the tour in Tampa yet but I'm excited to find out! I'm particularly fond of the bands we're playing with.”

The 28-year-old cites Beach House, Frankie Cosmos Deerhunter, plus the Beatles and Kinks as influences, but there’s also a hint of Miniature Tigers and just a brush of a sunnier Elliot Smith inked into songs like “Glow” and “Good Meal,” where growing up gets explored alongside quiet picking, dreamy synths, and Campbell’s delicate coos.

Have a listen to the EP below, and buy it on Bandcamp or at the all ages show on Sunday. Doors are at 7 p.m., and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay’s own Poster and Soapbox Soliloquy play support. More information is available at Facebook.

Watch a new video from New Granada Records signee, Thrushes

That monsoon a few months ago was good to New Granada Records. Just check this video from Thrushes (a Maryland band signed to the Tampa-based imprint). The clip for “Salt & Stone” (via New Noise Magazine) as directed by local creative Michael Powless plus all that rain gives even more weight to the video’s already macabre themes (think killing people with shovels in the name of revenge). 

"The video is almost, to a tee, the story I had in mind while writing the song,” frontwoman Anna Conner said in a release, “girl comes back from the grave to hash out the wrongs her ex-lover served her. Mike did a great job…I told him that she digs herself out of her grave Kill Bill style.’”

Have a look at the video below, and listen to Thrushes’ new LP at Bandcamp. You can buy it here, or better yet head to Seminole Heights’ Microgroove record store to buy it from your local indie neighbor. 

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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