Countdown to Tropical Heatwave 2012: The Growlers

CL spotlights our top 10 favorite Heatwave acts in the 10 weeks leading up to the WMNF fest (w/audio & video).

The quintet crafts a dark, effects-laded mix of retro surf pop, lo-fi garage, country blues and psychedelia they've dubbed "beach goth." Frontman Brooks Nielson has a brassy raw and slightly nasally quality to his vocals, with laid-back instrumental and vocal accompaniment provided by bassist Patrick Palomo, lead guitarist Matt Taylor, keyboardist/guitarist Kyle Straka and drummer Scott Montoya. Their last full-length release was 2010's Hot Tropics, and they just dropped a split LP with Thee Ludds earlier this year.

"Little Miss Jack" off 2009's Are You In Or Out?

TROPICAL HEATWAVE DETAILS: Sat., May 12, 4:30-1 a.m., Centennial Park, Collage Ybor, Crowbar, New World Brewery, The Bricks, Orpheum, The Cuban Club, The Ritz, The Roosevelt 2.0, El Pasaje Plaza, Ybor City, $30 adults advance/$40 at the door ($12 youths ages 12-20, available by phone or in-person only). Click here to buy online or call 813-238-8001. Stay tuned for further picks from CL along with our own page with details about the fest, its performers, stages and schedule...

  • The Growlers

Local community-funded radio station WMNF brings a mass of local, national and regional talent to Ybor City every year for a multi-venue genre-crossing music fest, Tropical Heatwave. We will be counting down the weeks leading up to the 31st annual event on Saturday, May 12 — which encompasses 12 stages and more than 60 performers — by featuring our top 10 favorite acts, the ones you can count on to bring the fire to this year's Heatwave.

We kick off this weekly spotlight series with The Growlers, from Long Beach, Calif. [More after the jump along with video and audio...]

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