Don't Stop: The St. Pete Party

Your guide to the must-see bands and more …

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Greg Whitaker
Murder by Death

Murder by Death (10:30 p.m., State Theatre) Cream of the Midwestern indie alternative crop, Murder by Death has been plying its synthesis of hard-driving alt country, heartland-flavored rock, and windswept folk-roots for more than a dozen years, its sound marked by the resonant baritone drawl of frontman Adam Turla (guitar, keys), the sonorous cello work of Sarah Balliet, and the strong and steady rhythm section of drummer Dagan Thogerson and bassist Natt Armstrong. Murder by Death’s 2012 sixth full-length and first on Bloodshot, Bitter Drink Bitter Moon, finds their warm sound given lush texture by newest member, multi-instrumentalist Scott Brackett (formerly of Okkervil River and Shearwater) on piano, cornet, accordion, percussion, Theramin, mandolin, and back-up vocals.
Amerigo Gazaway (9 p.m., State Theatre) The son of jazz trumpeter Gary “El Buho” Gazaway, Nashville native Amerigo Gazaway has gone the producer route, combining his love of 1960s and ’70s soul with hip-hop groove tendencies in shrewdly executed remixes and mash-ups. His sounds caught the right ears with 2011 sophomore record Fela Soul, a full-length mash of Fela Kuti and De La Soul that made it onto a few year-end Best lists (NPR’s and Soul Train’s among them). He’s issued many re-orchestrations since then, most recently “Otis Redding x Big Boi — Shutterbugg” (Big Boi raps spliced over remixed Otis Redding tracks) and Chromed Out Remixes Vol. 1 (Chromeo mixed and mashed with Boz Scaggs, War, Joe Bataan, Marvin Gaye and T.I.).
Other notable nationals: Black Taxi, Cusses, Easter Island, War Generation.

The Disasternauts (10 p.m., The Bends) The self-styled astro-chimps who make up The Disasternauts (players dressed in Planet of the Apes-style masks, orange zippered spacesuits and Chuck Taylors) have musical chops enough to rise above the rank of novelty act. According to their creation myth, the formerly space-mission-faring chimps formed a surf rock group after they were permanently grounded. The ape factor just brings another level of absurdity to live shows, along with visual appeal in the vein of Wolf-Face or more famously, Man or Astro-man?.
Levek (11 p.m., Local 662) An indie act that’s doing Florida real proud, with positive buzz from the likes of Paste and Pitchfork. It’s the groove-vibing, electro-dreamy, yacht rock-evocative project of Gainesville music-maker David Levesque, who doesn’t get down here nearly enough.
Other notable Florida acts: Lyonia, The Gun Hoes, Las Tias, Matthew Fowler, Wet Nurse, Cave of Swimmers, Hail Dale, Rebel, Ex-Breathers, MSNRA, Euglossine

Granata (5:30 p.m., Sake Bomb) Alt hip-hop artist Granata (Alex Granata) flows ill rhymes and produces lightly experimental vintage-soulful grooves to back his slick youthful swag.
The Real Clash (4 p.m., Local 662) A hip-hop ensemble made up of students in SPC’s Music Industry & Recording Arts (MIRA) program; the members (vocalists, instrumentalists, rappers, producers and the like) work on original hip-hop compositions both in and out of class as they strive to transform the public’s negative perception of the hip-hop community into a positive one.
Polyenso (8:30 p.m., 600 Block Main Stage) The band formerly known as Oceana crafts melodic indie rock and prog-informed instrumentals.
Los Demolirs (6:45 p.m., The Bends) This relatively new local outfit purveys a mix of haunting psychedelia, fuzzy garage blues and beach-surf haze.
Displace (1 a.m., Local 662) Making their debut on a larger St. Pete stage, instrumental jam quartet Displace blends sax-infused spacy funk with acid-tripping jazz and disco rock grooves.
Other notable locals: Lonly Monster, Madame Albatross, RedFeather, Tides of Man, Kersey Williams, Friends of Giants, Caleb Hyers Band, Paint the Town Red, Just Satellites, Jun Bustamante, Stolen Idols, The Pretty Voices, Archaic Interest, Article 47, The Patients, Slade and the Wasters, Kid Aids, Hunter Gatherer, Young Egypt, Jensen Serf Co., Bolt Action, Goodnight Neverland, Variance, Dropin Pickup, Tidal Wave, Oliver & Company, Talk to Mark.

Attendees can peruse locally produced arts and crafts in booths set up along Central, and the stage at Sixth Street will feature a fashion show curated by Threaded Vibes, encompassing looks by Misred, All Sewn Up, Ramblin’ Rose, 1of1 Customs and Sweet Rebel Boutique among others. Finally, a nonprofit zone sheds light on community nonprofits such as Keep St. Pete Local, Operation CoExist, and Instruments of Change, while a vendor's market offers a glimpse of community businesses like St. Pete Music Factory.

Complete schedule and additional info at the Don't Stop St. Pete Event page.


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