Florida punk-rock fans have fond memories of Chris Farren stalking the Crowbar stage with his since-retired band Fake Problems, but the rest of the country spent 2016 falling in love with the Naples songwriter in the context of a solo LP, Can’t Die, where Farren blended gloom and pop for an effort that remains surprisingly upbeat.
A new legion of followers fell under the spell this fall when Polyvinyl Records released Born Hot ,where Farren sicks his knack for writing sincere pop tunes on the big life-changing things that have happened in his life since Can’t Die hit the streets. Farren is even sweeter on a January 2020 single, “Phantom Friend,” which he supports at this Hooch and Hive show.
Chris Farren w/Retirement Party/Macseal/Virginity. Sat. Feb. 8, 7 p.m. $12-14. Hooch and Hive, Tampa. Aestheticized.com
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