Florida punk celebrity Chris Farren returns to Tampa for a weekend show at Hooch and Hive

Retirement Party, Macseal and Virginity open the show.

click to enlarge CHRIS FARREN / ERICA LAUREN

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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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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