Listen/Watch: New music from Speedy Ortiz, Passion Pit, The War on Drugs and others on the way to Tampa Bay

Check out jams by Big Guava Fest performers, plus several more that hit town in the next few months.

click to enlarge Speedy Ortiz, above, are releasing a new album next Tuesday. You can hear the whole thing now. - Carpark Records
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Speedy Ortiz, above, are releasing a new album next Tuesday. You can hear the whole thing now.


As the second-ever Big Guava Music Festival inches closer to bringing some of the most buzz-worthy names in music to that amphitheatre we used to call Gary, many of the festival’s 34 artists are rolling out new music and unique collaborations.


  • First are Passion Pit. Indie music’s favorite purveyors of electro-loving, high-pitched hyphy-pop headline Big Guava festivities on Fri., May 8, and while they’ll likely be playing a lot of material from a brand new album — Kindred (due April 21 via Columbia) — frontman Michael Angelakos & co. are giving fans an early taste of the 10-track effort via iTunes Radio. The 27-year-old Angelakos has been struggling with bipolar disorder for some years now, and the content of Kindred apparently takes his new approach to battling the disease head on.

    “I’m actively trying to improve all my relationships and my lifestyle and my way of working and interacting with people. And that’s a really hard thing to talk about because it’s embarrassing,” he said. “I just desperately wanted to be happy again in a way that wasn’t forced. I wanted to feel like I accomplished something. I did this. I finished this record. I’m doing all the promo. I’m doing everything that I said I was going to do.” 


Have a look at the video for “Lifted Up (1985)” from the album below. Stream the new LP on iTunes.



  • El-P and Killer Mike — known collectively as Run The Jewels — are also playing Big Guava Music Festival (Sat., May 9), but over the weekend, the duo took to Coachella Music Festival in support of their two LPs worth of socially-conscious, beathead-pleasing hip hop. As CoS points out, Run The Jewels’ set featured many guest appearances, but the best one came in the form of a cameo by Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha who joined the duo for a take on “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck).” 

Watch the performance below. Tickets for Big Guava (May 8-9 at the Florida State Fairgrounds) are $55-$150 and available here.



  • It’s been nearly two years since the release of Speedy Ortiz’s 2013 full-length Major Arcana, and every moment of that waiting period has been Sadie Dupuis season. The 27-year-old frontwoman for the Massachusetts’-based outfit is one of the more refreshing voices in today’s modern rock scene, and on April 21, her band will release a new album, Foil Deer. In the meantime, NPR streams the whole thing in full, so take an opportunity to get reacquainted with Dupuis’ uncanny gift for wordsmithing by clicking here. You can see the music happen in real life on May 12 when Speedy Ortiz plays Crowbar alongside Krill and Ex-Breathers. Tickets are $11-$14 and available here.


  • The War On Drugs — the Philadelphia channelers of Springsteen that decided to focus instead on haunting, wall-of-sound, hyper-melodic guitar rock — are coming to play what will likely be a sold-out show at The Ritz Ybor on June 15. Earlier this week, the band appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to showcase two tracks from their 2014 latest and most excellent album, Lost In The Dream. Watch them work through “Under the Pressure” above and “Disappearing” below. Tickets to their show are $29.90 and up and available here.


  • Just a few days ago, our own Andrew Silverstein revealed a few details about the upcoming LP from Odd Future emcee Tyler, the Creator, but fans can actually hear what Cherry Bomb sounds like now that it’s finally been released. Have a listen to the effort via Spotify or buy it on iTunes. See Tyler in the flesh when he plays Jannus Live on April 25 — tickets are $30 and available here.


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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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