Tonight in live music; Pre-Fest 4, Bear Hands, Kiev and Foals lead a busy night in Ybor City

Remember to drink water

Foals w/ Bear Hands/Kiev Who know who's rad? Bear Hands. They're in town opening for Foals (who we just caught at ACL), but you definitely need to get to the Ritz early to (1) look at all the glitter left over from Kesha's show last night and (2) see the Brooklyn-based four piece perform in support of their bloody-mary-sandwich-loving brand of darkwave indie pop.

Spend a few minutes seeing what we mean by watching the band on Last Call with Carson Daly be fixing your eyes and ears on the clips above & below. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor w/Propagandhi/Less Than Jake/Off With Their Heads/Strike Anywhere/Samiam/A Wilhelm Scream/The Flatliners/Knapsack/Dead To Me/Mustard Plug/more

UPDATE: Yes, you can still get into Pre-Fest. Some details straight from the website:

Yes, we will have passes available at Registration both at Pre-Fest and Fest! No, we will not run out!!!

2-day Pre-Fest walkup passes are $80.3-day FEST walkup passes are $160.There will be NO combo deals available. PLEASE do not e-mail us about this. We will have a pass for you if you get here during registration hours!

Registration hours here: RegistrationAdditional info on buying passes here: Ticket InfoIf you only want to go to a single show, single day tickets are still for sale in our webstore!

In its fourth year, Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor looks to be here to stay. Yes, it is a precursor to the grand punk-rock bacchanalia in Gainesville later in the week, but this two-day affair is definitely not mini. About 80 sets are going down across just four venues (New World Brewery, Orpheum, Tequila’s and Crowbar), and while the schedule features highlights aplenty, the biggest might be Propagandhi’s late-night performance on Thursday. The Manitoba old-timers have spent almost three decades amassing a fanbase that appreciates their stance against human rights violations, homophobia and many, many isms (race, sex, age, imperial, capital, amongst others).

They recently gained even more Tampa Bay fans last year after recruiting Tampa guitarist Sulynn Hago to shred in place of David “The Beaver” Guillas, who took a full-time job teaching. “BEWARE ALL POSERS. We have a new friend. Her name is Sulynn,” is how the band announced the news on Facebook a year ago. “She plays an SG and she’s ready to crack some fuckin skulls with it onstage with us. What the fuck else do you need to know?!? What else matters in this world?!?” It was quite the welcome, and all the bands will get the same treatment from Bay area fans, especially the ones who can’t always take off from work or travel to spend time drinking PBRs and moshing.

Bands we'd like to see today: Microwave, Tiltwheel, The Tim Version, Alexander & the Grapes, Awkward Age, Jason Guy Smiley, OWTH, Prawn, The Flatliners. 

A full schedule of bands and more details are at thefestfl.com/prefest. Read about St. Pete’s Pre-Pre-Fest and another Pre-Pre-Fest show at Tampa’s Pokey’s Pub via Music week in Thursday's week's issue. Oct. 26 & 27, Ybor City, Tampa — INFO

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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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