Punk songwriter behind ‘Nihilist Arby's’ Twitter page plays Ybor City concert on Friday

Lawrence Arms bassist and vocalist Brendan Kelly is joined at The Bricks by a new Tampa band, Secret World.

click to enlarge Brendan Kelly, who plays The Bricks in Ybor City, Florida on Aug. 13, 2021. - Nicole Kibert/elawgrrl.com
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Brendan Kelly, who plays The Bricks in Ybor City, Florida on Aug. 13, 2021.


Lawrence Arms bassist and vocalist Brendan Kelly—aka the punk icon behind the popular and poetic @nihilist_arbys that drops gems like “Flags and slogans are for spineless dipshits. Eat Arby’s”—plays boozed-up singer-songwriter punk-rock and peppers in some bastardly humor between songs.

The Chicagoan is joined on the bill by a new Tampa band, Secret World, which promises “houty, melodic punk rock” from its members who are also in revered Tampa punk outfits Too Many Daves, Awkward Age, and Rutterkin. The Leadfoot Promotions show was scheduled for the VFW Post 39, but moved to Ybor City after controversy surrounding charging unvaccinated people $999 for a Teenage Bottlerocket show led the promoter to stop booking at the Southeast’s oldest VFW hall.

Brendan Kelly. Friday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. $12-$15. The Bricks, Ybor City. leadfootpromotions.com

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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