Saintseneca leads Thursday’s Tampa Bay live music lineup

Rouxgawd and NDO play Red Light Cafe, too.

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Saintseneca w/Black Belt Eagle Scout/Shurwood Maybe it’s the mandolin on “Good Hand,” but there are so many moments on Saintseneca’s new album, Pillar of Na, where Zac Little sings with all the angst and urgency of R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. The Columbus folk-pop band arrives in support of the LP whose title is rooted in the Genesis story of Lot’s wife, who looks back at a burning Sodom after God instructs her not to (spoiler if you’re someone who’ll melt if they touch a Bible: Lot looks back, and God turns her into a pillar of salt). “I wanted to interrogate memory,” Little said in a release. “The collective and personal, to find what is true. How closely does the ghost conjured resemble the person who once lived?” Sounds heavy, but worry not. Saintseneca’s music is buoyant, joyous and riddled with melody in spite of its often melancholy subject matter. It’ll feel like a catharsis as Little gives it to fans after Black Belt Eagle Scout (the solo project of Portland songwriter Katherine Paul) shares songs from upcoming full-length Mother Of My Children, which sees release the day after this show. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Rouxgawd w/NDO/Lassyu We’re gonna stop just short of calling Rouxgawd Tampa’s answer to Thundercat, but it is pretty cool to see a producer wholly devoting their self to the instrument. Mr. Gawd’s output with another band, Cartoon Punch, leans toward indie-soul, and a recent song with NDO (who is also on the bill for this all-ages show) certainly plays like something fans of Thundercat, Robert Glasper or Flying Lotus will enjoy. (Red Light Café at The Bunker, Ybor City) INFO

Catalyst w/The Path of Increased Indifference Seminole Heights’ Mermaid Tavern gets heavy on Thursday with a bill built around Bukowski-worshipping experimental prog-metal act Catalyst, which is supported by instrumental-rock trio The Path of Increased Indifference (playing a month after dropping two new crunchy, rhythmic singles — “Driving A Blank” and “It’s gonna be fine, we’re all gonna die”). Those who can’t appreciate Tool, Jesus Lizard and Mastodon need not walk through the doors for this one. (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO

ALSO PLAYING

Classic Albums Live : Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Doo Dah Beasties (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Community Connections Concert: “Operation: Military Matters” w/St. Petersburg College Wind Ensemble (Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Elona Krasavseva w/Nina and Robert Wegmann ([email protected], St. Petersburg) INFO

Oceanstone w/The New Rulers (Ringside Café, Saint Petersburg) INFO

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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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