Tampa Bay’s live music Thursday includes John Nowicki’s Holy Terror, Tito Auger and more

Strung Out and Boney James are among the more than one dozen choices.

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click to enlarge John Nowicki, whose Holy Terror makes a live debut at The Hub in Tampa, Florida on August 30, 2018. - Ray Roa
Ray Roa
John Nowicki, whose Holy Terror makes a live debut at The Hub in Tampa, Florida on August 30, 2018.


✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️ The Holy Terror’s Live Debut w/John Nowicki/Lou Collazo In January, CL detailed a forthcoming solo release from Poetry ‘n Lotion drummer John Nowicki. On Thursday, the 10-track LP titled The Holy Terror (and Other Diversions) makes its live debut at a downtown Tampa dive where attendees get to experience songs like “Occupy Your Head,” which has banjos in drop-D tuning and played in 5/4 time. The album’s feel-good hit, according to Nowicki, is about the horrible people currently in positions of power and the loss of any kind of faith in humanity. Collectively, the album primarily sounds the way being stranded in the middle of nowhere feels. “On one of those highways that are giant cuts in the surrounding wilderness. Just uncaring, hostile nature, and you,” Nowicki said of the vision. “And maybe a bottle of booze.” (The Hub Bar, Tampa) INFO

A MAN ALONE
Poetry ‘n’ Lotion principal John Nowicki steps out on his own

✔️ Tito Auger w/Acho Brother There’s a Parts Unknown episode in which the late Anthony Bourdain visits a hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico. The closing scene finds singer-songwriter Tito Auger and his band, Fiel a la Vega, singing “Salimos de Aquí” ("We Come from Here") around a dinner table. The band has been a PR scene staple for the last two decades, and now Tampa is going to get a chance to experience Fiel a la Vega’s sometimes politically charged Latin rock sounds thanks to a solo set from the 50-year-old Auger, who arrives in Ybor City for this, his Tampa debut. This show should also satisfy the Latin rock itch of anyone who was hoping to catch that now-canceled set from Nicaraguan singer Luis Enrique, who was supposed to perform down the street. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Strung Out w/Make War It’s the 20th anniversary of Strung Out’s Twisted By Design, so the Simi Valley punk-rock band is bringing the album — the band’s last to feature bassist Jim Cherry, who died of heart disease after its release — on the road. For many, Twisted, which was just a touch different from the “classic” Strung Out sound, served as a gateway to two of the band’s more revered albums (a 1994 debut, Another Day in Paradise; 1996’s Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues), which will surely get some play at this show where Brooklyn party-punk band Make War opens the show. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

COUCH AND STOVE.
Community Couch, a uke-driven St. Petersburg punk band, finds freedom in expression

Mobina Galore w/Rutterkin/Community Couch/Joyeater If you didn’t sleep, it would take about 30 hours to drive from Winnipeg to St. Petersburg, so you better believe that Mobina Galore, a punk duo from that Canadian city, is going to make the most of the stage time it’ll get at this St. Petersburg tattoo shop. The band has toured with Against Me! and Propagandhi in the last year or two, but its sound leans more toward the melodic aspects of Laura Jane Grace’s Florida outfit than it does the hardcore tendencies of the (also Canadian) Propagandhi, which boasts Tampa’s own Sulynn Hago on guitar. New-ish St. Petersburg punk duo Rutterkin opens the show in support of a self-titled EP released this summer. (Lucky You Tattoo, St. Petersburg) INFO

Ko Eun Lee Korean pianist Dr. Ko Eun Lee, who studied with Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School from 2004-2010 en route to earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music, plays a guest recital alongside USF faculty Young Cho (soprano), Francesca Arnone (flute) and John Robison (oboe). Lee’s solo work is influenced by her home country, and you can probably count on hearing pieces by Isang Yun, Kyong Mee Choi, David Burge, and Nikolai Kapustin at this one. (Barness Recital Hall at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

Boney James Grammy-nominated saxophonist Boney James (“Metropolis,” “Sweet Thing”) brings all the promise from his 1992 debut, Trust, plus the songs from his 2017 album, Honestly, to The Cap for an intimate Thursday-night show. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

Open Jam & Riot Grrrl Clothing Swap If you've ever sat in an indie cafe and admired the aesthetics of someone else's out-of-the-box style, then you might want to check out the femme clothing exchange happening on Thursday at The Bunker. The Riot Grrlll Clothing Exchange will have sale and trade areas plus an open mic and merch from two vendors: The Girl That Ate Suburbia and Groovie Ghoule Vintage. No word on if any of the clothing is vegan though. (Red Light Café at The Bunker, Ybor City) INFO

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ALSO PLAYING

The Reality w/Mind Medicine (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Luis Enrique (The Ritz, Ybor City) CANCELED

Let's Get Awesome Prod. Put Up or Shut Up Battle Rap (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Crisis, The Jazz Project (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

About The Author

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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