Tampa songwriter Julia Powell goes solo for free Friday night concert at Hooch and Hive

Electro-emo duo Fantastical Tigers is on the bill, too.


Everything Julia Powell touches turns into black gold. The songwriter’s deep vocals were one of the best parts of the now-defunct band Vetnough, but she is moving forward on her own.

In February, Powell released the single “Psycho” from a new solo album Blueprints and goddamn it's good. So good, that people might stop bugging her about when her former band Vetnough is getting back together because as Powell told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, “Vetnough is dead.”

Kidding, not kidding, but do not fret. Powell encourages any Vetnough fan to check out her solo stuff because it’s similar “ ...just a little more electronic!” She added that the show—including this free gig opening for Fantastical Tigers— and music is just her, her laptop and the lights. “I write (and) record and produce everything myself, and I make all of my own lighting and visuals. I’ve taken on a bit of a new form with my solo stuff, I’m trying to be more direct and honest in my lyrics rather than the cryptic stuff I used to do,” she told CL.

“I’m really excited for where the solo stuff is going, I’m currently working on the next batch of songs and I think it’s the best stuff I have ever written. Being solo feels like the first time I’ve ever been fully satisfied with how my music sounds.”

Fantastical Tigers w/Julia Powell. Friday, March 26, 8 p.m. Free. Hooch and Hive, Tampa. brokenmoldentertainment.com

See a list of Tampa “Safe & Sound” live music venues here.

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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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