This weekend in live music: Charles Bradley, Propagandhi, La Lucha album release show & more

Concerts this Fri.-Sun., Jan. 2-4

A look at live music happening this Fri.-Sun., Jan. 2-4. 

Gilby Clarke with Rockstarr Bentley, Nova Rex, Three Killer Buds, Wicked Revolution, Shore Dogs Gilby Clarke enjoyed a three-year tenure with Guns n’ Roses in the early ‘90s after Izzy Stradlin’s departure and before that incarnation of GNR dissolved. He also did an album with Slash’s Snake Pit and collabed on projects like Col. Parker and Rock Star Supernova, producing his own repertoire of grungy, grinding solo material all along the way. Debut full-length Pawnshop Guitars (which featured several of his old GNR bandmates including Axl) dropped in 1994 and spawned a radio single (and the only track I know by Clarke), “Cure Me or Kill Me.” He hasn’t recorded much since 2007 but still maintains an active touring schedule. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

The Best of the Worst, The Cryptics, Crystal Methodist, Red Tape, Station Cases, Can’t Do It, MRSA A free jam-packed show of hardcore music headed up by four out-of-town acts: the idiosyncratic New Jersey-bred The Best of the Worst, their explosive mix of punk, metal and ska-core replete with rah rah-roared choruses and jaunty three-horn brass attacks; two New Hampshire acts, driving melodic hardcore/punk-pop pushers The Cryptics and powerviolence thrashers Crystal Methodist; and youthful Massachusetts punk rock trio Red Tape. (Planet Retro Records, St. Petersburg)

The Promise Hero Singer, songwriter and guitarist-keyboardist Bobby Vaughn has a tender, sweet, fresh-out-of-puberty vocal quality and the music he makes leading his Cleveland-based trio The Promise Hero is similarly endearing, a harmonizing balance of bright and buoyant pop-appeal and spirited indie rock bolstered ever more by heartening lyrical turns. Their last album, 2013’s Déjà Vu, was produced by Jamie Woolford (The Stereo, Let Go). (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Propagandhi with War on Women, RVIVR They came up in the 1990s as that Canadian punk band with skate, ska and pop-catchy tendencies but eventually transitioned to a heavier thrash and metal-shredded sound, all the while maintaining a sarcastic, staunchly leftist stance in their lyrical matter, discussing anything from human rights violations to nationalism, governmental abuses, homophobia and organized religion in songs like “Stick the Fucking Flag Up Your Goddam Ass, You Sonofabitch,” “Rock for Sustainable Capitalism” and “With Friends Like These Who the Fuck Needs COINTELPRO?” The Winnipeg quartet hasn’t released new material since 2012 full-length Failed States – their first on Epitaph and sixth overall – but is considered a heavy music institution nonetheless and their stop in St. Pete has spurred much excited buzz. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Pleistocene, Routine Involvements, UFO Sex Scene A pair of Rochester, N.Y. bands make a landing at The Fuzz Factory, one named for the last ice age (Pleistocene) and plying a mix of hazy shoegaze, ‘80s jangle, trippy ambling rock and skuzzy fuzzy surf as driven by honeyed female vocals that vary between pretty drones and chiming coos; the other adopting a more generic handle (Routine Involvements) and calling on heavier ‘90s influences in their own marriage of grungy garage and indie rock. Both back fresh self-releases – Ontario Girls by the former, Future Days by the latter. (The Fuzz Factory, St. Petersburg)

Ryan Montbleau The next presentation at Sideshow – the new satellite venue of Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAMc) that hosts arts events for the public until SHAMc opens – showcases the talents of Ryan Montbleau, whose velvety vibrato and introspective yet sunny marriage of folk, blues and blue-eyed soul took center stage at last year’s Safety Harbor Singer Songwriter Festival. (Tapping the Vine, Safety Harbor)


click to enlarge Cahrles Bradley - Darren Bastecky
Darren Bastecky
Cahrles Bradley
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires with Delta Swamp Rats, Zulu Wave A Gainesville-born funk, soul and R&B singer who came to fame late after years of struggling as a James Brown impersonator makes his triumphant return to Florida for a show that is sure to sell out. If the music on 66-year-old Charles Bradley’s 2011 debut No Time For Dreaming isn’t enough to coerce you to Crowbar this Sunday evening, then last year’s Victim Of Love should do the trick. Still on the fence? Watch the 2012 documentary about his life, Soul of America, and I’m sure you’ll change your mind. Promptly. A must see. (Crowbar, Ybor City) –Ray Roa

La Lucha feat. Jun Album Release Concert St. Pete’s tight, well-practiced Latin-soaked jazz ensemble celebrates the release of a new album, Standards, Not-Standards (Blue Line Music), and their setlist on this night comprises cuts off the album – classic standards and re-tooled pop tunes off by Tears for Fears, The Beach Boys, Radiohead and The Jackson 5, among others. (Studio @620, St. Petersburg)

Ryan Montblea
u Fri., Jan. 2, The Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
Future Vintage Fri., Jan. 2, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin
Free First Friday Show: Pearl Jamz, Ultimate Pearl Jam Tribute Band Fri., Jan. 2, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
Damon Fowler w/Robert One-Man Johnson Fri., Jan. 2, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa
Propagandhi After Party w/Not For Nothing/Awkward Age Sat., Jan. 3, Local 662, St. Petersburg
Andrea Beaton & Sabra MacGillivray: Cape Breton Music and Highland Dance Sat., Jan. 3, Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg
Grateful Dead Nite w/Uncle John’s Band Sat., Jan. 3, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa
John Frinzi w/Emily Randle Sat., Jan. 3, Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
Tampa Battle of the Bands Sat., Jan. 3, Orpheum, Ybor City
Drinking Band with a Worship Problem w/Elizabeth & Alfred, Christie Lenee and Shevonne Sun., Jan. 4, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa
The Bloody Jug Band Sun., Jan. 4, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin


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