Hump Day has finally arrived, which means the week is half over. Yay! Here's three shows that should be on your radar this Wed., Nov. 11. Ironically, all feature bands beginning with the letter 'A'.
Andrew Jackson Jihad with Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts, Rozwell Kid From a Linda Rondstadt video installation that prompts an upwelling of emotion and overwhelming catharsis, to the Heaven’s Gate cult that committed mass suicide in the 1980s, warbling vocalist-guitarist Sean Bonnette finds diverse thematic territories to mine in Andrew Jackson Jihad’s fifth full-length Christmas Island. The tastefully-rendered, lavishly orchestrated yet understated outing was recorded with super producer John Congleton and builds upon the high-spirited Phoenix group’s enchanting folk punk sound with cello, piano, mando and various other non-Jihad traditional instrumentation. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
Author & Punisher with Muscle And Marrow Following the regularly scheduled BBQ Wednesdays performance (this week, it's Atlantic Oceans), the stage is re-set for something totally outside the box: Author & Punisher, the one-man doom-industrial metal band operated by engineer/musician Tristan Shone, who uses no guitar, drums or anything resembling instruments, but rather, several freaky-looking machines and controllers he custom designed, prototyped and built. The sounds are wreaked from samples and vocals that have been bent and twisted via knobs, keys, and even voice-modulating masks emitting anything from low drones to abrasive screeches. The sounds are output to a software music sequencer and digital audio workstation (Ableton Live), and when he performs, he uses two Ableton rigs that apparently allow him to generate an endless amount of frightening sounds, loops, and rhythms. Sixth album MELK EN HONING was released via Philip H Anselmo's Housecore Records label in June. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Aiden After a decade pushing out a mix of horror punk, gothic rock and dark wave sounds, and taking a two-year hiatus, Aiden was revived in January by frontman and sole remaining member Wil Francis, who’d been pretty active with his new project, William Control, up until that point. He announced his intent to release a final Aiden album, funded the band’s eponymous seventh outing by auctioning off old Aiden memorabilia, and posted it for free digital download on Halloween. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)