Tonight in live music: Earphunk, Daniel Bachman, Unwritten Law + more

A look at some concerts hitting town this Thurs., March 24.

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Zack Smith
Earphunk

A nice slate of concerts are happening on this Thurs., March 24. Take a look at the breakdown below.

Earphunk with Future Vintage, Groove Orient
Earphunk earned some buzz in 2014 when their Sweet Nasty LP was downloaded by over 500k users via peer-to-peer file-sharing platform BitTorrent. The instrumental New Orleans quintet became an actively touring machine in the early ‘00s, and now clocks upwards of 200 dates a year, pushing out prog-funk nuggets like sinister latest single “Omega,” which churns and seethes to a groove-pounding climax with rubbery funky basslines, sci-fi fuzzy keys, guitars interweaving in gritty riffs ascending to more liquid noteplay or howling solos, and steady pulsing drums carrying it all to its abrupt conclusion. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Spring Beer Jam 4 with The Heavy Pets, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus + many more Now in its fourth year, Dunedin Brewery’s showcase of unique beers and live music features a four-night (Thursday-Sunday) residency from South Florida jam rock favorites The Heavy Pets, semi-fresh from playing an ’80 tribute at AURA Music Festival. The band led by guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lloyd also did a recent tribute to the Beatles to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, so I imagine there’ll be some New Wave and Fab Four nuggets scattered amid the original material, especially when the Pets have four days (and eight sets) to play around with. Also of note: jamtronic Michigan outfit Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, which performs on two nights (Friday and Saturday). Other acts include Roosevelt Collier, Count Bass D, Dillon, The Outer Vibe, Juanjamon Band, Uncle John’s Band, Savi Fernandez Band, AlyCat, DuBBle James, Fat Mannequin and DJ 45Revolver. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

Lion in the Mane with City Under Siege, Airsickness, Infinity on High, Saved by Friday Hitting town on the “American Gentlemen Tour” comes Brooklyn quartet Lion in the Mane, formerly known as The Atlas, and pushing pop-rock alternative sounds ala 2015 EP The Noise War. The tour also features Buffalo-area trio City Under Siege, which has a heavier dance bounce to their upbeat sounds. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Daniel Bachman with Rebecca Zapen & Jeremy Douglass An album of spare, solo acoustic guitar compositions might fall flat on modern ears — even indie music enthusiasts — but the seventh outing from N.C.-Virginia roots-Americana musician Daniel Bachman managed to earn a 7.7 rating from Pitchfork.com, which lauded River as the best work of Bachman’s career and claimed the LP “reads like a private love letter to an old home, written and sent from a new one.” If quiet contemplative instrumentals are your cup of tea, Bachman serves them in bright, fluid passages of finger-picked and strummed melody. On this night, warm-up comes from jazzy-vocalizing multi-instrumental folk songstress Rebecca Zapen as accompanied by comrade-in-music-making, pianist/melodica player Jeremy Douglass. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

Telekenetic Walrus Surprise Show My apologies for the late notice, somehow this flew in under my radar, but, now you know — the funkadelic weirdo hip hop-scrambled sci-fi ensemble otherwise known as Telekentic Walrus are bringing the jamz to Fu tonight on their way up to play some dates up north. Get cross-eyed and jam along. (Fubar, St. Petersburg)

Unwritten Law with Fenix TX A bill of skate-thrashing pop-punk is led by features Unwritten Law, a California outfit established in 1990 (only founding drummer Wade Youman remains from the original lineup) and working on a seventh LP and follow-up to 2011’s Swan (an acoustic appetite-whetter is due out April 1). Fenix TX, as the name suggests, hails from the Lone Star State and has been active since 1995, with a few-year breakup and a membership adjustment amid releasing three LPs, though nothing new since 2011. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

ALSO TONIGHT
Pouya/Fat Nick/Don the Krez/Germ/Mikey the Magician/Tanner/Jimbo Shrump
Local 662, St. Petersburg
Noah Wotherspoon Band Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
Accursed Creator w/Kuraishi/Filthy Deneros Brass Mug, Tampa

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