Tonight in live music; Explosions In The Sky, Testament, Sepultura and more

Double bill at New World Brewery, too.

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Explosions in the Sky w/Thor and Friends Last year, Texas post-rock quartet Explosions In The Sky ditched soundtrack work to not-so-quietly release one of 2016’s most beautiful albums, The Wilderness. The group — who’ve been scoring feature films like Friday Night Lights and Manglehorn — has grown a lot since 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (their last non-score related work), and you can hear influences from guitarist Mark Smith’s electronic side project, Inventions, throughout Wilderness’ 46 dramatic minutes, which contain moments of haunting minimalism sprinkled in with elements of pop and the big, rolling soundscapes fans have come to know and love. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Testament w/Sepultura/Prong Long running San Francisco thrash outfit Testament sit on top of this bill, but don’t sleep on Sepultura who are arguably Brazil’s most famous heavy metal export. Arguing between founding siblings Max and Igor Cavalera (and vocalist Max’s departure) almost derailed the band in 1997, but they carried on with a new singer (Derrick Green). Igor Cavalera eventually left the band in 2010, and guitarist Andreas Kisser has spent the last half decade exercising Sepultura’s ability to excel at thrash and hardcore while also paying respect to the prog leanings from their 2006 concept album, Dante XXI. A new LP from Sepultura (Machine Messiah, released in January) throws a little neu-psych in with Brazilian chorro, flamenco and power metal with ear-splittingly wonderful results. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Chamber Players Series (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) INFO

Acoustic BBQ w/Fort Defiance w/Russ Van Cleave [Early Show] (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Casalan The Orator's Farewell Party w/Louis Junior/Audio Artwork/Deezy Wee The Reaper/Mowgli /TK of DeathSquad [Not As Early Show] (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Stonecutters w/Horseburner/Beer Wolf (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Rustbelt (Ringside Cafe, St. Petersburg) INFO 

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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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