Toronto indie-rock favorite Born Ruffians brings 'Chrysanthemums' to Tampa for Mother's Day concert

Sham Family opens in Ybor City.

click to enlarge Born Ruffians - Photo by Matt Barnes via Paper Bag Records
Photo by Matt Barnes via Paper Bag Records
Born Ruffians
That smell? “Chrysanthemums” from Canada, care of Born Ruffians—one of the most consistent indie-rock bands of the last decade—which is headed to Tampa for a Mother's Day concert in Ybor City.

Frontman Luke LaLonde is back in Tampa Bay this weekend (a region his band has rarely skipped despite being born 1,300 miles away in Toronto) a year after releasing a trio of albums (Juice, Squeeze and Pulp) rolled out in between 2020-2021 and culled from sessions related to the band’s 2018 outing Uncle, Duke & The Chief.
“Chrysanthemums”—a bassline-driven mellow meditation with an equally chill, machine-produced psychedelic music video, represents the first bit of new music from the Ruffians since the triptych—and Ontarian post-punk band Sham Family will open the show.

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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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