Antiwarpt Festival 2011

Warped Tour doppelganger Antiwarpt takes over downtown St. Petersburg.

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Spotlight On: Saskatchewan

Barely a year old, with a mere handful of songs recorded and live shows played, and already Saskatchewan is making ripples in the painfully hip indie music-sphere. The Orlando dream pop quintet led by Michael Serrin and Chandler Strang from An Introduction to Sunshine — another high-quality O-town act that plays Antiwarpt — landed on two separate mixtapes in February, and earned rave reviews of new single "Dreamboat" by others like Antlered Pigeons and Coke Machine Glow after Saskatchewan dropped a 7-inch in May.

The band definitely merits some attention, the aforementioned "Dreamboat" a simple plea of yearning and affection that doesn't carry the underlying ache of expected rejection, its buoyant '60s pop/surf rock appeal marked by a post-punk bass groove, tambourine-textured beats, an Afro-pop tinged guitar hook, and sweetly enchanting vocals and harmonies shaded with an almost pastoral feel.

Other tracks like "Nice Daze" and "Beast Coast" reveal Saskatchawan's more swooning aesthetic, the former drawn-out into shimmering washes of haunting, hazy bliss, the latter slower, sparser, and marked by dreamy organ and delicately sighing vocals. All of it comes off as fresh, unforced, lovely and worthy of checking out. (10-10:30 p.m., 937 Central Ave.)

Also at Cafe Bohemia: A Play on Words (4-4:20 p.m.), Yogurt Smoothness (4:35-5:05 p.m.), Blood Bats (5:20-5:45 p.m.), Alien House (6-6:30 p.m.), I AND I (6:50-7:20 p.m.), Transcendent Other (7:40-8:10 p.m.), Erin Solari (8:30-9 p.m.), MeteorEYES (9:15-9:45 p.m.). —Leilani Polk


Spotlight On: Bombshell Lust

The Globe's Antiwarpt lineup gets off to a gleefully idiosyncratic start. Warming things up for a slate that otherwise balances veteran beloved singer-songwriters with newer strummy solo acts is what's sure to be an interesting acoustic set by this Bradenton punk act. Heavily influenced by the likes of NOFX and the rest of the early-to-mid '90s first fast-rawk wave of Generation Fat Wreck Chords acts, Manatee's Bombshell Lust usually ply a brisk, snotty and fun sound that's above all faithful to the buzz-saw speeds and sarcastic perspectives of the era the group so obviously adores. It's boisterous stuff at full volume, loose and raucous and designed to delight anybody with a Guttermouth T-shirt that by this point is just barely hanging on.

For this show the band is going unplugged, and whether or not they roll out stripped-down versions of trademark fare like "My Dad is a Transvestite" and "Joke's on You!" or opt for something completely different, patrons are undoubtedly going to be treated to a spectacle that'll be possibly unruly, maybe hilarious and, above all, entertaining. (5:30-6 p.m., 532 First. Ave. N.)

Also at the Globe: Joel Serena (6:15-6:45 p.m.), John Allen (7-7:30 p.m.), Rebekah Pulley (7:45-8:15 p.m.), Jun (8:30-9 p.m.), Will Quinlan (9:15-10 p.m.) —Scott Harrell


CORRECTION: The DJ Silence who Scott featured below is not, in fact, the DJ Silence who is performing at Antiwarpt this Saturday. The correct DJ Silence is otherwise known as Gudjon Carroll, the Iceland-born, Tampa-based member of 500 Wolves DJ collective, which stages Filthy Richard on Friday nights at Czar. Click here to check out one of his mixes. (7:30-8:20 p.m., 548 Central Ave.)

Also performing at Sake Bomb: Jason Kiger (6-6:45 p.m.), Sidedraft (6:45-7:30 p.m.), Infinite Skillz (8:20-8:45 p.m.), Nick Lennon (8:45-10 p.m.), Crate Brothers (10-11 p.m.), DJ Blenda (11-11:40 p.m.), DJ Mega (11:40 p.m.-12:25 a.m.), Louis Junior (12:25-12:45 a.m.), Destroyer (12:45-1:45 a.m.), DJ Y-not (1:45-3 a.m.).

Spotlight On: DJ Silence

DJ Silence is a member of Final Cut DJs, a Tampa crew that joined forces with mega-crew Trigger City DJs earlier this year to beef up that lineup's already impressive size. Silence isn't afraid to lighten things up in order to bring a little life to the party — he's got a style that's less bass-heavy and more about a light, snappy groove than many of his peers, and it's crafted to get heads of all ages not just nodding along but sliding along the floor with a smile on the way to the bar. Chiming disco-era guitars, rhythmic house beats, soulful R&B-meets-funk and maybe even a little go-go blend with hip hop sounds and rhythms from all eras to create an eclectic party vibe.

This DJ-and-MC bill looks and feels like it's going to keep the party going all night with a variety of grooves and sounds; Sake Bomb may very well be the place that sees more carefree dancing and late-night action than any other Antiwarpt venue. —Scott Harrell

About The Authors

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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