So, you saw my review of the Radio Moscow show and felt like you missed out (you did) and you don’t want it to happen again. I understand. It’s hard to get away from VH1…shit, I’ve lost many many hours to it…..but it’s time to break the vicious cycle. This is the perfect week. We got a lot going on in the Tampa Bay area this week so stop picking your nose and get out on town. Here are the highlights, per me:

Thursday night @ New World Brewery: The Weary Boys w/local favs The Diviners opening

Here we go. The moment of truth. What will The Weary Boys sans Mario be like? I haven’t seen any bad reviews from other shows. I imagine it will be a tad awkward for the crowd at first seeing as how most of them probably don’t know Mario has left the band yet. I am maintaining a positive attitude towards the whole deal. Plus, the remaining Wearies added a banjo player and there is nothing like a banjo to amp up the energy of a good show. These guys pull a huge crowd that drinks their fill and then dances it off every time they come to town. I would advise each and every one of you to not miss The Weary Boys when they come to your neck of the woods.

You can see my review of The Weary Boy’s last cd, Jumpin’ Jolie, here.

The Weary Boys – Jambalaya
The Weary Boys – Baby Have No Fun

The Diviners – Remember the Beatnicks

Saturday night @ Tampa Theater: Kenny Wayne Shepherd w/Bryan Lee

Kenny Wayne Shepherd brings his Ten Days Out tour to the Tampa Theater. He is also bringing Bryan Lee (sings Tina Marie) with him. This show promises to be a shit ton of fun and I know the ticket price is enough to scare some people off but if you got the money to spend you should go to this show. As a taste of what this is gonna be like I am posting a few mp3’s from Bryan Lee’s cd “Live at the Absinthe Bar” where he is performing with Kenny Wayne. I defy you to listen to these and not think this show is gonna be one of the best of 2007.

You can see my review of Ten Days Out here.

Bryan Lee w/Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Going Down
Bryan Lee w/Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Look on Yonder Wall

Kenny Wayne Shepherd w/Bryan Lee – Tina Marie (from Ten Days Out)

Saturday night @ New World Brewery: The Dark Romantics

Yes Yes Yes….I know, I am posting about 2 shows on a Saturday night. Basically, the plan for the wife and I is to bust ass to New World after the KWS show in time to see Lakeland art-rockers The Dark Romantics. The last time these guys played Tampa they basically played a show for me, my wife, ninebullets site master Trevor and his wife. To say it was embarrassing would be quite the understatement. So come on Tampa. Get out and support your local talent. You can see my review of The Dark Romantic’s debut cd here.

The Dark Romantics – Baby Boy Baby Girl
The Dark Romantics – So Confused (and we like it)

This weekend and all the events listed above are Autopsy IV approved and I hope to see some of y’all out!

Tampa/St. Pete…this weekend…To Do:

Looking for something to do tomorrow night? The Dark Romantics are playing Transitions Art Gallery.

I did a writeup on their new cd a few weeks ago. Check it out and come support local music.

The Dark Romantics – So Confused (and we like it)
The Dark Romantics – She’s a Fire
The Dark Romantics – Baby Boy, Baby Girl

The Dark Romantics Official Site, The Dark Romantics myspace site, Buy The Dark Romantics debut cd

ALSO!

Monday night @ The State Theater is Clutch…..THE CLUTCH!!! I am super excited about this show. I have been practicing my rock show devil horns for weeks and i’ve already got the cock out…all that’s left is the rock out. For those out of the know: Clutch is a rock band from Maryland. Sometimes lumped into the stoner rock label I would say they are a guitar, blues riff and groove heavy rock and roll band. Plus, they have big gnarly beards. Bearded dudes playing rock music on a Monday night. Can’t beat that with a wiffle ball bat. Believe me, I’ve tried.

Watch the video for “Burning Beard”

The Dark Romantics – Some Midnight Kissin'

Honestly, when I started this blog I had no idea how many wonderful bands there were in my local area. That is my own fault I know, so I set out to find some of these bands in 2007. Well, one does not have to try very hard to find Lakeland’s own The Dark Romantics, and as this year moves along I suspect you’re gonna hear about these guys whether you are looking for them or not.The Dark Romantics are friends Eric Collins (guitar/vocals) and Dean Paul (guitar/vocals) along with their wives who happen to be sisters Amanda Jones (keyboards) and Carla Jones (bass). The band is rounded out by Fifi Salomon. Their debut cd, Some Midnight Kissin’ was recorded in the Hunnington Beach home studio of Starflyer 59 front man, Jason Martin.I got the cd a few weeks ago and tossed it into the cd player while the wife and I were cleaning house/washing bikes/washing dogs etc. etc…suffice to say I heard about half the cd, listened to none of it, but that did not stop me from making a judgement. When the cd player loaded the next cd I said “Looks like Lakeland got themselves a Franz Ferdinand clone” to my wife. Let the prosecution admit that comment as state’s evidence #4,035,326 that I am an overly judgemental prick most of the time. Now, to be sure, you are gonna mention Franz Ferdinand when you talk about these guys, but to label them a mere FF clone was plain ignorant. Luckily, my cd player is only a 3-disc changer with 1 broken tray so I got to listen to the cd a few more times.

Some Midnight Kissin’ is sultry rock noir made for, well, midnight kissing in the clubs. Slippery smooth synth-rock ala Franz Ferdinand, The Killer’s, Interpol, She Wants Revenge…you get the direction. The songs are catchy, full of hooks and perfect for Saturday night that you can not help but dance around to. As another reviewer wrote:

In The Dark Romantics’ world, it’s always Saturday night. You’re always dressed to kill. You’re always in the middle of the best first date in your life. It’s a pretty decent place to hang out, huh?

and there you go. I would be genuinely surprised not to see these guys experience great commercial success on the back of this release and it is quite deserved. Since my FF clone comment to the wife the cd has made it’s way into heavy rotation in our household, our cars and onto out “workout” play lists on the iPods. So, check out the samples and if you like them, buy the cd. If you happen to live in the Tampa Bay area you can get all of their show listings of their myspace site. I, for one, really look forward to seeing these guys.

The Dark Romantics – So Confused (and we like it)
The Dark Romantics – She’s a Fire
The Dark Romantics – Baby Boy, Baby Girl

The Dark Romantics Official Site, The Dark Romantics myspace site, Buy The Dark Romantics debut cd (released Feb. 13th)

btw: With all the sex, people of the night references, and what not I find myself wondering if the Rocky Horror-esque cd cover was an accident. “Touch Me, Touch Me, I wanna be dirty” indeed.


Here are some upcoming local area show dates:Feb 16 @ Tuesday Music Club (Lakeland) (oddly enough, I had my wedding reception here)
Feb 17 @ The Porch (Brandon)
Mar 1 @ Lilians (Lakeland)
Mar 2 @ Transitions (Tampa)