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CONTENTS ISSUE 29
GUILTY CALL & RESPONSE 10
SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING 11 12 14 14
DEAR GLOFFY OPEN MIC YOUR BAND BLOWS STEP BY STEP
SOUNDBITES 16 17 18 19
LOOK MEXICO MODERN SKIRTS MONOTONIX WALTER MEEGO
SPECIAL FEATURE 20 HAUNTED AMERICA 24 INTERVIEW WITH A GHOST HUNTER
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COMMENT ON “P IS FOR PANDA COMPILATION IS OUT, AMAZING,” BY SCOTT HARRELL:
While I like that you’ve started splitting REAX up into cities/regions, could you please stop lumping Jacksonville venues in with Gainesville? First off, Jacksonville is the largest city in land area in the contiguous United States. They are deﬁnitely not just “And North FL”! They are a huge Southern metropolitan city and have their own music scene well worth discovering. Secondly, Jacksonville Beach (where Freebird Live is located) is a whole different place than Jacksonville ... or Gainesville, for that matter. It’s an upper-class East Coast beach town, about a two-hour drive from Gainesville. I mean, you might as well just lump Gainesville into Tampa’s listing with that logic. Oh, and we’re very very inland, so listing surf shops as part of Gainesville’s “Lifestyle” also loses you another point. Good grief. I love Gainesville! Thanks, Christopher Miller Electronic SubSouth We’re working on it. It’s a space issue, no disrespect to anybody’s city/community/scene. As for the surf shop thing, I know several surfers living in Gainesville. Some people occasionally leave their own neighborhoods ... Ed. Always been a fan of Reax Music Magazine and always pick one up when I am at FYE in Countryside Mall ... got the No. 28 edition and lo and behold a full-page ad for Kamelot in the back of the mag by far my favorite band. What are the chances that someone there would do an interview with the band or a review of the show coming up at The State Theatre on Oct 9th? That would be awesome. Keep up the great work!! - LeRoy Keep watching the skies - er, the website - as the show date nears ... Ed.
FROM REAXMUSIC.COM COMMENT ON “RECAP: REAL BIG DEAL, GAINESVILLE, 9/139/14,” BY JULIA STEWART: “That was Cody of Tres Bien with the towel on Josh’s head not Mikey.” - Alice, September 18
“You’re too kind. Thanks for the support and the nice words about the bands. I can’t believe my luck that they all said yes to being on the mix tape!” - Chad, September 10 COMMENT ON “HEART REEL IN ‘BARRACUDA’ FROM MCCAIN/ PALIN CAMPAIGN,” BY MICHAEL RABINOWITZ: “Now let’s hear Madonna kvetch about that one. I mean, c’mon, the song remains the same. Nice point on Toby. And what kind of name is Toby anyhow? No wonder he’s so angry all the time. Prolly wants to kick his momma for that one.” King Jelly, September 5 COMMENTS ON “SOME THINGS I REALLY, REALLY DON’T LIKE ABOUT TAMPA,” BY JEREMY GLOFF: “I know the feeling. And it’s pretty much that way throughout North/ Central Florida. Orlando may be a little bit of an older crowd ... what do you think? Anyway, I’m moving to Brooklyn after many years ﬁghting it and looking on the bright side of Florida, it’s just too dull. The cities are not big enough to support all the things you mention, evidently. But I think Orlando may be better than Tampa around Lake Eola.” - Mike, September 3
“It’s sad but it seems that only New York and maybe Chicago and a few other places can support a strong and varied nightlife for the 30 crowd. I don’t know why. Perhaps the reason is simply that if you are that age you should have enough money to move to New York, you should be desperate enough to ﬁnd a mate that you want to move to New York, and so ... the only reason not to live there is to afford a big house in the suburbs for raising kids.” - Mike, September 3
“I have lived here all my life and all my (sane) friends have moved out, even my family. I think Tampa was a lot better in the ‘80s early ‘90s ... Decades A Go Go, Dog Eat Dog,
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Sweet Charity, Blue Chair Music, The Buffalo Roadhouse,The Loft, etc., there was even some cool pirate radio. Alas, almost all of those people moved on. Hey, it’s a Tampa Tradition. “If I had the money I would have have located our bookstore (Mojo Books and Music) in East Atlanta or Austin. That said, we are nuts and not rich so we stay here hoping to help make things a little better. But basically I kinda feel I’m in limbo land, it’s kind of like ﬂy paper and there is a charm here. The best thing I have seen here this decade is the explosion of local bands in central Florida. It’s a shame the radio here won’t support them but Tampa radio has always sucked. We had a great show on “Record Store Day” including the Beauvilles and Rebekah Pulley, the turnout was dismal. Maybe we will have bingo or a bum dunking booth next year, that might work around here.” Dan, September 13
“Yea it seems the trend here in Tampa is if you are over 30, you are settling down, and boring. Hence nothing but restaurants for people over the age of 30 to frequent, or what the local press says is the cool place for the over-30s to hang out at. It’s like the people here have this conception that once you are over 30 you should not be into going out anymore, unless it’s to have dinner and some drinks. Seems to be the trend in the amount of places opening up here in the area, they have this fear of people dancing. Was not like this back in the late ‘90s. Now with the real estate credit bubble burst it will be interesting, and most likely hilarious as to what the city plans to do.” - djchang, September 17
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From my ugly mug you can tell that I’m not the most approachable lad, which is a pretty accurate assumption. I was the kid in the sandbox eating sand and growling at all the other children, and running into brick walls head ﬁrst. Convincing all psychiatrists that I was borderline retarded before I was ﬁve. When everyone else was watching The Muppets and Speed Racer, I was going through my mother’s vinyl collection, discovering Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Black Flag, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, not to mention pawing through her makeup case trying to put on my best Ziggy Stardust face.
“Colin Kincaid, from the twelfth grade/ guess you could say he was my best friend. Lived in a big, tall house out on Westfall/ where we would hide when the rain came in.” - Okkervil River, “Westfall”
Susie Orr is a rambler and a wanderer, currently searching the globe for the world’s greatest beer. In her spare time she enjoys interviewing bands, inciting riots and pondering the meaning of life. She obsessively watches The Daily Show, South Park and The Venture Brothers and is also a huge fan of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Her ﬁrst word as a child was “hardcore” and she was actually born with black hair. Then it all fell out a few weeks later and grew back blonde (true story). One day she would like to be the computer whiz of a vigilante crime-ﬁghting organization or a magazine journalist.
DEAR GLOFFY SEE SOMETHING... ISSUE 29
SUE ANN CARWELL I have her 2nd and 3rd albums on CD. What a 1980s/1990s genius! This month in Dear Gloffy I pay tribute to one of the most underrated lost talents of yester-year! You can ﬁnd Sue Ann on Myspace.
I have been dating my boyfriend for almost four years. Recently, we have been having some problems, but we both love each other and are working through them. My problem is with one of my close friends, who views my current relationship speed bump as the perfect time to voice her hatred for my boyfriend. She seems to feel it is her right as my friend to justify her hatred for him by pointing out his faults, claiming I could do better and even (gasp!) trying to set me up with other guys. I respect her opinions, and have tried many times to nicely tell her to butt out, but this only leads to an argument wherein she starts crying, claims she loves me, and we patch things up. Things get better for a week or so and then she starts in again, saying that a real friend wouldn’t stop reminding me of what is best for me. It’s even beginning to affect my social life, as he and I have started avoiding our mutual hang-out spots. Which leads her to tell all of our friends that he is controlling me, therefore justifying her hatred for him. Please help me Gloffy, I’m at my wits’ end. Signed, Tired of the Drama in Seminole Heights
The job of a friend is rather clear. They listen intently and don’t interfere. If you break up and hate him for thirty days straight But on day thirty-one you make up and date Your friend just accepts it, that’s life, it’s your choice A good friend won’t judge you or
raise up her voice True friends they keep opinions where they belong They still love you dearly when they think you are wrong. Sue Ann Carwell said it best in ‘92 “Friend until the end/I’ll be here for you.”
My boyfriend’s parents control him. He is trapped. They yell at him for not getting a job, yet they won’t help him get a license. They tell him they don’t want him to live at home, yet they packed his belongings and redecorated his room when he went out of town. He is 19, but stuck far out from the city. It’s pretty crazy. How can he break free without severing family ties? Signed, At A Loss
What a scary predicament. Without knowing this boy ... does he have friends who can put him up for a little bit? Other family members? Sometimes in life you have to take chances to truly move forward. Your boyfriend may just have to risk loosening up those family ties before they wrap tightly around his neck and suffocate him. If he truly wants to make a change, there are ways to do it. I have had many friends crash on my couch while they got their *beep beep* together. I think it’s time for your boyfriend to pull a Sue Ann Carwell. When Sue Ann got fed up in 1992 she wrote her song “P.M.S.” P.M.S. stood for “play me serious” and she meant it! Sue Ann wasn’t in the mood for anyone’s “bull ... sugar” and your boyfriend shouldn’t be either! To write me go to the Dear Gloffy page on www.jeremygloff,com OR email@example.com
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SEE SOMETHING... OPEN MIC ISSUE 29
THE DEATH SQUEAL
am a product of the American South. I was born and raised here on a farm in southern Georgia. Every aspect of my life has been shaped to some degree by this place. It’s a mixture of the extremely beautiful and the staggeringly profane. It’s fried food and Jesus. It’s somebody’s granny saying, “come let me hug your neck.” It’s blood, dirt, and diesel and a paycheck on Friday. It’s racism with a smile. It’s the heat. Things move slower here, and people’s lives are governed by moral obligations and social expectations. There’s a ready-made life just waiting for you. All you have to do is accept it and get on with it. Most folks do. You adopt the belief system of those around you and this guarantees that you will be accepted into “The Good Old Boy Network.” You work the accepted jobs, you marry your girlfriend when she gets pregnant, you hate the right people, and best of all, you don’t need opinions or ideas of your own. It’s all laid out for you, and life can be so easy if you don’t step out of line. I was about ten years old when I realized I was different. It would have been a hot, humid summer morning in the late ‘80s. I would have been lounging peacefully on the couch my mom was so protective of. I was probably eating a fried bologna sandwich and watching Saturday morning cartoons without a care in the world. I’ve always been a daydreamer and it’s always been a drag when someone calls me back to reality. On this particular morning that call came in the form of my father’s gruff voice saying something like, “put some clothes on. I need you to go help me cut some hogs.” For those of you not raised on a hog farm, this phrase would translate to, “I need you to help me castrate some male pigs.” Now, at this point in my life I was vaguely familiar with the practice of cutting out a pig’s testicles so the pork wouldn’t stink, but I had never been asked to participate. With much reservation I put myself together and got in my Dad’s big red ‘87 Dodge and headed down the road and through the ﬁeld to the slab - a big concrete ﬂoor covered with a tin roof and sectioned off into about eight big pens with a long hallway going all PAGE 12 • REAX MUSIC MAGAZINE • OCTOBER 2008
the way down. The sticky South Georgia heat and humidity have a way of really bringing out the true essence of hog shit, and on this day the slab was particularly foul; as the pungent odor ﬁltered through me I fought to keep from vomiting. We climbed over the fence and into the pen with the hogs to be cut. My Dad produced a few tools of the trade, including a scalpel, what looked to me to be pruning shears, and some powder. I was told to grab them by their back legs and swing their torsos between by legs, and hold them tightly with my knees and keep them steady so he could do the cutting. Now I had been working with hogs my whole life and I knew the smells and the temperaments and tendencies of hogs, but on this day I learned something that transcends the boundaries of species. As soon as I grabbed the ﬁrst one and the procedure was happening I experienced the most violent scene that I had ever been exposed to: my father yelling at me callously to “hold him still damn it” while blood, piss, and shit shot everywhere. And then I heard it. The most primal noise ever created by man or beast. A vocalization so piercing that it cut straight through me and permanently adhered to my soul. The pure sound of urgency and desperation. The Death Squeal. It has haunted me since that day, and I guess that’s what put the rock ‘n’ roll in me. Urgency and desperation are the heart of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll, and in an environment that seeks to castrate and conﬁne you, sometimes you’ve got to squeal. J Coody sings and plays guitar for Valdosta, Georgia’s Ninja Gun. Their latest record, Restless Rubes, is out now on Suburban Home.
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SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING YOUR BAND BLOWS / STEP BY STEP ISSUE 29
VAMPIRE WEEKEND: ALMOST DONE SUCKING As I’m writing this, there is something truly beautiful happening. After approximately 14 minutes and 59 seconds of unworthy attention, another buzz band is fading into the realm of obscurity populated by noxious acts such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the Arctic Monkeys. This particular group was distinctively undeserving of the praise rained down upon them from Blog Heaven, and yet they managed to parlay that fame into a mostly sold-out tour and an appearance on SNL (for which they canceled two shows and a festival appearance - way to sell out your fans for exposure). I’m of course referring to the four über-preppy kids of Vampire Weekend, possibly one of the worst bands to ever back a fantastic name with contrived non-relevant music. Thank God it’s over. My apologies to any of you hipsters out there who were in the ﬁrst wave of year 2k7.8 to pick up on these guys. I’m sure in your mind they were going to change the face of music and culture with their “afropop-inspired sweater rock,” but they’ve managed to inspire nothing more than a few drummers in New England to throw out their use of rhythm and a couple of kids in the Midwest to wear pastels. Which would be a feat in itself if A) drummers didn’t need rhythm, and B) kids who wear pastels in the Midwest didn’t get beaten on a regular basis. It would appear that the amount of cultural change that VW has inspired is minimal and unneeded. So I’m sorry, I really am. I’m sorry for all of the money that you spent buying sweaters and cheeky button-up shirts in an attempt to look like a Cambridge student, and I’m sorry for all of the hours that you probably spent dancing to Vampire Weekend songs trying to understand the “uniqueness” of their “groove.” As you can see, the deeper that you get pulled into the grips of VW’s music, the more sharply your understanding of rhythm dips. You can’t argue with science.
STEP CAPTURE A GHOST BY STEP But what of the deep philosophical questions brought up by this group of enlightened philosophers? “Who gives a fuck about an oxford comma?” A very important question indeed. I’m more interested in some of the more existential mysteries that they could’ve tackled, like “what the fuck is a mansard roof?” Or the ever-mystifying “what the hell does Cape Cod have to do with Kwasa Kwasa?” Undoubtedly, all questions for the ages that these bold young men could have addressed on their debut album, but for reasons unknown they decided to let these great enigmas of reality go unanswered. Perhaps in their exalted semi-Ivy League minds, they felt that the world was not ready for this level of information. Surely if the masses were privy to such universal knowledge the world would end (and we wouldn’t have to wait for the French to ﬁre up CERN). We should all thank them, thank them dearly for merely grazing the topics lightly enough to make music writers and armchair philosophers like myself scratch our scruffy heads and say “what the fuck?!” Oh, and we should show our gratitude and buy their record. Summer scarves aren’t cheap, you know. But I digress … let’s get back to relevance. Good music should resonate with listeners to the very core of their personality and being. Artists that have stood the test of time have written songs that are not only pleasant to the ears and hearts of listeners, but also have lyrical content that people can relate to. This is the everelusive “relevance” to which all artists with a drop of altruistic blood should aspire. Unfortunately in the case of Vampire Weekend, what you get is a sad bunch of college kids who probably didn’t want to grow up and go to work with their dads in ﬁnance or real estate, so they remake a Paul Simon record with enough 2k7 lo-ﬁ to appeal to hipsters. It’s altogether disgusting that this band made enough noise among non-professional media outlets to get a record contract and actually chart, but the good news is that by the end of 2k8 they will have disappeared into the abyss of none-hit wonders. and never be heard from again. It’s a small consolation to see 15 minutes of fame dry up after suffering through it, but it always warms my heart to see something die a deserving death.
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ou don’t have to be Dr. Egon Spengler, with your nuclearpowered proton packs and your stripey portable tractor beams and your Eraserhead coif, to capture the pesky shade that keeps turning your TV on and off or making your dogs bark or moving your keys from the left side of the dresser to slightly closer to the left side of the center of the dresser. In fact, you can trap just about any earthbound spirit with a few readily available household items.
READ ON TO LEARN JUST HOW. STEP 1 Compile the necessary tools. You’ll need: One ﬁve-gallon bucket with a quarter-inch hole drilled or poked into the bottom. One piece of paper - blank typing sheet, circular that came in the mail, whatever. One nine-volt battery. One Hershey’s Kiss(tm) in silver foil. One piece of chalk. And, of course, one mp3 ﬁle of “Is There A Ghost,” from Band of Horses’ superlative 2007 full-length Cease to Begin.
STEP 2 Next, you’ll need to determine which room in your home is the center of the paranormal activity. If it isn’t obvious - if all of the rooms drip blood, for instance, or your ghost isn’t given to singing long, mournful songs about how it’s trapped forever in the living room, not the dining room but the living room, oh, the irony - ask whichever of your friends it is that owns the most ankhs. She’ll be able to tell.
STEP 3 In the center of the room, set the bucket upside down. Trace around it with the piece of chalk, then remove it.
STEP 4 Place the nine-volt battery and the silverfoil Hershey’s Kiss(tm) in the center of the chalk circle. The nine-volt battery is for the spirit to draw energy from, helping
it manifest itself. The silver-foil Hershey’s Kiss(tm) is because ghosts are sometimes drawn to shiny things and also, seriously, who doesn’t like chocolate?
STEP 5 Replace the upside-down bucket over the battery and Hershey’s Kiss(tm). There’s a chalk outline there to help you out.
STEP 6 Starting on an angle, roll the piece of paper into a funnel shape with your hands.
STEP 7 Shove the narrow end of your makeshift funnel into the hole in the bottom of the upside-down bucket.
STEP 8 Cue up “Is There A Ghost” on your iPod(tm) or similar digital music player, and wait. That’s it! Even if you don’t see it happen, by the end of the song you will have trapped a ghost under your ﬁve-gallon bucket. Attracted by stored energy and shiny, delicious chocolate, the ghost will rearrange its gauzy form to travel down the narrowing funnel. Once inside, the energy it draws from the battery will make it too strong to ﬁt back out through the little hole - at least until the battery runs out of juice. So what do you do with it, other than sit around looking at an upside-down ﬁvegallon bucket in the center of your room for days on end until the battery dies, and the ghost escapes to begin ﬂicking your TV on and off all over again? Shoot me an e-mail, and we’ll discuss my fee for actually removing a ghost once you’ve got it captured.
SOUNDBITES ISSUE 29
HERE ARE A FEW OF LOOK MEXICO’S ESSENTIAL TOURING COMPANIONS
Agrella: “I usually try to stock up, I didn’t for this tour. Normally everyone brings a small collection of books.”
LOOK MEXICO A BALANCING ACT
Words: Colin Kincaid Photo: Victor Lewis/Vision Studios
TALLAHASSEE’S LOOK MEXICO SEEMS TO BE PRETTY DAMN GOOD AT HEDGING ITS BETS. THE ROLE OF THE UNDERGROUND BAND IS RIFE WITH BOTH OBSTACLES AND CLICHES, BUT THIS MELODIC ‘N’ MATH-Y NORTH FLORIDA QUINTET IS ADEPT AT OVERCOMING THE FORMER, AND AVOIDING THE LATTER ALTOGETHER.
hen the economy got desperately tough, for instance, the men of Look Mexico - vocalist/guitarist Matt Agrella; bassist Ryan Smith; drummer Joshua Mikel; guitarist Ryan Slate; and keyboardist Dave Pinkham - didn’t ditch touring. Instead, they ditched their old 15-passenger van for a diesel model, and converted it to run on vegetable oil. Sure, occasionally things go heywire, like the time in Utah when their pump broke down and they had to revert to ﬁltering the used grease from some Chinese food place through a t-shirt and into a gallon bucket, lengthening their trip to Reno by three hours. But they’re saving cash and keeping themselves out of further credit card debt, so if they pull up to the venue smelling like egg rolls or french fries, well ... “Oh, we do,” says Agrella with a laugh. “Even more. Everything. Popcorn, fried chicken ... but we’re pretty excited. We’ve made it from Central Florida, where a friend of ours helped do the conversion, all the way to Reno on a quarter tank of diesel. We’re looking at a lot of money that we’re saving.” Then there’s the challenge of standing out in a scene crammed above and below
the mainstream radar with an awful lot of bands that sound an awful lot like an awful lot of other bands. Look Mexico neatly sidesteps the issue by succumbing to neither punk-scene dogma nor mainstream trendsuckage; the band’s sound, a deftly layered yet organic balance of engaging catchiness and intricate riffs and time signatures, is one all its own. Which isn’t to say the group hasn’t garnered its share of comparisons over the past couple of years. But most of the other acts mentioned, such as American Football, Braid and Hey Mercedes, are from an earlier, more textured and technical era of proto-emo altogether, and the ambitious multi-instrumental sonics of Look Mexico’s new EP Gasp Asp should leave those formerly somewhat apt associations in the past where they belong. “We could argue as much as we wanted to about how we don’t sound like that, or whatever,” Agrella says. “People are going to say what comes to mind, and we can’t really ﬁght that. For us, what we were pumped about when we were ﬁnishing this EP was that there was deﬁnitely a different sound happening. We were playing it for our friends, everyone was saying the same stuff, how it was something new, something
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they hadn’t heard. It’s not like we’re trying to be something completely brand new - well, we are, but there’s only so many notes, and different ways to play ‘em.” Of course, plying a strikingly new sound brings its own set of new considerations. Like, say, how this mix of melody, keyboards and instrumental prowess is gonna go over at a drunken, bearded, sweat- and volume-heavy shindig like this year’s Fest in Gainesville. “I had about ﬁve months of growth on my face [when Look Mexico played] last year, so I think I ﬁt in,” deadpans Agrella. “We feel pretty comfortable in the punk scene. Even though our stuff might not be as aggressive as other bands, we really get along with that whole scene, the people that are a part of it. It just seems like their lifestyle lines up with what we’re going for. We have a lot of fun touring with fun people, it’s as simple as that.” Look Mexico plays Auburndale, Florida’s Bloodhound Bash Oct. 16 before returning at the end of the month for The Fest 7 in Gainesville.
FOOD Agrella: “Before we
left, because we have more room in this vehicle, we could do more grocery shopping. A 15-pound bag of rice, ten pounds of pasta, a cooler with lunch meat and vegetables and juice. We actually have yet to eat fast food on this tour.”
Agrella: “[Bassist Ryan] Smith has a lot of old computer and Nintendo games on his laptop that he can zone out on for a while.”
Agrella: “Our friends from San Antonio and Austin gave us a little piece of Freud art titled ‘What’s On A Man’s Mind.’ We always hang that up, that’s pretty essential.”
SOUNDBITES ISSUE 29
MODERN SKIRTS OPPORTUNITIES TO EXCEL
Words: Scott Harrell
NOT MANY UNSIGNED SOUTHEASTERN BANDS GET TAPPED TO TOUR EUROPE WITH ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ICONS. THEN AGAIN, NOT MANY UNSIGNED BANDS ANYWHERE ARE AS FOCUSED, MOTIVATED AND MUSICALLY ACCOMPLISHED AS ATHENS, GEORGIA’S MODERN SKIRTS. SINGER AND PRINCIPAL SONGWRITER JAY GULLEY TOOK SOME TIME DURING AN OUT-OF-TOWN LOAD-IN TO TALK A BIT ABOUT CROSSING THE POND WITH SOME OF HIS HEROES, AND HIS GROUP’S NEW ALBUM ALL OF US IN OUR NIGHT. REAX: You guys went back to the UK last summer, and opened for REM. How was it different from your ﬁrst trip? Jay Gulley: Well, they’re not really comparable. [Laughs] The ﬁrst time we went, we went basically as green as possible. We were very new to it, and had a different tour manager, and we weren’t opening for bigger name bands. Pretty much the audiene was built in this time. We did meet a fe people who were there to see us as well, so at least we’re getting our name out somewhat. There were some people who knew the names of the songs and the lyrics. REAX: So what else have you guys been up to since we’ve seen you last? Just working on the record and touring? JG: We ﬁnally got the record wrapped up and we’re really happy with it. After we got back from Europe, we took a little time off just to gather ourselves and hit this record as hard as possible. REAX: It’s a really ambitious recording was there a conscious attempt to really push or outdo yourselves this time around? JG: No, I think it really did come naturally. It’s been three years since the ﬁrst record, and a lot of those songs had been written
for ﬁve years before then. So these songs are true to the songwriters we are now, after years and years of doing it, you know? REAX: For people who know your ﬁrst record, there’s some really different stuff on there, like “Motorcade” and “Like Lunatics.” Are you ever worried about stepping beyond what might be considered “the Modern Skirts sound”? JG: We don’t do that so much now. What you gotta do is make it your sound, so really, if you shy away from a song that’s gonna be a challenge, in a way you’re being a wimp. It’s better to continue to challenge yourself with songs that seem like they might not be workable with the kind of band you are - it just means you’ve gotta push it a little harder and make it to where it’s us. REAX: When you’re writing or recording, do you wonder how the hell you’re going to re-create a given song live? JG: Yeah. We’re acutally facing that now, here and there. But we’ve done a fairly good job, I think. Shy of one or two, all the songs on the new album we do live. A big asset is the fact that we’ve let the laptop be a ﬁfth member here and there.
REAX: Do you ever worry that you’re relying on the technology too much live? JG: No, ‘cause obviously sometimes you see groups that rely on it too much, it’s like a karaoke band. But a long as we’re just using it to ﬁll in the sound, it’s a lot cheaper than having another mouth to feed. Plus, we were able to capture the sounds we were getting in the studio, and bring them wherever we want, and that was kind of the goal. REAX: So none of those luxurious harmonies you’re getting famous for are cheated? JG: No, no vocals. [Laughs] On one song, all it is is piano. On another, it’s sounds here and there, it really is just ﬁller. REAX: There’s an old saying in the entertainment industry, and business in general - it’s all who you know. You guys have deﬁnitely been fortunate to meet and/ or work with some pretty inﬂuential folks. In all honesty, do you think it’s made your career path easier? JG: Well, deﬁnitely with this past tour. That was completely REM booking it. But yeah, it’s really helped us along, and we need all the help we can get. Whenever somebody’s willing to throw us a bone, we’re gonna
HAIKU REVIEW Modern Skirts
All of Us in Our Night drift the pop cosmos fun and melancholy twine man, these guys are good
snatch it. It has made things a little asier, but it comes and it goes. Right now, we’re not at a very easy point in our careers. REAX: But, I mean, the ﬂip side of that is you’ve got to be pretty damn good to get people in those kinds of positions to take notice and want to support you. JG: Yeah. We worked really hard to get to a level they could even appreciate, so I think it evens out in the end. Modern Skirts celebrate the release of All of Us in Our Night with shows at Gainesville’s Orange & Brew Oct. 16, Tampa’s Crowbar Oct. 17, and Orlando’s BackBooth Oct. 18.
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SOUNDBITES ISSUE 29
s the three members of Monotonix and this writer sat down in the bathroom of one of Orlando’s premier punk venues, The Social, the discussion turned to how surprisingly quiet and clean the atypical interview location was. “It’s actually refreshing,” said lead singer Ami Shalev. “It’s better than all the noise.” The trio from Tel Aviv, Israel, has been touring the U.S. non-stop over six months; previous Stateside stops including the past spring’s installment of Austin’s South By Southwest, and the Fest last year in Gainesville. They are taking the nation by storm with their explosive, raw sound and moving live shows. And moving is meant literally here; the three blew through the Social like a Category 5 Hurricane, with drummer Haggai Fershtman as the eye and Shalev and guitarist Yonatan Gat creating the 150 mph winds. Beer was
ﬂying everywhere, and most of the crowd members eventually found themselves on the other side of the venue from where they began. The drum set also ended up on top of the bar, with one crowd member propping up a cymbal. Monotonix’s live performance differs from other punk bands because they play in the pit. It’s actually written in their contract that they will not play on a stage. “It’s boring being so far from the audience,” said Gat. “We need to entertain ourselves.” At the end of this tour, they are planning on recording a new album in New Orleans. “Maybe we will write voodoo songs,” says Shalev. Shalev is currently the primary songwriter, and says he writes his lyrics from personal experiences. The new album, however, is going to be a more collaborative effort.
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“Ami writes ‘I’ songs,” said Gat. “The new album will be ‘we’ songs.” Their ﬁrst release, Body Language, is a pool of unreﬁned energy that explodes into sound like Iggy Pop and the Stooges crossed with Social Distortion. Tim Green, of California experimental band the Fucking Champs, helped produce it. The men of Monotonix say they are inspired by bands like The Who, Van Halen, The Melvins, and Big Business. Listeners can deﬁnitely see where they get their inspiration - if they had a guitar to smash at the end of every show, they probably would. The guys are enjoying traveling in America, and are thinking about moving here permanently. They are huge fans of barbecue pizza and Little Debbie snacks, especially Zebra Cakes. They ended up traveling here after being kicked out of a lot of clubs in Tel Aviv because they were too loud, or because they couldn’t play on
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the ﬂoor. They left their girlfriends, family and even cats behind in search of a better music career. “My family thinks it’s a joke,” said Gat. “But then I send money home. I have a real job.” After arriving in America, they quickly picked up a booking agent and were later signed to Drag City Records. As far as the future goes, they want what any other band does: to get on MTV, and grow to have larger, louder albums and live shows. Considering how their popularity has skyrocketed over the past year, it seems like a realistic dream for these hardworking Israeli rockers. Monotonix continues to tour the States in support of Body Language, leading up to an appearance at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon.
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BACK TO THE OCEAN
WALTER MEEGO INTERVIEW W/ JUSTIN SCONZA
Words: Justin Lee Amidon Photo: Courtesy of Big Machine
SURVIVING THE ELECTRONIC MUSIC SCENE CAN PROVE TO BE A DIFFICULT, IF NOT COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE, TASK. THROW IN A GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION LIKE CHICAGO, A TOWN THAT HAS BEEN KNOWN FOR HAVING A CLIQUE-Y MUSIC SCENE, AND SOME MIGHT BE TEMPTED TO JUST FORGET ABOUT IT. IT ISN’T COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE A NAME FOR YOURSELF IN WINDY CITY ELECTRO, THOUGH. JUST ASK CHI-TOWN NATIVES WALTER MEEGO, THE LOVE CHILD OF SELF-PROCLAIMED “HOUSE HEAD” COLIN YARCK AND CLASSICAL MUSIC STUDENT JUSTIN SCONZA. The duo ﬁrst stated making music together in 2004 when Sconza and Yarck met in college at the University of Illinois. Walter Meego has come a long way since those college days. We got a chance to catch up with Sconza via cell phone while he was driving up the west coast to Seattle. REAX: Walter Meego is actually the name of one of your alter egos. Tell me a little bit about Walter. Justin Sconza: He doesn’t really have a story. [Laughs] I just kind of made the name up. REAX: So he doesn’t really have a story of his own or anything? JS: No, he doesn’t have his own biography or anything, it was just a funny name I made up for myself. REAX: Before you and Colin got together and started making music, you were already playing music under the name of Walter Meego. How far has the sound of Walter Meego evolved since Walter was ﬁrst born? JS: Oh wow. A lot. When I ﬁrst started playing as Walter Meego I was passing out these four-track recordings that I was making, and they were totally different from what we’re doing now. They were more like rock ‘n’ roll songs. Maybe one day they’ll wind up in a box set. REAX: In the past two years you have had
two different members leave the band, Pat Pelligrini in 2005 and Jarrett Spiegel in 2006. What’s wrong? Do you and Colin not play nice? JS: No. [Laughs] Pat left because he didn’t want to have a music career. Then Jarrett left for different reasons. He didn’t really play any instruments. So it was one of those things where it was like, ’well, what are you going to do?’ REAX: What is it like playing electronic pop, especially for someone like you who comes from a band background? JS: It’s not really all that different, honestly. I mean when we play live it’s the same way I would play if I was playing with a band. Live, we’re playing guitars and synthesizers. It’s nice to be able to mix things up. REAX: You have been quoted as saying “we are pro-album” - what do you mean by that? JS: I like an album to be more than just a collection of singles. I like albums because I like to experience the whole thing. They come from a certain time in our lives that they can’t help but to be about something. Walter Meego plays The Social in Orlando on October 7, and Tallahassee’s Club Downunder on October 8, and Ybor’s Crowbar on October 9.
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very town in the country has its own haunted houses (or cemeteries, or nightclubs, or theaters). And with national interest in paranormal activity at a high, they’re probably all hosting their share of both semi-professional investigators and teenagers high on a couple of wine coolers. Whether it’s a passionate scientiﬁc interest or just a welcome distraction from the depressing facts of cold, hard reality, people are loving ghosts, and ghost stories, these days. So with Halloween fast approaching, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most famous haunted hotspots in the nation. Use it to plan the ultimate search for the truth, or as fodder for synchronized sneering with your fellow skeptics. Just don’t read it into a mirror by candlelight at the stroke of midnight ... because that would be, you know, pretty damn weird.
ARIZONA 1. JEROME COMMUNITY CENTER ARKANSAS 2. CRESCENT HOTEL & SPA CALIFORNIA 3. ALCATRAZ 4. CROCKER ART MUSEUM
5. HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL 6. THE WHALEY HOUSE 7. WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE COLORADO 8. THE BLACK FOREST HAUNTING FLORIDA 9. ASHELEY’S RESTAURANT 10. MARY HARDY REESER 11. SPOOK HILL 12. THE STRANAHAN HOUSE 13. TROPICATION ARTS NOVELTY WAREHOUSE GEORGIA 14. PIRATE’S HOUSE RESTAURANT ILLINOIS 15. JANE ADDAMS’ HULL HOUSE 16. LINCOLN THEATER KENTUCKY 17. BOBBY MACKEY’S MUSIC WORLD 18. WAVERLY HILLS SANITORIUM LOUISIANA 19. THE LALAURIE HOUSE 20. THE MYRTLES PLANTATION MINNESOTA 21. GUTHRIE THEATER MISSOURI 22. LEMP MANSION NEVADA 23. GOLDFIELD HOTEL NORTH CAROLINA 24. WILMINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OHIO 25. FRANKLIN CASTLE OKLAHOMA 26. MONEKA MALL & TEA ROOM OREGON 27. WHITE EAGLE CAFE & SALOON PENNSYLVANIA 28. EASTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 29. GETTYSBURG TENNESSEE 30. THE BELL WITCH FARM TEXAS 31. PEYTON COLONY 32. SNUFFER’S RESTAURANT UTAH 33. OLD DESERET WASHINGTON 34. HARVARD EXIT THEATER WASHINGTON, D.C. 35. THE WHITE HOUSE
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1.TheJEROME COMMUNITY CENTER seat of this mining town turned
artists’ community has been called “Spook Hall” by the locals. The ghost of a boom-days prostitute is said to wander in front of the building, and other town locations, such as local hotels and the shafts of the abandoned Phelps Dodge Mine, are rumored hot spots as well.
2.ThisCRESCENT HOTEL & SPA historic Eureka Springs getaway,
which dates from 1886, has found a place on both the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s roster of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destination and numerous lists of our country’s most haunted hotels. Its paranormal reputation may be as unfounded as the claims of healing Ozark waters that originally brought droves of tourists to the area, but many have claimed to see the ghost of a worker, dubbed “Michael,” who fell from the roof and died while the original structure was being built.
3.A perennial ALCATRAZfavorite for cable shows
about hauntings, because the only thing creepier than an a abandoned prison is an abandoned prison that also happens to be an island in the middle of the great white shark-infested San Francisco Bay that everybody in the country knows about - and one with a particularly violent history, yet.
4.Paranormal CROCKER ART MUSEUM researcher Dennis William
Hauck conducted an investigation at this San Diego history-and-culture spot in 2002. The physical data and results of psychic readings his team collected lend provide compelling evidence that the ghost of passionate patron of the arts Eleanor Margaret Crocker - wife of the judge who purchased the property in 1868 - is indeed still hanging around.
5.LikeHOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL everything else in Hollywood, tales of the spirits of dead celebrities walking
the earth are best taken with a healthy dose of skepticism. The Roosevelt was built in late ‘20s and hosted the ﬁrst ever Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, and has since become at least as famous for possibly being Marilyn Monroe’s favorite afterlife haunt; the starlet favored Room 1200 during her early years of notoriety. Montgomery Clift is another classic star whose spirit may or may not take up residence in the hotel. Probably, though, any real paranormal activity is the result of the palace’s being built on the corpses of the careers of dozens of unsung screenwriters.
6.California THE WHALEY HOUSE State Historic Landmark
Number 65 has been called America’s most haunted house by the Travel Channel, and is a regularly cited hot spot in both titillating mainstream programming and serious ghost hunting annals alike. Male and female apparitions have been reported by many, including none other than Regis Philbin, who was startled by a gauzy shade that appeared in front of a portrait of Anna Whaley.
7.This WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE San Jose landmark is particularly
interesting. Legend has it that guilt over the countless lives ended by riﬂes manufactured under her late husband’s name caused ordnance heiress Sarah Winchester to commission the construction of a house - one that would never be ﬁnished, so that the spirits of the dead could never become comfortable with its layout, and haunt the widow at their leisure. Building never stopped from 1884 until her death in 1922. Ironically, she died in this marvel of turn-of-the-century technology and bizarre, often pointless architecture, raising the possibility that she may have joined the lost souls she was so intent on outwitting.
8.TheTHELeeBLACK FOREST HAUNTING family moved into this wooded
area north of Colorado Springs in the early ‘90s. Since then, they’ve had more than two dozen paranormal researchers drop by to witness the orbs, sounds, apparitions and lights that have plagued the clan ever since. Some attribute the activity to ghosts, some to nearby military facilities, and some to
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geomagnetic deposits under the earth, but few have denied that something seriously weird is going on. The nearby Black Forest Inn is also the location of unexplained activity.
9.TheASHELEY’S RESTAURANT ghost of a young girl that might
haunt the Ladies’ Room of this restaurant on U.S. HWY 1 in Rockledge is said to be either a woman murdered on the premises in the ‘20s, or a girl who died in a car accident out front. An investigation of the place in the early ‘90s captured some compelling evidence of paranormal activity.
14. PIRATE’S HOUSE RESTAURANT This sprawling, 250-year-old restaurant/
museum in Savannah really was frequented by pirates. A massive tunnel leading from its basement to the Savannah River is thought to have been a smuggling and escape route. And some believe at least one swashbuckler never left - they say the pirate on whom Robert Louis Stevenson based Treasure Island’s Captain Flint died in an upstairs room, and can still be heard calling for his rum.
10. MARY HARDY REESER On the evening of July 1, 1951, Mary
15. JANE ADDAMS’ HULL HOUSE Opened in 1889 to help educate
Hardy Reeser sat down in a chair in her apartment on Cherry Street in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg. The next morning, her neighbor found only a pile of ashes, a skull and a foot. It was one of the ﬁrst cases of possible spontaneous human combustion to be investigated by the FBI, and has never been conclusively proven otherwise.
the poverty-stricken immigrants of its tenement-riddled Chicago neighborhood, the footsteps and odd noises heard in Hull House are attributed to the ghost of the wife of original owner Charles Hull. The building is also said to be home to the ghost of a Devil Baby - born with pointed ears, horns and a tail abandoned there by its parents.
11. SPOOK HILL Who in the Central Florida area didn’t
16. LINCOLN THEATER Many of the country’s classic old
hop in the car in their late teens or 20s and head out to Lake Wales’ legendary Spook Hill? What mysterious force causes your vehicle to roll uphill, in apparent deﬁance of the laws of gravity? Why isn’t it quite as interesting after the ﬁfth or seventh time?
12. THE STRANAHAN HOUSE Ferryman Frank Stranahan built this
Fort Lauderdale landmark in 1901 as a trading post; it has since become a symbol of the city’s history and economic development. It has also enjoyed a lengthy reputation as one of the south’s most haunted buildings; Stranahan himself committed suicide in the adjacent New River during the Great Depression, and one former employee claimed the spirit of Stranahan’s wife Ivy would talk to her.
showplace theaters claim to be home to a ghost or two, and Decatur’s Lincoln Theater is among the most famous of them. The reverberating phantom footsteps and frequently experienced cold spots are attributed to the ghost of a one-armed stagehand from the vaudeville days named Red who died on the premises. The story of Red’s falling from a catwalk isn’t true, however - the World War I veteran just didn’t wake up from a nap one day.
13. TROPICATION ARTS NOVELTY WAREHOUSE During a ten-day investigation that
started after police ofﬁcers responded to a call for help and witnessed enough paranormal phenomena in an hour to realize they were going to have to call in outside help, the American Society for Psychical Research documented 150 unexplainable events at this Miami business. The ASPR came to conclude that the poltergeist activity - which included glasses and other items ﬂying off of shelves - was centered around a 19-year-old Cuban worker. He was tested, and “showed a marked ability to produce psychokinetic effects.”
17. BOBBY MACKEY’S MUSIC WORLD It’s hard to imagine a place more
ripe for haunting than a tavern where deathly violence was common, unless it’s one built on top of an old slaughterhouse where satanists reportedly conducted their secret rituals. Before regionally successful country singer Bobby Mackey bought this place just south of the Ohio state line in 1978, murder and suicide were common in its earlier nightlife incarnations. The Music World hauntings are chronicled in Doug
Hensley’s Hell’s Gate: Terror at Bobby Mackey’s Music World World.
18. WAVERLY HILLS SANITORIUM This former Louisville hospital/TB
ward cemented its reputation as one of America’s most haunted locales when it provided the backdrop for two particularly creepy episodes of the SciFi Channel series Ghost Hunters, including last year’s live Halloween special. The place was also featured in ABC Family’s Scariest Places on Earth, VH-1’s Celebrity Paranormal Project, and the straight-to-DVD horror ﬂick Death Tunnel, among others. Despite considerable evidence that it is indeed haunted, the building’s current owners plan on turning it into a spook-themed hotel.
19. THE LALAURIE HOUSE In the mid-1800s, The LaLauries were
among the most admired and inﬂuential residents of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Their lavish lifestyle demanded plenty of slaves, but they seemed to need more new ones than most high-society families, and they did ... because their treatment of their slaves had passed beyond cruelty into torture and even bizarre medical experiments. Locals ran the family out of town when their sadism was discovered, and the rumors about the mansion being haunted probably started, oh, about 20 minutes or so later.
20. THE MYRTLES PLANTATION Ten homicides and at least one suicide
was originally fermented, and fell into disrepair when Prohibition, suicides, and rumors of illegitimate children locked up in the attic drove the Lemps to destitution.
23. GOLDFIELD HOTEL In the ﬁlm Ghost Adventures, which
documents an investigation of the entire Gold Rush ghost town of Goldﬁeld, there’s some spectacular footage of a large brick being hurled at a ghost hunter by some invisible force. The scene takes place deep in the bowels of the Goldﬁeld Hotel, a location with a particularly unsavory reputation even amid what’s supposedly an entire haunted town.
24. WILMINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE One of the most famous “ghost
photographs” of all time was taken here in 1967. It shows what might be a spirit walking down the set of stairs that seem to be the center of paranormal activity, which continues to this day.
21. GUTHRIE THEATER Another old-school theater said to
26. MONEKA MALL & TEA ROOM Originally built as a boarding house
22. LEMP MANSION The Lemps were a family of wealthy
St. Louis beer barons during the 19th century, and the focal point of much public drama and scandal. Now a renovated restaurant/dinner theater/ bed & breakfast, the Lemp Mansion sits atop the caves where the family’s beer
28. EASTON PUBLIC LIBRARY A mass grave containing more than
500 bodies was uncovered while this structure was being built shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Doors open and close by themselves and patrons feel the featherlight touch of invisible hands, while Mammy Morgan roams the grounds outside.
29. GETTYSBURG The site of one of the most gruesome
and costly battles of the Civil War, the town of Gettysburg is absolutely rife with paranormal hotspots and sightings of dead soldiers. Particularly active locations include the rock formation known as the Devil’s Den (where heavy ﬁghting took place during the war), the Farnsworth House Restaurant and Inn (where snipers used the attic as a killing nest), The Cashtown Inn (where soldiers were bivouacked), the Sachs Bridge and even the Pennsylvania Monument itself.
25. FRANKLIN CASTLE Four of original builder Hannes
will make for some serious ghoststory fodder. A slave hung for murder, an attorney and former resident, and two poisoned children are among the many ghosts that inhabit this late1700s plantation in the little town of St. Francisville.
OHIO Tiedemann’s children reportedly died in four years in this Cleveland landmark. The building contains several secret rooms and passageways, likely used to store liquor during the Prohibition era, and one especially morbid legend has it that when one of these hidden areas was discovered, it was full of baby skeletons.
house an employee whose loyalty couldn’t even be shaken by death. In this Minneapolis showbox, it’s the ghost of a young usher named Richard Miller who killed himself in the parking lot of the local Sears & Roebuck. He was wearing his uniform at the time, and folks who knew Miller by sight reported seeing him back at work within a few weeks of his death.
each and every night.
for railroad workers, it has long been haunted by the ghost of a criminal killed during a robbery gone wrong. Locals say the activity stepped up when the place was renovated to become an antique mall and tea shop.
27. WHITE EAGLE CAFE & SALOON Another location whose features include the kind of underground tunnels most often associated with illicit activity. Portland’s White Eagle once earned the nickname “Bucket of Blood” due to the violent brawls that often erupted there, and one of its most famous ghosts is thought to be the soul of a prostitute murdered in the upstairs brothel; another is the shade of a man said to descend the stairs to the basement
property claim to have witnessed many instances of poltergeist activity.
32. SNUFFER’S RESTAURANT After expanding into a new area
in back of its original property, this Dallas restaurant became the site of paranormal activity. Several employees claim to have seen a hazy spirit traveling the hall between the old and new sections; some think it’s the ghost of a woman supposedly killed during a ﬁght in the Ladies’ Room.
33. OLD DESERET Brigham Young used to haunt his old
residence at this Salt Lake City Mormon colony before it was relocated. Now, his 19th wife Ann Eliza Webb is said to have taken his place. Two other homes on the property also reportedly manifest such ghostly activity as children’s voices and female apparitions.
34. HARVARD EXIT THEATER Owners of this Seattle theater stirred
up some restless spirits during the ‘70s when they added a second screening room to its original design - apparently, women clad in turn-of-the-century clothing began to show up in protest. Most of the sightings are centered around either the third ﬂoor, or an old ﬁreplace on the ﬁrst.
30. THE BELL WITCH FARM Two hundred years ago, the prosperous Bell family bought several parcels of land near what became Adams, Tennessee and settled there, triggering a four-year haunting that culminated in the death of family head John Bell. It remains one of the oldest documented cases with tangible ties to reality (afﬁdavits, journal entries, etc.). It’s been said that Andrew Jackson himself came to investigate. A cave on what used to be Bell Farm property still draws plenty of shiver-seekers yearround.
31. PEYTON COLONY Named for founder Peyton Roberts, this former settlement for slaves freed after the Civil War covers some 350 acres outside Austin. Numerous apparitions, orbs and ghostly voices have been captured in photographs and EVPs Electric Voice Phenomena, wherein disembodied voices not heard by human ears are captured on recording equipment - and those living on the
35. THE WHITE HOUSE Is the most famous house in the country also the most haunted? If strong emotions really do leave some sort of supernatural residue in a location, then the stress of leading America might well produce some lingering after-effects. Harry Truman reportedly believed the place was haunted; so did Clinton Press Secretary Mike McCurry, and Kennedy Press Secretary James Haggerty went so far as to claim he felt Lincoln’s presence within the storied walls. Other White House spirits include the daughter of executed anti-Lincoln conspirator Mary Surratt, Abigail Adams, and Rose Garden ward Dolly Madison, who appeared to thwart Woodrow Wilson’s First Lady’s plans to have the historic garden dug up.
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HAUNTED AMERICA INTERVIEW WITH A GHOST HUNTER ISSUE 29
INTERVIEW WITH A
obby Hewitson is a 35-yearold former military man and insurance underwriter from Tampa. He’s also one of those guys who gathers up his digital voice recorders, night-vision cameras and electromagnetic ﬁeld detectors when somebody gets in touch and tells him that something keeps pulling the covers off of them while they’re trying to sleep. Hewitson went so far as to form the Paranormal Research Organization Of Florida, an organization of similarly professional enthusiasts, for the purpose of satisfying his lifelong curiosity. REAX: The website mentions a few personal experiences that piqued your lifelong interest in the paranormal. How old were you when you began to actively investigate phenomena in an organized, at least semi-scientiﬁc way? Bobby Hewitson: When I was seven years old, I recall frequent visits to the school library and checking out books on anything I could ﬁnd in the topics of ghosts and hauntings. About a year or so later, my friends that lived across the street would explain how they would hear noises and witnessed unexplained footprints on their carpet. It was then that I would start documenting and talking to them more about their experiences. I guess you could say that I was conducting my own investigation in a scientiﬁc manner and wasn’t even aware of it at the time. REAX: When did you found P.R.O.O.F.? BH: April 2006. It started with some thought of a clever name, and an exaggerated amount of time producing the simple logo, and soon after I taught myself to build our own website. It wasn’t long until we had our ﬁrst request for an investigation under the name P.R.O.O.F. REAX: You worked with another organization before founding P.R.O.O.F. Was there a frustration with that group’s process that spurred you to strike out on your own? BH: That is precisely the reason P.R.O.O.F. was founded. Prior to joining the previous group, I knew that I had some interest in possibly starting my own group down the road. Anthony [Simonetti], our current Lead Investigator, and I had both agreed that we wanted to be part of a group that had more of a scientiﬁc approach to investigating
the paranormal. Instead of being involved with a group where the majority of them were psychic, we wanted the opportunity to record data and have the opportunity to analyze our ﬁndings. This way we would be able to present any evidence to a potential client instead of relying on psychic abilities alone. REAX: How important is maintaining a skeptical perspective when conducting an investigation? BH: It’s critical. A legitimate amount of time needs to be taken to challenge or at least thoroughly examine any reports of paranormal activity. Many times we ﬁnd that reports of activity can be disproved or have a logical explanation. However, we also understand that just because we can explain something logically, doesn’t mean that the obvious is what is occurring. For example, if we ﬁnd that an air conditioner vent has the ability to move a door on its own, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is no paranormal activity as well. REAX: Despite trying to provide conclusive proof, have you ever ﬁnished an investigation without any real evidence, but convinced all the same in your gut that the place was haunted? BH: We have found ourselves going into investigations with an open mind only to ﬁnd ourselves with the feeling of being watched, cold chills, or having unexplained nausea. We’ve experienced hearing voices while they were not captured on any recordings. While we have all had individual experiences, our group has a difﬁcult time claiming something is haunted without additional recorded evidence. REAX: Have you seen an upswell of interest in your group in the wake of the success of shows like Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State? BH: We can usually tell when a new season has started. Normally, we receive about two or three requests for memberships per month. When the paranormal type shows start their broadcasting, we usually average about ﬁve or six. This has caused us to be pretty selective of new members and have found that new members need to share the same passion and dedication of time, and have a great deal of patience, which is actually more difﬁcult than one would think.
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REAX: Do more people who contact you for information or an investigation hope that their location IS haunted, or do more of them hope it ISN’T haunted? Are more people interested, or afraid? BH: We ﬁnd that most people have a natural curiosity about their own home or business, and look for validation of their experiences. Many times, if we are limited in the evidence we’re able to present, they do seem a little disappointed. I would have to say that most people hope their place is indeed haunted, but this is sometimes so they can rest easy that they are not going crazy and that paranormal activity is indeed occurring. REAX: What’s the single most compelling personal experience you’ve had? BH: I have witnessed a large room ﬁll with a sort of mist or light smoke without explanation and without any scent. At the same location, our equipment was responsive when attempting some form of communication. A few of us had even experienced an overwhelming feeling of sorrow. It was almost as if you could see this emotion move around the room - a member was actually escorted outside as she had broken down emotionally. REAX: What’s the single most compelling piece of evidence you’ve seen, that you didn’t experience yourself? BH: I’ve seen a video that was apparently recorded at an old schoolhouse. As the camera was set on ‘night vision’ and aimed at the doorway, a transparent full body apparition of a woman was seen walking
through the hallway. If the video was authentic, it is the best piece of evidence that I’ve seen so far. REAX: Have you ever been frightened during an investigation? BH: I’ve never been frightened to the point where I felt I needed to leave. I have had the feeling of nervousness, but have found that this feeling will go away with time. In actuality, I hope to experience something paranormal that’s frightening … as long as I capture it on video! REAX: Do you ever feel a responsibility to act as a sort of “Ambassador to the closedminded,” someone who wants very badly for the ﬁeld to be recognized as a valid scientiﬁc pursuit, or is it more of a personal thing for you? BH: To be honest, I did at ﬁrst. I would ﬁnd myself defending what it is that we do, and even get insulted if people found it to be a waste of time. I realized that people all have different beliefs about the afterlife, whether it be about religion, the paranormal or both. When it comes down to it, no one truly knows what happens when we die. Everyone seems to rely on their personal faith, and I have faith that ghosts do exist. And I’m conﬁdent that there has to be a way to not only prove their existence, but communicate with them as well. It really doesn’t matter to me what some people believe. I’m on a mission and enjoying the experiences. Check out P.R.O.O.F. on the web at ﬂghost.com
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A GUIDE TO TAMPA BAY HOT SPOTS:
THE BRASS MUG
Where just about every band in town cut its teeth, this North Tampa stripmall bar is near USF, and specializes in punk and metal. 1441 E. Fletcher Ave. #101, Tampa myspace.com/brassmug
A live room with excellent sound and a fully stocked beer garden stand out amid Ybor’s dance clubs and hipster retail, attracting everything from wellknown touring indie-rock acts to local metal legends. 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City crowbarlive.com
Cross the bay to St. Pete and visit the local music scene’s favorite dive, where original art adorns the walls and any sort of band or DJ imaginable might take the non-stage. 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg myspace.com/emeraldbar
Consistently voted one of the best places in the Bay area to see a show, it’s an open-air concert hall housed within an historic city block. 16 2nd St. N., St. Petersburg jannuslandingconcerts.com
A comparatively new hangout that helps legendary Tampa bar The Hub keep downtown Tampa happening after dark. 206 N. Morgan St., Tampa myspace.com/kellyspubtampa
NEW WORLD BREWERY
A killer beer selection and eclectic, culture-friendly musical slate make this Ybor City bar-and-patio a local-scene favorite. 1313 E. 8th Ave., Ybor City myspace.com/newworldbrewery
A long-running favorite for national and local indie shows, as well as hipsterﬁlled dance nights. 1902 Avenida Republica De Cuba (14th Street), Ybor City 813-248-9500 statemedia.com
Formerly heavy on the metal and industrial, this medium-sized venue is gaining new respect amid the scene for everything from movie nights to a wider variety of shows and its Skateboard Industry Night parties. 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg myspace.com/garagepromotions
THE PEGASUS LOUNGE
Another close-to-USF live-music watering hole that often caters to heavier sounds. 10008 N. 30th St., Tampa 813-971-1679 pegasusniteclub.com
THE STATE THEATRE
A longtime tour stop for rising punk, rock and alt-country bands, you can catch acts as disparate as Shooter Jennings and The Hush Sound in this converted movie palace. 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg statetheatreconcerts.com
TRANSITIONS ART GALLERY
It’s the Skatepark of Tampa’s edgy, extremely all-ages-friendly exhibition and performance space. 4215 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa 813-382-3477 transitionsartgallery.com
Amiable little dive that features an always-eclectic lineup of local shows, from DJs to hardcore. 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727-463-0567
St. Pete’s favorite upscale Saturday brunch spot also offers lunch and menu dinners, as well as various nightlife events. 260 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg 727-502-5002
Arguably the best pizza on either side of the bay. Casual, and as cheap as a lot of the delivery chains to boot. 4910 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa 813-238-1516 3200 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa 813-835-0785 2900 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg 727-321-3020 cappyspizzaonline.com
Stylish and delicious, with surprisingly affordable Spanish-style tapas at both locations. 1502 S. Howard Ave., Tampa 813-250-0203 10 Beach Dr., St. Petersburg 727-209-2302
Where the St. Pete scene meets the morning after for big, cheap breakfasts. Cash only. 2339 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg 727-895-6057
EL TACONAZO (TACO BUS)
Weird, mostly lunch-only hours, but indisputably awesome cheap and authentic eats. 913 E. Hillsborough Ave. 813-232-5889
GLOBE COFFEE LOUNGE
Shows, local art, coffee and some of proprietor JoEllen’s famous recipes for healthy entrees and tasty desserts. 532 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg 727-898-5282
Reviewers call its vegan- and vegetarian-friendly menu “creative” and “tasty.” 2702 N. Florida Ave., Tampa 813-221-7668
We’re not gonna get into any beefs by calling it the best Cuban sandwich in town - but it might be the best Cuban sandwich in town. 2924 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa 813-870-0150
The last classic steel-exterior diner in the area, with the classic eclectic breakfast, lunch and dinner menu to match 4603 N. Florida Ave., Tampa 813-234-9301
WEARABLES IF & ONLY IF
This hip St. Pete boutique has some cool/quirky/vintage fashions, particularly for the ladies. 4336 4th St. N., St. Petersburg 727-528-9490
A longtime local favorite for vintage clothes, not to mention kitschy home furnishings. 508 S. Howard Ave., Tampa 813-259-9944
You can generally always ﬁnd something cool here, even when the other thrifts in the area are picked clean. 4304 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa 813-831-4377
You know the deal. 1600 E. 8th Ave., Centro Ybor, Ybor 813-242-8472 urbanoutﬁtters.com
LIFESTYLE 688 SKATEPARK
FLYING FISH BIKES
MAD PADDLERS KAYAK & SURF SHOP
Nice, big indoor park on the Pinellas side of things. 6140 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater 727-523-0785
Redken-authorized, forward-thinking salon that emphasizes education for aspiring stylists. 3228 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 813-877-9801 myspace.com/bentleysalon
There are, seriously, too many great tattoo shops (including Monique’s and Mean Machine, to name a couple more) and artists in the area to list, but Atomic has long been reputable in the area, and has locations in just about every Tampa Bay neighborhood, so there you go. atomictattoos.com
A full-service shop for both recreational and serious riders. 2409 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa 813-839-0410
Equipment and lessons for beginners and die-hards alike. 8808 Rocky Creek Dr., Tampa 813-243-5737 ospreybay.com
SKATEPARK OF TAMPA
The legendary home of the Tampa Pro and Am comps. 4215 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa 813-382-3477 skateparkoftampa.com
RETAIL AOE ART SUPPLY
Everything art. 12908 N. 56th St., Tampa 813-989-0302 aoeartworld.com
GREEN SHIFT MUSIC/COMICS
Quirky but cool collision of guitars, amps and new, used and rare comics. 5226 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa 813-238-4177 greenshiftmusic.com
HASLAM’S BOOK STORE
Florida’s largest new-and-used book joint. Make the drive, and plan to spend at least half the day browsing. 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727-822-8616 haslams.com
STEVIE B’S TOTAL GUITAR
Let’s just say they know their shit, from vintage instruments to the latest tech. 650 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727-822-3304 30111 U.S. HWY 19 N., Clearwater 727-785-9106
Again, there are plenty of great indie record/CD shops in the area (props to St. Pete’s Daddy Kool and Tampa’s Mojo!), but Vinyl Fever has been the gold standard for years. 4110 Henderson Blvd., Tampa 813-289-8399 vinylfevertampa.com
WILSON’S BOOK WORLD
Excellent (mostly used) bookstore just north of downtown St. Pete. They’ve got everything from comics to contemporary lit to rare collectibles and ﬁrst editions. 2934 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg 727-896-3700
MOJO BOOKS & MUSIC
This place has it all when it comes to music retail. Used CDs and Vinyl of course, but don’t forget about the huge selection of used books. They are right in the heart of the USF area. Hit it up son... 2558 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa, FL 33612 www.mojotampa.com
03 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT:
ALBUM SPOTLIGHT: PALANTINE MELEE (SELF RELEASED)
TRÈS BIEN After four-plus years of big Bay area shows, and one stint on the Fox TV musical reality competition The Next Great American Band, Mike Bostinto, Cody Michael Wilson, Michael James Crowe and Ryan Parker Metcalf collectively known as Clearwater’s Très Bien - are saying hello to a new album called Meet Your Maker, and goodbye to the Tampa Bay local-music scene. REAX asked ‘em some questions about it all. REAX: Where did you white kids get your soul? Ryan: It came free with the funk. Mikey: White guys can’t have soul? Crowe: No, everyone knows that. Mikey: Yeah, maybe. I mean, I’m just trying to impress Erykah Badu anyways. Cody: I believe you can credit our soul to a combination of nature and nuture. We grew up listening to ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll and soul records. The constant traveling deﬁnitely contributed though REAX: What were the best and worst things about participating in The Next Great American Band? Mikey: Living in Los Gangelas for free was the best. The worst was the TV show, ha ha. I kid, but being forced to play covers is never fun. Crowe: Sheila E’s rack was pretty great. LC from The Hills kept blowin’ up my phone though. That was probably the worst. Ryan: Seeing how it all works was fun. It’s very interesting being part of the “machine.” Cody: We got to meet a lot of really cool famous people. The worst part was the whole having to wear makeup thing, but they couldn’t hide these jelly rolls.
HERE YOU GO AND SEE YOU LATER
REAX: So is there anything to do north of State Road 60 in Clearwater? Crowe: It’s debatable. Half of our band is from the south side of Gulf to Bay and the other is from the north. Ryan: I think I’ve seen a bowling alley up that way. REAX: Where the hell are you guys going again? Mikey: To the top! Of Pennsylvania. Cody: Williamsport, Pa. Crowe: Three and a half hours outside of NYC. REAX: Why are you bailing on Florida? Ryan: Don’t say bailing. There’s no animosity goin’ on. We just need a change of pace. Crowe: Bottom line, we can’t wait around here anymore for something to come to us. The world only meets you halfway and we’ve got to get out there and chase it if we really want it. Cody: We can experience the peace and tranquility of the woods while still focusing on our career by centralizing closer to music’s main marketplace. Mikey: Hurricanes. Read the entire interview at reaxmusic.com Très Bien’s combination CD Release Party/Yo, We’re Out Farewell Gig is at St. Petersburg’s State Theatre on October 18. Mumpsy and Win Win Winter support. The ﬁrst 200 fans through the door will get a free sevensong CD of b-sides and demos from Meet Your Maker.
Somewhere between the sludge-covered pop of early Nirvana, harmonies and razor guitars of old-school Weezer and collegiate noodling of Pavement lies Palantine, a Tampa group seemingly hell-bent on keeping the sweet and sour sounds at the heavier end of indie rock relevant. And these guys do a hell of a job. Droning yet melodious opener “Social Inﬂuence” could’ve come off of Pinkerton, the catchy energy of back-to-back highlights “Linguistics” and “Dead Wreck” is undeniable, and “Carcinogen” simply kills it. By and large, the somewhat muddled production is a little disappointing - these guitar tones and vocal harmonies deserve a crisper, more up-front presentation - but man, this is great batch of new songs with plenty of timeless college-rock vibe. - Scott Harrell Palantine celebrates the release of Melee with a show at Ybor City’s New World Brewery on October 18.
SPOTLIGHT: NEW MEXICAN DISASTER SQUAD Performs at Pre-Fest Mayhem, Day 1 October 29, 2009
AT TRANSITIONS ART GALLERY We give Gainesville’s Fest a lot of love every time around; maybe we oughta throw some of that anticipatory spooge over toward Matt Welch and the folks at Skatepark of Tampa’s Transitions Art Gallery for their ever-killer pre-Fest shenanigans. That this year’s event boasts some 28 punk acts over two nights - in preparation for a music festival a good two hours away - says volumes about how big Fest has gotten, not just in G-ville but all over the state; that a handful of those bands playing Transitions before Fest even gets started are from as far away as the U.K. and Sweden says it’s not just Florida punk fans that are keeping the scene in business. The Transitions crew throws
crazy underground shows all year, too, so if you haven’t been out there in a while, drop by toward the end of the month and thank ‘em not only for giving the bands traveling from hell and gone for Fest another date to play, but for giving bands from all over a place to play, anytime. Kiss of Death Records and A.D.D. Records Present Pre-Fest Mayhem Days 1 & 2 October 29 & 30 @ Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa. Both shows start at 6 p.m.; tickets are $7 for Wednesday’s show and $8 for Thursday’s. For the full lineup, check out our Events listing or transitionsartgallery.com.
TAMPA BAY EVENTS FRI OCTOBER 03 Against Me!, Ted Leo & Pharmacists, Future of the Left Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $17 Time: 7 p.m. Apocalyptica State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $20 Time: 8 p.m. Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $10/13 Time: 8 p.m. Building The State Record Release Party Feat. Guiltmaker, Her:Enemy New World Brewery, Ybor City Time: 9 p.m. Counting Crows, Maroon 5, Augustana Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa Cost: $30.50-151 Time: 6 p.m. Doll Parts, The Plastic Stars, Holiday The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m. Lewis Black Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa Cost: $45 Time: 8 p.m. Ron Rotundo, Mortimer Nova, Calafran Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 04 Adam Lee & The Dead Horse Sound Company Dave’s Aqua Lounge, Tampa Cost: $6 Time: 9:30 p.m. Genuine Sun, The Junkyard Kings Kelly’s Pub, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. GWAR, Kingdom of Sorrow, Toxic Holocaust Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $18 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Joel McHale Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa Cost: $31.50 Time: 7 p.m. Rock For Choice Feat. Lorna Bracewell, Someday Souvenir, A Girl Named Noah, Chill Merna, Megan Alfredson, Christie Lenee Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $10 Time: 8 p.m. Skatober Fest IV Feat. Set-back, Can’t Do It, Rude Squad, CIO, The Pants State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $10 Time: 7 p.m. Trenchbox, Extinction of the Polar Bears, John Gold, Blacklight, Amberly Drive Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. WINO, INYA, Victims of Circumstance The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 05 A Girl, A Gun, A Ghost, Knives Exchanging Hands, Before We Forget, Wings of Victory, Unkempt, Tour of Flies, A Hand to the Fallen Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $10 Time: 6 p.m. Fundraiser for Phyllis Busansky Feat. Mike Jurgensen, John Hancock & The Declaration, Bunko Squad, Ernie Williams, Dale Webber & Linda Fackelday, Pamela Joe Hatley & Steele Olmstead Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $10 Time: 5 p.m. In Swarms, Aeralene, Uprising Promise Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. The Academy Is ... , We The Kings, The Prospect Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $16.50 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 11
MON OCTOBER 06
Cruiserweight, Thieves and Villains, Jonas Sees in Color, T13C!, The Absentee Ballot, The Woodwork Springs Theatre, Tampa Cost: $8 Time: 6 p.m.
Peter Piek Kelly’s Pub, Tampa Time: 9 p.m.
David Allan Coe, Mojo Gurus Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $19.99 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
The Dead Science, Insect Joy, Hi-Jack D.C. New World Brewery, Ybor City Cost: $7 Time: 9 p.m.
TUE OCTOBER 07 Jonathan Richman Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $12/15 Time: 8 p.m. The Riot Before, Watson, Criminal Culture, The Springﬁeld Cubs, Steady State Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $6 Time: 8 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 08 Matt Hires CD Release Party Feat. Nathalia Estrada, Damion Suomi, Chris Tolan New World Brewery, Ybor City Time: 9 p.m. The Rocket Summer, Phantom Planet, The Secret Handshake, The Morning Light Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $14 adv. Time: 6:30 p.m.
THU OCTOBER 09 Blues Traveler Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $23 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Kamelot, Adrift, Mena Brinno State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $20 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Patriot X The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m. Roadside, Chief Demographic, Green Sunshine Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. Walter Meego, The Morning Benders, DJ Stavros Crowbar, Ybor City Cost: $7/9 Time: 9 p.m.
FRI OCTOBER 10 Brahm Bones, Memphis Train Union Kelly’s Pub, Tampa Cost: $5 Time: 9 p.m. Chris McCarty, Miggs Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $7/10 Time: 8 p.m. Everlast, The Lords Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $17 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Light Yourself on Fire, Wetnurse, Khann, Depravation, Chapstick Cap, Trench Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $7 Time: 8 p.m. Pink Lincolns, The Crumbs, Teenage Rehab The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m. Rachel Goodrich, The Basiqs, Auto!Automatic!!, The Oaks, Dynasty State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $8 Time: 8 p.m. The Spam All Stars, The Hip Abduction, Acho Brother Crowbar, Ybor City Cost: $12 Time: 9 p.m. Telfair, Theresa Jean, Me in Firework, Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. Thomas Wynn & The True Believers, Brass Bed, Brent Rademaker, The Junkyard Kings New World Brewery, Ybor City Cost: $7 Time: 9 p.m.
Fifth Annual Fuchtoberfest Feat. Autotrain, Boon, Last of the Great Gunslingers, DSCProject, Poundsalt, Mogul Street Reserve Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 7 p.m. Hodaddys/Kustom Kulture Art Show The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m. Hoods, Give ‘Em Hell, End It, Actions Speak Louder, Palestine, XTitanX Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $10 Time: 7 p.m. Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, David Young Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa Cost: $25-85.75 Time: 7:30 p.m. Matt Butcher & The Revolvers, Will Quinlan & The Diviners, Win Win Winter, Ronny Elliot, Lauris Vidal New World Brewery, Ybor City Cost: $7 Time: 9 p.m. Southern Rock’s Finest State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $15 Time: 7 p.m. Spooky Greenhill, The Minarets Kelly’s Pub, Tampa Cost: $5 Time: 9 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 12 Kinder, Gentler Sundays Crowbar, Ybor City Cost: Free Time: 6 p.m. Wine to Water, Uprising Promise Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m.
MON OCTOBER 13 The Appreciation Post, Death in the Park Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $8 Time: 7 p.m. Silent Trio Uptown Bar, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m. Willy Porter Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa Cost: $25.50 Time: 7:30 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 15 American Me, Blood Stands Still, Ambush! Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $10 Time: 6 p.m. Mike Relm, The Sideshow, Mes Music, Positive Response Crowbar, Ybor City Cost: $8/10 Time: 9 p.m. Skateboard Industry Night The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m.
THU OCTOBER 16 Alanis Morissette Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater Cost: $47.75-77.75 Time: 8 p.m. Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Anybody Killa, Boondox, Axe Murder Boyz, J Reno, Mars Tamiami Bar, St. Petersburg Cost: $14.99 adv. Time: 6 p.m. Chris Nathan, Josh Magwood Group The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m. Zombie Beach Party Feat. Ghoultown, Gen-XX, Zombie Dragstrip Hookers, Ruby Luster, DJ Curse Mackey Czar, Ybor City Cost: $10
05 TAMPA BAY EVENTS FRI OCTOBER 17 2nd Anniversary Show Feat. Worldwide Zoo, Smokestack, The Foothill Fury Kelly’s Pub, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. Hangtown The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m. Hawthorne Heights, Emery, The Color Fred, Tickle Me Pink, The Mile After State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $19 Time: 6 p.m. Jimmy Thackery Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $12/15 Time: 8 p.m. Meat Loaf Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater Cost: $55-125 Time: 8 p.m. Modern Skirts CD Release Party Feat. Talkdemonic, Clock Hands Strangle Crowbar, Ybor City Time: 9 p.m. Saliva, The Drowning Pool, Earshot Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $19.99 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Vicarious, Maybe Foreign, Area 51, Falling Awake Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 18 Autovaughn, Junior Revolution, Monte Negro The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m. Bishop’s Show Feat. Malaki, T Collins, Mistah, Taz, Yung T, Bottom Boys Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. Palantine CD Release Party Feat. The Semis, Gleaming Amoebas New World Brewery, Ybor City Time: 9 p.m. Regret And Forgive Again, Strengthen What Remains, Closing The Harbor, Set The Sights, Katalina Anne, All Eyes Before Us, Meadow Glen Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $7 Time: 6 p.m. Sarge & The Aeromen Kelly’s Pub, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. The Higher, Just Surrender, The White Tie Affair, The Morning Of Orpheum, Ybor City Cost: $10/12 Time: 6:30 p.m. Tres Bien CD Release/Au Revoir Party Feat. Mumpsy, Win Win Winter State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $6/7 Time: 8 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 19 All Time Low, Every Avenue, The Maine, Mayday Parade Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $15 adv. Time: 5:30 p.m. Jack’s Mannequin, Eric Hutchinson, Treaty of Paris State Theatre, St. Petersburg Time: 6:30 p.m. Uprising Promise (Early Show) Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 7 p.m. Zombie Fetish Party (Late Show) Feat. Shock to the System Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 10 p.m.
MON OCTOBER 20 Dolly Parton Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater Cost: $65-195 Time: 8 p.m.
Pepper, Passaﬁre, Supervillains Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $19.99 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
TUE OCTOBER 21 Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, The Gaslight Anthem Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $34 adv. Time: 6 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 22 Portugal. The Man, Earl Greyhound, Wintersleep Orpheum, Ybor City Cost: $12/13 Time: 7 p.m. Suicide Silence, Emmure, Beneath The Massacre, After The Burial, Architects State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $15 Time: 6 p.m.
THU OCTOBER 23 Buckethead The Garage, St. Petersburg Cost: $18 adv. Time: 9 p.m. Los Lonely Boys, Zac Brown Band Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $27.50 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Unearth, Protest the Hero, The Acacia Strain, White Chapel, Gwen Stacy State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $16 Time: 6:30 p.m.
FRI OCTOBER 24 29th Annual Freaker’s Ball Feat. Unknown Hinson, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $10/15 Time: 8 p.m. Cold Joon CD Release Party Feat. The Long Johns The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m. Ingrid Michaelson, Meiko, Priscilla Ahn, Erin McCarley, Thao Nguyen & Samantha Crain State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $15 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Jarvik 7, Ebu GoGo, Oceans Rise! New World Brewery, Ybor City Time: 9 p.m. John Q, Chris McCarty Band, Radio Amp, Chief Demographic Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. Neil Diamond St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Cost: $55-120 Time: 8 p.m. Peter Frampton Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater Cost: $37.50-85 Time: 8 p.m. Rancid Polecats, The Semis, Beardsley Kelly’s Pub, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. Steel Train, Dear & The Headlights Orpheum, Ybor City Cost: $10/12 Time: 7 p.m. The Faint Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $20 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 25 DJs Business Casual, Green Sunshine Kelly’s Pub, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. Halcyon, Diane Ward Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $12 Time: 8 p.m. Halloween Cometh Early Punk Tribute Show Feat. New Bruises, Gator Bait, Cutman, Can’t Stand It, Change of Ideas, Learn Nothing, The Dicks, Ramsey Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $8 Time: 6 p.m.
Kore, Malaki, Last of the Great Gunslingers, E-Merge Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m.
HalloWEEN Tribute Feat. Poetry n’ Lotion, The Stallion, Part 9, Insect Joy New World Brewery, Ybor City Time: 9 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 26
Red Elvises, Vodkanauts Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $15/20 Time: 8 p.m.
Kinder, Gentler Sundays Crowbar, Ybor City Cost: Free Time: 6 p.m. Silent Trio Uptown Bar, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m.
MON OCTOBER 27 Breathe Carolina Orpheum, Ybor City Cost: $10 Time: 7 p.m. Dredg, Judgment Day, Division Day State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $13 Time: 7 p.m.
TUE OCTOBER 28 Ben Kweller, Whitley Crowbar, Ybor City Cost: $15 Time: 8 p.m. Freight Train Annie’s Girlie Show Feat. Super Secret Best Friends, Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus, Captain Obvious & The Duh Patrol Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $7 Time: 8 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 29 Halloween Pornaoke Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. Joe Satriani/Mountain Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater Cost: $29.50-75 Time: 8 p.m. Pre-Fest Mayhem Day 1 Feat. New Mexican Disaster Squad, O Pioneers!!!, Bridge and Tunnel, The Menzingers, The Riot Before, Landmines, Algernon Caldwallader, Bitchin Summer, Cobra Skulls, The Cost of Living, Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $7 Time: 6 p.m.
THU OCTOBER 30 Drag The River, Two Cow Garage, Nessie, Brahm Bones New World Brewery, Ybor City Cost: $8 Time: 9 p.m. Green Sunshine’s Halloween Party Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. Pre-Fest Mayhem Day 2 Feat. Off with Their Heads, Lemuria, Paul Baribeau, Rager, Ringers, The Serious Geniuses, Gordon Gano’s Army, The Measure, Shot Baker, Pretty Boy Thorson, Tiltwheel, Dan Padilla, Vena Cava, Drunken Boat, Sista Sekunden, Underground Railroad to Candyland Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $8 Time: 6 p.m. Vitale Art & Design Presents Monsters of Art The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m.
FRI OCTOBER 31 All Hallows Eve Party Feat. Unmotivate, Burning Tree The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m. Family Force Five, Play Radio Play, Danger Radio, Ultraviolet Sound State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $13 Time: 7 p.m. Hallo-Freakin’-Ween Feat. Van Horgan, Mouse Fire, More Crowbar, Ybor City Time: 9 p.m. Halloween Party Feat. Foreshadow, David Scarry Perry, Johnny Cakes & The Four Horsemen, Poundsalt Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 9 p.m.
Skull & Bone Band, Boon Kelly’s Pub, Tampa Time: 9 p.m. Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky, Catalepsy, Tour of Flies, Harvest The Deceased, Illithid Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $8 Time: 7 p.m. The Rev. Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy, Reckless Kelly Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $20 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
SAT NOVEMBER 01 Bang Camaro, Leslie Orpheum, Ybor City Cost: $12 Time: 6:30 p.m. Bogus Pomp State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $21 Time: 8 p.m. Mike Dunn & The Kings of New England, Alexander & The Grapes, Brian Miller, Proud Iron Lion New World Brewery, Ybor City Time: 9 p.m. Silverstein, Chiodos, A Skylit Drive, Alesana Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $25 adv. Time: 6:30 p.m. Trace of Day The Garage, St. Petersburg Time: 9 p.m.
SUN NOVEMBER 02 Deerhoof, Experimental Dentist School, Flying Crowbar, Ybor City Cost: $12/14 Time: 9 p.m. Jeffree Star, Brokencyde Red Car Wire, Kill Paradise State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $13 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Retaliation, Alexandria, Seven Kingdom, From The Embrace, Fasttaker Pegasus Lounge, Tampa Time: 6:30 p.m. Richard Gilewitz Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa Cost: $12 Time: 5 p.m. Trash Talk, Alpha & Omega, Learn Nothing Transitions Art Gallery, Tampa Cost: $9 Time: 6 p.m. Yngwie Malmsteen Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg Cost: $17 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
MON NOVEMBER 03 Bayside, The Matches, Valencia, The Status State Theatre, St. Petersburg Cost: $13 Time: 6 p.m. The Legendary Pink Dots Orpheum, Ybor City Cost: $16.50/18 Time: 7 p.m.
TUE NOVEMBER 04 Matt Woods, Truckstop Coffee Kelly’s Pub, Tampa 9 p.m.
WED NOVEMBER 05 A Cursive Memory, Single File, Go Crash Audio Orpheum, Ybor City Cost: $8/10 Time: 6 p.m. sBach New World Brewery, Ybor City Cost: $7 Time: 9 p.m.
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Not really a venue, per se, but it’s a great bar and it’s jammed between The Social and the Independent, so you’re gonna end up taking your business out in the old-school photo booth at some point. 64 N. Orange Ave., Orlando
Great room and beer selection, a favorite scene hangout with an eclectic lineup of local and touring acts. 37 West Pine St., Orlando backbooth.com
It’s actually a converted Firestone building. Great club, heavy on DJ/ dance stuff but hosts trendy-cool touring bands as well. 578 North Orange Ave., Orlando clubﬁrestone.com
COPPER ROCKET PUB
Out toward Maitland, a cool little beerand-wine bar that hosts a lot of roots, singer-songwriter and rock/punk-abilly shows. 106 Lake Ave., Orlando copperrocketpub.com
HARD ROCK LIVE
Big, stylish room where you’ll see up-and-coming nationals for the last time before they hit arenas opening for someone even bigger, and the area’s top-drawing regional acts. 6050 Universal Blvd., Orlando hardrock.com
HOUSE OF BLUES
Lots of perennially cool nationals and big local draws. 1490 East Buena Vista Dr., Orlando hob.com
All sorts of hipsteriﬁc DJ and dance nights - Wave Pop Wednesdays seem to be a particular favorite - and occasional shows in the downtown space that used to house Barbarella. 70 N. Orange Ave., Orlando independentbar.com
THE AKA LOUNGE
A nightlife chameleon, where hip-hop, funk DJs and ‘80s nights rage alongside local-band lineups. 68 East Pine St., Orlando myspace.com/akalounge
Often unknown to out-of-towners, this warehouse space caters to the extreme metal underground. 6440 North Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando myspace.com/dungeonorlando
Another Winter Park destination, this one specializing in metal and the heavier end of the alternative spectrum. 6700 Aloma Ave., Winter Park 407-673-2712 thehavenrocks.com
THE PEACOCK ROOM
Downtown party spot that does a lot of DJ stuff as well as live bands. 1321 North Mills Avenue, Orlando thepeacockroom.com
Pretty much Orlando’s default live indie-rock room, but they do more, too. 54 North Orange Ave., Orlando thesocial.org
Organic Fairtrade beans, a surprising array of light and/or vegetarianfriendly fare, and regular nighttime entertainment. 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park 407-975-3364
Emily sez “free wi-ﬁ, homemade soups, Panini, wraps, quiche, vegan & vegetarian available, live art on Mondays, movie night on Sunday, music movie night on Tues.” Whew 444 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando
ETHOS VEGAN KITCHEN
Orlando Weekly’s Best Vegan Restaurant of ‘08 sports an insanely deep menu, including pizza and brunch offerings. 1235 N. Orange Ave., Orlando
One of Winter Park’s favorite hangouts, with traditional Irish pub fare and live entertainment to match. 544 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
Relatively inexpensive Mediterranean radness. 12140 Collegiate Way, Orlando
Most older patrons are here for the beer selection, but the sandwiches are hard to beat, too. 3400 Edgewater Dr., Orlando 407-999-8934
Pizza by the slice. Cold beer. Cheap combinations of cold beer and pizza by the slice. 12269 University Blvd., Orlando 407-658-2396
STARDUST VIDEO & COFFEE
So much more than a coffee shop. Full menu for vegetarians and carnivores alike. 1842 E. Winter Park Rd., Orlando 407-623-3393
Healthy, fusion-y California-style tapas and sometimes live music in College Pk. 717 W. Smith St., Orlando 407-835-0646
THE PITA PIT
Bridges the gap between fast and healthy. Also, they’re open late. 1 South Orange Ave., Orlando 12040 Collegiate Way, Orlando
WEARABLES DEJA VU VINTAGE CLOTHING
Deja Vu Vintage Clothing Specializes in vintage looks. 1825 North Orange Ave., Orlando 407-898-3609
This boutique carries some hard-to-ﬁnd brands, and wholeheartedly supports local music. Check their Myspace page for deals and discounts. Orlando Fashion Square Mall 3201 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando 407-897-7035 myspace.com/hipkatapparel
PINK HEART BOUTIQUE
Recently featured in Lucky Magazine, this shop offers scads of accessories as well as image consulting. 4825 New Broad St., Orlando 407-228-6013 pinkheartboutique.com
Rock ‘n’ roll fashion covering pretty much every inch of the territory that implies. 240 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407-478-1083 myspace.com/staticwinterpark
10 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT:
ALBUM SPOTLIGHT: THE SHORELINE OUT OF NOWHERE (SELF RELEASED)
MIKE DUNN When I called up Mike Dunn for an interview, he seemed a bit more interested in getting to know me than in talking about himself. He asked where I grew up (a four-year stint in Sarasota), how long I had been writing for (since I was twelve) and was curious to hear about living in north Detroit (it’s kind of rough, but judge for yourself). Apparently, the 25-year-old Winter Park native really enjoys the idea of getting to know random people and, to be honest, it’s a ﬁercely disarming trait that tends to bleed into his potent brand of Americana rock ‘n’ roll, one positively tainted with a young man’s musical taste, lyrical twist and youthful vivaciousness. Dunn, as an earnest singer/songwriter, occupies the upper echelon of independent and ambitious musicians that reside in Florida, and is unfortunately a relatively unknown gem to the rest of the world (but we here at REAX think that the tides soon will change). Dunn was ﬁrst introduced into the music world via his mother’s profession as a piano teacher. While he had no objection to playing the keys, the six-string soon came into the picture as a sort of subconscious rebellion when he was 12 years old. Dunn took a few guitar lessons, but the seductive, hollowed-out wooden body of his old guitar was quickly left sitting silent in the corner. “It wasn’t until college when I picked it back up,” explains Dunn. “I wanted to be in a band more than anything. I played bass in a college band because, when you really don’t how to play very many things on guitar, you play bass. I got involved with the local music scene, and really enjoyed being part of that community that I didn’t know existed when I was in high school. I wanted to be involved as much I could.” Dunn would quietly write his own songs on the side, and kept them primarily to himself until longtime friend Louis DeFabrizio (of fellow Orlando outﬁt Gasoline Heart) encouraged him to show off his songwriting chops. Shortly
thereafter, DeFabrizio booked some time at an Atlanta studio, and the duo headed north for a ﬁve-day recording session that would eventually produce Dunn’s debut album, The Edge of America. “We got really lucky,” recalls Dunn, “because it was not super-planned. I didn’t really have a band formed when we started recording. It was more formed to make the record. It’s been a year and a half [since the release of The Edge of America], and it’s cool that I can still listen to it - there is really nothing I would change.”
Great sounds. Great production. Great artwork. Alas, aside from some of the jauntier, off-kilter rhythms of the standout “Can You Feel,” there’s not much here to differentiate The Shoreline from the literally hundreds of other bands with which it shares that wide swath where the Warped Tour playground overlaps with emerging mainstream alt-rock tastes. There’s no arguing that vocalist Jose Solorzano’s got pipes, but either he really, really wants to sound just like a thousand other dudes, or the entire band let modern-rock producer of note Daryl Phennegar have way too much freedom when it came to applying today’s hot generic ﬁlters and patches to Solorzano’s tracks ... and everybody else’s. My money’s on the latter. This is obviously a group of competent musicians and songwriters, and they’ve made a decent record - the originality is just buried under too much trend and tech sheen. - Scott Harrell
While Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England often draw comparisons to Pete Yorn, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Petty, upon my initial listen, I couldn’t help but hear Death Cab for Cutie performing in a small bedroom with a peeping Paul Westerberg secretly jerking off in the closet. But do such bands have a place in the Disney-dominated, Mickey Mouse sleight-of-hand that looms right around the corner from Winter Park? “Musically, it’s really not a problem for me because there are so many good Florida bands,” explains Dunn. “But personally, growing up around here, it’s hard for me to not think that everything is fake. If you go to Fort Wilderness at Disney and you see a totem pole, you think, ‘Oh, that’s what a totem pole is.’ But really, it’s a big piece of plastic with some faces on it. And then you go see one in real life and it doesn’t have the same impact on you that it should. I’m sure everyone feels a little bit of that, ‘if you come from Orlando, you are manufactured.’ But there are so many genuine bands that come from here that it’s just not true, and we’re proof of that.” Mike Dunn & The Kings of New England play Orlando’s Back Booth on October 18, and Tampa’s New World Brewery on November 1.
THE PLAZA THEATRE Every town in America worth its salt has got an old, outdated theater. Hopefully, it hasn’t been torn down to make room for a Starbucks or, worse, just left there unused to become a sad, eroding symbol of times past; hopefully, it’s become a place where they do allages shows or classic movie nights or community theater or touring theater or, well, any type of theater. Downtown Orlando’s Plaza Theatre isn’t as classic as some of those old haunts. It came along in 1963, and was
reportedly the ﬁrst two-screen movie house in town. But it’s still home to all kinds of live performance - comedy and drama and classics, as well as live music events that run the gamut from jazz to next month’s Rock for Hunger beneﬁt and various touring shows too big for the local clubs but too small for the sheds. The Plaza Theatre 425 North Bumby Ave., Orlando 407-228-1220 theplazatheatre.com
11 A GUIDE TO ORLANDO AND CENTRAL FLORIDA HOT SPOTS:
FRI OCTOBER 03 Adam Lee & Dead Horse Sound Company, Evan Harris & Driftwood Motion, Anderson Gang Copper Rocket, Orlando Cost: $5 Time: 10 p.m.
LIFESTYLE BOOM-ART BY ROGERS STUDIO Custom pop illustrations that are simultaneously modern and nostalgic; yes, they’ll paint anything - a chair, a door, a bench, whatever. 1821 North Orange Ave., Orlando 407-895-0280 rainfall.com/crafts/boom-art/
GALACTIC G SKATE SHOP
This downtown skate shop has been around for nearly 12 years, and boasts one of the biggest inventories of gear and peripherals around. 334 E. Harvard St., Orlando 407-895-0410 myspace.com/galacticg
A combination art gallery/clothing
boutique that’s a new part of the emerging arts district on downtown Magnolia Ave.
RON JON SURF SHOP
Sure, the original location long ago graduated from surf touchstone to tourist trap. But at least you know where to get stuff to send to your friends back home. 5160 International Dr., Orlando 407-481-2555 ronjons.com
A sick concrete bowl, along with all the vert, mini-ramps and street-course obstacles you’d expect. 5220 International Dr., Orlando 407-351-3881 vans.com/vans/skateparks
DMC continues to hold off the big-box music-store chains, maybe because it’s so big its damn self. 3301 Gardenia Ave., Orlando 407-423-4171 discountmusic.com
Yes, those of us over on the west coast are dying of jealousy. Cheap, neat-looking furniture and a food court? It’s worth it just for the walkaround. 4092 Eastgate Dr., Orlando ikea-usa.com
PARK AVE. CDS
They support the local scene, promote shows and even host in-stores. 2916 Corrine Dr., Orlando 407-447-PARK UCF Student Union, Orlando 407-282-1616 parkavecds.com
Joel McHale Hard Rock Live, Orlando Cost: $32.50 Time: 8 p.m. Kofﬁn Kats, The Van Orsdels, Twisted In Graves BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 7 p.m. The Academy Is ... , We The Kings, Carolina Liar, Hey Monday House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $18.25 Time: 7 p.m. The Expendables, Rebelution, OPM The Social, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 7 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 04 Against Me!, Ted Leo & Pharmacists, Future of the Left House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $16.75 Time: 6:30 p.m. Atmosphere Club Firestone, Orlando Cost: $15 The Expendables, Rebelution, OPM The Social, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 8 p.m. The Legendary JC’s, Mondo Libero BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 8 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 05 Karrigan, Words Now Heard, Sink The State, They’re Liars BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $8 Time: 7 p.m.
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The Walkmen, The Little Ones, The Dark Romantics The Social, Orlando Cost: $13 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HEAVEN
Your place for vinyl - the round kind that makes noises. 1814 North Orange Ave., Orlando 407-896-1952 rock-n-rollheaven.com
THE GUITAR DEN
This place specializes in used and vintage guitars, amps and replacement parts. An impersonal bigbox retailer it ain’t; just check out the info and disclaimers on their website, and you’ll know they’re on it. 5515 S. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-855-1333 guitarden.com
An awesome collectible-design shop - art, ﬁgures, designer toys, basically Cool Geek Utopia. 480 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407-788-UBER uberbotonline.com
MON OCTOBER 06 Blues Traveler The Social, Orlando Cost: $30 Time: 8 p.m.
TUE OCTOBER 07 Gym Class Heroes, The Roots, Estelle House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $32.50 Time: 6:30 p.m. Phat n Jazzy & Swamburger Present The Ofﬁcial Smash Mouf Tour Feat. Oh No, Roc C & IMAKEMADBEATS, The Transcontinental, DJ BMF (Late Show) The Social, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 10 p.m.
Hanson, Dave Barnes House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $23 Time: 6 p.m. Inkwell, Her:Enemy, X.O.X.O., The Still Voice The Social, Orlando Cost: $6 Time: 9 p.m. Wetnurse, Khann, Republicorpse Black Box Collective, Orlando Time: 7 p.m. WPRK Marathon Feat. Eugene Snowden, The Attack, The High Life, Arms Harbor BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $5 Time: 7:30 p.m.
FRI OCTOBER 10 Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, Skeleton Witch, Winds of Plague, Moonspell Hard Rock Live, Orlando Cost: $25 Time: 7 p.m. Dish, So Help Me Riﬂe, Ryland Bojack Copper Rocket, Orlando Cost: $5 Time: 9 p.m. Hand To Hand, Contest of Arms, Monroe’s Overdose, The Country Slashers BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $8 adv. Time: 7:30 p.m. State Radio, Bongo Love The Social, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 8 p.m. The Rocket Summer, Phantom Planet, The Secret Handshake, The Morning Light House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $14.75 Time: 6:30 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 11 Shiny Toy Guns, Jonezetta, The Delta Fiasco BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 7 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 12 David Allan Coe, Gift Horse House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $17.50 Time: 6:30 p.m. Staind, Seether, Papa Roach Hard Rock Live, Orlando Cost: $45-95 Time: 6:30 p.m.
MON OCTOBER 13 Misﬁts Tribute Show Black Box Collective, Orlando Time: 8 p.m. Sarah Bettens (of K’s Choice) The Social, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 8 p.m.
TUE OCTOBER 14 Copeland (In-Store) Park Ave. CDs, Winter Park Time: 8 p.m.
Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego, The Morning Benders (Early Show) The Social, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 6 p.m.
Lewd Acts, Tigerstyle, Learn Nothing, Meantime, Change of Ideas Black Box Collective, Orlando Time: 6 p.m.
The Dead Science, Happy Valley, Crutch & The Giant Junshi, Viernes BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $6 adv. Time: 9 p.m.
Mike Relm, The Sideshow The Social, Orlando Cost: $10 adv. Time: 10 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 08 Rogue Fi, Dish BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $5 Time: 9 p.m. The Rumble Strips, Birdmonster, Mumpsy The Social, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 8 p.m.
THU OCTOBER 09 Common, N.E.R.D. Hard Rock Live, Orlando Cost: $32/37 Time: 9 p.m.
Soldier City Legends CD Release Party Feat. The Year Ends in Arson, Dang We’re On Fire, Camerae, David’s Victory BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $6 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 15 Nikka Costa, Pictures and Sound The Social, Orlando Cost: $15 adv. Time: 8 p.m. Underoath, Saosin, The Devil Wears Prada, P.O.S. House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $20.25 Time: 6 p.m.
12 THU OCTOBER 16 Plain Jane Automobile, Autovaughn, Junior Revolution, Monte Negro The Social, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 8 p.m.
Portugal. The Man, Earl Greyhound, Wintersleep The Social, Orlando Cost: $12 adv. Time: 6 p.m. Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, The Gaslight Anthem House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $29.50 Time: 7 p.m.
Ten13Concept, Fillmore East, A Hero’s Fate, The Radio Suitcase BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $6 Time: 8 p.m.
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Buckethead, That 1 Guy The Social, Orlando Cost: $16 adv. Time: 9 p.m.
Gasoline Heart, Poverty Branch BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $8 Time: 8 p.m. WPRK’s Rock En Espanol Presents Kool-us, Urbe, Prima Exit Copper Rocket, Orlando Cost: $5 Time: 9 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 18 All Time Low, Mayday Parade, The Maine, Every Avenue House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 6:30 p.m. Mike Dunn & The Kings of New England, Modern Skirts, Cure for Caska, The Black Rabbits BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $6 adv. Time: 7:30 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 19 Crooked X BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $8 adv. Time: 7:30 p.m. The Higher, Just Surrender, The White Tie Affair, The Morning Of The Social, Orlando Cost: $10 adv. Time: 6 p.m.
MON OCTOBER 20 Matt Nathanson The Social, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 8 p.m. The Kung Fu Girls, The Starlight Getaway, Daly’s Gone Wrong, Hitman for A Heart BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $8 adv. Time: 5:30 p.m.
TUE OCTOBER 21 Alanis Morissette Hard Rock Live, Orlando Cost: $35-75 Time: 8 p.m. Expo Tees Number 8, Fusik, DJ BMF The Social, Orlando Cost: $7 Time: 10 p.m. Opeth, Baroness House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $18.25 Time: 6:30 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 22 Joss Stone Hard Rock Live, Orlando Cost: $37-67 Time: 8 p.m. Pepper, Supervillains, Passaﬁre House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $22.25 Time: 7 p.m. The Faint Club Firestone, Orlando Cost: $18 adv. Time: 8 p.m. The Faint Afterparty Feat. Rocksteady Soundsystem, Fishdicks & Harder Sauce The Social, Orlando Cost: $5 Time: 10 p.m.
THU OCTOBER 23 Dwarves, The Uprising, The Ruins, The Angst BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 7 p.m. Have Heart, Blacklisted, Ceremony, Let Down, Swamp Thing Black Box Collective, Orlando Time: 6 p.m.
Like Satellites, Everyday I, Joel Pickering Copper Rocket, Orlando Cost: $5 Time: 10 p.m. Murder by Death, William Elliott Whitmore, J. Roddy Walston & The Business BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $12 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Nena Dinova, McCarthy Trenching, The Great Deceivers, Sterling Schroeder Will’s Pub, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 9 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 25 Ingrid Michaelson, Meiko, Brooke Fraser, Samantha Crain, Erin McCarley (Late Show) The Social, Orlando Cost: $15 adv. Time: 8 p.m. Roger Sanchez Club Firestone, Orlando Cost: $15 Steel Train, Dear & The Headlights, Forgive Durden (Early Show) The Social, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 3 p.m. The Ludes, Hope & Suicide, Auto!Automatic!! Copper Rocket, Orlando Cost: $5 Time: 9 p.m. Unknown Hinson BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $13 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 26 Man Man, Tim Fite (Late Show) The Social, Orlando Cost: $13 Time: 9 p.m. Pierce The Veil, Breathe Carolina, Four Letter Lie, Emarosa (Early Show) The Social, Orlando Cost: $10 adv. Time: 4 p.m. Red Elvises, The Little Debbies BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $12 Time: 7:30 p.m. Theory of A Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, The Parlor Mob House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $18 Time: 6 p.m.
MON OCTOBER 27 Ben Kweller, Whitley The Social, Orlando Cost: $17 Time: 8 p.m. Relient K, Ludo, This Providence, House of Heroes House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 6 p.m.
TUE OCTOBER 28 Sole & The Skyrider Band, Daylight District Will’s Pub, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 9 p.m. The XYZ Affair, The Pauses BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $8 adv. Time: 7:30 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 29 Hydrosonic CD Release Party Feat. In Violent Times, Irrational, A Cover Story, A Palace in Persia BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $6 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
THU OCTOBER 30 A Comic Shop’s Zombie Dance Feat. DJ Gladkill, The Nasty Boys BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $6 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
SUN NOVEMBER 02 A Wilhelm Scream, Polar Bear Club, How Dare You BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 7:30 p.m.
Dredg, Telescreen, Judgment Day The Social, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 8 p.m.
Chiodos, Silverstien Hard Rock Live, Orlando Cost: $20 Time: 6:30 p.m.
FRI OCTOBER 31
Hello Goodbye, Ace Enders, Never Shout Never (Early Show) The Social, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 4 p.m.
Bang Camaro, Sound and Fury, Leslie The Social, Orlando Cost: $10 adv. Time: 9 p.m. Joe Satriani, Mountain House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $33.50-300 Time: 8 p.m. Summerbirds In The Cellar, Attachedhand BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $8 adv. Time: 8 p.m. The Automatics, Vomit PoP, The Nova Rays Copper Rocket, Orlando
SAT NOVEMBER 01 Deerhoof, Experimental Dental School, Flying The Social, Orlando Cost: $12 adv. Time: 9 p.m. Rev. Horton Heat, Reckless Kelly, The Country Slashers House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $16.25 Time: 7 p.m. Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Ben Prestage BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $10 Time: 8 p.m.
The Legendary Pink Dots (Late Show) The Social, Orlando Cost: $15 Time: 9:30 p.m.
MON NOVEMBER 03 Star Fucking Hipsters Black Box Collective, Orlando Time: 7 p.m.
TUE NOVEMBER 04 A Cursive Memory, Mercy Mercedes, School Boy Humor, Go Crash Audio (Early Show) The Social, Orlando Cost: $8 adv. Time: 5 p.m. Minus The Bear, The Annuals, 27 House of Blues, Orlando Cost: $15 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Phat n Jazzy Presents Election Night Special Feat. Gerry Williams’ Band, DJ BMF, DJ Slac (Late Show) The Social, Orlando Cost: $7 Time: 10 p.m. The Reign of Kindo, Mirror Pal, X.O.X.O., Rogue Fi, Words Now Heard BackBooth, Orlando Cost: $9 Time: 7 p.m.
A GUIDE TO GAINESVILLE AND NORTH FL WEARABLES
All-ages friendly live-music hangout. 919 W. University Ave., Gainesville myspace.com/1982_bar
Cozy, eclectic bar and performance space that usually does live music four nights a week. 15 N. Main St., Gainesville myspace.com/atlanticnights
Formerly Eddie C’s, the Backstage caters to more mainstream rock and alt-rock tastes than some of the area’s more indie-centric nightspots. 1315 S. Main St., Gainesville myspace.com/backstagelounge
G-ville’s premier punk/indie-rock club. 210 S.W. 2nd Ave., Ste. A, G-ville commongroundslive.com
A bit of a drive, but it hosts many touring shows that don’t hit G-ville. 200 N. 1st St., Jacksonville Beach freebirdlive.com
This altruistic endeavor - more formally known as The Gainesville Community Bicycle Project - promotes responsible bicycle use and ownership when not hosting the shows that help raise operating funds. 722 S. Main St., Gainesville thekickstand.org
EATS DRAGONFLY SUSHI
Award-winning sushi. Their website alone looks good enough to eat. 201 SE 2nd Ave., Gainesville 352-371-3359 dragonﬂysushi.com
FLACO’S CUBAN BAKERY
More of a diner than bakery. Popular with vegetarians, and drunk folks who really want a meaty sandwich after hitting the bars. 200 W. University Ave., Gainesville 352-371-2000
This meeting-and-eating spot is well known for its gourmet pizzas and Sunday brunch. 706 W. University Ave., Gainesville (352) 378-2001 leonardos706.com
MAUDE’S CLASSIC CAFE
Opinions vary wildly, but if you want to see/overhear when the hippies and hipsters in town are wearing/doing, this is the place. 101 S.E. 2nd Pl., Gainesville 352-336-9646
Casual atmosphere, fairly cheap Asian food. People rave about their pho, a Vietnamese soup/staple. 1228 W. University Ave., Gainesville 352-374-0934
It’s been called the best restaurant in town. Folks are critical of the service, but the full bar seems to help. Another hot brunch spot, as well. 30 N. Main St., Gainesville 352-337-1188
Derf. Until this hipster favorite opens its Orlando outlet store, Gainesville is the only place in Florida north of the Miami area to get all the stuff you’ve seen on all the cool kids lately. 15 S.W. 1st Ave., Gainesville 352-372-2262 americanapparel.net
The thrifts in most college towns are usually pretty well picked over, but this is Florida - unintentionally ironic t-shirt heaven. 3520 S.W. 34th St., Gainesville 352-376-9041
PERSONA VINTAGE CLOTHING & COSTUMES
This joint has a reputation for great threads and kitschy or unusual gifts. 201 S.E. 2nd Pl., Gainesville 352-372-0455
Clothes. Art. Books. Comics. Cool. 101 N. Main St., Gainesville 352-377-7044 store101.net
A more upscale place that carries the kinds of designers not usually found outside of bigger cities. 1127 W. University Ave., Gainesville 352-505-8123
LIFESTYLE BODYTECH TATTOO
MOTHER EARTH MARKET
FREERIDE SURF SHOP
MODERN AGE TOBACCO & GIFT SHOP
One of Gainesville’s biggest and most community-conscious body-art enterprises for a decade. 306 W. University Ave., Gainesville 352-376-4090 bodytechtattoo.com
Named after the classic wave ﬂick. 420 N.W. 13th St., Gainesville 352-373-SURF freeridesurfshop.com
Organic groceries, holistic supplements, and a schedule of events and lectures held right on the premises. 521 N.W. 13th St., Gainesville 352-378-5244
Your one-stop shop for things with dancing teddy bears on them. 1035 N.W. 76th Blvd., Gainesville 352-332-5100
RETAIL RECYCLED BIKES
Rent and roll. 805 W. University Ave., Gainesville 352-372-4890
HEAR AGAIN CDS AND DVDS
The sign says “Gainesville’s largest home of music and movies,” and that sounds about right. 818 W. University Ave., Gainesville 352-373-1800
14 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT:
ALBUM SPOTLIGHT: FUNKATRON FUNKATRON (SELF RELEASED)
THE STATE Obviously, there are people who just want a song - iTunes, the radio, whatever, just give ‘em that three minutes of entertainment so they can enjoy it while it lasts and then move on to the next one. And just as obviously, there are people who want something more from a band. They want to commune with the music, experience it as they would a friendship or a treasured favorite novel. They want to savor the details, and mull over the questions that the songs alternately raise and answer for them. There are worse things a band that wants more from its audience than warm bodies in the club and download stats could do than offer those who are interested something a little more personal than an e-card; something that says the musicians care as much about how the music is presented as the fans do about how it’s received. “I think that our music ... has a fairly limited reach, as far as audience is concerned,” says Justin Tzuanos, guitarist, pianist and singer for Gainesville’s Building The State. “And the people who like it, they just want something that’s beyond downloads. A lot of people into this kind of music are very computer literate, it’s easy for them to have access to that. Whereas vinyl, it’s something special. There’s something about having it in your hand, with the elaborate artwork, blown up much bigger ... “ Tzuanos trails off, but he’s gotten the gist across. Building The State’s dynamic yet intricately layered art-rock isn’t cranked
Is it some sort of reverse prejudice to state conﬁdently that when white guys get together to do this sort of funk/soul/R&B/reggae hybrid, it very nearly always sucks balls? That’s why so many horrible bands of that ilk add metal guitar shreddage to the mix - they’re aware of their limitations, and they fall back on their white-rock-guy strengths. To their credit, these guys are able musicians, and they rarely go for default funk-rock mode. But they have neither the raw, organic edge to pull off reggae, nor the loose sense of groove to make the funk and soul really shine. What they do have, is an awful name and a lot of barely suppressed smooth jazz tendencies, and it all sounds so - I don’t know any other way to describe it - white. - Colin Kincaid
out for easy digestion. It’s lovingly, painstakingly crafted, for people who respect not just the tune, but the whole culture of artisanship that goes into everything surrounding it. (To give you an idea of the band’s commitment to its work, guitarist/pianist Peter Wadsworth, who relocated to Brooklyn a few years back, ﬂies in regularly for bouts of writing, recording and touring.) So the band was understandably excited when a few shows down south in Tampa turned into a relationship with that city’s rising New Granada Records (Candy Bars, King of Spain, The Dark Romantics), and an opportunity to put out the latest Building The State EP, Faces in the Architecture, as a 10-inch vinyl release. It’s something of a gift - sure, the fans will be buying it, but the fact that the band strove to make it available communicates a certain understanding about the passion for music present on both sides of the player-listener equation. “It’s something you can have on your shelf that’s more than a CD, it’s a whole ‘nother ball game,” Tzuanos says. “I think there’s a certain pride in collecting something, and being super familiar with something that most people in the mainstream aren’t savvy about. That’s a huge part of it.” Building The State and New Granada celebrate the release of Faces in the Architecture on vinyl with a show at Ybor City’s New World Brewery on October 3; the band also supports The Walkmen at Gainesville’s Common Grounds October 4, and appears at this year’s Fest.
FEST 7 Well, what the hell did you think we were gonna plug, college football? (Hey, now there’s an idea ... ) A lot has been said about the property destruction, sleep deprivation, Sparks dependency and general mayhem that tend to characterize the Fest. And, yeah, shit gets crazy - you can’t put that many independent, generally anti-authoritarian individuals in an area as small as downtown Gainesville and and not expect somebody to poop on the couch. It’s a given. So let’s talk about some other stuff, like Dillinger Four. Like Municipal Waste.
Like Leatherface and Atom & His Package (welcome back, sir) and The Larry Arms and Coalesce and Drag The River and New Bruises and Japanther. Like more than 250 bands and God only knows how many thousands of fans coming together for no other reason than they like each other, and wanna hang out where it hasn’t gotten cold yet. There are lots of festivals out there; Fest is more like a family reunion. The Fest 7 October 31-November 02 Multiple Venues throughout the downtown Gainesville Area thefestﬂ.com
15 GAINESVILLE EVENTS FRI OCTOBER 03 Danger Radio, Farewell Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $10 adv. Time: 7 p.m. Kid Rock St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine Cost: $49.10-74.60 Time: 7:30 p.m. Kiiks, Andrea Friedlander, 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m. Less Than Jake, Baker Act, Suckerpunch Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $18 adv. Time: 8 p.m. Matt Pless, Erica Carlsson The Kickstand, Gainesville Cost: $5 Time: 10 p.m. Soulfphonics & Ruby Velle, SG4 Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $7 Time: 9 p.m. The Spam Allstars The Atlantic, Gainesville Cost: $8 Time: 10 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 04 A Tribute to New Order The Atlantic, Gainesville Blues Traveler Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $30 Time: 8 p.m. UF Orchestra/Kick Stand Beneﬁt Feat. Deep and Holy Sea, Devin & Francisco’s Tabletop Soccer Team, Cellorando, Sweet City Action The Kick Stand, Gainesville Cost: $5 Time: 9 p.m. O.A.R. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine Cost: $27.50 Time: 5:30 p.m. The Ones to Blame, Three Legged Dawg, Hollowbody Hellraisers, The Damned Thing 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m. The Walkmen, The Little Ones, Building The State Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $12 Time: 9 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 05 Against Me!, Ted Leo & Pharmacists, Future of the Left (SOLD OUT) Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $10 Time: 6 p.m.
The Independents, Stevie D & The No Shows, No More 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m.
FRI OCTOBER 10 Crossin Dixon, Candye Kane & The Swingin’ Armadillos Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $15 adv. Time: 8 p.m. Green Jello, Man Down Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $10 adv. Time: 8 p.m. Shotty Beatles, Mumpsy, Rickolus The Atlantic, Gainesville
The Delta Spirit, Lauris Vidal & His Warm Guns Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $8 Time: 9 p.m. The Enablers, Elysium 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 18 Lennon Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $8 adv. Time: 8 p.m. Skalloween Feat. Chupaskabra, The Duppies, Skuff’d Shoes, The SweetKings, The Brentford Sound 1982, Gainesville Time: 7 p.m. Talkdemonic Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $6 Time: 9 p.m.
Unearth, Protest The Hero, The Acacia Strain, Gwen Stacy, White Chapel Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $15 Time: 7 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 26 Widespread Panic, Los Lonely Boys St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine Cost: $37.50-44.50 Time: 5:30 p.m.
MON OCTOBER 27 Man Man Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $12 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
TUE OCTOBER 28
Skatoberfest Feat. The Set-Back, Shotgun Diplomacy, 69 Fingers, Funked Up Ska Machine, The Goodshots 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m.
SUN OCTOBER 19
Pierce The Veil, Breathe Carolina, Four Letter Lie, Emarosa Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $10 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
Jimmy Thackery Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $10 Time: 6 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 29
Staind, Seether, Papa Roach St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine Cost: $37.50-43 Time: 5:30 p.m.
MON OCTOBER 20
SAT OCTOBER 11
The Higher, Just Surrender, The White Tie Affair, The Morning Of Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $10 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
Deathinthepark, The Appreciation Post, Seward’s Folly, Giallo 1982, Gainesville Time: 8 p.m. Laserhead, Squeaky, Lettuce Olive Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $5 Time: 9 p.m. State Radio Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $10 adv. Time: 8 p.m. Whiskey & Co., Liquid Limbs, Hometeam The Atlantic, Gainesville
SUN OCTOBER 12 Dear Dakota, Junior Doctor 1982, Gainesville Time: 7 p.m. The Mercury Program Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $10 Time: 6 p.m.
MON OCTOBER 13 Shiny Toy Guns Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $15 Time: 8 p.m.
TUE OCTOBER 14
TUE OCTOBER 21 High on Fire Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $12 Time: 9 p.m. Kung Fu Girls, Sweet City Action, Murphee K 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m. Matt Nathanson, Jessie Baylin Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $13 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 22 Astronautalis, Tobacco Pat, That Kid Art Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $8 adv. Time: 8 p.m. Buckethead, That 1 Guy Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $15 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
THU OCTOBER 23 Astronautalis, Midikidi, Seward’s Folly 1982, Gainesville Time: 8 p.m.
Rev. Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy, Reckless Kelly Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $20 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
THU OCTOBER 30 Fest Pre-Show Feat. Young Livers, Landmines, Bridge & Tunnel, O Pioneers!!! 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m.
FRI OCTOBER 31 Dredg Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $15 Time: 8 p.m. Perpetual Groove Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $17 adv. The Fest 7 Visit thefestﬂ.com for bills, schedules and ticket information
SAT NOVEMBER 01 The Fest 7 Visit thefestﬂ.com for bills, schedules and ticket information
SUN NOVEMBER 02 A Cursive Memory, Rocket to the Moon Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $8 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
The Expendables, Rebelution, OPM Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $15 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
Autovaughn, Junior Revolution, Lookalive Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $8 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
Ingrid Michaelson, Meiko, Brooke Frasier, Priscilla Ahn, Samantha Crain, Erin McCarley Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $15 Time: 9 p.m.
MON OCTOBER 06
The Takers, The Lower 13th Jazz Band, Giuseppe, No More Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $5 Time: 9 p.m.
Steel Train, Dear & The Headlights, Forgive Durden Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $10 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
TUE NOVEMBER 04
WED OCTOBER 15
The Faint Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: 18 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
Black Cobra, Dark Castle Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $8 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
FRI OCTOBER 24
sBach Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $6 Time: 9 p.m.
Jonathan Richman Feat. Tommy Larkins Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $10 Time: 8 p.m.
TUE OCTOBER 07 Theatre Strikeforce Comedy Show Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $5 Time: 9 p.m.
Devin & Fracisco’s Tabletop Soccer Team, For He Who Hung The Moon, Making Eyes, The Toy Tambourine 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m.
WED OCTOBER 08
THU OCTOBER 16
The Riot Before, Anchor Arms, Dirty Money 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m.
All Time Low, Mayday Parade, The Maine, Every Avenue Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $15 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
THU OCTOBER 09 Donovan Frankenreiter Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $20 adv. Time: 8 p.m. Obama Campaign Fundraiser Feat. Holopaw, Squeaky, Two Finger Suicide, Scott Becky Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $5 Time: 7 p.m.
The Manor, The Early Twenties, Moonshine Trio, Andrea Friedlander 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m.
FRI OCTOBER 17 Sevendust, Taproot, Allyria, Dear Enemy Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $22 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
C. Scott, Danni Bay, Mr. V 1982, Gainesville Time: 9 p.m. Portugal. The Man, Earl Greyhound, Wintersleep Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $12 adv. Time: 7 p.m.
SAT OCTOBER 25 Murder by Death, William Elliott Whitmore, J-Roddy Walson & The Business Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $10 Time: 9 p.m. Steve Miller Band St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine Cost: $43-63 Time: 6:30
The Fest 7 Visit thefestﬂ.com for bills, schedules and ticket information
WED NOVEMBER 05 Minus The Bear, The Annuals, 27 Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach Cost: $17 Time: 8 p.m.
THU NOVEMBER 06 MC Chris, Whole Wheat Bread, Totally Michael Common Grounds, Gainesville Cost: $12 Time: 9 p.m. The Pink Spiders, Cruiserweight Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville Cost: $12 adv. Time: 8 p.m.
n many areas of the music industry, letting six years go by between albums might be seen as a sign of trouble.
OK, no, let’s speak plainly: If you let six years go by between albums, almost anyone even remotely acquainted with the music industry is going to think you’re dead, or so fucked you might as well be. You can view it as a reﬂection of evershrinking attention spans, or you can view it as a symptom of the desperation felt by a business that still throws as much against the wall as often as possible in a frantic effort to make anything, anything at all, stick. But there it is. For most artists trying to make a dent in the pop-culture consciousness these days, six years is the span of an entire career, not a restful period of comparative inactivity. Thank God the men of Dillinger Four don’t have to operate in that environment, and wouldn’t give much of a shit if anybody tried to make them anyway. “A lot of stuff has been going on, man,” says singer/guitarist Erik Funk of the time elapsed since the midwestern punk act’s last proper full-length, Situational Comedy, appeared in 2002. “Our drummer got his doctorate, I expanded the bar [Minneapolis nightspot The Triple Rock, which Funk co-owns]. Paddy’s been playing with other bands. It’s just kind of been life stuff, you
know? We’ve tried to play as much as we could every year, but the last couple of years, even going out just for a few days or weeks, we just never found the time.” The obvious question about what Funk, singer/bassist/human force of nature Patrick “Paddy” Costello, drummer Lane Pederson and guitarist Bill Morrisette could possibly have to do with their time other than be rock stars is moot, and dumb. For one thing, these men aren’t rock stars - they’re passionate, independent thinkers, music fans and players whose respective urges to write or jam don’t punch a time clock. For another, they are wellrounded individuals whose varied interests and commitments don’t conform to any sold-our-souls-for-rock-and-roll cliches anomalous blue-collar renaissance men for whom the old saw about having nothing but music, about it saving a body from jail or an early grave, rings hollow, if not downright retarded. Most of all, though, Dillinger Four is their baby, and they’ll nurture it however they see ﬁt, thank you very much. “That’s the whole thing for us,” Funk says. “Back when we were more active, putting out records every two years, people thought that was slow. ‘God, it’s been a year and a half, when are you doing a new one?’ It seemed pretty natural to us. And that’s super important. None of us ever
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wanted it to be the only thing we do. We just try to ﬁt in time where we can.” They’ve got the luxury of doing so; early efforts like ‘98’s Midwestern Songs of the Americas and 2000’s Versus God built them a rabidly loyal fanbase among those punk-scene denizens looking for something with a little more gristle and muscle than the overly poppy sounds then monopolizing much of the all-ages ecosphere. Ironically, the group didn’t initially set out to be a feistier alternative to the emerging Warped Tour macrocosm, but rather a catchier stand-in for the gnarly hardcore sounds they encountered in their own local scene. “It’s funny, when we ﬁrst started the band, Paddy and I had just moved here, and it was all about thrash and crust,” says Funk with a laugh. “We were more of a reaction to do something poppy. It wasn’t until a few years later, touring and playing with loads of Screeching Weasel rip-off bands, that we started to think that way.” A decade after “Doublewhiskeycokenoice,” and six years past the blistering opening strains of Situationist Comedy’s aptly titled “Noble Stabbings!!”, Dillinger Four’s uniquely smart, snarky and surging take on punk remains intact. New album Civilwar drops this month, and if the song structures are a little more stripped down and the harmonies are a little more prevalent, none of the power and energy seem to have
been lost along the way, and the in-joke song titles and socially cognizant lyrics that make listeners wonder if Funk and Paddy are engaged in some ongoing war of wordplay are still as strong as ever. “That’s fair to say,” Funk conﬁrms in acknowledgment of the CD’s somewhat more melodic vibe. “I don’t know, that’s just where my tastes have been more lately. For some reason, everything was coming out more poppy, which is weird, because I’ve had kind of a crappy year.” Slightly catchier or no, it’s another frothing, propulsive effort, and if you’ve got to see it from the perspective of Dillinger Four having been away, then it qualiﬁes as a more-than-ﬁne return to form. All that’s left is for the band to stretch whatever road-tendons might’ve gotten stiff over the last few years before their return to the annual fall punk-rock summit that is Gainesville’s unimpeachable Fest, held this year, as always, as close to Halloween as scheduling permits. “Oh yeah, absolutely,” says Funk, the anticipation evident in his voice. “Fest is our yearly reset, you know? That’s where we hatch our plans for the year.” Civilwar comes out October 14.
proceeds from its sale are being donated to the Minneapolis chapter of grassroots activist group Food Not Bombs and populist news program Democracy Now!, whose host Amy Goodman was arrested at the RNC for trying to ﬁnd out why two of her producers were being handcuffed. While the idea of thinking, “Hey, I’m going to sit down right now and write a song about this,” and then actually being able to do it, might perplex (or at least piss off) all those songwriters out there who seem to waste weeks waiting to be hit over the head by their respective muses, Leo ﬁnds himself working that way fairly often. In fact, the cycle of touring, writing and recording often demands that he place deadlines on his own creativity. “It’s not entirely strange for me to do it that way,” he says. “Usually, when I’m under a deadline, it’s what I have to do. I have to start setting myself those times and tasks I know what I want to write about, so I do it like a job that needs to get done. It’s a good way to get started, to tap the vein without waiting for the lightning bolt.” Of course, this time around he had a little more than a deadline to help him along. He had both his own passions aroused, and the elements of the project laying there right in front of him, waiting to be assembled in his own particular style.
TED LEO B
ack when August was giving way to September, as most of us were recovering from a Labor Day weekend during which we did absolutely no labor and tracking Hurricane Gustav, more than 800 protesters were being arrested outside the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota in a stunning display of excessive force. The images of college kids, veterans and old ladies alike being gassed, manhandled and sometimes thrown to the ground that found their way from the RNC to TVs and computer screens worldwide were profoundly saddening. They weren’t, however, much of a surprise. The face-offs between the conservative administration and lefty social activists have boiled over into violence again and again over the last eight years. It’s a chillingly telling thing, but many of us can’t ﬁnd any new outrage in the latest footage to resemble some foreign police state more than it does the America we think we know; we ﬁnd only the
shrugging defeat of the expected. This time around, though, undergroundmusic icon Ted Leo found something more. He found inspiration. “Over the couple of days that it was happening, just through e-mails with the guys in the band, we started kicking ideas around - ‘can we have a [beneﬁt] show, or what?’,” he says. “But ... even though it seems like a harder thing to do, it seemed more feasible to get together and write a song. It also seemed like a more effective thing.” Leo immediately sat down to begin writing what would become “Paranoia (Never Enough).” Shortly after, he, bassist Marty Violence, drummer Chris Wilson and guitarist James Canty convened in Jersey to bang it, another new tune called “Mourning in America,” and a couple of relevant covers out, tracking them on the low-budget recording equipment normally reserved for rough ideas.
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FIRED AND INSPIRED
“Years ago, I would do stuff on four-track cassette and release it, so I have a little portable digital-hard-drive recorder that we demo new songs on, just for practice,” Leo says. “I just spent a little more time on it. It just felt really good to get it down, and get it right out.” The result is the scrappy, raggedly galvanizing and perfectly titled Rapid Response Digital EP. The covers - “I Got Your Number” by underdog punk legends Cock Sparrer and “Nobody’s Driving” by the largely unknown Amebix - ﬁll out an underproduced four-song serving of righteous fury. (“Don’t get on my case about recording quality, excessive compression, distortion, etc.,” writes Leo in the EP’s liner notes.) Usually, even something as brief as an EP takes several months to record, mix, master and release; in a perfect example of bringing D.I.Y. ethics to bear on modern technology and digital-age attention spans, Rapid Response hit the web for sale less than three weeks after the Republican National Convention concluded. All
“That’s actually kind of more how this worked out,” agrees the songwriter. “We got the idea of doing something, and I actually woke up one morning with the idea for the chorus in my head. It was a combination of knowing we had to do something, and that inspiration to do something being inspiration enough.” Ted Leo and Pharmacists open for Against Me! at St. Pete’s Jannus Landing Oct. 3, Orlando’s House of Blues Oct. 4, and Gainesville’s Common Grounds Oct. 5.
RAPID RESPONSE DIGITAL EP TOUCH & GO
The Rapid Response Digital EP is an immediate and ﬁery reaction to the treatment of protesters at this year’s Republican National Convention by the police. For a limited time, the EP is being sold through touchandgorecords.com for $4 before being released to the usual digital-music outlets. One hundred percent of the project’s proceeds will be split between Food Not Bombs Minneapolis and Democracy Now!.
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