The Weekend Rundown 4/2/15


Here we have another solid weekend of live music in Tampa Bay.


Fuzz Fest
The Amsterdam (St. Pete)
21+ – $10
Saturday, 3 p.m
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Though the physical location is gone, the memory of all the amazing shows at the Fuzz Factory in Gulfport won’t die so easily and neither has Fuzz Fest. Now being hoosted at The Amsterdam in Downtown St. Pete, some of Tampa’s best local bands will be in one place Saturday night. For lovers of the punky goodness, Ask For Tiger and my personal favorite local garage punk band Sonic Graffiti will perform. Mark Etherington of Set and Setting has been playing with his experimental folk rock four-piece Red Feather quite a bit (most recently at Gasparilla Music Festival) and they will also be performing at The Amsterdam.


Love Axe CD Release Party
New World Brewery (Tampa)
18+, $10
Friday, 9 p.m.
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New Grenada Records has helped a lot of great musicians reach a larger audience and the Love Axe CD release party is no exception. They will be celebrating the release of the bands newest full-length South Dakota. Some members of the power pop four-piece have roots in Tampa, but are pushing out their intricate, multi-instrumental pop tracks from L.A. Don’t worry though, Will Quinlan’s The Vesper Bell and the indie rock group Empire Cinema, both Tampa locals on New Grenada, will open for Love Axe Friday night.


An Evening with The Baseball Project
The Crowbar (Ybor)
Brokenmold Entertainment
18+ – $15
Saturday, 9 p.m.
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The Baseball Project is the brain child of Scott McCaughey (of R.E.M) and Steve Wynn. This prolific baseball-themed band that includes quite a few members of R.E.M is a piece of Americana gold. Local folk rock band The Ditch Flowers and other special guests will round out the night.


Lipschitz, Stealing Spines, Everist, Samurai Shotgun + More
Epic Problem (Tampa)
All Ages – $8
Saturday, 7 p.m.
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For the people who are in to the heavier side of the local music scene, Saturday’s show at Epic Problem has an epic (obviously) line up. Hardcore punk band Lipschitz, whose socially conscious music is both fun and thought-provoking, will play alongside local punk and hardcore favorites like Stealing Spines, Everist, Rising Dawn and Chlover. Samurai Shotgun will also throw its unique mix of hip-hop and prog rock into the mix.


Wine & Rhyme
Anise Global Gastrobar (Tampa)
18+ – No cover
Monday, April 6 – 9 p.m.
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Wine & Rhyme promises to be “the classiest and most laid back hip-hop gathering in Tampa” with a lineup including A-Wun, Asher, Vern Sr., and Khalea Lynee. The night would not be nearly as classy without the local art and fashion series on display as well. If local hip-hop is your thing, you might also want to attend just to see what special guest artists might appear. Just remember, dress to impress, pinkies up and try not to throw up on the cocktail waiter — that’s all.