The Weekend Rundown 12/18/14


This weekend is a busy weekend for local music. There are also a bunch of shows that will benefit different charities as the holiday season approaches.


Here’s a rundown of what’s in store this weekend:


Toys for Tots Benefit Show
Epic Problem (Tampa)
$8 or $6 with a toy – All ages
Friday, 6 p.m.
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Reveal Renew, Stealing Spines and Morris Bridge are just a few of the local bands playing the Toys for Tots benefit show at Epic Problem Friday night. Some of the proceeds will go to Toys for Tots and you can get $2 off entry if you bring a toy to donate.


Punk/hardcore five-piece Reveal Renew announced a few weeks ago that three of the bands members would be branching off to start a new project, but the band has promised to play some of their new songs at Friday’s show and it will be the first show with their original lineup. Morris Bridge currently has recordings and merchandise in the works and the fast paced, post-hardcore band will be playing the Lakeland showcase after the holidays.


Gunther Doug & Concord America
The Fuzz Factory (Gulfport)
$5 – All ages
Friday, 8 p.m.
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St. Pete locals Sonic Graffiti and Archaic Interest will open up for southern surf-rock trio Gunther Doug out of Nashville and punk band Concord America out of Atlanta.


Concord America, who was recently named the #1 Band of the Year by, played their first show in our great state of Florida on Tuesday night at Deep Search Records in Jacksonville. Gunther Doug began their tour of Florida alongside Concord America last week. Add dream surf quintet Archaic Interest and the soulful funk-rock of Sonic Graffiti in the mix, and this will be a killer lineup any surf rock fan shouldn’t miss. As always, Fuzz Factory shows are BYOB.


Yoni Wolf, Austronautalis, Samurai Shotgun
The Orpheum (Tampa)
$13 – All ages
Saturday, 6 p.m.
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Rappers Yoni Wolf out of Cincinnati and Astronautalis out of Minneapolis will end their “Spring Break … 6 months late!” tour at the Orpheum in Tampa. Yoni Wolf, who also performs with the band Why?, is known for his alternative, indie-style hip-hop and recently released a collaborative album with his ex-girlfriend Anna Stewart titled Divorcee.


Local hip-hop artists Samurai Shotgun will be opening for the two touring acts, bringing his eclectic mix of distortion-prog rock and in-your-face lyrical presentation. The 5-piece did an East Coast tour back in August and has been in the studio since then, working on a new album. Though there is no set release date just yet, but the band told fans via Facebook on Tuesday that the new record is about 95% recorded.


Rock n’ Roll Christmas Extravaganza
Preservation Hall (Lakeland)
$5 – 21+
Saturday, 8 p.m.
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A bunch of local Lakeland bands are playing the holiday celebration at Preservation Hall this weekend. There will be five bands in total, each one headlining, so plan on this one going well into the night/next morning.


Some bands to pay close attention to are Reoccurring Dreams of Robots, Trials and LeapFrog. Reoccurring Dreams of Robots is an up and coming prog rock band who will be releasing their first EP, titled Our Position Is Blissfully Twisted, in the coming days. They’ve been recording at Burns Studios Recording since late September. Trials is perhaps one of the sickest post-hardcore bands in Lakeland right now and will also be releasing a new EP sometime here soon. LeapFrog has a psychedelic garage-rock rhythm that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Lakeland. Their jam-band feel also makes for one hell of a live performance. LeapFrog recently released a remastered version of their 2013 full-length Kentucky Avenue via their Bandcamp.


Goodnight Neverland Christmas Show
Local 662 (St. Pete)
$16 – All ages
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
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Goodnight Neverland will bring their ambient alternative sound to the Local 662 with supporting acts Colours and Kodiak. According to Goodnight Neverland, local alternative radio station 97x will be broadcasting live from the show. The third supporting act, Denim Blue & Miclain Keith, will use the show as a release party for their debut album The Abyss.


Epic Problem (Tampa)
$8 – All ages
Saturday, 6 p.m.
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Epic Problem will say farewell to 2014 at their final show before the holiday season. There will be a total of 10 local bands performing, with everything from the ukulele talents of Boyfriend Material to the heavy-handed punk of Lipschitz.


Lipschitz just released a self-recorded track called Traits this week on their Bandcamp and all of the proceeds from the sale of the track will go to helping women and children in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Vietnam that have been affected by human rights abuses. It’s also a sneak peak of what’ll be on their new EP, so it’s a pretty sweet win-win.


Hope Fest 2014
The Goat House (Odessa)
$10 – All ages
Sunday, 6 p.m.
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The Goat House will finish of the weekend with a charity concert benefitting the American Cancer Society on Sunday night. There will be a total of 11 local bands, each playing 20 minute sets. Some bands to look out for are Oh Captain, My Captain, Beware The Never Ending, and Define The Skyline.  Tampa-based Emo/punk band Pinehurst will also be shooting a music video during their set.