The Weekend Rundown 2/12/15

Charles Bradley (3)

What better way could you spend Valentine’s Day weekend than by taking your significant other to a badass local show?

Here’s a rundown of some weekend shows that are sure to get the blood pumpin’ and the juices flowin’:

SWIMM, Zulu Wave and Bellows
New World Brewer (Tampa)
Friday, 9 p.m.
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Zulu Wave is, without a doubt, one of the best up-and-coming local bands in the Tampa Bay area. They are consistently playing some great shows and their newest album, Jagorilla, is their best to date. They’ll be opening for L.A.-based electro-rock duo SWIMM. Originally from our great state of Florida, SWIMM has a unique sound and experimental live performance that never disappoints, making this show easily my top pick for this weekend.

Dads, Runaway Brothers, Roger Harvey, Worst Party Ever
Epic Problem (Tampa)
Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
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Although they aren’t local, it has to be mentioned that Dads will be coming to Epic Problem. I’ll Be The Tornado, their newest full-length, has been in constant in my music rotation since they released it last year on my birthday. Their unique combination of melodic emo and punk progressions make them a good pair with Worst Party Ever, a local indie punk four-piece who will be opening at Sunday’s show. The group recently released a new demo, Swimming, that you can get for free here.

Lobo Marino, Red Feather, Ask For Tiger
The Bends (St. Pete)
$8, All ages
Sunday, 9 p.m.
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Unfortunately, one of the most accommodating warehouse venues in the Tampa Bay Area has been shut down by some ordinance, bullshit. Luckily, the people over at Fuzz Factory have been able to preserve some of their shows, transferring them over to some other local venues. Red Feather, a St. Pete-based electro-noise group featuring Mark Etherington of Set and Setting, and local indie rock up-start Ask For Tiger will be opening for touring act Lobo Marino. Made up of Jameson Price and Laney Sullivan, Lobo Marino has a worldy, tribal folk sound that you would expect to find out at a drum circle or Clearwater Beach or at the Blueberry Patch.

Cosmic Love Fest
Preservation Hall (Lakeland)
$5, 21+
Friday, 8 p.m.
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The great local shows from Heavy Hitter just keep on coming. Lakeland locals Trials, Pilgrimage, Golden Coastal Grizzlies and Poster will all be headlining Friday’s show at Preservation Hall. I’ve had the opportunity to see Pilgrimage a couple times now and I can say the band continues to amaze me with the musical proficiency and energy they bring to every set. I can guarantee this will be a can’t miss show if you’re in the Lakeland area Valentine’s Day.

Friday the 13th Fest
State Theatre (St. Pete)
$10 adv, $12 door
Friday, 7 p.m.
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Seven local bands will share the stage at State Theatre on Friday for a night of metal/hardcore, starting off with St. Pete locals Undertone and ending with experimental metal four-piece Dementia. One band to look out for is Tampa-based SAHE, who put out their newest full-length, Psychological Repair, last year. Their blues-infused metal makes them one of the most unique sounds in the local metal/hardcore scene.

Landbride, Mushmind & Lipshitz
The Goat House (Odessa)
$5, All ages
Friday, 9 p.m.
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If you and your significant other are looking for something real fucking loud this Friday, The Goat House will be the place to be. Friday nights hardcore lineup of Mushmind, Landbridge and Odessa favorites Lipschitz always deliver.

Dre Day Tampa
Czar/Ritz (Tampa)
$5 21+, $7 under 18
Thursday, 10 p.m.
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Just to throw a fun one in to the mix, Czar will be hosting a birthday bash for hip hop legend Dr. Dre, complete with a West Coast music DJ, a booty shakin’ contest and more than a few pair of converse.