The Weekend Rundown – 2/5/15


Another fantastic weekend for live local music in the Tampa Bay area.

Here’s your rundown of what’s in store:


Moon Men From Mars, Room Full of Strangers, Poster + More
New World Brewery (Tampa)
Saturday, 9 p.m.
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The always weird, always interesting horror-core band Moon Men From Mars will be making their way back to the Tampa Bay are from Orlando (they haven’t played near here since Hot Dog Party #8). Since their last crash landing in the Bay, the band has completed the first season of their podcast, Mooncast From Mars, where they speak with a lot of up-and-coming Orlando bands. They’ll be joined on-stage by two awesome bands: Poster out of Tampa/Lakeland and Room Full of Strangers out of Orlando. Poster is currently working on a follow-up to a recently released LP Cassette, due out some time this year.


Yarn, Gravel Kings & Paleface
New World Brewery (Tampa)
Friday, 7 p.m.
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Gravel Kings will be traveling from Ft. Pierce to open for Grammy-nominated Americana six-piece Yarn and folk-rock band Paleface. Gravel Kings have been touring hard since the end of January, making it as far north as Nashville. They’ll be heading over to St. Augustine after Friday night’s show at New World.


Under The Covers: Guilty Pleasures
The Local 662 (St. Pete)
$5/All ages
Saturday, 7 p.m.
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This one is just downright fun. The bi-yearly event showcases local bands and musicians playing theme-based covers, this year’s being guilty pleasures. Come see some of your favorite locals do covers of everything from Josie and The Pussycats Sountrack to the Jonas Brothers.


Mighty Jai, Mickey Emmanuel, Queen Ex + More
Fubar (St. Pete)
Friday, 9 p.m.
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The soulful hip-hop artist Mighty Jai will headline a show at Fubar on Friday night, which features and impressive lineup of local talent. Some well known names in the local hip-hop scene will also dominate the stage including Queen Ex, originally from New York, and Mackey Emmanuel out of Clearwater. Make sure to stay for what will surely be a sick set when FoulMouf takes the stage with local favorite Hagan Lee.


Bonfire of the Vanities!
Preservation Hall (Lakeland)
Saturday, 8 p.m.
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Recently, Heavy Hitter has been putting on some sick local shows out at Preservation Hall in Lakeland — this week being no exception. Equally as impressive is the amount of talented bands these events attract, transcending all genres. This Saturday’s show will feature some thrash punk (Quint from Jaws), swamp rock (TUG), comedic indie folk (No Cheese), heavy metal (All Possible States) and the classic rock throwback Rexartrefkin.


Rock The Park
Curtis Hixon (Tampa)
Free/All ages
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
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Head down to Curtis Hixon tonight for some free music sponsored by Tampa’s Downtown Partnership and Thx Management Presents. This month’s Rock The Park will feature Tampa’s own Dead Fender Twin and Gullwing. St. Pete indie three-piece Fistful, who recently joined New Grenada Records, will be making the trip across the bridge to share some of their great music.


Rich Aucoin, Michael Parallax, Mave Arcade + More
Crowbar (Ybor)
$6 Adv, $9 Door
Saturday, 8 p.m.
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Last, but not least, a recently formed rock four-piece Mave’s Arcade will join a number of openers at the Rich Aucoin show. Aucoin has made a name for himself internationally on the electro-pop scene, recently taking a tour around Canada and France in support of his newest album Ephemeral. The dude makes some pretty progressive beats for someone from the land of maple syrup and hockey and has been given some awesome awards for his music. If music heavy on the synth is your thing, this will be a can’t miss.