Thursday, Dec. 4
- Apparently, I'm in a minority when it comes to Marc Broussard. [He plays tonight at House of Blues.] As someone who is a) under the age of 50, b) the owner of more than 10 CDs released in the past decade, and, c) someone utterly disdainful of coffee-shop soul music, I am clearly not supposed to like this guy. But holy hell, I really do. I get why I shouldn't, since the guy appeals to that most middling of middlebrow tastes, but there's a strength to his voice that transcends the averageness of his original material. It took hearing him sing an album of R&B covers (last year's S.O.S. disc) for me to figure it out, and although I thought it was totally self-evident that the dude was pretty great ... well, let's just say that I've had trouble convincing people. Which, as someone who actually likes Darius Rucker's country album, I can totally understand. Anyway, check this out and tell me if I'm full of shit:
- Life is filled with disappointments. Ronald Raygun is one of them. Evoking mid-80s hardcore politics AND the mightiness of Naked Raygun with their name, this local band would seem to be ... I dunno ... good? They're not. OK, wait. I take that back. All the dudes in the group are good players, dishing up super-technical, semi-proggy instrumental chops that sounds like the stuff that winds up in Mike Portnoy's toilet after a night of heavy drinking. But unless you're one of those dudes who hangs out at Guitar Center "trying out axes" to impress your girlfriend, then there's likely nothing at their show tonight at AKA for you. (Needless to say, they sound nothing like Naked Raygun nor any of my favorite Reagan-referencing punk bands.)
Friday, Dec. 5
- DJ Smilin' Dan is putting on a little show he likes to call Substance at Copper Rocket tonight, and he (along with that third-rate DJ Bao-Le Huu) will be spinning "new wave & alternative dance hits" from the '80s to RIGHT NOW. There will also be live music from the appropriately '80s-influenced locals known as Shampoo Tears, as well as the always awesome Watch Me Disappear, who are only danceable if you happen to be a punk rocker afflicted with spasms.
- I won't even pretend that I can do a better job of describing the God Save Syd Zed benefit show tonight at Taste than the organizers themselves did on their Myspace page:
Friday, Dec 5 @ Taste!!! Franchise, The Mondellos, Jim O'Rourke, Hot Hands, The Saved 666, and Cub and DJ Dirty Sneakers will spin between sets. God Save Syd Zed is a benefit show for our friend, the local musician and actor, Syd Zed. Syd suffered a serious injury on the job here in Orlando, and since then has been unable to work or do many normal activities we all take for granted. As a result of corporate unaccountability, insurance company shenanigans, and astounding medical incompetence, Syd has watched his injury get worse instead of better since the workplace accident, and no one responsible wants to step forward and do the right thing. We live in a great country, but it's sad that this kind of outrageous B.S. is happening to good people everywhere. We're having this kick-ass show to help Syd, to raise awareness, and because having kick-ass shows is kick-ass! Add this page, say hello, and come to the event! +++ MORE INFO: http://sites.google.com/site/sydzedinfo
Saturday, Dec. 6
- The Orlando metal community is a pretty tight and loving one. So it shouldn't be much of a surprise that this is going on tonight:
Yeah, a birthday/anniversary party for one of Orlando's most metal dudes, with sets by some of this town's best (and, in the case of Dirrty Hairy, most entertaining) hard/heavy bands. An all-star jam with tributes to the dearly departed Chuck Schuldiner, Dimebag Darrell and ... King Diamond (who isn't even dead yet?) will probably be the highlight, but my money's on the whole day being a drunken load of fun.
- Also tonight: the Redneck Backyard BBQ at Will's Pub. It kicks off at 9 p.m. In addition to, well, barbeque, there will be bands: Red River Revival, Brass Castle and the Country Slashers. In other words, I'll you'll probably get really drunk.
Monday, Dec. 8