There are a number of awesome music festivals right around the corner this fall, and I want to make sure nobody in Orlando misses out just cuz so much distracting, exciting stuff is happening here locally. So I'm putting together a series called Worth the Drive to highlight some more distant music events you might want to cuddle up to this fall, starting with this weekend's Plan B Block Party in Ybor City. (RSVP)
On Saturday, Oct. 4, beginning at 4 p.m., Ybor City's strip with Crowbar and New World Brewery welcomes great national acts like Kishi Bashi, A.J. Vincent and Those Darlins (our reviewer: "Most importantly, they're a real rock & roll band now, one of the brightest, most complete bands of their kind"), but the lineup reads like a who's who in Florida music, featuring the recent SXSW-dominating Sunbears! (cosmic Flaming Lips-esque psych-pop), Nashville transplant Matt Butcher (our reviewer: "I’ve never seen him truly rock on stage before this."), psych-rock duo SWIMM, and Tampa punks Permanent Makeup (our reviewer: "Their arty, roiling post-punk veers on the dissonant, gale-swept precipice where noise kites like Sonic Youth fly.").
Then there's all the standout Orlando bands, which comprise a significant chunk of the bill.
The Sh-Booms: "To capture the true sound of '60s soul, you need more than a guitar, drums and a bangin' female vocalist with real range. You need horns. And for the Sh-Booms, who have an ear for talent but a budget for nothing, filling out that sound has proven trying but ultimately rewarding." Read more.
Saskatchewan: "The band’s goal was to put out a more groove-focused album, one that went to dark but dance-y places, on the path that ’80s bands like Joy Division and Tears for Fears stamped out." Read more.
Day Joy: "Their debut album (Go to Sleep, Mess) was released nationally under the highly respected Frenchkiss label umbrella, amid advance buzz from taste-making indie websites like Paste, which just last year named them one of the "10 Florida Bands You Should Listen to Now," alongside fresh Sunshine State breakouts Hundred Waters and Levek." Read more.
Case Work: "This indie-pop project has more rock, more conviction and even sharper-cut melodies. It’s got gallop, atmosphere and sparkle." Read more.
Wet Nurse: "Wet Nurse gets compared to Vivian Girls and noted as one of Florida’s most standout smaller acts." Read more.
Maximino: "Maximino is a minimalists’ exploration through subtle orchestration and washy effects. Perez plays every instrument on the record including cello, synths, voice, percussion and atmospheric treatments." Read more.
Thee Wilt Chamberlain: "Donovan says they stick to the classic sonic intent of surf rock; it’s a gimmicky sound, sure, but the melodies are sticky as a summer’s day." Read more.
Plus there's the Orlando bluesman Beartoe, experimental folk of Bellows and tons more. See the full lineup here.