Rising local indie force Sabals formed just last spring, but in less than a year, their rousing folk and driving hooks on initial tracks like "Blistering" have turned heads at venues like the Social as well as on trend-sniffing music blogs. They're due to release their debut EP, Premonitions, in February on Eye Four Records, with an official celebration/release party planned for Feb. 19 at Will's Pub and a tour set for March. So on that note, we sent the band – Beth Bynum (vocals, guitar), Dan Bynum (guitar), Jessica Vacha (drums) and Tre Hester (bass) – into North Avenue Studios to re-create their moody electricity for this month's Off the Avenue session. Check out videos for "Blistering" and "Wild Thing" and read a full profile about the band here.
This is the last week of Uncle Tony's Donut Shoppe, the pop-up vinyl boutique that's been inhabiting Spacebar in the daytime hours with a rare collection of primarily soul, funk and hip-hop records you'd never expect to find for sale in one spot in this vinyl ghost town. The last day to get your donuts is Saturday, Jan. 31, but on Friday, Jan. 30, they're throwing a closing party (with DJs, duh), and all those glorious 7-inches and LPs will be 10 percent off (all praise Sun Ra, they've got everything from rare Italian-press Pharrell to '90s Michael Jackson, plus cheapie bins if you're just browsing). Then the boutique will be M.I.A. for a bit, as owners Jonathan Santino and John "Brooklyn Dusty Fingers" Sarivola travel California seeking to replenish their stock on a totally enviable West Coast vinyl quest, after which we'll be eager to see where the shop pops up next so we can crate-dig their newly unearthed treasures.
Speaking of the Milk District, here's the latest reason to hop on the bull: Lollipop Records pop-punk joy-inducers Wet Nurse have a residency at Sandwich Bar for the whole month of February as part of the new Mass on Mondays Showcase. Starting Monday, Feb. 2, you can catch one of Orlando's best punk bands every Monday performing with awesome openers each night. The residency debut show features the Areolas, after which you can catch Wet Nurse supporters Fast Preacher (Feb. 9), Neat Freak (Feb. 16) and the Palmettes playing acoustic (Feb. 23). It's a $3 suggested donation to hang, but they say they won't turn you away if that completely sensible amount makes your wallet tremble. Wet Nurse indisputably rules and even clueless New Yorkers know it. (BrooklynVegan notably picked them as a band to watch at last year's Fest.) They'll be busting out old songs they never play anymore, so if you've loved them since it all began in 2010, go spill some milk with them in February.