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By tbt* staff
Published January 30, 2008
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $26. (727) 895-3045.
Gene and Dean Ween may crack you up. But if you're not up for fake accents, high satire, or songs with titles like Poop Ship Destroyer, they may just creep you out. One way or the other, Ween has proven to be anything but a novelty band. With a cultlike following and more than two decades' worth of material, Ween cleverly touches on pop, rock, folk, reggae, country, easy listening and a dozen other genres. The band's newest gem, Your Party, features smooth-jazz sax-master David Sanborn and describes "tri-colored pastas" laid out for a party. "We had the best time at your party," Ween croons. "The wife and I thank you very much." They're rarely serious, but Ween shows serious musicianship.
Perhaps best known for his duos with Dave Matthews, like the critically-acclaimed Live at Luther College and more recently Live at Radio City, Tim Reynolds is bringing his intricate guitar work to the small stage. Guitar geeks have long known Reynolds as a visionary on the fingerboard, but general listeners will find his work melodic and pleasing, too. Since Reynolds is a wizard of improvisation, his shows have been known to vary wildly from one night to the next. He'll perform old and new material as well as covers of everything from James Brown to Prince.
King of Spain CD Release Show (With Candy Bars, Susie Ulrey and Michael Waksman)
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
King of Spain (a.k.a. Matt Slate) has layered his experimental debut disc with a wide range of electronic effects, guitar, keyboard and percussion. But the result is soft, pretty and organized, and it works. Show-goers will get the CD, Entropy, free with admission. Candy Bars, performing for the first time since August, will play a tribute set of sorts, covering tracks from Cat Power's Moon Pix album. Susie Ulrey (now performing regularly with Will Quinlan) and Michael Waksman (Zillionaire) will team up to blend their own tunes into one set.
Dirty But Sophisticated 4 (Featuring Roxy Cottontail, Mike Blenda, DJ Si Young, DJs Maynard and Ryan, Mega, and Crate Bros.)
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Czar Bar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 247-2664.
In addition to her hostess duties, NYC's Roxy (who also goes by Oxy) Cottontail is sure to have an eclectic DJ set in store for Ybor's edgy, semiannual art and fashion party (see Page 24). "Imagine a mix of Peaches, the Rapture, and Gravy Train and you're almost ready for Roxy's set," proclaims Flavorpill.net. Her DJ and rapping prowess is hardly secondary to her party-trail promotions. Cottontail (who made a star out of Spank Rock) won Paper magazine's Nightlife Award for best DJ (at a ceremony hosted by blogger Perez Hilton) and graced the cover of URB magazine last month. Also in the house will be DJ Si Young (of Plastic Little) who samples Dave Chappelle on the track Grape Drink, and DJ Mike Blenda of Tribal Style.
One for the Road: Version 3 (Have Gun, Will Travel; the Ditchflowers; Lorna Bracewell; Ronny Elliott; and Rebekah Pulley)
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Dave's Aqua Lounge 10820 Gandy Blvd. St. Petersburg. $10 minimum suggested donation. (727) 576-1091.
Bay Area Arts & Music Organization (BAAMO), a non-profit group that promotes the area's music and arts scene, is sending select musicians to Austin to perform for music industry professionals at the 6th Annual Florida Bandango at the South by Southwest Music Festival. This year's chosen crop - Have Gun, Will Travel, The Ditchflowers, Giddy-up, Helicopter!, Lorna Bracewell, Ronny Elliott and Rebekah Pulley - will showcase our scene for label representatives, promoters, journalists, bloggers, venue owners, booking agents and more. All proceeds from Saturday's show go to covering travel and expenses for the Tampa Bay bands headed to the Lone-Star state.
Soulfound (With Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander, Channing Deren and the Springfield Cubs)
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Garage Bar, 662 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $6-$8. (727) 553-9212.
Hardworking alt-rock band Soulfound is always good for a sound, sweaty performance. Lead singer Ivan Pena's vocals are still among the best in the local biz. Sweet-voiced Channing Deren and Southern-rock party band Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander make this a solid bill. And the often overly loud Garage is claiming to have tuned up its sound.
Girl Talk Fri. With Grand Buffet. 10:30 p.m. Czar Bar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $12 advance, $17 at the door. (813) 247-2664. See Page 28 for more.
Kevin Devine Fri. With Dave Elkins and the Jealous Girlfriends. 7 p.m. The Orpheum, 1902 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. $10 advance, $12 day of show. (813) 248-9500