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Six stages of being an Orlando music fan

February 27, 2014
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When you become a participant in Orlando's music scene, you frequently go through waves of varying involvement. See which stage you identify with most.
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KISS at the Amway Center … reviewed by an 11-year-old

August 17, 2013
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KISS at the Amway Center … reviewed by an 11-year-old

Note: As a longtime, mostly professional music critic, I’ve been fortunate to take my kids to concerts for a while now, but my 11-year-old was especially stoked to see KISS in concert, so we hit the Amway Center on Aug. 16 (the band’s opening show for the Arena Bowl). Originally, I thought it would...
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Sing along with two-man band the Front Bottoms at Will’s Pub

June 7, 2013
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Sing along with two-man band the Front Bottoms at Will’s Pub

There’s image-dense and humorous lyricism coupled with relentlessly upbeat folk-rock arrangements that, at first blush, make these guys sound like a community college take on the Mountain Goats or a less-studied version of the Weakerthans, but with a more pronounced debt to jokey ’90s college rock.
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Peter Brötzmann and Joe McPhee perform at Timucua White House

June 3, 2013
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Peter Brötzmann and Joe McPhee perform at Timucua White House

Now, more than 40 years after these two made their first forays into the free jazz scene, they are both still going strong, and while this duo show (hopefully) won’t clear the room, it will doubtless still challenge listeners in new ways.
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Welsh rockers the Joy Formidable make their way to the Social

May 6, 2013
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Welsh rockers the Joy Formidable make their way to the Social

While so many bands feel like they need to rationalize (or be ironic about) making stadium-sized, major-chord singalongs, the Joy Formidable positively revels in it, casting neither a knowing wink nor a hint of apology for its uplifting sound.
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Solillaquists of Sound digitally reissue their earliest works

November 8, 2012
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Solillaquists of Sound digitally reissue their earliest works

Check it out. Solillaquists of Sound just got back from a few weeks of performances in France, and are celebrating their return to the States with a welcome-home present for you. They’ve dug up some of their earliest, self-released albums – which haven’t been available in, like, forever – and thrown them up on their...
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New Orlando Concert Announcements [Soul-Fried Sunday, Bright Light Social Hour, Coheed & Cambria, Helio Sequence, more]

November 8, 2012
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New Orlando Concert Announcements [Soul-Fried Sunday, Bright Light Social Hour, Coheed & Cambria, Helio Sequence, more]

Nov. 18: “Soul-Fried” Sunday w/the Sh-Booms, the Legendary JC’s, Juke, Fat Night, DJ BMF (Will’s) Nov. 24: The Lee Boys (Plaza) Dec. 1: What Wouldstock Jambando (Plaza) Dec. 15: Rita Ora, Chris Cab, Chris Richardson (House of Blues) Dec. 21: Rocket 88, Eugene Snowden & JC Jumpers (Social) Dec. 29: Bright Light Social Hour...
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New Orlando Concert Announcements [Hot Water Music, the XX, Black Taxi, more]

November 1, 2012
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New Orlando Concert Announcements [Hot Water Music, the XX, Black Taxi, more]

  The peak Fall concert season is waning, which means announcements are going to dry up quite a bit over the next few weeks until venues start booking more early 2013 shows. But fear not, even on this short list, there are a couple huge new additions: Nov. 4: Dirty Bourbon River Show (Will’s)...
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Notable Noise: This Week’s Best Shows [Oct. 29 - Nov. 4]

October 29, 2012
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Notable Noise: This Week’s Best Shows [Oct. 29 - Nov. 4]

Monday, Oct. 29 Black Moth Super Rainbow, Casket Girls, David Liebe Hart Band – The Social Post-Fest Show With War on Women – Will’s Pub The Psychedelic Furs – House of Blues Tuesday, Oct. 30 Abandon All Ships, Skip the Foreplay, Upon the Drawing, Palisade – The Social Larry & His Flask, Willy Tea...
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New Orlando Concert Announcements [Purity Ring, Face to Face, Gino Vannelli, Audacity, more]

October 25, 2012
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New Orlando Concert Announcements [Purity Ring, Face to Face, Gino Vannelli, Audacity, more]

Am I the only person in this town who’s really excited that January will bring us concerts by Purity Ring AND Gino Vannelli? Yeah, probably. Here’s what’s coming up soon: Nov. 2: Peace Arrow, Big Job, Wekiwa (Will’s) Nov. 4: Dirty Bourbon River Show (Will’s) Nov. 6: HRVRD, Sugar Glyder, Naked Howl, Dreamer (Will’s)...
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