TransAtlantic Festival in Miami announces (incredible) lineup

One of my favorite places to see shows in all of Florida is the North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach. It’s beautiful and dilapidated in that Miami Beach kinda way, it’s right on the beach, and – most importantly – thanks to the efforts of the fine folks at Rhythm Foundation, it’s often host to concerts by some superb international musicians.

This year’s edition of the TransAtlantic festival (April 14, 27, 29, and 30 in Miami; full-festival passes are only $40!) is a perfect example; with a lineup featuring Bomba Éstereo, Antibalas, Tango Conspiracy, and other prime exemplars of “contemporary world music,” the TransAtlantic will again be the place to be for lovers of international music that is not lame. (Apologies to readers of this site who may be unfamiliar with my writing history, but it is an ongoing mission of mine to prove that artists who sing in a language that is not English or base their music in an idiom that is not I-IV-V changes are just as capable of rocking your ass or blowing your mind as those that do; and, more importantly, that this music is not the purview of bespectacled grad students or NPR acolytes … whew, rant over … welcome to the blog!)

Here’s the lineup (most – but not all – of which is taking place at the Bandshell):

Thursday, April 14: Bomba Éstereo, Spam All Stars, Mr. Pauer (Grand Central)

Wednesday, April 27: Tango Conspiracy (Bardot)

Friday, April 29: CéU, Nortec Collective (North Beach Bandshell)

Saturday, April 30: Antibalas, Beatriz (North Beach Bandshell)





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HEY BANDS: Submit a track for a comp to be distributed to Florida show promoters


Local show promoter Kyle Raker (Norse Korea, Will’s Pub) is putting together a compilation of (good) (and interesting) (and not douchey) local bands, as part of an effort to, as he says, “start working more with promoters around the state.” The idea is to not only help raise the profile of the Orlando music scene, but also, more pragmatically, help enable more show-swaps and opportunities for bands around the state. As he told me in an email:

As it stands, a lot of bands don’t put much effort into, or know how to, get out of town and play shows periodically. If they do, they’ll start to draw in other towns (sometimes, from my experience, better than they do at home). I’m hoping by doing this, it will give all the promoters more quality, drawing acts to choose from to put on our shows that involve larger touring bands, and give the locals chances to play quality out of town shows.

So, that being said, I want to put together a compilation of local orlando bands that actually want to travel say, once a month (or more), to other cities in Florida. We have so many cities within 2-3 hours of us, it’s so easy to play out of town here. Then I am going to distribute it to promoters and media in other cities that I have contacts in and try and help them do that.

The exact form the comp will take is TBD, but Kyle says the deadline for submissions is April 1. GET ON IT and email him at

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Download a free sampler of all the Florida bands playing New Granada’s SXSW label showcase

Florida-tastic music from Tampa label New Granada, who have put together a mighty fine slate for their South By Southwest showcase, with Sunbears, Sleepy Vikings, New Roman Times, the Pauses, King of Spain, and Venice is Sinking. Check out this great 12-track sampler of tunes from the label:

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Total Bummer fest 2011 to be in Tallahassee; lineup announced

After a pretty successful 2010 edition in Gainesville, the noise/lo-fi-friendly Total Bummer festival is moving to Tallahassee for its 2011 iteration. The lineup for the fest – being held March 25-27 – is looking good so far; 60+ artists are supposed to play over the weekend, and about half of them have been announced. As a public service, I’ll save you the trouble of heading over to the fest’s eye-wrecking, Angelfire-hosted, GIF-o-licious site – seriously, don’t click on this link unless you want to be instantly transported back to a 1996 version of the World Wide Web (is having an Angelfire site the new having a cassette label?) – and run down the lineup for you right here. (Seriously, don’t click on this link.)

  • Reptar
  • Gobble Gobble
  • Rich Aucoin
  • Quiet Hooves
  • Holiday Shores
  • Woset
  • Jane Jane Pollock
  • Oh Fortuna
  • Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt
  • The Back Pockets
  • Bubbly Mommy Gun
  • Michael Parallax
  • Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands
  • Birdfeeder
  • Great Beer
  • Off Balance Atlas
  • Dickkicker
  • Little League
  • Brainstorm
  • Linus
  • MoonLasso
  • Werepossum
  • Caitlin Dunn
  • Orchard Thief
  • Bubblegum Octopus
  • Yatagarasu
  • Dark Seas of Awareness
  • Ghost Fields
  • Ostral
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Say a fond, rocking, and maybe even slightly drunk farewell to Vinyl Fever

In a turn of events that must be sending constant shivers of terror down the spines of Park Ave CDs employees, Tampa’s long-running and beloved Vinyl Fever is closing. The store announced back in December that it would be closing its doors at the end of February, but thanks to a series of depressingly successful price markdowns of their inventory (they’re up to having all CDs, LPs, and DVDs at 50% off, with everything else at 60% off) and surprisingly non-melancholy weekend events featuring bands and DJs whipping the crowds into a guilt-ridden buying frenzy, the stock is diminishing to the point that the guys at the store are saying “this may be our last weekend.”

Of course, that means a closing shindig worthy of Vinyl Fever’s 30 years of musical contributions to Tampa. And this weekend’s festivities include Matt HiresWill Quinlan, and Guiltmaker rocking the store on Saturday (with free PBR, too!), starting at noon. I know many Orlando music fans have spent a good bit of time (and money) in Vinyl Fever over the years, so if you haven’t done so yet, you may want to get on I-4 to hit up the store one more time. And, to those who have never been to the store, just imagine Park Ave CDs … that’s it, really; the stores are eerily similar in coolness, approach, and importance to their community. (OK, maybe Vinyl Fever has a little more of a vintage rock vibe … but not much.) I know that if a combination of a constantly-shifting business model and expiring leases subjected PACD to the same fate, this town would shed quite a few tears, so if you don’t make it down to Vinyl Fever this weekend, maybe stop by Park Ave and drop a few bucks?

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