- Hit Me With Your Best Shot (2)
September 1, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:50 pm
Eight great young bands each get twenty minutes to show their stuff, to play their very best songs. It’s a fast-moving show that lets you sample a lot of bands in a short amount of time.
Pleasures – Dark, doomy, space trio, blending both organic rock/indie/psych elements with electronic things like samples, loops, and sequences. Radiohead, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips are touchstones.
Blake Daniels and Co. – Blake is a songwriter and musician from St. Petersburg with impressive demos that sound like other songwriters’ finished products. After bouncing around the Rocky Mountain area for a few years, the 28-year-old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is getting established on the local scene. His wide variety of artistic influences is evident in his unique approach to indie rock. Fans of Neil Young, Modest Mouse, and Elliott Smith are sure to appreciate Blake’s multifaceted sound and style.
Shevonne Philidor (band) – Also known as Shevizzle, Shevonne is a singer-songwriter, musician, producer, model, actress, and visual artist. With a lively stage presence, she keeps admirers captivated by her unique spirit and exciting energy and one-of-a-kind voice and compositions.
Danielle Mohr and Honey What – Honey What is a 5 piece band from St. Petersburg. Frontwoman Danielle Mohr founded the band in August of 2017 when she released her excellent debut EP “Momentum”, and the project has taken on a life of it’s own developing into a soul-rock-pop sound getting attention as one of the best local bands and touring around the state.
The Young Something – The Young Something is fronted by Alex Bonyata (18) and Bella Beyer (16) who started performing and songwriting together when they met at the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project in 2015 and were known as AB+Positive (playing many WMNF events). They expanded to a full band in 2017 and released their premier EP as The Young Something in February. While Alex’s main instrument is guitar, he is well-versed in many instruments and directs the production aspect of the band. Together with Bella’s unique vocal qualities and style, they create a dynamic and rich sonic palette.
American Supermodel – The four piece seem destined for the big time with their irresistible blend of melodic harmonies, lush riffing, and stadium rock detours. Their cleverly crafted Rock N’Roll and tip of your tongue Power Pop has led to touring the east coast, a stint in Nashville, and opening shows for numerous national acts. They were fantastic as Flock of Seagulls at WMNF’s US Too tribute and recently had a sellout EP release party at Stageworks.
Kerry Courtney – The 27-year-old songwriter fronted the band Goodnight Neverland for years but lately has been working on more personal material. Bay area fans of introspective, sprawling folk will soon be able to hear what he’s been cooking. Courtney is influenced by Patrick Watson, Sufjan Stevens, and Sigur Ros.
Bendy Straw – “Bendy Straw has been bringing its high-energy, wildly inappropriate, drunken bullshit to audiences in Tampa since 2016 and was founded by Katherine Mata, 26, and Evan Cooper, who were roommates in a random Ybor City shanty. Together they drew inspiration from textbook depression and gnarly hangovers and soon attracted fellow degenerates guitarist “Uncle” Keenan Sivitz, drummer Tyler “Axel” Mauriello, and bassist Ryan “Ya Makin’ Me” Kersey. You could describe the band’s sound as folk-pop if you want to get kicked in your genitals, but you’re better off just calling it anti-folk or punk after witnessing a live show where the salacious lyrical content has been known to induce laughter, tears, vomiting, and violent fits of rage for its sadly relatable nature. You don’t get to see the band play out as often as other outfits in this issue, but you may see Bendy Straw on the road sooner than later.” Ray Roa, Creative Loafing
$10 Advance, $13 Door (no web or phone sales on day of show ~ Door only)