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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Taking a Break from Breaking my Legs...

After an unnecessarily long break, the Ville is back in action. There have been a few great shows that I wish I had highlighted- look for them in an upcoming new section called "Shows Long Past That Rocked My Ass."

Check out the many-band festival Brostock, this Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1982. The show has been organized, promoted and produced by Battle! and Borealis, and features many local hardcore, screamo and metal acts.

I was originally going to be playing in the show; it was to be the debut of the added musicians "the st.pete players" to round-out the quigley sound. We were very excited to be playing Brostock, despite our dissimilar musical style to the rest of the bands, and looked forward to opening for everyone with a wink and a smile. Then, of course, we would step aside with our folksy-surfy-acoustic jams for the descent into hardcore and metal. Unfortunately, due to "venue considerations" were were told last week we were cut from the show.

But who cares!? Brostock will rock nonetheless. See you there!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Ebb and Flow of The Ville...

As in the Decembers of years passed, things are beginning to look a little more like Gainesville around here. The nomadic members of the university's student body have begun their semester's-end migration back to whatever place it is that tempts their desire never to return.

But we all know they all come home, and until they do life in Gainesville will be a little bit slower, traffic will be a whole hell of a lot lighter and those long, cold lines to get into downtown bars and clubs will be- for a far too brief period of time- gone.

No worry, other than booze and techno there isn't too much out there to tempt us away from our heated blankets in this ungodly-cold 65 degree weather we have here in Florida.

If you're hankering for a ho-down, though, keep an eye on

Until 2007...

Friday, December 01, 2006

Lacin' Up My Music Boots...

The Gainesville artist, Alligator Shoes have a very busy month of December this year. That will make it very easy for you to catch this newly formed indie, progressive, funk, rock fusion band.

Originally forming as Jackie Suarez back in 2005, they reformed and renamed late this past summer and played their first gig on Nov. 6.

They can be seen this Saturday, Dec. 2, at Backstage Lounge. The show starts at 10:30 p.m.

If you're not a fan of that venue, they're playing two days later, Dec. 4, at 1982. Doors are at 9 p.m. and cover costs $6.

Don't worry, though, if you miss them both these days they still have three more shows in December and one in early January.
I'm sincerely hoping they don't burn themselves out, because these guys have some great songs.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

School's Out, Rock Out, Help Out

Next Wednesday, Dec. 6, will be the last day of classes for University of Florida students. Though the poindexters might start studying for the next week's exams that night, the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association has a far superior plan for that evening.

At 9 p.m. at The Side Bar they are hosting a benefit for music education in Alachua County Schools. How great is that? Admission and your support cost only $5.

I will be opening for The Patrick McDuffy AllStars, Flying Bagels of Cadence, and Subject to Change. Three great bands, and myself, and we're all doing it for the kids.

So forget your classes, your exams, your worries and your cares and head down to The Side Bar next Wednesday night. And rememeber, it's supporting the future local artists of Gainesville.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

In Keeping With The New Approach...

In an effort to give you the opportunity to plan ahead, especially during the busy Thanksgiving holiday, I'm highlighting this Saturday's 9 p.m. show at 1982. Admission will cost $5.

You'll be seeing one of Gainesville hardcore's most popular bands, Battle!. With the attitude, talent and showmanship capable of converting even the most reluctant audience member to appreciate hardcore. They are more than a safe bet for a great show.

There will also be a rare treat for mention in this blog: the metal band, Cocytus. These guys are looking for a new guitarist, but that won't stop the show from going on this Saturday.

It will be an interesting mix, hardcore punk and metal. Hopefully I'll see you there.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

An Early Notice for a Saturday Show

Normally I would probably post about this Saturday's show at Common Grounds on Friday, but I often feel that there isn't enough time between my post and the show for readers to attend.
I stumbled upon this show through the blog belonging to the headlining band, Squeaky. Having myself performed as the opener for the show's opening act, Hospitals on the Moon, it caught my eye.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Music Venues of Gainesville

It has come to my attention (after reading the long list of responses to MarsIsLonely's question about Gainesville's most article-worthy venues) that I have failed to outline a list of venues. If my mantra is going to be, "the best way to discover great local music is to go to a show," then I'd better tell you where the venues are in The Ville.

If I have left out your favorite venue, please leave me a comment and I will update the list. Any exclusion is purely accidental, I want to include every venue that features local artists. Thank you in advance for your input.