You may or may not have heard about King Tuff, but you knew someone like him once. He was the guy perpetually in and out of rock bands in high school, the guy in the faded Black Sabbath T-shirt reading a Richard Brautigan novel and the white guy who worshipped Jimi Hendrix. He was the guy you suspected might actually make it.
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If you’re dying for a taste of what’s to come on of Montreal’s next album, Aureate Gloom (dropping March 3 on Polyvinyl Records), here are some hints: It involves Talking-Heads-inspired funk, traces of pain and identity-searching following frontman Kevin Barnes’ separation from his wife in 2013 and a little bit of 1970s New York City.
Your middle school crush and Tampa native Aaron Carter will be returning to Gainesville on Sunday at the High Dive, along with opening acts The Crazy Carls, Sona Holiday and Katie Hargrove.
Though FEST 13 boasts many big names, a ton of lesser-known groups that deserve some spotlight will take on Gainesville this weekend. Among them is PUP, a Canadian group with both metal and pop-punk sensibilities and an impressive list of fans, including critics at Noisey, Stereogum and SPIN. Do yourself a favor and watch the video for their song “Mabu,” in which lead singer Stefan Babcock’s trashes his beloved 15-year-old car in a demolition derby. The Avenue spoke with Babcock to talk about PUP’s inaugural FEST appearance.
The turnout for Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour 2014 stop in Gainesville Saturday night was like something, well, straight from a Luke Bryan song.
Pauly Shore, clad in jeans and an open flannel shirt, ambles onto Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar’s small stage.
When the first Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally opened one Saturday in January 2013, thousands of people lined up to sample food from six local food trucks.
Canadian indie-pop outfit Islands will appear at High Dive on Wednesday. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance on either ticketweb.com or from Hear Again Music and Movies and the High Dive. They’re $14 at the door.
October marks UF’s Homecoming, but a different kind of homecoming — one of the punk-rock variety — starts this weekend at High Dive.
Former (for now) Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carrabba is appearing at 1982 Bar on July 24 with his latest project, a seven-person folk-rock outfit called Twin Forks. Just like Dashboard Confessional, you’ll want to belt their songs as you drive with the windows down — but for different reasons. Where Dashboard songs spoke of vulnerability edged with mid-2000s emo self-consciousness, Twin Forks sheds those feelings in favor of folksy, uptempo good times. And yes, there’s even some whistling.
When indie-rock giant Built to Spill decided to perform in Gainesville last October, it wanted an intimate, scaled-back show. So Pat Lavery, owner of local booking company Glory Days Presents, booked them at High Dive.
On Monday evening, lo-fi Motown-soul duo III BONES held one of its final rehearsals in Ocala on American Eagle Farm. Light from the setting sun streamed in through the farmhouse’s floor-to-ceiling living-room windows as guitarist/singer Victoria de Benedicty, guitarist/singer Dalton Jacob and fill-in drummer Jared Reddick practiced for III Bones’ farewell show at High Dive on Saturday night.
The L.A.-via-Gainesville electro-indie group Hundred Waters will perform at the High Dive on June 27 at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online, at Hear Again Music and Movies or the High Dive box office and are $12 at the door. Hundred Waters’ tour comes off the tails of the release of “The Moon Rang Like a Bell,” which dropped on May 27 under Skrillex’s record label, OWSLA. The Alligator caught up with electronics/guitarist and former UF architecture major Paul Giese for a brief Q&A.
Phoenix-based folk-punk outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad proved on Sunday night at High Dive that punk isn’t dead. What’s more, it can be all at once smart, sincere and totally delirious.
Since its debut in 2009, Best Coast has been the soundtrack of our breakups, beach-road-trip drives and hazy summer nights. If Taylor Swift is the pop queen of heartbreak and love lost, Bethany Cosentino is her cooler home-from-UC-Berkeley-for-the-summer older sister who always brings joints to the party. Florida fans of Best Coast can see Cosentino & Co. on Friday as part of Reitz Union Board Entertainment’s inaugural Big Orange Festival at 7 p.m. in the Reitz Union.
Rob Schneider is a long way from his “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” days.
Last week, Minneapolis-based band Motion City Soundtrack — whose songs you set to autoplay on your MySpace pages, whose lyrics you scrawled on your arms during that boring ninth-grade history class and whose very name stirs up memories of checkerboard Vans and middle school dances — played at High Dive with Relient K and Driver Friendly.
“Workaholics” and “Pitch Perfect” star Adam Devine said comedy has always come naturally.
As Passion Pit wraps up its 2013 touring stops, the Avenue spoke with keyboardist and guitar player Ian Hultquist before the band’s trip to South Florida as Coastline’s headline act.
Beware, network and cable TV: Netflix is climbin’ in yo windows and snatchin’ yo people up.