SERIOUSLY: Believe it. Guavaween 2012 is a must-do.
Remember last year when a highly-anticipated Memoryhouse show had to be moved from New World Brewery to Cappy’s Pizza due to the auspice of Guavaween? That hurt. Not because Cappy’s isn’t a great place to see music (it actually is), but because the very idea that music-lovers have to stay away from Ybor City on Halloween weekend is insane.
Well, that’s all over now.
Those who control the city have finally come to their senses, taken the fence down (meaning you can’t drink in the street — boohoo buy a drink at the bar), and allowed our friends at Brokenmold Entertainment to team up with some of our favorite venues and curate one hell of a music festival.
The holmies at Creative Loafing have done a really good job of shining light on the fest’s new direction and have even offered up a few suggestions that we can most definitely get behind, so in lieu of repeating what they’ve said so well, we’re offering up a few don’t miss acts of our own. So while sets from The Hold Steady, Saskatchewan, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and a whole slew of others are no-brainers, we’ve offered three other can’t miss sets below.
THE RITZ SIDE ROOM
We’re obviously obsessed with our Florida bands, and Beach Day — a trio hailing from Hollywood, Fla. — are no exception. Their sound falls somewhere between garage-pop and the sweet harmonies of The Shirelles and other 60s girl groups. Rife with slinky guitar lines and gooey choruses, their latest single — “Beach Day” — will embed itself into the circuitry of your brain and never let go. What’s more is that they’ve signed to Kanine Records (Surfer Blood, anyone?) and are lined up to play an early set that is the best way to kick off your Guavaween experience. Watch the video for “Beach Day” here.
OLD MAN MARKLEY
NEW WORLD BREWERY
If you’re planning on getting out even earlier (the fest officially kicks off at 6 p.m., then we suggest watering yourself at our favorite hole — New World Brewery — and partaking in a punk-grass sonic ass whopping courtesy of Los Angeles’ Old Man Markley who are curators of fiddle-ridden, washboard driven, foot-stomping twang. All the other punks will be busy in Gainesville getting their Fest on, so get your high-energy kicks with this band. Watch a clip for “Do Me Like You Do” above.
The hours between 9 and midnight are full of good choices (ie: The Same, The Hold Steady, and King Tuff all playing within an hour of each other), so you won’t really find yourself in a bad spot, but after that clock slinks past midnight and you’re starting to feel that booze and/or lack of sleep, please do find yourself at Crowbar for one of SubAp!’s most favorite performers — Michael Parallax. There aren’t really words to describe his firebrand electronic soul revival set, but we’re still reeling from his Summer Jam 7 set from two years ago. Follow that link to other stories about him, and see him tone it down (still in his trademark ‘merican flag skivvies) at Antiwarpt 2012 below. [Video via Erin Swarthout]