Orlando Independent Label Showcase, The Warlocks, Reggie and the Full Effect and more

Friday • 3

ORLANDO INDEPENDENT LABEL SHOWCASE Shutting up and doing something about it is a course of action we heartily approve of. In this case, we're not just impressed by the four local labels who put together this showcase, but also by the completely irrational dedication to local "underground" music shown by the crew over at Orlando Island Oasis. In the same way that you never really know what interesting local band might pop up onstage at the Oasis (which, despite its name, is not the sort of place where you'll be ordering umbrella drinks), the labels strutting their stuff tonight aren't obvious co-conspirators. Between Post, ROA, Nonsense and Urchin Records, you'll be getting organic indie pop (Dodger), high-volume punk (Awestruck), a singer-songwriter (Holly Riggs) and some heavy-ass Southern metal (Railsplitter). Once again, another fine exposition of local talent, brought to you by people who give a shit. Do yourself a favor and be there. (9 p.m. at Orlando Island Oasis; $5-$7; 407-657-6047)

THE WARLOCKS Bobby Hecksher – the leader of the wonderful psych rock adventure known as The Warlocks – recently told an interviewer, "I am not a relic." Two months ago, we would have believed him. The Warlocks' brand of spooky, grinding spaciousness sounded awfully fresh to us, and we've heard more than our fair share of space rockers. Managing to sound ominous without coming off like a doom-metal band is something of a feat. We didn't even get too weirded out when Hecksher set the controls for the heart of the sun with his band's new album (Surgery), a disc that retains their dosey drones, albeit with a few drops of liquid sunshine adding to the levity and accessibility of the effort. But if Hecksher's not a relic – and doesn't want to be perceived as one – why the hell is he letting his band tour with Sisters of Mercy? (Hell, the last time we saw Sisters of Mercy, they were relics … and that was in 1991 with Public Enemy and, if we're not mistaken, Gang of Four. Relics all.) Then again, Andrew Eldritch hasn't released a Sisters album in 16 years but headlines festivals across Europe, sells out American venues with ease and is still the smartest and most obnoxious English rocker to ever visit this planet. So perhaps there's nothing wrong with being a relic. (with Sisters of Mercy; 7:30 p.m. at House of Blues; $25-$55; 407-934-2583)

Saturday • 4

FIFTH ANNUAL ORLANDO FOLK FESTIVAL Come take a nap in the grass at this outdoor picnic, which grows bigger every year. Other people feel comfortable enough to do so, says Kim Robinson of the Mennello Museum of American Art – that's just the kind of laid-back affair it is. "We don't have a lot of building, but we have a lot of outdoors," she says of the city museum that sits on a scenic piece of property across from Loch Haven Park. The centerpiece is the 300-year-old gnarly oak tree dubbed "The Mayor." Folk people come out of the woodwork for this annual festival, which laces together two days of art and music rooted in folk traditions and is old-fashioned free. Chomp on kettle corn or grab a burger and a fruit shake, then wander through the art displays that this year will add ceramics and jewelry. There's music by notable Florida folksters on the main stage throughout the day, and ad hoc musicians are invited to bring along their instruments to take part in the never-ending jam session under The Mayor. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Mennello Museum of American Art; free; 407-246-4278)

Sunday • 5

OSCAR NIGHT AMERICA The differences between Oscar-watching rituals mirror the behavioral tug-of-war that's going on in the movie business itself. At home, you get to lounge around in your underwear and yell at the screen whenever you feel like it, because anybody you might be offending is your guest in the first place. But if you're one of those blessed Emily Post types who still understand the usefulness of a genteel communal experience, you'll find more to your liking at the Oscar Night America Party, Orlando's only awards-night event that's sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (No, this does not mean that somebody pulls your dessert away from you if you take too long to eat it.) The main attraction is watching the ceremony on a giant-screen TV, responding to Drew Barrymore's latest fashion faux pas with polite titters instead of full-on, Cheeto-expelling incredulity. As a reward for your good behavior, you'll get to enjoy a multicourse gourmet meal, bid on jewelry and travel packages, and take home an event program just like the ones being handed out at the Kodak. And then there's the comfort of knowing that the three-figure ticket price funds the Variety Club of Orlando's efforts on behalf of our area's disadvantaged children. Sure beats handing one of your smug buddies $25 for predicting the winner of Best Sound Editing. (6 p.m. at Rosen Centre Hotel; tickets also available at Albertsons and www.varietycluborlando.com; $100; 407-422-5437)

Wednesday • 8

REGGIE AND THE FULL EFFECT Apparently, it's difficult to perform in four touring musical acts (two of which – Common Denominator and Fluxuation – are opening for Reggie on this tour) and be married at the same time. So James Dewees, Reggie and the Full Effect frontman and former Get Up Kids keyboardist, found himself in divorce court. Last year's album, Songs Not To Get Married To, was recorded during that time, which explains song titles like "What the Hell Is Contempt" and "Thanks for the Misery" … not that any of Reggie and the Full Effect's song titles ever match the songs anyway. Anyone who has seen the band live knows that personalities, costumes and Power Wheels monster trucks are just as big a part of the show as the music is, and this tour should be as schizophrenically pleasing as all of the previous tours. (with Common Denominator, Fluxuation; 7 p.m. at The Social; $12-$14; 407-246-1419)

Contributors: Jason Ferguson, Amber Foster, Steve Schneider, Lindy T. Shepherd

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