What You're Doing This Week

There are many good shows going on this week. But I strongly recommend that you save your money for this:

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Thursday, July 23

  • For some weird reason, the English Beat is opening for Reel Big Fish. It's like the '90s ate the '80s. [House of Blues]

Friday, July 24

  • In case you needed reminding, the Warped Tour rolls into town today. Wear sunscreen and brush up on your "kids these days don't get punk rock" grumblings. [Central Florida Fairgrounds]
  • Local metallians Empyrean celebrate the release of their new CD with a show tonight. [Back Booth]

  • In a perfect world, K'Naan would be the most famous rapper on the planet. The Somalian's style fuses deft poetry with def poetry with confrontational and intelligent rhymes that address global and political concerns without becoming didactic, overly preachy or bereft of the occasional smile. That he does so while subtly incorporating musical elements from Somalia, Ethiopia and, um, Kirk Hammett makes it all the more awesome. [The Social]
  • Read more about the Benefit for Jason Powell here. Or, better yet, just plan on going. [Will's Pub]

Saturday, July 25

  • St. Pete's Blind Man's Colour are getting tons of well-warranted attention for their blissful indie pop and some of it's from such unlikely champions as, er, Kanye West, who deemed the group's "Jimmy Dove" track "Some dope shit for my apartment" in a January blog post. In other words, you should go to this (free!) show and see these semi-locals before everyone starts hating on 'em. The excellent Viernes is also on the bill. [Back Booth]
  • A handful of the acts tearing up mics on the annual Rock the Bells tour take a detour into Orlando for a show. Reflection Eternal, Slaughterhouse and Slum Village (!) comprise just a fraction of the main touring lineup, but this should still make for a great show. [Club Firestone]
  • The directly named "All Day Music Fest" may not be the Warped Tour, but it's a whole hell of a lot cheaper. Whole Wheat Bread headlines, with local ska-rockers 69 Fingers and Stellar Dexters, Sucker Punch, One Night Stan, Amsden and others rounding out the bill. [AKA Lounge]

  • Comb your beard, tighten your bandana, wash down a handful of Dexedrine with a PBR and get your shit-kicking heavy metal rock 'n' roll mind right for Red River Revival (featuring former members of Artimus Pyledriver), Junior Bruce and Six Dead Horses. [Will's Pub]

Sunday, July 26

  • There are almost a dozen "modern rock" bands playing at this "New Original Orlando Band Showcase" put on by a local promoters PNR Promotions. It starts at 2 in the afternoon, which means it's gonna be a LONG day. [The Social]

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