From the opening of Adam and the Plastic's Foxholes, the Weezer/"Sweater Song"-like clamor of chatter on "The Party" gives you an immediate sense that mood is everything to these local dudes. As the song thumps on, listeners aren't pushed into some snotty chorus that pretends some basic-bitch revelation. Instead the song builds and builds, like the band's fueling the urge to really let loose. Unsurprisingly, that's what they end up doing over the next eight tracks with eccentric rock deftness (particularly on the addictive next track, "Runner"). Rumor had it that Adam and the Plastic had a ton of unrecorded new material, and we were too impatient to wait, so we invited the band to North Avenue Studios to record two live tracks, "Your Love" and "Destroyer." Watch both videos and read a full profile on Adam and the Plastic now.
Iconic animator Ron Campbell brings his Beatles cartoon art to a special exhibit at Artegon, the 105.9 SUNNY FM Rock Art Show & Sale, a free event that is open to the public from Friday, June 5, until Sunday, June 7. Campbell will be creating art live, as well as selling original pieces alongside what the press release describes as "a unique collection of original art, lithographs, photographs, concert posters, gold records, album art and more from the greatest rock artists of all time." The bands represented include legends like the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and many more, including a special section of Rolling Stones stuff to get fans even more revved up about the upcoming show at the Citrus Bowl on June 12. This exhibit is being touted as the biggest collection of its kind, so if you geek out over signed gold records or rare concert posters, you won't want to miss this brief three-day show (and sale, if you've got the $$).
If you're a fan of jazz, classical, blues, world or innovative compositions that straddle these worlds, Blue Bamboo Music (a contemporary jazz label that's currently based out of Central Florida) has some exciting news. They're planning to convert a 4,000-square-foot warehouse in Winter Park (on the Fairbanks/I-4 side) into an ambitious new performing arts venue that seeks to echo Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in sound quality but to present their guest artists in a much more intimate environment than the glitzy still-shiny-new venue downtown. If you're curious about the project – which includes plans for a large projection screen, stage lighting, practice spaces where musicians can hold music lessons and give clinics, and much more – go to gofundme.com/bbmartscenter to watch a video, see their mock-ups, donate (they've got about $6,000 of $50,000 needed so far) and learn more about the project.