Few people walk out of a Wet Nurse show without shortly afterward enthusiastically bringing the show up to friends (and probably strangers, frankly). They're equal parts gritty garage punk, biting humor and saccharine pop singsong, charged by the harmonies of twin sisters Nina (guitar and vocals) and Susana Chaplin (bass and vocals), deepened by second guitarist Baile Yeager and steadied by often-overlooked badass Vanessa Brewster (drums). Last month, they hosted a residency at Sandwich Bar, performing every Monday for dirt cheap those songs that first sparked our interest on 2012's Daily Whatever, gems most of the world only just caught onto at their South by Southwest appearance last year. Now they're primed to release their new LP this year, with plans to head out on tour, so we sent them to North Avenue Studios for this month's Off the Avenue session to perform two new songs, "Got You" and "LCE," in case you miss them too hard while they're on the road. Watch both videos now and read a more in-depth profile of one of Orlando's brightest punk bands.
Looks like Longwood wants a piece of that Mills Avenue action, as Hourglass Brewery launched a new initiative Saturday, Feb. 21, which sees the craft beer spot hosting bands every Saturday from this point forward. It's especially cool for folks on that side of town, obviously, but with a 250-head capacity, it's a sizable option for any local promoter who has a constant need for more venue choices and local bands that want to try out a new stage. The stage is comparably sized to ones at Will's Pub or Backbooth, but not built in, and I was told they clear out most of the high-tops that scatter the bar to make space for a proper pit. That will likely be the case when heavy promoter Non-Prophet Organization hosts a free show there featuring metal bands Mutilation Rites (New York) and Mantar (Germany) with locals Mindscar and Ad Nauseum on Friday, March 27. Right now, Facebook seems to be your best bet for tracking their events, unless it's your regular watering hole, in which case scan the green-, yellow- and purple-hued walls for fliers and try not to be distracted by those beautiful vats of beer hopping around in the background.
Total Fuck Off Weekend II is right around the corner (March 27-28), and in addition to bringing the Total Punk catalog to life for grubby-fingered collectors (see the full lineup at floridasdying.com), they recently announced that absurdly rad photography zine Rubberneck (rubber neckzine.com) will release a Total Fuck Off issue directly following the fest. Any fans of the Golden Pelicans' killer cover art from their self-titled debut will be extra-stoked to hear that album's illustrator, Mac Blackout, also did the cover art for the Rubberneck special issue. Doesn't that fit just nice? Basically, if you're planning to attend the festival, you'd be a dummy not to pick up the zine as a keepsake.