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SpiderCherry

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Heavy Pets’ Strawberry Mansion Album Review

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Spred The Dub

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Meet Delray Beach’s Piano Man by David Rolland It all started with a vacation, SpiderCherry says, on how he became Delray Beach’s preeminent keyboardist. “My family moved to Boca. I was down here on a vacation playing some open mic nights,” remembers the English born and bred musician. “I played Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and the …

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Heavy Pets

by Danny Wright I’m a music nut. Always have been. Most of my waking hours are spent digging into streaming service’s high-res audio to listen to stuff I’ve loved all my life or researching new music and artists I’m just learning about. I heard The Pets had a new album out and I was anxious to …

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Good Time Reggae Group Releases New Record, Friends & Enemies  by David Rolland  Above Image by Chelsea Erwin If you’re feeling down in the dumps we make sure you have a good time,” is how Mick Swigert described his band Spred the Dub’s tagline of Good Time Reggae moments before they took the stage for …

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Surfer Blood’s Bassist By Day, Feminist Environmentalist Troubadour By Night by David Rolland Photos: Dustin Wright A fifth generation Floridian, raised in a musical family whose father taught her guitar and whose mother quit her job to become a jazz singer, Lindsey Mills was out of college living in New York City when she had …

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New Music Venue Brings Versatile Lineups by David Rolland Photos: Snappin Necks Photography If anyone knows the local music scene, it’s Steev Rullman. In the early ‘90’s he owned the all ages club Wormhole, and later he booked and marketed for Respectable Street and helped launch Propaganda. Most recently he’s been concentrating on publishing his …

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An All-Girl Tribe With Fold Ties by Darien Davies Photos by Jahnoi Smith If you’re wondering what the harmonic, Southern sound is around town, it’s The Mona Lisa Tribe. They’re getting bigger and bigger with each gig they play, so catch them while they’re still jammin’ out on the local scene. The Tribe was the …

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by David Rolland Other than peanut butter and jelly and maybe Simon & Garfunkel, there are few combinations that work together as cohesively as music and food. Whether it’s because a grooving soundtrack can help ease your digestion or because you want to replenish the calories you burned off while on the dance floor, there …

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Owner Albert Poliak On Six Years Of Providing Live Music by David Rolland Photos: J. Skolnick These days, The Funky Biscuit often has a packed house to see national touring acts or local favorites. However, owner Albert Poliak says that wasn’t always the case. Growing up in Washington D.C., Poliak was used to having lots …

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Jupiter Based Band Is Tighter Than Ever by David Rolland Photos by Imani Givertz  When The Atlantic Current last spoke with the fve men who make up The Helmsmen, the Jupiter based band had just released their debut EP in a genre of music they touted as “island indie.” Since then, the line-up of lead …

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Sound Waves and Ocean Swells Brett Staska Proves That Passions Can Pay The Bills by Savannah Sheehan Photos by Kevin Flett Is “Living the Dream” really as easy as it seems? Brett Staska seems to think so, or rather, is doing exactly that. Florida native, Brett Staska, has made a name for himself in the …

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Evolving Their Reggae-Rock Fusion By David Rolland Photos by Bret Hunter It was not once, but twice that the reggae rock fusion of Fireside Prophets came together on the Florida Atlantic University campus. The first time was back in 2008 when singer/guitarist Justin D’Alfonso was attending freshman orientation. “I met the drummer Travis Schmeider and …

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Bringing Funky Improvisation To Their Live Shows by David Rolland Like the genre of music they play in Jamtronica, the West Palm Beach five piece, Guavatron got their name from merging two things they love, guitarist Adonis Frangiskakis said. “We had a silly name before Guavatron. I don’t even want to tell anyone what it …

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Local and National Acts Blend at Abacoa Town Center Amphitheater by David Rolland Looking to put a musical bent on your Memorial Day Weekend? If so, you’re in luck because Matisyahu will be playing at Abacoa Town Center Amphitheater on Sunday night at 8 p.m. The singer first shot to fame with his reggae/rap/rock hybrid “King …

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JM & The Sweets Finish Their First Album by David Rolland Photos by Ben Hicks It has been two years in the making, but JM & The Sweets are finally putting the final mix on their debut EP. “It took the whole time we’ve been together to get these songs done,” their frontman Josh Miles …

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By Savannah Sheehan I arrived at the Irishmen — a Boca staple bar that I had never before visited. It was fifteen past 5 when I approached the doors. Feeling a slight tinge of nervousness, I fanned my hands to ward away any clamminess. The sun was just now setting as I opened the bar …

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Vinyl Takes Center Stage In our world full of digital music and various streaming services, it’s rare to find a place like Top 5 Records. It didn’t open to hop on a trend. It opened for the love of vinyl. That, and the owner’s collection was getting pretty thick — approximately 50,000 records. Top 5 …

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By Darien Davies Photos by Leon Legot Alright, my little festival-goers, it’s finally time to break out your Coachella-like outfit and pluck that daisy flower you’ve been growing all year. SunFest is here, so let’s get weird. Even if you’re new to the music scene or are a veteran of West Palm Beach’s downtown action, …

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Tortuga Music Festival Sets Attendance Record Of Over 100,000 by Alexis Edwards Tortuga Music Festival is one of the most renowned annual events in South Florida. The venue: an amazing stretch of sand that’s in the heart of Fort Lauderdale beach. This years’ conditions: literally perfect. In Florida you never know what you’re going to …

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Ten Spring Concerts South Florida Can look Forward To by David Rolland Spring is what many in South Florida will consider the most wonderful time of the year. You can still sleep with your windows open – the mosquitoes haven’t begun hatching a hundred thousand eggs – and best of all, it is still music …

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Gravel Kings are no stranger to our local music scene, hailing from Fort Pierce with their fresh brand of Americana.  The strength of their sound means they haven’t gotten lost in the SoFlo reggae/tropical/roots scene that seems to dominate our ears, and their long awaited EP “Lure.” is certain to please.  The EP kicks off …

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The Bryan Jackson Music Festival Takes Over Downtown Fort Pierce 69 musicians from across the Treasure Coast will gather on 7 stages in downtown Fort Pierce, FL for a day of music, fun, and community. By Iris Estrada The Bryan Jackson Music Festival is an annual event on the Treasure Coast held in the memory …

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The World’s Ultimate Backstage Pass by Joe Pregadio Cloud 9 represents a state of intense happiness. Total euphoria. It would seem that, in order to achieve this elevated state of consciousness one would have to depart on an epic journey compounded by legions of obstacles, unknown risks, and ambiguous paths. For many, the notion remains …

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A Tale of Uproot Hootenanny’s Annual Trip To Ireland Written and Photographed by Liz Dzuro Deerfield Beach’s Uproot Hootenanny has been traveling to Ireland for nearly a decade. Each time they visit, there is always a mix of familiar and new. Along with seeing new places, Bassist Chris Bonelli and percussionist/singer Ojay Smith joined Brian …

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Adapt and Evolve. By Sean Gordon Photos: Jack Bates A mainstay in Palm Beach County music venues, Moska Project has made a name for themselves in South Florida’s reggae rock scene and have kept it there for 14 years. The band was founded by old neighborhood friends from Caracas, Venezuela, vocalist and guitarist Gilly Gonzalez …

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If you are like most SoFlo reggae enthusiasts you’ve had this date marked on your calendar for a long time. On Sunday, October 9 reggae vibes will fill our salty air as 8 bands take the Guanabanas stage for a daylong celebration. This year marks the 4th year for this much-anticipated event. Bands include Through …

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New music from one of South Florida longest-running bands by Dana Krangel Photos by Jack Bates In an area full of new music, it’s the bands that endure the test of time that go on to define our music culture here in South Florida. Creating original music as a band for a whopping 14 years, …

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Deadheads Descend On Guanabanas in Jupiter In Celebration Of Jerry Garcia’s Birthday—Sunday, July 31 July 31 will be a day to celebrate one of music’s most influential artists ever.  Jerry Garcia, the bespeckled founder, guitarist, and spiritual leader of The Grateful Dead left us too early in 1995, and Guanabanas is throwing the party of all …

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by Dana Krangel Photos: Jack Bates No questions necessary, it’s obvious that Jupiter’s The Helmsmen are growing up. Last year’s The Homework EP was just the start and these guys have taken a crash course in being a band with an emphasis on working as a team. The result is an intermediate graduation in their …

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