DSSP17 Artist of the Day: Heights NS

With 2 EP's released and an album on the way, a live show where you can expect to hear Heights rap, sing, and play guitar backed by the experienced and talented David Van on bass and Jimmy Van Bremen on drums. Heights NS's live music experience includes events such as TBT's Ultimate Bands of 2013 Rock The Park, Hiphopolooza, Studio 10 TV live, and WMNF 88.5's live on center stage.

See them live on the outdoor main stage 3:55PM

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DSSP17 Artist of the Day: Someday River

Someday River is an experimental folk rock project and art platform created by Greyson Charnock in Spring of 2015. Incorporating sweeping drum patterns andfunk bass over songs rooted in folk, the band crystallizes into their full sound. Their debut EP 'Sleeping Sideways' was released in May of 2016.

DSSP17 Artist of the Day: Set and Setting

Set and Setting are an instrumental band from St. Petersburg Florida, whose work encompasses drone and ambient music to experimental rock and metal. The band was founded by guitarist Shane Handal, as a recording project in 2009. Several musicians came and went with the lineup finally settling around drummers Mark Etherington and Stephen Handal, guitarist Ryan Fugate, and bassist Nick Sibilia. Their debut album "Equanimity", was issued in 2013 via Science of Silence Records, which they supported with the effort of DIY touring throughout the underground and extreme music scenes in all of the U.S. and parts of Canada. In 2014, Set and Setting released their second album, "A Vivid Memory" via Prosthetic Records and continued to tour internationally and locally with bands such as Mouth of the Architect, EyeHateGod, Inter Arma, and Kayo Dot throughout 2015. 2016 brought a tough year of writing and recording while battling injuries within the band limiting live performances. The beginning of 2017 brings Set and Setting's third full-length album, "Reflectionless" along with more touring. 

DSSP17 Artist of the Day: FR33DBACK

Matthew Reisinger, known by his stage name FR33DBACK, is an electronic musician, sound designer, and composer from Tampa, Florida. Sharing the stage with some of the best in downtempo electronic music, including Chrome Sparks and Rhye, FR33DBACK can be found performing intensely layered Synthwave tunes amidst a myriad of buttons, knobs, and switches; resembling a “young” Dr. Frankenstein as he creates life by harnessing the power of electricity.

DSSP17 Artist of the Day: Luxury Mane

Luxury Mane are an American band formed on the southwest coast of Florida. The band consists of Billy Summer ( vox, guitars ), Kyle Lovell ( drums ), and Aaron Nelson ( bass ). These three handsome music makers churn future classics by melding pure id with solid gold song craft.  They are true pioneers of the psych pop explosion in St Petersburg, one of the most vibrant and ambitiously creative music and art scenes at present. Luxury Mane's style is hard to pin down but has been described by fans and critics as Indie Rock, Art Rock, Experimental, and New Wave

Luxury Mane emerged from the remains of Summers' previous group, The Semis, one of Tampa’s most influential, genre shrugging and self-destructive outfits. Summer and drummer Lovell have spent the last five years  coming to their senses while writing, creating and recording at their home base studio, Hey! We Put Some Foam Up. Lolling in the St Pete sunshine has proved inspirational for this prolific group who have produced three LP’s and one cassette since their inception including 2013’s Natural Beauty, 2014’s Gold Standard, the 2015 cassette, Isn't This Great?( Wiener Records ), and the 2016 release, Lux Runnin Out. 

Luxury Mane are also fond of swimming, dressing proper, and eating fine food. The are available for consultation on these matters and some others.

2017 LINEUP!

Scene-breakers in St. Pete - Shows I Go To Live Review

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Friends were tucked wall-to-wall in a cozy loft with the slightest tease of sunlight spilling onto the worn wood floors of The Loft. They’re scattered across couches pushed up against the wall, fluttering to and from the kitchen to grab an extra can of Rolling Rock. Just a few chords and the crowd stirred, clambering toward the riser stage in a space the size of a bedroom. It couldn’t get more intimate at the Don’t Stop St. Pete music festival.

Bands from all over Tampa Bay (and even South Florida) performed across four stages knit together along the Grand Central District in St. Petersburg. The acts shared hugs, shout-outs, and even a couple of band members. It’s the ultimate showcase of Tampa Bay talent, highlighting the potential scene-breakers on every stage.

The night was blasting from the moment Selectric stepped onto the iClinic stage. The three-piece band passed a guitar, bass, and pair of drumsticks between each other like dinner table sides at Thanksgiving. It was seamless how each player could just pick up an instrument and go. Blasting, hyping perfection set the tone of cataclysmic performances for the whole night.

Stealing the spotlight was Jasmine Deja, a brilliant multi-instrumentalist with the vocal chops to match. Most of her bands dance along the lines of psychedelic indie rock, including Selectric, Soapbox Soliloquy, and Veiny Hands. Her style is raw, noisy, and energetic — perfectly suited to showcase multiple times throughout the festival.

 

Crossing over to The Wove @ The Loft, it was imminent that the printing company turned Chicago loft-style house show would dominate as the best venue and collection of performers. Gorgeous, wailing Hussar stole hearts from the moment the indie rockers took the stage. Each layered alt-flavor floated into the air like stirred attic dust, wafting and consuming the senses.

The ultimate crafters of shoegaze ooze was St. Pete’s Ask for Tiger, a well-crafted blend of alt-punk with a dash of noisy hardcore. Their performance is jolting, bone-shaking, and chilling with every shouting roar.

If there were an act that would lure me into an indie pop-induced high, it’s Poster. The Tampa act oozes happy-go-lucky vibes with ethereal instrumentals that capture your movement. Just try listening to their Bandcamp tracks — I dare you to sit still when listening to “Condors.”

Contrasting the bouncing Poster and explosive Ask for Tiger were the spirits of the forest, known as Chant the Trees. Playing on top of the Tropicool open-air bus was well-suited for Kade and Ryan Ballogg, who entranced with harmonious folk wizardry. They’re well saddled with the guitar and the mandolin, but it’s this folk nature imagery, a soft and beckoning sense of meditation, that made a crowded dusk alley transform into a hazy dawn bog.

Sliding into Sly Bar was stepping into the hardcore, alt-rock home of Don’t Stop. From the outside, it sounded like Rage Against the Machine had seized the dive bar. But it was none other than Samurai Shotgun, the most enticing performers of hip-hop hardcore. Thrashing from one end of the crowd to the stained floors, every chord and rhythmic note pierced an unforgettable barrage of intensity.

None thrashed harder than Permanent Makeup. Rumbling and spilling from behind speakers into the packed crowd, every speedy, ripping guitar thrust whipped each soul into a moshing powerhouse. The band embodies stamina and grit, rarely halting their set for more than a minute.

Expressive emo never blasted more beautifully on the Wove stage than the momentSnacking launched their set. They’ll tell you their songs are about Yu-Gi-Oh cards, but there’s a deep, punching layer of emotion in each chord that strikes harder than any other band in Florida. Each rolling wave of sound is a tear at the heartstrings, a deeper rip at the soul. Snacking is mesmerizing, consuming, incredible and destined for a bigger stage.

Winding down the night was the ever-entrancing Redfeather. Psychedelic swoons swept through the hippie crowd, and it’s all due to the gorgeous balance of alt-rock and groove. It’s an exploration of sound, bursting with organic maracas and tambourines juxtaposed to drawling synthesizers. Even days after the event, tapping along to “Myakka” was enough to take me back to a dazzling, sublime hour of the night.

After jolting from hardcore to nature calls to indie rock, it was the subtle climax necessary after a day of bursting raw talent. But please don’t ask me who’s my favorite local band. Instead, let me talk to you about my hometown scene.

#DSSP14 Artist of the Day: Kristopher James

Kristopher can command the audiences attention and captivate them with fluctuating emotions and crafted songs.

From the "Friendly City" of Bradenton, Florida, alt-folk troubadour Kristopher James channels the balanced line of life, love, doubts and hopes into "captivating music loaded with soft, acoustic guitar tunes and stunning vocals" (Music Gets Me By) ... On display in songs like "Runaways" and "My Heart Wasn't Ready" from his self-produced EP "Movement:1"