#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"

http://www.kristopherjamesmusic.com/

 

#DSSP15 Artist of the Day: Plastic Pinks

Plastic Pinks is known for going all out and having the wildest of shows. Everything from their charismatic performance, to their catchy and energetic songs, will captivate your attention in an almost trance like state, getting you lost in their music and bursting into dance. 

Plastic Pinks have been releasing their music all over. Die Slaughterhaus Records, known for their pioneering catalog, released Plastic Pinks 7" vinyl Fui/Kelly. Wiener Records released the band’s EP “Livin’ On The Coast”. Later on, Plastic Pinks debut full-length “Sunnyside Rabbits” was released on through the ever-growing Burger Records as well as through Cincope Records in Argentina. "Sunnyside Rabbits" was recorded and produced by none other than AJ Davila, who some consider a legend in this industry, thanks to his involvement in the growing scene with his late band Davila 666. 

Plastic Pinks have made sure to pursue their goals of rocking hard and loud in their hometown Miami, FL playing an impressive amount of high caliber shows like the artist packed III POINTS festival. The band has participated in a number of festivals like the "Atlanta Mess-Around" a festival known for its complete chaos and high energy excitement, Beach Bum festival in Puerto Rico, where they were televised on the well known Telemundo, and in a few of Burger Records/Wiener Records SXSW Un-official shows. Plastic Pinks are also road warriors, recently spending three months on their last tour which not only took them across the United States, but to Canada and Mexico as well.

With no signs of slowing down as they used their time off on tour to make guest appearances on Daytrotter where they recorded a live session that is available on their website and KEXP Seattle's music savvy and high regarded radio station, where they also did a live session this time accompanied by video. Plastic Pinks is sure to keep at it, wind has been blowing on their sails and it seems as if the formula has only gotten stronger with time.  Their high energy, heart pounding melodic "Rad City Sticky Pop" is sure to make it's way into your hearts, taking over your soul, having you hooked, wanting more.

See Plastic Pinks play on the Main iclinic Stage at 9:20pm located in the parking lot behind the alley of 2061 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33713.


#DSSP15 Artist of the Day: Chant the Trees

We first learned about Chant the Trees from our favorite guys over at Florida Folk Scene.  Since then we've been hypnotized. Chant the Trees is a progressive acoustic duo of Mandolin and Guitar. Their music is characterized by an eclectic mix of acoustic old-timey folk and bluegrass rhythms and themes combined with the intricacies of progressive guitar based rock. Their folktale style lyrics are heavily based on Nature and the outside world, along with stories from another time. The group consists of brothers-by-blood Ryan and Kade Ballogg.

Catch Chant the Trees at 5:30pm on the Tropiccool Bus located at 2061 Central Ave and 21st Street.

Listen: chantthetrees.bandcamp.com

Contact: chatthetrees@gmail.com

Website: chantthetrees.com

#HMB: HOMEMADE BROADCAST

Radio St. Pete (RadioStPete.com) is a new media property launched over the 4th of July weekend in 2013. A 24 hour online and mobile Internet radio station focused on St. Petersburg, Florida and the surrounding beach communities.  Just choose your favorite kind of music, whether it is recent hits, jazz, country or classical; all genres are available on the website.

We caught up with Will Kuncz, the man behind “Homemade Broadcast”  who will be doing a LIVE BROADCAST from Don't Stop Sat 11/28 in front of Sly.  Then watch the HMBradio Stand Up Comedy Showcase on the Tropiccool Stage at 7:45pm located at 2061 Central Ave!

HMB Events: http://www.hmbradio.com/events

HMB Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HMBradio

HMBradio Stand Up Comedy Showcase: https://www.facebook.com/events/207938576204283

#DSSP15 Artist of the Day: Jackson Davis & The Jackettes

The Jackettes are not so much a band as they are an attempt to give form to the passion felt for the music that we have come to know and love in our human existence. Like a child trying on their father's too-big suit and tie or a group of toddlers shoulder-stacked under a baggy trench coat-- we are youthfully attempting to carry the glimmering torch of our musical ancestors. This is an effort to give the world her next "classic sound." We love it all: from the tender ballads of the Great American Songbook, to the unpredictable antics of a swinging 70's r&b diva mythical and real....and we feel a strong obligation and connection to those of the yester-world to make music with those same characteristics. A sound that transcends being accepted and understood. We are humans struggling under the weight of living and dying. We are made by a great creator trying to be as creative. So it goes. The music we create embodies the out of touch, out of sync, misunderstood hysterical breakdown of simply living- to unite us.

See Jackson & The Jackettes perform at 8:10pm on the WOVE Stage, located at The Loft 2036 Central Ave Studio A. 


#DSSP15 Artist of the Day: Terminus Cursus

If you were able to catch Terminus Cursus at MicroGroove last night you were part of the chosen ones. Formed as a collaboration between Bradley Elston (drums) and Patrick Mugan (bass/vocals) with the original intention of featuring a rotating lineup of accompanying musicians for performances and recordings.  After joining them for a show on Halloween of 2013, Arthur Mugan (guitar/vocals) was added as a full-time member.  

The band’s self-recorded first album, 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6, was released by Kevin Greenspon’s Bridgetown Records on cassette in November 2014, solidifying the Terminus Cursus sound: distinctly aggressive post-punk, equally informed by the British (Echo & the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Wire) and American (Honor Role, Mission of Burma, Wipers) traditions and tempered with a smattering of more extreme contemporary reference points (Converge, Neurosis, Today is the Day).  

On of, the second Terminus Cursus album, was completed at Tampa’s Atomic Audio Recordings in November 2015.  Besides the increased sonic clarity and detail in comparison to the debut, On of more thoroughly develops the band’s previously latent krautrock and post-rock influences while losing none of the intensity for which they have become known.

CESSIMUS NULLI"

Bandcamp: http://terminuscursus.bandcamp.com

GNC Session: http://gncsessions.com/album/

Video from Fuzz Fest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFxChae_xhk

What is Never Take It Off?

“The Never Take It Off Vow Bracelets were created to bring strength to the process of change and choice. Each piece comes with a list of vows to encourage the individual tying it on to never give up, never back down and never stop trying. Never take it off…”
— - Tommy Simms, President NTIO

NTIO jewelry and apparel is merch with meaning; a vehicle for Artists, Bands, Causes and so forth to connect with each other and with supportive sponsors and fans. It is a new kind of merchandise line which not only raises funds for the artist, cause, event etc… but helps forward the message of your organization while at the same time supporting your fans goals and dreams with their own personalized vows.

Our first product was the NTIO Vow Bracelet. While tying it on you make a vow then you “Never Take It Off” -which means you leave the bracelet on as long as you like but you never take off the vow.

Every bracelet comes with a customized “Vow List”. For instance a band might have a different set of vows than a green organization or fans and friends can create their own vows with the poem provided. The amazing thing is the purpose of the NTIO bracelet is different for everybody! Basically it’s a vow, pledge, commitment, or decision and the NTIO bracelet is simply a constant reminder of whatever that is for you. The bracelets are also customized and designed in different colors for the Artists, Bands, Causes and so on. They are hand stamped with the NTIO logo plus the logo of the artist, band or cause. Every NTIO Artist, Band, Cause or Designer also has a customized profile page on our website with jewelry, and information about them plus a spot for mobile uploads with their fans wearing their bracelets. They can even sell their bracelets through our site and of course place a link or picture on their own site with one of our easy to use widgets. This will help good Causes connect with supportive artists and their fans.

The creators of NTIO are musicians and designers who wanted to provide an artistic way for Artists,  to support themselves and each other through selling merch with meaning. So you might see Never Take it Off by Your Favorite Designer for The Feed the Children Foundation. Or you might just see Never Take it Off by Your Favorite Band. Never Take It Off also offers special grants to Non Profit Organizations and donates bracelets to worthy causes for fund raisers and special events. Never Take It Off is Merchandise with Meaning!

WATCH Tommy Simms perform at Don't Stop St. Pete Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at the Tropiccool Bus located at 2061 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33701

For More Information: www.NeverTakeItOff.com 

#DSSp15 Artist of the Day: Veiny Hands

Some bands just step out of the darkness and blow your face off. Veiny Hands is that kind of band. Typically dressed in some kind dark glamorous outfits and playing through amps some would argue are just too god damn loud. The band casts a playful yet dark and heavy blues inspired spell on the crowd and their recordings are that of a mesmerizing story that only a Cheshire cat could tell. I highly recommend going to see this band no matter the stage or night. If it's the packed room in the back of a bar or a sold out gig at the local venue. This band will ensnare you with their good looks, reverb chants and primal rhythms. 

2015 LINEUP!

2015 LINEUP (SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

iClinic Stage - 2061 Central Ave Alley

3:30 - 4:00 PM Selectric
4:20 - 4:50 PM Johnny Mile and the Kilometers
5:10 - 5:40 PM Ask for Tiger
6:00 - 6:30 PM Luxury Mane
6:50 - 7:20 PM Denim Blue Music
7:40 - 8:10 PM Airsickness
8:30 - 9:00 PM Sonic Graffiti
9:20 - 10:00 PM Plastic Pinks
10:20 - 11:00 PM Ben Katzman's DeGreaser


Tropiccool Bus - 2061 Central Ave

3:15 - 3:45 PM Kristopher James
4:00 - 4:30 PM Josh Mclin
4:45 - 5:15 PM Tommy Sims
5:30 - 6:00 PM Chant the Trees
6:15 - 6:45 PM Orion Band 
7:00 - 7:30 PM Black Coast Royals
7:45 - 8:20 PM HMBradio Comedy Live
8:30 - 8:45 PM Newbreed
8:50 - 9:15 PM Matt Chibbs
9:20 - 9:45 PM Justin Lundy
9:50 - 10:15 PM Mickey Spixx
10:30 - 11:00 PM DEA & SAINT

Sly Bar - 2061 Central Ave

5:00 - 5:30 PM Broom Closet
5:50 - 6:20 PM SAMURAI SHOTGUN
6:40 - 7:10 PM UV-TV
7:30 - 8:00 PM WD HAN
8:20 - 8:50 PM Goodnight Neverland
9:10 - 9:40 PM  Terminus Cursus
10:00 - 10:35 PM Permanent Makeup
10:55 - 11:25 PM Tight Genes
11:45 - 12:20 AM Meatwound
12:40 - 1:20 AM The Golden Pelicans


WOVE @ The Loft - 2036 Central Ave Studio A

4:00 - 4:30 PM Hussar
4:50 - 5:20 PM Poster
5:40 - 6:10 PM Mouth Council
6:30 - 7:00 PM Fictional Friends
7:20 - 7:50 PM Veiny Hands
8:10 - 8:40 PM The Jackettes
9:00 - 9:30 PM Archaic Interest
9:50 - 10:20 PM FayRoy
10:40 - 11:10 PM Snacking
11:30 - 12:00 AM Soapbox Soliloquy
12:20 - 1:00 AM Redfeather
1:00 - 1:30 AM Rogerthomas

Get in the Know: Operation Coexist

Operation Coexist is working in a collaborative effort with the Noisemakers Music School and the Music Education Department at St. Petersburg College to create a program that provides instruments and weekly music lessons to kids in foster care in the Tampa Bay area at no cost to the foster family. Students are given the option to take a variety of different lessons including voice, piano, percussion, and guitar, to name a few.

Students that stay in the program for at least one year they are placed into student bands with other kids in their age range and skill level. Our goal is to help our students with their transition out of the foster care system by graduating from high school and continuing to pursue their music education with opportunities for scholarship at SPC. 

All lessons take place at the Noisemakers Music School at 5511 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida. Lessons are given by student interns provided by the Music Education Department at SPC.  Make sure to watch one of these great bands on the Operation Coexist stage at Don't Stop 2015 on the Tropiccool Bus located at 2061 Central Ave Saturday, November 28th, 2015!

 


#DSSP15 Artist of the Day: Redfeather

Redfeather, performing in the Mike Eisenstadt Live Music Studio at WMNF Tampa 88.5 FM for Grand National Championships. gncsessions.com

 

Formed in 2011, Redfeather has been a staple in St. Petersburg's music scene ever since. Redfeather fuses structured harmonies and acoustic guitar melodies with a psychedelic landscape of sound created by an array of electric guitar and synthesizer effects merged by a dense bass and percussion formation that, when combined, can be felt resonating in your chest and mind.

Redfeather's music expresses a deeper level of consciousness and a greater appreciation of the natural world. Many of their songs are inspired by moments of enlightenment in nature, love and human interconnectivity; a manifestation of their spiritual characteristics transfigured into music. Their music tends to ebb and flow with intention in a sprawl of evolving rhythms like a transpiring story taking place. Some of Redfeather's influences include Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Fleet Foxes, Massive Attack, Mew, Radiohead and World music, but when it comes to their sound, they stand on their own.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedFeatherSt.Pete

Bandcamp: https://redfeathermusic.bandcamp.com

iClinic Downtown St. Petersburg - Ticket Location!

 

iClinic is your one stop for all things Apple! iPhone and iPad Repairs While You Wait! iClinic is special because they focus on Apple products and Apple customers. Their techs are Apple certified. There is no other Apple certified repair shop in Saint Pete!

From now until Friday, November 27th, Don't Stop will be working together with iClinic by raising donations for Hannah's Homeless with your ticket purchase. 

Go into IClinic Downtown Mon-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat 10-4pm with a donation and receive $3 off your ticket! Tickets are $10 Advance and $12 Day of Show.

Donation Items Include:

  • deodorants
  • razors and trial sizes of shaving cream
  • toothpaste and tooth brushes
  • trial sizes of any and all hygiene items
  • pop-top canned cans of soup or any ready to eat food
  • men's clothes (small and medium sizes are most needed) 
  • women's clothes
  • monetary donations are always needed and welcomed and can be made securely at www.hannahshomeless.org

DOWNTOWN LOCATION:  1241 1st Ave North, Saint Petersburg

 


#DSSP15 Artist of the Day: Golden Pelicans

 Golden Pelicans

Golden Pelicans

After making a run at the heavyweight championship of the punk rock world with their debut long player back in 2014, the Golden Pelicans are back with a new 12” -- and this time they’re determined to take the belt back to Orlando. On “Oldest Ride, Longest Line” the Pelicans bolster their patented thug punk attack with monstrous riffs straight out of the seventies Aussie hard rock playbook. Think of an alternate reality where Black Flag got stuck on Rose Tattoo instead of Black Sabbath and you’re almost there. However, like any veteran of the ring, the Pelicans are more than just a bunch of one-move jabronies. Sure, the nine songs on this record seethe with an aggressive swagger guaranteed to put hair on your chest, but these guys have the brains to meld their tough-guy bravado to the type of memorable hooks that serve as the backbone for all the best punk rock. The result is a non-stop rager that rips from start to finish. If you are a TOTAL PUNK who enjoys the finer things in life like shotgunning beers, the X-Spurts album, and Scott Steiner promos, then learn to love the Golden Pelicans, because they may just be the best band around.

BLIND NOT DEAF

Blind Not Deaf is a record label hailing from St. Petersburg with a goal in empowering the local music community by creating unique music and experiences that will make St. Pete a noteworthy chapter in the Rock n’ Roll history books.

Danton Ruegger, Jasmine Deja (Soapbox Soliloquy) and Drew Anthony (Sonic Graffiti) comprise of Blind Not Deaf who find strength in the bands that make up their roster. With everything they do being a team effort the focus is set on the band’s needs: recording, promotion, or the release of new music. Blind Not Deaf also caters to touring acts by the booking and promotion of shows as well as providing a safe place to stay.

Photo cred: BAM Don't Stop 2014

#DSSP15 Artist of the Day: Denim Blue & Miclain Keith (DBMK)

Keeping things simple is probably one of the most complicated things that a musician could ever do. Ironic isn’t it? Denim Blue & Miclain Keith (DBMK) creates a really immersive and cinematic blend of sound, yet their indie pop is direct, deliberate, and extremely easy to relate to. In December of 2014 the two released The Abyss, their debut full-length album. The songs are introspective and intimate, but their sound is big, with reverberated guitar riffs, soulful vocals and great arrangements that echo artists such as Twenty One Pilots andThe Neighbourhood, but with an equally honest and less polished attitude.

The Bay Area local duo met at the GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project in Tampa, Florida during the summer of 2013. Since then they have been featured in The Tampa Bay Times, KTLA Channel 5 News, and PopVLTR Magazine, and their music is aired on 97X’s Local Motion and USF Bull’s Radio. They recently created and operate under their own independent record label, Kick Booty Records. Though they write, record, and market themselves as a duo, Denim Blue & Miclain Keith exclusively perform with a band, and have played stages spanning all across West and mid-Florida. Due to the outfit’s unique brand of highly energetic live performance, they have supported such acts as We The Kings, New Politics, Robert Delong, Panic! At The Disco, and AWOLNATION.

Though the group is relatively new, they have completely changed the way many view independent and local music by professionally releasing a music video for their song, “Rich Girls,” and performing at large music festivals such as FSC’s Southern Takeover, WMNF’s Tropical Heatwave, and Cox Media’s 97x Barbecue- all within six months of their first steps into the music scene. Much of the duo’s success can in fact be attributed to their constant professionalism, fan relationships, and electrifying stage performance. The two are currently working on their next album.

Hannah's Homeless making a difference in St. Pete

From now until fest day, Don't Stop will be raising donations for the Hannah's Homeless. Go into IClinic Downtown Mon-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat 10-4pm with a donation and receive $3 off your ticket! 

Items Include:

  • deodorants
  • razors and trial sizes of shaving cream
  • toothpaste and tooth brushes
  • trial sizes of any and all hygiene items
  • pop-top canned cans of soup or any ready to eat food
  • men's clothes (small and medium sizes are most needed) 
  • women's clothes
  • monetary donations are always needed and welcomed and can be made securely at www.hannahshomeless.org

 

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http://hannahshomeless.org/

#DSSP15 Artist of the Day: Permanent Makeup

“We’re from Florida. Everything you’ve heard is true.”
— - James, Chris and Susan

Expanding on the Minutemen-influenced critically-acclaimedart-punk of 2013's The Void...It Creeps, Florida's Permanent Makeup gives us their next full length Taker.

Springing from a collaboratively improv-based writing process throughout 2014, the songs on Taker have a morenaturally complex and aggressive approach.  Bassist Christopher expands "We have seen more of the country as a band, played with countless weird & wonderful bands and been witness to many incredible communities. This album was informed by all of these influences in the context of living and breathing in Tampa Bay, Florida." 

Whether it's drive and determination, a message of community and frustration or immediacy and purpose you want, then look no further than this band and this record.

Recorded and mixed by guitarist James Bess in their homes directly following 2 major tours of the US in 2014 (and coinciding with the band's 5th anniversary of their debut performance),Taker hits streets and shelves on August 21,2015 on CD and limited edition vinyl.

#DSSP15 Artist of the Day: Soapbox Soliloquy

    Soapbox Soliloquy is the lady filled, psychedelic, fagcore, hooride your parents warned you not to take; double dosed and meticulously crafted by the 5000 fingers of Dr. Terwilliker. Born of the Dragon and clawing for one of their own, Soapbox Soliloquy is the paint on the walls coloring the inner corridors of Jasmine's mind as well as the swirling galaxy that is above the spanning rural grassy planes that is her heart.  Through the use of highly intricate and nauseatingly advanced cloning technology from the planet Argelius II and magic learned from a royal flush of mystics, Jasmine is able to control the space time continuum for long enough to record a song or two once every lunar cycle. The tunes produced are the audible equivalent of glittery purple tie dyed confectioners fairydust sprinkled upon the top of your favorite cupcake; warm and moist from the oven, just like Mother used to make.

 

Soapbox Soliloquy is the lady filled, psychedelic, fagcore, hooride your parents warned you not to take; double dosed and meticulously crafted by the 5000 fingers of Dr. Terwilliker. Born of the Dragon and clawing for one of their own, Soapbox Soliloquy is the paint on the walls coloring the inner corridors of Jasmine's mind as well as the swirling galaxy that is above the spanning rural grassy planes that is her heart.  Through the use of highly intricate and nauseatingly advanced cloning technology from the planet Argelius II and magic learned from a royal flush of mystics, Jasmine is able to control the space time continuum for long enough to record a song or two once every lunar cycle. The tunes produced are the audible equivalent of glittery purple tie dyed confectioners fairydust sprinkled upon the top of your favorite cupcake; warm and moist from the oven, just like Mother used to make.