Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - June 12

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Even though Toad the Wet Sprocket formed a year before I was born, when they started playing "All I Want" last night opening for Counting Crows, I had chills. It's funny how you can know songs that are about as old as you are, there's some kind of muscle memory from hearing it in the backseat of your mom's car, strapped into the car-seat, soaking up her musical influences.

The show was impressive whether or not you could identify anything other than the hits like "Walk on the Ocean." The band offered a combination of strong rock vocals enveloped in some very sexy guitar playing. Singer Glen Phillips' interaction with the audience felt natural. He thanked people for actually coming to the show "early," knowing how many waltz into a concert just in time to see the headliners. He also cracked some jokes, and asked if anyone had the score to the Miami Heat game, saying he knew it had to have been a hard choice for some of the people in the crowd, picking the concert over the game.

Counting Crows made an incredibly smart move by taking the stage and opening with "Round Here," one of their best known songs, which had fans screaming the moment they heard the intro.

See also: Counting Crows' Adam Duritz Doesn't Want to Sound Like Your Grandpa


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Everclear's Art Alexakis: "I Miss Big Guitar"

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Art Alexakis has worn many hats over the years: dad, political activist, and even actor. But the role we most enjoy the tatted up, white-haired singer in is as frontman of Everclear.

The guy who gave us rock radio hits like "Father of Mine," "I Will Buy You A New Life," and "Wonderful" is stoked about the upcoming album the group is wrapping up. It's so new it doesn't even have a name yet, but Alexakis promises the album will be the "heaviest" thing the band has put out in over a decade.

Alexakis, whose band ironically shares the same name as a ridiculously strong grain alcohol, will celebrate 25 years of sobriety this Saturday. Just two days before, he'll be in South Florida for the annual Summerland Tour, a fest bursting with '90s nostalgia that includes Soul Asylum, Eve6, and Spacehog. The night of heavy guitar riffs and raspy rock vocals takes place at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre. Alexakis talked with New Times about the new album, the tour, his sobriety, and what he misses about the the decade that launched his career.


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Five Best Concerts This Week in Fort Lauderdale

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Alex Markow
Maybe this dude'll be back for more Infected Mushroom!

Certainly there are local shows aplenty blowing out eardrums all over the 954 and 561, but we'd like to tell you about a few huge concerts storming through our area this week.

A few are throwbacks, and a couple are dubstep. And that's what it's all about up here: dichotomy. The tension between the old and the young and the bringing of those two together. Read on for a more in-depth explanation of this.

See also: Photos of Infected Mushroom at Club Cinema

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Absolute Best Concerts This Week in Palm Beach County

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Shroud Eater
Album release party with Ancient Albatross, Orbweaver, Amplifier Orgy. 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Propaganda, 6 S. J St., Lake Worth. Entrance is $5. Call 561-547-7273, or visit propagandalw.com.
Clearly, Shroud Eater doesn't cater to the faint of heart. Unapologetically devoted to brutal thrash and metal mayhem, the trio -- guitarist/vocalist Jean Saiz, bassist Janette Valentine, and drummer Felipe Torres ­-- makes music that's decidedly perverse. It's something akin to the sound Satan might employ to lure unsuspecting innocents to his lair.

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- Orbweaver's Randy Piro Loves the Tron Soundtrack: "It's Satan's Chord!"

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Top Must-See Shows in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach This Week, April 8

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Reggae Fest Lake Worth
With Dirty Heads, the Resolvers, Jahfe, Third World, South Side Dub, and others. 5 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 12 to 14, at Brant Park, 2 S. Gofview Road, Lake Worth. Tickets cost $10 before 6 p.m., $15 after. Call 561-790-6200, or visit lwreggaefest.com.

The old school is always going to have reservations about the new school. It's true whether you're talking about music, art, or even, like, literal high schools. Those who come after you always seem like they're doing it wrong. O.G.'s in each and every scene can't stand newbies walkin' around like they own the place, ignorant of who did it all first. When it comes to reggae -- spanning trad island riddims and psych-fi lazer dub -- Lake Worth's Reggae Fest is the rare slice of the Venn diagram in which geezers with residencies at seafood dives can groove harmoniously with freshly dreaded fratstafarians. 

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Five Best Concerts in Broward and Palm Beach Counties This Week

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Jake Miller
With Vers and Deja Eyze.
6:30 p.m., Friday, February 15, at America's Backyard, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
Tickets cost $17. It's all ages.
Call 954-727-0950, or visit myamericasbackyard.com
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Who is Jake Miller you ask? Well, if you are a 13-year old girl, or you wake up every morning just to watch MTV, (or somebody is paying you to), then you already know. He's the South Florida pop rapper with millions of YouTube views, a freshly inked record deal, and a music video that just premiered on national broadcast cable television.

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Best Concerts This Week in Fort Lauderdale And Palm Beach County

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Saturday, February 2


8 p.m., Saturday, February 2, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
Tickets cost between $32.35 and $132.25. Limit of eight per customer. 
Call 954-835-8000, or visit thebbtcenter.com

You'd think an act named "the Coral Reefer Band" wouldn't get the chance to leave the dark, dank corner of your local old-guy bar. 
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Best Concerts This Week in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County

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Tuesday, January 22

Looka Looka Looka at Blind Pig Tuesday
Speakeasy Lounge, 129 N Federal Hwy, Lake Worth. Music starts at 8PM and there is no cover. Call the Speakeasy Lounge at (561) 791-6242 and visit the Blind Pig Tuesday Facebook Page

Full article here: Looka Looka Looka at Blind Pig Tuesday; Promises Acoustic Punk, Cheap Whiskey, and "All the Hell We Can Raise"

Booze, punk, psychobilly, and whatever else your mama's yelled at you about lovin' too much are coming to Lake Worth tonight with Looka Looka Looka. Get ready to get stinky whiskey sweaty wet at Blind Pig Tuesday.  

Friday, January 25

Fusik Record Release Party

9 p.m., at the Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $10. Visit FunkyBiscuit.com

We interviewed this psych soul fusion act, so check back tomorrow for the full story. Until then, listen to them jam on fusikmusic.com
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