Artist of the day: Hot Hands
And it seems to be working for Orlando's Hot Hands, made up of boyfriend and girlfriend Jeffrey Howard and Kristin "Machine Gun" Messina. Howard (guitars and vocals) and Messina (drums) formed in 2006 and have since developed into a popular noise-punk band that eschews the pop of Matt and Kim and the Ting Tings and the blues of the White Stripes in favor of something more loose and garage-rocky, a la Wolfmother, Fu Manchu or Tame Impala.
The band released their newest album, Everything We Have is Broken, in October. But they've got more going for them than just their music. Howard and Messina also host The Florida Show, a podcast dedicated to music in the Sunshine State. It's an offshoot of Howard's The Kick Brite Zine, an online 'zine devoted to culture and music in Florida.
Check out Hot Hands this weekend in Tampa, when they perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (1/15) at the Pegasus Lounge in Tampa, alongside Room Full of Strangers, Doll Parts and more. Tickets are $5-$7. Click here.
-- Photo: Christopher Keith Garcia