Midlake coming to the Social in Orlando
You know how your iPod can track how many times you've played a given song? On our four-year-old iPod, the top-played song is -- and has been for some time -- Midlake's Roscoe.
The Fleetwood Mac-esque rocker about stonecutters and mountaineers in 1891 wasn't a hit, but it was well-appreciated by certain segments of music fans. At least one music blog called it the best single of 2006. Pitchfork recently rated it the 309th-best song of the 2000s.
It was the standout track on an equally impressive album, The Trials of Van Occupanther, featuring falsettofied folk-pop gems like Young Bride and Head Home.
Well, the Denton, Texas band is gearing up for the long-awaited (by us, anyway) follow-up album, The Courage of Others, and they're plotting a swing through Florida on a brief tour of the Southeast in January. The closest they're coming to Tampa Bay is a Jan. 7 show at the Social in Orlando. Tickets are $12-$14. Click here for details.
The band says they plan to tour more extensively later in 2010, but if you're into Midlake, you might not want to place all your hopes in them coming to Tampa Bay. They didn't come here following The Trials of Van Occupanther, after all.
Considering we know Roscoe by heart, we might be making a drive to Orlando.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*