SoundBytes: El Gran Combo, Little Dragon, Greg Behrendt and more
-- Who are Little Dragon, above? They're a Swedish electronic pop group with a Swedish-Japanese singer who have collaborated with the likes of Gorillaz and Jose Gonzales and have landed songs on Grey's Anatomy and are playing Coachella in April. You know, THAT old story. Anyway, according to this and this, they're coming to Crowbar on March 18. The good folks at @aestheticized tweeted that this show is "as ESSENTIAL as it gets in 2010!!!" So ... you're saying we should go then?
-- Wikipedia calls El Gran Combo "Puerto Rico's most successful musical group," so it must be true! Regardless, it's pretty cool that they're coming to Tampa for a Valentine's Day weekend show. The salsa orchestra perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Indian Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Tickets are $32.23. Click here for details.
-- Weird story out of South Florida: On a show the other night in West Palm Beach, Monotonix singer Ami Shalev broke his leg during the show. "What we need here is a doctor or a paramedic, or a wheelchair," he told the crowd. "Or just a chair."
-- Greg Behrendt was a pretty funny comic (and decent surfabilly musician!) before he coined the phrase "He's just not that into you" and became basically a self-help guru. He was coming to the Straz Center on Feb. 20 with his wife, Amiira Ruotola, for an event titled "So You Think You Want To Be In Love?" But that event has been canceled. We repeat: "Love" has been cancelled for the month of February. (Click here for details.)
-- Looks like Blind Man's Colour have a new EP in the works, Wooden Blankets, and they're celebrating it with a release show Feb. 19 at New World Brewery with Sons of Hippies. Sounds like a good show to see.
-- Seattle singer Jen Wood sang on the Postal Service song Nothing Better. Now her new album, Finds You In Love, will be released by ... wait for it .. Tampa's own New Granada Records. She's even playing at the New Granada showcase at this year's South By Southwest.
-- It's official: Former Soundcheck artist of the day and omnipresent local presence Beatnik Castle has swapped female vocalists. parted ways with Francillia, and will now be working with Ohsha Kai instead.
-- Grammy update: Sadly, Slings and Arrows, the Vince Mendoza number performed by USF's Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, did not win in the category of Best Instrumental Arrangement. ...
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*