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Tropical Heatwave Preview: Hunter Oswald's picks


The Sheaks, composed of local and nationally recognized musicians — namely Hunter Oswald of the Gotohells and the Queers — emerged on the scene as a supergroup from the starting gun, attracting crowds and favorable word of mouth. The St. Pete band, which has wisps of Zeppelin, Beatles, Wilco and Pavement, has holed itself up in drummer Oswald’s garage studio, recording the band’s hotly anticipated debut LP.

The Sheaks play at midnight Saturday at New World Brewery as part of Tropical Heatwave. We asked Oswald which artists he's looking forward to seeing before he takes the stage. Here's what he had to say:

"Green on Red was one of the first bands that I was hipped to when I moved to L.A. It wasn’t until Chuck Prophet’s (10:05 p.m., Cuban Club Bandshell on the Patio) second record that I realized he was in the band. I’d already loved his solo stuff. Having never been in town when he’s been here, I’m anxious to get a chance to see him. (Click here to listen to Prophet's Freckle Song.)

"Before that, I’m planning on checking out Kinobe and Soul Beat Africa (9:05 p.m., Cuban Club Cantina). If it’s half as good as what I imagine in my head, I’ll be happy. There are quite a few bands I wanna be able to see. It’s not that easy for the performers though, having remembered the last time I played. With the marathon scheduling, we’re often confined to our respective venues. Fortunately, the line-up at New World is as appealing to me as the rest of the festival."

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*

[Last modified: Thursday, May 14, 2009 4:30pm]


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