(All week on Soundcheck, we’ll be revisiting our favorite Tampa Bay concerts of 2016. Today’s picks come from Jimmy Geurts.)
Protomartyr (Feb. 21, New World Brewery): One of the most interesting Tampa Bay music stories this year was New World Brewery stepping up its booking in a big way, with high-profile bands ranging from Screaming Females to Pity Sex to Mothers. Perhaps their biggest coup was scoring Detroit post-punk act Protomartyr, coming off two critically acclaimed records in as many years. Frontman Joe Casey alone, smoking a cigarette and clad in a black suit even in Florida weather, evinced cool....
Exactly one week after election night, one couldn’t help but wonder what Tegan and Sara’s show Tuesday at the Ritz Ybor might look like.
Despite their Canadian heritage, twins Tegan and Sara Quin are deeply attuned to American politics, frequently discussing social justice, supporting Hillary Clinton and advocating for LGBT causes (money from the previous night’s Orlando show was donated to Central Florida LGBT organizations). They were devastated by Donald Trump winning the presidency, calling their show the day after the election “one of the hardest of our 17-year career” in a Facebook post....
What does a concert held on election night — especially one as chaotic as this year’s — look like?
That was the question coming into Animal Collective’s show Tuesday night at the Ritz Ybor, a much-awaited return to the Tampa Bay area for the group that coincided with the end of the 2016 presidential election.
In some ways, it was a fitting spot for the Baltimore indie band, who have not been shy about their politics and whose member Brian “Geologist” Weitz once worked for Congress. The same day as their Tampa show, the group released a statement urging their fans to vote for Hillary Clinton over a third-party candidate, citing Florida’s role in the 2000 presidential race....
Netflix premieres a couple of high-profile originals this month, including the much anticipated Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and Queen Elizabeth II series The Crown. The streaming service also adds some well-reviewed children's movies in Paddington and Disney's The Jungle Book remake, as well as critically acclaimed films from Richard Linklater and the Coen brothers. Yet it's also getting rid of several much-loved movies and television series, including several Cartoon Network series. For a full list, read below:...
For November, Amazon Prime will bring much of the James Bond series and Rocky franchise, including last year's excellent Creed, to the streaming service. There will also be newer options, including genre standout Green Room, AMC miniseries The Night Manager and the second season of Amazon's Red Oaks. For a full list, read below:
The Addams Family
Addams Family Values
1974 was a famously great year for cinema, featuring two brilliant films from Francis Ford Coppola alone in The Godfather Part II and The Conversation. Following surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) who believes he may have uncovered a dangerous plot in an audio recording he's made, the movie is a brilliant exploration of the state of paranoia.
Death at a Funeral (2007)
Diamonds are Forever
Die Another Day
Enter The Ninja
For Your Eyes Only
From Russia with Love
"What's the best Bond movie?" has been a long-running cinematic argument, and you could make a strong case for this second Sean Connery installment (it's the only one to have a brutal, claustrophic train room brawl with Robert Shaw.) Yet you can make up your mind as much of the James Bond series is added to Amazon Prime, including other contenders like Goldfinger and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Happily N'Ever After
Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White
Licence to Kill
Live and Let Die
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
The Living Daylights
Man with the Golden Gun
Meet Joe Black
Never Say Never Again
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The Sylvester Stallone boxing film won Best Picture in 1976 over Network, Taxi Driver and All the President's Men, and though it was the undeniable crowd-pleaser of the bunch, it featured an economically-minded realism not too far removed from its competitors. If you're just looking for a good face-punching, however, you can see Stallone square off against Mr. T and Dolph Lundgren in the Rocky sequels also being added.
Shadows and Fog
The Spy Who Loved Me
Terms of Endearment
Tomorrow Never Dies
Up in the Air
A View to Kill
The World is Not Enough
You Only Live Twice
The Night Manager (Season 1)
The Haunting in Connecticut
A Monster with a Thousand Heads
Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans
Flesh and Bone (Season 1)
Red Oaks (Season 2)
One of this year's best movies, Green Room centers around a punk band (led by the late Anton Yelchin) trapped in a venue and forced to fend off neo-Nazis (led by Patrick Stewart) after witnessing a murder. After capturing punk better than almost any other movie, director Jeremy Saulnier depicts the standoff with nerve-shredding intensity and flesh-shredding violence.
The Royals (Season 2)
Miss You Already
Patton Oswalt: Comedy Plus Tragedy Equals Time
Grantchester (Season 2)
It may have seemed like a bad idea: a spin-off Rocky film about Apollo Creed's son? And yet Creed not only worked, but is arguably the best of the series, thanks to Ryan Coogler's assured direction, Maryse Alberti's potent cinematography and Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Oscar-nominated Sylvester Stallones's strong performances....
Bad Religion and Against Me!’s show Wednesday night at St. Petersburg’s Jannus Live was a long time coming — three years, in fact.
The two punk bands were slated to tour together in 2013, including a stop at Tampa’s Ritz Ybor. Then Against Me! dropped out, saying they needed to work on securing a lineup and their long-in-the-works new record.
Though it was disappointing news at the time, it proved to be for the best, as that record turned out to be 2014’s career-revitalizing Transgender Dysphoria Blues. And now with a stable lineup in tow, the former Floridian punks joined the '80s Southern California legends in hopes of making it worth the wait....
It’s not the best film they’ve made so far, but Christopher Guest’s Mascots may be the best case for Netflix getting into the movie business.
The film, which is available on the streaming service Thursday, is a largely improvised mockumentary in the style of Guest’s previous films Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. (He was also heavily involved in the classic This is Spinal Tap, which Rob Reiner directed.)...
Ava DuVernay’s 13th was the first-ever documentary to be chosen as the opening film for the prestigious New York Film Festival, and watching it, it’s hard to question that decision.
The Selma director’s film (which is available to stream on Netflix Instant on Friday) derives its name from the 13th Amendment and its opening segment “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except in the punishment of a crime…” It makes the case that slavery was not abolished so much as replaced, in particular by the criminal justice system and mass incarceration....
Review: Prophets of Rage brings music of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre10/02/16 Blog
How do you make ahead-of-its-time music feel ahead of its time decades later?
That is the question surrounding Prophets of Rage on their inaugural tour, including their show Saturday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. The supergroup consists of Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Rage Against the Machine minus singer Zack de la Rocha, who’s occupied elsewhere with Run the Jewels guest spots and a supposedly soon-to-be-released solo album....
The big bounty for Amazon Prime in October comes early with a huge slew of movies being added on Oct. 1, including a number of horror movies in time for Halloween. The Lethal Weapon series, Pink Panther franchise and several Woody Allen films will also come to the streaming service this month. For a full list, read below:
Before Sunrise/Before Sunset
Richard Linklater's Before trilogy (which also includes 2013's Before Midnight) is one of the greatest on-screen romances, and Amazon Prime subscribers can now watch the first two installments. 1995's Before Sunrise introduces us to 20-somethings Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) as they meet in a chance encounter in Vienna, while 2004's Before Sunset follows the two as they meet again nearly a decade later in Paris.
The Blood Oranges
Bowling for Columbine
Candyman 3: Day of the Dead
If you're looking for something to take your mind off the various Florida water scandals, why not kick back and revisit this classic about corruption in the California water system? Roman Polanski's 1974 film follows private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), who is asked to investigate a husband's potential infidelity and finds himself embroiled in an increasingly complex case.
Curse of the Pink Panther
Dead Men Can't Dance
The Devil's Advocate
The Dogs of War
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
The Falcon and the Snowman
A Feast at Midnight
Korean director Bong Joon-Ho's film is the best monster movie of modern times, paying respect to the genre - including an incredible setpiece of the aquatic creature running amok - while creating its own identity. It's among a number of foreign genre films being added, including serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil, sci-fi film Timecrimes and vampire tale Let the Right One In (although regrettably, it's the English dubbed version of that last film being added.)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
I Am David
I Saw the Devil
Island in the Sky
The Last Waltz
Let the Right One In (English Dubbed)
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
Lost and Delirious
Love and Death
Married to the Mob
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
National Lampoon's Dirty Movie
National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2: College
National Lampoon Presents Cattle Call
Nick of Time
North Dallas Forty
Peter and the Wolf
The Pink Panther (1963)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Quigley Down Under
Revenge of the Pink Panther
A Shot in the Dark
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers
Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland
Son of the Pink Panther
The Stone Age
Stuart Saves His Family
Trail of the Pink Panther
Tucker & Dale vs Evil
Veteran action director Walter Hill's new film (Re)Assignment may have just premiered at Toronto International Film Festival to poor reviews, but he still has a pretty remarkable filmography, with this 1979 film remaining his most beloved. When a New York gang is mistakenly believed to have killed a leader, they must try to make it home to Coney Island while evading other street gangs seeking revenge.
American Horror Story (Season 5)
LEGO Jurassic World
The Dark Horse
Goliath (Season 1)
Louder Than Bombs
Norwegian director Joachim Trier's English-language debut sports an incredible cast including Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan and David Straitharn. The film follows the effects of the death of an acclaimed war photojournalist (Huppert) on her family, including her husband (Byrne) and sons (Eisenberg and Devin Druid.)
Shine a Light
A Brilliant Young Mind
Under the Gun
Bookaboo (Season 1)
Eye in the Sky
Good Girls Revolt (Season 1)
LEGO Scooby Doo...
Netflix has struggled to find the same success with its original movies as it has with its television series, but October may change that. The month sees the release of documentaries by acclaimed directors Ava DuVernay, Werner Herzog and Jonathan Demme, as well as Christopher Guest's first movie in a decade in Mascots and horror film I Am the Pretty That Lives in the House — all of which made have the film festival circuit. Several TV shows and movies will be added as well, though there are also notable departures including The Exorcist and the Back to the Future series. For a full list, read below:...
A new record store has opened up in Tampa, just one mile way from Microgroove.
Steelworker Records, located at 708 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, had its grand opening Sept. 3. And they've wasted no time setting up their next event, a release party for the vinyl version of the Twin Peaks soundtrack this Friday....
"We used to tour Florida like half the year," Baroness frontman John Baizley said midway through their set Wednesday at St. Pete's State Theatre. "I don't know why it's been so long."
Indeed, the Savannah metal act has been a scarce presence in the Sunshine State as of late, and Wednesday's show was apparently their first-ever in St. Pete. But then it's also been a turbulent couple of years for the group, including recovering from a serious bus crash in 2012....
Director Derek Cianfrance attempts to bring the emotional rawness of his previous films and influences to the melodrama genre with The Light Between Oceans, but he never quite pulls off the feat.
The filmmaker's debut, Blue Valentine, was a disintegrating relationship drama that worked thanks to Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams' wonderfully lived-in performances. He followed that with The Place Beyond the Pines, an ambitious if not entirely successful attempt to blend a gritty genre film with emotion, resulting in perhaps the only crime saga to end with Bon Iver....
Hamilton may not be any closer to reaching Tampa Bay, but one of its Tony-winning performers is coming to play an intimate show here.
Clipping (stylized as clipping.), the hip-hop group featuring Daveed Diggs, will be playing with Youth Code on Nov. 1 at the Local 662 in St. Pete. Tickets are $13; click here for details....