Lucid Fly On The Windscreen

Lucid_fly_coverartFlorida Music Festival Preview

FMF2006 is steamrollin' this way and the Orange County Sherrifs are already setting their tasers for "stun."  Scheduled to perform is Lucid Fly, a female-fronted rock quartet.  Their website has some updates about most recent album Adapting To Gravity as well as the inclusion of one track in an upcoming indie film. Known for rotating line-ups frequently over the past few years but always anchored in the core of frontwoman Nikki Layne and guitarist Doug Mecca, Lucid Fly currently features Justin Thalgott on bass and Derrick Haggerty behind the drum kit.  I'll be catching this version of the band for the first time probably with many of you at FMF2006.  Their time is due - it's possible that LF could knock one out of the park at their showcase this year.

Have Throat, Will Bellow

DaddysingbassThere are more than a few bands around town beginning to add double-digits to their span of existence and psycho-rockers Gargamel! are trolling the deep black waters of their first decade as a collective "booey machine."  Since back in the day when they were still donning skyjacks for rocked-out horror-show antics, the band has remained one of the most inventive and technically commanding acts in the state of Florida, let alone here in the bellybutton that is Orlando (What does that make those of us who live here? Lint?)

Shades of Zappa and Perry Farrell with a bit of Danny Elfman peeking through the keyholes, all subject to change and guided by the  über-dynamic vocals of Mandaddy.  They're a "rock and/or roll band" with a house gig in a hell populated by anime lesbians.  With their latest release, The New Tenderness, the band took another whack at a track that was featured on their debut release Revulva back in the day; 1997.  In the Ee-BeJAY - "Little Milk Belly (Upgrade)" 

Longtime drummer John Weber, better known as Webb, departed the band last year upon moving to the west coast.  Keyboardist Servobeonic Man told me in an e-mail that they were auditioning people; no word yet on whether they've gotten a permanent player, but by wading through the sea of body parts at their website, one can find gig information and news plus, of course, Garga-swag.

Gargamel! - Little Milk Betty

Another Good Friday

Natura Coffee & Tea now has a second location, it's part of the whole Digital Media Arts Center corner of fun in downtown Orlando, one of your last dying gasps of independent fresh air in this town.

AmyTonight, there's a late-night musical double-whammy in the pairing of Amy Steinberg and Holly Riggs.  Those in the poetry circles will know both of them while those in the music circles are either very familiar or haven't had the pleasure of making either acquaintance.  Steinberg is, in her own words, "a one-woman party", a non-stop mixture of pop and modern burlesque with a spiritual flava and a hip-hop heart.  Though she's mostly known for her acrobatic and emotive voice combined with soulful and dramatic piano riffing, in recent shows it's been just the singer/songwriter and her guitar, still holding audiences in thrall and leaving them aching with fresh questions and the kind of smiling that makes your cheeks hurt after awhile.  Sister is good.  If you haven't seen her.  Do.

Ms. Riggs is a really delightful addition to the bill.   Her MySpace page has some examples of her spoken word.  She's also got the beats and the rhymes to make you take a step back and examine. Good for the heart and for the soul - according to Amy's MySpace site, the show begins at 10 pm.  If you go, you're in for a treat!

Cross-Town Concerts

Hrl1Part One: To Universal, With Love

The Orange Blossom Blues Society sponsored an evening of blues at Hard Rock Live-Universal Citywalk, which is kinda ironic considering that the actual House of Blues at Downtown Disney has pretty much relegated the blues to the restaurant.  Sent to the kitchen, indeed.

The crowd was respectful for a local event featuring Roadblock, Three Fork's Road, Brutha Neil And the Real Deal, and Joe "Survival" Caruso and Hot Band.   I missed Roadblock, and couldn't stay for Three Fork's Road, but did talk with Dave "Tin Man" Tinny, who plays drums and was a former member of Vonray.

He laid a CD on me to play on the AFI Radio podcast so that'll have to do for now, right?  Caruso was up second, and is formerly of New Orleans.  His guitar stylings were therefore stinging-wicked and fiery - what an ax-slinger.  Even if he did remind me a little of Boss Hogg from "The Dukes of Hazzard."  Neil and the Deal were good, if not somewhat challenged by the act that they had to follow, they brought it in their own right as the slightly quicker charging of time led me out of those doors and streaking down I-4 towards downtown in time to catch Berman.

Part Two:  Rock Shows Rock

The first three bands, Ariya,One Perfect Minute and Lucid Fly had all played already; Berman was setting up as I walked in, so that vibe that you have to employ in order to dash from club to club to catch certain bands was working shake-time mojo on me.  When the band finally hit the stage after a minor delay during sound system adjustments (at least there were no ear-piercing shards of feedback like you get at some shows), they went right to it and demonstrated why they are known as a band to see live.  Killer stage energy, tasty musicianship, well-written and performed songs that walk a razor sharp line between hard edged rock and modern pop.  They aren't afraid to use hooks and their signature alternating layers of sound would've been over-the-top hypnotic if the whole mix didn't sound sort of like aural oatmeal; despite a much-touted new sound system at the Backbooth - alas, it was a tough go Friday night.

I shot some video with the guys from Berman and Doug and Nikki from Lucid Fly but I'm not sure what we'll do with them yet.  There have been rumblings around the office about something involving video here at OCB, but I ain't sayin' until they're sayin', know what I'm sayin'?  Na-MEAN?

Cryin' for mercy...

EarbudnunezLinda Nuñez brings chic to chick rock, mixing it up in a dynamic style that incorporates elements of latin fire into the hammer-down rock as well as flaunting a flair for sweetly sensitive and lyrical balladry.  Girlfriend's got a set of pipes that'll knock ya down; she knows how to belt 'em.

Linda's website offers up some backstory, but to really know and appreciate this particular artist, you have to see her live in concert.

Engaging, confidential and with a slick sense of humor, Linda always seems to get a natural rapport going with her audiences.  While the music is flowing, she is pure energy; dancing, moving, grooving, playing off of the band.  Never a dull moment.

The band, Nuñez, serves as a powerful and effective support for this music with guitarist Chuck Dorris standing out as MVP of sizzle when it comes to rock 'n' roll pyro. 

In our Ear Bud Jukebox is the title track from the new album Cry Mercy.

Linda Nuñez - Cry Mercy

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Soorya Arsala, Orlando CityBeat's local CD reviewer.