Live music radar: Mustard Plug at Crowbar, People's Blues of Richmond redux at The Hub

Posted by Leilani Polk on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM

A few tasty highlights in live music tonight.

Mustard Plug
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  • Mustard Plug
Ska-punk forebearers Mustard Plug hits town behind seventh studio album, Can't Contain It, its first single "White Noise" mixing punk-crunchy distorted guitars, ska tooting horns, sampled radio transmissions, bouncy-fast rhythms and over it all, gruff braying vocals yelling, “You got nothing left to tell me, you got nothing left to tell, you’ve got nothing left to sell me, white noise ringing in my ear!”

Can't Contain It dropped last week and marks Mustard Plug's first LP of new material in seven years, as well as their debut on Florida’s own No Idea Records; in official statement, vocalist Dave Kirchgessner claimed “This album is strong evolution in our sound and our art while still staying true to the goal of playing party music for punk rockers.” Mustard Plug raised $25k to fund its recording via KickStarter.com; among the goodies offered in exchange for pledges was a song written and recorded by the band on the topic of his or her choice. Akultura, The Apes and Victims Of Circumstance warm the stage. Facebook event page here. 7 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $12, all ages.

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  • People's Blues of Richmond
Yes, I featured People's Blues of Richmond on Sunday, for their performance at New World Brewery. But I saw them that night and whew, did they set the place on fire. I've likened them to a cross between The Black Keys and Black Sabbath with a healthy dose of Led Zepplin cock strut appeal, their dark and heavy rock n' roll dosed in psychedelia and driven by the metal shredded guitar and bluesy riffage of frontman Tim Beavers (whose vocals are of the hoarse talk-sung variety), the muscular funky grooves of bassist Matthew Volkes, and the ridiculous (jazz-trained?) kit-pummeling and tempo-changing of drummer Nekoro Williams. Their set drew heavily from latest album, 2013's Good Time Suicide, but they also threw in a howling cover of Dr. Dog's "Die Die Die" — it's always nice when indie rock bands cover other indie rock bands. Facebook event page here. 10 p.m., The Hub, downtown Tampa, free admission.

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