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local music news
Local hip-hop artist The IGive is releasing his new record Rhythm & Poetry on December 15th but fans can get a sneak peek on the 5th when he performs at Square One. Southern Fried Funk, Key of G, Monica Monet and Mr. Al Pete will also be there to show their support. . Also on the 5th, Christian hardcore band Words in Red will celebrate their album release at Freebird Live. Additionally performing are Gamorah, We Still Dream and Late Spring Donkey. . The area’s best bands have been facing off for months to see who will the “King of the Hill” and this month we’ll find out just that. The King of the Hill finale goes down on December 12th at the Murray Hill Theatre. So far the bands scheduled to perform at this grand event are Coming This Fall and Loveloud, with two more joining their ranks soon. Be there to show your support. . On December 18th Yulee boys Shotgun Harbor will hold a CD release party at Freebird Live with Doubting Benefit and The Armory. . Finally, two more locals will give the city late Christmas presents when they have their album release parties on the 26th. Melodic punk band Whaleface will hold their party at Jack Rabbits while indie folk songstress Katie Grace Helow takes to the Sinclair’s stage.
venue of the month
freebird live
(904) 246-BIRD 200 1st St. N., Jacksonville Beach
Owned by Judy Van Zant, Ronnie Van Zant’s widow, and named after Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most beloved song, Freebird Live is a mid-sized venue that brings a variety of big-name and on-the-cusp acts to the First Coast. Once upon a time, Freebird served food, but these days the only thing on the menu is great live music. The two-story building offers fans the opportunity to see bands at the foot of the stage or get a great view of the entire show from the second-floor balcony. Also upstairs, a wrap-around porch gives concert-goers a great place to sneak away for a chat or a smoke between sets. Two floors means two full bars with a decent selection of beer, wine and spirits. For more info and a complete list of bands performing at Freebird Live, visit their website.

coming this month:
December 4 Our Lady Peace
December 6 Sevendust / Marion Crane
December 12 Toubab Krewe / Greenhouse Lounge
December 19 Not Even Radio / American Attitude / The Riff Raff
December 31 JJ Grey & Mofro / Matt Grondin / Snarky Puppy

on the road
December 1 David Guetta The Roxy (Orlando, FL)
December 4 The Airborne Toxic Event The Walt Disney Concert Hall (Orlando, FL)
December 4 The Whigs / Mean Creek The Variety Playhouse (Atlanta, GA)
December 8 Person L / John Nolan / Brian Bonz The Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)
December 9 Saosin / Innerpartysystem / EyeAlaska State Theatre (Tampa, FL)
December 10 Orla Fallon / Jim Brickman Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater, FL)
December 11 Kelly Clarkson / Parachute Pensacola Civic Center (Pensacola, FL)
December 12 Less than Jake / Cage / The Swellers Revolution (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
December 18 Dashboard Confessional / New Found Glory / Single File The Tabernacle (Atlanta, GA)

band spotlight
The 2416
When some bands get together they choose a genre and stick to it. Others stay in a near constant state of flux, constantly evolving as they hone their skills and mesh as artists. This month’s spotlight falls on the 2416, a band that belongs to the latter group of musicians.
This band began in 2006 as a two-piece featuring Drew on upright bass and Trent on guitar. Originally performing under the moniker of Dead Man’s Waltz, they eventually acquired a drummer, a stand-up drummer no less and traded the upright bass for a distorted electric one. Dead Man’s Waltz (or D.M. Waltz as many flyers advertised) were among the initial lineup of Infintesmal Records’ bands, a relationship that has benefited both parties. “Infintesmal Records is a family,” says Trent. “We all look out for each other and we’re all here to have a good time.”
Recently, the band has been experimenting with a slightly different sound and include Motorhead, Sleep and the Melvins among their influences. “Things have been getting heavier and just a little bit more crazy,” Trent explains. As a result of the shift they also changed their name. “We feel like we’ve come a long way since we first started playing as Dead Man’s Waltz, and as the music changed and progressed it was only natural that it was time for a new name to go with this new sound.”
The 2416 currently have a full-length album entitled The Great Indoors released through Infintesmal and are set to release their follow-up Boltcutter and record yet another in the near future. Two tracks from Boltcutter can be heard on The Real Better Jacksonville Plan Vol. 3 compilation also via Infintesmal records.
Check out their myspace page ( for upcoming show dates and look for them at the January Infintesmal BBQ. Jack Diablo

december album releases
December 1
The Bravery Stir the Blood
Deer Tick More Fuel for the Fire
Juvenile Cocky and Confident
R. Kelly Untitled

December 8
Snoop Dogg Malice N Wonderland
30 Seconds to Mars This Is War
Jimmy Buffett Buffet Hotel

December 15
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Lil Wayne Rebirth
Shiny Toy Guns Girls Le Disko

December 22
Mary J. Blige Stronger
Mudvayne Mudvayne

December 29
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