Fusebox Funk is unveiling their long awaited EP The Subterrestrials on July 1st. The band will be celebrating the release at the Ocean Club with guests Greenhouse Lounge. • Also on the 1st folk rock artist Ace Winn will be celebrating the release of his newest record, 3127, at European Street in San Marco. • Music fans might remember heading to a club on Edgewood Avenue called the Fat Kat way back in the 90s. Well, after many incarnations the nightclub is reopening on July 2nd under its most famous moniker. Entertainment for the opening night celebration will be provided by DJs but we expect live music bookings will come soon enough. • Conrad Oberg is currently on tour and is working on his first fully produced music video, but he’s making time in his busy schedule to play Jacksonville this month. On July 3rd the 16-year-old musical phenom will be at the Roc Bar (formerly Twisted Sisters) and will blow your mind with his guitar chops. This is the only show Oberg is doing in Jax this summer, so be there! • Pop punk quintet Eight Days will be releasing a new album this month. Their first LP, This Could Be About You, was recorded at True Tone Recording Studios and will have its official release party on July 3rd at Freebird Live. • Three area bands will be teaming up to do a benefit show for Hubbard House this month. On July 9th The Tell Tale Heart, Quiet Science and The First Week of August will all perform at the Murray Hill Theatre for this very worthy cause. Land Animals out of Gainesville will also play. • Also at the Murray Hill this month, progressive pop act Man Apart will be celebrating the release of their new EP Ghosts & Gravity. Come out to the Hill on the 10th and party with Man Apart plus This Armistice, Rapture Indeed, The Armory and I Anthem. • On the 16th John Earle will be at the Freebird in honor of his newest CD release. This is the second EP the hard-working artist has released this year. • Two CD release parties will be going down on July 23rd. Over at the Murray Hill Theatre Rejoice the Awakening will be having a party to commemorate their newest record with Second Thief, Corpus Christi, Divide the Sea, Convalesce and Judges. Then at the Pit Stomptown Kids will commemorate their new CD by opening for the Wonder Years. • Last but certainly not least, one of our newest local bands, Polygons, is unveiling their first release on July 31st. See them with What About Me and Whaleface at Freebird Live.
venue of the month
2 Independent Drive, Downtown
The Jacksonville Landing’s river-front stage is one of the few places on the First Coast where you can see live music for free each and every week. Over 300 events are held at the Landing each year, many of which are shows featuring local, national and international recording artists. Home to a wide variety of restaurants, including full-service eateries and a large food court, your choices for a meal before the night’s festivities are endless. Should you want to kill some time between sets, there are also plenty of shops to peruse including Nine West and the Toy Factory. Several full bars can be found in the courtyard and Downtown’s only package store, Happy landing, is just inside. For a complete list of shops, restaurants and events, visit the Landing’s website.
coming this month get outta town
Sometimes good bands don’t come to us, so we have to go to them! Here are a few road trip-worthy shows to check out this month:
July 3 & 4 Phish Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Alpharetta, GA
July 6 Peter Wolf Crier / Heartless Bastards The Masquerade (Atlanta, GA)
July 8 Rooney / Black Gold / The Young Veins Common Grounds (Gainesville, FL)
July 8 Interpol / Twin Tigers 40 Watt Club (Athens, GA)
July 11 Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros Trustees Theatre (Savannah, GA)
July 12 As I Lay Dying / Underoath / Blessthefall House of Blues (Orlando, FL)
July 24 Frankie Beverly / Maze Wild Adventures (Valdosta, GA)
July 25 Vans Warped Tour Firestone Amphitheatre (Orlando, FL)
July 28 Secondhand Serenade / White Tie Affair / Runner Runner The Social (Orlando, FL)
July 29 Dead Confederate / Deer Tick Crowbar (Tampa, FL)
July 30 & 31 Dave Matthew’s Band / Gov’t Mule Cruzan Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach, FL)
spotlight: wild life society
EU recently chatted with this month’s Spotlight band, Wild Life Society, about who they are, what inspires them and what’s next.
EU: First up, who is Wild Life Society?
Wild Life Society: Wild Life Society has actually turned out to be somewhat of a collaborative effort of quite a few people. Ultimately the foundation of WLS is Alex E (guitar, vox) and John Paul von Schlichten (drums) along with Dick Denmark-Patz (bass), Chris Brock (percussion) and Myzstroh (keyboards, vox).
EU: What are some of your major influences and where does your inspiration come from?
John Paul: WLS as a whole shares quite a vast influence when pinpointing musical tastes/influences. As far as my major influences are concerned; drummers such as Bonham, Josh Peroff (Broken Social Scene), and Jon Philip Theodore (The Mars Volta) are a few. I personally believe our inspiration comes from each other. We push each other with all of our own individual talent. In a nutshell — we assemble, spill our thoughts onto the floor, pick them up and mold them into Wild Life Society
Alex: Lyrically the concept in mind is to be covertly socially conscience, by using concepts of self-indulgence like romance and high hopes as analogies for the broader picture of the world our generation is set to inherit. I sing with Grace Slick and Tom Petty in mind, and overall harmony. Perseverance of the everyday struggle is the ultimate muse.
EU: Tell us about the album you just released and any upcoming shows.
WLS: We’ve released our five-song self titled EP which is available through Skinny Records. The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered within five months with help from recording expert Ryan Turk at ALR Warehouse Studios. All gear used in the recording of this EP was documented, some including a 70 year old vocal mic and a variety of amps to achieve the guitar tones, several vintage organs, along with a plethora of piano and synth tones. The drum kit was placed in a chamber room with 12 mics, three on the bass drum alone. We’ve already begun working on our full-length album scheduled to be released later this year with Ryan Turk on Skinny Records. We will be performing two shows with our good friends the Black Kids, July 15th at the Engine Room in Tallahassee and July 17th at Jack Rabbits.
Learn more about Wild Life Society and hear some of their tunes at www.myspace.com/wildlifesociety. -JACK DIABLO
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