March 17 – Circa Survive @ Underbelly
Circa Survive is somewhat of a Frankenstein of a rock band. The group is made up of members from former bands, such as This Day Forward, Saosin and Taken. That said, their music is expansive and dynamic, as the band members draw unique influences from each of their previous groups. Nearly every album Circa Survive has released was met with critical acclaim, including their most recent, Descensus, which was released in November. Post-hardcore band, Balance and Composure, will be an excellent opener for this show, and is just another reason not to miss this concert. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $18.
March 19 — Black Lips @ Jackrabbits
Garage rock group, Black Lips, formed in Atlanta back in 1999. Since their formation, controversy has surrounded the group, which I might add is well-warranted since the group has been known to do a number of strange things whilst performing, such as spitting, urinating and vomiting. While the group has calmed down a bit over the years, they are still best known for these antics. In recent years, Black Lips have spent more time focusing on their music and the results have proven to many that this band is not quite the one-trick pony that many thought they were. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Prepare for a little crazy.
March 22 — St. Augustine Record Fair @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
On Sunday, March 22, St. Augustine’s Record Fair will return, bigger and better than previous years, with projected attendance at over 1,000 people. ToneVendor, St. Augustine’s most well-known record store, is presenting the event that will host over 35 tables featuring thousands of new and used vinyl records, CDs, music memorabilia, collectibles, turntable supplies, posters and other unique music-related items. With over 20 dealers from across the Southeast, you would be a fool to miss this event. Gates open at noon and the fair will run until 6 p.m. Best part is that this event is free! Just make sure you bring enough money for an armload of records.
March 26 – Twin Shadow @ Freebird Live
Ok, so last time I did a preview for a Twin Shadow concert, it was cancelled by the time the magazine came out. Hopefully this one won’t end up that way. Twin Shadow, who originally started making his ‘80s-style music back in 2000 for films, has now recorded two albums (Forget and Confess) under the Twin Shadow name. He has seen quite a bit of success with his music, especially the smash hit, “Five Seconds,” a song that will rip you straight back into the 1980s. This will be Twin Shadow’s first performance in Jacksonville, though he was raised in Florida. Tickets are only $15 and the doors open at 8 p.m.
March 28 — Enter Shikari @ Underbelly
Enter Shikari is one of those bands who decided to do music a little differently. Back in 2003, the group formed in England and pioneered a new genre in the hardcore area dubbed, “electronicore.” This unique genre fuses together several elements from various genres, such as punk, metal, drum and bass, dubstep and other electronica. Enter Shikari has released several critically acclaimed albums, but have always had an extremely loyal fan base since their origins. Their live shows are just one reason for this, and if you’ve never seen them before, Underbelly will be a great hosting venue to check them out. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the tickets are about $16.
March 31 – Swans @ Jackrabbits
This experimental rock band was first formed all the way back in 1982, and after a 16-year run, lead singer and founder, Michael Gira, decided to break up the band to focus on other projects. It wasn’t until 2010, over a decade later, that Gira decided to reunite the popular group. Since reforming, the band has released two of the best albums in the last five years. Both The Seer and To Be Kind were ranked on Pitchfork’s “Top 100 Albums of the Decade So Far.” Doors open at 10 p.m. and the tickets will cost you about $20.