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Local Beats: The Crystal Chicks, Aaron Omen, and more

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LIGHT/DARK

Welcome two diametrically opposite groups to the SRQ scene ...

"Faerie" Elaine Silver

On the light side, Sarasota chanteuse/guitarist “Faerie” Elaine Silver  has partnered with Winter Park artist and “sound alchemist” Kate "Beloved" Levehnson to become The Crystal Chicks.

The spiritually uplifting duet, which harmonizes vocally and with crystal singing bowls, had its inaugural showing in Orlando this week, but Silver said they’ll schedule dates in this locale following a couple shows in Asheville, North Carolina, later this month.

On the dark side, Aaron Omen has relocated his twisted version of horror punk to Bradenton (which he laughingly dubs the “devil’s toilet” on his MySpace page). While on that site, check out four cuts from his 2010 “Beyond Villanous” debut disc — on which he played all the instruments and sang.

Stay tuned for updates ….

MUSICIAN CALL

Sarasota trio The Heart Machine seeks to become a fivesome: the indie rockers are auditioning for a lead guitarist and keyboard player. Interested parties should scrutinize THM’s samples (at the above line) then email originator Michael Miller michaelmiller.theheartmachine@gmail.com for deets.

CDs, BABY

A spate of recent releases continues with several more. To wit:

• Bradenton singer-songwriter Bill Vinhage (ex of Voodoo Court) has a new 10-song disc out entitled “Time Machine.” The sometimes-jazzy, Americana-esque album is available at his website (above) and soon to be on iTunes and CDBaby, as well as at his live gigs, like the one noon Saturday (10/8) at the Fruitville Groves (7410 Fruitville Rd., 377-6766) Pumpkin Festival in Sarasota.

• So-called “psychedelic dirt rock”-ers Another Roadside Attraction, (with WSLR 96.5 FM DJ Mark Zampella), debuts its “Deluxe & Delightful,” out now on CDBaby. It’s also flashing a four-gigabyte “flash drive” version (that includes videos and lyrics, among other goodies) available at performances (for instance, 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Growler’s Pub in Sarasota) for $12.

• Sarasota’s James Cademan (aka Jim Richards) put out five songs of what he calls "contemporary folk" on the EP “Unplugged and Away,” in May. It’s available at shows, and eventually, at BestBuy.com (currently on back order). Interestingly, he just performed at the Sarasota Best Buy....

• Although it’s still recording, Sarasota’s *Johnny Black and The Nails have released the first four songs of upcoming disc, “It's Etched on my Bones and Tattooed on my Soul.” Eavesdrop on its edgy cow-punk “outlaw folk” via ReverbNation.

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Last modified: October 4, 2011
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