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Local Beats: Amazon Woman, Crushing Myrna, etc.

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Amazon Woman

Starting up in the Sarasota music scene during the summer of 2010, soul/surf rockers Amazon Woman blazed its way onto many folks’ playlists as well as numerous Suncoast lineups (i.e., in April, the Noise Ordinance II performance/CD inclusion, and the Sons of Hippies CD release show last month, among them).

Alas, with drummer Bill Kingdon busy writing a thesis and guitarist Graham Clark (an AM originator along with Mike Harvey) moving to California, the band has decided to, well, disband.

According to Harvey, he and bassist Ross Berlin are working on new material, but with The Send Offs’ Ben Thurmond, for an as-yet-unnamed project.

So, if you haven’t seen AW before, hit up its last-ever show 8 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 7) at Growlers Pub in Sarasota (487-7373).

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Watch out for cover band Crushing Myrna to make its originals debut. The Ellenton/Bradenton three-piece has finished recording its first CD of original pieces at Junkyard Studios and plan a March release.

SHOWING

On Nov. 26, Port Charlotte’s post-metallists Re-Birth released a second tune from its forthcoming album in video form (the first was “Twisted Dreams”). Filmed in horror-flick-meets-Alice-Cooper form, “Lost” was created by Dope/Team Cybergeist drummer Angel Bartolotta.

Worldly rockers Didges Christ SuperDrum (Jeremy Lembo and Shawn Bowen of World Collision) show how hand drums and didgeridoo can transcend tribal roots into a more rock-infused format in its “Finding our Way Back OM” short, released Dec. 18.

Venice’s death-metal-flavored As Bridges Burn put out the vid, “Diary of John McClane” (the main character in the “Die Hard” movies) on Dec. 19, from its May release “Sever the Ties.”

Interestingly, the band has its own YouTube channel where it posts not only live performances, but also what it calls “ABB TV” episodes surrounding the antics at those concerts, too.

FLOWING

For one’s listening pleasure, hit up Port Charlotte’s Dreaded Affliction (metal), Bradenton’s pop-punkish A Gentleman Army and Sarasota rapster Xavier Soto’s Facebook sites for new sounds. Namely, DA’s “Dragon Ball Z”-based “Seven” (plus two other songs), along with “Chicago Tomorrow Hell Tonight” from AGA and Soto’s engrossing “Dear Alicia.”

GROWING

With new songs written, Sarasota’s self-dubbed “indie/synth/electro-rock-pop” dance-o-rama aka MeterEYES seeks someone to rock a synthesizer (a synthesizerist?) for upcoming out-of-town gigs and a summer tour. Hit up frontwoman Shannon Fortner at shai@meteoreyes.us.

GOING

North Port’s Forged in Gore has relocated to Ohio. That’s where the members originated and have moved to be with family.

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