Memphibians bring their mesh of pop, rock to Mars Pub


Jacksonville’s Memphibians bring their lo-fi pop-rock sound to Mars Pub and Arcade in Gainesville on Friday.

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Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6:34 p.m.

Jacksonville’s post-junk rock quartet, Memphibians, has just the right amount of pop and rock, leaning heavier on the rock side of things. The group’s last record, “The Dirty Future EP,” is about as lo-fi as you can get without sounding like noise being driven through a tin can. But they embrace it rather than try to mask it, and the songs are better for it. Speaking of the music, it’s a nice mesh of The Clash’s penchant for all things spooky with a Modern Lovers’ structure and a Tom Waits-esque vocal style. Memphibians are definitely worth your undivided attention.

You can give them the ego boost most musicians need during an out-of-town performance by heading down Friday to Mars Pub and Arcade and cheering them on. And don’t forget to get there on time to see local alt-rockers Ancient River and RadRadRiot, from Little Rock, Ark., starting at 5 p.m. Friday.

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Also Friday, High Dive hosts an all-local, hip-hop showcase featuring this town’s best hip-hoppin’ talent such as Marley The Messenger & DJ Robzilla, Funks Inc, Clif W.E.R.D., False Flag and Dirty McHiven, to name just a few. It all starts at 9 p.m.

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Venice punk-legends No Fraud performs with local punk sensations Post Teens, Rose Cross and Loose Bearings on Friday at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

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WGOT, 94.7 FM, hosts a Summer Bash Benefit with local acts M-S-N-R-A, Evolution Trio and Psychedelic Sunburn on Friday at Loosey’s, starting at 9:30 p.m.

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Local reggae-rock steady up-and-comers Irie Ones performs with St. Petersburg natives and happy rockers Mighty Mongo, Jacksonville’s Prime Trees and ska-rockers UNRB on Saturday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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Party man-child Andrew W.K. performs with Sunshine State (a spinoff of Against Me!), DJ Drew Love and local rockers Young Hookers on Tuesday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

Contact Sun music columnist Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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