Live at High Dive: Gritt and Stop Light Observations

Saturday night at the High Dive, audiences danced to the sound of local Gainesville band, Gritt, and Stop Light Observations, a band from Charleston, South Carolina.

Although the venue was not packed, those who attended were nothing short but energetic. Many danced as though they were at a dance club instead of a rock concert.

Gritt performed first. They were critically received by the audience.

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Most of the songs the band performed were originals. They did, however, performed covers of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.”

Much of their original music had an edge of country with a sprinkle of rock-n-roll anger.

After taking a moment to set up, Stop Light Observations went after.

With a service dog playing on the middle of the stage, the band went on to play original songs with southern influences.

Though, unlike Gritt, the band held a more soft, folksy sound instead of the strong southern rock that boarder lined on country music. Though they do have one song titled “Leroy” allows listeners to rock out to the strums of a banjo.

The band also performed covers of Radiohead’s “Creep” and M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes.”

The night was well and everyone at the venue enjoyed themselves.

Both the Stop Light Observations and Gritt can be found on Spotify. They are also available to listen on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/grittunes and https://soundcloud.com/stoplightobservations.

They are also available for purchase on ITunes.

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Hearing records at Hear Again Records

As a person who needs to listen to music 24/7 and has a growing collection of vinyl records, finding out whether there was a record store in Gainesville was one the most important things to me.

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Hear Again Records is a cute record store in Downtown Gainesville right next to The Hippodrome State Theater and Starbucks.

The moment I entered, the store immediately won me over. With the vast amount of vinyls and posters that decorated the entire place. There are new vinyls and old ones, there is even a bin with vinyl that cost only a dollar. Hear Again Records also sells CDs and movies. If you are a big fan of the store, there are even T-shirts with the store’s logo that are only $15.

During my first visit to the store, I purchased a David Bowie poster (the cover of his album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) to decorate my dorm. My second visit there, I purchased Big Star’s #1 Record (which features my favorite song, “Thirteen.” I highly recommend giving it a listening to). I did not purchase anything during my third visit, but I am determined to get the new album from Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions (a band formed by Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and My Bloody Valentine’s Colm O Ciosoig), Until The Hunter.

The staff at Hear Again Records are very friendly. I had a nice conversation about the band, Alvvays (pronounced “always”), with a staff member during my third visit. I also received their approval when I purchased #1 Record.

The store is also a participant of Record Store Day, which is a day that celebrates the culture of independent record stores. It’s always held in April on a Saturday.

You can follow Hear Again Records on Instagram @hearagain. You can also “like” their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hearagainrecords. The store also has a website, which you can find here.

They truly are The All-American Rejects

Last Friday on Nov. 4, pop-rock band The All-American Rejects came down to UF to play at Flavet Field.

The concert was free and part of the “Rock The Vote” show, with electronic rock band Magic Men as their opener.

Many students arrived to the event, excited to get very nostalgic while listening to the band play past hits such as “Dirty Little Secret”, “Move Along”, “It Ends Tonight”, and “Gives You Hell.”

The band did not disappoint in that aspect. They also performed their new song, “DGAF,” which Tyson Ritter, lead singer of the band, said was inspired by this year’s presidential election.

Although The All-American Rejects were popular during the early 2000s, with songs perfect for every basic teen movie taking place in a high school, it would have been better for everyone if they stayed there.

Our younger selves may have appreciated The All-American Rejects’ lyrics, but our older selves are now mature enough to realize how basic and awful they actually are. Everything was just a flashback to middle school, a time no one should ever be forced to relive.

Even their newest song lacks substance. With the repeated line of, “We don’t give a f***,” one could easily tell that this band is trying so hard to stay relevant.

It will take some time of listening to better, mature music in order to fully recover from the concert.

Doing the time warp at the Hippodrome State Theater

The Hippodrome State Theater, 25 S.E.  2 place,  screened The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the second time on Oct. 23.

The event was interactive as audiences were given prop bags to be used while watching the film. The prop bag contained objects such as bubbles, a party hat, confetti, a newspaper, a rubber glove, noisemakers, toilet paper, a bell and cards.

The prop bag also included instructions of when to use the props during the movie. For example, in the opening scene of the wedding just before the musical number “Dammit, Janet”, audiences have to blow bubbles.

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Before the film began, a woman dressed as the character Dr. Frank-N-Furter called up members of the audience that have either never seen the film before or never seen it live in the theater(traditionally called virgins) to the stage.

Audiences used props while watching the film. Some audiences did call outs, which is also traditional during screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In scenes where either Brad or Janet introduced themselves, audiences would yell out “asshole” or “slut.” There is also the famous scene during the musical number “Sweet Transvestite” where Dr. Frank-N-Furter says, “I see you shiver with antici…pation.” During that scene, audiences yell out, “Just say it.”

Audiences also danced along to “Time Warp.”

Sarah Kunkler, Cinema Director, said this is their third year of screening The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The theater used to show the play with actors playing the characters, though they are only allowed one Halloween show for each year and showing the film allows flexibility.

Kunkler said that many people come out to watch the film, even those who were students from 1975.

“Many people love the movie,” Kunkler said.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic film directed by Jim Sharman based on Richard O’Brien’s 1973 musical. The film stars Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania; Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss, the heroine; Barry Bostwick as Brad Majors, the hero; Patricia Quinn as Magenta, a domestic; Nell Campbell as Columbia, a groupie; and Richard O’Brien himself as Riff Raff, a handyman. The film is also features musician Meat Loaf as Eddie, an ex-delivery boy.

The Hippodrome State Theater will have their last two shows this weekend on Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m. Both shows are sold out.

About This Blog

Gainesville High Fidelity is a blog dedicated to covering all the places and events in that involves music. There will be concert reviews and profiles on cool places.

This blog is run by a journalism student at the University of Florida.

There will be a new post once s week.

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The photo above was taken during The Cure’s second concert at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami, Fl on July 27, 2016