The South Florida poetry scene has changed quite a bit since spoken word/musical duo the Weeds last took to the stage. After a six-year break, poet Adam Matza and percussionist Jimmy Seidel are back with a new CD and a heap of newfound inspiration.
Matza initially called it a day in late 1997. But with the recent release of their CD In Between Stations, the Weeds are definitely back in the game. "Basically, the reason I write poetry is to connect with people," Matza says. "It had stopped being about that and more about ego. It was much less entertaining for me -- and probably the audience too."
Whereas a lot of contemporary poets -- especially of the slam variety -- focus on specific social issues to which not everyone can relate, Matza wants to express a unifying human element to connect with the entire audience.
"The main theme I've been working on is transition," Matza notes. "I'm not one of those writers who writes about whatever the hot-button issue is of the day. I try to write about what other people can understand. I try somehow to connect. In the last few months, the concept of transition has become really important to me."
Complementing Matza's poetry is Seidel's drumming, which infuses jazz, funk, and hand percussion. For the CD, Seidel employed a HandSonic percussion pad to fit in with the overall digital feel of the songs. "I've always been a fan of hip-hop music," Seidel explains. "I also tried very hard to include unique sounds and avant-garde things. A lot of it is soundscapes. I try to work with dynamics through addition and subtraction, volume, layering things, and dropping things out."
Check out the Weeds in action at Dada, 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, as part of Dada's poetry-slam night. Show begins at 10 p.m. Call 561-330-3232. -- Jason Budjinski
OK, OK. We all know Andrew WK likes to party real, real hard. But what often goes missing among all the chicanery and beer swilling is the subtlety and nuance of WK's message throughout many of his finest tunes.
Ho ho! Just kidding. Andrew WK wouldn't know subtlety and nuance if the pair of abstract nouns crawled out from the earth beneath his feet and beat his nose with bricks until it gushed blood. That doesn't say much, but it does go a long way toward explaining the cover of Andrew WK's breakout 2001 album, I Get Wet, which featured instant classics such as "It's Time to Party," "Party Hard," and "Party Till You Puke."
Pity that he cashed in all that thrashy fun with his latest album, Wolf, which hit shelves September 9 and includes a (gasp!) piano ballad. One can only hope Andrew WK's intentions behind the ballad are as tongue-in-cheek as any other song the man puts out. And in retrospect, it probably is. See how serious he really is when Andrew WK performs at Ovation (3637 S. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach). Tickets cost $12. Call 561-740-7076. -- Dan Sweeney
Like a bad horror-movie villain, they just won't die
Wait, hasn't Kiss already had two farewell tours? Didn't Aerosmith in 1980? Heck, put both of these bands together and the combined years actually predate the birth of rock 'n' roll. Then again, if a band has weathered the rock world, with all of its fads and summertime fans, for decades, it must be doing something right. And Kiss has survived an awful long time. While Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, and the boys have done it through the carnival atmosphere of their image and live shows, it's a bit more difficult to explain away Aerosmith. The band's early tunes sound like just about everything else to come down the wire in the 1970s but less interesting. And yet out of a decade rife with metal and hard rock greats -- Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, the New York Dolls, ad infinitum -- Aerosmith has outlived nearly all of them. Well, except Kiss. Check out both bands at Sound Advice Amphitheatre (601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach) at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $45 to $135. Call 561-793-0445. -- Dan Sweeney
"Our name is a term ripped straight out of the pages of Glamour," explains lead singer Tony Jacobson of his band Fashionista. Although that term is a relatively new one, the band indeed takes its cue largely from the glam-saturated '70s. "Yeah, we take a lot from Bowie and Roxy Music," Jacobson says. "But we also have songs with dub bass lines, like some of the stuff Lee Perry did in the '60s, and we all grew up in the '80s, so Duran Duran and Depeche Mode figure in as well." Fashionista formed from the ashes of guitarist Howard Melnick's gothic-industrial project and Jacobson's shoegazer band Capsella. Rounding out the lineup are Mig on bass, George Borghi on keyboards, and Dylan Milhem on drums. "None of us think Fashionista belongs in any particular subgenre," Jacobson says of their lascivious genre-hopping. "We strive to make people dance to songs about suicide and drug addiction." And there's no place more appropriate to check out Fashionista singing about drug addictions than I/O (30 NE 14th St., Miami). Show starts at 10 p.m. Call 305-358-8007 -- Audra Schroeder