Category Archives: Features

Meet Swamp Records’s Newest Flagship Artist: Gritt

“Chances are you’ll go far if you get in with the right bunch of fellows.” These are the lyrics from Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Taking Care of Business” that Max Rowe of local Gainesville group Gritt believes best describes the band. The drummer, along with front man Gytis Garsys, lead guitarist Ian Heausler, and bassist Jon Franklin…
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Classic Album Review: Combat Rock by The Clash

During my freshman year of college I made many attempts to form a rock band. In one of my attempts I met a bassist who lived right in my building just a couple of floors down. Unfortunately, we never ended up forming a band but he did introduce me to what is now one of…
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Guest Column: Volunteering at Fest 15

  If you live in Gainesville and haven’t heard of Fest then it’s likely you haven’t been downtown during Halloween weekend. Punks from all walks of life and all corners of the world take over the city to participate in the largest annual DIY punk-rock festival. With a brag sheet of headliners like Less Than…
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A Prayer for Rain and Shade: The Forum’s “Rain/Shade” EP Review

The Forum, an alternative/indie rock group based out of Gainesville, Florida, makes its debut with a prayer for rain and shade. “Rain/Shade” is the group’s first EP, and it delivers a melancholic but nonetheless tense, seductive set of songs. Michael Higgins, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist; Nick Wheeler, lead guitarist; Jacob Farrell, bassist; Alex Klausner,…
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No Tricks, Only Treats: Suwannee Hulaween

One of the things we pride ourselves on here at The Florida Basement, dear reader, is our focus on locality. Every single one of our staff members has been affiliated with the University of Florida here in Gainesville in some capacity or another. All of us have lived here in Gainesville at some point in…
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Review: Freetown Sound x Blood Orange

Freetown Sound is a diary, a scatter of thoughts from artist Dev Hynes about living life in the cultural margins of society: to be black, to be queer, to be unloved or feared without good reason. The album is, according to Hynes, one “for the under-appreciated” and somber synths and yearning saxophone runs confirm that…
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On The Come Up: Drenge

Grunge and punk have had incredible grip on music for decades. Each year there is a slew of new bands trying to break out just like bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden did in the '90s. One promising band to rise out of all these new rock bands is Drenge. This two-piece alternative band is…
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Stream Wars: A New Challenger Appears

Amazon has been rolling out some fresh features lately. I have been taking full advantage of Prime Reading, which unleashes a cornucopia of classic and more modern titles, plus self-help materials, for your unending pleasure. But books are hardly the focus here at *boom* *pow* *fourth wall* The Florida Basement. Recently we’ve seen a far…
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On Gator Growl: An Artist Analysis

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the end for homecoming week here at UF. Ceremoniously, Gator Growl will be Friday night, before the football team takes on Mizzou. Since becoming an annual, student-run event in 1932, Gator Growl always brings great music, delicious food, and enough good vibes to go around. Gator Growl is famous for…
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How Can You Tell a Good Drummer From A Bad One?

One night as I lay in bed asking myself random questions, I asked, how can you tell if somebody is a good drummer? Eager to find out, I reached out for my phone and opened up YouTube. Immediately, I noticed a video with over a million views titled "How can you tell a good drummer…
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