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This week in Tampa: All Star Rock Tour, Primus, The Monkees, Car Bomb Driver and more


Matt and Kim (pictured)
With The Thermals, DJ Autobot (of Flosstradamus)
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2664.

Up there with wrinkly babies and kittens that play piano, Brooklyn’s Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are impossibly adorable.  With unchecked enthusiasm, the dancing drum-and-keyboard couple delivers DIY pop-rock songs about cutting your pants into shorts and throwing your shoes in the ocean (Daylight).  It’s equal parts sugar, sweat and smiles (quite possibly balloons, too), and it could do more for your mental state than Paxil.  See these two exuberant young artists now before they become Crest Whitestrips spokespeople.

All Star Rock Tour
Featuring Orleans, Joe Lynn Turner, John Cafferty, John Ford Coley, Robbie Dupree
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First Street South, St. Petersburg. $28-$38. (727) 892-5767.

There’s an endearing term some folks (bloggers, music critics, Jimmy Fallon) use to describe the soft, polished rock that came out of the mid '70s and early '80s.  They call it “Yacht Rock” because the genre’s smooth, mellow tones have a tendency to conjure up champagne-sipping and lamb-shank-braising on luxury yachts.  Orleans (Still the One), John Ford Coley (I’d Really Love to See You Tonight) and Robbie Dupree (Steal Away) are among the hit-makers performing.  So grab your bubbly, El Capitan, and rock (smoothly) on.

TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29.50-$39.50. (727) 791-7400.

Take the weird, progressive ways of Captain Beefheart, add the slap-bass funkiness of early Red Hot Chili Peppers, dab with some big brown beaver humor, and bring to boil to form Primus, the Cali band behind some of the most perverse and intricate tunes known to man.  Green Naugahyde, written and recorded at Les Claypool’s Rancho Relaxo (named for an episode of The Simpsons), is the group’s first release since 99’s Antipop.  On a side note, “The Rapture” had been predicted to coincide with the Primus set time at Alabama’s massive Hangout Fest nearly two weeks ago.  And as expected, the group played as if the world were about to end.  I wouldn’t expect anything less at this show either.

The Monkees
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$103.   (727) 791-7400.

Hey hey, it’s three out of four Monkees and people say they’re monkeying around again.  Forty-five years after their television breakout, and 10 years after their last tour together, original Monkees Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork return to the stage.  When you think about all of music’s manufactured pop groups - The Monkees formed after an ad in a Hollywood newspaper called for four well-groomed and “safe”, mop-top, pin-ups for a comedy show — The Monkees remain one of the most beloved.  (No disrespect, Spice Girls, NSYNC and Milli Vanilli.)  Saturday, take a stroll down memory lane and become a believer once more.

Car Bomb Driver
With The Spears, Dead Cat Lounge
SATURDAY 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5.
After an extended hiatus, St. Petersburg’s 15-year punk veterans Car Bomb Driver are back on the scene.  Their commitment to short but raucous punk about the blahs of teenage suburban life has earned them slots opening for the Misfits, among others.  A few weeks back, they played Dunedin Brewery’s annual Ramones tribute show (and New EP Official Bootleg even features a song called I Just Wanna Be a Ramone), but this is the official comeback show, says the band.

Nashville P***y
With Koffin Kats
THURSDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.
At the height of the boy band craze in the late '90s, pop and rock groups looked for ways to out- PG each other over the airwaves.  Nashville P***y, however, took a different route.  The hard-drinking band, a psychobilly quartet with the greaser fury of a Rev. Horton Heat, the balls of an AC/DC and the tackiness of a Ted Nugent, remains one of the sleaziest bands to ever be nominated for a Grammy.  There’s plenty more evidence of the group’s trashiness on the Interweb.  Just be careful with the Google search.

Los Amigos Invisibles
With Infinite Groove Orchestra
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $20-$23. (813) 241-8600.
If this is the age of autotuned, electronically-over-the-top dance music, no one told Los Amigos Invisibles.  The longtime Venezuelan ensemble draws listeners to the dancefloor with an all-live pop-rock-disco-funk blend.  No drum machines or laptops permitted onstage. Ever.

Also playing

John Waite Fri. 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $49. (727) 791-7400.

Damon Fowler Group Fri. and Sat. 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Pete. (727) 894-8465.

Select Start Fri. With Neglected Superhero, Set It Off. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $7-$9. (813) 248-9500.

George Acosta Fri. 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. (727) 571-2222.

First Friday Fandago Fri. 7 p.m. featuring Suenalo. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Pete. Free. (727) 565-0551.

Kevin Toon Fri. With Big Brother. 4 p.m. Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. Free. (727) 393-2706.

Redfield Sat. With We’re Being Hunted, I am Dreamer, From Within, Collision Sequence. 7 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.

Blackfoot Sat. With Big Deal, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $17. (727) 895-3045.

Night in the Islands Sat. featuring Ellada. 6 p.m. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, Dodecanese Boulevard between Hope and Athens streets, Tarpon Springs. Free. (727) 942-5605.

Aiden Sun. With Eyes Set to Kill, more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12.50-$14.50. (813) 248-9500.
Crossfade Sun. 6 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Pete. $15.

Jermaine Mon. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Pete. $10-$15. (727) 565-0551.

Sleepy Vikings acoustic Wed. 9:30 p.m. Cappy’s Pizzeria, 4910 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $2. (813) 238-1516.

Mat McHugh Thurs. With Anuhea. 7:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Pete. $12.50-$13.

[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 6:33pm]


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