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This week in Tampa: Animal Collective, Bon Iver, the Wailers and more


Without question, the place to be next week is the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. The resurgent State is gearing up for a week of shows by impossibly hip artists like Animal Collective, the New York Dolls, mewithoutYou and Bon Iver, above.

We'll have much more on these shows in the days to come -- and you can listen to some of their music now by clicking here. But for now, after the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's concert picks, including shows by the Wailers, Rusted Root, Javon Black, Deleted Scenes, Pontiak and recent Artists of the Day KLIK and Shunda K...

Bon Iver
With Elvis Perkins
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $18-$21. (727) 895-3045.
The Cliff‚Äôs Notes version of the Bon Iver story (in case you haven‚Äôt heard): Guy undergoes both a band and relationship breakup; guy retreats deep into the Wisconsin woods; guy returns with one of the most eerily beautiful works of late. While the ‚Äúget lost to be found‚Äù concept might be a clich?©, the folk-pop created by Bon Iver (a.k.a. Justin Vernon) during three months of chilly seclusion is fresh, subtle and intoxicating. Dare I go as far as to say Skinny Love is a falsetto-rich Blowin‚Äô in the Wind for the Facebook generation? As for his live show, Vernon told Pitchfork, ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt want to be the guy with an acoustic guitar singing songs, because that‚Äôs boring for the most part. The song actually needs 80-500 people singing ... it needs that fight.‚Äù

Animal Collective
With Black Dice
MONDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. Sold out, though some tickets may be available at the door. (727) 895-3045.
Animal Collective is a band that has transfixed music festival crowds worldwide — indeed, just a few days after the band plays the State Theatre, the group will be leading one of the main stages at the massive Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee. How the hell did a band with music this weird get to be this popular? Since forming as Baltimore-area schoolboys in the late ’90s, the trio — David “Avey Tare” Portner, Noah “Panda Bear” Lennox and Brian “Geologist” Weitz — has released a handful of lauded experimental albums, including this year’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, which some writers instantly deemed the year’s best album ... despite the fact that it came out on Jan. 6. Their music is awash in natural-sounding clicks and cheeps and watery swathes of sound, all tied together by exotic yelps, tantric chants and deeply ingrained Beach Boys-style harmonies. “They take risks live, playing songs and segues that have never been played before or aren’t played close to how it sounds on the studio album,” said Justin Ward, the editor of Their live show is something completely different almost every time you see them, and that keeps you coming back for more.” A few tickets may be available at the door, but this concert has been expected to sell out since it was announced back in January. — Jay Cridlin

The Wailers
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 896-2276.  
Gusts of “natural mystic” are in the forecast for Friday when a second edition of Bob Marley’s legendary band, the Wailers, plays St. Pete. (The group led by guitarist Al Anderson dubbed “the Original Wailers” played here in March). Aston “Family Man” Barrett, whose deep dub basslines helped shape 1977’s head-in-the-clouds classic Exodus (which will be played in its entirety), fronts these Wailers along with young vocalist Elan Atias. Despite little physical resemblance between the singers, the scratchy comfort of Atias’ voice is remarkably Marley-esque.

Javon Black
SUNDAY 9 p.m. Page II Nightclub, 8680 Park Blvd., Seminole. $15. (727) 209-2620.
With Tampa’s Hip Hop Soda Shop on its way out, Bay area rap fans have one less place on an already slim list to see live acts. Seminole’s Page II gives a glimmer of hope, booking up-and-comers like Javon Black, whose single Shawty Tear It Up has received big spins this spring. Collaborating with longtime Tampa DJ Lil’ Kee, Black bumps songs in the vein of T-Pain and Bobby Valentino.

St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts Summer Jazz Series
Featuring the Jim Morey Band
FRIDAY 6 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $10-$15 includes admission to the Hazel Hough wing galleries. (727) 896-2667.
So you like the old-time bikes, eh? Then how’s about an evening of Gypsy-style ragtime, swing, New Olreans jazz and polka. The Jim Morey Band, consisting of members of Tampa party act Lounge Cat, has equal affection for Miles Davis and for the drifter lifestyle. Bowler hats suggested, but not required. After the show, hit First Friday in St. Pete.

Deleted Scenes
With Beardsley, the Pauses
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Arts on 9th, 1513 E Ninth Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 436-8002.
A recent addition to Ybor City, Arts on 9th is part gallery, theater, concert hall, classroom and gift shop. It’s a place where people feel just as comfortable watching a metal band (or in this case a psychedelic Americana/rock act) as they would taking a sewing class, say its founders. Headliner Deleted Scenes brings an approach akin to Grizzly Bear jamming with Modest Mouse. Pitchfork calls 'em “brave and ferocious.” And Orlando band-to-watch the Pauses do glockenspiel/electronica-infused rock with delicate vocals.

With Sister Kill Cycle, 9th Evolution
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $6. (727) 843-0686.
In 2006, Stephanie Monty and Chrissy Paolillo of St. Petersburg’s KLIK won a nationwide “Best Unsigned Band” contest sponsored by Rolling Stone, and appeared in the magazine’s collectible 1,000th issue. The band recently holed up in California to record American Girls with producer Sylvia Massy (Tool’s Undertow), a partner of Rick Rubin. Some of the tracks remind us of the Veronicas, just for a darker, more alternative set.

Shunda K.
With DJ Chang Bang, DJ Noi
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 247-2664.
Before she heads across the country to play a few shows with androgynous electro-pop star Peaches, Shunda K. (formerly of Yo Majesty) hits Czar with a new mixtape, The Best Eva Written ... Outkast. The fire-breathing Plant City rapper says she had an Outkast instrumental CD lying around and wanted to do something with it. Plus, the title “outcast” is one that she’s related to for most of her life. “Being gay and being raised in a religious household is not a great match,” she wrote in a recent blog post.

Project Revelation 2
Featuring Aperture, Cities Underground, Winters Last Fall, Set the Sights, Without a Couch, Come Now Sleep, In Reference to a Sinking Ship
FRIDAY 5 p.m. Skycrest Methodist Church, 2045 Drew Street, Clearwater.  Free. (727) 446-2218.
I’d anticipate jagged riffs and Red Bulls aplenty at this one. Influenced by Saosin and the Receiving End of Sirens, hardcore stalwarts Cities Underground (with former members of Thoreau) play beefy but melodic rock, as do most of the young talents on this bill.

Also playing

Al Torchia and the Tattered Saints: Fri. 8 p.m. The Uptown Bar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6. (727) 463-0567.

The Beauvilles: Fri. With Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Shawn Fisher and the JGs, the Junkyard Kings. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Cellfish: Fri. With Jason Jennings. 9:30 p.m. The Zone Lounge, 121 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 934-5599.

Unmotivated: Fri. 8 p.m. Garage Bar, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Hubert Sumlin: Sat. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.

Ray Gurka: Sat. 7 p.m. Datz Deli, 2616 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 831-7000.

Geoff’s Evil Twin: Sat. With Brandon Ruck, Steve Vaclavik. 7 p.m. Taste Safety Harbor, 500 Main St., Safety Harbor. Free. (727) 723-1116.

Tr?®s Bien: Sat. With the Edisons. 9 p.m. Big Shots, 2461 N McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. $5. (727) 723-1091.

Misunderstood Superheroes: Sat. With Victory Blvd, Berwick, Late Night Glory. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $5-$7. (727) 843-0686.

Hat Trick Heroes: Sun. With Killer Without a Cause, Male Order Brides, the Mantics. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5. (813) 971-0666.

The Grecian Urns: Sun. With Stereo Six, the Safety Patrol, Sean O’Connor. 6:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 971-1679.

Filtered Thoughts: Sun. With Suggestion, Faithless Oath, Apocalyptic Prophecy, Blood in the Water, more. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $9. (813) 248-9500.

Mishka: Wed. With Zaki Ibrahim. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 248-9500.

Rusted Root: Thurs.7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 896-2276. 

Pontiak: Thurs. With Glasgow, King of Spain, History. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

What concerts will you be checking out this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

[Last modified: Thursday, June 4, 2009 12:00pm]


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