This week in Tampa (with audio): Arctic Monkeys, Common, Of Montreal and more
As far as we know, all of this week's concert picks are, in fact, scheduled to take place. That's a good thing, since there are so many awesome ones to choose from.
After the jump, get Carole Liparoto's concert picks for the week, including Arctic Monkeys, Common (above), Of Montreal, the Sky Drops, David Garrett, Copeland, Velvet Truckstop and more ...
With Sleepy Sun
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $24-$26. (813) 247-2555.
In 2006, loud, grubby vintage-rock act Arctic Monkeys was waist deep in hype as Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history. Unfortunately, it more or less fizzled out in the States. So are the Monkeys one of the biggest bands that never was? Not completely. Matted hair, black jeans and seedy bar stories are timeless. And When the Sun Goes Down might still stand as the catchiest rock song about scumbags and ladies of the night. Last year’s Humbug, co-produced by Josh Homme of Them Crooked Vultures and Queens of the Stone Age, peaked at No. 15 in the U.S. and No. 1 again in the U.K.
Sans Band singer-songwriter night
Featuring Ted Lukas, Billy Summer, Christopher Tolan, Aaron Sings
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $4-$5. (727) 821-7080.
Top local singer-songwriters play “sans band” at Fubar. Formerly of Barely Pink, Hangtown and Rebekah Pulley’s Reluctant Prophets, Ted Lukas would surely be an inductee for Tampa Bay’s Music Scene Hall of Fame, if there were one. He’ll release his new disc at Skipper’s Smokehouse the following day. The Semis’ Billy Summer trades bawdy for beachy on a new batch of sun-kissed rock songs.
With Orange Hour
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Earthscapes Garden Room, 816 Alternate 19 N., Palm Harbor. $25. (727) 786-4859.
What better way to enjoy jammy, late ’90s-style rock than in a landscaping and garden facility. Really, we love this idea. According to opening band Orange Hour of Clearwater, the last time Earthscapes of Palm Harbor hosted the group, the event drew more than 250 people. This time the band is joined by Ashville, N.C.’s Velvet Truckstop and its gnarled brand of southern soul.
With Malik Yusef
SATURDAY 9 p.m. The Mirage, 3605 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 673-8835.
Whether backed by slinky, jazzy grooves or Afrika Bambaataa-inspired electro, Common flows like hip-hop’s Langston Hughes. The poetic, parent-approved artist and frequent Kanye West collaborator performs with fellow Chicago resident and spoken word luminary Malik Yusef.
The Sky Drops
With Sleepy Vikings, Zillionaire
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
If the White Stripes loved My Bloody Valentine as much as Iggy Pop and the Stooges, they might sound like The Sky Drops. The Wilmington, Del. male-female duo blends fuzzy shoegaze and grungy pop using a bare-bones guitar-drums-vocal setup. Touring the country in a Volvo wagon, they’ve played with Cold War Kids and the Dirty Projectors, to name a couple. Local up-and-comers Sleepy Vikings recently received Tweet love from the Vivian Girls and a feature on the CMJ Sonicbids artist spotlight.
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$43. (727) 791-7400.
Don’t be fooled by the chiseled hotness. Classical violinist David Garrett, 28, is the real deal. The hunky, four-strings specialist (and former Armani model) studied under Itzhak Perlman at Julliard and exhibits dizzying skill on pieces by Vivaldi, Mozart and even AC/DC. In case you were wondering who held this title, Garrett maintains the Guinness World Record for the fastest-ever performance of Flight of the Bumblebee, completing it in a sweltering 66 seconds.
With Deas Vail, Person L, I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business
THURSDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19.50. (727) 895-3045.
After traveling the world as one of Florida’s most popular piano-based pop-rock exports, Lakeland’s Copeland are in the final throes of their farewell tour. After this show, they play once in Fort Lauderdale and twice in Orlando, then they’ll end their run with several dates in Asia.
With James Husband
THURSDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$20. (813) 247-2555.
If you’ve only experienced Of Montreal’s music from the comforts of home or car, you’re missing the point. In concert, the group’s psychedelic, over-the-top pop songs demand physical reaction, especially since they’re accompanied by dancers who may have been plucked from the King Herod scene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Kevin Barnes has a hell of a time as the freaky, uninhibited singer and ringleader of it all. Just don’t call Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games “the Outback Steakhouse jingle.”
Born In the USA Band (featuring Ronnie Dee) Fri. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$45. (727) 791-7400.
Drake Sweet Fri. 7 p.m. Cafe Bohemia, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-4495.Fred Hammond Fri. 7 p.m. Without Walls International Church, 3860 W Columbus Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 879-4673.
The Vodkanauts Fri. Performing Pink Floyd’s The Wall. 8 and 10 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Ghost Riders Fri. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $8-$10. (727) 843-0686.
Ryan Weaver Fri. 9 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 855-1464.Jason Parker Band Sat. 5 p.m. Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. Free. greeniguana.com.
PictureMeFree Sat. 9 p.m. Three Birds Tavern, 1492 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-2049
Original Metal Night Sat. featuring Gladiator, A Broken Machine, Behold, Must ... Not ... Kill, more. 9 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.
Ted Lukas and the Misled CD release Sat. 9 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Satellites Down Sat. 9 p.m. World of Beer Westchase, 9524 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. (813) 852-2337
Jackal and Hyde (Taboo Masquerade Ball) Sat. 11 p.m. The Castle, 2004 N 16th St., Tampa. (813) 247-7547.
Mr. Bella Sat. 9:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.
Mystic Roots Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
The Pursuit Sat. With Imaginary Friends, XOXO, Drive Like June. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $5. (727) 532-0265.
Steve Vaclavik and the Woeful Ones Sun. Noon. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Shawn Fisher and the J.G.’s Sun. With Tim Brantley. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-9500.
Guy Davis Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25.50. (813) 229-7827.
One-Eyed Doll Tues. 7 p.m. With Trace of Day. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 247-2664.
This Providence Tues. With The Bigger Lights, more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $11.50-$15.50. (813) 248-9500.John Miller Thurs. With Kirsten Campbell. 7 p.m. Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. (813) 247-6964.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*