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This week in Tampa: Blink-182, Rob Thomas, Psychedelic Furs, the Sounds and more




It's yet another insanely busy week for concerts in Tampa Bay. Tonight you've got Shooter Jennings and JJ Grey and Mofro at the Ritz Ybor. On Friday, you've got Sugarland at the St. Pete Times Forum ( click here for our interview with singer Jennifer Nettles).

And almost every day next week there's a big-time national headliner in town: Blink-182 (above), Fall Out Boy, Rob Thomas, Third Eye Blind, the Sounds, Psychedelic Furs and Happy Mondays, the Matt Kurz One, Every Time I Die, the Queers, Cowboy Mouth and more -- not to mention a massive Beatles tribute show at Skipper's Smokehouse.

Jay Cridlin, who's been prattling on and on all week about his "50 concerts, 50 venues" thing, will be at the Blink-182 and Third Eye Blind shows. If you see him, come say hi -- and please offer him an Advil.

In the meantime, here are the rest of Carole Giambalvo's concert picks for the week ahead...

With Fall Out Boy, All-American Rejects, Asher Roth
SUNDAY 6:30 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa. $20-$68. (813) 740-2446.
Today, pop-punk bands burst on the scene faster than those Bring It On sequels go to DVD. And for that, you can thank (or complain to) Blink-182. With undeniably catchy pop-punk anthems, toilet humor and mid-day streaking (What’s My Age Again?, All the Small Things), the goofball trio crashed shows like MTV’s TRL at a time when boy bands and angsty rap-metal acts ruled. Much of Blink’s material poked fun at lame-o parents and bad girlfriends, though tracks like Adam’s Song, which dealt with teen suicide, brought more poignant moments. Emo kings Fall Out Boy, I Love College rapper Asher Roth and the All-American Rejects also perform.

Rob Thomas
With OneRepublic, Carolina Liar
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Sold Out. (727) 791-7400.
If we had to list artists most likely to be heard while shopping for housewares, Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas would be there, no question. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Like Third Eye Blind, who also plays next week, Thomas pens simple but honest, big-chorused rock songs, i.e. Push, 3 A.M., Real World, Bent, Ever the Same and crazy-mega smash Smooth with Santana. (Billboard ranked Smooth the No. 1 rock song in the history of the Hot 100 chart.) Thomas says new album Cradlesong draws influence from artists ranging from INXS to Tom Petty. OneRepublic (Apologize, Stop and Stare) and Carolina Liar (I’m Not Over, Show Me What I’m Looking For) open.

The Psychedelic Furs
With Happy Mondays, Islands 
MONDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $33.50. (813) 247-2555.
Restless teens and one prolific writer-producer-director wholly embraced the scraggly punk and New Wave sounds of the Psychedelic Furs in the ’80s. Their track Pretty in Pink inspired John Hughes’ 1986 classic and was re-recorded for the platinum-selling soundtrack. As for the Happy Mondays, it’s a wonder they made it out of the decade alive. Staples on the “Madchester” rave scene, the group was notorious for MDMA-fueled mayhem. They too helped inspire a film, Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People, in 2002. Pitchfork-approved Islands appears as well. 

Come Together: A tribute to the Beatles
Featuring the Ditchflowers, Captain Obvious and the Duh Patrol, boon, the Chicken Chasers, the Crabgrass Cowboys, Gumbo Boogie, Hat Trick Heroes, Juniper, Mark C and Joe Reina, Parson Brown, Rich Whiteley Band, Bob Anthony with Natty Moss-Bond, Sandy Atkinson and the Revelations, Sons of Hippies, Soul Purpose, Danny S., Tribal Style.
SATURDAY 3 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$17. (813) 971-0666.
The Beatles’ Abbey Road, which arguably received one of best remasters of all the recently reissued albums, turns 40 years old Saturday. To celebrate, melodic pop-rock act the Ditchflowers will recreate tender, top “Harrisongs” Something and Here Comes the Sun, Ringo’s environmental rocker Octopus Garden, John’s larger-than-life Come Together, Paul’s medley-starter You Never Give Me Your Money, and the rest of Abbey Road in an afternoon acoustic set and an evening electric set. Captain Obvious and the Duh Patrol, with Freight Train Annie on vocals, will tackle Yellow Submarine, as will Jerry Outlaw of Zappa tribute band Bogus Pomp. The other bands will play a variety of Beatles tunes, bringing the set list to more than 60-ish Fab Four tracks.

Every Time I Die
With Bring Me the Horizon
SUNDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20.50. (813) 247-2555.
“Mom, Dad, it’s time to go to sleep.” That’s how Jimmy Kimmel introduced Buffalo, N.Y. act Every Time I Die before they ripped into eccentric, slightly-twangy hardcore on his late-night show. Hot off the press, gritty album New Junk Aesthetic recalls Southern-leaning Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, a more comedic Underoath, and possibly even Foo Fighters, if Dave Grohl went metalcore. Tight musicianship, screaming, jumping and nonsensical lyrics (“If everything I do is wrong, I gotta do it right”) also included.  

The Sounds
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $16-$20.50. (813) 247-2555.
The Sounds scored an opening slot on No Doubt’s reunion tour earlier this year, due in large part to singer Maja Ivarsson spunky, sneering role. One of Blender’s “Hottest Women in Rock,” the striking Swede leads the group on punky, poppy New Wave tracks with a big accent and a bigger attitude. Hurt You (you might recognize it from the Geico caveman ads) sounds like a cocky take on Missing Persons. Other material recalls Shiny Toy Guns or Tegan and Sara.

The Matt Kurz One
With Mogul Street Reserve, the Semis
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
One-man garage band the Matt Kurz One works like so: Matt Kurz’s mouth on vocals; his left foot on bass guitar (really); his right foot on snare and bass drum; his right hand on strumming of guitar, toms, ride cymbal; his left hand on forming of guitar chords, hi-hats, keyboard (with neck/headstock of guitar). Local opener Mogul Street Reserve just picked up a Best of the Bay Award from Creative Loafing for Best Progressive Rock Band, and we couldn’t agree more with the title.

Third Eye Blind
THURSDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $24-$27. (813) 247-2555.
Want something else to get you through your Thursday? Comeback kids (well, they’re in their 40s) Third Eye Blind just released their first album in six years, Ursa Major, to impressive results — it landed at No. 3 on Billboard and sold nearly 50,000 copies in the first week. (Apparently, even Jumper sells thousands of singles each week, a full 10 years after its release.) New songs, including our fave Bonfire, show 3EB in trademark fashion, laying down heartening, relatable alt-rock, highly-catchy hooks and simulated raps.

Also playing

Keith Anderson: Fri. 10 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $9.95. (813) 987-2855.

The Queers: Fri. With TA80, the Leftovers. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-9500.

Cowboy Mouth: Fri. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

Mr. Bella: Fri. 8 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 247-2555.

Luna Halo: Fri. With Dear Future, Initial Doubt. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $5. (727) 843-0686.

Scene Vaccine Music and Art: Sat. featuring Xylose, Guilty by Design, 9th Evolution, Syncrisis, Execute and Operation, the Omni Project, DJ Synthestruct, Plague. 7 p.m. The Roosevelt, 1812 N 15th St., Ybor City.

Lydia: Sat. With PlayRadioPlay, Leone. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.

Folk Fest St. Pete: Sat. 10 a.m. featuring South Carolina, Dave Hardin, Green Grass Boys with TC Carr, Sarasota Slim & Nitro, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Ben Prestage, the New Familiars, and Sun. 10 a.m. featuring Veronika Jackson, Ella Jet, Tribute to Woodstock, Have Gun, Will Travel, Donna the Buffalo. Central Avenue, between 11th and 13th streets, St. Petersburg. Free.

The Hurricane Party: Sat. Featuring the Future Now, How Dare You, XOXO, DJ Mega. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

Rancid Polecats: Sat. With the Brendan McLaughlin Group. 9 p.m. Karma Bar and Cafe, 206 N Morgan St., Tampa. (813) 228-0870.

Tangerine Blues Fest: Sat. featuring Sterling Magee and the Harlem Blues Band, the Tom Kats, Art Harris and the Z-Tones. 4 p.m. Tangerine Greenway, 49th St. S. and 8th Ave. S., Gulfport.

Hero of Our Time: Sat. With Springfield Cubs, Hello Alaska, Arm the Poor. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.

Eek-A-Mouse: Sun. With Bootleg. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

Swamp Logic: Sun. 8 p.m. The Hub, 719 N. Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 229-1553.

Chicken Chasers CD release: Mon. 9 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd. St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 576-1091.

King of the Blues: Blues guitar player contest district finals Wed. 6 p.m. Guitar Center, 21335 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7464.

Between the Trees: Thurs. With Farewell, Punchline, Action Item. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12. (813) 248-9500.

-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*. Photo by Getty Images.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:13pm]


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