This week in Tampa: Daughtry, 30 Seconds to Mars, Sugarland Matt and Kim and more
Rocktober just keeps on rolling, with show after show of live concert goodness.
This week brings something for everyone: country (Sugarland, above, or James Otto), modern rock (30 Seconds to Mars or Daughtry), indie (Caribou, Matt and Kim, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Built to Spill), hip-hop (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony), pop (Eisley, Hey Monday) and much more. And if you're into jazz, don't forget about the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, which kicks off tonight with Dr. John and Little Feat. Click here for the details on this year's holiday.
There's no time like the present to tell you what's up, so after the jump, Carole Liparoto does just that ...
30 Seconds to Mars
With New Politics, Neon Trees
FRIDAY 7 p.m. USF Meadows lawn, corner of 50th Street and Holly Drive, Tampa. Free.
My So-Called Life dreamboat Jordan Catalano, a.k.a. Jared Leto, revisits his MTV roots, this time as 30 Seconds to Mars’ volatile, faux-hawked frontman on the MTV campus invasion tour. Guys, say what you will about Leto, but it’s tough not to like Kings and Queens, the towering U2-like track for the 97X set. And girls, well, you need no convincing. mtvU is scheduled to film the concert Friday, which is free and open to the public.
Matt and Kim
With Donnis, Fake Problems
FRIDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Prepare your serotonin receptors. It’s about to get happy up in here. Dancing drum-and-keyboard couple Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino of Brooklyn deliver mood-elevating pop-rock songs about cutting your pants into shorts and throwing your shoes in the ocean (Daylight). They even give post-show hugs to fans. So skip the Tony Robbins seminar, because this kind of sweaty, smiley, unchecked enthusiasm (think Mates of State meets Captain and Tennille) will inspire you for a fraction of the cost. Bonus: Upcoming album Sidewalks will be streamed in its entirety shortly after the venue opens.
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 895-3045.
Without ever raising their voices, the members of Grammy-winning group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony offered a glimpse into the “thuggish ruggish” life. But thanks to those clever, rapid-fire rhymes and velvety harmonies, even this kid from a sleepy Dunedin cul-de-sac could get down to it. Backed by a live band, Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-n-Bone and Chicken Bone (okay, that last one was made up) will perform, while Bizzy Bone (the high-pitched thug) sits out. Sophomore disc E. 1999 Eternal, which paid tribute to late rapper Eazy-E and included hits 1st Of Tha Month and Tha Crossroads, gets top billing. So cash the checks and get up!
With Arp, Slumber, Soft Rock Renegades
SUNDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
And you said nothing from calculus class could ever work out in real life. Caribou, or Daniel Snaith, a PhD in mathematics, formulates intellectually curious, carefully timed pysch-pop and delivers it in a subtle falsetto. Breakthrough disc Swim, which was inspired by the swimming lessons Snaith’s wife gave him, and includes monster track Odessa, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize (which is Canada’s highest musical honor, we’re told) this year. On Sunday, color wheel images, swirling screen patterns, strobes and dual drumming will accentuate it all live.
Built To Spill
With Revolt, Revolt
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19-$21. (727) 895-3045.
Like Pavement and Dinosaur Jr., Boise, Idaho’s Built to Spill helped establish the early ’90s slacker sound, a movement that was heavy on guitar buzz and light on fashion sense. To this day, Built to Spill keeps its head down and its eyes on the strings as it tinkers with multi-guitar layering and wall-of-sound production.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $46.50. (727) 565-0551.
Whenever gallant modern rocker and post-Idol millionaire Chris Daughtry comes to town, we can’t help but wonder what Katharine McPhee (who beat out Daughtry in season 5) is up to. The bald and beautiful 30-year-old has proven 10 times over that winning isn’t everything. Heartening hits Home and It’s Not Over pay homage to bands like Live and Fuel, though it’s Daughtry’s family-man vibe, nice smile and average-joe ascension that really make him someone to root for. (And shell out $50 to see, for that matter.)
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
With He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $16-$18. (813) 247-2555.
Post-Bonnaroo, Spin called them the new “Pied Pipers of hippie kids and trustafarians.” We called them our new favorite band. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a hippie-happy revivalist folk collective with 10 or so members, none of whom are actually named Edward Sharpe. Sharpe is just a fictional creation of singer Alex Ebert. “He was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind,” Ebert told Paste magazine. “But he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” On breakout hit Home, Ebert and fellow singer and prancer Jade Castrinos (a St. Petersburg native) recall the Cash and Carter duo, just the barefooted, Cali flower-child version.
With Ives the Band, Her Name is Victory
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $14. (813) 241-8600.
With its melodic piano-pop proficiency and charming lead female vocals, this family band from Tyler, Texas reminds us of an edgier Sixpence None the Richer. A career highlight came when the group scored an opening slot on Coldplay’s Rush of Blood to the Head tour. Eisley now has marital ties to Mutemath and Say Anything.
Sugarland Fri. With Little Big Town, Randy Montana. 7:30 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $35-$62.75. (813) 740-2446.
Shaguars, British Invasion Tribute Fri. 7 p.m. Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Rd., Seminole. Free. (727) 391-8345.
Sandy Atkinson and The True Loves CD Release Fri. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $10-$20. (727) 822-3590.
Colour Revolt Fri. With Auto?Automatic??, Marksmen. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.
Skull and Bone Band Sat. With The Commoners. 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.
Disco Inferno Sat. With the Glamour Vixens. 8:30 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N., Largo. $10. (727) 532-0265.
Mogul Street Reserve CD Release Sat. With Variety Workshop. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
Adler’s Appetite Sun. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.
Angie Mattson Sun. 6 p.m. Play, 1701 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 443-0754.
Hey Monday Wed. With The Ready Set, Cartel, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 895-3045.
David Choi Thurs. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
The Toasters Thurs. With The Pietasters, Royal City Riot, Johnny Cakes & The 4 Horsemen of The Apocalypso 6:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
James Otto Thurs. With Michael Ray. The Round-Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 855-1464.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.