This week in Tampa: Flaming Lips, Stone Temple Pilots, Vampire Weekend and more
It has begun. And no, we're not talking about the Major League Baseball playoffs.
No, we're talking about the month of October, in which dozens -- dozens! -- of noteworthy concerts are coming to Tampa Bay. Things are about to get loud -- and crazy -- this week, with shows by Stone Temple Pilots, Vampire Weekend, Flaming Lips (above), Pitbull, Bush, GWAR, REO Speedwagon, Pharoahe Monch and more, plus astonishingly good local shows on Saturday: A John Lennon tribute at Skipper's Smokehouse and a NineBullets.net anniversary party at Cafe Bohemia.
Get details on these shows and more, courtesy of Carole Liparoto, after the jump...
Stone Temple Pilots
With Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $34-$72. (813) 301-2500.
Fool us once, Scott Weiland, shame on you. Fool us twice ... well actually, no one would be surprised. STP and its flaky frontman blamed “inclement weather” for cancelling a Tampa concert at the last minute in August of 2008. Now, following more wacky behavior from the sour howler (including onstage rants, forgotten lyrics and stage spills), the group has cancelled a dozen dates on this current fall tour. That’s a shame, because when STP shows up with a controlled buzz, the quartet does glam-grunge songs (is that an oxymoron?) about wicked gardens and dogs on a scent that simply rock. Everything looks to be on track for Friday’s show, but again, we must stress: buyer beware.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $40 and up. (727) 565-0551.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey may have rights to the label, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” but modern psych-pop fans will tell you the Norman, Okla. band Flaming Lips is just as deserving. The Sooner State crew encourages explorations of the mind through freaky, orchestral indie rock and multifaceted psychedelic pop. Lose yourself as confetti cannons blow, lasers swirl, aliens dance, giant rubber hands wave and Wonka-esque ringleader Wayne Coyne rolls around in a human-sized hamster ball. Casual fans might not get She Don’t Use Jelly this time around as the set looks to be heavy on tracks from 2009’s madcap disc, Embryonic.
THURSDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $45 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Breathe in, breathe out, Bush fans. At long last, your band has reunited for its first major tour in more than eight years. Back in 1994, grunge never looked better than when the chiseled Gavin Rossdale (the Adonis of the genre) led Bush on a noisy guitar breakout, Sixteen Stone. Critics were quick to say these Brits were merely aping Pearl Jam and Nirvana, but the group gained legions of fans and the disc produced five charting singles. Later this year Bush will release a new album, Everything Always Now.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. (Following the Running of the Bulls Night Parade) USF, The Meadows, corner of 50th Street and Holly Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 974-5202.
The last few times Pitbull played in Tampa Bay, he glided and pivoted around the stage like a Swivel Sweeper while his backing band pounded live drums, percussion and keys hungrily yet meticulously. We were pretty impressed considering “Mr. 305” is a guy best known for lines like, “Forget about your boyfriend and meet me at the hotel room.” Since his unleashing in 2002, the catcalling Cuban American has specialized in a bilingual blend of loud, sticky reggaeton and hip-hop, complete with synthesized saxophone samples, steamy cadences and three-piece suits.
With The Casualties, Infernaeon, Mobile Deathcamp
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $19-$24. (813) 247-2555.
There will be blood. Nontoxic, biodegradable blood, that is. On Friday, elaborately costumed interplanetary warriors and cult favorites GWAR return to spew faux fluids and gross out the general population like Ozzy Osborne doing Gallagher. Oh, and they play music, too. The perverse mock rockers (who grew up on Spinal Tap and the Sex Pistols, no doubt) have turned what began as a twisted little marketing experiment into a 25-year-plus touring group that’s been banned in multiple cities and arrested on obscenity charges. Grab a white tee and get in the splash zone.
Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon Birthday Party and Tribute
Featuring (among many others) Scone Train, Sound Parlor, Friends of Giants, The Grecian Urns, The Human Condition, Rebekah Pulley, Old North East, The Sun Society, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, Four Star Riot
SATURDAY 1 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$17. (813) 971-0666.
John Lennon, that dangerously smart, sarcastic and socially-conscious Beatle, would have turned 70 on Saturday. As performer, writer or co-writer, Lennon was responsible for 27 No. 1 singles in a career cut short. In his honor, nearly 30 bands will recreate his beloved catalogue of songs, from the uplifting to the avant garde. One of the day’s highlights might just be young local band The Grecian Urns’ interpretation of classic album Imagine.
NineBullets.net Fourth Anniversary Party
Featuring The Pack A.D., Have Gun, Will Travel, Nessie, Will Quinlan and the Diviners, The Only Sons, Chase 56, Matt Woods, Pete Stein, Devon Vlasin
SATURDAY 4 p.m. Café Bohemia, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10. (727) 895-4495.
For people who dig alt-country, Americana, roots-punk, whiskey and free mp3’s, ninebullets.net is comparable to a techie’s Mashable. The blog, based out of St. Petersburg, boasts free downloads and has a sizeable national following thanks to posts on the Drive-By Truckers, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Legendary Shack Shakers and more. Over the course of four years, founder Bryan Childs said the best thing to come from the site’s 1,400-plus posts are the relationships with fans, artists and labels. “9B started as a full-on fan site and now we see it thanked in CD liners and whatnot,” he said. “It reminds me that we’re fighting the good fight.”
With Beach House, The Very Best
TUESDAY 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N. $29.50. (727) 565-0551.
Led by Ezra Koenig this Columbia U-formed quartet excels at grammatical fetish (they have a song called Oxford Comma), upturned collars and elitist indie rock. But you don’t need to be Sammy Smartypants to enjoy their stuff. In fact, VW is one of the great dance-your-tuchus-off bands around. Sure, they have a song pretentiously called Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, but beyond the rich-boy angst lie irresistible Afro-pop rhythms. — Sean Daly
Enter Shikari Fri. With Haste The Day, Sleeping with Sirens, more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $13-$17. (813) 248-9500.
Roger McGuinn Fri. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $33-$38. (727) 587-6793.
Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s Fri. With the Lonely Forest. 9:45 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12. (813) 241-8600.
REO Speedwagon Fri. With Eddie Money. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$88. (727) 791-7400.
Bryan Elijah Smith Fri. 7:30 p.m. The Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 644-7895.
Geri X. Sat. With Paint the Town Red. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.
Cattle Decapitation Sat. With Devourment, Knights of the Abyss, more. 7 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. $10. (813) 972-8152.
The Private Life of David Reed Fri. 8 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-5713.
Tailgunner Joe & the Earls of Slander Sat. With The Semis, Pretty Voices. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Suicide Awareness Benefit Sat. featuring Unmotivated, Pasadena, Fall on Purpose, Jon Wayne and the Pain. 9 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.
Outlaws Sat. With Red Rockits. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15 and up. (727) 895-3045.
Cotee River Bike Fest Sat. featuring The Greg Billings Band, Pitbull Toddler. 5:30 p.m. Sims Park Amphitheater, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey.
Fourth Annual Universal Music Day Sat. featuring Beatnik Castle, Ariale, Windy Jewel, Leemarie. 1 p.m. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-6164.
Hispanic Heritage Concert Sun. featuring Luis Enrique, Ivy Queen, Alexis & Fido, more. 12 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $14 and up. Children 10 and under free. (727) 562-4800.
Space Capone Sun. With Peter Baldwin, The Basiqs. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$14. (813) 248-9500.
Duck Down 15-Year Anniversary Tour Mon. featuring Pharoahe Monch, Black Moon, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Skyzoo, Dynasty, The Villanz, Mike Mass, DJ Evil Dee, DJ Sandman. 8 p.m. Club Empire, 1902 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $17-$20. brownpapertickets.com/event/126797.
Rufio Tues. With Close to Home, Raising Theos, more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12-$16. (813) 248-9500.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday Thurs. featuring Jarred Armstrong, Little Feat, Dr. John & The Lower 911. 5 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 562-4800.
Swingin’ Utters Thurs. With Rude Squad, more. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12.50 and up. (813) 248-9500.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.