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This week in Tampa: Gym Class Heroes, Fleetwood Mac, National Record Store Day and more




The digital age may be killing the record store, Carole Giambalvo writes in this week's Tampa live music picks, but don't tell the staff at Vinyl Fever in Tampa. They're hosting a huge day of giveaways, chats and live music from New Roman Times, above, in honor of National Record Store Day on Saturday.

One quick programming note: The Rick Ross/Tom G. concert that was scheduled for Temple Lounge on Sunday has been cancelled. After the jump, get the scoop on concerts by Fleetwood Mac, Gym Class Heroes, Seal, Tom Jones, George Clinton, a star-studded local tribute to The Cure and more...

National Record Store Day
With New Roman Times
SATURDAY 2 p.m. Vinyl Fever, 4110 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 289-8399.
You won‚Äôt convince the crew at Tampa‚Äôs Vinyl Fever that digital killed the record store. Like hundreds of independently owned record stores across the country, the local landmark will celebrate National Record Store Day Saturday. Owner Lee Wolfson chalks up survival to patrons‚Äô love for the in-store shopping experience (sharing, learning and chatting about music) ‚Äî something you‚Äôd never get alone with an iPod, he says. Guest DJs, including Tampa Tribune music critic Curtis Ross, will spin vintage vinyl and stellar indie act New Roman Times will perform. The group‚Äôs lush harmonies, sweeping arrangements and occasional Modest Mouse-like wail may command browsers‚Äô full attention. The store will also offer specials, free pizza and giveaways. 

Featuring the Waybacks, Randy McAllister Band, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, the Greencards, Hoots and Hellmouth, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Have Gun, Will Travel, Pickford Sundries, Radio Free Carmela and the Transmitters, Gatorbone, Nouveaux Honkies, Gypsy Wind, Todd Charles, Mustang Sally and the Hamjo’s, Bugtussle, Hindu Cowboys, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
FRIDAY-SUNDAY. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Rd., Brooksville.  $25 and up. (863) 984-8445.
Americana and bluegrass tunes are ripe for the pickin’ at kid-and-pet friendly music and camping event Stringbreak. An impressive crop of local and national artists, including newgrass-Celtic-jazz-folk-comedy act the Waybacks and Orlando rising star Thomas Wynn, will perform. Known for sweaty, string-breaking performances, Hoots and Hellmouth puts twang in its Philly-soul step and offers a powerful cover of Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah. And Have Gun, Will Travel, a tbt* Ultimate Local Band finalist, delivers engaging narratives by way of viola, lap steel, banjo, harmonica and vivid lyrics.

SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South, St. Petersburg. $57-$77. (727) 892-5767.
You’ve got two ears and a heart, don’t you? Then catch strapping yet sensitive guy Seal Sunday in St. Pete. Seal’s smoky baritone, emotive lyrics and pop-soul-R&B fusion scored him big hits in the ’90s, including the spacey Crazy and Grammy-winning Kiss From a Rose. Touring in support of his sixth studio album, Soul, Seal (born Seal Henry Samuel) covers classic ’60s and ’70s soul songs, including Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come and Curtis Mayfield’s People Get Ready

Fleetwood Mac
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $32.25-$146.75. (813) 301-2500.
The chiffons, the twirls, the internal tensions, the supernatural reveries — the saga that is Fleetwood Mac continues Wednesday at the Forum. The British Blues group-turned one of the most popular rock acts in history (1977’s Rumours alone sold 25 million copies), clearly has no trouble powering a greatest hits set (Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, Dreams, Sara, Gypsy, Rhiannon, and so on). This tour marks the first time they’ve gone on the road without a new album. They’re also down singer-songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie, unfortunately.

Club Fuze Teen Rock Night 
Featuring Set the Sights, Aeralene, Weight Of the World, the Majestic, Coralise
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Club Fuze, 6520 Harney Rd., Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 425-7030.
Venues that host teen bands are few and far between these days. So props to Club Fuze for devoting weekend nights to all-teen rock shows. The minors of Set the Sights rock some pretty major Southern metal and Aeralene proves sleepy little Seffner’s got budding talent.

Homegrown Hip Hop
Featuring DJ JD (a.k.a. Spindiana Jones), B.A.S.E. Inc, Hard White, Laws, Santos, Cristol, Stylish Fam
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045. 
Promotions group the Tampa Bay Dream Team is on a mission to provide hip hop fans with safe entertainment. “Right now venues don’t want to book hip hop shows because they’re afraid of fights or some other foolishness they’ve seen in the past,” says DJ and TBDT promoter Infinite Skillz. “I’ve tried to stress to fans that if we don’t act right we won’t be back.” Spindiana Jones (love that!) hosts the event, and performers include quick-witted Spring Hill rapper Laws, who’s earned comparisons to Lupe Fiasco and A Tribe Called Quest from XXL and URB magazines.

Gym Class Heroes
With Quietdrive, Chester French 
SUNDAY 5:30 p.m. Plant Park at the University of Tampa. Free for UT students, $10 for companions of students.
They’ve spent the spring touring with Lil Wayne, so why not spend some time relaxing in the park? Gym Class Heroes headline UT’s annual spring student festival. And we do mean student — unless you know a Spartan, you’re not getting in (although the concert is outside, so use your imagination). Recent openers for Lady Gaga, Chester French bring a ton of fun energy.

Also playing

Tom Jones: Fri. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Bellamy Brothers: Fri. 7 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95. (813) 987-2855.

Local Music at the Filling Station: Fri. featuring Boon, Sarge and the Aeromen, Voyeurs, the Smuts, Josh Reilly. 5 p.m. The Filling Station, 680 Main St., Dunedin. Free. (727) 735-0505.

Skylit Drive: Fri. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12. (813) 248-9500.

Alchemy Fest: Sun. featuring Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Geri X, The Sheaks, Sons of Hippies, Jim Morey Band. 2 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.

Look Mexico: Sat. With Clock Hands Strangle. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.

A Tribute to the Cure: Sat. featuring Acho Brother, Beardsley, Boon, Deeper Shade of Soul, HuDost, Jeremy Gloff, Kayree, My Little Trotsky, Poetry N’ Lotion, Rancid Polecats, Sarge and the Aeromen, the Shakes Society, Skull and Bone Band, Talk to Mark. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Nessie: Fri. With Deadly Fists of Kung Fu, the Sheaks. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.

Orleans: Sat. 5 p.m. Performing at Mainsail, Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg. Free.

There for Tomorrow: Sun. 5 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.

The AP Tour: Mon. featuring the Maine, Family Force 5, 3OH!3, A Rocket To the Moon, Hit the Lights. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.

Mae: Tues. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 248-9500.

The Rescue Me Comedy Tour: Tues. With Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke, Adam Ferrara and The Enablers band, featuring The Rehab Horns. 7:30 p.m.Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $56-$126. (727) 791-7400,

Blue October: Wed. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 786-2276.

Cold Thurs. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

George Clinton: Thurs. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $19.99. (727) 786-2276.

-- Carole Giambalvo

[Photo by Casey Woods]

[Last modified: Thursday, April 16, 2009 12:30pm]


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