This week in Tampa: Jackson Browne, Emilie Autumn, Forever the Sickest Kids and more
If you're up for a road trip, don't sleep on Neko Case in Orlando or the Bacon Brothers in Sarasota. Wade Tatangelo chatted with both artists -- check out his chat with Neko here, and his chat with the Bacons here.
After the jump: The best concert picks of the week ahead, including Underoath, Jackson Browne, Emilie Autumn (above), Forever the Sickest Kids, Gloriana, Sarah Borges and Broken Singles, Chuck Ragan, Gil Mantera's Party Dream, Geri X., the Ska is Dead tour and more...
With August Burns Red, Emery
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21. (813) 247-2555.
Who’s the biggest band in Tampa? How about Underoath, the veteran Christian metalcore artists who have toured the world in support of their proggy, scorched-earth anthems of passion and rage. This summer, they headlined the Vans Warped Tour. Drummer and “clean” vocalist Aaron Gillespie — Underoath’s sole remaining original member — is having quite a month. A few weeks ago, his popular side outfit, the more straightforward The Almost, released their second album, Monster Monster. We’re sure he’s happy he’ll get to spend Thanksgiving at home in Tampa. Southern-metal openers Emery return to Tampa Bay after canceling a gig at Jannus Landing in August.
With Latin League, Fantasma
THURSDAY (11/19) 9 p.m. Studio Inc., 3603 W Waters Ave., Tampa. Before 10 p.m.: Free for ladies, $15 for guys. After 10 p.m.: $15 for ladies, $20 for guys. (813) 598-3946
Let’s get crunkchata! Heartthrob Toby Love will bring his blend of crunk hip-hop and bachata sounds to Studio Inc. Night Club. Love, a former member of the Bronx band Aventura, is best known for his Spanglish hit Tengo Un Amor. — Dalia Colon
Sarah Borges and Broken Singles
With Eileen Jewell Band
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
When it rained during Sarah Borges’ outdoor set at this year’s Tropical Heatwave concert, everyone piled inside the Cuban Club for shelter. The foxy, feisty Borges wasn’t about to stand for that. So she kicked her set up a notch, leaping offstage into the drizzle and running into the crowd to lead fans in a singalong on a rip-roaring little blues-rock number. Standing on a chair in the rain, she won over a number of soaking-wet Tampa fans. No doubt they’ll be back for this show at Skipper’s, rain or shine.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$64.50. (727) 791-7400.
Jackson Browne has been wringing out his personal and political angst through soul-stripping music long before most of knew the difference between the heart and the head. In 1972, while Michael Jackson was singing to a pet rat in Ben, Browne was preaching poetry in his first big hit Doctor My Eyes. Inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame in 2004, Browne has turned his musical focus over the past 20 years from romance to the real world, choosing to use his albums as a call to action for those who would march with him. Look for his show Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall — a solo, acoustic performance — to include songs from all stages of his career. — Steve Spears
Forever the Sickest Kids
With the Rocket Summer, Sing It Loud, My Favorite Highway, Artist vs. Poet
FRIDAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18.50-$21. (727) 895-3045.
How this band escaped the eye of Fueled By Ramen (Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Paramore) is a mystery. The synth-happy Dallas sextet play powerpoppy punk jams that wouldn’t sound out of place on Radio Disney — but that doesn’t mean they don’t still rock pretty hard, as evidenced by their back-to-back stints on the Warped Tour. All four openers offer a similar mix of catchy guitars, pianos, synths and sneering, soaring vocals.
With The Bloody Crumpets
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18.50. (727) 895-3045.
Just call her Lady Goth-Goth. (No? Too forced? Moving on, then.) Blend the vocals of PJ Harvey, the operatic moodiness of Amy Lee and the over-the-top aesthetics of a certain Ms. Poker Face, and you’d have Emilie Autumn, a classically trained singer, violinist, Goth pinup and potential star in the making. She’s performed with artists like Courtney Love, Billy Corgan and Dethklok, and her live shows incorporate wildly theatrical elements, such as burlesque dancing, girl-on-girl smooching and the hurling of tea and crumpets, all in a setting meant to emulate a Victorian asylumn. Watch out for a show-stopping cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
With Jim Ward, Frank Turner, John Snodgrass, Chad Price, Audra Mae, the Zydepunks
SATURDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.
On the 2008 version of his Revival Tour, Chuck Ragan, singer of Gainesville punk favorites Hot Water Music, took Lucero’s Ben Nichols and Against Me!’s Tom Gabel on the road for a series of raw, rootsy folk hootenannies. This year’s guests include Jim Ward (Sparta), Frank Turner (Million Dead) and Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price (Drag the River). Expect some ragged-edged singalongs in the vein of Springsteen and Ryan Adams.
Gil Mantera’s Party Dream
With Sunbears!, Vasti, DJ Colonic
THURSDAY (11/26) 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
What better way to work off that Thanksgiving turkey than by dancing your ass off to a pair of ’80s-inspired electro freaks? Gil Mantera and Ultimate Donny have been starting neon hypercolors parties since the late ’90s in their native Youngstown, Ohio. Their synths and wild live show will make you want to party like it’s 1989. Jacksonville’s Sunbears!, one of Florida’s true buzz bands, have wowed Tampa Bay crowds this year with a series of high-energy live shows.
Ska is Dead Tour
With Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Deal’s Gone Bad, Victims of Circumstance
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $15. (813) 241-8600, skaisdead.com.
From the raw punk edge of Mustard Plug to the horn-happy hooks of third wave vets the Toasters to the relentless energy of Voodoo Glow Skulls, Friday’s show is like a mini-history of American ska since 1980. Clearwater favorites Victims of Circumstance kick off the show.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 855-1229
Before they hit the road with Taylor Swift next spring, here’s your chance to see up-and-coming country foursome up close and in person. With head-bobbing guitars and layered harmonies, Gloriana has a song that sounds a tad more like Christian pop-rock than straight-up Nashville twang, but that didn’t stop their debut single, Wild At Heart, from becoming a Top 20 country hit. Bonus: Vocalist Rachel Reinert hails from Sarasota, so this’ll be a bit of a homecoming show.
With pat mAcdonald, Marksmen, Margot West
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7 (21 and up). (813) 247- 2555
The countdown is on until acclaimed St. Pete singer-songwriter Geri X. moves to Atlanta in December. This is one of her final listed gigs before a going-away show at the State Theatre, so if you're interested in seeing her in a more intimate venue, New World is the place. The curiously capitalized pat mAcdonald, formerly the singer and guitarist for Timbuk3 (The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades) is also on the bill.
David Crowder Band: Fri. With Chris Tomlin. 7 p.m. Countryside Christian Center, 1850 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. Sold out. thejoyfm.com.
Roy Jay: Fri. 9 p.m. Barefoot Billy’s, 3120 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 831-8703
The Bacon Brothers: Fri. 8 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $10-$50. (800) 826-9303, vanwezel.org.
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack: Fri. With Groove Stain, Primitive Astronauts, the Hollow Earth Party. 7:30 p.m. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $13-$18. (727) 843-0686.
Rus Anderson and Mark Anthony: Fri. Elton John/Billy Joel tribute. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $30-$36. (727) 587-6793.
Rock for Choice (pro-choice fundraiser): Sat. With Sons of Hippies, Megan Alfredson, the Marys, Inertia! 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10 suggested donation 21 and up, $13 suggested donation 18-20. Proceeds go to W.O.M.E.N. (813) 971-0666.
Hat Trick Heroes: Sat. With Killer Without A Cause. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-2356.
Randy Jackson of Zebra: Sat. With Jeteye. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $12. (727) 843-0686.
Rebirth Brass Band: Sat. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $16-$20. (727) 587-6793.
Sienna Shores: Sat. With Set the Sights, Of Cities In Oceans, The Beast at Bay, Never Lose Sight, the Aurora. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave, Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
LoudMouth! Sat. Eddie’s Bar, 1250 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Free. (727) 734-2300.
Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart: Sun. 8 p.m. Craftsman House Gallery & Cafe, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$23. (727) 323-2787.
Ted Lukas and the Misled: Sat. 9:30 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Davis Islands, Tampa. (813) 251-2748.
G-86: Sat. With A-FLO, Mello-D. 5 p.m. Gospel Expo, 2515 E Hanna Ave., Tampa.
Alexander and the Grapes: Sat. With the Sun Society, the Wind-Up Birds, Moor Hound, John Gold. 7:30 p.m. Cafe Bohemia, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-4495
Poetry 'N Lotion: Sat. With Jim Morey Band, Infinite Groove Orchestra. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 247-2555.
Set It Off: Sun. With Hello Alaska, One Way, Oh Clemency. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 895-3045.
Matt Butcher: Wed. With Jill Andrews, Will Quinlan. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 247-2555.
Danko Jones: Wed. Following Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 8 p.m. Plaza outside St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa.
Mike Bless: Wed. With DJs Big Hurt, Shure Fire, Next Level and Heavyweight. Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. skye1509.com.
Danny Smooth: Wed. Weezer tribute. 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $5. (813) 382-3477.
Marduk: Wed. With Nachmystium, Mantic Ritual, Merrimack, Omneity, Promethean Horde, Promise Me Hell. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 972-8152.
The Hundred Handed: Thur. With Global Decay, Kendog, Tampa Wicked, Feature Ink, Tribrid, more. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $5. (727) 532-0265.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*