This week in Tampa: Jingle Ball, Aerosmith, Psy, Sum 41, Jonathan Coulton and more
Last weekend was all about alt-rock, thanks to the 97X Next Big Thing. This weekend it's all about pop, with the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ballhitting the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Sean Kingston and more. (We are, of course, bummed that Korean sensation Psy had to drop out of this year's Jingle Ball due to a schedule conflict with, of all places, the White House -- but he'll be here on Saturday instead.)
After the jump, get the scoop on this week's best music, including the Jingle Ball, Aerosmith, Psy, Sum 41, Queensryche's Geoff Tate, Jonathan Coulton, Souls of Mischief, Killer Mike, Talib Kweli, Cannibal Corpse, Iris DeMent, Southern Culture on the Skids, Bowzer's Holiday Rock 'n' Roll Party, Torche, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and more...
93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball
With Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Sean Kingston, Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Walk the Moon, Zedd, Matthew Koma, The Ready Set, Austin Mahone, Bridgit Mendler, DJ Beat Boy
SUNDAY 6 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $29-$159. (813) 301-2500, jingleballtampa.com.
93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball is a big booming radio in flesh-and-blood form. Yes, Justin Bieber and Ke$ha will be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Sunday. But so will singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, a moody Brit whose touchy-feeling A Team is a hit, and whose collaborations with Taylor Swift and One Direction have made him a sweetheart with the tween set. Colorado heart-sleevers OneRepublic made waves (of lonely girl tears) with 2007 smash Apologize. And Sean Kingston has been kind of quiet of late, but the Jamaican rapper-singer had a monster jam with 2007’s Beautiful Girls. German DJ Zedd and Cincinatti indie rockers Walk the Moon fill out the main bill. As a bonus for younger fans, likable lass Bridgit Mendler from Disney’s Good Luck Charlie, plus the Ready Set and Austin Mahone, will perform for free outside the venue for the 3 p.m. Jingle Ball Plaza Pre-Show Party. — Sean Daly
SATURDAY 4:30 p.m. (event runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.). University Mall, 2200 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. 933flz.com.
Is Psy a one-hit wonder? You have to admit: Gangnam Style, which has reached No. 1 in more than 30 countries, has a certain whiff of I’m Too Sexy about it. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. We all need to cut loose now and then, and what with all the nonsense going on in the world these days, the 34-year-old Psy (real name: Park Jae-sang) is a respite. Psy will perform at the free Jingle All the Way event at University Mall in Tampa on Saturday. He was supposed to play Sunday’s 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball at the Tampa Bay Times Forum but instead has a date with the president. Fair enough. — Sean Daly
With Cheap Trick
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46.75-$146.75. (813) 301-2500.
See, kids, before he was on American Idol, making headlines for bickering with Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler was in this band. They sang blues-rock songs about transvestites, cannibalizing wealthy folk and engaging in elevator sex. Not exclusively, of course; for a while, they also dominated the global power-ballad market with smashes like Crazy, Cryin’ and I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing. But mostly, Aerosmith has chosen to celebrate the lewd and lascivious things in life throughout a career tumescent with swarthy, swingin’ singles. It hasn’t been easy going of late — Aerosmith has canceled many shows as Tyler, now an improbable 64 (!), has battled injuries and feuds with bandmates. But after more than 40 years, from Dream On through new album Music From Another Dimension!, it’s amazing they’re walking at all. So if you’re hungry for a taste of pure, unfiltered American meat-rock, tie on a scarf and walk this way.
With iamdynamite, Hunter Valentine
FRIDAY Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Avenue, Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
“Stormin’ through the party like my name was El Nino!” With those words, pop-punk outfit Sum 41 announced their arrival as Canada’s answer to Blink-182, a brash young gang of snot-nosed groms who refuse to mature with dignity. But why should they? Fat Lip and In Too Deep were inescapable radio hits around 2001, and their seeming omnipresence in American Pie movies ensures the band will have a steady stream of residual checks for years to come.
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$35. (727) 791-7400
The moody, mind-bendy metal of Queensryche was already confounding enough to many a mainstream music fan — and that was before the band split in twain this year. After the group voted out frontman Geoff Tate in April, the operatic vocalist announced he was forming his own version of Queensryche. In October, a judge ruled that both versions of Queensryche can legally exist, so starting in December, Tate and his new bandmates — including former Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray — will resume touring under that name. (Confused yet? Here: Tate’s Queensryche is at queensryche.com; the other guys — who will play the Ritz Ybor on March 15 — are at queensrycheofficial.com.) At this show, Tate will play material from new solo album Kings & Thieves, but also Queensryche hits like Silent Lucidity and Jet City Woman.
Skatepark of Tampa 20 Year Anniversary Party
With Souls of Mischief, Killer Mike
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. skateparkoftampa.com
The last time confessional Atlanta rapper Killer Mike was in town, he stole the show from a bona fide hip-hop legend, the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, at the State Theatre. Can he do the same opening for Oakland hip-hop collective Souls of Mischief? Like the West Coast’s answer to A Tribe Called Quest, the Souls fused jazzy samples and funky beats to create a heady and ambitious signature sound. Their breakout single ’93 til Infinity also happens to mark the year the Skatepark of Tampa opened, making them a perfect choice to headline this anniversary gig.
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.
Yale-educated former software designer? Hmm. That doesn’t sound like the resume of a power-pop star. But Jonathan Coulton has parlayed his not-so-sexy background into a cultlike following thanks to his brilliantly geeky comedy songs. Finding inspiration in zombies (Re: Your Brains), Swedish design emporiums (Ikea), and lovelorn computer programmers (Code Monkey), Coulton, a frequent collaborator of humorist John Hodgman, has such dedicated fans that his website includes a “JoCopedia,” where they chronicle his lyrics, themes and performances. He’ll play with a full band at the State Theatre Saturday.
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 305 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $36.50-$46.50. (727) 791-7400.
Having helmed O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Coen brothers know a thing about old-timey tunes that pack an emotional wallop. So it’s no small achievement that Iris DeMent’s warbling rendition of Leaning On the Everlasting Arms was selected to soundtrack the final scene of the Coens’ remake of True Grit. Her sparse, delicate country-folk style is straight from another era, though she has moments — like The Night I Learned How Not To Pray, from lush new disc Sing the Delta, her first album of original songs in 16 years — where she sounds ready to roll up her sleeves and rock the jukebox.
With Misery Index, Hour of Penance, Promethian Horde, Generichrist
FRIDAY 6 p.m. The Brass Mug, 14811 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 972-8152.
You want an authentic Tampa death metal experience? How about a show by genre icons Cannibal Corpse at club that for three decades has served as the Tampa death metal scene’s home base? Granted, this is the new Mug on Florida Avenue, not the one near USF whose rib-quaking acoustics helped spawn groups like Obituary, Deicide, Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse. Vocalist George Fisher’s intimidating growl will test the limits of the new Mug’s ever-evolving sound system.
Southern Culture on the Skids
With The Woolly Bushmen
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20.
It’s always a party when North Carolina’s Southern Culture on the Skids returns to Skipper’s Smokehouse, but we’re especially curious to see what they’ll have cooking on Saturday, considering they’re touring behind 2011’s Zombified, a “tribute to the horror and exploitation movies that populated Southern theaters and drive-ins during the ’60s and n’70s.” Sounds spooky! Don’t miss Orlando openers The Woolly Bushmen, a shaggy, retro garage-rock trio who’ve spent 2012 asserting themselves on the Central Florida scene.
With DJ Sandman, DJ Prophet, DJ Shizm
The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free for ladies until 11 p.m., $10 otherwise. (813) 454-5244.
Be forewarned: This is not a concert by Kweli, one-half of acclaimed intellectual hip-hop duo Black Star — he’ll just be hosting this Friday-night party at the Kennedy. But if Sandman, Prohpet or Shizm drops the beat to Get By, you never know — Kweli might not be able to keep his hands off the mic.
Bowzer’s Holiday Rock 'n’ Roll Party Fri. With Bowzer (Sha Na Na), Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Crystals, Joe Dee, Johnny Contardo. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.
Jonathan Priest and the Incandescent Monsters Fri. With SupaSkunk. 10 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. (813) 251-2748.
Damon Fowler Group Fri. With Eddie Wright. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Pat Travers Fri. 8 p.m. Cocktails, 6229 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. $20-$25. (727) 848-3227.
Highway to Hell (AC/DC tribute) Fri. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.
The Sexual Side Effects Fri. With Waking Giants, Brazos the Rat, Shut Up Lita, more. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 895-3045.
Dent May Fri. With Saskatchewan, Florida Night Heat. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Holiday Hip Hop 2012 Fri. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10. (727) 895-3045.
Stix of Fire (Hurricane Sandy benefit) Sat. 7:30 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1507 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 247-2555.
Hip Hop Against Hunger Sat. With ?nowledge, Logic For Beatz, Rahim Samad, Green Sunshine, Prophit, Mike Mass, more. 4:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 241-8600.
Black Taxi Sat. With Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Skull and Bone Band. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
Gumbi Ortiz and New Groove City Sun. 3 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $10-$20. (727) 458-7030.
Crushed Out Sun. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. theorpheum.com.
Hot Club of San Francisco Sun. 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $26.50-$31.50. (727) 587-6793.
Tyrone Wells Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50. (813) 229-7827.
Ninjasonik Tue. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band Wed. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. theorpheum.com.
Torche Thur. With Set & Setting, Tides of Man. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. theorpheum.com.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*