This week in Tampa: Josh Groban, Odd Future, Hanson and more
... Aaaaaand that's the last time you'll ever see the words "Josh Groban" and "Odd Future" in the same headline. At least until that Duets album we've been pitching finally comes together.
Seriously, though: Your humble Soundcheck editor is planning to attend both Groban's concert on Friday at the St. Pete Times Forum, and Odd Future's show Nov. 2 at the Ritz Ybor. Is anyone else doing this? Surely I can't be the only person in Tampa Bay who's morbidly fascinated with both Groban AND Tyler, the Creator. If anyone else is planning to hit both shows, let me know.
In the meantime, there's plenty of fantastic music going on elsewhere in Tampa Bay this weekend and next week, including Hanson, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jake Owen, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Memoryhouse, Walk the Moon, Tesco Vee and the Meatmen, Between The Buried And Me and more. Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...
FRIDAY 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $55 and up. (813) 301-2500.
Most of the world knows Josh Groban as the grand (or depending on your state of mind, goopy) tenor adored by Oprah and Aunt Kathys everywhere. But for all of Groban’s classical-crossover gallantry, he’s got a great funny bone. This month, Groban played Andy Bernard’s younger, more successful brother on The Office. Before that, he sang Kanye West tweets (“fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on”) in a hilarious sketch for Jimmy Kimmel. On this tour, dubbed “Straight to You”, Groban will offer spontaneity and interactivity with his fans, calling for their opinions on the set-list and on life in general.
Wednesday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
Call 'em revolutionaries, call 'em hatemongers, simply call 'em overhyped media creations if that's your thing. We guarantee Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All frontman Tyler, the Creator does not care. Seriously, does a man who tweets under the handle @f---tyler, or whose latest single is titled B--- Suck D---, really mind stirring the proverbial pot? On this tour, Tyler has been joined by fellow L.A. wunderkinds Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Left Brain and Jasper Dolphin, so we may not get a glimpse of Syd tha Kid or Frank Ocean (to say nothing of Earl Sweatshirt). But if and when he launches into the growling, MTV VMA-winning Yonkers, expect all hell to break loose at the Ritz.
With Charlie Mars
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $27-$31. (727) 895-3045.
A little more than a decade ago, you could find Partridge-esque pop stars the Hanson brothers gracing the cover of Tiger Beat mags, ruling MTV’s TRL, and distracting pre-pubescent girls from language arts homework. Today, though much of the squealing has subsided, the MMMBop boys from Oklahoma (all of whom are now married) continue to play infectious, self-penned soul-pop tunes. Thinking 'Bout Something shows their depth as musicians (yeah, we said it) and unassisted vocalists, a unique feat in today’s pop music realm.
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Cappy’s Pizzeria, 4910 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 238-1516.
Ambient indie-pop with a slice of pepperoni? Don’t mind if we do. Sub Pop label duo Memoryhouse plays misty, half-awake music that calls to mind the hipster’s version of easy listening. Check them out at this Seminole Heights pizza joint Saturday.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
With Pujol, Look Mexico, Native
TUESDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$14. (813) 241-8600.
Ted Leo wants you! To get informed about the social and political inequities plaguing this country, that is. The New Jersey punk-poet plays smart, tote bag indie that conjures up an authoritative but peaceable parking lot rally. Opening the show is Pujol. There’s no relation to Albert that we know of, except perhaps in the sheer power of the band’s Southern-tinged garage-rocking.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa. Sold out, but there will be 200 tickets available for $15 when the doors open at 7 p.m. (813) 987-2855.
On Eight Second Ride Vero Beach-born stud muffin Jake Owen tries to impress a lady friend with his spittoon and truck tire girth. Turns out, monster tires and tobacco do in fact get the blood pumping, because this one’s sold out. On latest Barefoot, Blue Jean Night, the cowboy with the sexy baritone brings more riverside fun and some stadium-size “whoas."
Bogus Pomp’s Zappaween
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 565-0551.
If your idea of a good Halloween get-down involves ultra-complicated hybrid jazz and abstract humor, this one’s for you. As you might be aware, fans have been turning out year after year for “Zappaween”, the annual event put on by Bogus Pomp, St. Pete’s preeminent (and possibly only) diehard Zappa tribute act. You might also be aware that Zappa events bring out cult-like obsessives, so anticipate a wild and winding evening.
Fitz and the Tantrums
With Walk the Moon
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
A lanky Californian with frosted hair is an unlikely soul man, but soul man he is. Fitz and the Tantrums singer Michael Fitzpatrick leads well-dressed brass boys and gals, the Tantrums, on a Motown-influenced soul expedition with an indie edge (MoneyGrabber). Ohio act Walk the Moon, one of our favorite surprise acts at Bonnaroo, opens with dance-ready tunes about hourglass bodies and walking on tightropes. Anna Sun, a track apparently named after the lead singer’s favorite professor from college, is a must-hear.
Tesco Vee and The Meatmen
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Mojo Books and Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 971-9717. AND 9 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 972-8152.
Hardcore punk uncle and prankster Tesco Vee will make two very different Tampa appearances this weekend. First, he’ll hold a quiet reading and Q&A at Mojo Books. Later, he’ll make a raucous run through vile, offensive punk tunes with his band The Meatmen (insert politically- incorrect song title of your choosing here). Make an evening of it and try both, won’t you?
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
FRIDAY 5:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7400.
The muscly electric blues of hits Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up helped bring the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Texas blues scene to the forefront. It also earned the barnburnin’ band opening gigs for the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker, to name a few. Co-founder and harmonica whiz Kim Wilson remains the only original member, as the Thunderbirds’ guitarist Jimmie Vaughan (brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan) went on to pursue a solo career years back.
Black Tide Fri. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free for 21 and up, $10 under 21. (727) 565-0551.
The Rocky Horror Lotion Show Fri. featuring Poetry n’ Lotion, The Winter Sounds, Palantine. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Youth Brigade Fri. With Johnny Unite Us, more. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-12. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Fright Night Round 3 Fri. featuring Take Charge (CD Release), Playing for Keeps, Adaliah, Rebuilt from Ruins, Von Wolfe, Conquer, All Sets Aside. 7 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S. Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8-$10. (727) 943-5713.
32nd Annual Freakers Ball (2011: A Space Oddity) Fri. featuring The Vodkanauts. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.
Sacred Lands Music and a Meal event Fri. featuring Key of Life, Druid Roots. 6:30 p.m. Sacred Lands, 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 432-9271.
Funk-O-Ween Sat. featuring Aquaphonics. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Baker Bruce Band Sat. 8 p.m. Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. (727) 368-9619. Free. (727) 368-9619.
Jimmy Needs Meds Sat. 8 p.m. In the Zone, 4535 Gunn Hwy., Tampa. Free. (813) 374-0144.
Kevin Seconds Tues. With David Dondero. 7:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Between The Buried and Me Thurs. 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$22. (813) 247-2555.
Rock the Park Thurs. With Guiltmaker, Michael Christmas, J’Nelle. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. rocktheparktampa.com.
The Tiger Lillies Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $27.50 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*