This week in Tampa: Joshua Radin, Sister Hazel, Last Damn Show and more
When the week's three biggest Tampa concerts are an S&M-themed industrial rock show, a hip-hop show featuring a song called Birthday Sex, and an R&B legend mixing it up with Brian Boitano, you know it's a weird week in local music.
Thankfully, Carole Giambalvo is here to walk you through the week ahead. In addition to tonight's big shows by Brand New and Dr. John (click here for details), check out her preview of shows by Joshua Radin (above), Sister Hazel, Tim Reynolds and TR3, Last Damn Show (with Goodie Mob, Keri Hilson and Jeremih) Municipal Waste, Tres Bien, Dave Mason, Joe Bonamassa, Big D and the Kids Table and more ...
MONDAY 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13-$14. (727) 895-3045.
Sadistic magicians, beer funneling, war, drugs, toxic sludge, food fights — it’s all here. Richmond, Va.’s Municpal Waste (not quite a public works project) likes its thrash metal and punk precise, and its world an utter mess. On havoc-wreaking Unleash the Bastards, a “stench of death” consumes the air. Meanwhile, guitars test circuit limitations and drums clatter like assault rifles. Just the boys to bring home to Mom, right? (Maybe if your mom is Courtney Love.) Municipal Waste’s dirty, speedy sound has also become prevalent in skateboard videos.
With Mumpsy, Hello Alaska
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $5. (727) 943-5713.
The 20-somethings of Clearwater natives Tres Bien openly bow to the Beatles, the Kinks and the era of moptops and bouffants with a harmony-driven, British Invasion-inspired sound. Once a finalist on Fox’s The Next Great American Band, and a tbt* Ultimate Local Artist in 2008, the group moved to Williamsport, Pa. (home of the Little League World Series) last year to get a jump on commuting to shows in New York and Philly. It was “a good idea until winter came,” the band jokes. Highs are in the 80s here, fellas. Welcome home.
Last Damn Show 11
With Goodie Mob, Fabolous, Keri Hilson, Jeremih, New Boyz, Twista, Plies, Tom G., Ester Dean, Black Dada, Justin Bieber
SATURDAY 5 p.m. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. $20-$60.50. See wild941.com for details.
Dirty South legends Goodie Mob have reunited — yes, even Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo Green — and are headlining this year’s Last Damn Show hip-hop festival. It’ll be part of the pioneering Dungeon Family group’s first tour as a foursome in 10 years. But for fans who are into what’s hot now, look no further than the New Boyz (You’re a Jerk) and Jeremih (Birthday Sex), not to mention Tampa’s own Plies and Tom G. Canadian teenybopper Justin Bieber, who currently has four songs on iTunes’ top 100 downloads chart, is a curious addition to the bill, but more power to him. — Jay Cridlin, tbt*
With the Watson Twins
TUESDAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Some of music’s most celebrated songs were written after bad breakups. Think Alanis Morrisette’s You Oughta Know, Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, or Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U. Joshua Radin, an aspiring screenwriter and friend of Scrubs star Zach Braff, began writing songs after a painful split. And his hushed vocal style and naptime strumming (some call it “whisper rock”) developed in part as a courtesy to his apartment neighbors, he says. Today, Radin seems happy to share relationship advice. The gorgeous Sky urges couples to never go to bed angry.
Featuring Sister Hazel, Nate Najar, Jason Young, Alan Darcy, the Vodkanauts, Grupo Havana Swing
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $80. (813) 935-8552.
An aural gumbo (maybe real gumbo, too) awaits attendees of Lowry Park Zoo food and entertainment event Zoofari. Sister Hazel headlines with bluegrass, Southern rock and alternative jams, including Blues Traveler-esque hit All for You. The loyally-followed Gainesville band, which recently led a panel discussion about artist development at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, has 16 years and seven studio albums under its belt. Zoofari also includes local jazz guitarist Nate Najar and “purveyors of power lounge” (an idiosyncratic cocktail of jazz and surf-rock), the Vodkanauts.
Tim Reynolds and TR3
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Best known for duos with Dave Matthews, such as the critically acclaimed Live at Luther College and Live at Radio City, Tim Reynolds brings intricate guitar work to the small stage. The fingerboard visionary and improv wizard will perform originals and a variety of covers.
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.
Dave Mason’s Feelin’ Alright became something of a rock standard after Joe Cocker and Grand Funk Railroad covered the song in the early ’70s. The former Traffic singer-guitarist and pop-jazz-rock fusionist, whose repertoire also includes We Just Disagree and Hole in My Shoe, was a close friend of Jimi Hendrix and a member of Fleetwood Mac in the mid ’90s.
Big D and the Kids Table
With illScarlett, the Have Nots, the Long Johns
SUNDAY 6:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Like Mustard Plug or Catch 22, rudeboys Big D and the Kids Table play sometimes joke-y, sometimes snarling third-wave ska. “Let the smokers smoke / let the politicians lie / let grandma be a bitch / athletes be filthy rich / let the stoners get high,” they chant on Hell On Earth.
Viva St. Pete Rockabilly Explosion: Fri. featuring the Dive Bar Stalkers, the Redliners, the Cadillac Bombers. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $8. (727) 895-3045.
Klik: Fri. With Relentless. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th Street North, Largo. (727) 532-0265.
Melissa Brethauer CD release party: Fri. 7 p.m. Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Dr., Brandon. $5. (813) 685-5998.
Joe Bonamassa: Fri. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $33-$51. (727) 791-7400.
Justin Moore: Fri. With Jason Young. 9 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 855-1464.
Vains of Jenna: Fri. With Holes and Hearts, Zombie Dragstrip Hookers. 9 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 US 19, New Port Richey. $10. (727) 843-0686.
Trio Vibe: Fri. and Sat. 7 p.m. Della’s After Dark, 608 Oakfield Drive, Brandon. Free. (813) 684-3354.
Mimicking Birds: Sat. With Bryon Friedman, Jeremy Rowland. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Sons of Hippies: Sat. With Room Full of Strangers, Villanova Junction, Justin Kaiser. 9 p.m. The Emerald, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-6054.
The Honor Society: Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Janiva Magness: Sun. 4 p.m. Ace’s Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. $12-$15. (941) 795-3886.
Gumbo Boogie CD release party: Sun. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $6. (813) 971-0666.
DJ Kidd Leow: Mon. 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater. (727) 571-2222.
The Joel Sanders Band: Wed. 9 p.m. Two Buks Saloon, 1915 N. Hercules Ave.,Clearwater. (727) 442-0812.
Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade :Wed. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.
Evergreen Terrace: Wed. With For the Fallen Dreams, more. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12.50. (813) 248-9500.
Ballyhoo: Thurs. With Can’t Hang. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Home: Thurs. With Flexxehawk, Insect Joy. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*