This week in Tampa: Katy Perry, Borgore, Dick Dale, Grouplove and more
There's no concert bigger this week than Katy Perry. The record-breaking pop princess hits the St. Pete Times Forum with two fantastic opening acts, Robyn and Marina and the Diamonds. Sean Daly explores exactly why Katy Perry is so popular, and where she ranks in the long history of pop-music flirts. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday; tickets are $45; click here for details.
It's also a solid week for indie rock (Junip, Grouplove), country (Josh Gracin, Jaron and the Long Road to Love) and hip-hop/R&B (Young Jeezy, Curren$y, Jermaine, Jagged Edge). For details on these shows and more -- including Dick Dale, Borgore and the Parlotones -- jump ahead for Carole Liparoto's picks...
With Lions After Dark, John Gold
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
A band, and not an activity, Grouplove is comprised of young American coeds who met at an art commune on the island of Crete. Upon return to California, the crew released Colours, an off-kilter rock song with the yelp-y exuberance of Modest Mouse. The group’s reps say Tampa’s own 97X was “one of the first stations in the country to really get behind and support Grouplove.” That’s a nice pickup considering this band is on the verge of an alt-rock breakout.
With Laramie Dean
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
You might say Dick Dale’s Miserlou — a reverb-sopping, staccato style retool of an old Arabic love song — did for surfing what The Doors did for LSD. The beach-summoning single of ’62 was quickly reworked by The Beach Boys, The Ventures, Surfaris and The Trashmen, solidifying it as a surf-rock staple. And for you kids who didn’t recognize anything from the above paragraphs, we bet you’d remember Miserlou as the featured song from Pulp Fiction, or the hook from the Black Eyed Peas’ Pump It. Catch the 74-year-old surf guitar god at State Theatre Saturday.
With Helado Negro, King of Spain
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
In 2006, Sony released an ad for its Bravia HD television featuring 250,000 colorful balls bouncing down the streets of San Francisco. The video went viral, but its millions of commenters seemed more inquisitive about the serene song that played behind it. Answer: It was an acoustic cover of The Knife song Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez, and as the Sony ad producers prosaically put it, the song “makes you feel nice.” With his band Junip, Gonzalez retains that tranquility and “niceness,” just with a more electronic-folk feel a la Zero 7.
With Nerd Rage, Baker, ClrH20, Jaybee, Halo Nova, more
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$22. (813) 247-2555.
What would it sound like if Sacha Baron Cohen confined himself to a room with turntables, sequencers, samplers, drum machines, computers and keys? Well, probably a lot like Borgore, the Israeli dubstep DJ and producer with a passion for misogynistic comedy, satire, unconventional dance grooves and bone-rattling bass. Borgore has worked with M.I.A (she called him “one of the best,” according to NME), Bring Me The Horizon and Diplo to create dirty dance music, stuff that refuses to use traditional four-to-the-flour patterns or lovestruck lyricism.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
Born out of the church choirs of Atlanta, Jagged Edge is the harmonic R&B/hip-hop group best known for baby-maker Let’s Get Married and Bacardi-swilling Where the Party At. Twin brothers Brian and Brandon Casey write and produce most of the output. (For trivia buffs, that means they share something in common with The Bee Gees and Tegan and Sara.) They’ve also penned tunes for Usher, 112 and Toni Braxton.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$30. (727) 565-0551.
“The sights, sounds and smells” at hip-hop artist Curren$y’s last show at Jannus Live were so “unforgettable”, says the venue’s staff, that they had to bring him back for an encore performance. The New Orleans rapper, a former member of Master P’s 504 Boyz (Wobble, Wobble) and a Lil Wayne protégé, is now signed to Warner Bros. and is on the way up. Check out Fly Out (Part Tres) a funky, hazy tune so smooth and assertive it pulls off a Michael Jordan diss with flying colors.
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Joyland, 5520 14th St., Bradenton. $15. (941) 756-6060, joyland.com.
If you like to catch a hunk every now and again when you’re out honky-tonkin’, this is a good weekend for it. This is a return engagement at Joyland for country hunk Josh Gracin, who was serving in the Marines when he landed on the second season of American Idol. He placed in the top four, served his stint with the Marines and has carved out a respectable career in country music, scoring a top hit in 2004 with Nothin’ to Lose.
Vains of Jenna Fri. With Rise of Athera, Bad Magistrate, more. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Jaron and the Long Road to Love Fri. Doors at 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301, Tampa. (813) 987-2855; dallasbull.com.
Funky Seeds and Free Range Roosters Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Casey Stidham Fri. 8 p.m. World of Beer, 402 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 251-6800.
Peter Baldwin Fri. With Dynasty and d’Visitors, The Pauses, Florida Night Heat. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
Baby Loves Disco Fri. 5 p.m. Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $15-$50. (727) 360-1881.
Tahoe Fox Fri. 10 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
Bryan Elijah Smith Sat. 8 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.
Rainbow Sat. With Alien House, Auto!Automatic!! 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
The Parlotones Sat. With Halibut, The Daylights. 7:30 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Kenneth Brian Band Sat. 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091.
Industry Insider Music Summit Sun. 4 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 895-3045.
The Pass Wed. With Young Egypt, Pop Glow. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Young Jeezy Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Vanity Ultra Lounge, 3603 W Waters Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-5339.
Black Uhuru Thurs. With Duckie Simpson, more. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Jermaine Thurs. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 565-0551.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: AP.