This week in Tampa: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Die Antwoord, The Temper Trap, Clearwater Jazz Holiday and more
Our endless Rocktober continues with another absolutely jam-packed concert week, including this year's Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Tonight through Sunday, the Avett Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Esperanza Spalding (above) and others will take the stage at Coachman Park. Click here for our preview of this year's Holiday.
As for the rest of the week: We've got the goods on shows by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Die Antwoord, The Temper Trap, Gwar, Awolnation, Shpongle, Morbid Angel, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Blood On the Dance Floor, Alejandro Escovedo, Imagine Dragons, Aesop Rock, Rita Ora, JJ Grey and Mofro, Pierce the Veil, Reptar, Chris Cagle, the Toasters and more. Get the details after the jump...
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Where to begin in describing aggressively bizarre South African trio Die Antwoord? Outlandish frontman Ninja, pint-sized, pixie-voiced sidekick Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek perform what they call “rave-rap,” a highly stylized, over-the-top mix of of electro beats, multilingual lyrics and trash culture aesthetics. The kitsch-arty visuals are shocking by design — see Yo-Landi’s pitch-black, dead-eye contacts during a mesmerizing performance of I Fink You Freeky earlier this year on Letterman — but even if it’s all an act, it’s one you can’t look away from quickly.
The Temper Trap
With The Neighbourhood
TUESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Cenral Ave., St. Petersburg. $21-$25. (727) 895-3045.
Australia’s answer to Coldplay and The Script broke big thanks to Sweet Disposition, the smash single whose Edge-like guitars and top-of-your-lungs vocals sounded like the aural equivalent of a sprint toward true love — which, in turn, gave it an endless life in commercials, TV shows, video games and films like (500) Days of Summer. “We decided not to be precious about how our music got heard,” bassist Jonathon Aherne told the Miami New Times recently. The strategy seems to have paid off, as the Temper Trap were invited to play the main stage at this summer’s Bonnaroo. And we still can’t get Sweet Disposition out of our heads.
With DevilDriver, Cancer Bats, Legacy of Disorder
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21. (813) 247-2555.
It’s always a party when Gwar comes to town — a bloody, messy, goo-soaked party. The costumed heavy metal caricatures got a dose of reality last fall when guitarist Cory Smoot, a.k.a. “Flattus Maximus,” died suddenly on tour. But the show went on, and just last week, Gwar announced his replacement: Flattus’ “long-lost cousin” Pustulus Maximus, known on this planet as Brent Purgason of Cannabis Corpse. “Here was a being that was supposedly born with a guitar in his fist, which of course resulted in the death of his beloved mother, whose body he immediately devoured,” Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus said on the band’s website. So metal!
With Imagine Dragons, Zeale
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
You’ve had more than a year to get Awolnation’s unlikely blues-pop-dubstep hit Sail out of your head. Maybe it’s time you replace it with, well, It’s Time, the handclappy breakthrough single from Las Vegans modern rock act Imagine Dragons, who open the show. Sonically, both bands embrace the more-is-more approach surfed to massive success by fellow big dreamers the Killers, Arcade Fire and Fun.
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ritz ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $19.50-$25. (813) 247-2555.
If you see an unlikely mix of club kids and shirtless hippies wandering around Ybor City late Thursday night, looking like their noodles have just been electrified, fear not: They’re just fans of Shpongle, the trippy electro-fusion outfit led by DJ/producer Simon Posford and world-renowned flautist Raja Ram. Shpongle’s psychedelic visuals and ambient world-music brew is the perfect soundtrack to your next trip to Morocco. Or London. Or Burning Man. Your pick.
With Psyaxis, Deathtruck, Arbitration
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Cenral Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 895-3045.
Tampa may be the cradle of death metal, but that doesn’t always mean the scene’s most famous alumni play here all the time. Case in point: Morbid Angel, one of the genre’s most technically complex groups — Decibel magazine has called Morbid Angel’s Trey Azagoth the best guitarist in death metal — haven’t toured North America in six years. Sunday’s State Theatre show is the final date on that trek, but don’t bring your Bible study class — singer David “Evil D” Vincent is a longtime supporter of the Church of Satan.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $61-$186. (727) 791-7400.
Had Hurricane Isaac not reared its ugly head, Lynyrd Skynyrd would have kicked off the Republican National Convention with a private concert in downtown Tampa. But who cares about private shows? At Ruth Eckerd Hall, supporters of all political stripes — even those who like Neil Young — can get a taste of hits like Sweet Home Alabama, That Smell, Simple Man, Tuesday’s Gone and That Song Which Shall Not Be Named. You know the one we’re talking about. (Oh, who are we kidding? FREEEEE BIRRRRRD!!!)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45. (727) 791-7400.
When you spend your life in a band with your sibling, it’s only natural to want some time apart. That’s why Nick Jonas has his Administration, Noel Gallagher has his High Flying Birds, and Chris Robinson has his Brotherhood. The former Black Crowes singer took flight out with his new flock in 2011, and this year released a pair of albums, Big Moon Ritual and The Magic Door, that allow Robinson to splay his trademark Dixie howl across a jammier, more expansive canvas. Your move, Brother Rich.
Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys
With The Ghost Wolves
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
That charming, nattily attired gentleman you saw bopping around the streets of Austin, Texas with Anthony Bourdain on a recent episode of No Reservations was Alejandro Escovedo, a onetime punk hero (with the Nuns) and current Americana all-star, having collaborated with the likes of Whiskeytown and Chuck Prophet. The former Tropical Heatwave headliner’s new album Big Station, a heartfelt harvest of Texas twang and Southwestern shuffle, is good for fans who wish Elvis Costello had a little more Steve Earle in him, and vice versa.
Blood On the Dance Floor
With Jeffree Star, New Years Day, Davey Suicide
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
How can you take seriously any band with a electro chanty with the lyrics, “It’s my duty to please that booty”? Or a band that has songs like Sexting, Revenge Porn! and S My D? Or a band whose video for Rise and Shine features a massive school shooting, and even includes news footage from Columbine? Indeed, Blood On the Dance Floor is calculated shock-pop — a Christian news organization once called the neon-glammy, sexually explicit Blood On the Dance Floor “the most vile music band in human history,” and we bet a lot of music critics would agree. Yet the glammy duo keeps gaining more fans, as proven by their intense, jam-packed performances at the Vans Warped Tour. And they’re not taking their success for granted — BOTDF’s Dahvie Vanity says Rise and Shine actually sends an anti-bullying message. “By the end of the song the clouds are lifted — you have to realize you can erase the darkness if you stand up for yourself,” he told Alternative Press.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
There are a handful of dates you need to circle on the Skipper’s Smokehouse calendar. One is the annual Halloween Freaker’s Ball. Another is New Year’s Eve. And another is anytime the Red Elvises come to town. The Russian surf-rock veterans bring the house down anytime they take the stage here, infusing the Skipperdome with their unique blend of glasnost and good vibrations.
With Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, Dark Time Sunshine
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Cenral Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Along with El-P, Atmosphere and Cage, Aesop Rock (born Ian Bavitz) was a key player in the late ’90s indie-alternative hip-hop movement, which layered dense and dextrous lyrics over jazzy samples, a la Paul’s Boutique or Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. His first new disc in five years, Skelethon, was inspired by mortality. “It felt like everything around me was dying: people, relationships, all plant life in my apartment, you name it — it’s dead,” he told Pitchfork. “That said, I don’t think there are many 'sad’ songs. It’s more just like, 'Ahhh I’m exploding.’”
Rita Ora (acoustic) Fri. 4 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free, but ticket needed for entry. See 933flz.com.
JJ Grey and Mofro Fri. With Nic Cowan. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.
Bobby Lee Rodgers Fri. 11:30 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3 or free with ticket from JJ Grey and Mofro. (727) 895-3045.
Reptar Fri. With Le Blorr, Zulu Wave. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $9. (813) 241-8600.
Mike Aiken Band Fri. 8 p.m. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. $20-$24. (727) 942-5605.
Dynasty Fri. With Mike Mass, ?nowledge , Geno Lexis. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Zomboy Fri. 9 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. amptampa.com.
Broncho Sat. With Florida Kilos, Wolf-Face. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
The Toasters Sat. With Victims of Circumstance, Samurai Shotgun. 8 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045.
David Olney and Sergio Webb Sat. 9 p.m. 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Fall On Purpose Sat. With DRS, The Trots!, Lemon Law. Schoolyard Skate Park, 4033 35th St. N, St. Petersburg. $3-$6. (727) 525-0496.
Willy Porter Sun. 5 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 644-7895.
Eyes Lips Eyes Sun. With Fat Night. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Look Mexico Tue. With Alexander and the Grapes, Macrame Owls. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
Chris Cagle Wed. 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free. (813) 987-2855.
Truth & Salvage Co. Wed. With Have Gun, Will Travel. 7 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 895-3045.
Pierce the Veil Thur. With Sleeping With Sirens, Tonight Alive, Hands Like Houses. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Cenral Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.
Ben Miller Band Thur. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 895-3045.
The Kinsey Sicks Thur. 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin Street, Tampa. $28.50-$78.50. (813) 274-8981.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*