This week in Tampa: Metallica, The Killers, The Black Crowes, GWAR and more
Well, maybe not so much on that last one.
But still, Paula will no doubt draw a crowd, as will the Airborne Toxic Event, Dear and the Headlights, Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa and many more.
After the jump, get Carole Giambalvo's concert pics for the week ahead...
With Lamb of God, Gojira
SATURDAY 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $49.50-$69.50. (813) 301-2500.
With non-negotiable, Reagan-era thrash metal and choruses that make speakers hemorrhage, Metallica goes longer, faster and harder on Death Magnetic than on previous efforts (St. Anger, Re-Load). And to many longtime fans, nothing else matters. Encouraged by producer Rick Rubin to jam aggressively, Metallica lets the guitars rip between bouts with trademark topics fear, death, anger and desperation. “On this tour, for some reason, we’ve got this wild hair up our a**,” says drummer Lars Ulrich. In addition to Death Magnetic tracks and hits, watch out for obscure covers (Saxon’s Motorcycle Man) and rarities (1984’s Trapped Under Ice).
FRIDAY 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa. $23-$48. (813) 974-3002.
Appropriate for their glitzy, gloriously excessive Las Vegas home base, the Killers lure listeners with shimmering dance-pop, swanky synth lines and mysterious lyrics. The group formed when guitarist Dave Keuning put an ad in the paper calling for musicians influenced by Oasis, the Cure, U2 or the Beatles (he might as well have said – do you like pie?) While tracks from debut Hot Fuss recall Human League or David Bowie, Sam’s Town and Day and Age find the group evolving – the LA Times called the latter “the disco record Springsteen could have made in 1982... with an assist from Gary Numan.” Brooklyn experimental indie act Chairlift, whose song Bruises was featured in an iPod Nano commercial (“I tried to do handstands for you”), opens the show.
With Job for a Cowboy, the Red Chord
SUNDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz Theater, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$21. (813) 247-2555.
Once upon a time, art students from Virginia Commonwealth University (who grew up on Spinal Tap and the Sex Pistols, no doubt) initiated a twisted little marketing experiment. Twenty-five years later, the perverse mock rock act they named GWAR continues to stage pagan rituals, satirize and shock cross-country. Really, GWAR’s gross-outs make Ozzy Osbourne look like Harry Connick Jr. The Gallagher-like live show features the elaborately-costumed interplanetary warriors hurling faux bodily fluids into the crowd. Over the years, said antics have resulted in the group being banned in multiple cities and arrested on obscenity charges.
Dear and the Headlights
With Kinch, Ratjiv Patel
MONDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
It’s not often that folk and emo fans unite. Enter Dear and the Headlights. Blending manic rock (think Manchester Orchestra or Motion City Soundtrack) with gusty indie-folk (My Morning Jacket or Okkervil River), the Arizona act can play (and has played) hippie-leaning Bonnaroo just as comfortably as Warped Tour.
Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance
With Tides of Man
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045.
What do you do when your lead singer splits from your band, citing extreme tensions and personal conflicts? You tour with him and his new band, naturally. Not to be confused with the crazy lady from The Apprentice, Emarosa does melodic post-hardcore with former Dance Gavin Dance’s singer at the helm. Local boys Tides of Man bring dizzying riffs and dynamics a la Mars Volta or Circa Survive.
The Black Crowes
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $40.50-$68. (727) 791-7400.
Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (a.k.a. Kate Hudson’s ex) says if you stick around long enough, you become cool again. Nearly 20 years after the shaggy-haired rockers had hits with Otis Redding cover Hard to Handle and ballad She Talks to Angels, the group returns to jam out swampy, classic-ish rock, Southern funk, blues and country-tinged acoustic songs on new Before The Frost… Until the Freeze. The disc was recorded in front of a live audience at Levon Helm’s Woodstock farm/studio. Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars joins on slide guitar.
The 9 Music Series and Competition: Round One
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5. (813) 971-0666.
Experienced local musicians will tell you “battle of the bands” contests are rarely what they’re cracked up to be. Too often, organizers require bands to sell tickets to qualify, and the prizing ends up being a gyp (i.e. studio time that’s so short, you’ll have to put up money to complete a song). Turns out, this irk Skipper’s, too. So, the venue is putting up $2,500 worth of studio time at Morrissound Recording for their “9 Music Series and Competition.” Competing Tuesday are the Jim Morey Band, a vintage jazz-swing-gypsy-ragtime act whose tracks wouldn’t be out of place on Looney Tunes, the Higgins Brothers Band, a blues-rock-funk sibling band, and prog. rockers Mogul Street Reserve.
Bettye LaVette: Fri. 8 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 822-3590.
10th Concession: Fri. 6 p.m. Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 342-3790.
Charlie Vegas and the New Blues Combo: Fri. 8 p.m. Gulfport Casino and Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. $11. swingtime.info.
Ramble: Fri. 8 p.m. Star Booty/the Finest Skateshop, 681 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 498-8902.
Xquizit DJ X: Fri. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. (813) 254-2233.
Tigercity: Sat. With Royal Bangs, Mouse Fire, Enzo, the Pittsburgh Kid. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Silas: Sat. With Burst, Sorcerer, Horde of Moloch, more. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. $8. (813) 972-8152.
Vega Under Fire: Sat. With One Way, Set It Off, more. 7 p.m. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $7. (727) 943-5713.
Chris McCarty: Sat. With Bird Street Players. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Stones of Mora: Sat. With Trace of Day. 7:30 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $6. (727) 532-0265.
Zanesville: Sat. With the Voyeurs, Room Full of Strangers. 10 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.
Hey There, Battleship: Sat. With Signals From Satellites, Gentlemen Please, Triptico. 9 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-2356.
Women Taking Care of the World: Sat. featuring Lisa Lavie, Someday Souvenir, more. 7:45 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39-$69. (727) 892-5767.
Dixie Fest: 2009 Sun. With Rebel Pride. 5:30 p.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10. (813) 621-7821.
August Burns Red: Sun. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$17. (727) 895-3045.
Satan’s Youth Ministers: Mon. With Jason and the Punknecks, Ghost Hospital. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
The Airborne Toxic Event: Tues. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Flavor of Jazz: Tues. featuring the Rippingtons. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48. (727) 791-7400.
Wye Oak: Wed. With Zillionaire, the Holy Slow Train. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Afroman: Thurs. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $12. (727) 843-0686.
Johnny Winter: Thurs. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $21. (727) 895-3045.
Dang We’re On Fire: Thurs. With Set It Off, Dave Melillo, the Scenic, Pathway to Providence, the Status. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.