This week in Tampa: The Mountain Goats, Old 97's, August Burns Red and more
This week's biggest concert is no longer happening. That would be the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were supposed to perform Monday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. But they rescheduled after singer Anthony Keidis injured his foot. Aw, whatsa matter, widdle baby?!?!? Afwaid to spend two hours bouncing around onstage due to the searing, intolerable pain caused by all the crushed sesamoid bone and detatched flexor tendon in your footsies?!?!? Wuss.
Thankfully, there are a bunch of great concerts still scheduled for this week, including the Mountain Goats (above), August Burns Red, The Old 97's, Mat Kearney, Lelia Broussard, The Features, Rebelution, Dumpstaphunk, Gordon Lightfoot, Danny Aiello, Travis Tritt, Afroman and more.
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August Burns Red
With Silverstein, Texas in July, Letlive
SUNDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21.50. (813) 247-2555.
The dedicated Christians of August Burns Red make a brand of music you might dub “heavenly metal.” Balancing dogged aggression and inspirational messaging, the hardcore band and its saber tooth cat of a lead singer offer never-stop-fighting roars, beastly riffage, double-bass drumming, and a few Latin-style breakdowns for good measure. But if you hadn’t already surmised from this description, be warned. The shows are a lot less like a Sunday liturgy and a lot more like a Argentinian soccer riot (a well-intended one, anyway).
The Mountain Goats
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $14-$17. (813) 241-8600.
Singer-songwriter John Darnielle doesn’t need major-label machinery to make smart, snarky alternative rock and folk. He’s been proving that since the early ’90s, when he began a DIY series of widely popular Panasonic Boom box recordings. As The Mountain Goats (the name is a reference to a Screamin’ Jay Hawkins song), the smart dude and smart-alec Darnielle, along with his assembled group, still rank high when it comes to making strummy, brainy narratives like a low-budget Decembrists. These days, they just happen to do their witty grumbling with the likes of big names Stephen Colbert, Kaki King and St. Vincent.
With Gabe Dixon, Drake and Sofia, Friends of Giants
MONDAY 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8-$11. theorpheum.com.
“The thrill we’ll never know is the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone.” Those Dr. Hook lyrics are probably quite familiar to Lelia Broussard, the Louisiana singer-songwriter who narrowly lost a contest to become the first unsigned artist to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone. (Canada’s Sheepdogs took the win.) But Broussard presses on with a Kickstarter account and a smile, raising money for a new album and touring relentlessly. (Her viral hit cover of Beyonce’s Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) is worth a look, too). Co-headliner Gabe Dixon turned down a touring spot with Paul McCartney a decade ago to focus on his own music. Enough said.
With Girl In a Koma, Kirsten and Jasmine
FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $9-$10. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Nashville’s The Features are a hot commodity in Britain, thanks to a bar-band/pub-band style that resembles the Hold Steady, or Aha Shake Heartbreak-era Kings of Leon. Throw in a dash of Killers and Elvis Costello and it adds up to “volcanic rock with electronic flourishes and a deceptively sophisticated wit,” says Spin. The group made perhaps its biggest stride in U.S. a few months ago when From Now On appeared on the Twilight: Breaking Dawn soundtrack.
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 895-3045.
Although alt-country didn’t quite take off the way grunge did in the ’90s (as some had predicted) these brash, bold Texans are widely considered legends of the genre. Following a particularly rousing show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, the New York Times once said this of the band: “In the imaginary geography of pop, Texas is where thinkers get rowdy, restless, heartbroken and drunk … The Old 97’s lived up to the reputation.” We’d summarize that observant, agitated frontman Rhett Miller is an inspiration to intelligent Wild Turkey drinkers everywhere.
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$23. (813) 247-2555.
Rebelution brings warmth to January with mellow reggae-rock tunes saturated in sunshine and smoke. Like the Bud Light Lime of modern music, the band’s tunes are beach-sweet and go down easy with both guys and their gals. Fans of Pepper and Iration will dig the catchy, no-risk ocean flavors.
With Zulu Wave,
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
A slew of notable indie rock artists with Floridian roots have emerged in recent years — Sleigh Bells, Twin Shadow, Surfer Blood, Jacuzzi Boys. Are Plains next? The Miami indie rock outfit led by singer/guitarist/do-everything-guy Michael McGinnis made “best-of” lists around Florida for their 2011 self-titled album. It’s a collection of throwback ’90s fuzz-pop tailor-made for fans of the Pixies, Urge Overkill and Yo La Tengo. (It’s surely no accident that this week, they opened for Sebadoh in Miami.) Keep an eye out for local newcomers Zulu Wave, whose members hail from around the world (singer-guitarist Mike Barrow is from South Africa), and whose polished sound recalls Silversun Pickups or the Airborne Toxic Event.
With Robert Francis
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$30. ritzybor.com.
Mat Kearney is not Matt Nathanson. Nor is he Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, Eric Hutchinson, or Joshua Radin. So what sets Kearney apart from his singer-songwriter brethren? There’s his emotive voice, a deep croon reminiscent of Coldplay’s Chris Martin that’s perfect for radio weepers like Nothing Left To Lose and All I Need. And there are his three major-label albums, the most recent of which, Young Love, is an infectious melange of big hooks, hearty handclaps and pop positivity. His biggest selling point, though, might be his surprising omnipresence in pop culture. More than half of his songs have been licensed for use in TV shows, movies, commercials and other projects. A recent example: Google used the Young Love track Sooner or Later in its year-in-review “Zeitgeist 2011” video, which has more than 7.5 million views on YouTube.
Gordon Lightfoot Fri. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $42.50-$79. (727) 791-7400.
Falling In Reverse Fri. With Oh, Sleeper. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045.
Skull and Bone Band Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Hymn for Her Fri. With Rebekah Pulley, Kersey Williams, more. 7:30 p.m. Ramblin Rose, 683 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3 donation. (727) 557-5182.
Panther Sequoia (Ex Violent Femmes) Sat. With the Crash Mitchell Five. 8:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Pete. $6. (727) 576-1091.
Afroman Sat. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
The Lettermen Sun. 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $41 and up. (727) 587-6793.
Betty Fox and the Dirty Bastards Sun. With The Crazy Carls. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa. $7/$10. (813) 971-0666.
Affiance Sun. With Serianna, Us From Outside, Sirens & Sailors. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Andrew Hardin and Jeannie Burns Sun. 3 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. $10-$15. uutampa.org.
Danny Aiello Tues. With The Bronx Wanderers. 1 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $20-$25. (727) 791-7400.
Dirty Bourbon River Show Wed. 10 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
Travis Tritt Wed. 8 p.m. The Lakeland Center Youkey Theatre, 701 West Lime St., Lakeland. $36.50 and up. (863) 834-8111.
Dumpstaphunk Thurs. With Bobby Lee Rodgers. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Me Talk Pretty Thurs. With Hawthorne Heights, Madina Lake, Young Electric, Air Like Oceans, Adame. 6 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. facebook.com/thelocal662.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*