This week in Tampa: No Age, Of Montreal, Roscoe Dash and more
Whoa hey, where did all this indie rock come from? No Age, Of Montreal (above), Washed Out, Lost in the Trees ...
And all this hip-hop? Trick Daddy, Roscoe Dash, Brisco, and a slew of MLK Day Weekend events ...
And all this funky, horned-out fun-time music? Galactic, Reel Big Fish, JJ Grey and Mofro, Authority Zero ...
Throw in Winter Jam, Bob Nite and so much more, and you're looking at a pretty party-friendly weekend of music in Tampa Bay. Here to help you navigate it all is Carole Liparoto. Take it away...
With Rene Hell, Russian Tsarlag
MONDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12. (813) 241-8600.
There may come a point at the No Age show Monday when you’ll have a hard time deciphering whether you’re at a rock concert or a sawmill. Skate park punks Randy Randall and Dean Spunt uphold the noisy, buzzy traditions of bands like Minor Threat and Sonic Youth with distorted guitars and surplus feedback. But discovering the subtle melodies within seemingly-tone deaf tracks is actually a pretty gratifying experience (really, check out Sleeper Hold). It’s kind of like finding beauty within the clatter of an old air compressor. Good times!
With Kid Sister
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$22. (813) 247-2555.
Freaky, uninhibited singer Kevin Barnes and his merry band of theatre-school rejects take pop over the top. Way over the top. Like to an alternate universe. Drawing largely from Prince and Bowie, the group plays funky, childlike glam-pop while robot fish and pig people prance about. Needless to say, if you’ve only experienced Of Montreal from the comforts of home or car, you’re missing the point. (Just don’t call Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games “the Outback Steakhouse jingle”). Spunky, neon-outfitted opener Kid Sister offers tacky rhymes about beepers, bass and acrylic nails over ’80s-style electro.
Bob Night: All Dylan, All Night Long
Featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, Wendy and the Soul Shakers, Ronny Elliot and Rebekah Pulley, Grant Peeples, Radio Free Carmela, Steve Arvey, Blind Buddy Moody, The Human Condition, more
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. $10. (727) 360-6697.
Keith Richards mentions his fondness for a good Bob Dylan cover — think The Byrds, Peter, Paul and Mary, Jimi Hendrix — in his new autobiography Life. Richards apparently loves fax machines, too, but we digress. I also love a good Dylan cover because (with all due respect) Dylan’s nasal tone has always distracted me from the nitty-gritty — the allusive, often spontaneous folk-rock poetry that opened doors and inspired a generation of artists. This top-notch crop of local artists will each perform a few songs from Dylan’s catalogue.
Featuring Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Kutless, Francesca Battistelli, NewSong, Red, more
SATURDAY 6 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 301-2500.
We’ve seen plenty of Christian bands try to shed the Christian label out of fear they’d limit their fan base. New Orleans quartet Mute Math, for one, actually sued their label when they were marketed as Christian rockers. The bands playing Winter Jam, on the other hand, unabashedly put faith front and center. David Crowder Band is a highly regarded Christian act with a penchant for big ballads, while veteran group Newsboys deliver modern rock with poise and grace. All in all, “Christian music’s largest tour” gives faithful youth a way cooler entertainment option than Billy Graham ever has.
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $35. (727) 565-0551.
Goodbye logic. Hello Roscoe Dash. Like a geekier Soulja Boy, the 20-year-old Georgia studio buff has some of the most ridiculous (and contagious) lyrics in rap. Roscoe on money: “You know Roscoe got them tacos / pockets extra beef and nacho” (Stuntin’ On You). Roscoe on voluptuous ladies: “Yo booty got me lost like Nemo” (No Hands). And that makes them perfect for the club night and the ensuing trip to Waffle House.
MLK Salt N Pepper Celebration
Featuring G-Breed the Legend, Heather Marie, Acafool, Fiya Marshall, Strizzo, Jason Marcus, more
SATURDAY 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-3045.
There was some confusion surrounding this show — “Salt” Cheryl James and “Pepa” Sandra Denton won’t be pushing it real good Saturday at the State Theatre. The show’s “Salt N Pepper” title was simply intended “to reflect black and white harmony,” says the State Theatre’s Mark Assiff. Still, the bill is packed with fine local talent, including “hata-blocking” hero Acafool and longtime DJ Strizzo, who along with Lil Kee, Javon Black and the “Jook City” crew, made moves in 2010 on local rap radio.
With Awesome New Republic, Philip Pietri and the Manatees
THURSDAY 9 p.m. The Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Of all the made-up indie genres out there, “chillwave” produced some of the more promising acts of 2010. Among them was Washed Out, a bedroom project with a slowed-down, blissed-out blend of atmospheric rock, pop, lounge and disco. Using laptops, loops, samples and heavily-filtered vocals, Washed Out creates what the New York Times calls “recession-era music: low-budget and danceable.”
With Corey Glover, Corey Henry, Bobby Lee Rodgers
THURSDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.
If variety is the spice of life, then Galactic breathes one fiery blend. The group weaves modern hip-hop, funk and electronica into traditional New Orleans jazz and swamp pop. Regulars on the jam circuit, this future funk outfit has both the technical abilities to dazzle studio musicians and the party mentality to power Mardi Gras.
With Authority Zero, Bootleg, 20WT
MONDAY 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Take the soulful vocals and the Hammond wail of Gov’t Mule, add some sludgy, Clutch-ish riffs, and top them with spacey dub grooves in the vein of Lee “Scratch” Perry and you just got Lionized. The Maryland-based band offers a darker side of the groove Monday when it opens for the reggae-punk road warriors of Authority Zero.
Ben Prestage Fri. With Blind Buddy Moody. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
The Black Honkeys Fri. 7 p.m. and Sat. 7:30 p.m. Blue Martini, 2223 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 873-2583.
Holy Ghost Tent Revival Fri. 9 p.m. Orbit 19 Lounge, 1542 U.S. 19, Holiday. Cost TBD. (727) 937-8330.
Damon Fowler Group Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.
Rising Down Fri. With Shine Box, The Trio, Paint the Town Red. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N., Largo. (727) 532-0265.
J.J. Grey and Mofro Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 6 p.m. With Daryl Hance. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
Obits Sat. With Gentleman Jesse and His Men. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $9-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Trick Daddy Sun. With the Dunk Ryders. 9 p.m. Empire, 1902 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2582.
Kylesa Sun. With Zoroaster, Fight Amp, more. 7 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. $10. (813) 972-8152.
Christabel and the Jons Sun. 8 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.
Brisco Sun. With Vonnie Vonshay. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 565-0551.
Lost In the Trees Mon. With Butterflies, Alexander and the Grapes. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50-$12.50. (813) 248-9500.
Authority Zero Mon. With Lionize, Bootleg, 20WT. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Reel Big Fish Wed. With Aquabats, Suburban Legends. 6 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22-$25. (813) 247-2555.
Washed Out Thurs. With Awesome New Republic, Philip Pietri and the Manatees. 9 p.m. The Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Galactic Thurs. With Corey Glover, Corey Henry, Bobby Lee Rodgers. 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*