This week in Tampa: Os Mutantes, Thievery Corporation, Neon Indian and some band from Ireland
No, obviously, we have long since passed the point of pants-wetting over Friday's sold-out U2 concert at Raymond James Stadium. We've been celebrating the band all week on Soundcheck -- but truth be told, we're also super-excited about the opening band, Muse. If you saw them on the Video Music Awards, you can imagine how awesome it'll be to hear their new single Uprising live, in a stadium setting.
If we weren't already planning to be at U2 on Friday, we'd definitely be at Jannus Landing -- not because we love Insane Clown Posse, but because their show is scheduled to be the last at Jannus for a while. Click here for more on that.
After the jump, Carole Giambalvo walks you through the rest of this week's concert picks, including Os Mutantes (above), Thievery Corporation, Luke Bryan, Neon Indian and more ...
FRIDAY 10 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $15. (813) 987-2855.
Hey, ladies: Never mind the “Ivy League, Humvee, tennis sweater-type,” sings Luke Bryan on Country Man. This Georgia boy can “grow his own groceries and salt cure a ham!” Not unlike Blake Shelton or Chris Cagle, Bryan serves up guitar-based contemporary country with a side of small-town lyricism. In a “deep Southern drawl that makes the conversation crawl,” and as pedal steel and fiddles flare, line dance-ready All My Friends Say finds Bryan forced to shoot doubles after an ex walks into his bar with another man.
With Ancient Astronauts
SATURDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $38.50. (813) 247-2555.
Socially conscious grooves never sounded so sexy. While D.C.-based Thievery Corporation takes an activist lyrical approach and cites outspoken artists like Minor Threat and Public Enemy as influences, the band emits exceptionally seductive trip-hop, world beat and acid jazz more like Zero 7 or Massive Attack. (You might recall sitar-powered Lebanese Blonde from the slow-motion entrance scene in Garden State). Latest Radio Retaliation features Nigeria’s afrobeat heir Femi Kuti and Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Seu Jorge, among others. Onstage, its worldly, late-night sound comes to life by way of a culturally diverse 15-member band, costumed dancers, DJ-spun global beats, live guitar and frenzied percussion.
Dex Romweber Duo
With the Mojo Gurus, Izzy Cox
SATURDAY 9:30 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 576-1091.
Long before explosive, lo-fi duos like the White Stripes and the Black Keys came a-rockin’, Dex Romweber was hammering out frantic garage-rock and hillbilly blues in guitar/drums duo Flat Duo Jets. With a hyperactive swagger like that of Jerry Lee Lewis, Romweber upholds stripped-down sound traditions, now with his sister Sara on drums. New Ruins of Berlin features all-star collaborators Neko Case, Cat Power and Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids. Can’t-sit-still local favorites the Mojo Gurus provide support with straight-ahead, Southern-flavored rock 'n’ roll.
The Australian Pink Floyd Show
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50.50-$68. (727) 791-7400.
Four out of five Pink Floyd fans agree: Since a David Gilmour/Roger Waters reunion is a long shot, the Australian Pink Floyd Show is the best way to achieve comfortable numbness live. APF is the only tribute band that has Pink Floyd’s blessing, and their “Big Pink Greatest Hits World Tour” boasts aural and visual overload, with complex animation, lasers, inflatables (a giant kangaroo subs for the famous pig) and highly skilled, note-for-note interpretations of tracks from Wish You Were Here, Animals, Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. (Note: We’re not generally in favor of tribute acts, but this one really is an exception to the rule.)
With SUNBEARS!, BC of Red Tide
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Like MGMT on a budget, young indie up-and-comers Neon Indian specialize in hazy, blissful bedroom pop and dilapidated art rock. Apathetic vocals, syrupy synths and a closet full of effects (some of which call to mind the aqua levels in Super Mario Bros.) have bloggers tagging the group in the “chillwave” genre (like Memory Tapes and Nite Jewel). Frontman Alan Palomo characterizes the sound as merely “strange musical and emotional impulses.” Fun and funky hot single Deadbeat Summer samples Todd Rundgren’s Izzat Love. Incidentally, Neon Indian’s debut album Psychic Chasms will drop on the day of this show.
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
Noisy, giddy and slightly possessed, Os Mutantes used psychedelic Tropicalia and experimental pop to stick it to the man (the oppressive Brazilian military regime) in the late ’60s. Their cover of Caetano Veloso’s post-Bossa Nova track Baby and A Minha Menina — imagine the Beatles’ I Am the Walrus as a Latin beach party freakout — are best known. The latter even ended up on a McDonald's Happy Meal commercial in 2008. Kurt Cobain, David Byrne and Of Montreal have all sung the group’s praises; new Haih or Amortecedor is Os Mutantes’ first album in 35 years.
With Nations Afire, the Flatliners, Alias Orion
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Twenty-year-old L.A. act Strung Out does meaty skate-punk with both metal and pop moments. Among the band’s biggest fans are Thrice, who “followed them around the West Coast like Deadheads,” and Rise Against, who owes them “for adding imagery and intellect to a pop-punk scene inundated with goofy songs about farts or bad break-ups.” Strung Out just released heavy-on-harmonies Agents of the Underground on Fat Wreck Chords.
The Woodstock Flashback
SUNDAY 4 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $13-$16. (813) 971-0666.
Because hundreds were turned away at the sold-out Woodstock Anniversary tribute in August, WMNF is offering a second showing. Performers include Thomas Wynn and the Believers as the Band; Soul2Earth as Jimi Hendrix; the Ditchflowers as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; the Beauvilles as the Who; Four Star Riot as Sly and the Family Stone; and Jessica Atkinson as Janis Joplin.
Tortured Soul: Fri. 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 259-9669.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: Fri. With Nervous Turkey, Poetry 'N Lotion. 9:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Florida Poets Happy Hour and Prime Time Show: Fri. 6 p.m. Karma Bar and Cafe, 206 N Morgan St., Tampa. (813) 228-0870.
Sienna Shores: Fri. With In Reference To a Sinking Ship, Set the Sights, more. 8 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
Pattern Is Movement: Fri. With the Pauses, Harlem. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
A Forest Path: Fri. With Catalysis, Singod, RMisery , Born of Hades. 8:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.
Eyes Set to Kill: Sat. With the Word Alive, Dreaming of Eden. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.
Safety: Sat. With Go Rydell, Arm The Poor, more. 7 p.m. Transitions Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 382-3477.
Drink Up Buttercup: Sat. With Blind Man’s Colour, Oh Fortuna. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
The Pundits (Surfrider benefit): Sat. With the Shakes Society. 8 p.m. The Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 447-5080.
Ted Lukas and the Misled: Sat. With boon, Doyle. 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
The Pursuit: Sat. 10 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $5. (727) 532-0265.
Triptico: Sat. 9 p.m. Fly Bar, 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 275-5000.
Signals from Satellites: Sun. 8 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
Sam and Ruby: Mon. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25.50. (813) 229-7827.
Moonspell: Wed. With Book of Black Earth, Samael, Secrets of the Moon. 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-2664.
The Cadillac Bombers: Thurs. 9 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. (813) 971-1679.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*