This week in Tampa: Peter Murphy, Rabbit in the Moon, Plain White T's and more
Hi. Carole Giambalvo spent the weekend at Bonnaroo, so I'll be the one picking your concerts this coming week. Good thing there are plenty to choose from: Rabbit in the Moon, Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy, Boys Like Girls, Plain White T's, an acoustic set by Bayside's Anthony Raneri and a pretty radical outlaw country group (from New York City!) called Her and Kings County, above.
After the jump, all these picks can you be yours...
Rabbit in the Moon
With DJ Baby Anne
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.
Unlike some techno artists, who do little more than fiddle with the knobs on their decks, Rabbit in the Moon is a sight to behold live, with exotic light-up costumes, lasers, fire and dancers. It‚Äôs almost like watching the Blue Man Group. The group formed in Tampa in the ‚Äô90s, but frontman Bunny and company now travel the world performing psychedelic trance sets and festivals.
With Averra, Before We Sleep and more
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.
Local screamo fivesome Of Angeline play a driving blend of punk and metal that fans of A Day to Remember, Between the Buried and Me and, well, pretty much any band on Victory Records would dig. On their recent album, Time Waits For No One, the band rip through a dozen tracks like thunder and lightning, shredding vocal cords and splitting eardrums along the way. You can bet the groms at the SPoT will love thrasing along with ‚Äôem.
With Andy Jackson and Travis Adams
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10/$12. (813) 241-8600.
Before his punk band Bayside heads out for a summerlong stint on the Warped Tour, frontman Anthony Raneri is playing a handful of solo acoustic shows, including three in Florida. He‚Äôll be playing some of Bayside‚Äôs songs, but he‚Äôs also known for playing a few interesting covers (Sean Kingston‚Äôs Beautiful Girls, Death Cab for Cutie‚Äôs I Will Follow You Into The Dark). ‚ÄúSolo acoustic frontman‚Äù seems to be the theme of the night, as he‚Äôll be performing with Andy Jackson from Hot Rod Circuit and Travis Adams from Inkwell.
With Junkie Rush, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso
SATURDAY 8:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Miami Latin-fusion kings Spam Allstars bring their funky, jazzy, jammy roadshow back to Tampa for a perfect Saturday-night set in our own Little Havana, Ybor City. Opener Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso are making a name for themselves in the local ska scene, with two outta-sight gigs at Tropical Heatwave.
Her and Kings County
With Southside Serenade, Amanda Drake, Nine Mile Drive
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
The ‚ÄúHer‚Äù in Her and Kings County is blonde-bombshell Monique Staffile, who brings a Southern-fried outlaw edge to country music, like Gretchen Wilson minus the Nashville sheen. ‚ÄúI need a white-trash country boy who ain‚Äôt afraid to make some noise / redneck, what-the-heck, take whatever I can get,‚Äù she yelps on Take What I Can Get. All the more surprising: The band comes straight from the heart of the country hotbed known as ... New York City? (Cue the Pace Picante Sauce cowboys: ‚ÄúNew York City?!?!?‚Äù)
MONDAY 10 p.m. 661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 824-8884
St. Pete electro DJs Stavros (John Barker and Justin Grant) offer a sweaty, Daft Punk-style vibe, complete with robotic vocals and don‚Äôt-you-dare-stop beats. On Monday, Grant is starting a new weekly party at Durty Nelly‚Äôs in downtown St. Pete called Hard Times, featuring a ‚Äúsurprise‚Äù set by Stavros. You can expect house, electro, heavy bass, indie rock and more. The event is sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, so look for $1 specials on PBR all night.
Boys Like Girls
With NeverShoutNever, the Ready Set
TUESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19.99. (727) 895-3045.
Pop punk never sounded as anthemic as it does when it‚Äôs screamed by Boys Like Girls, a glossy Boston foursome that‚Äôs toured with Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte and Metro Station. They aren‚Äôt exactly hard-edge, but insanely catchy tracks like The Great Escape ‚Äî one of those racing-up-the-highway singalongs that gets your heart pumping ‚Äî make them a band worth remembering.
Plain White T‚Äôs
With Days Difference
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $16.50-$20. (727) 896-2276.
When they‚Äôre not creating menus for Denny‚Äôs, designing apparel for Kohl‚Äôs or licensing songs for ABC Family, the Plain White T‚Äôs still find time to make some pretty catchy music. Sure, all of us are completely over Hey There Delilah, but there are a couple of hummable tracks on follow-up Big Bad World, such as the acoustic, Delilah-like 1, 2, 3, 4. They sound like a more musically mature Jonas Brothers. Is that a compliment? We think so.
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 896-2276.
The Godfother of Goth, former Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy still transfixes his old fans with gloomy, synth-driven dirges ‚Äî but then, what else would you expect from the man who brought you Bela Lugosi‚Äôs Dead? As he did at a show last year at the Tampa Theatre, Murphy will dip into the Bauhaus catalog, but he‚Äôll also play material from his upcoming album, his first in five years, due later this year.
The Explorers Club: Fri. With Brent Rademaker. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Julie Black: Fri. With Emily Roff. 7 p.m. Datz Deli, 2616 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 831-7000.
Ted Lukas and the Misled: Fri. 8 p.m. Karma Bar and Caf?©, 206 N Morgan Street, Tampa. (813) 228-0870.
Joe Nichols: Fri. 7 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U. S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95. (813) 987-2855.
Behold the Sky: Fri. With Twenty Twelve, Shades of Twilight, Take Charge. 8 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
Cope: Fri. With Diocious. 8 p.m. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7. (813) 971-0666.
Social Ghost: Sat. With The Cruz, Situation Nine. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Halcyon: Sat. With Stephanie Anderson. 7 p.m. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12. (813) 971-0666.
Dark Faith: Sat. With Flying Snakes, Promise Me Hell. 8 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 972-8152.
Variety Workshop: Sat. With Unmotivated, New Violation. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $6. (727) 532-0265.
Jim Morey Band: Sat. With Triptico. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Ascend the Hill CD release: Sun. With Aperture EP release. 7 p.m. The Porch, 3920 S Kings Ave., Brandon. $10.
Geri X.: Tues. Hot Topic, Westfield Brandon Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon. Free.
Rich Whiteley: CD release Weds. 8 p.m. Skipper‚Äôs Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12. (813) 971-0666.
Vega Under Fire: Weds. With Seven Story Fall. 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-2664.
Joey Cape of Lagwagon: Thur. With Jon Snodgrass of Drag the River, Cory Branan. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.