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This week in Tampa: Radiohead, Diana Ross, Needtobreathe and more




It's on. We are officially in Radiohead Week. T-minus seven days until showtime, as Radiohead comes to Tampa on Leap Day. This is easily our most anticipated show of the year, though we know plenty of music fans out there probably couldn't care less. Let me tell you: These people are SCOUNDRELS and HORSE THIEVES and KNOWN COMMUNISTS and you should not associate with them. Radiohead is awesome. END OF STORY.

As for the rest of this week's music -- Diana Ross, the Lemonheads, Gretchen Wilson, Needtobreathe, Blind Pilot, Cody Simpson, Dennis DeYoung, Saul Williams, Jack Russell's Great White, Frankie Valli, the Doobie Brothers, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, the Saw Doctors, Days of the New and more -- here's Carole Liparoto...

With Other Lives
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45-$69. (813) 301-2500.
The world’s population breaks down into three basic factions: people who get Radiohead, people who used to get Radiohead, people who stopped reading this as soon as they saw the word “Radiohead.” And not to complicate things (although this being about the obtuse British art-rock band, confusion seems appropriate), within those first two groups exist dueling subsets of Radiohead fans: those who crave the relatively melodic tunes on seminal LPs The Bends and OK Computer, and those who cantankerously insist the digi-dizzying racket that followed those ’90s classics (Kid A, etc.) made much more head-spinning sense. Thom Yorke & Co. are polarizing lads for sure, and yet as they get older, they’ve rediscovered a relatively crowd-pleasing streak. 2011 gem The King of Limbs was their first record in a lot of records to blend their more recent penchant for bleeps, bloops and so on with lush, melting melodies fun for the whole nerdy, alienated family. Now fans past and present can be happy —or, you know, a little less morose. Radiohead performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45-$69. — Sean Daly

Dennis DeYoung
With the Florida Orchestra
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $45, $65 and $85. (727) 791-7400.
A battle over music direction coupled with health problems led to singer Dennis DeYoung’s dismissal from ’70s and ’80s prog-rockers Styx in 1999. But he still continues to perform the music of Styx for fans around the world, while his old bandmates continue on with a new lead singer. On Friday, DeYoung will again reprise syrupy power ballads such as Babe and Lady, the majestic anthem of Come Sail Away and even Mr. Roboto, the quirky nod to technology that even a few of his bandmates didn’t quite get, at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall. But this time, as an added bonus, the Florida Orchestra will join him for the evening. “The music lends itself to orchestration,” DeYoung says. “This is no condemnation of Chuck Berry, who I greatly admire. But Chuck Berry’s music will not translate as well to orchestration because of its very three-chord rock ’n’ roll nature. It is the music of the artists that are more pretentious, pompous or closer to the kind of big dramatic stylings that orchestras are good with.” — Steve Spears

Cody Simpson
With Jessica Jarrell
FRIDAY 7 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.) Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20.
When Cody Simpson was 12, he shot a two-minute video of himself playing guitar and singing Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours, and uploaded it to YouTube. Something about the clip clicked with fans far and wide — maybe it was his shaggy blond hair, or his Australian accent, or his prepubescent voice, which to this day sounds strikingly Mraz-like. Today, more than 2.5 million views later, Simpson — who turned 15 in January — is a rising teen-pop star. Atlantic Records swept him out of Australia and onto U.S. airwaves, and his six-song EP Coast to Coast is positioning him as a potential heir to the Throne of Jonas, the House of Bieber. But there’s still a bit of that laid-back 12-year-old wunderkind inside him. “I want to do stuff that you don’t really hear too much in pop music,” said Simpson, who plays the Ritz Ybor Friday night. “I love experimenting and I love being a little unpredictable.” — Jay Cridlin

Diana Ross
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Sold Out. (727) 892-5767.
Hit-making Motown momma Diana Ross keeps us hanging on with a sold-out show at the Mahaffey this weekend. Her unshakable draw makes it hard to believe that Ross has never won a Grammy, with or without The Supremes. Last weekend, the Academy attempted to redress that wrong by honoring her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. You personally can redress that wrong by relishing in the Motown hits, club classics, costume changes and that voluminous pyramid of hair, all of which have made Ross an American icon. Marvin Gaye once said of the boss Ross, “She’ll out rehearse you, out-dress you and outperform you, so you’d best stay out of her way.” Stop in the name of diva, we say.

With The Shining Twins, The Semis
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 241-8600. 
Released 10 months after Nirvana’s Nevermind, The Lemonheads’ It’s a Shame About Ray brought kinder, gentler vibes to a market oversaturated with grunge. Strummy, unassuming and warmly sung by the dreamy, Cobain-like Evan Dando, the Lemonheads’ tunes were druggy, but super sweet. “Thrilled to be in the same post code as you”, they sang on Kitchen. The band will play the album in its entirety, except for best-known cover single Mrs. Robinson, something Dando once told tbt* still “haunts” him to this day.

With Ben Rector 
SUNDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22. (813) 247-2555.
Followill brothers, beware. The South Carolina boys of Needtobreathe are churning out Southern charm and rockin’ riffs with gusto while Kings of Leon remain on hiatus. The group has diversified its touring schedule, opening for Taylor Swift and playing Bonnaroo, among other festivals.

Saul Williams 
With CX Kidtronik 
SUNDAY 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $17.50-$19.50.
Not-really-rap rap artist/poet Saul Williams delivers frenzied, spoken word-like rhymes over driving beats and punk guitar. But beyond the music, Williams might be best known for 1998’s Slam, the award-winning film he co-wrote and starred in. Williams has collaborated with artists ranging from KRS-One to Trent Reznor.

Blind Pilot 
With Cotton Jones
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 241-8600. 
One of the newest, buzziest bands on the recently released 2012 Bonnaroo bill plays Crowbar this weekend. Blind Pilot is a serene folk act with talented multi-instrumentalists. 

Takin’ It to the Streets:  A Tribute to Yacht Rock
Featuring 8 Kinds of Thunder (formerly Nessie), Doll Parts, Funk N 8, Manmade, Pretty Voices, Shut Up Lita, Supercruiser, Thee Knight Sweats, Vodkanauts, Weapons of Ass Destruction
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5.
Bloggers, music critics and Jimmy Fallon helped champion the phrase “Yacht Rock” to describe the soft, polished rock that came out of the mid ’70s and early ’80s. The genre’s smooth tones have a tendency to conjure up champagne-sipping and lamb-braising on luxury yachts, you see. Think Orleans, John Ford Coley and Robbie Dupree. Ten local bands, including the normally loud and Romones-y Doll Parts, will perform. So grab your bubbly, El Capitan, and rock (softly) on.

Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! 
With Cats in the Basement, Gentlemen Please
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6-$8.  
Absurd, exciting and most likely inebriated, former theatre project the Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! tromps back to town with its quirky, interactive show. “Basically we show up with a billion lights, bags and bags of costumes (enough for anyone who wants one), 60 or more light sabers and really good songs,” the group says. New York magazine called it “nearly impossible to stand on the sidelines” at the show. Be part of the sweaty disco-dance pileup that’s earned praises (and a record contract) from the Talking Heads’ David Byrne.

Calusa Music and Arts Festival 
Featuring Woody and the Nutcrackers, Goodnight Neverland, The Groves, Drake and Sofia, The August Name, The Lion Faced Boy, Tarek Kasmi, Chris Ruiz
SATURDAY 5:30 p.m. Collage, 1701 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $16 and up. 
Another local music festival springs up with a solid bill and a pretty cool T-shirt to accompany it. Woody and the Nutcrackers, a South Tampa pop-rock act with remarkable polish, headlines the fest alongside The Groves, Goodnight Neverland, The August Name and others.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons  
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $59.50-$103. (727) 791-7400.   
Prior to Snooki, The Situation and Pauly D becoming Jersey’s most recognized residents, doo-wop fellas Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were doing the Newark projects proud with dreamy, falsetto-fueled pop music. Hits (Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry) and high notes are on the schedule for the group’s regular Clearwater showing. We just wonder what Frankie thinks about the Shore phrase “gym, tan, laundry?”

The Doobie Brothers  
With Pablo Cruise
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $53.50-$87.50. (727) 791-7400.   
Our last memory of The Doobie Brothers’ Listen to Music was over a sticky slab of baby backs at Ribfest. The ’70s pop-rock stars return to a less gluttonous setting Sunday evening at Ruth Eckerd to deliver good tunes and mellow moods.

Florida Strawberry Festival Opening Night 
Featuring Gretchen Wilson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra  
THURSDAY 10:30 a.m. The Florida Strawberry Festival, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. $15-$20. (813) 752-9194.
The Strawberry Fest kicks off opening night with anything-but-sweet headliner Gretchen Wilson. In 2004, the country music firecracker sang shamelessly that she’d leave the Christmas lights up year-round and buy her lingerie WalMart if she felt so inclined. Wilson (Redneck Woman, All Jacked Up) takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.  

Also playing 

Andy Grammer Fri. With Ryan Star. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $17.50-$25. (727) 791-7400. 

DJ Ravi Drums Fri. With The Tribals. 10 p.m. Jackson’s, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 786-1300.

Pressure Fest 3 Fri. featuring Bang Tango, L.A. Pussycat, Bet Me I’m Lying, Nation of Wealth, more. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045. 

On Bodies CD release Fri. With Axis, Direct Effect, Escapist, more. 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Burning Tree Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.  

Danny Tenaglia Sat. With Three, Brian Busto. 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $20. (813) 259-9669.

A Tribute to Harry James and the Andrews Sisters Sat. 7:30 p.m. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$22. (727) 892-5202.

The Saw Doctors Sat. 9 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.

Victims of Circumstance Sat. With The Stereotypes. 8 p.m. UnderGrounds Coffee House, 212 Tarpon Ave. E, Tarpon Springs. $5. (727) 937-5800.

John Lennon Imagined: Beatles and Solo Years Sun. featuring The John Lennon Song Project. 7 p.m. The Musicale, 809 W Horatio St., Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 251-1990.

.38 Special Sun. 4 p.m. Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Dr., Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.

RED Sun. With Thousand Foot Krutch. 4 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 565-0551. 

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster Wed. With Lionize, Glendale Lights, Muphin Chuckrs. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.

Leap Year Party Wed. featuring Thomas Wynn and The Believers. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. 

Days of the New Thurs. With Travis Meek. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.

Jack Russell’s Great White Thurs. With Faster Pussycat, Cascadence. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 565-0551.

Rock the Park Thurs. featuring Levek, The Florida Kilos, Hundred Waters, Christopher Paul Stelling. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8677.

The Great Nostalgic Thurs. 8 p.m. The Hub, 719 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 1:37am]


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