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This week in Tampa: Rammstein, Elvis Costello, The Pretty Reckless and more




Another week, another wild slate of eclectic music in Tampa Bay.

Think about it -- how often do you get to see concerts in the same seven-day span by Elvis Costello (above), Rammstein, Yanni, Luther Campbell, Peelander-Z, Brandi Carlile, Matt Nathanson, Ronnie Dunn, Dick Dale, Candlebox, The Pretty Reckless, The Maine, Filter, Ace Hood, Trina, Chicago, the Red Elvises, Tim Barry, Steel Pulse, SOJA and Blackbird Blackbird? It's just insane. And it doesn't even include all of the events going on Saturday for National Record Store Day (we'll have the details on that coming up soon).

Here to walk help you make sense of it all is Carole Liparoto...

Elvis Costello and the Imposters
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $69-$89. (727) 791-7400.
Since the ’70s, Elvis Costello has energized the literate traditions of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison with a humorous, animated spin. On Tuesday, he’ll energize his stage show with a spin of another kind. During the “Spectacular Spinning Songbook Tour,” the top-hatted 57-year-old singer-songwriter goes game show, calling on fans to spin a massive 150-song wheel to choose the evening’s set list. “It’s like a vaudevillian presentation of rock ’n’ roll,” Costello says. Costello used something similar during shows in the ’80s, only a decade or so into a career that now ranks as one of the most prolific and varied of any singer-songwriter. Even if he doesn’t play your favorite song from his vast repertoire, you can always just blame the wheel. 

SATURDAY 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35-$78. (813) 301-2500.
“Other bands play. Rammstein burns!” That’s the motto coined by hardcore fans (and there are many) of this pyro-powered East German metal group. Rammstein has sold out soccer-sized venues overseas for years with grinding guitars, big industrial noise, operatic (and borderline ridiculous) vocals, and of course, fire. But it wasn’t until 2010 (nearly 15 years after Du Hast, the breakout track featured in everything from The Matrix to Gilmore Girls), that the band returned to the U.S. to play live. So what will be the key to arena-sized success on American soil? “Ninety-nine percent of the people don’t understand the lyrics, so you have to come up with something to keep the drama in the show,” says enigmatic guitarist Paul Landers. “We do laugh about it … but we’re not Spinal Tap. We take the music and the lyrics seriously.”

FRIDAY 9 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $21. (727) 565-0551.
Any Seattle grunge or alt-rock act emerging post-Cobain and company ran the risk of being tagged “Nirwanabees.” But Candlebox, one such group, never seemed to mind, particularly after You and Far Behind went on to rule rock radio. The group’s first album in nearly four years, Love Stories & Other Musings, arrived earlier this month. Minus the flannel, the disc picks up right where 1995 left off — with lots of tortuous tales and heavy guitars. 

Dick Dale
With The Hodaddys
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
Dick Dale’s Misirlou — a reverb-sopping, staccato style retool of an old Arabic love song — did for surfing what The Doors did for LSD. The sand-summoning single of ’62 was quickly reworked by The Beach Boys, The Ventures, Surfaris and The Trashmen, solidifying it as a surf-rock staple. And for you kids who didn’t recognize anything from the above paragraphs, we bet you’d remember Misirlou as the feature song from Pulp Fiction, or the hook from the Black Eyed Peas’ Pump It. Catch the septuagenarian surf guitar god Friday in St. Pete.

The Pretty Reckless
With The Hollywood Kills, The Parlor Mob
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045. 
For every one Drake (the Nickelodeon teen actor turned rap superstar), there are about a dozen Eddie Murphys, William Shatners and Lindsay Lohans. But if dabbling in music rarely pans out for Hollywood types, consider 18-year-old Taylor Momsen a promising exception to the rule. The actress, who starred as conniving teen designer Jenny Humphrey on the CW TV series Gossip Girl, is in this for the long haul. Take fiery new EP Hit Me Like a Man. “It’s No. 3 on the rock chart,” Momsen said. “Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 and 2, so I don’t feel too bad. It’s pretty awesome.” Momsen just wrapped up a raucous and rightfully sleazy set with Marilyn Manson last weekend at the Revolver magazine party in LA.

The Maine
With Lydia, The Arkells
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20.
For relationship rock without all the whining, check out Tempe, Az.’s The Maine.  We know the name is geographically confusing. Just stick with us here. The band actually got its name from a song by defunct band Ivory. One of Rolling Stone’s “Five Breakout Bands at Bamboozle,” The Maine recently released Pioneer, a grown-up disc that subs pop-punk for a more straightforward, harmonic rock sound that’s about as catchy as pink eye.

With Menue, From This Fire, Nation of Wealth
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045. 
Ace Hood
SATURDAY 11:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call (352) 263-9857 for ticket availability and pricing.
It’s a State Theatre doubleheader featuring one ’90s alt-metal band from Cleveland and one millennial Florida rapper. We’re sure there’s a joke in there somewhere. First up, it’s Filter, the metal men with a softer side (Take a Picture). It’s been more than a decade since Hey Man Nice Shot, yet the rasp of Richard Patrick is still strong. Later, Def Jam hard hustler and one-time XXL magazine “Freshmen” Ace Hood will release his latest mixtape, Starvation.

THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$125. (727) 791-7400.
Yanni (Mr. Yiannis Hrysomallis, if you’re nasty) would prefer that you not call his inspiring, meditative brand of music “New Age.” The term just has too many unfair implications, he says. Like “you have to have incense and a couple of crystals to enjoy it.” See beyond the PBS specials and Olympic Game pump-ups, and you’ll find a man (now mustache-less) who simply wants to perform meaningful music for his devoted fans. Thursday, he’ll perform songs from an expansive catalogue, which includes latest instrumental work Truth of Touch, his first album of original studio music in almost a decade.

Uncle Luke and Trina
With Tae Bae Bae, Tom G, Lil Kee, more
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. $10. (813) 868-7600.
Risqué rhymers Uncle Luke and Trina take it to the house Friday with a special “Spring Break-style” set. Miami’s baddest chick Trina has delivered a steady stream of singles, including Long Heels Red Bottoms, an ode to her designer Louboutins. Uncle Luke — a.k.a. Luther Campbell, a parental advisory activist’s nightmare in the ’80s and the onetime leader of 2 Live Crew — once challenged the U.S. Supreme Court over a parody of Roy Orbison’s Oh, Pretty Woman. This weekend, he’ll get back to pumping hedonistic jams for shaking, popping and twerking (Scarred).

With One-Eyed Doll
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13.
If Comic-Con ever needed a house band, the costumed warriors of Peelander-Z would be excellent candidates for the job. We have it on good authority that these Japanese action comic punks (hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander, naturally) put on one of the wackiest shows you’ll ever see. Human bowling, songs about tacos, audience members playing pre-distributed metal bowls and live-action wrestling are just a few of the many tricks in Peelander-Z’s bag. Oh, and the music’s pretty good, too.

Fun ’n Sun Festival
With Matt Nathanson, Jeremy Thomas Band, Greg West, Gates (Friday); Rick Springfield, Ambrosia, more (Saturday); Ronnie Dunn, Chris Cagle, Brett Eldredge, Canaan Smith, more (Sunday).
FRIDAY-SUNDAY Coachman Park, downtown Clearwater. Free; reserved seats $20-$30; VIP $75. For a full schedule, see
Clearwater’s annual Fun ’n Sun Festival kicks off this weekend with three days of music: Pop-rock singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson (Come On Get Higher) on Friday, classic rocker Rick Springfield (Jessie’s Girl) and ’70s soulsters Ambrosia (Biggest Part of Me) on Saturday and country stars Ronnie Dunn of (Brooks and Dunn) and Chris Cagle (Chicks Dig It) on Sunday. Best part? All concerts are free. — Jay Cridlin

Erase Hate Festival
With Brandi Carlile, Miggs
SATURDAY noon (music begins at 5:30 p.m.) Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa. Free; VIP $75.
Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has a fervent cult following — twice since 2010, she’s packed the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater — so it’ll be interesting to see what she does with a much bigger outdoor venue. For this show, the Seattle singer-songwriter will perform as an acoustic trio with her cohorts Tim and Phil Hanseroth, a.k.a. “The Twins.” Expect to hear foot-stomping acoustic versions of tracks from her forthcoming fourth studio album, Bear Creek, which furthers her evolution from catchy folk-pop to deep, roots-influenced alt-country, all without sacrificing a note of her dynamic voice. Imagine a cross between k.d. lang and Muse’s Matt Bellamy. — Jay Cridlin

Also playing

Cattle Barons’ Ball (American Cancer Society Benefit) Fri. featuring Jo Dee Messina. 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Call (813) 319-5904 for ticket availability and pricing.

St. Pete Shuffle Fri. featuring King of Spain, Gentlemen Please, Permanent Makeup. 7 p.m. St. Pete Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-2083.

Tribal Style Fri. With Badda Skat, DJ Blenda, DJ Shafiq. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Price TBD.

Chicago Fri. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $62-$92. (727) 791-7400.

The Life and Music of Cole Porter Fri. featuring The UV Rays. 7:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 407 S Saturn Ave., Clearwater. $12-$15. (727) 446-7715 or

Blackbird Blackbird Sat. With Florida Night Heat, XXYYXX. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-4969.

Between Bluffs CD release Sat. 8:30 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606. 

Red Elvises Sat. With Hot Rod Hornets. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Baker Bruce Band Sat. 7 p.m. The Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Petersburg Beach. Free. (727) 368-9619.

One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen and the Works Sun. 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. $35-$45. (727) 892-5767.

Steel Pulse Tues. With SOJA. 7:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.

Tim Barry Wed. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10.

Malcolm Holcombe Thurs. With Ronny Elliott. 9 p.m. Dave’s Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St Petersburg. $10. (727) 576-1091.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 11:24am]


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