This week in Tampa: Say Anything, Lucero, Tech N9ne, the Get Up Kids and more
As the weather turns cooler, the music scene is just warming up. Three of Tampa Bay's favorite artists -- Jeremy Gloff; Have Gun, Will Travel; Judy Tampa and the Basiqs are holding record release parties this weekend. If you're in the mood for music and food together, try Ribfest or Dunedin Wines the Blues.
And don't forget about nerdcore icon MC Chris, who performs Friday at Crowbar. Check out our chat with opening NES-rockers I Fight Dragons here.
Carole Giambalvo's got your wrapup of everything else thsi week, including Say Anything (above), Pete Yorn, Deadmau5, Lucero, Tech N9ne, Cannibal Corpse, Laura Izibor, Phil Vassar, the Get Up Kids, Melt Banana, Steve Miller Band, Michelle Shocked, Badfish and more...
With Eisley, Moneen, Miniature Tigers
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Will a happy marriage curb Max Bemis’ signature sneer? Considering the first single off Say Anything’s new record is called Hate Everyone, don’t count on it. On the impish Weezer-esque pop-rocker, singer Bemis, who’s now married to Eisley’s Sherri DuPree, declares his hate for “everyone upon this cursed earth” (including “the rapper in the Lexus” and “pills he ate for breakfast”). The man Spin once called “emo’s greatest disaster” has turned his battle with bipolar disorder (delusion once had him running in the middle of a busy New York street) into satirical, operatic thrill music — the kind that salutes everyone from Woody Allen to Sunny Day Real Estate and Rivers Cuomo.
With Isaac Russell
THURSDAY (11/12) 9 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $17.50. (727) 871-7874.
Contrary to the hangover scruff or sour indie-rock balladry, Pete Yorn has always had a thing for the bright lights of Hollywood. In 2000, Yorn wrote the score for the Farrelly Brothers film Me, Myself and Irene, which included breakout track Strange Condition. This year he collaborated with Scarlett Johansson on Break Up, a retro-rocking collection reminiscent of She and Him’s Volume One. We’re fairly certain Johansson won’t appear at this show (sorry to our buddies over at The Juice* ), but do count on Yorn delivering head-bobbing tracks full of misgivings and melody.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Good Luck Café, 1910 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $7. (813) 248-5453.
We’ve seen guitar wars, drum-offs and breakdance fights, so why not an electronic beat battle? Aspiring producers and beat-makers go head to head in front of Grammy-award winning production team the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, JMB Entertainment, Nappy Boi Digital, Ivy Box and host DJ Headbussa. The beats will be judged on creativity, mixing, musicianship and crowd response.
Have Gun, Will Travel CD release
With Lauris Vidal, Whisky Gentry
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Like its television western namesake, Bradenton band Have Gun, Will Travel knows good frontier storytelling. Saturday, they’ll release hometown-themed Postcards from the Friendly City, a collection of contemplative Americana with old-timey twinkle. “Mama, when you hear that ol’ death rattle, bring me back to Bradenton,” they sing over brush drumming, gorgeous viola and lulling acoustic strums.
Jeremy Gloff CD release
Part of Magnum Opus: A Square One Creative Event
SATURDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 East Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $1 donation. (813) 247-2555.
Tampa Bay gay and lesbian community luminary Jeremy Gloff is a sassy advice columnist, lover of cheesy ’80s grooves and all-around funnyman. But on 21st Century Love Songs, he’s straight up serious. Ominous sounds abound on Depeche Mode-ish Oh Sweet Boy, in which Gloff tackles depression and suicide. Gloff describes the album as “one that gives a voice to people who are disappointed and skeptical of happy endings, but ultimately hopeful.”
SUNDAY 9 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 East Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
When Move For Me starts in with lyrics “another night out, another dance floor,” you’d think Deadmua5 was terribly bored with the club scene. Turns out, he’s giving it life. The Canadian DJ, who comes costumed in a giant red mouse head, is packing clubs and breaking fire codes with thick bass lines, spellbinding synths, whimsical bleeps and alluring electro-house lullabies.
With Ramblin’ Roadshow and Memphis Revue, Cedric Burnside and Lighting Malcolm
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Czar 1430 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-2664.
Lucero’s move to a major label had some longtime fans sweatin’ it. Would the beloved country punk band’s gristly tunes become polished for radio play? Singer Ben Nichols, often dubbed alt-country’s Kurt Cobain, says no way. The only real change to the leathery Lucero sound (which recalls the Replacements and the Hold Steady) looks to be a welcomed one — a little horn-infused Memphis soul.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $27.50. (727) 791-7400.
Like Corinne Bailey Rae, Alicia Keys or Chrisette Michele, Nigerian-Irish singer-songwriter Laura Izibor has a flair for piano-based soul and hip-hop beat backing. Rolling Stone dubbed Izibor an “artist to watch,” calling her debut Let the Truth Be Told, “with its you-go-girl pop (Shine), slow-rolling funk (Yes) and gospel-tinged ballads (Mmm), a sunny, chick-flick-worthy take on vintage soul.”
With Hatebreed, Unearth, Born of Osiris, Hate Eternal
SUNDAY 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $27. (727) 895-3045.
The reliably loud and disconcerting Cannibal Corpse returns to bludgeon fans with oinking, feverish rhythms, hefty guitars and lyrics about cyanide and disembowelment. The group remains one of the Tampa death metal scene’s most enduring acts.
With Slaughterhouse, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Stevie Stone, Glasses Malone
MONDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.
He’s the best-selling indie rapper in the game. He may also be the most unstable. On new K.O.D., Kansas City lyricist Tech N9ne reflects on his marriage-ending promiscuity and questions God in the face of his mother’s terminal illness as spooky, overcast tones pulse in the background. Expect the unexpected here — we’re talking anything from Dean Martin and Falco sampling and backwards rapping to disturbing horrorcore, grunting and guitars.
Dunedin Wines the Blues Festival: Fri. and Sat. featuring John Lee Hooker, Jr., the Steve Arvey Horn Band, Kathy Jo and the Bluzification Band. 5:30 p.m. Pioneer Park, Douglas Ave. and Main St., Dunedin. Free. delightfuldunedin.com.
Sander Kleinenberg: Fri. 9 p.m. Vintage Ultra Lounge, 16 Second St. North, St. Petersburg. $15. myspace.com/vintage727.
Phil Vassar: Fri. 9 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 US 301 North, Tampa. $9.95. (813) 719-3133.
Rick Gee’s Jazz Jamm: Fri. 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. South, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 892-5798.
The Basiqs CD release: Fri. 9 p.m. The Place at Channelside (rooftop), corner of Whiting and Channelside Drive. facebook.com/thebasiqs.
Bulletboys: Fri. With Thrown Alive, more. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Night Club, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $15. (727) 843-0686.
The Shakes Society: Fri. and Sat. 9 p.m. The Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-0632.Judy Tampa and Bunko Squad CD release: Sun. With Harry Hayward’s Magic Act, My Little Trotsky, Ronny Elliot. 5 p.m. Springs Theatre, 8029 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $10 suggested donation. (813) 915-0074.
Live and Let Die, the Music of Sir Paul and Friends: Sat. 8 p.m. Colorama Music Premier Performance Club, 9302 Denton Ave., Hudson. $22. (727) 863-7539.
Greg West: Sat. 1 p.m. Green Iguana Veterans, 9202 Anderson Rd., Tampa. Free. (813) 288-9076.
Get Up Kids: Sat. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19.99-$24. (727) 895-3045.
Melt Banana: Sun. With Yip Yip. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th Street, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
The Family Harvest Jubilee: Sun. featuring Experimental Pilot, Ella Jet, Danny and Alex. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa. $7. (813) 971-0666.
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime: Sun. 7:30 p.m. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $15-$20. (727) 843-0686.
Awesome New Republic: Tues. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th Street, Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
Steve Miller Band: Wed. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.50-$128. (727) 791-7400.
Senior Friendly Extravaganza: Wed. featuring Ken Brady, Richie Merritt, Marti Carroll, Denise Looney, more. 10 a.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free. (727) 587-6751.
Michelle Shocked: Thurs. 8 p.m. Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. $20-$25. (727) 360-6697.
-- Carole Giambalvo, tbt*