This week in Tampa: Shinedown, The Script, La Roux and more
Halloween weekend is here, and while you might not know it from the photo above, it's tough to imagine a scarier, more intimidating Tampa band than the Genitorturers. So it's good to see them headlining this year's Guavaween festival on Saturday, which happens to be the 25th incarnation of the drunken stumble through Ybor.
But even without Gen and company, it's shaping up to be a nice week for music, from The Script, Method Man and Redman and JJ Grey and Mofro this weekend to La Roux, Shinedown and Gardening Not Architecture next week. As always, Carole Liparoto is here to walk you through the highlights ...
With Hugo, Joshua Radin
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$29. (727) 565-0551.
Are breakups ever really mutual? Elaine Benes says no. So does singer-songwriter Danny O’Donoghue of The Script, the pasty, R&B-influenced pop group from Dublin, Ireland. On Breakeven, O’Donoghue sings, “I’m still alive but I’m barely breathing / Just prayed to a God that I don’t believe in/ ’Cause I got time while she got freedom / ’Cause when a heart breaks, no it don’t break even.” With more than 2 million downloads sold, it’s obvious that lots of people have felt his pain. The self-described “Celtic soul” lads offer the kind of emotion and big choruses that could do Papa Bono proud.
THURSDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $17-$40. (813) 247-2555.
La Roux’s Elly Jackson was a folk singer-songwriter ... until she experienced the allure of the dance floor. After clubbing in her native London, Jackson decided she “wanted to do more than sit on a stage, play a guitar and moan,” she told USA Today. Now, La Roux (which means “the redhead” in French) is turning out fashion-forward synth-pop like Robyn channeling Annie Lennox. Following summertime smash Bulletproof, the cyber siren just debuted a remix of In for the Kill, featuring Kanye West in not-too-douchey form.
JJ Grey and Mofro
With Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 247-2555.
These Florida crackers give Stax-style soul music the swamp treatment. And Sunshine State folks love them for it. JJ Grey and Mofro write and arrange a boggy blend of music in the Jacksonville backwoods — specifically in JJ Grey’s grandparents’ pecan grove — that’s equal parts Booker T. Jones, Allman Brothers and Joe Cocker. “When I smell those orange blossoms, then I’m there,” Grey growls. The Wanee Music Festival poster children conjure up a fruit-noshing, Frisbee-throwing good time through jammy, harmonica-doused soul and rock.
Method Man and Redman
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $19.50-$23. (727) 565-0551.
Just when you thought the smoke had cleared on Second Street (Sublime with Rome and Young Jeezy played Jannus earlier this week), Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man and Def Squad’s Redman will light up the venue once more Friday. Like Cheech and Chong with hip-hop beat backing, How High stars Meth and Red playfully whoop and wail over slinky grooves (Da Rockwilder). The duo’s 2009 disc Blackout! 2, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard charts, is surprisingly buoyant for guys who grew up in dank New York housing projects. They’re like “two superballs in a rubber room,” a critic once wrote. Tical!
With Will Hoge
THURSDAY 8:30 p.m. Straz, Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50. (813) 229-7827.
Turn on rock radio on any given Tuesday and you’re bound to hear a guy own up to troubles with the bottle, women and/or firearms in a throaty baritone. Bands like Seether, 10 Years, Three Days Grace and Shinedown have perfected this formula — one that’s been an easy target for music critics. But the fact of the matter is, these groups are gaining legions of fans and they’re laughing all the way to the bank. Florida’s Shinedown will play tracks from The Sound of Madness acoustically Thursday.
With Saving Abel, Fuel, Hail the Villain, We Are The Fallen, Through You
SATURDAY Corner of Seventh Avenue and 14th Street, Ybor City. Free with Guavaween ticket, $17 at cc-events.org.
Would you tell your mother you attended a concert by a band called the Genitorturers? Us neither. Even if the name didn’t sound like “genital torture” — shudder — we’d have a hard time explaining everything we saw: piercings, spankings, pyrotechnics, and a statuesque blond dominatrix hitting notes we couldn’t dream of. But over the past 25 years, the industrial shock-rockers, led by mononymic frontwoman Gen, have become a part of Tampa music lore, thanks to wild onstage concerts and a true global following. If all that sexy dirty sex has kept you away from every Genitorturers show to date, here’s your chance to see a leather-clad babe rocking out in fishnets and thigh-highs without anyone judging you. You can even tell mama you were there. Just tell her the singer was some nice lady named Gen. — Jay Cridlin
Gardening Not Architecture
With Soft Rock Renegades
THURSDAY 10 p.m. Fly Bar and Restaurant, 1202 N Franklin Street, Tampa. Free. (813) 275-5000.
St. Petersburg-bred Sarah Saturday is the one-woman band behind Gardening Not Architecture. A veteran of Warped Tour, Saturday promotes a concept she calls E.I.Y. (Earn It Yourself) and has devoted much of her time to helping indie artists forge their own career paths. Heeding her own advice, the indie-electronic artist is launching a national tour entirely on her own by collecting donations and pledges from fans and friends, a concept that’s been catching on recently among artists on platforms like Kickstarter. In return, she gives them cool trinkets like flash drives and signed merch.
The Absence Fri. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12.75. (727) 895-3045.
The Lee Boys Fri. With Bird Street Players. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Silas Fri. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $6-$10. (813) 248-9500.
David Dondero Fri. With Will Quinlan, Matt Butcher. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
2 Live Crew Sat. 9 p.m. Fluid Lounge, 3645 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Cost TBD. (727) 849-6300.
Dirty Black Halo Sat. 9 p.m. Corner of Seventh Ave. and 18th Street, Ybor City. Free with Guavaween ticket, $17 at cc-events.org.
Zappaween Sat. featuring Bogus Pomp, Jerry Outlaw and Friends. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.
Rock Your Horror: Art & Music Festival Sat. featuring BoomBox, The Malah, Soular System, DJ Craig Heneveld, more. 8 p.m. Latam Restaurant and Bar, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 223-7338.
Boogie Wonder Band (breast cancer benefit) Sat. 6:30 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. $50-$75. (727) 367-4511.
Funkoween Sat. featuring Middle Rhythm Session. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
Chris Knight Mon. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25.50. (813) 229-7827.
Diamond Man CD release Tues. With Young Egypt, Dark Sea of Awareness, more. 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $6. (813) 241-8600.
Larry and His Flask Wed. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50-$15. (813) 248-9500.
Benise Thurs. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50-$90. (727) 791-7400.
Framing Hanley Thurs. 6 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. facebook.com/thelocal662.
The Birthday Massacre Thurs. With Black Veil Brides. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$21. (727) 895-3045.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*