This week in Tampa: Silversun Pickups, Hawthorne Heights, Fusebox Funk and more
Without a doubt, the coolest show of the weekend is Silversun Pickups and Against Me! at the Ritz Ybor on Friday. It's sold out, but but we would advise you not to sleep on Fusebox Funk (above), the Fleshtones, Yellowman, Hawthorne Heights and more.
Get our picks for this weekend's best music after the jump...
Silversun Pickups and Against Me!
With the Henry Clay People
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.
Fans of alternative rock no doubt scratched their heads when Silversun Pickups were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy this year. After all, the L.A. quartet formed in 2002 and had been churning out fuzzy, Smashing Pumpkinish ragers like Lazy Eye (off 2006’s Carnavas) for years. But their 2009 album Swoon, starring the jittery singles Catch and Release and Panic Switch, was a critical smash — hence the Grammy nod. This’ll be their first trip to Tampa Bay since 2007. Gravelly Gainesville punks Against Me! visit these parts more frequently — they played the State Theatre in February — but this is still an anticipated show. The band just released White Crosses, the follow-up to the fiery New Wave, which Spin deemed the best album of 2007.
With Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
Musically speaking, the only thing funky about Jacksonville is the scent of Gregg Allman’s beard. At least, that was the case until Fusebox Funk boogied onto the scene. The J-ville sextet is Florida’s low-ridin’ answer to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jurassic 5 and Rage Against the Machine, blending slick rhymes, Super Fly horns and El Camino-bouncing bass into an irresistible melange of rock, hip-hop and outer-space funkadelia. Tampa’s own ska-pocalyptic Johnny Cakes always bring a thundrous presence to the stage, so this should be one nonstop, all-night party.
Good Old War
With Yukon Blonde, Audra Mae
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.
If you find yourself bored by the treacle on modern country radio, Good Old War are here to give you a hug. They play Americana through and through, but it’s also tinged with worldly elements, from Old World folk to Eastern raga. It’s indie-cool, yet warm enough to score a Wes Anderson movie. Bonus: If you like the openers, throwback pop-rockers Yukon Blonde — who, ironically, hail from British Columbia, not the Yukon — you can see them twice this weekend. They’re also performing a free in-store set at 3 p.m. Saturday at Vinyl Fever in Tampa.
With Blind Man’s Colour, Young Egypt
SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7. (813) 241-8600.
Major record labels may view Florida as a wasteland when it comes to signing up-and-coming artists, but at least one hip indie label has its eye on the Sunshine State: Brooklyn’s Kanine Records (Grizzly Bear, Northern State, Chairlift), who have snapped up Florida bands like Surfer Blood (West Palm Beach) and Blind Man’s Colour (St. Petersburg). Their latest release: Sinister Devices, the debut album from Winter Park’s Viernes, whose ambient, droning soundscapes can lull you into a state of fuzzy hypnosis. It’s recommended for people who like Deerhunter, My Bloody Valentine and seeing Florida artists break on a national level.
With Tony Faline, Viro and Rob Analyze, Haus Trap, Jask
SUNDAY 10 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd. Tampa. (813) 259-9669.
If you were a fan of house music in the late ’80s or early ’90s, you may have made a pilgrimage to Orlando for the gone-but-not-forgotten dance party known as “Aahz,” manned by DJs Kimball Collins and Dave Cannalte. The weekly rave night, held at venues around O-Town, sated Central Florida’s appetite for acid house music with guest artists like Sasha and Digweed. Collins has DJ’ed around the world since then, but on Facebook and Twitter, clubgoers who miss the old Aahz days keep pining for reunion shows. The next one is slated for November in Orlando.
With Audition, The Story Changes, Variance
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $11. (727) 843-0686.
Whether you groove on Hot Topic emo or not, you can’t deny that Hawthorne Heights’ decision to include a free copy of their new album, Skeletons, with every concert ticket — all for only $11! — is a pretty cool deal. Down to four members after the departure of screamy vocalist Casey Calvert, the Dayton, Ohio band keeps chugging along with moshworthy guitars and JT Woodruff’s soaring whine, the perfect mix for any emo-tastic party.
With The Hodaddys
SATURDAY 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 258-4829.
The Fleshtones aren’t as famous as the Ramones or New York Dolls, but their rabid fans believe they should be. Since founding in 1976 in Brooklyn, the sweatin’, swingin’ garage rock collective has inspired a biography (Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America’s Garage Band), a documentary (Pardon Us for Living But the Graveyard Is Full), even their own nation (legend has it a Spanish fan proclaimed a tract of land the republic of “Fleshtonia”). Singer Peter Zaremba was an influential figure on the underground music scene, hosting an early MTV show called The Cutting Edge. The Fleshtones’ sound influenced artists like R.E.M., the Smithereens and Southern Culture on the Skids.
THURSDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18.50. (727) 895-3045.
Always a hotbed for world-class reggae, downtown St. Pete gets a return visit from Jamaican dancehall legend Yellowman, an icon not only for his albinism but for his music. Jams like Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt and Zungguzungguguzungguzeng (yeah, we spell-checked it) have been sampled by artists like Tupac, N.W.A. and Sublime.
Homegrown Hip Hop 2
Featuring Infinite Skillz, BC, Waystid Talent, Unstoppable Force, Public Library, Hard White, Miss Maggie, more
FRIDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 895-3045.
As downtown St. Pete’s 600 Block keeps gelling, the local hip-hop community — led in this case by rapper Infinite Skillz — hopes to build on last year’s scene-building show at the State. Veteran Tampa rapper BC might be the most familiar name on the bill for many, but don’t miss St. Pete rapper Hard White, who dishes out rhymes in a laconic, lazy-south style that’s perfect for lounging in the VIP section; or R&B singer Miss Maggie, who blends pop, soul, hip-hop and poetry.
Eric Lindell Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Brantley Gilbert Fri. 8 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 855-1229
The Only Sons Fri. With Brahm Bones, Dear Old Liar, Peter Baldwin. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Advent Fri. With Forty Winters, Young And In The Way, In Reference To A Sinking Ship, A Hope For Tomorrow, more. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 382-3477.
ATB Fri. 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $10-$20. (727) 571-2222.
Thomas Wynn and the Believers Sat. With Shak Nasti. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10 (813) 971-0666.
False Demise Sat. With Thrash Attack, Tug. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.
Kickin’ Again Sat. 9 p.m. Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 447-5080.
Father’s Day Family Jam Sun. With Experimental Pilot, Ella Jet and Danny, Alex and Andrea. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free.
Ballyhoo Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15.50. (727) 895-3045.
Donnybrook Mon. With The Mongoloids, Bitter End, Venia, Losing Vision, The Rookies, Of Heroes. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.
Runner Runner Tue. With Dance Dance Robot!, Almost Critical. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $11.50. (813) 248-9500.
DJ Medhi Tue. With Riton. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free, but RSVP at pulptheparty.com. (813) 247-2664.
Acoustic Alchemy Wed. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $24. (727) 895-3045.
Parachute Musical Thur. With Ex-Norwegian. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*