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This week in Tampa: Taylor Swift, Korn, George Clinton, Ribfest and more




Even without one of fall’s biggest music festivals coming to That Other City Up I-4, we’d have to admit this is one of the busier music weekends of the year. Taylor Swift and Ribfest alone could draw close to 80,000 music fans by themselves. (Taylor Swift tickets are going for $85 and up on StubHub.) And then you’ve got Korn, George Clinton, O.A.R., Peter Murphy, She Wants Revenge, Datsik, Shelby Lynne, Josh Ritter, Sondre Lerche, Eddie Money, Mayday Parade, Of Mice And Men, Hank and Cupcakes, Agnostic Front, Alesana, the AP Tour and so much more.

Of course, we’ll be in Orlando for the Killers, Bob Seger, the Raconteurs, the Pixies, Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, the Roots and more. In case you missed any of it, here’s our preview of Orlando Calling — and don’t forget to check out Sean Daly’s interview with Brandon Flowers of the Killers.

For all other concerts in Tampa Bay, Carole Liparoto’s got your weekly preview after the jump...

Taylor Swift
With NeedToBreathe, Adam Brand
SATURDAY 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Sold out. (813) 301-2500.
For better or worse, Taylor Swift, a pop-rock-country creation, is the closest thing we have to a Disney princess these days. And she knows it. Her public persona is sweet and kind, independent and gorgeous. She’s totally willing to fall head over wedge heels in love — and then, the next day, dump no-good Prince Charming (a.k.a. Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner) and write a catchy take-that song about him. Swift doesn’t have to be real to be beloved, although her latest self-penned songs, especially slow-burners Dear John and Last Kiss, have genuine pain attached — or at least more pain than most fluff on the radio. — Sean Daly

Ribfest 2011
With John Fogerty and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real (Friday); Styx and the Outlaws (Saturday), Trace Adkins and the JaneDear Girls (Sunday) and more
FRIDAY-SUNDAY Gates open at 11 a.m. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $13-$20. (727) 528-3828,
Who’s the greatest American rock band? Aerosmith? Metallica? Pearl Jam? Journey? No, the correct answer is Creedence Clearwater Revival, led by howlin’ wild child John Fogerty, one of the greatest frontmen of any nationality. So although this year’s Ribfest at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Pete is kind of lacking buzz, they do have Fogerty as their Friday headliner, and that’s darned good accompaniment to all those smoky bones and saucy fingers. Born with that beautifully damaged bayou wail (even though he’s from Berkeley, Calif.), Fogerty still sounds as “good” now as he did then. Even though he’s 66, he can still put chooglin’ goodness into Bad Moon Rising and Proud Mary. His set starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday. — Sean Daly

With Datsik, Downlink, Dope D.O.D.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $32.50. (813) 868-7600.
For those who felt grunge acts like Pearl Jam and Nirvana weren’t quite loud enough, Bakersfield, Calif., band Korn and its mortuary science student-singer Jonathan Davis offered a debut disc in 1994 full of earsplitting industrial aggression, rattling bass strings and purgative screaming. The nu-metal freaks are off leash again on upcoming release The Path of Totality, calling on dubstep DJs (most notably Skrillex) to lend some bass wobble to the mix. Korn will debut six of these new tunes, play rarities and deliver the hits in a multiple-set session.

Josh Ritter
With Jeremy Messersmith
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
If you enjoy Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst or reading books all the way through, this mostly-soft folk player and novelist should satisfy nicely. The son of neuroscientists, Josh Ritter would have likely followed in his parents’ footsteps if not for discovering Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan’s Girl from the North Country in high school, he says. Ritter’s Girl in the War was at one time the most-played song on WMNF. “A world of ideas on a few basic chords,” sums up the New York Times.

George Clinton
With Fall on Purpose, Shadcore
FRIDAY 6 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20 and up. (727) 571-2222.
Today’s torch bearer of high-octane funk music is undoubtedly George Clinton — a man whose eccentric stage show and colorful, light-socket hair pieces have, at times, managed to make his idols James Brown and Sly Stone look tame by comparison. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, charting more than 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones). This will be one of the smallest club gigs Clinton has played in the Bay area. 

Peter Murphy and She Wants Revenge
With Hussle Club
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21-$23. (813) 247-2555.
It’s been called the goth-rock equivalent of Stairway to Heaven. The nine-minute Drac-track Bela Lugosi’s Dead, with its graveyard grooves, horror movie-appropriate lyrics and dub-style guitar, helped put black-clad Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy on the map. Today, the acid-tongued Murphy, a Muslim vegan with a penchant for dark, synth-driven dirges, is known as the Godfather of Goth. Expect an array of old and new material, as well as covers of Nine Inch Nails and The Stooges. Joy Division descendants She Wants Revenge, sometimes (harshly) called a second-rate Interpol, open the show.

Shelby Lynne
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39-$55. (727) 791-7400.
It’s funny to picture sultry singer-songwriter causing any controversy in the music industry. But more than a few fans were left scratching their heads by her Best New Artist Grammy win in 2001 — after all, she’d been playing professionally for 13 years, and the award came on the strength of her sixth album, I Am Shelby Lynne. Does that sound like a new artist to you? A couple of her fellow nominees that year (Brad Paisley, Jill Scott) have gone on to nice careers; the rest (Papa Roach, Sisqo), not so much. As for Shelby? She’s gone on to release seven more albums, including 2008’s Dusty Springfield tribute, Just A Little Lovin’.

The Noise Tour
Featuring Mayday Parade, We Are the In Crowd, There for Tomorrow, more
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.
It’s a big week for Warped Tour-worthy bands and fans. Of Mice and Men, Alesana, A Skylit Drive and Four Year Strong are among the acts performing this week. But if we had to pick one that stands out from the pack, We Are the In Crowd makes a strong case with its Paramore-like lead singer and its first-rate harmonies (Rumor Mill). The band will hold a free acoustic show and signing at Daddy Kool Records at 4 p.m. on Sunday before the concert at the State. 

Hank and Cupcakes
With Kaleigh Baker
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Husband-and-wife duo Hank and Cupcakes resemble The White Stripes. Of course, that’s if The White Stripes hailed from Tel Aviv, wore spandex and played disco-tinged dance-pop. The Israeli act consists of funk bassist and effects specialist Ariel Scherbacovsky (Hank) and vocalist/drummer Sagit Shir (Cupcakes). Bringing baked goods is highly encouraged.

With Chris McCarty
FRIDAY 5 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. Private show, with some limited tickets available. (727) 871-7874.
Before they hit the road for the Orlando Calling festival, O.A.R. will take to the rooftop of Push Ultra Lounge to play a private acoustic show. The Five Ohio State friends who got their start at Buckeye frat parties and campus events jam out a hacky-sack hybrid of alternative pop, winding rock and reggae. Following Dave Matthews Band’s lead, the group built a devoted fanbase (without any major label marketing or radio play) by playing shows tirelessly and encouraging fans to share their recordings.

Also playing

Tinsley Ellis Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Tinariwen Fri. With Sophie Hunger. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.

Nadia Ali Fri. With Edgar V. 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater. $15 and up. (727) 571-2222.

Steve Arvey Fri. and Sat. 9 p.m. The Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway, Dunedin. (727) 902-1671.

Of Mice and Men Sat. With iwrestledabearonce, I See Stars, For The Fallen Dreams, Abandon All Ships. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $17-$19.

Bradstock Fri. featuring From This Fire, Escape Tonight, Sunshine and Bullets, more. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. 

Pitbull Toddler Fri. 8 p.m. J.C. Cravers, 191 Orange St., Palm Harbor. (727) 216-6412. 

Eddie Money Sat. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 565-0551.

Paranoia Dance Party farewell show Sat. With Chilled Monkey Brains, The Taj Motel Trio, Corporate Fandango, Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus, Aaron Hibbert. 6 p.m. Transitions Gallery, 4215 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Benise Sat. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $42.50-$78. (727) 791-7400.

Dunedin Wines the Blues Festival Sat. featuring The Nighthawks, Honey Island Swamp Band, Sandy Atkinson and the True Loves. 5 p.m. Main Street between Louden Avenue and Broadway, downtown Dunedin. Free.

(Hed) P.E. Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

David Olney and Sergio Webb Sat. With Rebekah Pulley. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Ryan Montbleau Band Sat. With Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Obituary Sat. With Generichrist, Sledgegrinder. The Brass Mug, 1441 E. Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. (813) 972-8152.

Agnostic Front Mon. With The Mongoloids, Naysaye. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13.50-$15.50.

Margo Rey With The Helios Jazz Orchestra Tues. 7 p.m. NOVA 535, 535 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Street N., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 821-6682.

Exhumed Tues. With Cephalic Carnage, Goatwhore and Havok. 7 p.m. The Brass Mug, 1441 E. Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 972-8152.

Alesana Wed. With A Skylit Drive, Sleeping with Sirens, Attila, Memphis May Fire. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.

Sondre Lerche Wed. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $15. (727) 791-7400. 

The AP Tour Thurs. featuring Four Year Strong, Gallows, Title Fight, The Swellers, Sharks. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.

The Whiskey Gentry Thurs. With Have Gun, Will Travel, Will Quinlan, Urbane Cowboys. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 1:01pm]


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