This week in Tampa: Tim McGraw, Angels and Airwaves, Minus the Bear and more
With one of this week's big concerts (the Flaming Lips) being postponed until October, are there any solid shows to check out this week?
You betcha. In fact, the Lips canceling their gig next week might be a good thing, since it'll free up all of Tampa Bay's indie and alternative fans to see Minus the Bear, above, at the Ritz Ybor on May 12. And then there's Tim McGraw at the Ford Amphitheatre (click here for an interview with Tim, as well as the details on that show).
After the jump, get Carole Liparoto's concert picks, including Bo Burnham, Waka Flocka Flame, Angels and Airwaves, Jason Castro and more ...
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29.50-$35. (727) 791-7400.
Bo Burnham is a geeky prep school teen who records music videos in his Hamilton, Mass. bedroom. Sounds harmless enough, right? Well, jump-rope rhymes these ain’t. “Do you remember that cartoon The Angry Beavers?” he asks on the intro to Love Is... “I hear they’re bringing it back and calling it The View.” Later in the track, like Ben Folds tackling the taboo, the pianist, guitarist, singer, rapper and comedian contemplates the moral dilemmas a rape whistle company owner must face. Worldwide, Burnham’s videos have been viewed more than 50 million times. He’s also working with Judd Apatow on an “anti-High School Musical” movie.
Minus the Bear
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18. (813) 247-2555.
With the Flaming Lips forced to cancel their show at Jannus Live Wednesday night, indie fans might fill the void with a slinky prog-rock set from Minus the Bear. It’s doubtful you’ll get flashlight-shaking Santas, dancing aliens or other Lips-ish embellishments, but you will get groove-worthy rock that’s creative in its own right. Released Tuesday, atmospheric new disc Omni is gentle-cycle dreamer-pop at it’s finest. “I want your comfort for the evening,” croons singer Jake Snider. Say hello to your spring soundtrack.
Waka Flocka Flame
FRIDAY 10 p.m. Club Tantra, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25.
Grampa Simpson has a great line about the evolution of music, something to this effect: “I used to be with 'it’. Then they changed what 'it’ was. Now 'it’ seems weird and scary to me.” Waka Flocka Flame, a glassy-eyed rapper from Riverdale, Ga., makes me feel a bit like Grampa. The 23-year-old Gucci Mane companion has a Billboard-charting hit in Oh Let’s Do It, a violent, drug-deal rap track that conjures up smoky back rooms and bottle service. If there’s one I am feeling here, though, it’s Waka’s solid-gold Fozzie Bear chain. (Get it?)
With Bride of Chaotica
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8531.
The Friday Extra Concert Series expands from Tampa’s Lowry Park Bandshell to Curtis Hixon Park this week. Stolen Idols specialize in lounge music, Latin jazz and exotica, the mid-century tropical mood music pioneered by Martin Denny and Les Baxter. With marimba-rich arrangements, lush harmonies and propulsive percussion, the Tampa group conjures up a steamy paradise with all the color of a Gauguin Tahitian landscape. Mai tais not included.
Angels and Airwaves
With Say Anything
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $26. (813) 247-2555.
In 2005, Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge ditched potty-humor pop-punk in favor of tender, effects-tickled alternative rock. But as much as we loved that soaring, U2-like guitar riff on The Adventure and that dreamy hook on Everything’s Magic, it all sounded like a hot mess onstage. During Angels and Airwaves’ performance in Tampa in December 2007, DeLonge’s voice was squeally enough to send birds back north for the winter. An off night, maybe? Our favorite emo disaster act Say Anything opens the show with sneering, operatic rock.
John Gold Fri. With Kiki and the Whales, A Play On Words, Red Rock/Its. 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 382-3477.
Timmy Curran Fri. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.
FloriDaze Beach Music Festival Fri.-Sun. Featuring The Radiators, John Frinzi, Keith Sykes, more. The Resort at Little Harbor, 611 Destiny Drive, Ruskin. floridaze.org.
Lisa Lisa and Rob Base Fri. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 565-0551.
We Are Defiance Sat. With Stereosix, The End of April, Atlanta Burns, Age of Lions. 7 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.
Dying Fetus Sat. With Arsis, Misery Index, more. 6 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. $13. (813) 972-8152.
The 600 Block Party Sat. Featuring Fall On Purpose, Lounge Cat, DJ Mega. 6 p.m. Between Sixth and Seventh on Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. Free. sixhundredblock.com.
Aquabats Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Jason Castro Sat. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $15. (727) 791-7400.
Tribal Style Sat. With Rocksteady@8. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Toubab Krewe Sat. With Hip Abduction, Diocious. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Bob Night: A Night of Bob Dylan Sat. Featuring Radio-Free Carmela and the Transmitters, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Grant Peeples, The Human Condition, Ronny Elliott, more. 6 p.m. Ace’s Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. $10. (941) 795-3886.
The Spill Canvas Mon. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
All Leather Wed. With Yip Yip. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8.50. (813) 248-9500.
Agnostic Front Thurs. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $13.50. (813) 248-9500.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*