This week in Tampa: Tom Jones, Interpol, Dirty Heads and more
After the week of music we just had in Tampa Bay, this relatively slow weekend is coming as a bit of a relief.
But don't get us wrong -- there are still some hugely intriguing shows this week, including Tom Jones, Interpol, Black Veil Brides, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, VersaEmerge, Civil Twilight, Unwritten Law and Dirty Heads, above.
After the jump, get the details on these and the rest of Carole Liparoto's concert picks...
The AP Tour
Featuring Black Veil Brides, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, VersaEmerge, I See Stars
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15.50 and up. (727) 895-3045.
Former Chiodos frontman Craig Owens joins members of Story of the Year, Matchbook Romance and From First to Last to form Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, a group whose aggressive melodies conjure up a Circa Survive/The Used combo. Black-clad fret board gymnasts Black Veil Brides will co-headline. If musical genres were categorized by stores in the mall, the AP Tour would most certainly be Hot Topic. Folded arms not permitted.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $42-$103. (727) 791-7400.
It’s not unusual to love Tom Jones. Adoring wives and mothers shower him in undergarments. Singer/songwriter elite-types (Van Morrison) place him atop their lists of favorite artists. Queens (Elizabeth II) knight him. So what could possibly be left for this bronzed baritone to accomplish? In a word, grit. On the Welshman’s latest Praise and Blame, gone are the Vegas-style sex bombs, playful pussycat calls, the loose buttons and usual bombast. In are bluesy, tattered roadhouse-rock covers (of John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan, etc.) about where we go when we die. Fans should expect a little of both Jones’ at this show Friday.
With School of Seven Bells
THURSDAY 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $24-$26. (813) 247-2555.
We’re not sure if it’s the deadpan vocal delivery or the immaculately tailored suits, but we can tell you this much — no modern band emits chilly wrath quite the way Interpol does. On Slow Hands, the dark but dapper Paul Banks sings matter-of-factly, “Yeah but nobody searches / Nobody cares somehow / When the loving that you’ve wasted / Comes raining from a hapless cloud.” Ouch. The modish mopers out of NYC, often compared to Joy Division, have opened for The Cure and U2. On this tour, Tampa’s Brad Traux of the band Home is filling former bassist Carlos D.’s role. Pre-game it with a fine wine and a trip to your local dry cleaner.
With One eskimO , the Daylights
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045.
On Letters from the Sky, a piano-powered lament for a lost love, Civil Twilight singer Steven McKellar pleads, “I was meant to taste your kiss.” Before long the South African band is crescendo-ing its way to a blissful reunion, and straight into your heart. If you like Keane, Snow Patrol or have two X chromosomes, you can’t not love this one. The show precedes the band’s gig on the VH1 Best Cruise Ever.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 565-0551.
In the years following Sublime singer Brad Nowell’s death, stoney reggae-rock bands from Cali became a dime a dozen. But these sun-loving pacifists broke the mold when they released Lay Me Down (featuring Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome), a reggae-rock-hip-hop love story drowned in Corona. The Dirty Heads earned extra street cred when Rolling Stone named them one of the Best New Bands of 2010 and when Slash lent his screaming six string to the track Check the Level.
With ClrH2O, DJ Chang, Cubanix
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12. (813) 241-8600.
House music DJs have always favored a headphone-turntable setup to create a seamless soundtrack for late-night clubbing. But Tortured Soul manages the same sleek, unbroken house sound with a full band — a singer, a drummer and a keyboardist.
Featuring Sarasota Slim, Ronny Elliott, The WholeTones, Wendy and the Soul Shakers, Tom Kats, Brendan Nolan, Crash Mitchell, Nathan McEue, Judy Tampa and Bunko Squad, Jayne Kelli, Steve Arvey, Sandy Atkinson, Scotty Lee and the Treble Hooks, more
SATURDAY 12 p.m. Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free or $10 suggested donation for all-day access. (727) 510-5474.
This St. Pete music festival is for the birds. And in this case, that’s a good thing. Nearly 60 acts, including Crash Mitchell, a Hold Steady-esque Southern rocker; Brendan Nolan, an Irish folk artist with a Johnny Cash jones; and Judy Tampa, a folksier Patti Smith, will perform at eight Corey Avenue Venues over the course of 12 hours to benefit our seabird friends.
Earth Day Show Fri. featuring Jimkata, DJ Craig Heneveld, J2K. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Roger Sanchez Fri. With Chris Moody and Pedro M. 9 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$15. amptampa.com.
The Outpatients Sat. 9 p.m. Yeoman’s Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. (813) 251-2748.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Last Night Sat. 8 p.m. The Lakeland Center, 701 W Lime St., Lakeland. $28-$58. (863) 834-8111.
The Take Over: A Youth Culture Festival Sat. featuring Trick Daddy, Chris Webby, Whole Wheat Bread, Bootleg, Paint the Town Red, more. Noon. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. $18 and up. thetakeoversrq.com.
Steve Meyers Sat. 8 p.m. The Witch’s Brew, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 483-9210.
Infinite Groove Orchestra CD Release Party Sat. With Sound Spektrum. 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Ted Lukas Sat. With Mike Dunn. 8 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.
Izzy Cox Sat. 10 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café 5119 N Nebraska Ave. Tampa (813) 234-1000.
Not Tonight Josephine Sun. 7 p.m. USF Student Union, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3180.
Upon a Burning Body Mon. With The Color Morale, more. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50-$12.50. (813) 248-9500.
Unwritten Law Thurs. With Authority Zero. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Ramblegrass Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.
Bam-Boo-Da Thurs. 9 p.m. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway, Dunedin. Free. dunedinhob.com.
-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*