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This week in Tampa: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dan Deacon, Asking Alexandria and more




We're officially through the live music gauntlet that is 97X Next Big Thing and the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball, so this week is a little slower than most in Tampa Bay. But there's still some good stuff to choose from, including Trans-Siberian Orchestra (above), Dan Deacon, Rockapella, BT, Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Stephen Lynch and more.

Here to walk you through it all is Carole Liparoto...

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
SATURDAY 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $30-$85. (813) 301-2500.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra invites you to a Christmas party. Not the kind with the fruitcake and the reindeer sweaters, but the kind where sleigh bells pair with metal guitars and bible verses get laser-and-flame treatment. This year’s grandiose holiday blowout comes with all of the shredding, pyro and A/V wizardry you’ve come to expect from TSO, just with one twist. For the first time in 13 years, the group will debut a new storyline, The Lost Christmas Eve. Paul O’Neill, who has roots in Tampa Bay having formed TSO around the local metal band Savatage, says his mission is to make the show more awe-inspiring every year. (Attendance totaled more than 1 million in 2011.) “Nine singers, a seven-piece string section, two guitarists, two keyboardists, one bassist and one lead violinist — all whipping their long hair for two-and-a-half hours in front of the most extravagant production this side of Roger Waters’ The Wall or Motley Crue’s upside-down spinning drum kit,” says

Dan Deacon 
With Grand Buffet
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
Dan Deacon’s surrealist electro-indie compositions certainly have mind-bending, beard-stroking effects. “I came here with epilepsy, I left with autism,” describes a YouTube viewer after taking in Deacon’s hyper-stimulated tune Crystal Cat. Repetitive, minimalist structures have even earned Deacon comparisons to distinguished composers — “Philip Glass on Red Bull,” for instance. Deacon, who studied electro-acoustic and computer music composition in college, is now touring the country in a van fuelled by cooking oil and bringing dance music for people who generally aren’t good at dancing. During a recent performance of True Thrush, he had fans download his own app that turned their phones into Technicolor dream machines. Hipster nonsense or freewheeling fun? We’ll let you be the judge.

A Rockapella Holiday
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin Street, Tampa. $26 and up. (813) 274-8981.

Led by University of Tampa alum and high tenor Scott Leonard, Rockapella made a splash as the “house band” on PBS’s Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. His five-man vocal troupe performs Christmas classics with a twist this week in Tampa. Leonard crafts the arrangements, all of which include vocal percussion or beatboxing. Imagine Silver Bells with “the Mozart of spit” shaping the rhythm and feel, Leonard describes. “Some say the best musical instrument of all is the human voice — if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth,” says USA Today.

Stephen Lynch 
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50. (813) 229-7827.
The humor’s crass and crude. The music’s lovely and folksy. And somehow it all pairs together nicely when comedian-singer-songwriter Stephen Lynch performs. A self-professed “musician trapped in the body of a comedian,” Lynch has produced a handful of studio albums and two highly-rated Comedy Central specials over the course of a decade. He’s also received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the Broadway version of The Wedding Singer. If James Taylor explored themes not of love and loss but rather bad tattoos, body hair, veganism and meth labs, he might sound a little like Stephen Lynch. Lynch released fifth album LION in November to high marks, following in the footsteps of comedian-musician successes like Bo Burnham and Jonathan Coulton.

Rebekah Pulley CD release
With Ronny Elliott and the Nationals
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Ale and the Witch, 111 Second Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-2533.
Rebekah Pulley needs no introduction to anyone with even a casual knowledge of the Tampa Bay music scene. The St. Pete singer-songwriter is a tireless performer who’s taken the stage at just about every venue and festival you can name, and she’s releasing a new CD, Tralala, that infuses her trademark smoky, Southern folk with elements of jazz and the blues. Track Sister Sally is a spiritual river of horns and organs, and The Drug Song is its swoony, drunken cousin. It’s an irrepressible, incredibly enjoyable collection. On Saturday, Pulley and her band, the Reluctant Prophets, will officially release Tralala with a party and concert in St. Pete. -- Jay Cridlin

SATURDAY 11 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $10 and up. (866) 502-7529 or

It’s hard to remember a time in electronic dance music when Skrillex and his fellow dubsteppers weren’t dropping copious amounts of bass on our braincases. But that time did indeed exist (we’ll call it the early ’00s for the sake of this argument), and it was well-coiffed BT leading the more palatable electronica charge. The DJ-composer-producer also known as Brian Transeau wrote for Sting, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Madonna and composed the score for the Oscar-winning Monster, to name a few. Today, he hosts Laptop Symphony on Sirius XM.

Asking Alexandria and As I Lay Dying
With Memphis May Fire, Attila
SUNDAY 5 p.m. The Cuban Club, 2010 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-3901.
For an evening full of weapons-grade metal, catch Asking Alexandria and As I Lay Dying take down the Cuban Club. Spanning two continents, three band names, and nearly a dozen members, Asking Alexandria is a screamo-metalcore act alternating clean singing and screaming vocals in its current iteration. Also performing is As I Lay Dying, a San Diego metalcore group that manages to balance hard-charging thrash riffs and Christian sensibility. Suicide Silence was slated to perform before its singer Mitch Lucker died in a motorcycle accident on Halloween.

Also playing

White Christmas Fri. featuring DJ Icey, Tony Faline, DJ Gemini . 10 p.m. Crabby Bill’s Beach Club, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. Free for ladies in white; otherwise $10.

Heart Strings for Heroes Fri. featuring Black Star Whiskey, Luv Dogs, Relentless, Rockstar Bentley. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045. 

Trio Vibe Fri. and Sat. 7 p.m. Della’s, 608 Oakfield Drive, Brandon. Free. (813) 684-3354.

Nate Najar Jazz Holiday Sat. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $25 and up. (727) 822-3590.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Sat. 5 p.m. With The August Name, more. Durty Nelly’s, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$20. (727) 823-3878.

Holiday Rock and Roll Spectacular Sat. featuring Pretty Voices, Car Bomb Driver, Dank. 9 p.m. Octave, 661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 826-0820.

Suncoast Blues Society Holiday Party Sat. featuring Popa Chubby, Selwyn Birchwood. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Hallucination Before Christmas (Feeding America benefit) Sat. featuring DJ Craze, Tommie Sunshine, David Christophere, Monk, 1931, Baker, M.C. Cles One, more. 9 p.m. Czar, 1420 East Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15 and up. (813) 247-2664 or

The Supervillains Sat. With The Sheffield Crew, Askultura. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 565-0551.

Rich Whitely and Company Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

The End Is Nigh (Woo Family benefit) Sat. featuring Sheep, Zulu Wave, Alias Punch, Halibut, The Tell Sign, DJ Brad Brains. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10.

Amber Lynn CD release Sat. 1 p.m. The Ale and the Witch, 111 Second Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg.

T.B.H.C. Presents a Hardcore Holiday Sat. featuring The Defiant, The Scurvy, Death By Convictions, Mosquito Teeth, Die Rebel Scum, more. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045. 

Y. Phenom Sun. With Rekless, D-Blaze, more. 6:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $9 and up. (813) 971-1679.

The Dags and Victims of Circumstance (Toys for Tots and Feed the Homeless benefit) Tues. 9 p.m. Barbarella, 1920 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free with toy or canned food item. (813) 247-1111.

-- Carole Liparoto, tbt*. Photo: Bob Carey

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:04pm]


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