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This week in Tampa: UB40, the Veronicas, the Gaslight Anthem and tbt*'s Ultimate Music Showcase




Not to sound like soulless corporate shills, but for us, the concert pick of the weekend has to be the tbt* Ultimate Music Showcase, featuring a lineup of some of the best artists Tampa Bay has to offer -- including Geri X., above, and tbt* Ultimate Local Band contest winners Triptico.

Your humble Soundcheck bloggers will be there, so if you play music, come to the show -- we'd like to meet you. Bring a flyer, bring a demo, introduce yourself. Maybe we'll make you a Soundcheck Artist of the Day.

Not that you need any more excuses to go check out some music this weekend, but Carole Giambalvo offers her weekly picks after the jump, including shows by UB40, the Veronicas (with a very special Gossip Girl cameo!), Richard Shindell, the Gaslight Anthem, Jason Aldean, Pennywise, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and more...

tbt* Ultimate Music Showcase
With Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander, Will Quinlan and the Diviners, Geri X, Have Gun, Will Travel, Triptico, the Beauvilles
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5-$10. (813) 971-0666.
In tbt*’s annual Ultimate Local Music Guide, we put last year’s local music showcase up there with the Beatles’ performance at Shea (plus Skipper’s had barbeque gator ribs). So, we’re thinking this year’s fest has U2-rooftop potential (the smoked mullet’s a given, too). Brothers Gabriel and Alejandro Valdiva and James Farrell of the Latin-jazz-jam-rock combo Triptico were voted tbt*’s 2009 Ultimate Local Band this week and will headline. Loud and rowdy Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander commit wholeheartedly to pith and vinegar-type rock, but only after church. The band was recently chosen as one of Spin magazine’s “Seven Undiscovered Bands Worth a Listen.” And intrepid singer-songwriter Geri X. mesmerizes with folk that’s brimming with contrasts — classic yet contemporary, sweet yet haunting, earthy yet emotional.

The Veronicas
With Pretty Reckless
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.
Do a little iTunes browsing and you’ll find songs by the Veronicas on compilations titled “Sweet 16 party,” “Hollister mix” and so on. But don’t lump the ladies into the squeaky and crowded teen-pop segment too quickly. Australian twin sisters Jess and Lisa Origliasso have an edgier, more mature sound than most of their counterparts, as evidenced by hit Untouched and the racy Take Me on the Floor. The duo writes most of the material, too, which includes everything from lively, electronic numbers (remember t.A.T.u.?) to ballads and rockers (slightly Avril Lavigne-ish). Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen opens with her band Pretty Reckless.

The Gaslight Anthem
With Heartless Bastards, a Death In The Family
SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.
New Jersey’s Gaslight Anthem upholds the working man rock-blues-soul traditions of Garden State great Bruce Springsteen while installing its own punk twist. Perhaps less gravel-y than Against Me!’s Tom Gabel but scruffier and scratchier than the Boss himself, singer Brian Fallon and company recently rocked Coachella and Letterman — so hard in fact, that they’ve got Rolling Stone asking whether they’re “the band of our generation.”

SUNDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29.99-$38. (727) 786-2276.
Former UB40 singer and founding member Ali Campbell recently told the British press that seeing the new UB40 lineup, now fronted by Campbell’s estranged brothers Robin and Duncan, is “ like going to see the Rolling Stones with Derek Jagger singing instead of Mick.” I guess that’s not totally out of line, but ouch. The group that formed in the welfare line (and named for the Unemployment Benefit Form 40) is best known for reggae-pop covers like Red Red Wine, The Way You Do the Things You Do, and Can’t Help Falling In Love.

With Confide, Therefore I Am, To Speak of Wolves, Of Angeline
SATURDAY 6:30 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 247-2664.
One of most successful local acts of recent years, St. Pete‚Äôs Oceana (a former Soundcheck Artist of the Day) seduces with some pretty excellent atmospheric rock ‚Äî at least in between waves of bloodcurdling screams. The group played more than 200 shows in 2008 and continues to average nearly 10,000 plays a day on MySpace. The moody, hardcore sound might go over well with fans of Norma Jean or the Deftones. Click here to check out an mp3 of Oceana's Accountable.

Fun 'N Sun Concert
FRIDAY 5 p.m. With Tommy James and the Shondells, Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone, Thelma Houston
SUNDAY 12 p.m. With Craig Morgan, Jason Aldean, Heidi Newfield, Chris Young, Love and Theft, the Warren Brothers, Gloriana, Trailer Choir, Justin Moore, Carter Twins, Suite Caroline. Both shows at Coachman Park, 301 Drew Street, Clearwater. Free; $20 for reserved seats. (727) 562-4800.

Jason Aldean gives contemporary country a firm slap to the rear with AC/DC-riffed stomper (and ringtone smash) She’s Country. Don’t miss Belleair singer-songwriter Suite Caroline, who at age 11 has already earned comparisons to Taylor Swift by Nashville producer Fred Mollin (Hannah Montana). Friday night’s fest features Tommy James of Hanky Panky, Mony, Mony, and I Think We’re Alone Now fame as well as disco diva Thelma Houston.

Richard Shindell
SUNDAY 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $25-$30. (727) 323-2787.
Captivating modern folk artist Richard Shindell treats fans to an intimate evening at the Craftsman House. Shindell takes on personas ranging from a Civil War widow (Reunion Hill) and a Wall Street broker (Confession) to a guy who loses the toaster and kitchen spices in a breakup (Are You Happy Now?). Shindell’s unusual, cinematic and often witty style has earned him recognition as “a master builder of songs” by the Boston Globe, as well as the support of famous folkie Joan Baez. And his deft acoustic finger technique (using the fingertips and nails versus a flat pick) is often praised by guitar aficionados.

Also playing

The Semis: Fri. With November Foxtrot Whiskey, Zanesville. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-4969.

XOXO: Fri. With Geri X., Blair Crimmons and the Hookers, Relondondo. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7. (813) 241-8600.

Seven Mary Three: Sat. With Ambertone, STEMM, Driving the Fall, Hangman Jury. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $12-$18. (727) 843-0686.

Trace of Day: Sat. With New Violation, Falling Awake. 8 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th Street North, Largo. $6. (727) 532-0265.

DJ Headbussa mixtape release party: Sat. 10 p.m. Temple Lounge, 1915 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-8675.

WSJT Smooth Jazz Fest: Sat. Featuring Wayman Tisdale, Kim Waters, Eric Darius. Noon. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $10-$20. (727) 562-4800.

Pennywise: Sat. With Pepper, the Expendables. 6 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 786-2276.

Doll Parts: Sat. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 898-6054.

The Independents: Sat. 8 p.m. With the Long Johns and more. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

Four Star Riot: Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.

The Crimson Armada: Mon. With Settle The Sky, I Am Abomination. 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 382-3477.

Locolism: Tues. 8:30 p.m. Universal Liquor Lounge, 1542 U.S. 19 N., Holiday. (727) 937-8330.

Kevin Devine: Tues. With Sarah Jaffe, Miniature Tigers, Brain Bonz. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.

Protest the Hero: Wed. With Misery Signals. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045. 

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Wed. With Red Cortez. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$14. (813) 241-8600.

Horrorpops: Thurs. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.

-- Carole Giambalvo [Photo by Lance Aram Rothstein, tbt*]

What did we leave out? Tell us your weekend concert picks below.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 30, 2009 12:00pm]


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