SoundBytes: Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Record Store Day, Curren$y and more
Two of the biggest stars in music are in Tampa Bay this weekend: Taylor Swift and Rihanna. And yet hundreds, if not thousands, of music fans will be even more excited by another major event: Record Store Day.
We'll have more on Record Store Day events in Tampa Bay soon. For now, get the goods on the week's biggest concerts -- Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Curren$y, Ed Sheeran, A$ap Rocky, Red Elvises, R5, Shane Sweeney, Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, James McMurtry, the Wailers, Dirty South, Dick Dale, Oscar D'Leon, the Mongoloids, Joe Pug and more -- after the jump, courtesy of Ray Roa and Sean Daly.
With Ed Sheeran
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa. Sold out.
Swift’s gig has been sold out since a few minutes after it went on sale. She might be taking digs these days from Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who made gags at Swift’s predatory date-aholic expense), but she hasn’t lost a step in terms of sales. Her young fan base adores her, believes her, as she chronicles, with extremely infectious songs she writes herself, what it’s like to be a lifelong heartbroken dork. Her confessionals are famously about the men she has dated: Better Than Revenge (supposedly about ex Joe Jonas and his girlfriend Camilla Belle), Back to December (about ex Taylor Lautner), Dear John (about ex John Mayer) and so on. In the ballad Begin Again, from Red, she bemoans a past boyfriend not liking her shoes and how a new one loves them; the song is rumored to be about ex Conor Kennedy. When she and One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles broke up, Swift tweeted that she was headed into the studio to record a song. She amended it with two winking words: “Uh oh.” -- Sean Daly
With A$ap Rocky
FRIDAY 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa. $36.75-#122.75. (813) 301-2500.
Forbes ranked Riihanna as music’s third highest-paid woman in 2012 with some $53 million earned. Part of those earnings are from a perfume line. One of her scents is called, appropriately enough, Nude. A titillating title, it also describes the unabashed, unvarnished, unhidden way she lives her life. Jay-Z’s protegee has launched a barely dressed assault of sex-smattered hits (Rude Boy, S&M, Love the Way You Lie with Eminem), tabloid fare (physical abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, R&B star Chris Brown) and drug use (her pot pics have made her an Instagram phenomenon). Never mind the mess: Rihanna is the biggest digital-music seller of all time, with 120 million consistently catchy singles sold. -- Sean Daly
New World Brewery 18th Birthday Party
With Swimm, Florida Kilos, Hovering Humanoids
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
It’s hard to believe, but that little biergarten on the western end of Ybor City has been around for almost two decades. The spot — with its artisan pizza and salacious BBQ — is a veritable oasis amongst the noise and subwoofers of Seventh Avenue and has spent the last 18 years establishing a reputation for hosting some of the best up-and-coming bands that the world has to offer (My Morning Jacket played there in 2002). They continue the tradition on Friday by pairing their wellspring of craft beer with a Floridian-flavored bill featuring pysch-rockers Swimm (formerly known as Le Blorr) plus two of Tampa’s own: yacht rock trio Florida Kilos and prog-punks Hovering Humanoids.
SATURDAY 9 p.m. St. Petersburg Nights, 6800 Sunset Way, St. Petersburg. $15-20. (727) 363-3832.
Okay, try to fully comprehend this: on Saturday, a Russian surf-rock band that originated in Venice Beach, Calif. is bringing its 64-date world tour to a little corner of St. Pete Beach. The venue is St. Petersburg Nights, a fabled, 150-seat restaurant where the front door acts as a passage to the Eastern Bloc, and the smell of Siberian-style chicken livers, Ukranian pierogi (handcrafted dumplings filled with potato and onion), and kharcho (clove-laden lamb, rice, and veggie soup) fills the air. Red Elvises marry their affection for Russia with a deep appreciation for rockabilly, lounge, and off-the-rocker lyrics about that often refer to sex, drugs, and even drinking with Jesus. They’ll be back to play Tampa’s Skipper’s Smokehouse on April 27, but you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss this particular experience.
Creative Loafing 25th Birthday Bash
With Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Juliet Simms, Win Win Winter, The Gita and more.
SATURDAY 4 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-15. (813) 247-2555.
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band cancelled their April 19 show at Local 662 in St. Petersburg, but it turns out they rescheduled to play in Tampa the very next day. The occasion is the 25th anniversary of Tampa’s alternative weekly Creative Loafing, and the Indiana-based three-piece — who utilize century old guitars, washboard, and a rudimentary drum kit (think five-gallon buckets) to create rowdy, country blues — will be flanked by more a dozen local talents, including Automatic Loveletter’s Juliet Simms (who in 2012 placed second on NBC’s The Voice) as well as Win Win Winter and The Gita, who have reunited specifically for this gig.
With Todd May
SUNDAY 9 p.m. The Hub, 519 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
The open road has seen and swallowed its fair share of artists searching for songs and people to play them to. Shane Sweeney and Todd May can rightly say that they’ve conquered that behemoth. Their joint 2012 campaign was so well-received that the duo (who play in Two Cow Garage and Mooncusser, respectively) are doing it again and hitting Tampa’s most famous dive to deliver round after round of down-in-the-dumps, staring-into-the-bottom-of-an-empty-rocks-glass, country music. Songs like Why Don’t You Come Out Lately from May’s Rickenbacker Girls LP and See You A Heaven from May’s The Finding Time aren’t just introspective, they’re painful, self-inflicted lyrical stabs delivered in the hopes of finding meaning in the madness that we call the day-to-day. Be ready to get your heart broken, then live through a Monday morning hangover.
SUNDAY 6 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22.50-29.50. (727) 822-3590.
Remember the hook from Beyonce’s hit song Halo? Good. Now imagine a collaboration between the guy who wrote that tune (Emanuel Kiriakou) and a quintet of tween Disney darlings and Glee cast members. That product is real, and it’s called R5, a family band fronted by Disney star Ross Lynch (Google “Austin Moon” if you don’t have children) that will play an early show at the Palladium in support of a new EP, Loud. The four songs are about as innocent as fresh cotton candy at a church carnival, but cuts like Fallin’ For You and Here Comes Forever possess a certain pop prowess and power.
SUNDAY 6 p.m., Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $24.25 and up. (813) 873-8368.
New music from NoLa rapper Shante Franklin, a.k.a. Curren$y, isn’t that big of a deal these days. It’s not a quality issue; it’s just that the 32-year-old discharged eight releases in 2012 alone. He was joined by a plethora of hip-hop heavyweights on that octet of efforts (Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., Talib Kweli and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few), and he hasn’t slowed down in the New Year. His latest mixtape, New Jet City, features production from Kanye and Jay-Z pal Lex Luger and finds Franklin sharing the mic with the likes of Rick Ross, Jadakiss and fellow symbol enthusiast Trinidad Jame$. Rap shows can occasionally be a gamble where concertgoers get to see a handful of songs at best, but Curren$y is devoted to his fan base and will make sure they get their, er, money’s worth.
With Wrong Answer, FocusedXMinds, Brain Bust
TUESDAY 7 p.m., Epic Problem at the Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.
Edison, N.J. is most famous for an illuminating inventor whose main laboratory sat just within its boundaries. But the township has another export that continues to beam another kind of light to adoring and loyal followers: The Mongoloids, who have spent the last eight years spreading a positive and inspiring message by sharing their straight-edge ideals (self-respect, treating one’s own body with dignity, no drinking, no smoking and no promiscuous sex, for starters). A 2008 LP, Time Trials, brought their message to the masses, but they arrive at this DIY venue and punk institution in support of a new album, Mongo Life, which finds the band shifting gears on the downtempo, acoustic title track while still delivering a clear message about persevering through the trials and failures of life.
CrashDiet Fri. With Crucified Barbara, Snakeskyn Whiskey. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $12-$15.50. (727) 565-0550.
Albert Castiglia Fri. With Side Door Blues. 8 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $13-$16. (727) 822-3590.
Dick Dale Fri. With Jeff Vitolo & The Quarter Mile Rebels, The Mother Machine. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$23.50. (727) 895-3045.
Tinsley Ellis Fri. With Ellie Lee & Blues Fury. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Warehouse Arts District Block Party Fri. With Luxury Mane, Early Forms, Redfeather, more. 8 p.m. Zen Glass Studio, Dan’s Place, and U562. Warehouse Arts District, 16th Street S and 30th St. S; and Fifth Avenue S and Sixth Avenue S, St. Petersburg. $11-15. Call Daddy Kool for details; (727) 822-5665.
Temptations Burning Sat. With Genechrist, Swamp Gas, Ulcer, Chris Maraman. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 14811 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $5. (813) 972-8152.
Johnny Thunders Tribute Sat. With Kevin K Band, No Loves. 10 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
Dirty South Sat. With DOCO. 9:30 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$20. (813) 873-8368.
James McMurtry Sat. With Johnny Burke. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20. (813) 971-0666.
Jimkata Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Sun. With For All Those Sleeping, Upon This Dawning, City Lights. 6 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12-$15.50. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Kid Massive Sun. With Chris Moody, A-Rock, Pedro M, Jaime Ferreira, more. 6 p.m. Shepard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $5. (727) 441-6875.
Busch Gardens Viva La Musica Sun. With Oscar D’Leon. 3 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.
Rootz Underground Sun. With Bootleg, Oceanstone. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$13.50. (727) 895-3045.
Alchemy Fest 8 Sun. With Rise Of Saturn, Geri X, The Gita, Sons Of Hippies. 1 p.m. First Unity Spiritual Campus, 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, $8-$10; children 10 and under free. (727) 527-2222.
Joe Pug Wed. With Matt Burke, Lauris Vidal. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
The Wailers Thu. With Trinity 7. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20-25. (727) 565-0550.
Bobby Treacherous album release Thu. With Aja Lorraine, Crim, Eyeznpowa, more. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*