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This week in Tampa: Black Sabbath, Warped Tour, Mayhem Festival, Psychedelic Furs, Toad the Wet Sprocket and more

Rob Shanahan



Loud music takes center stage this week, with Friday's Vans Warped Tour, Monday's Black Sabbath concert and Wednesday's Mayhem Festival all in town. But don't sleep on an otherwise stacked concert lineup, including shows by Toad the Wet Sprocket (above), Psychedelic Furs, Biz Markie, Machine Gun Kelly, the Monkees, Whitesnake, Spacehog, Kisses, Cannibal Ox, Rich Medina and many, many more. Here to walk you through it is Ray Roa (and others)... Vans Warped Tour
With The Used, Motion City Soundtrack, Reel Big Fish, Chiodos, Bring Me The Horizon, We Came As Romans, Sleeping With Sirens, Black Veil Brides, more
FRIDAY 11 a.m. Vinoy Park, downtown St. Petersburg. $28.50 and up.
The Vans Warped Tour makes its annual pilgrimage to St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park on Saturday, bringing with it more than 90 artists on nine stages. With that much talent, it’s no surprise that Warped is no longer the sole province of punk and metal bands. Sure, you’ll get heavy doses of metalcore (Bring Me the Horizon, Sleeping With Sirens), pop-punk (Motion City Soundtrack, Reel Big Fish) and alt-rock (The Usede, Black Veil Brides). But you’ll also get booty-wagging rockabilly blues (Gin Wigmore), shameless club-pop (Wallpaper., Outasight), EDM (Crizzly, Five Knives) and melodic pop-rock (Never Shout Never, The Early November, William Beckett). And let’s not forget a couple of artists with Tampa Bay ties, pop-punk outfit Set It Off and The Voice competitor Juliet Simms. It’s a cornucopia of pre- and post-Millennial talent, so get there early and start mapping out your schedule. — Jay Cridlin

Black Sabbath
With Andrew W.K.
MONDAY 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $31-$125. (813) 740-2446.
Now that they’ve reunited for a new album, 13, Black Sabbath are hitting the road. And what’s a Black Sabbath tour without a stop in Tampa, the cradle of death metal? Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will bring Black Sabbath back to life in the wake of their first American No. 1 album, which was produced by Rick Rubin and has received surprising acclaim. Considering the ages of all involved, this might be your last chance to hear classics like War Pigs, Paranoid and Iron Man live. — Jay Cridlin

Mayhem Festival
With Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Machine Head, Job For a Cowboy, Behemoth, Emmure, Born of Osiris, Motionless In White, Butcher Babies, Battlecross, Thrown Into Exile, Huntress, City in the Sea
WEDNESDAY Noon. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25.50 and up. (813) 740-2446,
How does the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival follow an epic 2012 lineup that included Slayer, Slipknot, Motorhead and Anthrax? Well ... the short answer is, you can’t. The 2012 lineup was one for the ages. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to love about this year’s Mayhem Festival. Singer-filmmaker Rob Zombie, Georgia metal titans Mastodon, L.A.’s Five Finger Death Punch and Swedish death metal group Amon Amarth are the main stage headliners for this year’s Mayhem Festival, with more acts on side stages. It’s a lineup that may cater more to metal diehards than casual fans, but Mastodon is long overdue for a Tampa Bay show, and don’t overlook the appeal of having three European death metal bands, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom and Behemoth, on one bill. — Jay Cridlin

Toad the Wet Sprocket
SATURDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$28. (727) 895-3045.

Toad the Wet Sprocket weren’t immediately able to fulfill promises to early supporters of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, but you’ll have to forgive the Santa Barbara, Calif., alt-rock darlings for not completely understanding how the crowdfunding website works. Their last LP of original material (1997’s Coil) was released before MySpace was even an idea, and they haven’t been anything near a full-time band since 2006. Toad apostles have looked past that rust, however, and latched on to the idea of an all-new full length (New Constellations, due Sept. 17), powered by an upbeat, driving title track that will ensure that old stuff like Walk On The Ocean and All I Want won’t be all fans actually want when the boys come back to town.

The Psychedelic Furs
With Spacehog
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$28. (727) 895-3045.
A night after Toad the Wet Sprocket, the State Theatre turns the clock back even further by welcoming New Wave OGs the Psychedelic Furs, who, judging by accounts of recent shows, are well intact and more than ready for the road. Wedding Song, Love My Way and Soap Commercial have reportedly been more upbeat in the Furs’ live outings, and Richard Butler’s delivery of classics like Pretty In Pink has apparently aged in grand fashion. Fans will surely get there early, but ’90s rockers Spacehog will play an opening set to make sure everything sounds good In The Meantime. 

The Monkees
SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50-$175. (727) 791-7400.

The Monkees’ 2012 road jaunt pretty much sold out every single stop, so its makes sense that the boys said “why not?” and made plans to do it again a year later. Original members Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith (who has seldom played with the band since 1970) are in on the shindig and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tork recently told The News & Observer that the band’s set will pay homage to recently deceased member Davy Jones, who died suddenly in February 2012. Daydream Believer won’t sound the same without lil’ Dave, but fans will surely sing along and make sure that it and cuts like Valleri and Last Train To Clarksville sound as good they possibly can on what should be a truly pleasant Sunday indeed.

With Red Line Chemistry
THURSDAY 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $34.50-$150. (727) 791-7400.
Every band eventually goes on hiatus, but only the ballsiest return from their subsequent reunions, too. Just ask Whitesnake. During their peak, the David Coverdale-fronted ’80s rock gods enjoyed a successful 11-year run that yielded eight albums and a chart-topping, inescapable-at-the-karaoke-bar single, 1987’s Here I Go Again. The Brits eventually slowed down, trying their hand at a pair of LPs in the ’90s, but really lubed up the cogs in the late 2000s by releasing a pair of discs and getting back on the road. They come to Clearwater with the promise of yet another new album (the Chinese zodiac does say it’s the Year Of The Snake, after all) and legions of devoted fans all over the globe, so expect them to steal some hearts away at this one.

Sympathy For The Devil: WMNF’s 70th Birthday Tribute to Mick Jagger
With Joel Tangelo Band, Shoeless Soul, Vodkanauts, Mojo Gurus, Acme Jazz Garage, Four Star Riot, Jill Stein, Talk To Mark and more
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, and Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15 per day. More info at
Oh Mick, say it ain’t so. The Rolling Stones’ frontman officially says goodbye to his sixties on Friday, but he doesn’t actually look to be slowing down at all, as the Stones booked 22 North American dates this year (the closest they came to Tampa was Washington, D.C.). Community radio station WMNF 88.5 FM, however, is making sure he moves into the next decade of his life in style. Two handfuls of local talent will play long sets across two nights at two venues, with St. Pete power-pop sextet Talk To Mark attempting to cover all sides of the Stones’ 1972 classic Exile On Main St. — a tough, yet fun task — at both shows.

Biz Markie
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Club Detroit, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 637-2949.

There’s a 2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon segment where Jeff Goldblum sits at a grand piano rapping his way through a few bars of Just A Friend before Biz Markie himself joins in to power through the first chorus and subsequent verses. Fallon is as giddy as a preteen girl at a One Direction concert, the audience is floored and the clip is one of pop culture’s finest moments. Such is the charm of the 49-year-old rapper affectionately known as “The Clown Prince of Hip Hop.” His career has seen him put out five LPs of endearing, old-school raps, with his biggest hit coming way back in 1989, but his goofy smile and positivity still shine brightly two decades later.

With Tako Tomago, Saskatchewan
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $TBD. (813) 248-4969.
In a polluted Internet age where bands obsess over image and online presence, it’s refreshing to find an outfit whose polished aesthetic is actually trumped by the quality of music coming out of the monitors. The cover art for any of Kisses’ releases features pristine swimming pools, intergalactic star clusters or ’80s-era living spaces all bathed in the kind of light an Instagram developer would steal source code for. The Los Angeles outfit’s songs up the ante by effortlessly creating sexed-up pop that sounds like sensual sonic intercourse between ’80s sequencer thuds, first-high-school-dance-worthy guitar riffs and gleefully delivered lyrics that address darker topics like hard love failing and believing in one another.

Cannibal Ox
With Akir, Irealz, Kenyattah Black, Prop Anon, DJ Lokash
SUNDAY 6:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Not too many acts get to make an album that keeps their name in high regard during 12 years of inactivity, but not many acts make an album like Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein, either. Featuring an interplay of styles (Vast’s energetic delivery juxtaposed to Vordul’s more introverted, self-engrossed modus operandi), The Cold Vein was the debut release on a fledgling (but now taste-making) Definitive Jux imprint that has since brought the world of underground hip hop to fans looking for a little substance from their emcees. Ox are no longer Def Jukies, but they do have a new single, (Gotham (Ox City), that should tide over fans patiently waiting on a long-overdue sophomore LP.

Rich Medina
With DJ Casper, DJ Lesage
MONDAY 2 p.m., Tahitian Inn, 601 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $3. (813) 877-6721.
As a teenager in New Jersey, Rich Medina used to hop the bus from Newark to the now shuttered Vogel’s Music in Elizabeth to blow his allowance on records he heard on Kool DJ Cool Red Alert’s trailblazing 98.7 KISS FM hip-hop program (the station is now home to ESPN radio). “Analog vinyl is my foundation,” he once said. The now-Philly-based turntablist’s personal collection contains more than 30,000 pieces of wax, and he was an early champion of bringing the sounds of afrobeat (especially Fela Kuti) to hip-hop culture. Medina plays the infamous Ol’ Dirty Sundays party the night before this gig, but we’re curious to see what’ll be in his crate when he gets to a Monday, midday, pool party happening off of Dale Mabry Highway.

Also Playing

No Rave 3 Fri. With Profligate, Craoq. 10 p.m. The Social Club, 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 242-2717.

Gumbi Ortiz Fri. With New Groove City. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $13-$15. (727) 822-3590.

Brock Butler Fri. With Lather Up!. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-4969.

Passafire Fri. With Stick Figure, Tatanka. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 565-0550.

Davey Suicide Fri. With The Bunny The Bear, The Defiled, Dementia, Funeral For A Clown, Kheiron, Civil Action. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13.

Chris Janson Fri. 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $5-$15. (813) 987-2855.

Zach Deputy Fri. With Christopher Hawley. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.

Antiwarpt Pre Party Sat. With Archaic Interest, Young Egypt, Ten Acres, Avery Moore, Awkward Age, Memphibians, Jensen Serf Co., more. 4 p.m. The Local 662, Fubar, and Emerald Bar, Central Ave, Downtown St. Petersburg,. $5. More info at

Richard Barone Sat. With The Belltowers, DieAlps!. 8 p.m. Mojo Books & Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 971-9717.

Machine Gun Kelly Sun. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20 and up. (727) 565-0550.

Enferno Sun. With DJ Deville. 5 p.m. Shepard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $5. (727) 441-6875.

Jason Kenny Sun. With Fil Pate. 6:30 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.

Cattle Decapitation Mon. With As Crusaders Depart, The Dichotomy, Must Not Kill, The Hackish. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7-$13. (813) 248-9500 or

Ken Mode Tue. With Inter Arma, Reveal Renew. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-9500 or

The Ground Is Lava Tue. With Betterment, Snacking, Eight Million Kami. 8 p.m. The Fuzz Factory, 2732 Sixth Ave. S., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 519-5327.

Rock The Park Thu. With The Hip Abduction. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. Free. (813)274-8677.

Havok Thu. With Riptorn, Slikk Wikked, Terminal Equinox. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $9-$11. (813) 248-9500 or

-- Ray Roa, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:00am]


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