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This week in Tampa: Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers, Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls and more



Pop rules the Tampa Bay musical landscape this week, with headlining shows by Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers plus Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls, for good measure. But don't sleep on acts like Greg Bates, Konflict, DJ Scene, Roadkill Ghost Choir and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...

Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls
With Kate Earl
SUNDAY 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $32 and up. (813) 740-2446.
The last time the Goo Goo Dolls were in the 813, the ’90s alt-rock kings played within the confines of Tampa Bay’s most famous zoo/roller coaster park, Busch Gardens. Frontman Johnny Rzeznik has upgraded his outfit to swankier digs for this date and, they’re even bringing along the other boy band that formed in Orlando way back in ’95. Yeah that’s right, Matchbox Twenty are O-Town alumni, and while they did shun the general public the last time they were in town (a super-private Clearwater gig in March) don’t expect Rob Thomas and company to take us for granted this time. They’ll have hits (3 AM, If You’re Gone), but their bag of tricks also contains a new album (North, their first LP of original material in a decade) that finds the band sounding as good as they ever have.

Jonas Brothers
 SATURDAY 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $38.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.

 A lot has changed in the Jonas Brothers’ camp during the last four years (Nick hit puberty, Joe flirted with electronica on a 2011 solo LP, Kevin decided to go and make a baby, and the band collectively decided to leave Hollywood Records). But you can bet that scores of fans will have their proverbial Pom Poms waving in the air like it was the First Time when the trio returns to that big ol’ shed off Interstate 4. The boys will be promoting a forthcoming full-length (V, due this fall) that promises to be more grown up and a world apart from anything they’ve ever done before, but expect them to pay ample attention to the four-piece discography that got them all those screaming fans in the first place.

Justin Bieber
With Cody Simpson, Ariana Grande
THURSDAY 7 p.m., Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $36.75 and up. (813) 301-2500.
Hide the mop buckets, because Bieber fever returns to the Forum on Thursday. The 19-year-old, who had a platinum EP before he had facial hair (wait, he still hasn’t graduated from peach fuzz, has he?) has been in hot water for his antics lately (see the recent footage of him peeing in a bucket in a New York City diner kitchen, but the letters T-M-Z mean nothing to the Biebs’ legion of Beliebers, who have memorized every lyric in an abridged, yet inescapably catchy, discography. The boy has been All Around The World with Luda, worked through auto-tuned versions holiday classics with Usher, and even found the beauty in the beat with none other than Nicki Minaj, so expect a healthy (the show might even be sold out by the time you read this) and screeching contingent at this one.

DJ Scene
With DJ Change
FRIDAY 9 p.m., Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 627-7757.
The Red Bull Thre3style is a worldwide DJ competition that asks contestants to gel a minimum of three genres into a cohesive, 15-minute mix that not only pleases discerning ears looking for technicalities, but also keeps a crowd moving . Las Vegas’s DJ Scene is the west coast’s global representative in that contest for a good reason, and he brings his ability to seamlessly mix Stevie Wonder into Gang Starr to the Hard Rock’s free Friday night pool party to kick off what might be the first all-nighter you’ve pulled in a while.

Under The Covers: Through Being Cool
With Lonely Monster, The Gaslight Addition, Tres Bien, Macrame Owls, Sun Signs, A Play On Words, Instanter, Alexander & The Grapes, The Other Ryan Willis, and more.
SATURDAY 7 p.m., The Local 662 and Fubar, 600 Block of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 871-4626.
The ideals, lyrics and teary sing-alongs of early 2000s punk and emo are forever etched into the hearts, minds and journal pages of a lot of late 20-somethings. More than a few of those kids ended up forming bands of their own, and a few of them will combine forces, take over two of the 600 Block’s venues and cover the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, Piebald and Something Corporate. If you’ve ever wanted to see members of locally loved folkies Alexander & The Grapes play tracks by Pompano Beach emo legends Further Seems Forever, or simply felt compelled to sing your favorite Saves The Day or Jimmy Eat World songs at a high volume, then you’re gonna want to be in The ’Burg for this one.

Greg Bates
SATURDAY 7 p.m., Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.

If you ask Greg Bates why he got his Chevy all shined up, put on cologne or left his favorite ball cap at home, he’ll tell you that he Did It For The Girl. The 25-year-old country singer-songwriter is another glimmering product of that Nashville hit machine, but we’d be remiss to dismiss him as just another boy with cowboy boots. Tracks from his 2012 self-titled EP possess that same playful tropical energy of a certain Mr. Chesney (Fill In The Blank), utilize fiddles to tear at the heartstrings (Lost In Caroline) and even make you want to give your only child a sibling (Brothers). The Dallas Bull might as well be a national monument to line dancing and mainstream country culture — bookings like this one proves they’ve got good taste to boot.

SUNDAY 1 p.m., Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $4. (727) 441-6875.

Way before all the womp, womp, womp of modern, cannibalized dubstep took over PA speakers from sea to shining sea, Kemal Okan and Robert Rodgers (collectively known as Konflict) were taking the world of drum and bass and mixing it with elements of early Motor City techno to create hauntingly dark and danceable cuts like Messiah. They mostly quit flying under the Konflict flag after their debut LP in 1998 (opting instead to release music as “Kemal and Rob Data”), but diehard fans never really let go. They’ll appear under that old moniker on this particular swing through our neck of the woods, and while the duo originated in the dreary dregs of Glasgow, this gig finds them amongst the sand and surf for Shephard’s always rowdy Sunday beach party.

Roadkill Ghost Choir
With The Eastern Sea, Easter Island, Florida Night Heat
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Roadkill Ghost Choir are on quite a ride as of late. The DeLand sextet have been on the road for the better part of the year and spent three weeks in April honing their chops by opening for modern Americana messiahs Band Of Horses. There’s no telling what singer-guitarist Andrew Shepard and his band learned on that trip, but we’re willing to bet that the band’s sound — a trippy blend of Wilco-esque soundscapes, Lindsey Buckingham-worthy guitar work (their lap steel tone causes salivation), and classic rock attitude — has morphed into another animal altogether. The tour-routing gods seem to favor this bill, too, as Athens, Ga., prog-pop wonderboys Easter Island will join Austin, Texas, ethereal folk crafters Eastern Seas and Tampa’s own Florida Night Heat for a bill that features four headliner-worthy acts in one evening.

Also playing

Legendary JCs Fri. With Soul Equators. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

Red Room Cinema Fri. With Filmstrip, Radarmen. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

The Sh-Booms Fri. 10 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, 5119  N Nebraska, Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 234-1000.

First Annual Crazy Town Banana Pants Music Festival Fri. With The Patients, Gino & The Goons, Sons Of Hippies, Killmam, Music Box, Bellows, and more. 3 p.m. The Local 662 and Starbooty, The 600 Block, Downtown St. Petersburg. $5-$8.

Survay Says Fri. With Crosstown Collision, Wolf-Face, Agents Of Dimension X. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 382-3477.

Figments Fri. 9 p.m. Orbit 19 Lounge, 1542 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. Free. (727) 937-8330.

Eptic Fri. With Nerd Rage, Mr. Saturn, Winta. 9:30 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 873-8368.

Greco Fri. With Felp, Brian Busto. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $10 (free for ladies). (813) 254-2233.

One Sun Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Frank Lini Fri. 10 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.

Howl Fri. With Lord Dying, Deadlift, Kadaver Dolls, Foreshadow. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.

Drastic Fall Sat. With Relentless, Drvn, Hang 'Em High, 4Everendeavor. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 895-3045.

The Howling Bros. Sun. 6:30 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.

Whirr Tues. With Nothing. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

My Children My Bride Thu. With Erra, Death Of An Era, Adaliah, As Crusaders Depart, It Came Without Warning. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 248-9500 or

-- Ray Roa, tbt*

[Last modified: Monday, July 29, 2013 12:11pm]


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