This week in Tampa: Katy Perry, Phantogram, Mary Lambert and more
It's not every week that one of the world's biggest pop stars pops into your backyard, so of course Katy Perry is the focus of this week's concert picks. But she's hardly the only big name in town.
After the jump, Ray Roa walks you through the week to come in Tampa Bay music, including shows by Phantogram, Lindsey Stirling, Hot Chelle Rae, Mary Lambert, Datsik, the Menzingers, Lemuria, Bad Things, the annual Hot Dog Party and more...
With Capital Cities
MONDAY 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25.25-$124.50. (813) 301-2500.
Compared to the potty mouths of contemporaries Lady Gaga, Nikki Minaj, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry kissing a girl (and liking it) in 2008 seems kind of tame. And yet she flaunted her 7 Minutes in Heaven come-hither — not to mention a whipped-cream-bazooka bra — with Betty Boopish abandon, a puckish PG-13 streak that helped her become the most bankable woman in pop music. She was the first female solo star to chart five No. 1 singles from one album (2011’s Teenage Dream, the cover of which showed Perry cherubically naked in a bed of clouds). Lately, however, as Perry closes in on her 30th birthday, her puckering, on record and in her public life, has petered. Prism is more about self-empowerment (kissing yourself, so to speak) than puckish promiscuity. When the most powerful woman in trend-happy pop music slows down on the sexy stuff and grows up, will everyone else follow? It sure looks like it. — Sean Daly
Bananas Music 37th Anniversary
With Archaic Interest, Sweet Bronco, the Vultures
SATURDAY 4 p.m.. Bananas Music, 2887 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 327-4616.
Free local brews, deep discounts on vinyl, plus good Florida music? It looks like Bananas Music is trying to sabotage your Saturday plans, and what music fan wouldn’t want to give in? The St. Petersburg institution was named one of Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Record Stores back in 2010, and while sales will be happening at both of Bananas’ locations (vinyl enthusiasts plan vacations around visits to the 16th Avenue N warehouse) the party goes down at Bananas’ 22nd Avenue retail store, where Fort Lauderdale psych-shoegaze outfit Sweet Bronco will help the store celebrate 37 years along with the Vultures and St. Pete’s self-proclaimed “Tarantino psychedelia” quintet Archaic Interest. Music starts at 4 p.m., but the store opens at 10 a.m. if you want to get an early jump on adding more tunes to your collection.
'Closer Than You Vol. 3’ Florida ska compilation release
With the Apes, Control This, UNRB, Saganaki Bomb Squad, the Freecoasters, the New Rulers
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Tampa imprint Citrus Records is in the business of preserving the Sunshine State’s ska music legacy. When they asked Kickstarter supporters to fork over $3,000 for the production of a two-disc compilation album featuring current Florida ska bands, the response — which came from all over the globe — was overwhelmingly great. “People have been yammering on about how ska is dead and just a fad,” said Ed Lowery, the former frontman of legendary outfit Magadog, who spearheaded the project. “That is not the case in sunny F-L-A.” Lowery’s new band, the Apes, will play this party alongside four more of the area’s best ska outfits, so get ready to be sweaty and skank all over the place at this one.
With Bad Things
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$23. (813) 247-2555.
It’s hard to not Fall In Love with Sarah Barthel. The Phantogram front lady is a Bowie-worshiping, beguiling songstress who drapes psychedelic vocals on top of trippy, hip hop loving production from her bandmate, Josh Carter, who has been her friend since middle school. At any given moment, songs could have horns (Don’t Move), trip-hop breaks (Mouthful Of Diamonds), or swirling, twitchy vocal samples (Black Out Days). While the Greenwich, N.Y.-born duo could rest easy on their own success, they’ve still made time for noteworthy collaborations with the likes of Big Boi and the Flaming Lips. Their sophomore LP, this year’s Voices, is their most emotionally complex material to date and features more of the soul samples, tricky drum programming and big atmospherics they’ve been hinting at with their previous EPs and lone full-length. Also worth noting: Snowboard Jesus Shaun White doesn’t want you to know this, but his synth-rock band Bad Things is opening this show.
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $27-$30. (727) 565-0550.
Lindsey Stirling been called a “dubstep violinist” and even the “Skrillex of classical music,” but what she can actually lay claim to is becoming the first classical music crossover artist to make a big impression on pop music lovers who are increasingly hungry for all things EDM. The 27-year-old Arizona native gained notoriety by using onstage acrobatics to make it to the semifinals of America’s Got Talent’s fifth season, and she’s spent the last four years mastering YouTube, amassing nearly 5 million subscribers along the way. Her music videos are special effects-laden spectacles fit for the big screen, and she doesn’t discriminate with cover selection, taking on everything from Evanescence to Macklemore. She’s even worked with John Legend, and while dance music purists might scoff at Stirling’s success, her millions of screaming fans probably drown out all the negativity anyway.
With Lemuria, PUP
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 248-9500.
Tampa’s longtime crushes on both The Menzingers and Lemuria are part of the area’s lengthy, lovey-dovey relationship with the world’s best (and getting better) punk bands who come to town and play with local outfits, who bring their friends to shows and offer couches to crash on. New fans and fast friends are almost always made, and things get especially rewarding when bands garner enough attention to graduate from DIY spaces to bigger rooms. That’s exactly what’s happening here, when both groups bring new albums of sunny, crunchy, ripe-for-a-sing-along pop-punk to Orpheum. Touring behind a near-perfect 2014 eponymous debut LP, Toronto’s PUP open this show and will hopefully gain a foothold in a community that’ll support them for the rest of their careers.
With Nerd Rage
THURSDAY 9 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 873-8368.
Troy Beetles has a very simple explanation for the popularity of dubstep. “It’s a complete bastardization of electronic music,” he says in a bio. “(It’s) totally the punk rock of electronic music.” Depending on who you ask, Beetles, a 26-year-old Los Angeles native better known as Datsik, is either a genius or a blithering idiot, and his tunes — a mix of 8-bit EDM and a lot of the aggro drops and breakdowns of the genre — are just as polarizing. Some dance music fans have grown tired of the brand that Datsik and other producers are making, but more are still completely enamored by songs like Deviance and Vindicate, packing clubs across the country to hear Beetles play them. He explores outside of the box on other cuts like Southpaw and the Diplo collaboration Barely Standing, so making it out to this show is probably more of a good idea than a bad one.
Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill
With King Addis, Sun Drummers and Dancers
THURSDAY 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Tampa hasn’t seen Culture since the band’s March appearance at the Gasparilla Music Festival, and while the Bay area has been no stranger to reggae shows lately, a visit from these roots legends isn’t something to ignore. Frontman Kenyatta Hill is a fitting fill-in for his father, the late Joseph Hill, who died in 2006 and was Culture’s only consistent member during a 30-year run that produced nearly two dozen LPs of socially conscious, infinitely irie, oft-political and sometimes apocalyptic Rastafarian anthems like I’m Alone In The Wilderness, Two Sevens Clash and Stop The Fussing And Fighting. No one — not even Kenyatta — will ever really match the intensity and fervor that Joseph Hill brought to the group, but the younger Hill certainly does his best during the band’s energetic live performances.
Hot Dog Party 8
With the Coathangers, Samurai Shotgun, Moonmen From Mars, Mushmind, Thee Liquid Jesus DJs
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
In its eighth year, Crowbar’s annual Hot Dog Party is set to enter a new realm of pre-Fourth of July buffoonery and all-around processed-meat pageantry. Organizers are introducing a twerking contest officiated by animated local singer-songwriter Jeremy Gloff, and also have plans to induct someone into a newly minted “Hot Dog Hall Of Fame” directly after steel-gutted meat lovers compete in the event’s infamous hot dog-eating contest. (Full disclosure: This writer is the 2011 champ). What’s more is that “#HD8” has booked all-woman Atlanta garage rock trio the Coathangers to provide sweaty, fun-loving, dingy rock 'n’ roll for the evening’s revelers to get down to. Most ’Mericans don’t have to work the next day, so you’ll be hard pressed to find a reason to not indulge your senses and patriotic inclinations.
Hot Chelle Rae
SATURDAY 8:30 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. (813) 987-5600. buschgardens.com.
Not to be outdone by its concert-loving theme park neighbors to the east, Busch Gardens is jumping back into the live music game. Pop-rock outfit Hot Chelle Rae (Tonight Tonight, I Like It Like That) will kick off the theme park’s “Saturday Summer Nights” concert series, a new addition to its already popular Summer Nights, which feature extended hours, fireworks, the acrobatic stage show Kinetix and more. The concerts will take place Saturday nights from June 28 to Aug. 17 in Gwazi Park, which will be lined with barbecue and craft beer stations. Hot Chelle Rae is the only act announced so far, but the park promises “more pop, R&B, alternative and Latino music artists” throughout the summer. — Jay Cridlin
With Hunter Valentine, Kill the Sound
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.
When you’re looking for a headliner for St. Pete Pride, one of the largest LGBT celebrations in the country, who better to pick than the woman who co-wrote and sang Same Love? Mary Lambert is the Seattle singer-songwriter plucked from obscurity to collaborate on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gay-rights anthem, earning her multiple Grammy nominations — and the chance to perform on the awards show with Madonna and Queen Latifah. She parlayed Same Love’s success into her own solo single, She Keeps Me Warm, and is making a play to become a true icon advocating for issues involving women, human rights and, maybe most of all, the LGBT community. Also on this bill is Canadian rock band Hunter Valentine, who were the focus of a season of Showtime’s The Real L Word. -- Jay Cridlin
Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime Fri. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$15. jannuslive.com.
DieAlps! Fri. With King Of Spain, Civil Brute. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Cave Of Swimmers Fri. With Cosm, Yogurt Smoothness, Yourheroes/Mydemons. 8 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6. (727) 424-1809.
Basement Sessions 5 Fri. With Cold Fusion (Feat. Eyezenpowa, Mr. Mes & Mic Deluxx), Queen Of Ex, Synergy In A Cup, Future Vintage, Nostalgia Amarilla, Sir Pap, A Flo, DJ Qeys, Wally Clark. 9 p.m. The Social, 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City. $10. (813) 242-2717.
Dave Koz Summer Horns Fri. With Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. $35-$125. (727) 791-7400.
Damon Fowler Group Fri. 9 p.m. Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
The Mojo Gurus Fri. With Hymn For Her. 8 p.m. Ringside Café, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 894-8465.
Jeremy Thomas album release Fri. 6 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $5. (727) 644-7895.
Good Graeff Sat. 7 p.m. Ka’Tiki, 8803 W Gulf Blvd., Sunset Beach. (727) 360-2272.
Johnathan Boogie Long Sat. With the Tampa Collective. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Relicseed Sat. With Aghori. 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 972-8152.
City Cop Sat. With Gillian Carter, Definitely A First, Arkham, Basebourne, Keif Demon, Pilgrimage, Snacking. 7 p.m. Goat House, 2144 Corporate Center Drive, Odessa. $5. (727) 871-2922.
Seven Handle Circus Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Ras Kass Sun. With Other Elements, Hagan Lee and FXWL MXWF, Real Life, Lord Kass, Prince Golden, Eyezenpowa, Wally Clark. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Holly Hunt Thurs. With Set and Setting, Recreant, Primate Research, Permanent Makeup. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $5. (813) 382-3477.
Forever Town Thurs. With American Song Box. 7:30 p.m. Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-6964.
Razor and Guido Thurs. 10:30 p.m. Honey Pot, 1507 E 7th Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 246-4663.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*