This week in Tampa: Mac Miller, Gucci Mane, Alabama, We the Kings, Of Montreal and more
Happy Independence Day! The Tampa Bay area will be celebrating all over tonight, but musically speaking, the fireworks will continue all weekend, with a diverse array of shows in a diverse array of venues.
After the jump, Ray Roa walks you through this week's Tampa Bay concert picks, including Mac Miller (above), Gucci Mane, Alabama, Of Montreal, Soul Asylum, We the Kings, Breathe Carolina, Young MC, Green Jelly, Chance the Rapper, Paper Route, The Ready Set, T. Mills, The Internet and many more...
With Chance The Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $27.50-$30. (727) 565-0550.
It seems like his breakout LP, 2011’s Blue Slide Park, has been around forever, but such is the way of the world when it comes to the fast-rising 21-year-old Malcom McCormick, a.k.a. Mac Miller. The Steel City rapper’s versatile delivery and production has lent him success in both hip hop and pop markets, and he brings songs like psychedelic trunk-rattler S.D.S. and the almost Bieber-esque sing-along Life Ain’t Easy to Jannus Live’s First Friday celebration. Joining him is a similarly buzzworthy trio of up-and-coming, fresh-faced acts: 20-year-old MC Chance The Rapper, Odd Future production duo The Internet and SoCal wonderboy Vince Staples.
Soul Asylum & Young MC
With Gods & Generals, Save The Radio, DJ Change, DJ Ekin, DJ Fresh
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 3 p.m. Hogan’s Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $10-$20. (813) 281-8900.
Hogan’s Beach is running wild, brother. Well, they’re just running back to the ’90s, actually. The Courtney Campbell hotspot is closing out its Fourth of July celebration with a pair of shows featuring one of grunge rock’s most iconic acts (come on, you know you’ve karaoked to Misery at least seven times) taking over the joint on Friday before they tap in Young MC to deliver his 1989 smash Bust A Move on Saturday. There will surely be more hits (Soul Asylum has Runway Train and Somebody To Shove, while Young MC boasts credit on tracks like Tone Loc’s Funky Cold Medina and Wild Thing), so this lineup is pretty much an elbow drop from the top ropes as far as throwback beach parties go.
With Yip Deceiver
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 247-2664.
Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes is no stranger to general weirdness (horseback riding in drag on stage) or Ybor City (he’s already played the Ritz and Crowbar), but this particular appearance has a new, bittersweet wrinkle to it. This show will be the last time Czar holds a concert at its current address. The club will shut down for good two weeks later before joining forces with the Ritz across the corner (a grand reopening is slated for late summer), so expect Barnes to figuratively burn the building down in grand fashion. If sweaty rooms, schizo electro-pop, and a live set that tiptoes the line between rock show and avant-garde performance art sound like a good time to you, then you’re gonna want to send Czar out in style at this one.
With Aaron Parker
SATURDAY 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. $69-$499. (727) 791-7400.
Give Alabama credit where credit is due. They put on a “farewell” tour back in 2003, and the country rock trio actually waited a decade before returning to adoring fans, who will surely welcome them back with open arms (and wallets; have you seen the VIP packages for this one?). The Mountain Music makers will definitely be Close Enough To Perfect at this show, so expect the crowd to blow off 40-Hour Week steam to songs like Tennessee River, I’m Stoned and Born Country. No one knows if this is really goodbye, but you Can’t Keep A Good Man Down, can you?
We The Kings
With Breathe Carolina, T. Mills, The Ready Set. Keep It Cute
SATURDAY 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $23.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.
Warped Tour darlings (and hometown boys done real good) We The Kings really nail down this whole pop-punk thing, and they have absolutely rabid fans to prove it. The Bradenton quintet haven’t put out a new record since 2011’s Sunshine State Of Mind, but tracks like Friday Is Forever, Stay Young and Check Yes, Juliet are veritable scream-alongs that seem to have been washed in the sonic equivalent of the Fountain of Youth. The band’s appeal hasn’t faded a lick during a stellar eight-year run, and the boys remain committed to opening the doors for other outfits by always inviting some of the genre’s brightest to open their shows.
With DJ Shurefire, Young Gunnaz, Fresh
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Onyx, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $40 and up. (727) 258-4813.
Radric Davis might claim the ATL, but the 33-year-old MC better known as Gucci Mane is forever linked to St. Pete thanks to a major role in Spring Breakers, director Harmony Korine’s twisted ode to spring break. Davis returns to the ’Burg on Saturday to bring that ice cream-tattooed face — along with diamond-encrusted, funkadelic, Dirty South rap tunes like Lemonade, Mouthful Of Golds and Wasted — to the space formerly occupied by Scene Premium Nightclub. The once-troubled room has since been picked up by new owners, changed their name and turned a new leaf in efforts to keep one of Third Street’s largest and most relevant concert venues in good standing with the city.
With Twisty Chris and the Puddin’ Packs, Nanerpus, Insubordinint
MONDAY 9 p.m. Octave, 661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 826-0820.
Comedy rock is the official genre that Green Jelly occupy. The distinction might be a little misleading, though, as the sonic qualities of the outfit — who once broke the Top 40 with their skewed take on Three Little Pigs — are everything a doom-loving metalhead punk would love. Their long form video/studio album 333 earned them a Grammy nomination in 1995 (they lost to Peter Gabriel) and songs from their 1993 masterpiece Cereal Killer Soundtrack find the New Yorkers spinning tales of a Cowgod, a Rock-N-Roll Pumpkihn and the Misadventures Of S---man (sample lyrics: “What is that smell/it’s poo-poo/poo-poo”) in a way that would infinitely delight anyone who has ever made an awkward, haphazard attempt at a fart joke around their in-laws.
With Halfnoise, Goodnight Neverland
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Nashville, Tenn. It’s the home of honky-tonk, the country music hit machine and the Grand Ole Opry. “Nash Vegas,” however, still manages to pump out some quality music that doesn’t twang, and Paper Route is a perfect example. The quartet is signed to Universal Motown and they craft a style of pop music that might leave country fans scratching their heads while more indie-inclined folks sing and sway to songs that invoke Coldplay, Copeland and OneRepublic. Tourmates Halfnoise lean a little harder towards the electronic and ambient realm, but songs from their 2012 debut EP are ethereally enthralling and a more-than-good-enough reason to be there on time for this mid-week bill.
Katie and the Lichen Fri. With OK Vancouver, Article 47, Sun Signs. 8:30 p.m. Mojo Books and Music, 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 971-9717.
Sangeeta Katti Fri. 6 p.m. Indian Cultural Center Hall, 511 Lynn Road, Tampa. $40. (813) 264-4638.
Colt Ford Fri. 9 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $15 and up. (813) 855-1464.
The Hip Abduction Fri. With Burning Tree, Danfield. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Neptune Fest Fri. With Into Fathoms, Apnea, And The Kingdom Fell, Tribulations and more. 5 p.m. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $10. (727) 943-5713.
The Future Now Fri. With Escape Tonight, Luxury Mane, The Dags, Tommy Simms. 6:30 p.m. Bar Milo, 300 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 822-7273.
Slikk Wikked Sat. With Progressive Chemistry, Megalith, Under Fallen Order, Artworks. 8:30 p.m. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.
Friends Of Giants CD release Sat. With Goodnight Neverland, The Happiness Machine, Adam Randall, Hunter: Gatherer. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $7. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Crash Mitchell’s “Will Do For Aunt Sue” Sat. With Y Los Dos Pistoles, Dahlia Moon, Radarmen. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Donations Accepted. (813) 248-4969.
Lucky Date Sat. With DOCO. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10 and up. (813) 873-8368.
Rev. Billy C. Wirtz Sat. With De Lei’ed Parrots. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Scott & Michelle Daiziel Sat. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $5. (727) 644-7895.
Koji Sun. With Turnover, Ivy League, Have Mercy. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 382-3477.
DJ Skribble Sun. With A-Rock, Jaime Ferreira, DJ Ray. Shepard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $5. (727) 441-6875.
Dams Wed. With Sonic Graffii, Sun Signs, Mother Machine. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
The Coathangers Thu. With Permanent Makeup, Atlantic Oceans. 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Poetry ’N Lotion Thu. With Russ Van Cleave. 9 p.m. The Corner Club, 1502 E Sligh Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 231-5010.
Nate Najar Thu. With Phill Fest. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$23. (727) 822-3590.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*