This week in Tampa: Miley Cyrus, 2 Chainz, Schoolboy Q and more
We're staring down an amazing week of hip-hop, with concerts on the way by 2 Chainz and Pusha T; Schoolboy Q; Tyler, the Creator; and, um, Vanilla Ice. But the biggest event of next week is Miley Cyrus' return to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, with fellow firestarting femmes Icona Pop in tow.
Here to walk you through those shows, as well as Children of Bodom, Jim Brickman, Aaron Neville, 3OH!3, La Dispute, Capleton, Pianos Become the Teeth, the Nighthawks, Breathe Carolina, DJ Skribble, Between the Buried and Me, King Parrot and more, is Ray Roa...
With Pusha T, August Alsina
MONDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $39.50-$42. (727) 565-0550.
While hip-hop fans were understandably bummed when 95.7 The Beat cancelled an October concert that 2 Chainz was supposed to co-headline with rap wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, the 36-year-old College Park, Ga. native is finally coming to give fans a live taste of hits like Feds Watching and Birthday Song. Mr. Chainz has worked with a host of other notable rappers like Drake and Lil Wayne, but some of his most impressive stuff came out when Kanye West wrangled a who’s who of rhyme spitters to forge the modern classic Mercy on a 2012 collaborative LP, Cruel Summer. The breadth of 2 Chainz’s output is chock full of braggadocio peppered with wicked one-line zingers that his fans will be rapping en masse for this show.
With Icona Pop
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $19.50-$89.50. (813) 301-2500.
Tampa fans got a taste of Miley Cyrus' off-the-wall aesthetic during a short headlining set at December’s 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball, during which she paraded around in a skimpy Santa suit, cavorted with an anthropomorphic Christmas tree and smacked a dancing dwarf on the heinie. Reviews of her current Bangerz Tour have called it an “acid trip of an evening,” “a Disneyland of mindless fun,” with endless self-caricatures and overt references to sex, drugs and pop culture. Cheer as Miley descends a giant tongue-shaped slide! Marvel as she straddles an enormous hot dog! Gasp as she mimes fellatio on a dancer dressed as Bill Clinton! Critics may roll their eyes or clutch their pearls, but Cyrus enlisted artists and designers like John Kricfalusi (Ren & Stimpy), Marc Jacobs, Bob Mackie and Ben Jones to help create the look of this show, and she's serious about the striking spectacle that it became. To paraphrase one of her biggest hits: This is her house, these are her rules; it’s her party, she can do what she wants. And she won’t stop. -- Jay Cridlin
Tyler, the Creator
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$33.95. (813) 247-2555.
Groundbreaking beats, morbidly offensive lyrics and the hordes of fans who adore all of it made Tyler, the Creator’s last Ybor appearance (as leader of horrorcore rap collective Odd Future) a big deal. And while the 23-year-old Los Angeles producer/MC isn’t the polarizing lightning rod he was two years ago, his hip-hop clout is still nothing to ignore. Tyler has cross-pollinated his brand of strange beats with buzzing indie artists like Mac DeMarco and has even parlayed his strange, stomach-turning sense of humor into a Jackass-esque Adult Swim sketch comedy series (Loiter Squad) that finds him and the rest of the Odd Future gang pulling asinine pranks and being general goofballs. Tyler may not be mom-friendly, but his talent is undeniable.
With Isaiah Rashad, Vince Staples
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25 and up. (727) 565-0550.
Schoolboy Q’s naysayers claim that his style (a smooth, impassioned take on ’90s gangsta rap) is a decade or two late to the party. Don’t tell that to his fans or the record charts, though. Last week, his new LP, Oxymoron, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it the first rap album to do so since Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2, and the success should come as no surprise. The 27-year-old German-born MC has spent his career in Los Angeles, where his group Black Hippy slowly built an underground following. His solo output broke through on a mainstream level thanks to songs like Hell Of A Night and Break The Bank, which balance mentions of drug hustling with hedonistic pleasures like menage a trois and popping bottles.
Children Of Bodom
With Death Angel, Tyr, Ornimental
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $24. (813) 247-2555.
It’s a big week for hip hop in Tampa Bay, but the next seven days are also bring a pretty nice itinerary for fans of European-style death metal, with Australian thrashers King Parrot playing Orpheum on Thursday while Children of Bodom kick the week off with a big Sunday show at the Ritz. The Finnish purveyors of melodic, almost orchestral black metal have been at it for more than two decades now, amassing seven albums along the way. If absolutely brutal, breakneck metal and screeching vocals are your cup of tea, then you’ll want to have frontman Alexi Laiho shouting songs like Needled 24/7 and Are You Dead Yet at you from the front row.
With His Prophecy Band
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$50. (727) 895-3045.
After splitting the difference between Hillsborough and Pinellas the last time he played in the bay area (a 2012 set at Whiskey Joe’s on the Courtney Campbell highway), Capleton is officially taking his show deep into the 727 this time with a show at a more traditional venue, the State Theatre. Music originating from the Caribbean islands gets pigeonholed as easy-breezy, but that isn’t what you’ll get from the 46-year-old born Clifton Bailey III. Songs like All My Life might creep at a slower BPM and tread lighthearted themes, but Capleton’s very Rastafarian repertoire really shines when he’s painfully pleading to Selassie and losing control over murky beats on cuts like Never Want Them Youth To Die and Who Dem.
With Pianos Become The Teeth, Mansions
WEDNESDAY 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 248-9500.
Frontman Jordan Dreyer sounds like he’s about to have a panic attack on Such Small Hands, from his band’s 2008 breakthrough LP. La Dispute does borrow a lot from acts like Thursday, but their jumpy, angst-ridden brand of post-hardcore sets itself apart thanks to Dreyer’s delivery, which alternates between spoken word, singing and brutal screaming. All of it is colored with uncomfortably pain-filled emotion and deeply poetic lyrics that tread heavily on topics like religion, love and death. Also on the bill are Baltimore-based Pianos Become The Teeth, who have a more melodic, less abrasive, but equally captivating sound to play foil to La Dispute’s more brash offering.
With 10th Conession, Blackbird Morning
THURSDAY 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $15 (Free for ticketed USF St. Petersburg students). (727) 565-0550.
Broke college students from the ’Burg, rejoice! USF-St. Pete’s Harborside Activities Board is bringing Boulder, Colo. electro-pop goofballs 3OH!3 to Jannus Live, and USFSP students get in free. Anyone not taking out loans or working their bums off trying to pay for higher education will have to fork over $15, but it’ll be worth it as the duo — comprised of Nate Motte and Sean Foreman — are take-nothing-seriously party- starters, as evidenced by their politically incorrect references to Hellen Keller (DONTTRUSTME) and recent ridiculously catchy, candy-coated collaboration with Ke$ha (My First Kiss). A pair of student bands, acoustic pop duo 10th Concession and rock quartet Blackbird Morning, add local flair to this bill.
With Green Light Go, DJ Ray, Velveteen
SATURDAY Doors open at 1 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $15. (727) 441-6875.
All right: Stop. Collaborate and listen. Ice is back, with a brand new invention. No, really. Vanilla Ice recently decided to reinvent his classic single Ninja Rap (“Go ninja, go ninja, go!”) from the soundtrack of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze for a commercial for Kraft’s line of TMNT-themed macaroni and cheese. Well, hey, as long as it’s for a good cause, right? Presumably the rapper, pitchman, reality TV star and home-renovation expert will stick to the original version when he performs Saturday at Shephard’s, one of Tampa Bay’s premiere spring break party destinations, which is back up and running after months of major renovations. Cajoling Vanilla Ice into rocking the mic like a vandal seems like a good way to ease back into the swing of things. Go, ninja, go! — Jay Cridlin
With Anne Cochran, Rex Smith
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$100. (727) 791-7400.
The Capitol Theatre is slaying the adult contemporary pop game lately (they just hosted Michael Bolton), and they’re going to pack their newly renovated digs once again when Jim Brickman brings piano-driven tear-jerkers like Love Of My Life, If You Believe and Beautiful to downtown Clearwater. Most of Brickman’s catalog is devoid of any singing (he calls what he does “instrumental pop music”), but the 52-year-old is touring with longtime vocalist Ann Cochran, who scored a Top 5 hit on Brickman’s After All These Years. We know Valentine’s Day is long gone, but who says you can’t keep the love alive by bringing a date to the most romantic thing going on Cleveland Street?
Pierce Pettis Fri. With 6 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 644-7895.
Coldspot 8, Fri. With Tribal Style, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, DJ Blenda. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Chris Mitchell Fri. With Brian Busto, DJ Sherif. 10 p.m. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. $10 (free for ladies). (813) 254-2233.
Nighthawks Fri. 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.
Country In The Park Sat. With Mark Chesnutt. Gates open at 10 a.m.. England Brothers Park, 510 81st. Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 541-0895.
Breathe Carolina Sat. With Jonny Craig. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Mushmind Sat. With Won’t Be Arsed, Shadow Laughter. 7 p.m. Planet Retro Gallery, 2414 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Donations accepted. (727) 218-7434.
Aaron Neville Sat. With Dirty Dozen Brass Band. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $52-$72. (727) 791-7400.
DJ Skribble Sun. Doors open at 11 a.m. Shepard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $10. (727) 441-6875.
AJ Ghent Sun. With the Walker Smith Group. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Moor Hound Tues. With Alexander Charos. 6:30 p.m. Microgroove, 4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 667-7089.
The Casket Girls Wed. With The Stargazer Lillies, Dreamend, Dott. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
King Parrot Thurs. With Vayynet Viskar, Witch Bastard, Deadlift. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 248-9500.
Between The Buried And Me Thurs. With Deafheaven, Intronaut, The Kindred. 7:30 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18 and up. (813) 247-2555.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*