Make us your home page

This week in Tampa: Silversun Pickups, Snarky Puppy, Silento, Thomas Jack and more



A handful of fun New Year’s Eve concerts are taking place tonight if you’re looking for a fun way to enter 2016. Some highlights: SOJA and Collie Buddz at Jannus Live, GTA at the Amphitheatre, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band at the Capitol Theatre, Donna the Buffalo at Skipper’s Smokehouse, Freekbass at Dunedin Brewery and the People’s Blues of Richmond at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe.

Beyond that, in the coming week we’ve got Silversun Pickups, Snarky Puppy, Thomas Jack (above), Silento, ILoveMemphis, DLow, 69 Boyz, France Camp, MDFL and more. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
France Camp
With Luxury Mane, Sonic Graffiti
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5-$8. (813) 248-4969.
You could really pitch a tent and live at New World Brewery on Wednesday evening. Once Tampa-based punk troubadour Joe Popp is bringing a new duo for a free early show before Minneapolis songwriter (and former Nice Purse frontman) France Camp brings his new outfit — and strange name — to the patio for a night of hip-swinging, AM radio-era, sock hop-appropriate rock ‘n’ roll. The band’s 2013 debut is probably forever lodged in at least a dozen hipsters’ cassette players, and the rest of them are probably eagerly awaiting the arrival of France Camp’s bodacious 2015 full-length Purge on vinyl.

69 Boyz
FRIDAY 6 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $.

On New Year’s Day, there’s nothing better for a hangover than the… Tootsee Roll? That’s what promoters are banking on, at least, when Miami bass outfit 69 Boyz arrives to headline a party that promises to be heavy on dance and hip hop from the ’80s and ’90s. The Boyz haven’t really touched the heights they reached on their Ninenteen Ninety Quad LP, but don’t expect them to veer to far from the 1994 classic at this one anyway. While there’s no telling if that crushed velvet and Micro-Mini still fits these days, you might as well give it a go for this show.

With Turnstile, All Out War, the Rival Mob, Blistered, Criminal Instinct, Crisis Unit, Day By Day, more.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY 12 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35-$65. (813) 248-9500.
If you’re on the east end of Seventh Avenue this weekend, you might want to bring some ear plugs. That is unless you are one of the hundreds set to descend upon the Orpheum for two full days of ear canal-obliterating hardcore and metal from over three dozen bands. New York five piece All Out War top the bill on Saturday and will revisit the depth of a 23-year career before Reaper Records relative newcomers Turnstile show up on Sunday in support of a brand new album, Nonstop Feeling, that’s been making parents’ heads ring since it saw release early this year.

With Sloth, Landbridge, Station Cases, Strategic Watheads
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Cafe Hey, 1540 N. Franklin St., Tampa. $3-$5. (813) 221-5150.
Thanks to a rehab of the old Rialto Theatre and the arrival of Hidden Springs Ale Works, the north end of downtown Tampa’s once bustling Franklin Street is getting a lot more love these days. On Thursday night, one of the block’s original second generation settlers — Café Hey — does what it’s always done and hosts a show that might not otherwise have a place to go in Tampa’s traditional music scene. A handful of crusty local ska and heavy acts play support for Cleveland grindcore outfit MDFL who should’ve won an award for their crass artwork on a 2014 split EP. Atlanta’s Strategic Watheads will also split some of the minimal cover to help put gas in their tank.

Kids Fest
With Silento, ILoveMemphis, DLow
SATURDAY 2 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention CEnter, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. $25 and up via Ticketmaster. (941) 960-9698.
We’ll remember 2015 for a great many Internettable reasons — Pizza Rat, Hotline Bling, #TheDress — but none cut such a wide demographic swath as Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), the unavoidable dance-pop single by 17-year-old Atlanta artist Silento, above. Watch Me’s exuberant YouTube video is the reason your kid already knows how to whip, nae nae, duff, bop and Superman. These are all real words! Anyway, kick off 2016 by indulging your child’s fascination with doing the stanky leg by carpooling down to the first-ever Kids Fest in Palmetto. Joining Silento are another pair of viral dance-poppers: Rapper ILoveMemphis, right, (formerly and confusingly known as iHeart Memphis), who went from Vine stardom to the Top 40 with Hit the Quan; and DLow, the social media-climbing creator of Bet You Can’t Do It Like Me. There will, of course, be dance contests galore.

Silversun Pickups
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free, but ticket required. See

For their 15th annual Next Big Thing festival on Dec. 5, alt-rock station 97X delivered way more pianos, synthesizers, saxophones and big beats than traditional alt-rock guitars. If you somehow felt shortchanged by that, 97X has you covered with a free Humpday show Jan. 6 by L.A. buzzsaws Silversun Pickups at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. The group, known for jittery, Smashing Pumpkins-influenced singles Lazy Eye and Panic Switch, just dropped its fourth album, Better Nature, which blends dream-pop atmospherics (The Wild Kind) with industrial angst (Connection) and their signature fuzzed-out guitars (Pins and Needles). The show is 21 and up, but it’s free with a ticket, which you can grab at a handful of station events between now and  the show. Doors open at 7, and there’s usually a pretty hefty line for these free shows, so you might want to get there early.

Snarky Puppy
With Banda Magda
MONDAY 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30 and up. (813) 247-2555.
When Snarky Puppy won a 2014 Grammy for Best R&B Performance for its Lalah Hathaway collaboration Something — over a field that included names like Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Anthony Hamilton, Q-Tip and Tamar Braxton — it felt like a misprint. Who was this sprawling fusion ensemble from Denton, Texas, and just what are they doing to contemporary jazz? Two years later, Snarky Puppy is up for another Grammy, this time for Best Instrumental Album for Sylva. It’d be a worthy win: Sylva is at turns smooth, funky, jammy and futuristic. Expect a lot of big brass and even bigger musical ideas.

Thomas Jack
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15.

Still don’t believe tropical house music is a thing? Let us refer you to OMI’s Cheerleader and Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean? and Sorry — three huge pop hits from the past year that all embody elements of this airy, sun-kissed sub-sub-genre of dance music. Trop house has two reigning kings: Norwegian DJ Kygo, who played Ybor City’s Amphitheatre last summer, and Australian DJ Thomas Jack, who performs there on Saturday. Jack is actually the one responsible for coining the phrase “tropical house” in the first place, though he’s lately shown signs of backing away from the genre. “Tropical house was two years ago, y’know?” he recently told the music blog Noisey. “It became so annoying that I’m over it and I don’t even wanna do it anymore.” But he’ll dip back into trop house’s sparkling waters for Saturday’s show.

Also playing

TECO & Gasparilla Music Festival Present Streetcar Live, Sat. With Troy Youngblood and the SoulFish. 4:40 p.m. Centennial Park, 1800 Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $2.50-$5. (813) 254-4278.

Beth McKee Trio, Sat. 6 p.m. The Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8-$10. (727) 644-7895.

Betty Fox Band, Sat. With The Legendary JC’s. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.

Matt & Fi Send Off Party, Sat. With The Dugans, John Nowicki as “Fat Jim Morrison,” David Kibby, more. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

Jason Milo, Sat. With SWF, Vasectomy Party, Novasak, more. 8 p.m. The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Donations accepted. (901) 619-1519.

The Fritz, Sat.-Sun. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Fast Company (feat. Mister White), Sat. 11 p.m. The Bends, 919 First Ave. St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 202-8931.

Watcher, Tues. With Sallow, Egos, Chaff. 9 p.m. Mojo Books & Records, 2540 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Donations Accepted. (813) 971-9717.

Hungrytown, Tues. 5 p.m. Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 562-4970.

Lost Axis (Joe Popp and Shaugn O’Donnell), Wed. 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-4969.

Rock the Park, Thurs. With Green Sunshine, Oxford Noland, Natalie Claro. 6:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813)274-8677.

Tom Scudiero, Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-6964.

-- Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa

[Last modified: Thursday, December 31, 2015 11:25am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours