This week in Tampa: Steve Martin, Ghostface Killah, Attack Attack! and more
Let's not kid ourselves: The biggest concert in Florida this weekend is taking place over two days in Orlando, as Paul McCartney has two shows at the Amway Center on Saturday and Sunday. Your humble Soundcheck editor has a ticket to the Sunday show, and it's burning a hole in his pocket.
Closer to home, though, there are still some awesome shows this week: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Ghostface Killah with Adrian Younge, Attack Attack!, Bad Veins, The Wilson Van, Quincy Mumford and the Reason, The Hush Sound, Hockey, Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, The Original Wailers, Conrad Oberg and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...
With Adrian Younge & Venice Dawn
SUNDAY 8 p.m., Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21-25. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com
Ghost is back, and he’s coming to deliver what might be one of the most unique shows this town has ever seen. His last solo LP, Apollo Kids, was arguably his best post-Wu-Tang Clan material, but Ghostface Killah has completely upped the creative ante on a new collaborative album with Adrian Younge, the Los Angeles producer extraordinaire who wowed Tampa Bay with a powerful set at Antiwarpt 2012. Their new LP, Twelve Reasons to Die, spins the epic tale of a murdered mid-20th century ex-gangster whose spirit is mythically reborn when vinyl records pressed from his remains are played. It’s larger-than-life hip-hop story-telling delivered over jangly guitars, vintage drums and cinematic composition, all provided by the Venice Dawn orchestra, who will be on hand to recreate all of the drama live and in your face.
SATURDAY 9 p.m., The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5. facebook.com/theventurecompound
Tucked within St. Pete’s burgeoning Warehouse Arts District, The Venture Compound hosts events as traditional as piano recitals, as off-the-wall as international noise conferences and literally everything in between. At the heart of it all is the ’Burg’s willingness to give young and emerging artists a place to be appreciated and maybe make a little scratch. That spirit is embodied in the booking of Kikiilimikilii, founder of Paris-based art label Heia Sun. For many, the music will be pure noise, but something just short of sonic deliverance might be delivered if you allow your ears and minds to get lost in the droning, echo-drenched darkness and psychedelia-noir of songs like Bootepes, Aerol and Bride Pitt.
With The Plot In You, Get Scared, Dangerkids, Closer To Closure
SATURDAY 6 p.m., Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $17. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com
The bill says this show is part of a “Back In Action Tour,” but the irony is that this is most likely going to be the last chance that fans of Attack Attack! will get to see them on stage. The Ohio quartet officially called it quits about a month ago, and the crabcore (they usually perform in a hamstring-burning crouch) superstars are set play selections from their catalog — three LPs and one EP of hardcore infused with elements of electronica, pop and even ’80s synth-rock — to a loyal fanbase. “It’s been a wild ride,” the band told fans in a recent Facebook post, “and we want you to know that we deeply appreciate everything you have done for us.”
The Wilson Van
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m., Club Detroit, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $20-$40. (727) 673-2949.
They’re the most random of family bands, but no one can say The Wilson Van haven’t used their powers for good. Made up of Wilson brothers Patrick (an actor), Paul (an ad executive) and Mark (a TV anchor on WTVT-Ch. 13), the boys mix covers of Van Halen, Journey and the Black Keys with a few original cuts, and most recently played Tampa’s Hard Rock Cafe in benefit of wounded soldiers. This time they return to the 727 and take over the revamped Club Detroit for another charity concert on behalf of the Gold Shield Foundation, which provides support and scholarships to the families of fallen police officers and soldiers.
Quincy Mumford and The Reason
SUNDAY 6 p.m., The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. Facebook.com/thelocal662
Quincy Mumford calls Allenhurst, N.J., home, and while his beachfront definitely looks a lot different from the Pacific Ocean views of acts like Jack Johnson and Sublime, his music shares that same salt-licked vibe. Minimalism (Simple, All We Need Is) and big-picture thinking (Life Of Destinations, Grateful) are lyrical staples of his nearly 40-song catalog, but the sonic seasonings of the tunes range anywhere from down-tempo acoustic ballads like Madeline to funky raps like Sunshine and Speak My Mind. He brings a new backing band, The Reason, with him for this special acoustic performance.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
With Edie Brickell
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $59.50-$139. (727) 893-7832.
Onetime Wild and Crazy Guy Steve Martin is a full-time banjo player these days — clawhammer style, for the diehard pickers out there — and his current album, Love Has Come for You, is an old-timey Americana gem made with wispy chanteuse Edie Brickell. He writes the plucky music; she pens the lyrics. To support the delicate, tuneful album, which has been a surprise hit on the Billboard charts, Brickell, who still talks and sings like a la-di-da Texas flower child even at age 47, will join Martin and his Steep Canyon Rangers band on a summer tour, which stops at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg next Thursday. It’s a sweet, organic, gently sexy pairing, not unlike the May-December creative union of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss from a few years ago, although this is far more steeped in bluegrass. “I write a song on the banjo and then Edie takes that and puts a vocal melody over that,” says Martin, 67. “There are always two melodies going on.” -- Sean Daly
With Jensen Serf Company, Death Starsky, DJ Minihorse
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Bad Veins have graced several Tampa stages over the years, and the Cincinnati duo will add another chapter to their romance with the city when they return on a 2013 spring tour. They will, however, look a bit different, as longtime drummer Sebastian Shultz decided to quit in January. Fans shouldn’t worry, since Shultz’s shoes (and mechanically precise hands) have since been replaced by Jake Bonta, who holds his own just fine on any one of Bad Veins’ sweeping, alt-pop gems. Plus, the band still has its infamous reel-to-reel backing track, dubbed “Irene,” and frontman Ben Davis still utilizes an inimitable live rig (megaphones, vintage telephone receivers) to deliver unforgettable, sweat-soaked live performances.
The Hush Sound
THURSDAY 6 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Singer/keyboardist Greta Salpeter had a gig with another band, Gold Motel, to keep her occupied during The Hush Sound’s three-year hiatus, so expect her voice to be in good shape as she tackles playful melodies and tells heartbreaking tales on classics like The Boys Are Too Refined and Hurricane. The rest of the band should be primed to play these reunion shows as well. The bill is sweetened by the addition of New York retro-pop act Hockey. Manned by Ben Wyeth, the band just released a classic summer album, Wyeth IS, proving that their love for analog beats is trumped only by their affection of dusty, danceable synth and Police-esque grooves.
Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk Fri. With My Name Forever, Caraisle, Camille Dupree and Broken Fetters. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. theorpheum.com.
The Mother Machine Fri. With Brazos The Rat, The Time People, The Music Box, Darling Harbour. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6. Facebook.com/thelocal662
The Tim Version Fri. With Awkward Age, Moose Masseuse. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-4969.
Joel Tangelo Band CD release Fri. With Josh Lamkin & Automatic Heat. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Longing For Kyoto Fri. With Alien Country, War On Hollywood, Kheiron. 9 p.m. Brass Mug, 14811 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $5-$8. (813) 972-8152.
Claire Reilly-Roe Fri. With Jayne Kelli. 8 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $5. (727) 644-7895.
Highway to Hell (AC/DC tribute) Sat. 8 p.m. Whiskey Joe’s, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $10. (813) 281-0770.
The Original Wailers Sat. With Reinstated, Danfield, Oceanstone. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $23.50. (727) 895-3045.
Metal For The Military Sat. With Massacre, SWWAATS, Ulcer. 4 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10 (Free with Military ID). (813) 241-8600.
Conrad Oberg CD release Sat. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Bangarang Sat. With Johnny Cakes & The Four Horsemen Of The Apocolypso, Sit On It, Oxford Noland. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
DJ Scene Sun. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 441-6875.
Steve Arvey Sun. 4 p.m. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska, Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 234-1000.
Sunday School For Sinners Sun. With Simply Abigail. 6 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.
Captured! By Robots Mon. With High Five Go, Abortion Twins. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free with advance ticket preordered through website. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com
Krisiun Thurs. With The Hackish, Arbitration, Contorted, Prophecy Z14. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7-$13. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com
Mama’s Love Thurs. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.