This week in Tampa: Styx, Insane Clown Posse, Shakey Graves and more
If you're not heading to Orlando this weekend for Florence and the Machine, might we interest you in some Insane Clown Posse? (Actually, why choose? Florence plays O-Town Saturday, and ICP aren't in St. Pete until the 19th. Win-win!)
Here to walk you through all of this week's Tampa Bay concert picks -- including Insane Clown Posse, Styx, .38 Special, the Dear Hunter, Shakey Graves, Oliver Heldens, STRFKR, Com Truise, Apocalyptica, Oddisee, Son Little, Victor Wainwright, OTEP, Igor and Red Elvises, Donna the Buffalo and Agnostic Front -- are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...
Have Gun, Will Travel
With Mercy McCoy, Max Norton and Friends (Friday); Lauris Vidal, RedFeather (Saturday)
FRIDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. Ybor City; and SATURDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10 and up. facebook.com/brokenmold.
In 2006, Matt Burke started writing and recording songs at home as a side project from his indie rock band. He adopted a moniker that suited the music’s rootsy, Americana style: Have Gun, Will Travel. Ten years later, the Bradenton band has expanded from a solo project to one of Tampa Bay’s most reliably popular bands, releasing five albums and performing to crowds at just about every major festival in town. They’ve toured with and opened for the likes of Leon Russell, Deer Tick and Langhorne Slim, and have seen their songs pop up on national TV in commercials and shows like The Good Wife. This weekend, the band will celebrate its 10th anniversary by playing two full albums at two separate concerts over two nights. On Friday at New World Brewery, they’ll do 2008’s Casting Shadows Tall as Giants and 2009’s Postcards from the Friendly City. On Saturday at Crowbar, it’s 2011’s Mergers & Acquisitions and 2013’s Fiction, Fact or Folktale. It’s the capper of a busy year for the band, including last summer’s Science From an Easy Chair, an ambitious concept album based on the journeys of Antactic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton; and a live tribute to The Last Waltz in which they played the Band.
With Son Little
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18 and up. (727) 895-3045, statetheatreconcerts.com.
It’s a great week to live in St. Petersburg if you’re hungry for a fresh spin on traditional American music. A few days after Trampled By Turtles and the Devil Makes Three come to town, Austin, Texas songsmith Shakey Graves arrives Wednesday armed with a quiver of indie rock, folk and rusted-out blues. In January, he got fine moment in his hometown’s spotlight when appeared on PBS’s Austin City Limits (on the same episode as Ryan Adams, no less), and his 2014 album And the War Came remains as engaging as his live show, which can range from a one-man-band setup to a raucous trio or quartet. Opening the show is Philly singer Son Little, whose vintage-tinted soul, blues and R&B will leave you craving a headlining set of his own.
In The Round: Instruments of Change benefit
With Dropin Pickup, the Western Sons, Thanecha, the Actual Bank Robbers
SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 suggested donation. (727) 644-7895, facebook.com/hideawaycafe.
Intimate “in the round”-style concerts, featuring a lineup of singer-songwriters swapping songs and the stories behind them, are too rare these days. But when one comes along, it’s worth checking out — especially if it’s for a good cause. Instruments of Change and Instruments 4 Life, two organizations that support music programs benefitting underserved children in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, will host just such a show at Saturday at the Hideaway Cafe. The Western Sons, Thanecha and the Actual Bank Robbers will perform in the round before Tampa band Dropin Pickup closes out the night.
With Rival, LB LEgalize, Yung $smurf
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 248-9500.
Better known by his stage name, Oddisee, Washington, D.C., producer Amir Mohamed el Khalifa is easily one of hip hop’s brightest talents. His brand new album (The Odd Tape, released on the same day he arrives in Ybor City) is a heady collection of beats rife with old jazz and soul samples that are laced with big time nods to rap legends like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. So much of Oddisee’s material is instrumental, and when he actually spits (like he did on last year’s The Good Fight), the results comprise a jaw-dropping collection of carefully crafted thoughts that prove the Diamond District leader’s raps are just as good as his boom bap. This is a special, possibly once-in-a-lifetime show.
With Franky Perez
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$40. (813) 247-2555.
After World War II, Finland exported a whole lot of metal to the rest of the globe, boosting industrial production in a number of countries. More than half a century later, our Scandinavian friends keep bringing it, but on Saturday the metal will be ear-splitting thanks to Apocalyptica. The Helsinki-reared outfit began cutting their teeth as a group of classically trained cellists in a Metallica tribute band (yes, you read that correctly), but they’ve since blossomed into powerhouses of the genre, releasing eight LPs over the last 20 years. Their latest, last year’s Shadowmaker, finds the guys relying less on guest singers — Gavin Rossdale, Till Lindemann, and Corey Taylor have all contributed to tracks in the past — and more on one singular voice, Franky Perez. The former Scars on Broadway guitarist has played with Slash and joins Apocalyptica on this tour to help the ten-track effort come to life on stage in epic, head-banging fashion.
Someday River EP Release
With Empire Cinema, Donna Lu
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
This week in live music is loaded with release parties — hardcore mainstays Pig Pen, shoegazing punks Drug, and rock-school formed Extra Celestial are all celebrating new music — but Someday River finish first in the race by a nose. The Orlando trio are crisscrossing the state this month — with a stop in Savannah over Memorial Day weekend — and they take a Saturday night in Ybor City to commemorate the release of a new EP (released today) alongside a pair of promising locals, Empire Cinema and Donna Lu, who open the show. Two singles from Someday River — Sleeping Sideways and Day Changer — are one hundred kinds of dreamy, with jangly guitar lines spilling over each other while frontman Greyson Charnock’s vocals bounce around a feel-good echo chamber that smells like equal parts suntan lotion and marijuana. You will likely dance at this show, and you probably won’t want to go home either.
The Dear Hunter
With O’Brother, Rare Futures
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$20. (813) 248-9500.
It’s going to be a good week for The Dear Hunter. The Rhode Island six-piece are spending Saturday in Atlanta kicking off a three-week tour with a set at Shaky Knees Music Festival, and they come to Ybor City to play hump day as part of what is a very busy week for the Orpheum as well. Frontman Casey Crescenzo & co. are supporting a 2015 full-length, Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise, in which the former singer of the Receiving End of Sirens crafts more of the brooding, prog-leaning post-rock fans have come to love over the last decade. The real treat (and the reason the Cigar City venue will be packed early) is an opening set by O’Brother, whose new album, Endless Light, released in March, features just under an hour’s worth of moody, complex and floor-rattling rock that’s bound to still be at the top of “best of” lists come December.
Insane Clown Posse
With Young Wicked
THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$40. (727) 895-3045.
It’s the State Theatre’s turn to get covered in Faygo. It’s been less than a year since Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J left the Orpheum awash in gallons of fruit-flavored soda, but the face-painted freaks have returned, this time calling their legion of fans (affectionately referred to as “Juggalos”) to the other side of the bay. This time it’s in celebration of Insane Clown Posse’s 1995 album, The Riddle Box, which is part of a series of albums the pair dubbed the “Dark Carnival.” ICP promises to perform the LP in full, which should delight fans who were more into the dark and twisted storytelling the band focused on during the height of their popularity. An ICP show is still one of the most head-scratching shows an outsider can experience, so non-Juggalos should arrive with an open mind (and a poncho).
With Com Truise, Fake Drugs state names
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$20. (813) 248-9500.
There are terrible band names, great band names, and there is STRFKR. The moniker has clearly gone through a few spelling edits over the years, but the changes haven’t put a damper on the Portland, Ore., trio’s evolution into one of indie-rock’s most beloved electro-dance outfits. A new single, Never Ever, is a welcome followup to a 2013 full-length, Miracle Mile, and finds the guys — Josh Hodge, Shawn Glassford and Keil Corcoran — skating joyously through familiar, synthy territory. Don’t mistake the uniformity for banality, though, since STRFKR are famous for bringing a trippy, homemade light show everywhere they go. Corcoran’s side project, Fake Drugs, opens this show along with Seth Haley, who has deployed the Com Truise moniker in his quest to bring space race-ready disco to the masses. Haley’s latest EP, Silicon Tare, is a brave ode to the ’80s that manages to still feel strangely important in this 21st century we’re trudging through.
Alexander & the Grapes
With Luxury Mane, Jensen Serf Company
THURSDAY 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. facebook.com/thelocal662.
In early April, St. Petersburg’s Alexander & the Grapes triumphantly welcomed their second full-length, Hyper Self, into the world with a record release show at Crowbar in Ybor City. The show gave fans a chance to experience the LP live an entire month before it hit the streets, and now that it’s officially available everywhere (even Amazon Prime), frontman Alexander Charos & co. want to unofficially party with it one more ’gin. The Grapes have tapped Billy Summer (a guy whose most famous band — The Semis — probably influenced Charos) to bring his new-ish Luxury Mane project to the bill, which is anchored by the youthful, beach-washed exuberance of Jensen Serf Company’s Peter Kokkinakos and Benjamin Saylor ,who’ve grown up in front of our eyes —the guys couldn’t even drink when they first played shows under the Michael Christmas moniker — all while finding new ways to make heavy sound like it still belongs on the sand. Topping it all off is a price tag (free) that you can’t beat with a stick.
With .38 Special
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.75-$135. (727) 791-7400.
Styx are going all kinds of viral thanks to last Friday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In it, actor Paul Rudd — who’s promoting a new movie, Captain America: Civil War, joined Fallon in a hilarious, painstakingly accurate remake of the video for Too Much Time On My Hands from the rockers’ 1981 LP, Paradise Theatre. The 2 1/2 minute clip perfectly captures all the opulence and bombastic stage presence of frontman Dennis DeYoung & co., who spent the better part of the ’70s bringing their band’s penchant for melding the worlds of prog rock, glam and audacious balladry to the mainstream. DeYoung, 69, won’t perform with this lineup (rock drama), but that doesn’t mean Styx’s remaining members (Hi, Tommy Shaw!) won’t work diligently through four decades of hits for their fans.
Donna the Buffalo, Fri. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free, $5 under 21. (727) 565-0550.
Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots, Fri. 8:30 p.m. The Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
South Florida Producer’s Showcase 10, Fri. With Mike Mass, Tony Handz, Ameen &Mri, RBC Jefe, DJ Qeys, Beyo. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Drug (Tape Release), Fri. With Pyre, Funhater. 9 p.m. The Bends, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 202-8931.
Pig Pen CD Release, Fri. With Sibyls, Boney Fiend, The Horribles. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.
Pete Bones, Fri. With Kimball Collins, Brian Busto. 10 p.m. The Castle, 2004 N 16th St., Ybor City. $10-$15 (813) 247-7547.
OTEP Fest, Sat. With September Mourning, Through Fire, Doll Skin, Psykotribe, The DooD, Divine Science, (N)ception, Red Calling. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Extra Celestial (Single Release), Sat. With Surviving the Mile, Infinity On High, A Long Way From Kansas, Inkblot. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 248-9500.
Oliver Heldens, Sat. With Brandon James, Lenno, DJ Ray. 8 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $20 and up. (727) 441-6875.
Igor and The Red Elvises, Sat. With UNRB. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Santé, Sun. With Suddenly Strange, See Shellz, The Kenderdine Brothers, Jason Rault, Sambo, Alen P, Elias Théroux, Januari. 2 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 871-7874.
Oak Hay, Sun. 6:30 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.
DJ Erok, Sun. With Crazy DJ Bazarro, DJ Lesage, DJ Casper. 10 p.m. Ol’ Dirty Sundays at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.
Agnostic Front, Tues. With Rhythm of Fear, Prevail, The Antidont’s. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 248-9500.
-- Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa