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This week in Tampa: Tori Amos, Anthony Hamilton, Southern Darkness Fest and more



It's back-to-school week across Tampa Bay, which may explain why we've got a slightly lighter-than-usual concert calendar this week. It may also explain why we're squeezing in three end-of-summer festivals, including the metal-heavy Southern Darkness Fest, the punkish Under The Covers festival and the Tampa Urban Music Festival, featuring Anthony Hamilton, above.

For the rest of this week's concert picks -- including Tori Amos, Slash, Cash Cash, Crocodiles, Donavon Frankenreiter and more -- here's Ray Roa...

Tori Amos
With Trevor Moss, Hannah Lou
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.25-$73.25. (727) 791-7400.
Tori Amos has done an immeasurable amount of work with just 88 keys, and 22 years after her debut album, the red-headed former choir girl is still leaving a huge wake in music. A soul-spilling lyricist with a silver tongue, Amos has a new album, Unrepentant Geraldines, and it finds her tapping a different source of inspiration (visual artists) as she explores life at 50 years of age (or 51, rather; Friday is also her birthday). She’s been touring without a backing band, but recent shows have found the Cornflake Girl energetically switching between two pianos as she works through some new material while leaning heavily on older stuff and working in covers by a range of artists including Lana Del Rey, George Michael and even Tom Waits. Amos’ set will definitely play like A Sorta Fairytale, but make sure to get there early to catch a pair of solid songwriters in Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou, whose 2012 collaborative album provides a strummy, guitar-driven foil to the headliner’s piano attack.

With Jaill, Florida Night Heat
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.
It’s stoner rock for a long, lively night out, and its unforgiving of anyone who can’t keep up. San Diego’s Crocodiles have released four albums in the last half-decade and every one of them finds the band adding more layers to their feedback-drenched, lo-fi sound, resulting in tracks that are dance-ready (Mirrors), brooding (Hung Up On A Flower) and strangely perfect for late night seaside strolls in the middle of a thunderstorm (Cockroach, My Surfing Lucifer). Milwaukee Sub Pop-signees Jaill ditch Crocodiles’ fuzzed-out attack in favor of an assault that’s a bit more energetic (Everyone’s Hip), Weezer-riffic (Waste A Lot Of Things) and straightforward (Everyone’s A Bitch). The addition of beloved local power trio Florida Night Heat assures that you’ll have a good time and wake up with a hell of a hangover, too.

Rahim Samad album release party
With ?nowledge , Logic
FRIDAY 10 p.m. The Bricks, 1327 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-1785.
Bred in the five boroughs and representing Tampa all day, Rahim Samad is a model for the transplanted artist who remembers his origins but believes he can create fresh, more fruitful roots in a his new home. His 2008 video for John Horse — complete with images of the Tampa Theatre, Sound Exchange and the overgrown bush of the urban backcountry — is a perfect example of that, and on Friday the outspoken emcee shares the work he’s been doing on the soundtrack for Travel Properly, a feature-length drama based in the Bay area. He’ll be joined by two more of the scene’s best lyricists, and if Samad’s brand new clip for Have Discipline is any indication, then his attack and message are as potent as ever.

Southern Darkness Fest
With Pelican, Phobia, Black Tusk, Scrog, Weekend Nachos, Bongrippers, A Storm Of Light, ASG, Coke Bust, Magrudergrind, Lord Mantis, Primate, Centuries, Set And Setting, Cosm, Mouth Of The Architecht, more.
SATURDAY 4 p.m. Orpheum (1915 E Seventh Ave), Ritz Ybor (1503 E Seventh Ave.) and Crowbar (1812 N 17th St.), Ybor City. $35-$45
By now it should be no secret that Tampa is widely considered to be the death metal capital of the world. Therefore, it makes sense that the city would host the first annual Southern Darkness Fest, a locally-born one-day aural attack that brings some of the Sunshine State’s best dark and heavy music to play along with some of metal’s biggest names. There’s not a whole lot of actual death metal on the bill, but the names on the poster (Pelican, Black Tusk, Maruta, Mouth Of The Architect) represent some of the most promising acts in metal subgenres like sludge and grindcore. The festival will take over three of Ybor’s best venues, and promoters seem to be laser-focused on making sure everything goes perfectly for attendees so that Southern Darkness can become a no-brainer music festival destination for fans across the continent.

Under The Covers

With All On Black, Paranoids, Yoshi Gishi, A Gentlemen Army, Devil Gone Public, Fox Wedding, Slade and the Wasters, Danny Smooth, Notorious SAD, Geek Stink Band, Micah Poison
SATURDAY 7 p.m. Fubar and The Local 662, 600 block of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $5-$10.
Last year’s Under The Covers mini-fest found a couple handfuls of local bands tackling the best of punk and emo (the Saves The Day, Jimmy Eat World, Piebald and Further Seems Forever sets were nearly spot on), and while the event’s promoter, Craig Adams, has bolted for the left coast, he did leave the party in the hands of another St. Pete promoter, Kat Lynes of Katomic Productions. She’s run with the idea, and this year’s festivities include 11 acts attempting to revive the best of ’90s alternative. There are a few icons of the genre being represented (U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Silverchair, Stones Temple Pilots, Nirvana), but Bradenton’s A Gentlemen Army are adding some home state flavor to the mix by committing their set to tunes by beloved Gainesville outfit Hot Water Music. Set times allow concertgoers to walk between the two venues (which share a wall), ensuring your nostalgia won’t have any time to rest.

Tampa Urban Music Festival
With Anthony Hamilton, Lyfe Jennings, Mali Music, Jazmine Sullivan, Kevin Simpson
SATURDAY 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $35-$75. (813) 974-3004.
Anthony Hamilton is becoming a familiar face around the Bay area. The 43-year-old singer-songwriter was in town last May for downtown Tampa’s two-day Funk Fest, and he returns on Saturday to headline the one-night-only Tampa Urban Music Festival. Hamilton spent the ’90s in label limbo before singing backup for D’Angelo and Tupac, and while he completed a trio of albums in that time, it was a 2003 LP, Comin’ From Where I’m From, that thrust his Southern soul croon into the consciousnesses of R&B lovers across the globe. He’s parlayed his success into Grammy-award winning collaborations with Al Green as well as a few nominations of his own, and at the Sun Dome, he’ll be flanked by some of the genre’s brightest stars, including embattled, impassioned songwriter Lyfe Jennings.  

Cash Cash
With Docco, Pedro M, DJ Gemini
SUNDAY Noon. Hogan’s Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Highway, Tampa. $15-$25. (813) 281-8900.
Thanks to Hogan’s Beach, Tampa EDM fans have an official place to escape from nightclubs. The Courtney Campbell hotspot has steadily increased its legitimacy as a concert venue over the last year and recently landed an October appearance by Skrillex, but there’s no rest for the weary in Hulksville. Fans may remember Cash Cash as the New Jersey-based production trio that reopened Sunset Music Festival after thunderstorms temporarily cut the party short, and the boys — brothers Jean Paul and Alex Makhlouf plus Samuel Frisch — take to the sand in hopes of reviving some of that magic. Their hit Take Me Home still dominates Top 40 radio, and while the group’s persona makes them come off kind of like a Corporate America version of Swedish House Mafia, other songs like Satellites and the Johnny Rzeznik-featuring Lightning have enough untz-untz-untz and big melodies to keep the party going all night long.

Linda Nash Stevenson Benefit
With John Lamb, Nate Najar, Ray Riscoglia, La Lucha, Stolen Idols, Glenn Stevenson
MONDAY 7:30 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Suggested $20 donation. (727) 822-3590.
Community is an oft-underappreciated, only conveniently celebrated element of everyday life, and the most important things that happen within a community usually go unnoticed. On Monday, a handful of local musicians (including rising jazz star Nate Najar) are banding together and bucking that trend in the hopes of raising funds for local musician, acupuncturist and all-around good human Linda Nash Stevenson. The mother of three is hoping to gain access to a new, highly effective, but expensive hepatitis C treatment not covered by insurance, and while an online crowdfunding drive is gaining steam, Stevenson’s neighbors and friends are doing everything they can to keep their comrade on Earth just a little bit longer. You don’t often get a chance to go out on the town on a Monday night, and your karma points couldn’t get any higher if you made it out to this one.

Also playing

Connor Christian Fri. 6 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $7. (727) 644-7895.

Donavon Frankenreiter Fri. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21-$25. (727) 895-3045.

Jack Mantra Fri. With G2P, The Hanging Chads. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-2356.

Spenjamin Bach Fri. With Pig Pen, Broseph Skalin, Abortion Twins, Jim Parson’s Project. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809.

Lilith Sat. With Kyle Chanson and he Swindlin’ Hearts, Sleeptown, Joey Cujo. 7 p.m. Planet Retro Gallery, 2414 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5 suggested donation. (727) 218-7434.

Cisco Adler Sat. With On The Avenue, the Crazy Carls. 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 565-0550.

Janiva Magness Sat. 8 p.m. Ringside Café, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 894-8465.

A Hot and Saxxy Night Sat. With Eric Darius, Shawn Brown, BK Jackson. 7 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $25-$45. (813) 274-8982.

The Pauses Sat. With The Pals, the Patients. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

The Reactions Sat. 9 p.m. Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.

Lips Of Blood Sat. With Saganaki Bomb Squad, Doll Parts, Skinny D and the Hot Rod Trucker. 10 p.m. Octave, 661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 826-0820.

Pierce Fulton Sun. 4 p.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. Free with ticket. (727) 441-6875.

Tribal Seeds Sun. With New Kingston, the Expanders. 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$18. (727) 565-0550.

Hard Girls Sun. With Broadcaster. Time. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. (813) 382-3477.

Tony Touch Sun. With DJ Lesage, DJ Casper. 10 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

DA Smith and the Soul Projectors Sun. 5 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5. (813) 971-0666.

Slash Weds. With Myles Kennedy. 7 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa. Private show; win tickets at

Ronny Elliot Thurs. With Reina Collins, Ursaria. 7:30 p.m. Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-6964.

-- Ray Roa, tbt*

[Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2014 11:16am]


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