Ramones Tribute Show
Featuring Rancid Polecats, Boney Fiend, Car Bomb Driver, Doll Parts, more
Details: Saturday, 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave. $5. (727) 736-0606.
The best way to honor the Ramones, above: 1) Play loud, 2) play fast, 3) play loud. After all, the Ramones' music gave listeners a getaway from some of the winding, overproduced rock of the '70s and '80s and returned them to the security of the short, the simple and the power chord. Lucky for us, locals Car Bomb Driver, Doll Parts, Boney Fiend and Rancid Polecats are probably the best on the scene at doing just that. At least for an evening, maybe you'll forget you've ever heard the words Auto-Tune.
Details: Thursday, 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.
Jazz-funk drummer-bandleader Stanton Moore is revered by drummers for triplets and tricky grooves. At the end of the day, though, he says it's the melody that drives them home. "That's why (songs by) the Beatles and Led Zeppelin are still around," Moore says. Moore plays with New Orleans funk-rock gumbo act Galactic and has recorded with everyone from Irma Thomas to Corrosion of Conformity. He'll be joined by organist Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars) and guitarist Shane Theriot (the Neville Brothers). Unlike Galactic, the band has a few downbeat moments.
Details: Saturday, 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 382-3477.
With Mixel Pixel, Hippodrome, Vox In Verse
The epileptic sounds of Winter Park's Yip-Yip set the mood for a zany dance party and/or for the rescue of an illusory princess. It's likely that you'll find the duo's use of Korgs, Moogs, Casios and trash cymbals incredibly awesome, or incredibly annoying, in a matter of minutes. How about a cover of Nirvana's Very Ape with robot voices?
Locos Por Juana
Details: Friday, 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
With hot, sticky, socially conscious tunes, Locos Por Juana reassures that the hips don't lie. The band's border-straddling, dance-ready mix of hip-hop, dub, Cumbia, salsa, rock and whatever might be compared to Ozomatli or Manu Chao.
Holes and Hearts CD Release Party
Details: Saturday, 8 p.m. The L.A. Hangout, 16411 N Florida Ave., Lutz. Free. (813) 964-5631.
They're lean. They're mean. They're tween!? Let it be said that Riley, 11, and Casey, 13, of Tampa metal act Holes and Hearts shred beyond their years. The band's name came from Riley's congenital heart condition and its debut album deals with some of the ups and downs he has faced. The brothers wrote, sang and played guitars, bass, banjo and keyboards on the disc. And with Viking-blond locks swaying about, they even do a performance-enhanced version of Elton John's Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.
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