With Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Tab the Band
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50-$55. (813) 740-2446.
Upon their arrival in 1992, Stone Temple Pilots were barraged with criticism. But the labels “second-rate grunge act” or “Pearl Jam rip-offs” wouldn’t stop debut Core from going eight-times platinum and netting hits Wicked Garden, Sex Type Thing, Creep and Grammy-winning Plush. Now, after Scott Weiland’s departure from Velvet Revolver, STP goes live for the first time in nearly eight years with its winning formula: a sludge of power chords, brawny vocals, fist-pumping choruses, occasional glam jam (Big Bang Baby) and pretty pop numbers (Sour Girl). Don’t miss opener Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The San Franciscans-but-sound-like-Brits go heavy on feedback and feel-good fuzz a la the Jesus and Mary Chain.
Dave Matthews Tribute Band
SUNDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $9.99. (727) 896-2276.
Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore died this week due to complications from injuries he suffered in an all-terrain-vehicle accident. Fans might enjoy celebrating his signature staccato and paying their respects with one of the band's more passionate cover crews.
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$34. (727) 896-2276.
With his seductive blend of reggae, R&B and smoky vocals, you might call Beres Hammond the Marvin Gaye of Jamaica. Hammond grew up on Sam Cooke and Peter Tosh, so it only seems right that he'd strive to combine the styles of the two. Early '90s hit Tempted to Touch earned Hammond some recognition in the United States, but the leather-capped crooner is largely "one of the most underappreciated reggae artists of his time," says All Music Guide. Expect a sociable evening of rub-a-dubbin' love songs, R&B, roots reggae and dancehall. Just don't disrespect his "no disturb sign" afterward.
THURSDAY 11 p.m. Banana Joe's, 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa. (813) 228-7300.
"Hatablockin" hip-hop artist and funnyman Acafool has been working overtime to take his new single She's Ready to the streets. Recently deemed one of the top 10 MCs on the rise in Florida by XXL magazine, the Tampa rapper created a MySpace/Internet show chronicling his DIY efforts. That includes handing out mixtapes, visiting radio stations, MC'ing at clubs, and bringing "sexy black," overall. Inspired early on by the church-singing abilities of his mother and eight sisters, Acafool wants to revive hip-hop: "I got the antidote, if you got the virus/Hatin' is at an all-time high, like gas prices." He's also featured on the hot Bay to the Bottom remix of Put On.
Blessid Union of Souls
SATURDAY 8 p.m. The Tamiami (behind Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N), St. Petersburg. $9.99. (727) 895-3045.
In the mid-'90s, as grunge was going out but before boy bands hit big, Cincinnati's Blessid Union of Souls joined good-natured acts like Hootie and the Blowfish in rocking gentle soul tunes (Let Me Be the One, Hey Leonardo). Their biggest hit I Believe, however, strayed from the category. Frontman Eliot Sloan tugged on the heartstrings of the mainstream with a declarative ballad on interracial dating. Today, Sloan (who at times strikes Stevie Wonder moments behind the keys) continues to lead the slightly spiritual, radio-friendly and friendly-in-general rock act, despite a few member changes.
With Gloeming Amoebas, Some Dancing Skeleton
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Caf? Bohemia, 937 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-4495.
Can't make Black Rebel Motorcycle Club? Local rock trio Palantine offers a heady, wallet-friendly alternative. Named for the senator in Taxi Driver, Palantine attacks with gritty riffs reminiscent of '90s alt acts the Melvins, Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Frontman Vinnie Cosentino says of the era: "I feel like it was a time when it was stuff that wasn't just metal or punk. You could write serious music and put serious emotion into it, but at the same time, it didn't take itself all that seriously." The guys haven't performed since May as they've been wrapping up a third LP, Melee, due in October.