Details: Wednesday 1 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $20-$97. (813) 740-2446.
Featuring Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Disco Biscuits, DJ Chuckie, Booka Shade, Modestep, Steve Aoki, DJ Shadow, Le Castle Vania, Jessie and the Toy Boys, Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, Datsik, White Shadow, LA Riots, Aeroplane, Manufactured Superstars, Chad Hugo, Nervo, DJ Eye, Figo
Leaders of the nocturnal music scene arrive Wednesday for the inaugural Identity Fest. These electronic acts and light-show specialists churn out an assault on mind and body so penetrating that they make the once-wowing ways of big-name DJs like Paul Oakenfold and Tiesto seem like community theater. Accordingly, these are the artists now playing the late-night sets at major music festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. Dubstep fans, and they are legion, will turn out for headliners Kaskade, Rusko and Datsik. Fans of electronic hip-hop will dig Pretty Lights and the Neptunes' Chad Hugo. The Disco Biscuits will offer a taste of live "jamtronica," and Australian sisters Nervo will provide a little Ke$ha-style pop excess. Pitchfork-minded hipsters will dig Holy Ghost! and Hercules and Love Affair, while newbies will recognize boldface-name DJs Steve Aoki and DJ Shadow.
With Wynter Gordon, John West
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20.50. theorpheum.com.
Hard on the heels of Pete Wentz's DJ gig in Tampa, Patrick Stump plays the Orpheum on Sunday. It wasn't long ago that the Fall Out Boy pair was playing arenas. But Stump, for one, says he's thrilled to get back to the small clubs. "I am nobody again, and I love it," he told Billboard magazine. On Soul Punk, due out in October, the pasty emo-punk singer channels the candied funk-pop and suggestive R&B stylings of his idols Prince and Michael Jackson. As for the lyrics, Stump calls them "simple" and "economical," very much the opposite of Fall Out Boy's often long-winded musings and song titles. There are some cool covers in Stump's bag, too, including one of Buddy Holly's Everyday.
Guster and Jack's Mannequin
Details: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30.50-$34. (813) 247-2555.
For alt-pop that nudges the funny bone, Guster has been a go-to group for nearly two decades. (Check out the group's "meow mixes," for instance — real tunes treated with cat-sounding vocals. You know, like "purr" and "reeerrr".) When Fa Fa comes on, Guster's faithful are likely to be transported to the days of Frisbee-tossing on the campus lawn. Latest disc is titled Easy Wonderful, and it's a nice way to sum up this group. Co-headliner Jack's Mannequin has a deeper, darker approach to power pop, and rightfully so. If you'll recall, singer Andrew McMahon (also of Something Corporate) struggled with late-stage leukemia before writing the Glass Passenger. His survival story continues to soothe with its lush piano and impassioned vocals.
Blessing and a Curse Folk Music Festival
Featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, Ronny Elliott and Rebekah Pulley
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $10-$14. (813) 269-1310.
An antonym for the aforementioned Identity Fest in this week's listings might just be the Blessing and a Curse Folk Music Festival. This Carrollwood event takes its name from Have Gun, Will Travel's Blessing and a Curse, the strummy anthem that's appeared on PBS's Roadtrip Nation and GTE Federal Credit Union commercials. It was also licensed recently to Chevrolet for use in a national ad campaign. Ronny Elliott, whose style was once described as "craggy but literary country-blues, like Jerry Lee Lewis if he were a beat poet," by Mojo magazine, also performs. Finally, Rebekah Pulley offers reliably honeyed vocals and perceptive, penetrating songwriting,
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at carole. firstname.lastname@example.org.