, Of Montreal
With Kid Sister
Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$22. (813) 247-2555.
Freaky, uninhibited singer Kevin Barnes and his merry band of theater school rejects take pop over the top. Way over the top. Like to an alternate universe. Drawing largely from Prince and Bowie, the group plays funky, childlike glam-pop while robot fish and pig people prance about. Needless to say, if you've only experienced Of Montreal from the comforts of home or car, you're missing the point. (Just don't call Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games "the Outback Steakhouse jingle"). Spunky, neon-outfitted opener Kid Sister offers tacky rhymes about beepers, bass and acrylic nails over '80s-style electro.
Details: Tonight at 8, Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $38. (727) 791-7400.
Soldiers dancing to Gaga and Ke$ha was so 2010. In the New Year, make way for talented harmonic troupes made up of, well, troops. The ever-gracious 4Troops is a croon quartet and philanthropic group made up of an Iraq platoon leader, a transport manager, an artillery cannon crew member (and a finalist on America's Got Talent) and a fiber-optic cable specialist. These singing servicemen and women are recording an album due out on Sony in May with producer Frank Fillipetti (whose credits range from Kiss to James Taylor). (The Soldiers, a trio of active-duty military members, will also release a major-label album this year.)
Featuring Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Kutless, Francesca Battistelli, NewSong, Red
Details: Saturday 6 p.m., St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 301-2500.
We've seen plenty of Christian bands try to shed the Christian label out of fear that they'd limit their fan base. New Orleans quartet Mute Math, for one, actually sued their label when they were marketed as Christian rockers. The bands playing Winter Jam, on the other hand, unabashedly put faith front and center. David Crowder Band is a highly regarded Christian act with a penchant for big ballads, while veteran group Newsboys delivers modern rock with poise and grace.
MLK Salt N Pepper Celebration
Featuring G-Breed the Legend, Heather Marie, Acafool, Fiya Marshall, Strizzo, Jason Marcus, more
Details: Saturday 9 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-3045.
There was some confusion surrounding this show. "Salt" Cheryl James and "Pepa" Sandra Denton won't be pushing it real good Saturday at State Theatre. The show's "Salt N Pepper" title was simply intended "to reflect black and white harmony," says State Theatre's Mark Assiff. Still, the bill is packed with fine local talent, including "hata-blocking" hero Acafool and longtime DJ Strizzo, who along with Lil Kee, Javon Black and the "Jook City" crew made moves in 2010 on local rap radio.
n Bob Night: All Dylan, All Night Long
Featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, Wendy and the Soul Shakers, Ronny Elliott and Rebekah Pulley, Grant Peeples, Radio Free Carmela, Steve Arvey, Blind Buddy Moody, the Human Condition, more
Details: Friday 7 p.m., Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. $10. (727) 360-6697.
Keith Richards mentions his fondness for a good Bob Dylan cover — think the Byrds, Peter, Paul and Mary, Jimi Hendrix — in his new autobiography Life. Richards apparently loves fax machines, too, but we digress. I, too, love a good Dylan cover because (with all due respect) Dylan's nasal tone has always distracted me from the nitty-gritty — the allusive, often spontaneous folk-rock poetry that opened doors and inspired a generation of artists. This top-notch crop of local artists will each perform a few songs from Dylan's catalog.