Taking Back Sunday
With Thursday, Colour Revolt
Details: Sunday 5 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $26. (813) 247-2555.
The last time Taking Back Sunday played the Ritz, the overhead lights blew out. So, we can only imagine what will happen this time around when the newly reformed cast takes the stage. But let's start from the beginning. When emo-punk was peaking in the early '00s, Taking Back Sunday was climbing Kilimanjaro with gold debut Tell All Your Friends. Then the band imploded almost immediately as guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper left to start Straylight Run. This year, the original group has reunited to offer up all the anthemic rock tunes that hurt so good. For more day-of-the-week confusion, Thursday is opening this show. The hard-core group for academics draws lyrical inspiration from novelists like Cormac McCarthy, and pounds it out on hard, winding rock songs. They've worked hard to avoid pesky genre labeling with an ever-changing sound, one that includes everything from distortion-drenched riffs to slide-guitar breaks.
WMNF Americana Fest
Details: Saturday 4 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, Black Finger, Ted Lukas, Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England, Rebekah Pulley, John Ralston, the Sweetkisses, Memphis Train Union, Alexander and the Grapes, Greenland is Melting, Sunset Bridge
WMNF's annual Americana Fest is a place where poets, outlaws and grubby bar bands come together to share warm, road-tested tunes that pay homage to roots rockers like Tom Petty and Neil Young. Wielding acoustic guitars, upright basses, pedal steel, harmonicas and kitchen-sink creations, these storytellers show appreciation for unaffected vintage sounds. Bradenton's Have Gun, Will Travel adds a Western tinge to this event's rugged charm.
Details: Today 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.
The Appalachians' answer to Bruce Springsteen or Bob Seger, American Aquarium plays spirited, blue-collar rock with a country twang. This working man's troupe from North Carolina has a catalog full of pedal steel-powered tunes about women who done 'em wrong. It's a show best enjoyed with good buddies and cold beverages.
With Big Business, Helms Alee
Details: Monday 8 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. theorpheum.com.
If you like your metal uncompromising and extra sludgy — like the oil gunk that can build up in an unattended engine — you'll dig Torche. Led by Jack Black look-alike Steve Brooks, the three-piece group displays dazzling technical skills amid drone tones. Not an easy feat. Fans of Kylesa, the Sword or Isis should like it.
The Glitch Mob and Phantogram
With Com Truise
Details: Wednesday 9 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13-$20. (813) 247-2664.
With a wide variety of electronic gear in tow (including trademark touch-screen controllers called Lemurs), the Glitch Mob looks more like a touring Sam Ash DJ department than a dance floor-rattling trio. For the ultimate audiovisual experience, the geeked-out group is also bringing along the production and design team known for work with Daft Punk, Kanye West and Deadmau5. Delicately dreamy opener Phantogram will likely draw its own crop of fans with experimental pop-off debut Eyelid Movies. The intoxicating coed duo conjures up Sleigh Bells after about a gallon of warm milk.
Quest for the Ultimate Opening Act
Details: Wednesday 7 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 247-2555.
Band battles are a dime a dozen these days, and all too often, the winning artist doesn't get much out of it. That's not the case here. The Ritz's second "Quest for the Ultimate Opening Act" is a monthlong contest pitting local bands against each other for a chance to open for a national act, as well as $500 cash, a paid gig at an upcoming Square One event and recording time at Atomic Audio. During round one on Wednesday, five local acts will be tasked with covering songs by artist of the week Queen, as well as performing a few originals.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]