With Gareth Emery, Chuckie, more
Details: Tonight at 8. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $22.25-$46.75. (813) 301-2500.
Six months ago, Swedish DJ Avicii was playing The Venue in Clearwater. Now he's about to headline the Tampa Bay Times Forum. This can only be a testament to how popular electronic dance music has become over the past year. Avicii, best known for the worldwide smash Levels — the Etta James-sampling dance track that inspired Flo Rida's Good Feeling — will be joined by some other ascending electronic artists, including Gareth Emery and Chuckie.
John Waite >
Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35 and up. (727) 791-7400.
What do an Orlando '90s alt-rock act and a singer, songwriter and Bad Englishman have in common? The answer's Rough and Tumble, a recent collaboration between Matchbox 20 lead guitarist-songwriter Kyle Cook and Missing You man John Waite. Drawing inspiration from British blues bands like Free, Small Faces and Humble Pie, Waite launched The Babys, Bad English and his own solo act to much acclaim. His last show at Capitol Theatre sold out, so don't sleep on tickets.
Details: Monday 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Merkin Vineyards calls his side project Puscifer, "the space where my Id, Ego, and Anima all come together to exchange cookie recipes." To break that down: Where Tool is technically complex and icily melodic, and Perfect Circle rocks catharsis, Puscifer goes for strange and sundry, particularly on lightened-up latest Conditions of My Parole. The band first appeared as a fictional act on the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show in 1995. The rotating cast has included members of Primus, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, King Crimson, and even actor/vocalist Milla Jovovich.
< 2 Chainz
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Have a Coke and a smile with Spend It hitmaker and hot ATL rapper 2 Chainz. "He's an inadvertent humorist," says the New York Times. "Awe and wonderment often sneak into his verses, as if he's still surprised by every blessing his new success affords him." We'd agree. For further confirmation, check out his contribution to Nicki Minaj's Beez in the Trap, quite possibly the first rap verse of the '10s to include the word "doohickey." Last month, 2 Chainz was arrested at LaGuardia Airport after police allegedly found brass knuckles in his bag. Chainz said the item was a piece in his jewelry collection.
Curren$y and the Jets
Featuring Smoke Dza, Fiend, Corner Boy P, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Styles P
Details: Tuesday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
Rappers don't generally boast about Xbox game marathons and cabinets full of snack food. But then there's Curren$y. On breakout mixtape Pilot Talk, he's dishing out lethargic rhymes like a guy who prefers to do his freestyles from the couch. The charismatic New Orleans rapper is a former member of Master P's 504 Boyz (Wobble, Wobble), a Lil Wayne protege and a friend to Wiz Khalifa (they actually shared a Facebook page at one point).
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at email@example.com.