With Malik Yusef
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. The Mirage, 3605 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $20-$25.(813) 673-8835.
Whether backed by slinky, jazzy grooves or Afrika Bambaataa-inspired electro, Common flows like hip-hop's Langston Hughes. The poetic, parent-approved artist and frequent Kanye West collaborator hits Mirage with fellow Chicago resident and spoken word luminary Malik Yusef, below.
The Sky Drops
With Sleepy Vikings, Zillionaire
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
If the White Stripes loved My Bloody Valentine as much as Iggy Pop and the Stooges, they might sound like the Sky Drops. The male-female duo blends fuzzy shoegaze and grungy pop using a guitar-drums-vocal setup. Touring the country in a Volvo wagon, they've played with Cold War Kids and the Dirty Projectors, to name a couple. Local up-and-comers Sleepy Vikings recently received Tweet love from the Vivian Girls and a feature on the CMJ Sonicbids artist spotlight.
Earthscapes Garden Room Show
Featuring Orange Hour, Velvet Truckstop
Details: 9 p.m. Friday. Earthscapes, 816 Alt. U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $25. (727) 786-4859.
What better way to enjoy jammy, late '90s-style rock than in a landscaping and garden facility. Really, we love this idea. According to Clearwater band Orange Hour, the last time Earthscapes of Palm Harbor hosted the group, the event drew more than 250 people. This time the band is joined by Velvet Truckstop and its gnarled brand of Southern soul.
Sans Band Singer-Songwriter Night
Featuring Ted Lukas, Billy Summer, Christopher Tolan, Aaron Sings
Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $4-$5. (727) 821-7080.
Top local singer-songwriters play "sans band" night at Fubar. Formerly of Barely Pink, Hangtown and Rebekah Pulley's Reluctant Prophets, Ted Lukas, pictured, would surely be an inductee for Tampa Bay's Music Scene Hall of Fame, if there were one. He'll release his new disc at Skipper's Smokehouse the following day. The Semis' Billy Summer trades bawdy for beachy on a new batch of sun-kissed rock songs.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.