m Gipsy Kings
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $38.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
World music maestros the Gipsy Kings, who hail from gypsy settlements in the south of France, uphold an indigenous musical tradition known as "rumba flamenca" with vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals. "If your knowledge starts and stops with Bamboleo, the flamenco-pop hit that put the Gipsy Kings on the world map in the late '80s, you've missed out on a varied musical journey," says the Boston Globe.
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With Those Darlins
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
You might characterize the Old 97's' brand of observant, insightful music as alternative country for the thinking man. Except the thinking man goes and drinks a fifth of Wild Turkey and starts feeling pretty restless. At a recent show, frontman Rhett Miller introduced the rollicking number Champaign, Illinois from new album The Grand Theatre, Volume One as "a song that Bob Dylan started and then we finished it." Although alt-country didn't quite take off the way grunge did in the '90s (as some had predicted), these brash, bold Texans are widely considered legends of the genre.
Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 241-8600.
Few bands in history have made misery sound so sweet. Not unlike the Cure or Nirvana, Omaha's Cursive has built its career on sharing its disappointments and desperation over expansive rock arrangements. On cult favorite The Recluse, singer Tim Kasher bellows, "My ego is like my stomach, it keeps (expletive) what I feed it." Rough stuff, huh? But oh so singable. Kasher has said in interviews that opening for the Cure was one of the highlights of his life.
The Get Up Kids
With Miniature Tigers, Brian Bonz
Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$22. (727) 895-3045.
Original emo kids from Kansas City reunite for more dejected pop-punk fun. Uncool, unknown and uninvited, these guys were the ones getting picked last for dodgeball in school. But by venting in the form of feisty, emotive rock a la Saves the Day or Jimmy Eat World, they got the last laugh and a loyal fan base. The group will debut songs from its fifth full-length album There Are Rules.
One for the Road 6
Featuring Poetry n' Lotion, Have Gun, Will Travel, the Beauvilles, the Human Condition, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Ronny Elliott
Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Dave's Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $10 donation, with all proceeds going to the bands. (727) 576-1091.
Another talented crop of bay area bands will head to the annual South by Southwest music conference in March. But they could use our help getting there. This fundraiser supports Austin-bound bands Poetry n' Lotion, the instrumental act with a sonic grab bag, Have Gun, Will Travel, Tampa Bay's ambassadors of Americana, road warrior rockers the Beauvilles, charismatic working men the Human Condition and perennial favorites Rebekah Pulley and Ronny Elliott.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at email@example.com.