Friday, April 20, 2018
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SoundCheck: Dan Deacon, Stephen Lynch, Rebekah Pulley, BT, Asking Alexandria and As I Lay Dying

m Stephen Lynch

Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50. (813) 229-7827.

The humor's crass and crude. The music's lovely and folksy. And somehow it all pairs together nicely when comedian-singer-songwriter Stephen Lynch performs. A self-professed "musician trapped in the body of a comedian," Lynch has produced a handful of studio albums and two highly rated Comedy Central specials in the past decade. He has also received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the Broadway version of The Wedding Singer. If James Taylor explored themes not of love and loss but rather bad tattoos, body hair, veganism and meth labs, he might sound a little like Lynch. Lynch released fifth album LION in November to high marks, following in the footsteps of comedian-musician successes like Bo Burnham and Jonathan Coulton.

m Dan Deacon

With Grand Buffet

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.

Dan Deacon's surrealist electro-indie compositions certainly have mind-bending, beard-stroking effects. "I came here with epilepsy, I left with autism," describes a YouTube viewer after taking in Deacon's hyper-stimulated tune Crystal Cat. Repetitive, minimalist structures have even earned Deacon comparisons to distinguished composers — "Philip Glass on Red Bull," for instance. Deacon, who studied electro-acoustic and computer music composition in college, is now touring the country in a van fueled by cooking oil and bringing dance music for people who generally aren't good at dancing. During a recent performance of True Thrush, he had fans download his own app, which turned their phones into Technicolor dream machines. Hipster nonsense or freewheeling fun? We'll let you be the judge.

m Rebekah Pulley

With Ronny Elliott and the Nationals

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. The Ale and the Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-2533.

Rebekah Pulley needs no introduction to anyone with even a casual knowledge of the Tampa Bay music scene. The St. Petersburg singer-songwriter is a tireless performer who has taken the stage at just about every venue and festival you can name, and she's releasing a new CD, Tralala, that infuses her trademark smoky, Southern folk with elements of jazz and blues. Track Sister Sally is a spiritual river of horns and organs, and The Drug Song is its swoony, drunken cousin. It's an irrepressible, incredibly enjoyable collection. On Saturday, Pulley and her band, the Reluctant Prophets, will officially release Tralala with a party and concert in St. Pete.

BT

Details: Saturday 11 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $10 and up. (866) 502-7529 or rocktampa.com.

It's hard to remember a time in electronic dance music when Skrillex and his fellow dubsteppers weren't dropping copious amounts of bass on our brain cases. But that time did indeed exist (we'll call it the early '00s for the sake of this argument), and it was well-coiffed BT leading the more palatable electronica charge. The DJ-composer-producer also known as Brian Transeau wrote for Sting, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Madonna and composed the score for the Oscar-winning Monster, to name a few. Today, he hosts Laptop Symphony on Sirius XM.

Asking Alexandria and As I Lay Dying

With Memphis May Fire, Attila

Details: Sunday 5 p.m. The Cuban Club, 2010 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-3901.

For an evening full of weapons-grade metal, catch Asking Alexandria and As I Lay Dying take down the Cuban Club. Spanning two continents, three band names and nearly a dozen members, Asking Alexandria is a screamo-metalcore act alternating clean singing and screaming vocals in its current iteration. Also performing is As I Lay Dying, a San Diego metalcore group that manages to balance hard-charging thrash riffs and Christian sensibility.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]

 
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