m The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!
With the Shakes
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.
Inane? Yep. Exhilarating? Absolutely. Inebriated? Most likely. The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, which originated as a New York theater project, offers a quirkily interactive music and dance experience. "Basically we show up with a billion lights, bags and bags of costumes (enough for anyone who wants one), 60 or more light sabers and really good songs," the group says. New York Magazine called it "nearly impossible to stand on the sidelines" at the show. ("Well it's possible, but you'd be missing the very reason people come: to be part of the sweaty disco pileup.") The Talking Heads' David Byrne signed the group to his Luaka Bop label.
With Strung Out, Larry and His Flask
Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.
For the Quincy, Mass., band, March is like tax season for accountants — "our big time," says guitarist Tim Brennan. Indeed, it seems their hash of stumbling punk, Celtic folk and rock has become as crucial to good St. Patty's partying as frothy pints and shepherd's pie. When platinum-selling single I'm Shipping Up To Boston (the centerpiece song in Martin Scorsese's The Departed) starts up, we predict there won't be a crossed arm in the place. Like the Flogging Molly gig a few weeks back, this show is sold out.
Southern Culture on the Skids
With Webb Wilder Duo
Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Over a greasy blend of surf rock, swamp pop and rockabilly, Southern Culture on the Skids chatters about fried chicken, cheap motels and moonshine martinis. But when that cowbell comes in on trademark track Camel Walk, that's when things really get good. "It's toe-sucking geek rock — kind of weird, but it feels good when you're doing it," the band says. We'd describe it as an amalgamation of Dick Dale, the B-52s and Primus.
With Bobby Lewis
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $47-$102. (727) 892-5767.
Connie Francis is "the prototype for the female pop singer of today," gushes All Music Guide. And moms and grandmas everywhere seem to agree. After all, Francis (a.k.a. Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) superbly captured their teenage growing pains with songs like Who's Sorry Now or Where the Boys Are.
Portugal. The Man
With Port O'Brien, the Dig
Details: 9 p.m. Wednesday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15 (813) 241-8600.
On Wikipedia's list of "notable Wasilla, Alaska, residents," the members of Portugal. The Man appear alongside Sarah Palin and family. (A driver on Ice Road Truckers also made the list.) These fellas of the last frontier offer a careening prog rock sound, complete with high-pitched vocals, soul-selling psychedelia and electronic flourishes. Yet latest Work All Day evokes more Modest Mouse than Mars Volta.
On the Come Up
Local band showcase featuring Set It Off, John Gold, Hippodrome, Old North East, the Sun Society, Kiki and the Whales, Wine To Water
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
This quarterly local band showcase features acts on the rise, at least in the eyes of Thx Mgmt promoter and local music guru Joe D'Acunto. From the caffeinated pop-punk of Set It Off to the honeyed, Okkervil River-influenced folk-pop of John Gold, it's a diverse offering from kids, mostly in their teens. "I think that for the first time in a long time we have a young crop of kids that are in good bands and they have fans," said D'Acunto. "It makes me excited again about the local scene."
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.