n Gov't Mule
Details: 8:30 tonight. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$27. (813) 247-2555.
Led by soulful howler and Les Paul whiz Warren Haynes, Gov't Mule salutes Cream, Hendrix and the Allman Brothers with dazzling, often marathon, sets of blues, Southern rock and jam. As Bonnaroo veterans and jam loyalists will confirm, the group's live performances easily outshine the studio albums.
I Love St. Pete
Featuring the Semis, the Sheaks, Ryan Wendell Bauer, John Q
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. ARTpool Gallery and Vintage Boutique, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 324-3878.
When you think about St. Petersburg, what comes to mind? Vinoy Park's bayside landscape? The upside-down Pier triangle? Post-Jannus chicken souvlaki? During ARTpool's fourth annual I Love St. Pete event, artists will display works inspired by — you guessed it — St. Pete. Trading bawdy for beachy, the Semis' new batch of sun-kissed rock songs fits the soundtrack perfectly. Influences as far flung as the Beach Boys and Cheap Trick can be heard in the band's newly optimistic garage-pop-surf mix. Ryan Wendell Bauer's seriously skilled synth-pop maneuvering is offset by a goofball stage presence, while John Q. offers everyman rock (just as the name suggests) that's both rootsy and inviting.
Jake Owen n
Details: 10 p.m. Friday. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95 advance/$15 day of show. (813) 987-2855.
If tobacco dipping and dusty roads don't get your blood pumping, maybe monster tires will. In what may be the silliest, chest-puffing country single of 2009, Eight Second Ride finds Vero Beach-born stud muffin Jake Owen impressing a new lady friend with his spittoon and truck tire girth. But the cowboy with the sexy baritone switches gears on sweet, slow-burning love songs like Easy Does It, showing he's got more in store than just bad pickup lines and neighborhood bar stories.
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
With Sleepy Vikings, the Aloha Model
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Remember the first time you tapped on a Casio? Those keytop icons challenging you to put vibraphone over a Western swing beat or an organ over a disco groove? Unlike most of us, Chicago's Owen Ashworth stuck with the craft. Today his lo-fi electronic project — think the Postal Service with somber, deadpan vocals or Beck with more synths and electronic blips — has gained a devoted following. But as the name suggests, Ashworth seems like one tortured, longing soul.
Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights
With Thomas Wynn and the Believers
Details: 9 p.m. Wednesday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Fresh off Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man Cruise" (did you ever think you'd hear those words strung together?), Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights bring cocky hard rock to New World. Frontman Tyler's commanding, church-bred vocals power the group's Southern rock and gospel-tinged tracks. The Lone Star State up-and-comers have opened shows for AC/DC, Kid Rock and OAR, to name a few.
Times correspondent Carole Giambalvo can be reached at carole.[email protected]
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