Details: Tonight 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.
Backed by power producer J.R. Rotem (Rihanna, Beyoncé, Sean Kingston), Jason Derulo topped the charts with auto-tuned apology track Whatcha Say, which to the chagrin of hipsters, samples Imogen Heap's Hide and Seek. It wasn't long before Derulo had risen from aspiring MySpace artist to superstar solo singer, second to only Justin Bieber in the young male vocalist category.
m The Script
With Hugo, Joshua Radin
Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$29. (727) 565-0551.
Are breakups ever really mutual? Elaine Benes says no. So does singer-songwriter Danny O'Donoghue of the Script, the pasty, R&B-influenced pop group from Dublin, Ireland. On Breakeven, O'Donoghue sings, "I'm still alive but I'm barely breathing/ Just prayed to a God that I don't believe in/ 'Cause I got time while she got freedom/ 'Cause when a heart breaks, no it don't break even." With more than 2 million downloads sold, it's obvious that lots of people have felt his pain. The self-described "Celtic soul" lads offer the kind of emotion and big choruses that could do Papa Bono proud.
JJ Grey and Mofro
With Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights
Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 247-2555.
These Florida crackers give Stax Records-style soul music the swamp treatment. And Sunshine State folks love them for it. JJ Grey and Mofro write and arrange a boggy blend of music in the Jacksonville backwoods — specifically in JJ Grey's grandparents' pecan grove — that's equal parts Booker T. Jones, the Allman Brothers and Joe Cocker. "When I smell those orange blossoms, then I'm there," Grey growls.
Method Man and Redman
Details: Friday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $19.50-$23. (727) 565-0551.
Just when you thought the smoke had cleared on Second Street (Sublime with Rome and Young Jeezy played Jannus earlier this week), Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man and Def Squad's Redman will light up the venue once more Friday. Like Cheech and Chong with hip-hop beat backing, How High stars Meth and Red playfully whooping and wailing over slinky grooves (Da Rockwilder). The duo's 2009 disc Blackout! 2, which debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard charts, is surprisingly buoyant for guys who grew up in dank New York housing projects. They're like "two Super Balls in a rubber room," a critic once described.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]