SoundCheck: Kings of Leon, Surfer Blood and The Drums, Bullet for My Valentine, WMNF Birthday Bash, Jon Oliva's Pain
m Kings of Leon
With the Black Keys
Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $49.35-$71. (813) 740-2446.
The backstory: Deep South preacher's kids grow up on the road in a purple Oldsmobile listening to the Stones and Thin Lizzy. The now story: The family band makes giant, confessional rock songs, like the gloriously cavernous Use Somebody, that fill stadiums and anger pigeons. Come Around Sundown, a disc described by the band as "beachy," is slated for an Oct. 19 release. A bigger story Saturday night, though, might just be opener the Black Keys, the blues-rock duo from Akron, Ohio, having a breakout year. The guys shift from swampy to Zeppelin-y blues-rock. It's danceable, slinky and indie kid-approved, and thus why the Keys' Dan Auerbach may have characterized it as "music for hipster strippers."
WMNF Birthday Bash
Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22-$27. (813) 247-2555.
Featuring Paul Thorn (shown here), Suenalo, the Hip Abduction, Johnny Cakes and the 4 Horseman of the Apocalypso, Cadillac Bombers, Sleepy Vikings, Jim Morey Band
Ah, WMNF, one of the few stations left on the FM dial not hawking laser hair removal. The station will celebrate 31 years in community radio the same way it has filled the airwaves all these years — with a diverse offering of reggae, ska, rockabilly, shoegaze, gypsy jazz, rock and more. Show headliner Paul Thorn's confessional roots-rock and narrative folk is chock-full of deadpan humor and slice-of-life stories. Ever have a flat tire in unfamiliar terrain? Check out Thorn's witty Long Way from Tupelo.
Jon Oliva's Pain
Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15 advance, $18 door. (727) 895-3045.
A rock royal in the bay area metal scene, Jon Oliva is a co-creator of the Christmas song-shredding Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a former member of platinum-selling metal act Savatage and frontman for Jon Oliva's Pain. Oliva will kick off a world tour Friday with the take-no-prisoners classic metal sound that has built him a huge fan base across the country and even overseas.
Bullet for My Valentine .
With Black Tide, Escape the Fate
Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.
These Welshmen get the blood boiling by melding Warped Tour-worthy metalcore with thrash and prog from the books of Metallica and Maiden. Latest Your Betrayal, with its machine gun drumming and power chord assault, deserves pyrotechnics. Fans of Trivium, Atreyu or Avenged Sevenfold should equally enjoy.
Surfer Blood and the Drums
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
When Surfer Blood's Swim — imagine a younger, fuzzier Weezer on an Atlantic beach — made Pitchfork's 100 best song list of 2009, the South Florida group was a'buzzin. Now the band and its chipper, pop-leaning mix of surf and garage are bound for bigger and brighter lights having just signed to Warner Bros. Similarly buzzworthy opener the Drums play reverb-soaked electro and postpunk like they jumped in the DeLorean and studied the stylings of New Order up close and personal.
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The Absence CD Release Sat. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.
Josh Magwood Band Sat. 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.
Monsters of Rock Tribute Sat. 9 p.m. Featuring Dirty Deeds Project (AC/DC), Van Horgan (Van Halen), Live and Let Die (Guns & Roses). The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free.
Beanstalk Sun. 6 p.m. Play, 1701 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 443-0754.
SpeakEasy Sun. 7:30 p.m. Jolli Mon's, 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 735-0498.
Justin Martin Mon. 10 p.m. With Star Eyes, more. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-2664.