m Jimmy Eat World
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $27 advance; $30 day of show. (813) 247-2555; www.theritzybor.com
It seems odd that a band with one big hit (The Middle) and a handful of minor ones (Lucky Denver Mint, Sweetness, Pain) would go on to be held in such esteem by younger bands. But in the past 18 years, by taking their signature emo/power-pop style mainstream, Jimmy Eat World helped pave the way for young bands like Fall Out Boy, Paramore and Panic at the Disco to become superstars. Today, the Arizona foursome are seen by many as forefathers of the genre. Now they're touring in support of 2010 disc Invented, and will play their first Coachella in April.
Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer
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With Heidi Newfield, Randy Houser, Steve Holy
Details: Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 19 N, Tampa. $5 for ages 21 and up; $10 for ladies 18-20; $15 for guys 18-20. (813) 987-2855.
Thought you'd seen the last of Kix Brooks, did you? Not so fast. The mustachioed half of the now-defunct legendary country duo Brooks & Dunn is no stranger to the Dallas Bull — he stopped by there for a surprise set following B&D's Tampa concert last fall — and he's coming back this weekend for a charity concert benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The best part? Standard club cover applies, so this is essentially a free show. For a relatively star-studded lineup, that's an extremely solid deal.
Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer
m Nappy Roots
Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
With so much bottle-popping in rap today, Nappy Roots' down-home tunes are a breath of fresh air. Over front porch guitar and honeyed organ, the five boys from Bowling Green wax poetic about grits, collards and neckbones (Po' Folks, Awnaw). "Our name signifies our unwillingness to conform with fads," says singer Skinny DeVille. "Once the fads die out, you always come back to the roots." Pursuit of Nappyness dropped last summer.
With Lazarus A.D., Alter Reign, more
Details: Friday 7 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 972-8152.
Filipino-American thrash metal band Death Angel (not to be confused with Linda Howard's bestselling romance novel of the same name) offers a sonic beatdown at the Brass Mug. Once a mainstay on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, the group revived its trademark guitar/drum pummel in Sanford with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, the Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains) on 2010's Relentless Retribution.
The Fab Four Ultimate Tribute
Details: Saturday 9 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. $30. (727) 367-4511.
As Beatles tribute acts go, the Fab Four is one of the biggies (up there with Rain). So get back to where you once belonged with the crew that works meticulously (Paul's left-handed bass-playing included) to reproduce the Beatles classics on stage. Dana Carvey (who we often look to for a solid musical critique) praised the Fab Four as "the toppermost of the poppermost."
With Sean Chambers
Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $26. (727) 565-0551.
Guitar hero Robin Trower returns to Jannus with penetrating blues-rock riffs and a foot firmly planted on the distortion pedal. Quintessential Stratocaster showcase Bridge of Sighs put Trower high on the '70s guitar god list, though some dubbed him a "Jimi Hendrix clone." Hardly a jab, we'd say.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at carole. firstname.lastname@example.org.