Details: Friday 8 p.m. Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $32.50. (813) 868-7600.
For those who felt grunge acts like Pearl Jam and Nirvana weren't quite loud enough, Bakersfield, Calif., band Korn and its mortuary science student-singer Jonathan Davis offered a debut disc in 1994 full of earsplitting industrial aggression, rattling bass strings and purgative screaming. The nu-metal freaks are off-leash again on upcoming release The Path of Totality, calling on dubstep DJs (most notably Skrillex) to lend some bass wobble to the mix. Korn will debut six of these new tunes, play rarities and deliver the hits in a multiple-set session.
With Jeremy Messersmith
Details: Monday 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
If you enjoy Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst or reading books all the way through, this mostly soft folk player and novelist should satisfy nicely. The son of neuroscientists, Josh Ritter would have likely followed in his parents' footsteps if not for discovering Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan's Girl from the North Country in high school, he says. Ritter's Girl in the War was at one time the most-played song on WMNF. "A world of ideas on a few basic chords," sums up the New York Times.
Details: Friday 6 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20 and up. (727) 571-2222
Today's torchbearer of high-octane funk music is undoubtedly George Clinton — a man's whose eccentric stage show and colorful, light-socket hair pieces have, at times, managed to make his idols James Brown and Sly Stone look tame by comparison. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine charted more than 40 R&B hit singles in the '70s (including three No. 1 hits). This will be one of the smallest club gigs Clinton has played to date in the bay area.
Hank and Cupcakes
With Kaleigh Baker
Details: Friday 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Husband-and-wife duo Hank and Cupcakes resembles the White Stripes. Of course, that's if the White Stripes hailed from Tel Aviv, wore spandex and played disco-tinged dance-pop. The Israeli act consists of funk bassist and effects specialist Ariel Scherbacovsky (Hank) and vocalist-drummer Sagit Shir (Cupcakes). Bringing baked goods is highly encouraged.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]