With Mumpsy, Hello Alaska
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $5. (727) 943-5713.
The 20-somethings of Clearwater's Tres Bien openly bow to the Beatles, the Kinks and the era of moptops and bouffants with a harmony-driven, British Invasion-inspired sound. Once a finalist on Fox's The Next Great American Band, the group moved to Williamsport, Pa., last year to get a jump on commuting to shows in New York and Philly. It was "a good idea until winter came," the band jokes. But don't get excited fans, the band is just visiting.
With the Watson Twins
Details: 6 p.m. Tuesday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
Some of music's most celebrated songs were written after bad breakups. Think Alanis Morissette's You Oughta Know or Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice, It's All Right. Joshua Radin, an aspiring screenwriter and friend of Scrubs star Zach Braff, began writing songs after a painful split. And his hushed vocal style and naptime strumming (some call it "whisper rock") developed in part as a courtesy to his apartment neighbors, he says. Today, Radin seems happy to share relationship advice. The gorgeous Sky urges couples to never go to bed angry.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Monday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13-$14. (727) 895-3045.
Sadistic magicians, beer funneling, war, drugs, toxic sludge, food fights — it's all here. Richmond, Va.'s, Municipal Waste likes its thrash metal and punk precise, and its world an utter mess. On their Unleash the Bastards, a "stench of death" consumes the air. Meanwhile, guitars test circuit limitations and drums clatter like assault rifles. Municipal Waste's dirty, speedy sound has also become prevalent in skateboard videos.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.
Dave Mason's Feelin' Alright became somewhat of a rock standard, particularly after Joe Cocker and Grand Funk Railroad covered the song in the early '70s. The former Traffic singer-guitarist and pop-jazz-rock fusionist, whose repertoire also includes We Just Disagree and Hole in My Shoe, was a close friend to Jimi Hendrix and a member of Fleetwood Mac in the mid '90s.
Big D and the Kids Table
With illScarlett, the Have Nots, the Long Johns
Details: 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Like Mustard Plug or Catch 22, rude boys Big D and the Kids Table play sometimes jokey, sometimes snarling third-wave ska. "Let the smokers smoke/let the politicians lie/let grandma be a b----/athletes be filthy rich/let the stoners get high," they chant on Hell On Earth.
Details: 7 tonight, Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$28. (813) 247-2555.
Between the volatile guitar riffs, liberating howls and the slew of emotions and genres crammed into a single set, the members of Brand New perform like it's their first day of parole. Spontaneous frontman Jesse Lacey calls to mind rock 's Jack Kerouac, screaming for dear life one moment and singing tenderly the next. With each album, Brand New has lived up to its moniker by bringing something new and different to the table (the group began as a primarily pop-punk act). Daisy, with its confessional, schizoid grunge-indie-punk mix, is arguably one of the top albums of 2009. It wouldn't be a surprise if this show sells out.
Times staff writer Jay Cridlin contributed to this report. Times correspondent Carole Giambalvo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
m Last Damn Show 11
With Goodie Mob, Fabolous, Keri Hilson, Jeremih, New Boyz, Twista, Plies, Tom G., Ester Dean, Black Dada, Justin Bieber
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. $20-$60.50. See wild941.com for details.
Dirty South legends Goodie Mob, shown here, have reunited — yes, even Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo Green — and are headlining this year's Last Damn Show hip-hop festival. It'll be part of the pioneering Dungeon Family group's first tour as a foursome in 10 years. But for fans who are into what's hot now, look no further than the New Boyz (You're a Jerk) and Jeremih (Birthday Sex), not to mention Tampa's own Plies and Tom G. Canadian teenybopper Justin Bieber, who currently has four songs on iTunes' top 100 downloads chart, is a curious addition to the bill, but more power to him.
m Tim Reynolds and TR3
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Best known for duos with Dave Matthews, like the critically acclaimed Live at Luther College and Live at Radio City, Tim Reynolds brings intricate guitar work to the small stage. The fingerboard visionary and improv wizard will perform originals and a variety of covers.