Details: Saturday 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. $25-$67. (813) 301-2500
After more than a decade, how does the phenomenally successful rap-rock band manage to keep fans so interested? One answer is technology. The band has dived head-on into the world of online games and interactive products. Among them: an official app that aggregates updates on each band member's myriad side projects, from Mike Shinoda's hip-hop work and graphic artistry, to singer Chester Bennington's group Dead By Sunrise, to the band's Project Revolution and Music for Relief initiatives. Linkin Park is on tour for their latest album, A Thousand Suns. — Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer
, Drive-By Truckers
Details: Friday 8:30 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
After backing Bettye LaVette in 2007 and Booker T. Jones in 2009, the Drive-By Truckers offer a soul/R&B lesson of their own on Go-Go Boots, the new album due out mid-February. But the traditional Trucker fan need not worry. Patterson Hood (here onstage with bassist Shonna Tucker), a man baptized in the tears of Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd, assures fans that the Drive-By Truckers' classic droop is alive and well. On stage, the Southern alt-country opera — complete with painful tales of family crisis, class division, alcoholism and three-guitar maneuvering — goes on.
With Awesome New Republic, Philip Pietri and the Manatees
Details: Tonight at 9. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Of all the made-up indie genres out there, "chillwave" produced some of the more promising acts of 2010. Among them was Washed Out, a bedroom project with a slowed-down, blissed-out blend of atmospheric rock, pop, lounge and disco. Using laptops, loops, samples and heavily filtered vocals, Washed Out creates what the New York Times calls, "recession-era music: low-budget and danceable."
With Gumbi Ortiz and the Latino Project
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Hot-blooded Hispanics Rick and Mark Del Castillo manipulate strings like Mavis Beacon works the computer keys. Rivaling the Gypsy Kings and Strunz & Farah, the pair's jaw-dropping Spanish guitar work powers a fervent mix of rock, pop, flamenco and blues. It's "brilliance on nylon-string classical guitars," says Rolling Stone. The group annihilated Tropical Heatwave in 2008, and tossed aside the boundaries of traditional Latin music in the process.
m Tokyo Police Club
With Two Door Cinema Club, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 241-8600.
In 2006, Tokyo Police Club (actually four young, shaggy Canadians) dazzled listeners and critics with a mere 16 minutes of music on its EP A Lesson In Crime. The handclappable Be Good showcased garage-punk's scholarly side with witty lyrics about greeting cards, careful melody and blasts of fuzzy guitar. Imagine a Strokes/Blonde Redhead combo, and you've got the gist.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.