Minus the Bear
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18. (813) 247-2555.
With the Flaming Lips forced to cancel their show at Jannus Live on Wednesday, indie fans might fill the void with a slinky prog rock set from Minus the Bear. It's doubtful you'll get flashlight-shaking Santas, dancing aliens or other Lips-ish embellishments, but you will get groove-worthy rock that's creative in its own right. Released Tuesday, atmospheric new disc Omni is gentle-cycle dreamer-pop at its finest. "I want your comfort for the evening," croons singer Jake Snider. Say hello to your spring soundtrack.
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With Say Anything
Details: Thursday (May 13)7:30 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $26. (813) 247-2555.
In 2005, Blink-182's Tom DeLonge (pictured) ditched potty humor pop-punk in favor of tender, effects-tickled alternative rock. But as much as we loved that soaring, U2-like guitar riff on The Adventure and that dreamy hook on Everything's Magic, it all sounded like a hot mess on stage. During the Angels and Airwaves performance in Tampa in December 2007, DeLonge's voice was squeally enough to send birds back north for the winter. An off night, maybe? Our favorite emo disaster act Say Anything opens the show with sneering, operatic rock.
Waka Flocka Flame
Details: Friday 10 p.m. Club Tantra, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25.
Grandpa from The Simpsons has a great line about the evolution of music. He says something to this effect: "I used to be with 'it'. Then they changed what 'it' was. Now 'it' seems weird and scary to me." Waka Flocka Flame, a glassy-eyed rapper from Riverdale, Ga., makes me feel a bit like grandpa. The 23-year-old Gucci Mane companion has a Billboard-charting hit in Oh Let's Do It, a violent, drug-deal rap track that conjures up smoky back rooms and bottle service.
Friday Extra Concert Series
Featuring the Stolen Idols
Details: Friday 7 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. Tampagov.net.
The Friday Extra Concert Series expands from Tampa's Lowry Park band shell to Curtis Hixon Park this week. The Stolen Idols specialize in lounge music, Latin jazz and exotica, the mid-century tropical mood music pioneered by Martin Denny and Les Baxter. With marimba-rich arrangements, lush harmonies and propulsive percussion, the Tampa group conjures up a steamy paradise with all the color of a Paul Gauguin Tahitian landscape. Mai tais not included.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at email@example.com.