>> Silversun Pickups and Against Me!
With the Henry Clay People
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $28-$40. (813) 247-2555.
Fans of alternative rock no doubt scratched their heads when the Pickups were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy this year. After all, the L.A. quartet formed in 2002 and had been churning out fuzzy, Smashing Pumpkinish ragers like Lazy Eye (off 2006's Carnavas) for years. But the band's 2009 album Swoon, with jittery singles Catch and Release and Panic Switch, was a critical smash — hence the Grammy nod. It's their first trip to Tampa Bay since 2007. Gainesville punks Against Me! visit more often — they played the State Theatre in February — but this is still an anticipated show. The band just released White Crosses, the followup to the fiery New Wave, which Spin deemed the best album of 2007.
With Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso
Details: 9 p.m. Friday, Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
Musically speaking, the only thing funky about Jacksonville is the scent of Gregg Allman's beard. At least, that was the case until Fusebox Funk boogied onto the scene. The J-ville sextet is Florida's low-ridin' answer to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jurassic 5 and Rage Against the Machine, blending slick rhymes, Super Fly horns and El Camino-bouncing bass into an irresistible melange of rock, hip-hop and outer-space funkadelia. Tampa's own ska-pocalyptic Johnny Cakes always bring a thunderous presence to the stage, so this should be one nonstop, all-night party.
Good Old War
With Yukon Blonde, Audra Mae
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.
If you find yourself bored by the treacle on modern country radio, Good Old War is here to give you a hug. The band plays Americana through and through, but it's also tinged with worldly elements, from Old World folk to Eastern raga. It's indie-cool, yet warm enough to score a Wes Anderson movie. Bonus: If you like the openers, throwback pop-rockers Yukon Blonde — who, ironically, hail from British Columbia, not the Yukon — you can see them twice this weekend. They're also performing a free in-store set at 3 p.m. Saturday at Vinyl Fever in Tampa.
With Audition, the Story Changes, Variance
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $11. (727) 843-0686.
Whether you groove on Hot Topic emo or not, you can't deny that Hawthorne Heights' decision to include a free copy of their new album, Skeletons, with every concert ticket — all for only $11! — is a pretty cool deal. Down to four members after the departure of screamy vocalist Casey Calvert, the Dayton, Ohio, band keeps chugging along with mosh-worthy guitars and JT Woodruff's soaring whine, the perfect mix for any emo-tastic party.
Times staff writer Jay Cridlin can be reached at email@example.com.