With Kill Hannah
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $42.50-$50. (813) 247-2555.
Thanks to Tampa Bay's lack of interest in his early goth-metal project the Marked, nasal wailer Billy Corgan moved from St. Petersburg to Chicago to form Smashing Pumpkins, one of the biggest rock success stories in history. Well played, us! On Wednesday, Corgan, 43, and three new members will perform a "balance of classics, a few obscure ones, and new Teargarden material" (the 44-song epic that has been released one track at a time since December), he says. Some claim the new group (in which Corgan is the sole original member) is a mere shadow of its former self, but before you go shredding your Zero star T-shirt, we encourage you to give latest A Song for a Son a chance.
WMNF Americana Fest
Featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, left, Black Finger, Ted Lukas and the Misled, Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Steve Connelly, more.
Details: Saturday 4 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Artists like Thomas Wynn, Steve Connelly and Ted Lukas were weaned on the roots-rock sounds of Tom Petty, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Accordingly, their road-tested Americana tunes are warm, proud and best enjoyed live. Bradenton's Have Gun, Will Travel adds a Western tinge to this event's rugged charm.
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Studio Inc. NightClub, 3603 W Waters Ave., Tampa. $30 and up. (813) 598-3946.
For me, reggaeton is a lot like the vuvuzela — it's loud and it's jarring, but if nothing else, it demands a reaction. Puerto Rican rapper and mogul Tego Calderón might be considered the Diddy of this dancehall-influenced genre. Following a performance at Madison Square Garden, the New York Times called him a "forward-looking performer" who makes "the best case for reggaeton as music with room to grow."
Vinyl Music Festival
Featuring DJ Micro, Paul Mendez, Scooter & Lavelle, Shawn Rudnick, DJ Madam Malixa, Superfly Jeff & Shakka, more.
Details: Today through Sunday. Venues include the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail and G.WIZ, the Science Museum, 1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Visit www.vinylfestival.com for full list of venues and artists. $15 and up.
More than 50 DJs will rattle 12 Sarasota venues over four days during the Vinyl Music Festival. New York house and trance DJ Micro is perhaps the best-known of this bunch. Also performing are Scooter and Lavelle, who do an Eddy Grant remix dubbed Electro Avenue, and Miami's funky house DJ Shawn Rudnick. Sunglasses at night permitted and encouraged.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]