Who's Bad (Michael Jackson Tribute)
Details: 8 tonight. Ritz Theater, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
Since 2004, Who's Bad (billed "the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute") has emulated the King of Pop's music, dance moves and dress with modest success. Since June 25, however, the group has been deluged by fans eager to celebrate MJ's legendary career. From 1970's ABC to 2001's Rock My World, Who's Bad covers more than three decades of Jackson's songs.
Nightmare of You
With Plushgun, Fairground, Aushua, Brian Bonz
Details: 9 tonight. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.
Despite its name, Nightmare of You has a passion for pop melodies, not thrash metal. Its emotive indie-pop blend calls to mind Saves the Day and the Smiths equally.
With Urban D.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday. Crossover Church, 7809 N Orleans Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 935-8887.
Kurtis Blow and his playful, well-enunciated jams opened doors for greats Grandmaster Flash and Run-DMC. His 1980 party-starter The Breaks had Blow rapping, "The IRS says they want to chat/ and you can't explain why you claimed your cat" over a prominent bass line and a funky riff. Synth-driven Basketball brought more good, clean fun. Even Bob Dylan was hip to Blow's style, contributing vocals to Street Rock. Blow, now a pastor, performs with local rapper and pastor Urban D. at "the world's first hip-hop church," Crossover in Tampa.
Matthew Dear (a.k.a. Audion)
Details: 10 p.m. Saturday. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. Free for ladies 21 and older; $10 for men. (813) 254-2233.
Before he hits Ibiza and Munich, veteran DJ Matthew Dear stops in that other techno hotbed — South Tampa? Deadpan vocals over wiry house, new wave and afro-pop calls to mind electronica for an indie crowd. The son of a traveling folk singer, Matthew Dear was fascinated by the acoustic guitar early on. It wasn't until he relocated to Detroit that he discovered techno. Portishead devotees might like the more moody, minimal material, while the chirpy stuff might appeal to Postal Service fans.
Blind Man's Colour
With Viernes, Proud Iron Lion
Details: 9 p.m. Friday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
A few weeks back, we begged the question: Could St. Pete experimental act Blind Man's Colour be the next Animal Collective? When the fledgling noise-pop band goes live Friday, we might have a better idea. Since receiving praise from Kanye West and Grizzly Bear, the band's been a' buzzin'. Conquering whoops and whooshes and spellbinding riffs on Jimmy Dove, which calls to mind M83 and MGMT, might just make you a believer too.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19. (727) 895-3045.
He sounds like Sean Paul. He looks like Pit Bull. Still, Collie Buddz has carved an imprint all his own in the world of Caribbean hip-hop and R&B. Buddz's breakout came with Come Around, a neo-reggae-styled Legalize It. Vocoders and drum samples mean this isn't roots reggae — in fact it's 10 times more Damian than Bob — but it's infectious nonetheless.
With the Spears, Pig Pen
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. Big Shots, 2461 N McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. $5. (727) 723-1091.
Loud, distorted guitars and eerie overtones have made local rockers the Semis regulars at bars like the Emerald. Saturday, they'll bring bittersweet toe-tappers to new terrain : Clearwater sports bar Big Shots. Recently, the band picked up extra muscle on bass from another favorite local act, Military Junior.
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