Young the Giant >>
With Kitten, Yellow Capello
Details: Friday 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.
Members of this fledgling Orange County band are of Indian, Persian, British and French-Canadian descent. Together as Young the Giant, they're united in a quest to make bright, energetic tunes for summer strolls and sandy fun. In On My Body, a youthful single in need of a stadium, Sameer Gadhia sings determinedly, "My body tells me no, but I won't quit, because I want more." Much of the album was "inspired by the beach," Gadhia says. "When we first started doing this seriously and living together, Newport (Beach, Ca.)] was just like eternal summer for us."
, Citizen Cope
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 565-0551.
The last time Citizen Cope played Jannus Live, 1,800 devoted fans experienced a mellow after-church session, full of mumbled soul power, organ tinkering, blues strumming, Southern inflection, hip-hop beats and a few life lessons (Bullet and a Target). This time Cope comes soft, solo and acoustic — a nice break during St. Pete's Grand Prix weekend.
Gasparilla International Film Fest After-Party
Featuring the Scissormen, the Tim Version, Brahm Bones
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5 with ticket stub. (813) 248-4969.
Here's a cool after-party for the film fest crowd. In Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues, featured band the Scissormen, gives a glimpse into the life of the modern-day bluesman, the guy who logs thousands of road miles each year for minimal glory (kind of like Christopher Guest's A Mighty Wind, just serious). Saturday, the group will perform its grimy Delta blues blend with lots of slide guitar shenanigans (using a gun as a slide tool, for instance) live. The late Jim Dickinson called the Scissormen sound "acid blues for the 21st century." For more on the Gasparilla International Film Fest, see Page 9W.
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $16-$18. (813) 247-2664.
The comments on Heart of Hearts, the video by !!! (pronounced Chk, Chk, Chk), will tell you a lot about the band. "Love how the singer is dressed like a gay hobo" — beefy0010. "Mick Jagger + Richard Simmons + LSD = !!! Amazing show" — woohooowhooo. "!!! = Ungoogleable" — oeyoenne. Turns out the band's name was inspired by the subtitles of the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which the clicking sounds of the Bushmens' Khoisan language were represented as "!". If you enjoy the Rapture, Hot Chip or blaming the moon for your troubles, !!!'s dance freakouts are for you.
With Sons of Hippies, more
Details: Tonight 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $5-$8. (813) 241-8600.
Rachel Goodrich, formerly of South Florida, is a cartoony-sweet tinkerer on the rise. The quirky artist, who was recently profiled by Vogue, uses guitar, keyboard, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica, recorder, xylophone, banjo, mandolin, pots, pans, spoons and so on to create a jangly folk pop blend she calls "shake-a-billy." "I like to take a dark mindset and give it a happy soundtrack," Goodrich told the Miami New Times recently. If you like Regina Spektor, give Goodrich a whirl.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.