With Landbridge, Recreant
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $9-$12. theorpheum.com.
To you and me, the terms glam, black, nu, speed, death, sludge and so on might sound more like street-drug slang. To the metal enthusiast, they're important subgenres. Leading the on-the-rise "stoner" or "sludge" subset alongside bands like Mastodon and Baroness, is Kylesa, a bipolar prog act out of Savannah, Ga., with dueling vocalists and a slow metal finesse. These guys and one gal bring an acid-rock element to mix, too. Latest Spiral Shadow, "sweaty as a south Georgia summer," says Spin, sounds like Torche jamming with Veruca Salt.
Tedeschi Trucks Band
With The Lee Boys
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29.50-$75. (727) 791-7400.
Southern blues-rock power couple Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are like the Brangelina of the circuit. Tedeschi is a Grammy-nominated artist whose vocals range from tender coos to show-stopping, soulful yowls. Trucks, a current member of the Allman Brothers, is a revered guitar player with trademark slide moves and slow-cooked grooves. Together, husband, wife and band will pepper Southern rock and blues with jazz and jam seasonings and a little Hammond B3. They return to Ruth Eckerd Hall after selling out the venue last December.
New Granada's Annual Xmas Night Extravaganza
Featuring Set and Setting, The Holy Slow Train with Will Quinlan, Permanent Makeup
SUNDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
If you're seeking refuge from the holiday hubbub — the fruitcake, the awkward conversation with distant relatives, the assorted 2012 desk calendars — head to New World for its annual Christmas Night blowout. For founder and Tampa musician Keith Ulrey, the tradition began Christmas night 1993. "It started out as something for some punk kids to do late at night when they were done with family obligations," Ulrey told the tbt* last year. "Each year was so successful, it turned into an evening of old and new friends gathering, grounded by the local indie music community." The nebulous Set and Setting of St. Pete will provide just the kind of progressive drone tones and psychedelia this year to have you forgetting about that aforementioned fruitcake.
With Glendale Lights, The August Name, Goodnight Neverland
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Band "evolution" can be a sensitive subject. When Radiohead swapped alternative rock for ambient and Kings of Leon traded rough-and-tumble riffs for arena-sized ones, both groups lost some fans. They gained a lot of new ones, too. St. Pete's Oceana, one of the most successful acts to emerge from the local scene in recent years, has swapped moody post-hardcore and bloodcurdling screams for more atmospheric rock with clean vocals. Naturally, this has upset some longtime fans, but delighted lots of others. In with the new, out with neck ache, perhaps?
With Fake Problems, John Allen
THURSDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$14. theorpheum.com.
Mike Kinsella (a.k.a. Owen) is one of the most influential figures in the Chicago indie scene, having also led the band American Football. He released Ghost Town, a contemplative folk-rock effort a la Matt Pond PA, The Appleseed Cast or Elliott Smith, last month.
With CLRH20, Baker, more
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. The Honeypot, 1507 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 247-4663.
Dubstep king Skrillex has come and gone, but that doesn't mean the bass-powered party has to end for Tampa Bay fans. Feed Me, the British electro house DJ, plays a set Wednesday at the Honeypot.