Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

This week’s best Tampa Bay concerts: Maroon 5, Joan Jett, Styx and more

MANY VOICES: Maroon 5

Remember when Adam Levine crooned the hook on Kanye West’s 2005 single Heard ’Em Say? Feels like a lifetime ago; it’s hard to imagine ’Ye and the Maroon 5 frontman booking studio time together in 2018.

Or at least, it would be, if Levine hadn’t leaned harder than ever into hip-hop on last year’s Red Pill Blues, which featured Kendrick Lamar, Future, SZA, A$AP Rocky and others. Why Maroon 5 decided every other song needed spicing up with a guest rap verse isn’t exactly clear — although it might just be that Red Pill Blues has, on the whole, a much more chill vibe than previous bright, infectious hits like Moves Like Jagger, Payphone and This Love.

Or maybe Levine can just book anyone for anything at this point.

Look at Maroon 5’s new video for Girls Like You and its roll call of impressive cameos, including Camila Cabello, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Millie Bobbie Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige and Cardi B, who, of course, drops a guest verse.

Curiously, one lady who doesn’t pop up is Issues singer Julia Michaels, right, a best new artist Grammy nominee and prodigious songwriter who contributed to a couple of new songs on Red Pill Blues. But that’s okay; you can see them both together at 8 p.m. Saturday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45.75 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

DAD ROCK: Styx, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Nix the necktie. Forgo the Gold Toes. This Father’s Day, give Dad what he really wants: tickets to Styx and Joan Jett. The U.S. Open may not be totally over by the time opening act Tesla takes the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, but the rest of the night promises a boatload of bangers from his salad days. He’ll pretend he doesn’t still have a crush on Jett, nearly 60 but sly and snarly as ever, as she yowls out Bad Reputation, I Love Rock ‘n Roll and I Hate Myself for Loving You. And when Styx comes on, he’ll do the robot on Mr. Roboto, windmill on Come Sail Away and discretely dab away tears during Babe. Doesn’t your dad deserve a night like this? MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

PIANO MAN: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

A piano is never just a piano in the hands of Andrew McMahon. It’s a launchpad, a platform to climb and a base from which he can leap into the crowd, spreading joy and melody throughout the house. So it’s hard to believe tonight’s concert in Tampa will be merely an "acoustic evening" with friends Allen Stone, Zac Clark and Bob Oxblood. He’ll play songs from his many ebullient projects, from Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (Fire Escape), Jack’s Mannequin (Dark Blue) and Something Corporate (I Woke Up in a Car). McMahon is a familiar face in Tampa Bay, but weirdly, his last four shows have all been midday festival sets at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater. So it’ll be great to see his irrepressible energy in a full headlining set at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $30.50 and up. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.

TURN ON: TV Girl

There’s something winsome about TV Girl’s new Death of a Party Girl, a 10-song collection of lush, sparkly indie rock. The L.A. outfit delivers retro California sunshine tinged with a hints of exotic, nouveau-wave Europop. Think Cults, Bahamas or Beck when he’s got on his retro-folk goggles. Sam E Hues and Hello Joyce open. 7 p.m. Sunday. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $9. (813) 241-8600.

REIGN’S END: Slayer

Slayer has thus far announced two legs and nearly 50 dates on a farewell North American tour, and so far, only one is in Florida. So if you want to see the speed-metal gods rain blood and fire one last time, get to the Orlando Amphitheater at the Central Florida Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Friday and start scalping, because this show is sold out. Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament join them for an absolutely jam-packed bill. A band like Slayer deserves nothing less. 4603 W Colonial Drive, Orlando. (407) 295-3247. orlandoamphitheater.com

     
 
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