Thursday, August 16, 2018
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This week’s best Tampa Bay concerts: Royal Blood, LANY, Scott Stapp and more

CROWN ’EM: Royal Blood

The White Stripes. The Black Keys. Japandroids. And now, in the tradition of swaggering, muscular rock duos from the 21st century, we have Brighton, England’s Royal Blood. For five years, singer-bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher have ruptured eardrums around the world with their mix of glam, grunge and fuzzed-out blues-punk. How are they finding fame when so many pure rock acts aren’t? "Attention spans are at an all-time low, and there’s always something coming along, so it’s a case of continuing to evolve at our own pace, and hope that people stick with us for the journey," Kerr said. "It’s been a hell of a ride so far." And it’s still going. Turbowolf opens at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $26 and up. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

Click here for more with Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr.

COASTAL ELITES: LANY

"Stuck in Florida one more night / 5 a.m., catch a Tampa flight." So begins Tampa, Track 13 on LANY’s self-titled 2017 debut album. Our city is merely a setting in the song, a wistful mist of glitchy, Postal Service-y indie pop. But we’ll take it. LANY — an acronym for Los Angeles-New York, but pronounced "lay-knee" — serve up sweet, synth-centric mood music with a little late ’80s flair. On Saturday they’ll be playing the main stage at Bonnaroo, but come Monday, they’ve got a sold-out show at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. Maybe they’ll play Tampa to celebrate. Colouring opens. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.

FULL CIRCLE: Scott Stapp

Creed’s Scott Stapp is one of rock’s easiest targets. Some of it, he has brought on himself — both on stage, with his unsubtle roar and cringingly earnest lyrics; and off it, thanks to a history of self-destructive, occasionally bizarre behavior. But some of it isn’t totally fair. Let us not forget, Creed has sold more than 25 million albums in the United States alone, most of them between 1998 and 2004. That’s millions more than their fellow Floridians Matchbox Twenty or Limp Bizkit. So let us welcome this Florida man back with arms wide open when he performs at 8 p.m. Monday at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35.50 and up. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

FORMIDABLE FOURSOME: Songwriters in the round

Forrest Hoffar, Mark Etherington (a.k.a. Mountain Holler), Shawn Kyle and J.T. Brown, all pictured from left, are four of Tampa Bay’s busiest singer-songwriter dudes. It makes sense they’d eventually write music together. The one thing they can’t agree on: what to call themselves. "No name for this side project yet," Brown said, "other than the one we jokingly come up with: ‘Kyle Hollers in the Brown Forrest.’?" Um, let’s put that one in the maybe pile for now. But their music is still rock solid, both individually and as a group. So join them at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave. in Ybor City, for an "in the round" showcase featuring songs from their solo and band projects, and maybe something from their still-nameless supergroup. $15 and up. (813) 241–0110.

CRASH COURSE: Wreckless Eric

If you made a shortlist of the songs that best connect ’60s mod, ’70s punk, ’80s New Wave and ’90s alternative, Wreckless Eric’s Whole Wide World would be on it. Eric Goulden’s 1977 hit set him up to succeed alongside England’s Angriest Young Men of the ’70s, including Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Graham Parker and Joe Jackson, though he never quite found their level of fame. But Eric’s kept at it, and has just released a pretty great new album, Construction Time and Demolition, that doesn’t tame his rough edges at all. 7 p.m. Sunday. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12. (813) 241-8600.

HOMETOWN HONOR: Lari White celebration

Lari White was the homegrown hero who never forgot her roots in Dunedin. When she died in January from a rare abdominal cancer, her hometown didn’t forget her, either. The country singer (That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love)) and actor (Cast Away) will receive a memorial celebration from the city on Sunday, starting at 4 p.m. with the dedication of the Lari White Music Pavilion along the Pinellas Trail, between Main and Scotland streets. Afterward, the Dunedin History Museum, 349 Main St., will open a new exhibit of photos and memorabilia from her career. That will be followed by an evening of food, drinks and music at Blur, 325 Main St. For details, search for "Lari White celebration" on Facebook.

ROCK THIS TOWN: Rockabilly Battle Royale

There’s never been a better time to embrace your inner greaser than the Rockabilly Battle Royale, a free-wheeling free-for-all at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crowbar in Ybor City. Members of local bands like the Cadillac Bombers, Sara Rose Band and Little Sheba and the Shamans will square off in impromptu jam sessions formed by pulling names out of a hat. Watch out for the odd non-rockabilly track, too, like something by Blondie or the Ramones. Should be a hoot. $10 and up. (813) 241-8600

     
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