HEAVY METTLE: Destroyer Fest
Lucy Volpe wanted the Tampa Bay region to reclaim its crown as a hotbed of American metal.
"For a city that used to be considered the metal capital of the world, I felt like we weren't really living up to that name," she said.
So in 2014, she founded Destroyer Fest, an event catering to fans of heavy music's many extreme subgenres — doom, drone, sludge, etc. This weekend, Destroyer Fest returns for two nights in St. Petersburg, with Virginia group Cough, below, joining some 15 Florida bands, like Miami's Cave of Swimmers and fast-rising locals Weltesser, who just signed to Prosthetic Records.
"I know a lot of bands that have toured through here that were really influenced by the metal that has come out of Florida, especially in the death metal days," Volpe said. "I want us to be an inspiration again. I want us to be a destination again. And I think we're headed that way."
Destroyer Fest begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Fubar, 658 Central Ave., with Set and Setting, Outside Threat and others; Saturday brings Cough, Shroud Eater, Cave of Swimmers, Weltesser and Nixa to the Local 662, 662 Central Ave. Tickets are $10 and up per day, $20 and up for both days. Both nights, there's an after-party at the Emerald; admission is free with a ticket, $5 without. For details, see facebook.com/destroyerfest or call Daddy Kool Records at (727) 822-5665.
NOBELS AND WHISTLES: Bob Dylan
If you caught Bob Dylan's 2015 show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, you know it's a different sort of performance: gorgeous, low-key lighting and musicianship, but an emphasis on newer material. But since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in October, well, things have changed. He's been sprinkling a few more classics into his setlists, including Highway 61 Revisited; Don't Think Twice, It's All Right; and It's All Over Now, Baby Blue. Could this be the dawn of an all-new Dylan? If you don't have a ticket to Saturday's show at Ruth Eckerd, good luck finding out — it's sold out. But it never hurts to check with the box office, (727) 791-7400, on show day for late releases. rutheckerdhall.com.
PULL THE HEARTSTRINGS: WQYK Guitar Pull
Last year's inaugural WQYK Guitar Pull was a big hit, as a half-dozen country artists stripped down their songs and performed in the round, sharing the stories and emotions behind them. The recent death of popular WQYK DJ Dave McKay will add extra emotional weight to this year's event. The lineup: Gary Allan (Nothing on but the Radio); Josh Turner (Long Black Train), above; Tyler Farr (A Guy Walks Into a Bar); Chris Lane (Fix); Chase Bryant (Take It on Back); and Kane Brown (Used to Love You Sober). Settle in early for a long night of song, and likely a few stories about McKay to boot. The show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday is sold out, but you can try to win tickets through the station or check at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, for last-minute availability. (727) 892-5767. 995qyk.com.
SUBSTANTIAL SONGBOOK: Peter Hook and the Light
Peter Hook is doubling down on his legacy. When he hits the Ritz Ybor at 8 p.m. Saturday, the bassist and co-founder of Joy Division and New Order will play those bands' Substance albums in full. Joy Division's Substance is a 1988 best-of collection that includes the British post-punk legends' signature single, Love Will Tear Us Apart. It followed New Order's Substance 1987, a singles compilation with Blue Monday and Bizarre Love Triangle. Fans of Ian Curtis or Bernard Summer might have mixed feelings about this tour, but it's definitely a way for Hook to set himself apart from his ex-bandmates. $25 and up. 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 390-0397. theritzybor.com.
PREZIDENTIAL POLITICS: Dead Prez
Feel like raging against the machine after Donald Trump's presidential victory? Head to Dead Prez on Sunday in St. Petersburg. Fiercely political Brooklyn rappers Stic.Man and M-1 have been railing against racial and economic inequality since meeting at Florida A&M University in the early '90s, crafting influential albums and appearing in Dave Chappelle's Block Party. At this year's BET Hip Hop Awards, they took part in a politically charged song in which Stic proved they're still angry at the system: "America eats the young like cannibal breakfast / Wall Street is swarming with Hannibal Lectors / crooked elections, polit-tricks up the systems / legal lynchings, but I won't be a victim." Expect fire when they perform with Notorious Nastie and DJ Needlez at 8 p.m. at the Local 662, 662 Central Ave. $20 and up at Daddy Kool Records. (727) 822-5665. daddykool.com.