SCENE SURVIVORS: NOFX
Don't feel too bad if you missed out on L.A.'s early '80s hardcore punk scene.
"I have a 16-year-old daughter, and I can't even imagine her going to a show, let alone being at a punk show with people shooting up heroin when she was 16," said NOFX singer and bassist "Fat Mike" Burkett, who lived through exactly that.
He and his bandmates recount those SoCal salad days in NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, a harrowing new memoir detailing the violent, gang-dominated scene that spawned them, and the three decades of sex, drugs and punk that followed. Along the way, NOFX became one of the most popular and successful indie punk bands ever, with Fat Mike forming the successful label Fat Wreck Chords.
The band will release its 13th studio album this summer, but first, they're on a book and concert tour that'll bring them to Tampa Thursday. First up is a book signing at 5:30 p.m. at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. Your ticket is a copy of the book purchased at Inkwood, with receipt; see inkwoodbooks.com for details. Then it's a concert with Direct Hit! and Mean Jeans at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Tickets, if available, are $25 at (813) 390-0397 or theritzybor.com.
Come celebrate the fact that NOFX, against all odds, is still among us.
"We've all been through the wringer, and we're all still together," Fat Mike said.
For more with NOFX's "Fat Mike" Burkett, go to tbtim.es/zby.
MAN OF MANY TALENTS: Corey Taylor
NOFX isn't the only artist bringing a book/music tour to town this week. Grammy-winning Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor will appear at the Capitol Theatre at 8 p.m. Sunday for a performance, discussion and reading from his new book You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left. It's his third book (not counting comics) and he's also an actor and pretty darned delightful personality, making him one of rock's most interesting Renaissance men — in addition to being, y'know, one of the best metal vocalists in the land. Taylor usually plays massive festivals and venues with Slipknot (including Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 2), so the chance to experience him up close and personal is a delight. The show is mostly sold out, though seats may be made available at the box office, 405 Cleveland St. in Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400 to find out.
You'll have to forgive Santigold for declining to fit neatly inside any sort of music box. Since 2008, she has released a stream of singles that bounce and skate between the worlds of indie pop, dancehall and hip hop, often unpredictably. Her singles Disparate Youth, Lights Out and Creator have all received significant airplay — albeit mostly in TV commercials, where they've wormed their way into your brain without you even knowing. This year, Santi dropped her third album 99¢, a typically genre-defying effort buoyed by the single Can't Get Enough of Myself, a song that somehow works as both a pump-you-up pop song and a satire of the self-involved. See? Told you it was hard to pin Santigold down. She'll perform at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Ritz Ybor 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 390-0397. theritzybor.com.
MOUTHS OF THE SOUTH: Legends of Southern Hip Hop
That big boom you'll hear coming from the USF Sun Dome Saturday night? That's just the sound of the Dirty South coming to life at the Legends of Southern Hip Hop, a supertour of sorts bringing together several big names in bounce, bass and crunkitude. Lils Jon, Wayne and Boosie won't be in the house, but Juvenile (Back That Azz Up), 8Ball and MJG (Space Age Pimpin'), Trick Daddy (Let's Go), Project Pat (Chickenhead) and Pastor Troy (Vice Versa) will be. So will Too Short (The Ghetto), who's better known as a West Coast pioneer, but hey, if you buy a home in Atlanta, you're fam, too, right? $50.75 and up. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com.
BEYWATCH: BEYONCÉ WEEK
Can you feel her presence? Beyoncé is performing in Tampa on April 29, and we're all over it. Next week is Beyoncé Week on our music blog, Soundcheck (tampabay.com/soundcheck). Get in formation and check it out Monday, won't you?