Sunday, May 27, 2018
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SoundCheck: 98 Rockfest among top music picks

98 Rockfest

With Alice in Chains (above), Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Bullet for My Valentine, Halestorm, Young Guns and Gemini Syndrome. Outdoor preshow features In This Moment, Otherwise, Beware of Darkness and Surrender the Fall.

Details: Friday 5:45 p.m., Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $24.50 and up. (813) 301-2500.

Programming has mostly gone the way of homogenous national playlists in the era of corporate radio, but that shouldn't overshadow 98 Rock's storied 23-year history in Tampa Bay. The station christened itself on the first day of 1990 by playing two straight weeks of Led Zeppelin and put on over a dozen "Livestock" concerts right out of the gate. On Friday WXTB continues that tradition by bringing active rock's biggest names to join Seattle grunge institution Alice in Chains for Rockfest. Tickets are as low as $24.50 (for four-pack deals), but those without a buck to spare can still get there early (3 p.m.) and party by taking in a free preshow concert at the Times Forum's west plaza.

Lazy Magnet

With Pro Bro Gold, Vom Dog, Vogue Nouveau

Details: Friday 9 p.m., the Social, 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 242-2717.

For two decades, Lazy Magnet mastermind Jeremy Harris has been chasing his own vision of avant-pop through an exploration of tone, programming, live instrumentation and sampling. His work is revered in DIY circles nationally, and this Southeast tour brings his Providence, R.I.-based project (along with a band featuring members from Tampa) to the basement of one of Ybor City's oft-overlooked venues.

The Black Crowes

Details: Tuesday 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39.50 and up. (727) 892-5767.

Being recognized as the "Best New American Band" by Rolling Stone comes with a lot of responsibility. Just ask the Black Crowes, who kind of succumbed to the pressure of the superlative by going into a pair of personnel-related hiatuses in 2002 and 2006. The Atlanta rock legends, however, are still one of this country's greatest exports and have managed to pull through and honor the sanctity of their 24-year-existence with a four-month world tour supporting a new live album, Wiser For The Time. The double disc, which intertwines deeper cuts like Oh The Rain and Make Glad with classics like Hard To Handle, Smile and She Talks To Angels, actually acts as the perfect preview for what looks to be quite a curtain call for the Crowes.

Aan

With Sun Signs, the Soft Rock Renegades

Details: Tuesday 9 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

"All Good Tuesdays" has spent the last five years coaxing folks out of their doldrums and into Crowbar's outdoor courtyard for $5 beers and the promise of up-and-coming music and tried-and-true classic tunes. Every now and then the weekly party coincides with the itinerary of a band on a national tour, which will be the case when Portland, Ore., alt-pop outfit Aan arrives to spend its day off (the group's on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins) supporting a fresh 7-inch release, Mystery Life. If fragmented guitar lines, brutally distorted piano stabs, impassioned shouts and tonic note resolution sound appealing, then check out this "I saw them when" show.

Peter Murphy

Details: Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. theorpheum.com

Who knew Peter Murphy was a Subaru Forester kind of goth? We sure didn't, but then again a lot of not-so-dark details about the 55-year-old former Bauhaus frontman came to light after his March arrest in California on suspicion of drunk driving, hit-and-run and drug possession. The charges have since been lowered to misdemeanors, and on this tour, "The Godfather of Goth" will actually focus less on himself and more on the 35th anniversary of his former band. Only Bauhaus material will be played at the show, so make sure to dust off those original pressings of In the Flat Field, Mask and Burning From the Inside.

This week's SoundCheck is by Ray Roa, who can be reached at suburbanapologist.com.

 
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