Saturday, February 24, 2018
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SoundCheck: Alabama among top live music picks

mAlabama

With Aaron Parker

Details: Saturday 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $69-$499. (727) 791-7400.

Give Alabama credit where credit is due. They put on a "farewell" tour in 2003, and the country rock trio actually waited a decade before returning to adoring fans, who will surely welcome them back with open arms (and wallets; have you seen the VIP packages for this one?). The Mountain Music makers will definitely be Close Enough To Perfect at this show, so expect the crowd to blow off 40-Hour Week steam to songs like Tennessee River, I'm Stoned and Born Country.

m Of Montreal

With Yip Deceiver

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 247-2664.

Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes is no stranger to general weirdness (horseback riding in drag on stage) or Ybor City (he's already played the Ritz and Crowbar), but this particular appearance has a new, bittersweet wrinkle to it. This show will be the last time Czar holds a concert at its current address. The club will shut down two weeks later before joining forces with the Ritz across the corner (a grand reopening is slated for late summer), so expect Barnes to figuratively burn the building down in grand fashion.

Soul Asylum & Young MC

With Gods & Generals, Save the Radio, DJ Change, DJ Ekin, DJ Fresh

Details: Friday and Saturday 3 p.m., Hogan's Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa. $10-$20. (813) 281-8900.

Hogan's Beach is running wild, brother. Well, they're just running back to the '90s, actually. The Courtney Campbell hotspot is closing out its Fourth of July celebration with a pair of shows featuring one of grunge rock's most iconic acts (come on, you know you've karaoked to Misery at least seven times) taking over the joint on Friday before they tap in Young MC to deliver his 1989 smash Bust A Move on Saturday. There will surely be more hits: Soul Asylum has Runaway Train and Somebody To Shove, while Young MC boasts credit on tracks like Tone Loc's Funky Cold Medina and Wild Thing.

Mac Miller.

With Chance the Rapper, the Internet, Vince Staples

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $27.50-$30. (727) 565-0550.

It seems like his breakout LP, 2011's Blue Slide Park, has been around forever, but such is the way of the world when it comes to the fast-rising 21-year-old Malcom McCormick, a.k.a. Mac Miller. The Steel City rapper's versatile delivery and production has lent him success in both hip-hop and pop markets, and he brings songs like psychedelic trunk-rattler S.D.S. and the almost Bieber-esque sing-along Life Ain't Easy to Jannus Live's First Friday celebration. Joining him is a similarly buzzworthy trio of up-and-coming, fresh-faced acts: 20-year-old MC Chance the Rapper, Odd Future production duo the Internet and SoCal wonderboy Vince Staples.

, Gucci Mane

With DJ Shurefire, Young Gunnaz, Fresh

Details: Saturday 10 p.m. Onyx, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $40 and up. (727) 258-4813.

Radric Davis, the 33-year-old MC better known as Gucci Mane, is forever linked to St. Pete thanks to a major role in Spring Breakers. Davis returns to the 'Burg with diamond-encrusted, funkadelic, Dirty South rap tunes like Lemonade, Mouthful Of Golds and Wasted to the space formerly occupied by Scene Premium Nightclub. The once-troubled room has since been picked up by new owners, changed its name and turned a new leaf in efforts to keep one of Third Street's largest and most relevant concert venues in good standing with the city.

We the Kings

With Breathe Carolina, T. Mills, the Ready Set, Keep It Cute

Details: Saturday 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $23.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.

Warped Tour darlings (and hometown boys) We the Kings really nail down this whole pop-punk thing, and they have absolutely rabid fans to prove it. The Bradenton quintet haven't put out a new record since 2011's Sunshine State Of Mind, but tracks like Friday Is Forever, Stay Young and Check Yes, Juliet are veritable scream-alongs that seem to have been washed in the sonic equivalent of the Fountain of Youth. The band's appeal hasn't faded a lick during a stellar eight-year run.

Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at suburbanapologist.com.

   
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