Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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SoundCheck: Chris Isaak among top live music picks

Chris Isaak

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39.50-$69.50. (727) 892-5767.

Two decades after its release, Chris Isaak's Wicked Game still reigns supreme as a rockabilly siren of seduction, but the 57-year-old California boy moved on from that ages ago, and he'll be focused on a different era — specifically 1950s and '60s Memphis country gold — on this current tour. Don't worry, though, because while Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Elvis will all get diligently saluted at this stop, as will a handful of holiday tunes, Isaak probably won't disappoint fans longing for hits like Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing and Let Me Down Easy.

Trés Bien

With Wolf-Face, Zulu Wave, Levels and Hey There, Battleship

Details: Friday 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5-$10. Facebook.com/thelocal662.

What started out as something of a reunion show last December looks to be morphing into a tradition for Trés Bien. The Pinellas-based quartet, which almost made it big thanks to Fox's Next Great American Band, is back in town and ready to rehash every shred of the grungy rock 'n' soul that nearly launched them into the national spotlight. Frontman Mikey Rollingchild is a salacious spectacle impossible to look away from, and the rest of this bill is stacked with local talent, making it the best thing happening in the 'Burg on a Friday night.

Mieux Magazine Second Annual Awards Show

With Yung Sammie, Alex Black, RS, Ameen Spade & Mari So Dope, Bluzone & Gatsby

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 248-9500.

In a world where a new online magazine pops up every hour and awards shows as prestigious as the Grammy's have lost some of their luster, Mieux magazine bravely presses on, and the local scene is better for it. For its second annual awards show, the web mag — which delves into fashion and art, but really flexes on coverage of local hip-hop — takes over this Seventh Avenue anchor to give a little reader-voted recognition to unheralded players in the bay area rap scene (the 17 categories include Best Flow, Best Mixtape and Best Stage Presence) while welcoming a few of them to take the mic.

Big Finish 2013

With Joystick, Don Walrus, Chilled Monkey Brains, Madison Turner, Station Cases, Denouement, 69 Fingers?, Can't Do It, Crowd Bites Wolf and more

Details: Saturday 6 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Last year, the Big Finish show was officially designated as the last concert that beloved DIY community space Transitions Art Gallery would ever hold. The same exact room has spent 2013 operating under a different moniker, Epic Problem, and Big Finish is back again to bookend the last 12 months by welcoming nearly a dozen of the venue's favorite bands for a marathon show that skews heavily towards ska, punk and hardcore. Gainesville-based punks Don Walrus, Tallahassee's D´nouement and St. Pete ska specialists Can't Do It all play particularly potent strains of their sonic specialties, but the pizza-fueled, acoustic-driven attacks on cynicism, confusion and isolation that Madison Turner strums out will be a major highlight.

Pelican Pop Fest 4

With Human Parts, Awkward Age, Early Forms, Broken Things, Greymarket, Macrame Owls, Luxury Mane and more

Details: Saturday 6 p.m. The 600 Block, St. Petersburg. $10. Loverslament.com

Andrew Seward had a nice 10-year run as the bassist for adored Florida punks Against Me!, but there was a question mark about his direction after amicably leaving the band in May. Turns out he had some more music up his sleeve, which led him to team up with his wife plus Kim Helm (of alt-country outfit Whiskey & Co.) and her husband to form Human Parts, a folk-punk outfit that sings about parenthood and family life in a way that even single, booze-loving music fans can enjoy. The band headlines the fourth Pelican Pop Fest, a 600 Block-centric (Sake Bomb, at 548 Central Ave., gets in on the action, too) mini-fest that celebrates local music by bringing in almost 40 bands covering a multitude of genres.

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

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