With Adrian Younge and Venice Dawn
Details: Sunday 8 p.m., Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21-$25. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Ghost is back, and he's coming to deliver what might be one of the most unique shows this town has ever seen. His last solo LP, Apollo Kids, was arguably his best post-Wu-Tang Clan material, but Ghostface Killah has completely upped the creative ante on a brand-new collaborative album with Adrian Younge, the Los Angeles producer extraordinaire who wowed Tampa Bay with a powerful set at Antiwarpt 2012. Their new LP Twelve Reasons to Die spins the epic tale of a murdered mid 20th century ex-gangster whose spirit is mythically reborn when vinyl records pressed from his remains are played. Its larger-than-life hip-hop story-telling delivered over jangly guitars, vintage drums, and cinematic composition, all provided by the Venice Dawn orchestra, who will be on hand to re-create all of the drama live and in your face.
With Chrystian, Macy Kate
Details: Tonight at 7. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 247-2555.
He never quite got to enjoy the massive amounts of fame that big brother Nick experienced with the Backstreet Boys, but one thing that Aaron Carter has going for him is a little staying power. The 25-year-old hometown boy (he was born at Tampa General) broke through in 2000 with an album featuring high-pitched hip-hop songs about house parties and playing basketball with Shaq, and he has since endured puberty and a little legal trouble to continue his career as a pop songsmith by issuing a collaboration with Flo Rida (Dance With Me), blue-eyed R&B (Perfect Storm), and club-ready cuts like 2011's Hear Me and Deeper.
With J-Killz, Pat Ferg, Luke
Details: Tonight at 7. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. Facebook.com/thelocal662.
Awnaw, hell naw. Nappy Roots are back. The Kentucky-based ambassadors of upbeat, feel-good hip-hop last brought their Southern charm and eternally positive vibe to the bay area with a July 2012 stop at State Theatre. This time they'll pack a refreshing brand of horn- and organ-driven rap into even more intimate quarters, the Local 662. They've shown a penchant for exploring different facets of production since they released their breakout LP (Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz) in 2002, and they've hooked up a pair of talented local MCs — J-Killz and Pat Ferg — for this Thursday night special.
Details: Saturday 9 p.m., the Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg. $5. facebook.com/theventurecompound.
Tucked within St. Pete's burgeoning Warehouse Arts District, The Venture Compound hosts events as traditional as piano recitals, as off-the-wall as international noise conferences and literally everything in between. At the heart of it all is the 'Burg's willingness to give young and emerging artists a place to be appreciated and maybe make a little scratch. That spirit is embodied in the booking of Kikiilimikilii, founder of Paris-based art label Heia Sun. For many, the music will be pure noise, but something just short of sonic deliverance might be delivered if you allow your ears and minds to get lost in the droning, echo-drenched darkness and psychedelia noir of songs like Bootepes, Aerol, and Bride Pitt.
mThe Wilson Van
Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m., Club Detroit, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $20-$40. (727) 673-2949.
It's the most random of family bands, but no one can say the members of Wilson Van haven't used their powers for good. Composed of Wilson brothers (above from left) Patrick (actor), Mark (news anchor on WTVT-Ch. 13) and Paul (ad executive), the boys mix covers of Van Halen, Journey and the Black Keys with a few original cuts and most recently played Tampa's Hard Rock Café in benefit of wounded soldiers. This time they return to the 727 and take over the revamped Club Detroit for another charity concert on behalf of the Gold Shield Foundation, which provides support and scholarships to the families of fallen police officers and soldiers.
With Jensen Serf Company, Death Starsky, DJ Minihorse
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10/12. (813) 241-8600.
Bad Veins has graced several Tampa stages over the years, and the Cincinnati duo will add another chapter to its romance with the city when it returns on a 2013 spring tour. It will, however, look a bit different, as longtime drummer Sebastian Shultz quit in January. Fans shouldn't worry, since Shultz's shoes (and mechanically precise hands) have since been replaced by Jake Bonta, who holds his own just fine on any one of Bad Veins' sweeping, alt-pop gems.
SoundCheck is by Ray Roa, who can be reached at suburbanapologist.com.