Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Kris Kristofferson among top live music picks

. Kris Kristofferson

Details: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $45-$65. (727) 822-3590.

Kris Kristofferson can lay claim to writing what could possibly be the best hangover song ever (Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down), and while that tune — along with a slew of other Kristofferson-penned cuts like Me and Bobby McGee — may have been made famous by others (Johnny Cash and Janis Joplin covered his stuff with great success), the 77-year-old original country outlaw has not one hangup about it. And who would with the life he's had? He's an Oxford-educated former Army captain who ditched a job at West Point to become a janitor, helicopter pilot and bartender while chasing the dream of making it in music. The goal was obviously achieved (he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in '04), and all those stories are sure to make their way to your ears during this very special set.

Dawes

With Caitlin Rose

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $23. (727) 895-3045.

There's not a lot we can say about Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith that his voice can't express on its own. A surface examination of the Los Angeles outfit might unearth "just another folk band," but a bit more mining reveals so much more. Just ask the thousands of people who gathered to see Goldsmith use a frank and earnest croon to lead Dawes through a twilight set at this year's Gasparilla Music Festival. Whether he's pining over his death (When My Time Comes), getting drunk so he can tell his best lady friend the truth (Someone Will) or playing poet whilst harmonizing with his band CSNY-tyle (Million Dollar Bill), Goldsmith is forever evoking emotion and assuring his place as one of the Millennial generation's most affecting songwriters.

. India.Arie

Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $45-$65. (727) 822-3590.

India.Arie ruffled a few feathers with her recent criticism of Zoe Saldana being cast as Nina Simone in a new biopic, but her rant shouldn't come as too big of a surprise. Arie, 38, has never been one to hold her tongue, and in her decade-long career, she has used her largely successful acoustic-driven soul to deliver messages about womanhood, race, politics and relationships in a striking, honest fashion. After a four-year break between LPs, she arrives at the Palladium with a refreshed attitude and a new album, Songversation, that finds her exploring expanded instrumentation and co-writing with ace songwriter (and new bandmate) David Ryan Harris on highlights Life I Know and Break the Shell.

NineBullets.net Seven-Year Anniversary

With Truckstop Coffee, Booker & Norton, Devon Stuart & Big Shoals, Matt Woods, Will Quinlan, Urbane Cowboys

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-4969.

NineBullets.net founder Bryan Childs spends his Saturday afternoons occupying local airwaves (WMNF-FM 88.5 from 2 to 4 p.m., to be exact) with a top-notch Americana playlist and cuttingly honest commentary. On Saturday, Childs brings his radio program to life by asking seven acts to help celebrate NineBullets' seventh anniversary. Gainesville's Big Shoals will back up Matt Woods of Knoxville, Tenn., and Tampa-based duo Booker & Norton present their own brand of vintage blues-rock, but the real treat is a reunion set from Truckstop Coffee, who transform common-man subjects like whiskey, women and the open highway into hard-nosed, foot-stomping rock 'n' roll.

Holly Hunt

With Egos, Primate Research, Cosm

Details: Monday 8 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 382-3477.

Miami isn't famous for its heavy metal, but Holly Hunt's debut LP, Year One, might change all that. Its opening track, Lunar Module, is 5 1/2 minutes of droning, half-time, low-frequency riffage that plays not like a tune bent on bleeding your eardrums, but more like a wordless, complex, multilayered statement on what it means to really listen to a song. The rest of the 10-track effort seamlessly continues that theme, and whether you're trudging through Molasses, contemplating another kind of Manchurian Candidate or forcefully proclaiming that Disco Is Dead, you will not listen to heavy metal music the same way again.

, Afrojack

With LeRoy Styles

Details: Tonight at 9. Hogan's Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $27.50-$40. (813) 281-8900.

Even with somewhat cooler weather showing up, there are still more than a few excuses to head out to the beach. Hulk Hogan's little swath of sand on State Road 60 is doing its best to get EDM fans out of clubs (Fedde Le Grand is playing Ybor City's Amphitheatre the same night) with the booking of another Dutch soundsmith, Nick van de Wall, a.k.a. Afrojack. Steve Aoki has called him "the Picasso of producers," and Afrojack can credit his rapid rise in popularity to an energetic strain of an already lively brand of pop, which takes the sensibilities of house music and colors them with samples of popular artists like Empire of the Sun and even Bruno Mars.

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

 
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