Sunday, May 20, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

SoundCheck: Lady Antebellum among top live music picks

Lady Antebellum

With Joe Nichols, Billy Currington

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $40-$68.25. (813) 740-2446.

Fans never even got a chance to buy tickets to Lady Antebellum's Feb. 7 stop at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, which was postponed in October so the country megastars could work on a deluxe version of their 2013 LP, Golden. Well, the time has come for the Nashville-based trio to fulfill their makeup date, packed with Grammy-winning hits like Need You Now and I Run To You. Sunny and 75 singer Joe Nichols and boot-wearing goofball Billy Currington (Hey Girl, People Are Crazy) open this refreshingly affordable ticket.

mAndrew W.K.

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Quail Hollow Golf Course, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. Free with ticket; see theboneonline.com.

Andrew W.K.'s bay area appearances have always felt special, but this one just might take the cake. The 34-year-old rock star-party guru (check his Twitter feed, littered with super-positive "PARTY TIPS") is appearing at a Wesley Chapel golf course. Yes, you read that right — a golf course. It's for 102.5 the Bone's Real Raw Open Golf Tournament after-party. All participants get in free (it's a $125 registration fee), but the good news for nongolfers is the station is giving away tickets at various ticket drops in the days leading up to the tourney. Check out theboneonline.com for times and locations.

Odesza

With Kodak to Graph, Spies on Bikes

Details: Saturday 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 241-8600.

Last time we saw Odesza, the Seattle electronic production duo was opening for rising EDM wonderboy Michael Menert at Crowbar. Eight months later, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight are coming back to the very same venue as part of a bill that features their own project's name on the very top. Their current three-month, 40-date tour wraps in Gainesville the day after this Ybor stop, and seeing that almost half of the jaunt's dates are sold out is no surprise. Songs like I Want You, How Did I Get Here and Sun Models mostly ditch the aggro drops and abrasive frequencies of a lot of EDM in favor of a subtlety and sonic finesse that make their live show an immersive, pan-sensory experience.

mThe Aquabats

With Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Details: Friday 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.

There will be masked superheroes named MC Bat Commander, Jimmy the Robot, Ricky Fitness and Eagle Falconhawk. They will be dressed in tight leotards and stupid masks, and they will employ a zany brand of ska to spin Super Rad tales of Fashion Zombies, Pizza Day and the Shark Fighter. Oh, there will be adults there, too. For the past decade, SoCal-based cartoon collective the Aquabats have cultivated a cult following, and they've teamed up with Minneapolis electro-pop fun-starters Koo Koo Kanga Roo for a bill that will feature more energy than a day care center full of 2-year olds who just shotgunned a case of Red Bull. Song titles from Kanga's output include Cat Party, Giraffes Addicted To Pizz and Dinosaur Stomp, so don't expect to take yourself too seriously at this show. Do expect to have a seriously good time, though.

mIngrid Michaelson

With Sugar + the Hi-Lows, Storyman

Details: Sunday 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $30-$32. (727) 895-3045.

It has been about 10 years since Michaelson released the tune into seemingly every department store and Starbucks in the contiguous United States, and there is still no escaping her The Way I Am. The 34-year-old singer and songwriter of sugary-sweet, bubblegum coffee shop folk has released four albums since she broke through with 2006's Girls and Boys, and countless selections have appeared on shows like One Tree Hill, Grey's Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars. At this show, you'll recognize catchy gems like Be OK, Starting Now and Everybody even if you've never actually seen or heard of Michaelson.

Foreigner and Styx

With Don Felder

Details: Tuesday 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $85-$135. (727) 791-7400.

We can poke fun at the dinosaurs of rock 'n' roll history on this Soundtrack of Summer tour all we want, but no one can deny their accomplishments (250 million albums sold, 36 No. 1 hits, more followers than most religions). The three-month classic rock victory lap finds former Eagle Don Felder opening every show, and fans of Styx and Foreigner will have to guess who will headline the Clearwater stop, since Billboard reports that they are "interchanging" closing duties. If you think all three should get equal shine, then check out their collaborative remake of Hotel California, which appears on the tour's companion LP and finds Felder sharing vocal responsibilities with Styx's Tommy Shaw and Foreigner's Kelly Hansen.

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

   
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