Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Music & Shows

SoundCheck: Phantogram among top live music picks

Phantogram

With Bad Things

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$23. (813) 247-2555.

It's hard to not fall in love with Sarah Barthel. The Phantogram frontwoman is a Bowie-worshiping, beguiling songstress who drapes psychedelic vocals on top of trippy, hip-hop-loving production from her bandmate, Josh Carter, who has been her friend since middle school. At any given moment, songs could have horns (Don't Move), trip-hop breaks (Mouthful of Diamonds) or swirling, twitchy vocal samples (Black Out Days). While the Greenwich, N.Y.-born duo could rest easy on their own success, they've still made time for noteworthy collaborations with the likes of Big Boi and the Flaming Lips. Their sophomore LP, this year's Voices, is their most emotionally complex material to date and features more of the soul samples, tricky drum programming and big atmospherics they've been hinting at with their previous EPs and lone full-length. Also worth noting: Snowboard Jesus Shaun White doesn't want you to know this, but his synth-rock band Bad Things is opening this show.

Bananas Music 37th Anniversary

With Archaic Interest, Sweet Bronco, the Vultures

Details: Saturday 4 p.m. Bananas Music, 2887 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 327-4616.

Free local brews, deep discounts on vinyl, plus good Florida music? It looks like Bananas Music is trying to sabotage your Saturday plans, and what music fan wouldn't want to give in? The St. Petersburg institution was named one of Rolling Stone's 25 Best Record Stores in 2010, and while sales will be happening at both of Bananas' locations (vinyl enthusiasts plan vacations around visits to the 16th Avenue N warehouse), the party goes down at Bananas' 22nd Avenue retail store, where Fort Lauderdale psych-shoegaze outfit Sweet Bronco will help the store celebrate 37 years along with the Vultures and St. Pete's self-proclaimed "Tarantino psychedelia" quintet Archaic Interest. Music starts at 4 p.m., but the store opens at 10 a.m. if you want to get an early jump on adding more tunes to your collection.

Closer Than You Vol. 3 Florida ska compilation release

With the Apes, Control This, UNRB, Saganaki Bomb Squad, the Freecoasters, the New Rulers

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$15. (813) 241-8600.

Tampa imprint Citrus Records is in the business of preserving the Sunshine State's ska music legacy. When they asked Kickstarter supporters to fork over $3,000 for the production of a two-disc compilation album featuring current Florida ska bands, the response — which came from all over the globe — was overwhelmingly great. "People have been yammering on about how ska is dead and just a fad," said Ed Lowery, the former frontman of legendary outfit Magadog, who spearheaded the project. "That is not the case in sunny F-L-A." Lowery's new band, the Apes, will play this party alongside four more of the area's best ska outfits.

Hot Chelle Rae

Details: Saturday 8:30 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. (813) 987-5600. buschgardens.com.

Not to be outdone by its concert-loving theme park neighbors to the east, Busch Gardens is jumping back into the live music game. Pop-rock outfit Hot Chelle Rae (Tonight Tonight, I Like It Like That) will kick off the theme park's "Saturday Summer Nights" concert series, a new addition to its already popular Summer Nights, which features extended hours, fireworks, the acrobatic stage show Kinetix and more. The concerts will take place Saturday nights through the summer in Gwazi Park, which will be lined with barbecue and craft beer stations. Hot Chelle Rae is the only act announced so far, but the park promises more pop, R&B, alternative and Latino music artists throughout the summer. Jay Cridlin

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

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