Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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SoundCheck: Rascal Flatts among top live music picks

Rascal Flatts

With the Band Perry, Cassadee Pope

Details: Friday 6 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $31.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.

LeVox, DeMarcus and Rooney. Their last names seem destined to adorn law firm billboards, but alas, Gary, Jay and Joe Don decided to use their powers to form one of the most popular country music trios of the Billboard era: Rascal Flatts. Fans made sure the trio's first seven LPs (including one greatest hits album) all went platinum, and the boys already have a dozen No. 1 country singles under their belt. Whether loyalists are swaying to a ballad like Bless the Broken Road or line dancing to barn burners like Banjo, Flatts enthusiasts are loud and proud at this show.

Iceage

With Lower, Escapist, Egos

Details: Saturday 7 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$11. (813) 241-8600.

Once upon a time, Danish Vikings spent a couple of centuries pillaging and ransacking Europe. These days there's another group of Danes doing some plundering of their own. These conquerors come in the form of Iceage, a quartet whose stateside buzz is eclipsed only by their own brand of howling, dark and dizzying punk rock, which was good on their 2011 debut New Brigade and got even better with the band's new LP, this year's You're Nothing. If beautiful and brutal can exist in the same sonic space, then Iceage is the band meant to make that happen.

The Airborne Toxic Event

With Leagues

Details: Sunday 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.

The Airborne Toxic Event comes to Tampa Bay all the way from Los Angeles, but the band and the Sunshine State shared a special connective moment at the 2011 installment of DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach when, despite being mid-song, frontman Mikel Jollett jumped off stage and into the Gulf of Mexico along with about 30 fans. Expect him to bring that kind of energy — as well as songs from a new LP of orchestral indie rock — with him when the band returns to Florida alongside Nashville-based outfit Leagues, who piece together 10 slices of incredibly blissful, bombastic pop on their own 2013 full-length, You Belong Here.

Dwight Yoakam

Details: Tuesday 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $45 and up. (727) 565-0550.

Despite his rock-solid foundation in country music (13 LPs, more than 25 million albums sold), Dwight Yoakam remains a man that wears more than ten-gallon hats. He has acted in movies like Sling Blade and Panic Room and his hungriest fans can take a trip to any Walmart or Walgreens to buy his brand of frozen food (Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuits are proud providers of spicy chicken rings, pizza fries and macaroni mouth poppers among other things). The 56-year-old kind of fell off the radar after 2005's Blame the Vain (he released a great album of Buck Owens covers in 2007), but he got back on the good foot with last year's 3 Pears, where he yearns and moans in true Yoak fashion on album highlight A Heart Like Mine.

The Neighbourhood

With The 1975

Details: Wednesday 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12-$14. (727) 895-3045.

"It's too cold for you here," sings Jesse Rutherford on Sweater Weather, "so let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater." Low temperatures won't be an issue during the Neighbourhood's summertime stop here. In fact, this show was moved from the small-ish Local 662 to much larger digs (State Theatre) to accommodate presumably busy ticket sales. New fans will come for the catchy single but will stay for the Neighbourhood's brand of brooding pop music, which is marked by splashes of programmed drums, ethereal vocal passages and eerie sonic textures.

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

     
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