Saturday, April 21, 2018
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SoundCheck: Santana among top live music picks

Santana

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $89-$200. (727) 791-7400.

Carlos Santana epitomizes the phrase "living legend," and believe it or not there are youngsters out there who have no clue what Woodstock even was. The 66-year-old first broke out thanks to his midday set at that one-off festival of all festivals (Woodstocks '89, '94 or '99 never compared), and he has spent every ounce of energy since bringing his weird guitar face (sorry, John Mayer, Carlos did it first), signature licks and Latin-flavored take on psychedelic rock 'n' roll to happy ears worldwide. The last decade or so saw Carlos turn his trademark sound contemporary thanks to collaborations that range from genius (Smooth with Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas) to embarrassing (Into the Night with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger), but expect deep-pocketed fans at this show to get almost half a century's worth of his Hall of Fame career.

Zeds Dead

With Tony Puccio, DJ Knex, Jason Gemini Ortis

Details: Sunday noon. Hogan's Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $19.50-$30. (813) 281-8900.

Another month, another huge EDM concert on the sandy shoulders of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Hogan's Beach just hosted Dutch trance king Dash Berlin, and the place is at it again, tapping Toronto remix specialists Zeds Dead to bring neu-bass cuts like Hit Me, Bassmentality and Rude Boy to the sugar-sand shores of Tampa Bay. The duo (who derived their moniker from a line in Pulp Fiction) are signed to left-of-center tastemaking imprint Mad Decent and brought a raucous live set to both Coachella and the Ultra Music Festival in 2012. The boys most recently rattled eardrums at the 2014 edition of the notorious two-day Hard Miami party and seem to be on a never-ending world tour, so expect everything to be in full working order at this stop.

Mogwai

Details: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $19. (813) 247-2555.

Mogwai spent their time at Coachella playing virtually the same time as Queens of the Stone Age, Empire of the Sun and Pharrell. The Scottish post-rockers' crowds were consequently small, but that shouldn't be the case at this stop, as the Glasgow boys' meandering brand of atmospheric (and sometimes boisterous) instrumental rock will have plenty of room to caress fans' ear canals and sonic hearts. A new LP, this year's Rave Tapes, is a gem in an already shimmering discography, but since soccer's World Cup is drawing near, we've also got fingers crossed in hopes of hearing some material from 1996's brilliantly bland (read: minimalist) soundtrack LP Zidane, a film documenting famed French midfielder Zinedine Zidane.

Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie

With Jonny Two Bags

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $17-$20. (813) 241-8600.

Most punk fans are probably still catching their breath after Fest 13 announced that Chuck Ragan's most famous band, Hot Water Music, would celebrate 20 years of music by reuniting in Gainesville for their only Florida date this fall. Ragan's most entrenched devotees, however, are getting primed and ready for a more immediate, mid-week encounter with the 39-year-old songwriter, who arrives in support of a new LP, Till Midnight. The 10-track album led Rolling Stone to compare Ragan to Bruce Springsteen (who coincidentally plays Tampa less than 24 hours later), and Ragan comes backed up by a new band, the Camaraderie, whose lineup includes members of Lucero (Todd Beene on pedal steel), defunct pop-punkers Single File (bassist Joe Ginsberg) and Social Distorion (drummer David Hidalgo Jr.). Social D fans have even more reason to be happy, because the band's guitarist, Jonny Two Bags, will play cuts from a new solo album to open the show.

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

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