With Goodnight Neverland, Makari, Lions After Dark
Details: Saturday 7 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
"I just wanna believe in potential," Matt Segallos sings on Fighter, a track from his band Tallhart's brand new LP. Bay area fans always kept the faith, and watching the band (formerly known as Marksmen) blossom over the last few years has been a point of pride for anyone who supported the band way before they signed to alt-rock heavyweight Equal Vision Records. For their part, Segallos and company never reneged on the promise of early, earnestly sweeping alt-rock epics like Brooklyn, either. In fact, Tallhart's sound only matured on an EP (Bloodlines) and debut full-length (Sister Of Mine), which both set the stage for the aforementioned new LP (We Are the Same) that gets celebrated at this hometown album release show.
Swiss Sauce Vol. 2
With Zeds Dead, Dieselboy, Exodus, Renegades of Funk, Miami Beat Wave, B.I.G. Willie
Details: Friday 3 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29.75-$58.50. (727) 565-0550.
Less than a week before they arrive in St. Petersburg, Toronto production duo Zeds Dead are co-headlining the much-buzzed-about Mad Decent Block Party in Miami, and while the 'Burg might not be adorned with the glitz and glam of the Magic City, you can bet it is going to get rather "ratchet" (as the kids are saying these days) at Jannus during this nine-hour mini music festival. Zeds use their uncanny ear for melody to dress up cuts like By Your Side, Trouble and (yes) Ratchet that are sure to rattle windows and test the city's noise ordinances. The addition of Toledo, Ohio, bass wizard Exodus as well as Brooklyn's Dieselboy ensure that anyone within earshot of the venue will know that one of the summer's heaviest dance parties is going down next door.
Paul van Dyk
With Mondo, Docco
Details: Saturday 9 p.m., Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 873-8368.
Matthias Paul may or may not see this particular stop as just another date on a calendar, but this visit from the man better known as Paul van Dyk (or "PvD" for the abbreviation aficionados out there) is a pretty big deal for anyone who spent the early '90s transfixed by the German-born producer's brand of trance. That music has since found a new audience (and more general categorization, EDM) in recent years, but electronic opuses like I'm Coming (To Take You Away) and For an Angel can still leave a packed and sweaty club spellbound.
Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King
Details: Sunday 5 p.m., Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-2356.
The blues are a practically sacred art form almost as old as America itself, so it isn't all that surprising when prepubescent boys pick up guitars and put blisters on their fingertips in hopes of mastering the method. What's rare, however, is finding young men with the resilience to actually do it, and what's even more exceptional is two of those boys coming together to ply the fruits of their labor at a dive normally reserved for young local rock bands trying to find their feet. That's what's going down when longtime collaborators Joe Kubek and Bnois King arrive at Ybor's Market on 7th to work through the blues they've been married to since they were 14 and 8 years old, respectively. They originated from different states (Texas and Louisiana) but honed their collective powers in the Lonestar State, so expect a comprehensive clinic once the licks start kicking.
Rose Bilal benefit concert
With Alejandro Arenas, Patrick Bettison, Shawn Brown, Stretch Bruyn, Ernie Calhoun, Kitty Daniels and Majid Shabazz, Patricia Dean, and more
Details: Sunday 3 p.m., the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 822-3590.
Anyone who has spent late nights and early mornings lurking the left end of the radio dial in the bay area knows the voice of Bob Seymour. As the longtime jazz director of WUSF-FM 89.7, Seymour's programming has been both a gateway to the genre for curious newcomers and a fortress of sonic fortitude for hard-core enthusiasts. Therefore, it makes sense that he'll host this benefit show, which will help local legend Rose Bilal offset some of the medical bills she has accrued since she had a stroke in May. Bilal's contributions to jazz's survival in Tampa Bay are only eclipsed by her charitable work promoting the craft at hundreds of schools and juvenile centers across the area. A veritable who's who of her contemporaries will be on hand to make sure this event is well worth your while.
Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at SuburbanApologist.com.