FINALLY: Arcade Fire
Does it matter that Tampa's long-awaited first concert from Arcade Fire is coming in support of Everything Now, their worst-reviewed album? Not in the slightest. The Montreal indie rock collective's stellar live reputation comes from years of exuberant anthems like Wake Up, No Cars Go and Reflektor. "You have to go with your gut of what new songs you're including," said multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry. "You kind of intuitively go with what feels good, picking specific old songs to lean on as part of the live set — not just balancing the old and the new." Wolf Parade opens at 8 p.m. Friday at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com.
Afterward, multi-instrumentalist Will Butler will swing by Crowbar for a "Disco Town Hall," a dance night designed to encourage attendees to get involved with activist groups and organizations. A dollar from every $5 ticket will go toward Partners in Health. ticketfly.com.
For more with Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, click here.
PAINT THE TOWN BROWN: Zac Brown Band
The Zac Brown Band always brings something fun and unexpected to concerts, whether it's a cover of Nirvana or Rage Against the Machine or an extra-caliente horn section. Now there's this: You can see one of them up close for free. Percussionist Daniel De Los Reyes will perform with Brown's openers, Darrell Scott and Caroline Jones, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sail Pavilion, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, in support of his music education nonprofit DayGLOW Music. From there it's on to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, where Zac and the gang will throw down at 7 p.m. $49.75 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.
B THERE: Cardi B
USA Today called Cardi B "the breakout artist of summer 2017." Vulture called her "the undisputed artist of the summer." Luis Fonsi might have something to say about that, but their point is well taken. The 24-year-old reality TV (Love & Hip Hop: New York) and Instagram (9.7 million followers) sensation turned flame-spitting rapper broke big in a major way this summer with Bodak Yellow, a song that likely would've hit No. 1 had it not been for Fonsi's record-shattering Despacito. There's still time, though, especially as Cardi's now taking her music to the masses. She'll make a late-night appearance at AJA Channelside, 290 S Meridian Ave., Tampa. Is $45 and up too much for a ticket to a mere club appearance? Not if you're talking about the breakout artist of the summer. Doors open at 10 p.m. Saturday. eventbrite.com.
END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT: New World Brewery Blowout
It's truly the end of an era, a Last Waltz for the Tampa Bay music scene if ever there was one. On Saturday, New World Brewery, the beloved, ramshackle patio and beer bar at 1313 E Eighth Ave., hosts its final show in Ybor City. At some point in the coming months it'll open in a new spot up near Busch Boulevard, and sure, it'll be bigger, and sure, some of the regulars will find their way up there. But it won't be the same. Which is why a who's who of the local music scene will gather at 4 p.m. to send the place off right: Florida Night Heat, Poetry N' Lotion, Will Quinlan, Zillionaire, Rebekah Pulley, Mike Mass, Geri X, Shawn Kyle, Auto!Automatic!!, Lauris Vidal and many others will perform on two stages, swapping songs, stories, hugs and perhaps a tear or two. The show is free — a thank you to all the people, promoters and performers who made New World what it is. Raise a pint; we won't see another club like her. (813) 248-4969. newworldbrewery.net.
STILL ILLMATIC: Nas
How long has it been since we got a full, headlining concert in town from Nas? The Brooklyn rap icon popped into Tampa twice in 2015, a quick late-night appearance at Club Skye and again with Lil Wayne at the ill-fated HIT (History in Tampa) Music Festival. So his show Thursday at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, is overdue. At 43, his classic, forceful lyricism has fallen out of favor with some youngsters —the L.A. Lakers' Lonzo Ball recently dissed him as inferior to Future and Migos — but just watch whenever he drops a track from his instant-classic 1994 album Illmatic. Jannus Live will go nuts. Wale and Nick Grant open at 6:30 p.m. $43 and up. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com. can trim for print
HOT GOSSIP: Sleeping With Sirens
Marketing hype describes Sleeping With Sirens' new Gossip, dropping Friday, as the band's "most pop-influenced sound to date." Singer Kellin Quinn isn't sure what to make of that. "I think that it does have some pop influence to it," he said in a recent phone interview. "But I come from that background of being an acoustic performer, and listening to some pop stuff, but more '90s rock stuff. Bands like Third Eye Blind and New Radicals is more where I'd like to position our band." That's quite a leap for Sleeping With Sirens, the Orlando-formed, Michigan-based screamo band with millions of diehard fans won over numerous Warped Tours. But if any singer can pull it off, it's Quinn, whose distinctive high tenor has earned him a reputation as one of the most malleable vocalists in his genre. 6 p.m. Sept. 27, the Orpheum, 1917 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City. $22.25 and up. (813) 248-9500. theorpheum.com.
For more with Sleeping With Sirens' Kellin Quinn, see tampabay.com/music