With Experimental Dental School, Flying
SUNDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$14. (813) 241-8600.
Deerhoof: experimental and innovative, or just confusing? There's really a little of both going on. Bassist and vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki hops around, shrieks and sings in a childlike tone. The group's song structures and time signatures are weird enough that a first-time listener might conclude that something has gone terribly wrong. But there's something about it all that's beautifully chaotic, like pop music played as a jazz jam session.
Disturbing the Peace Fest 11
Featuring Retard-o-Bot, Klik, Trace of Day, Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander, the Turncoat, Military Junior, Elysian Sex Drive, Mogul Street Reserve, the Stick Martin Show, the Semis, Tommy John and the Central Avenue Ballers and more
MONDAY 5 p.m. Jannus Landing, Club Tamiami, Vintage Ultra Lounge, downtown St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 786-2276.
The industrial wackiness of Retard-o-Bot could likely "disturb the peace" on its own, but this fest's coordinators have jam-packed this bill with more strong local talent. That includes southern party rockers Tailgunner Joe, progressive jammers Mogul Street Reserve and prolific power-popsters the Semis. The annual fest is touting the "largest VIP list ever," since local musicians, artists, film makers, promoters, writers, actors, designers and more get in free. (Let them know who you are at myspace.com/disturbingthepeacefest).
With Metro Station, Cash Cash, the White Tie Affair
THURSDAY 6 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 786-2276.
Signed recently to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment imprint, 18-year-old Tyga claims he's "the hottest export out of Compton since NWA." While his tunes are far from the gangster rap of Dre and Ice Cube, they're creative in their own right. The heavily tattooed, wayfarer-wearing rapper had a summer hit in Coconut Juice, a playful, easygoing track featuring his cousin and Gym Glass Heroes frontman Travis McCoy. In the wake of their big hit Shake It, headliner Metro Station is worth sticking around for.
Featuring Carnival of Crue (Motley Crue tribute), Supertzar (Black Sabbath tribute)
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Boomerz, 6990 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. $10-$12. (727) 391-7066.
Seminole's longtime live music venue, Boomerz, is making a few changes. The club (largely known for death metal) wants to bring rock n' roll back to its stage, say enthusiastic new promoters. And the venue's Mockstars Halloween show is a fun-filled start. There will be a costume contest for the Best Rock Star Lookalike, so come wearing AC/DC, Dee Snider, or Kid Rock apparel (just throwing a few ideas out there).
With Silverstein, A Skylit Drive, Alesana, Escape the Fate
SATURDAY 6:30 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 786-2276.
For coming from dreary Davison, Mich. (just outside of Flint), Chiodos are a spark of energy and life. Fans can attest that the genre-bending band is passionate, intense and often fanatical in its a manic mix of metal, classical, screamo and more. Its vocals are operatic and high-registered, with a few painstaking screams; song titles like Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered, are over the top. And thanks to the members' musical theater backgrounds, the live show is highly animated.
SUNDAY 3 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free. (813) 740-2446.
Two days before Election Day, Florida legend Jimmy Buffett will perform at Barack Obama's "Last Chance for Change" rally. Has the tropical troubadour pulled a Dixie Chicks on his GOP fans? Jimmy says nah. "Everybody knows my politics," he told USA Today. "But half my audience is Republicans - and that's OK - people should be communicating, which is the biggest factor to me." Two free tickets per person are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick-up locations are listed on fl.barackobama.com.
Reverend Horton Heat Fri. With Nashville Pussy, Reckless Kelly. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Pete. $20-$25. (727) 786-2276.
Halloween "Ween Tribute" Fri. Featuring Poetry n' Lotion, the Stallion Part 9, Insect Joy. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Hallo-Freakin'-Ween Fri. Featuring Van Horgan, Mouse Fire, Giddy-Up, Helicopter! 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor. (813) 241-8600.
Red Elvises Fri. With the Vodkanauts. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
Zappaween 13 Sat. Featuring Bogus Pomp, Ike Willis and Dan Campbell. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete. $21. (727) 895-3045.
Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England Sat. With Alexander and the Grapes, Brian Miller, Proud Iron Lion. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Sarasota Blues Fest Sat. Featuring Bobby Rush Soul Blues Revue, JJ Grey & Mofro, Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin and Diunna Greenleaf, the All-Stars, more. 12 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium Complex, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota. $20-$25. (941) 954-4101.
Adrenaline Project 2008 Sat. Featuring Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Whole Wheat Bread, Part One Tribe, Money Shot, Silas, Rude Squad, more. Noon. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave NE, St. Pete. $15. (727) 823-8534.
Joni Mitchell tribute Sat. Featuring Some Dancing Skeleton, Rebekah Pulley, Lorna Bracewell, Sandy Atkinson and the Revelations, more. 6 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Jeffree Star Sun. With Brokencyde. 7 p.m. State Theatre, St. Pete. $13-$16. (727) 895-3045.
Yngwie Malmsteen Sun. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, St. Pete. $17-$20. (727) 786-2276.
Bayside Mon. With the Matches, the Status, Valencia. 6 p.m. State Theatre, St. Pete. $13. (727) 895-3045.
MC Chris Tues. 7 p.m. With Totally Michael, Whole Wheat Bread. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.
A Cursive Memory Wed. With Farewell. 6 p.m. Orpheum, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-9500.