With Karmin, Panic! At The Disco, The Neighbourhood, New Cathedral
FRIDAY 6 p.m. USF Sun Dome parking lot, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 974-1011.
The lineup for Bullstock might look a little familiar, since almost every band on the bill has played a Bay area venue in the last 365 days. The only exception would be Boston born pop-rap duo Karmin, whose hit single Brokenhearted is buoyed by an anthemic Top 40 chorus and peppered with the quirky femme-rap that Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj brought to living rooms and car stereos across the world. The rest of the bands - emo-punk disco lovers Panic! at the Disco, brooding indie rock outfit The Neighbourhood and Tampa's own New Cathedral - are all worth seeing at least seven times over, and the show's price tag (free for anyone smart enough to navigate themselves to the Sun Dome's parking lot) make this Friday show a no-brainer.
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University of Tampa's Party In The Park
With Matt and Kim
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Plant Park at the University Of Tampa, 201 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa. Free to students; $10 for guest ticket. (813) 253-6291.
While USF hosts a more populous and open free concert on their campus just 10 miles away, the University of Tampa will take over a nice portion of the Hillsborough River's west bank for a more private, but equally pop-tastic and pretty much free shindig of their own. Husband-and-wife party starters Matt and Kim will headline the show in Plant Park, but non-students hoping to dance and sweat to hits like Let's Go, Daylight and Cameras will need an assist from someone who actually takes classes there. Each registered UT student is entitled to one free ticket plus the purchase of one guest ticket for just $10. Guests must enter with their student host, so make sure you're attending with someone you know in real life and not buying tickets through some secondhand ticketing website. Get more details at UTpartyinthepark.com.