Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$150. (727) 791-7400.
A month before Peter Frampton's May 2013 stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Cincinnati Ballet utilized the guitar great's new mini-album, Hummingbird in a Box, in its spring production. You read that right: Frampton wrote music for a ballet. "A wonderfully freeing experience, there were no boundaries," he said. "We were able to push the composing envelope." A year later, Frampton returns to Clearwater to share Hummingbird with fans, and while they might not get any crazy talk-box solos, the seven-track effort isn't some kind of orchestral exercise drenched in fancy string arrangements. The title track is a carefully picked, spry acoustic offering complete with our hero's distinct vocals. And album closer Norman Wisdom is a jazzy, downtempo, harmony-filled affair good enough to keep Baby, I Love Your Way in the rearview for at least one night.
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Plan B Block Party
With Kishi Bashi, Those Darlins, Matt Butcher, A.J. Vincent, Sunbears!, Dear & Glorious Physician, the Sh-Booms, People's Blues of Richmond, Saskatchewan, Day Joy, Swimm, Sons of Hippies, Will Quinlan, Fay Roy, Ketchy Shuby, Auto? Automatic??, Case Work, Samurai Shotgun, more.
Details: Saturday 5 p.m. Various clubs in Ybor City. $15-$20. Visit bmetampa.com for detailed venue, ticket info.
Playing violin solely for the purpose of another artist's songs can get boring. Just ask Kishi Bashi. The 38-year-old virtuoso has lent his talents to such notables as Regina Spektor and Of Montreal, but he finally broke out for himself in 2012. The buzz from his solo debut151a was enough to earn him "Best New Artist" designation from NPR, and he has spent the last year and a half backing it up. In May, he released his sophomore effort, and where 151a hinted at an uber-intelligent, pop-obsessed classical music refugee, his latest affirms it with huge strokes of sophisticated synth (Carry on Phenomenon), sweet new-folk poetry (Q&A) and unabashed chamber music grandiosity (Once Upon a Lucid Dream). Bashi leads the charge at this promising, second-year fest, where Nashville twang-punks Those Darlins play alongside master songsmith Matt Butcher and more than a dozen of the state and country's best up-and-comers.
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With Serotonic, DJ 45Revolver
Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave. (727) 736-0606.
Kool Keith has played stranger venues, but we have a feeling this set is going to be special. It happens on the last day of Dunedin Brewery's weekendlong Oktoberfest celebration, and the establishment's bright tanks and eccentric decor are the perfect backdrop for the 50-year-old Bronx native's head-scratching, undeniably cool rap anthems. Tongue-in-cheek, almost-crass classics such as Regular Girl and Sex Style have held their own just fine since they saw release in 1997. And material from his newest LP, Demolition Crash, finds Keith's effortless cold-cocked flow completely intact as he waxes on modern television (El Dorado), gets avant-garde with Rah Digga (Non Stop) and calls on his crackly, cooing singing voice to deliver weird social commentary (Good Black Woman). Rare are the chances to see such an iconic hip-hop figure in such a unique, suds-sipping venue.
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With Touche Amore, Radkey
Details: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $32.50-$35. (727) 565-0550.
Let's all agree that Rise Against's mid-2000s megahit Swing Life Away was a necessary evil. The sugary-sweet acoustic ballad injected the Chicago punks into every capillary of the alternative-radio spectrum. And while it is certainly near the bottom of the band's lyrical best, it still made them household names. That's where Timothy McIlrath took the notoriety and ran, releasing a pair of powerful albums (Siren Song of the Counter Culture and The Sufferer & the Witness) that combined his unwavering commitment to social justice and exposing political misdoings with the abrasive sounds of hardcore and the melodies of pop-punk. The potency and legitimacy of McIlrath's message has grown less effective over the last few albums. Although cynical critics may scoff at the success of Rise Against's latest (The Black Market debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200), what the naysayers are forgetting is that McIlrath & Co. are still holding on to the anger that fueled their initial rise, showing new fans a way to swim against the stream.
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With the Range
Details: Monday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Being compared to Kate Bush is unfair. Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry handles the designation as Scotland's next best export pretty well though. Perhaps it's the 25-year-old's nonmusical credentials (master's in journalism, a law degree) that allow her to approach all the accolades and attention with grace, or maybe it's the sage wisdom of her older bandmates Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, who are both well into their 30s. Regardless, the band's synth-heavy manifestation of '80s-channeling electro-pop is perfect for the disco thanks to big ol' beats (Gun) and Mayberry's keen sense of melody, which shines on the choruses of hits The Mother We Share and Recover. The band is unafraid to express their musical interests on stage - keep your fingers crossed for covers of Whitney Houston's It's Not Right but It's Okay and Haim's Falling.
Contact Times correspondent Ray Roa at suburbanapologist.com.