This week’s best concerts: Michael Buble, Walk the Moon, Vince Staples and more

Ted Leo, Poppy, Japanese Breakfast and more round out an eclectic slate of shows leading up to Valentine's Day.
Published February 6

Times Entertainment Critic


Not that Ted Leo really needed another side project — the indie punk/power-pop singer-songwriter has long kept busy with bands like the Pharmacists and an array of comedy-adjacent popups and cameos. But in January, he went ahead and blessed us with a creativity-focused podcast called the Art of Process with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, co-hosted by his bandmate in the Both. Luckily, he’s still making time to make music, which is why he’s coming to Tampa for a solo show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Blacksmith and Empire Cinema open. $12 and up. (813) 241-8600.

SKY HIGH: Walk the Moon

Has there been a more delightful, more delirious alt-pop hit this decade than Walk the Moon’s Shut Up and Dance? If so, there’s a chance the Ohio group might have made that one, too — maybe Anna Sun or Tightrope or Different Colors or One Foot. Their live shows are colorful and full of movement, with each of those songs working the audience into a frenzy until that one enormous hit pushes them over the top. Oh, don’t you dare look back and say you missed out on the party. Bear Hands open. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $26 and up. (727) 565-0550.

STEADY DIET: Japanese Breakfast

It’s been a mere 10 months since Japanese Breakfast’s last trip to Tampa, but things move fast when you don’t slow down. Indie-pop singer Michelle Zauner has kept packing and enthralling venues, writing for the New Yorker (and working on a book), getting crowned “the newest festival style star to watch” by Vogue and just generally being a ball of all-around radness. Suffice it to say if you missed her in 2018, you don’t want to miss her in 2019, because who knows where she’ll be in 2020. 7 p.m. Saturday. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 248-9500.


As pop singers go, Poppy is 21st century going on 31st century. Born Moriah Pereira, she went viral as a YouTube phenomenon, parlayed that into a major-label record deal and snared gigs as a model and graphic novelist. In January she starred in a holographic augmented-reality experience that premiered at Sundance, and she’s now out on the road spreading her digi-futurist, K-pop-inspired indie-electro vision around America. If you’re looking for an avatar to fall in love with this Valentine’s Eve, Poppy might just be the one. 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. (813) 248-9500.

HE’S BACK, BABY: Michael BublÉ

Michael Bublé fans needn’t worry: The Canadian crooner isn’t really retiring, as was rumored last year. But his trips to Florida are a lot more infrequent than they used to be. He has had a good reason to pause his busy touring schedule: his son Noah’s well-documented battle with liver cancer. But he returned last fall with a new album, Love, and will support it with a tour that kicks off, appropriately, around Valentine’s Day, with his first concert in Florida in six years. 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $65 and up. (813) 301-2500.

BIG FISH: Vince Staples

Vince Staples is never quite the Guy. He has rapped with (and been compared to) Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt and other SoCal greats, but he comes across more as the caustic outsider with the acid tongue, more concerned with making your hair stand on end and working with boundary-pushing producers than collecting gold records. And it’s working for him. His surprise-released, mainstream-sniffing new album FM! was another critical favorite, with appearances by Kehlani, Tyga and Ty Dolla $ign, among others. If it edges him closer toward the mainstream acceptance Def Jam might expect of him, great. But if not, one suspects Staples himself will be content gnashing his teeth and viciously subtweeting on the sidelines, cultivating. Buddy opens. 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $27.50 and up. (813) 390-0397.