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Packed concert weekend: Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, David Byrne, Troye Sivan, more

Photo by  Heidi Slimane
Photo by Heidi Slimane
Published Sep. 26, 2018

BLOOMIN' AUSSIE: Troye Sivan

If Troye Sivan's Bloom consisted of just three songs — My My My!, Plum and the title track — it would still be one of the year's best pop albums. Thankfully, the rest of the album is good, too, with the 23-year-old Australian singer carefully navigating the tricky line between restraint and elation, laying out what it means to be vulnerable and smitten and in need of some form of comfort. Sivan is the rare pop star who sings about being gay with an emotional specificity that's impossible for anyone to resist. "Maybe our time has come, maybe we're overgrown," he imagines whispering to a sleeping lover on Plum. "Even the sweetest plum has only got so long." We might be catching Sivan's Tampa Bay debut at just the right time, before he shoots off to superstardom. Kim Petras opens. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater. $45.50 and up.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME: David Byrne

David Byrne only comes to town about once a decade, if that. And his concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater, might be his most mind-blowing yet. Touring behind his well-received new album American Utopia, the Talking Heads frontman has reimagined the concept of a backing band, singing with a group of "untethered" musicians playing wireless, stationless instruments they can lug around at will. It's a bit marching band, a bit performance art, all David Byrne. And it should be mesmerizing to behold, even if he doesn't play many big Talking Heads hits these days. As long as you don't go in expecting to hear Wild Wild Life, you should leave in awe. Get there early for the first-ever local set by electric art-pop act Tune-Yards. $59.50 and up. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.

RITZY DUDES: Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer

It's fitting that Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer are playing the Ritz Ybor on back-to-back nights. They're both personable singers with a gift for catchy songwriting, and they both have one foot in pop and another in Nashville. And it turns out they're buddies. "I love Mat Kearney," Grammer said. "We both opened for Train probably like four or five years ago. Great dude, incredible voice." Kearney, whose songs have been featured in a slew of shows, ads and movies, is touring behind new album Crazy Talk, and he'll play the Ritz at 8 p.m. Thursday. Atlas Genius will open. $26.50 and up. Grammer, the Honey, I'm Good singer who has recently dipped into the podcast game with The Good Parts, will kick off his fall tour at the Ritz at 7:30 p.m. Friday. John Splithoff and Josie Dunne open. $28 and up. 1503 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.

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POSTPONED: Dashboard Confessional with All Time Low

On Wednesday, Dashboard Confessional tweeted that they would be dropping out of this weekend's show at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg after frontman Chris Carrabba had a family emergency. The tweet said All Time Low and Gnash will still perform, and that Dashboard will make up the date at a later time. Click here for more info. Below is an earlier version of this item.

Chris Carrabba has always shown love for his home state of Florida, but two shows at the same St. Pete venue in six months? We know Dashboard Confessional put out a new album last year in Crooked Shadows, but still, isn't that a bit much? To sweeten the pot for any emo and pop-punk fans who might have missed their show in March, Dashboard Confessional is returning this time with new Fueled by Ramen labelmates All Time Low, whose last five LPs, including latest Last Young Renegade, have all debuted in the Top 10. And if that's not enough, the opening act is Gnash, orchestrator of the 2016 hit I Hate U, I Love U. You're officially out of reasons not to buy a ticket. 7 p.m. Friday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. St. Beauty opens. $38.50 and up. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

SPANISH INVASION: Hinds

Spend enough time listening to bright, loose American indie rock — Mac DeMarco, Hop Along, Foxygen, Beach Fossils — and sooner or later your algorithm is bound to stumble across Hinds. The Madrid quartet is literally the face on the label of Spotify's "Lo-fi indie" playlist, which spotlights their song The Club, from new album I Don't Run. Tampa gets to see them at lil' ol' Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Mustard Service and FayRoy open. $14 and up. (813) 241-8600.

OFF THE MAT: Fozzy

It'll be a happy homecoming for Tampa wrestler, raconteur and rocker Chris Jericho, whose grunge-glam metal band Fozzy hits the Orpheum at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Jericho's always had incredible ring-honed stage presence, but after a nearly 20-year career, Fozzy is finally making it big on their own terms, having released two of their most successful singles, Judas and Painless, in the last couple of years. Skindred, the Stir and War Lab open. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22 and up. (813) 248-9500. theorpheum.com.

HOLDING HANDS: Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker

Dave Haywood says Lady Antebellum's summer tour with Darius Rucker feels different from anything they've ever done. "Between Darius's catalog, our catalog and a few Hootie and the Blowfish songs, it's just a lot of familiar music that you've heard on the radio," Haywood said. "Starting pretty early in the night, it's just hit after hit after hit." Lady A and Rucker are both used to that. They're two of country music's most upbeat and crowd-pleasing artists, generating some of the past decade's biggest smash singles, from Wagon Wheel to Need You Now. Throw a Hootie hit like Hold My Hand into the mix, it should make for a pretty wild Friday night in Tampa — espeically when they team up for a few songs near the end. "Honestly when's that going to happen again?" Rucker said. "When are we going to do it every night, and have songs that are part of a show we're doing together?" Russell Dickerson opens. 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $35.25 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

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