Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

Live music picks: Travis Scott, R. Kelly, Brian Wilson, Christina Aguilera, more

BIG SICKO:

Travis Scott

With one foot in the studio and another in the House of Kardashian, Travis Scott is looking more and more like the heir apparent to Kanye West. Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend has one of the year’s bestselling albums in the ambitious Astroworld, and its signature single Sicko Mode already sounds like a classic. The singer-rapper will package it with Antidote, Goosebumps and other hits at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Amalie Arena. Get there early, as three of hip-hop’s most of-the-moment newcomers will open the show: Sheck Wes (Mo Bamba), Trippie Redd (Love Scars) and Gunna (Drip Too Hard). Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $26.20 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

OUT OF THE BOTTLE: Christina Aguilera

Where has Christina Aguilera been? All over, really — Vegas, Hollywood, home with her two children — but just not on the road. That’s changing in the wake of her eighth album Liberation, as she’s hitting the road for the first time in a decade. The onetime Mouseketeer will bring hits like Genie in a Bottle, Beautiful, Ain’t No Other Man and Lady Marmalade to exactly one tour stop in Florida, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Outkast rapper Big Boi opens. Sold out. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.

GOING AWAY FOR A WHILE: Brian Wilson

Haven’t we been through this before? Didn’t Brian Wilson’s last-ever full-album tour of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds come through Tampa Bay in 2016? Indeed it did, but this time’s a little different. When he performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckered Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater, the legendary songsmith will be backed by a full orchestra (as well as his own excellent band, which features longtime compadres Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin). If you thought God Only Knows and Sloop John B sounded great before, just wait. $58.75 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

IGNITION POINT:

R. Kelly

We’ve all known about R. Kelly for a long, long time. But even as recently as a couple of years ago, it was possible to attend one of his concerts without feeling all queasy about his history of alleged sexual misconduct. That has changed in the wake of #MeToo, #TimesUp and, more directly, #MuteRKelly. Yes, the R&B superstar got his own hashtag, which activists are using to try to diminish his influence. Kelly’s concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, has drawn the ire of students and professors at the University of South Florida, who have threatened to protest if the concert isn’t moved or canceled. Whatever happens, the conversation will be about more than music — not just this weekend, but for the rest of R. Kelly’s career. Keyshia Cole and Adina Howard open. $49 and up. (813) 974-3004. yuenglingcenter.com.

PRIME COUNTRY: Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie

Fed up with the state of modern country music? Then Stockyard Live in Holiday is the place to park your pickup this weekend. On Friday, hard-livin’ country queen Tanya Tucker (Delta Dawn, If Your Heart Ain’t Busy Tonight) brings decades of hits to the club; $25 and up. Then on Saturday it’s mustachioed ’90s-country patriarch Joe Diffie (John Deere Green, Pickup Man), completing a weekend of prime country nostalgia. $18 and up. Doors open at 7 both nights. 1916 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. (727) 939-9494. stockyardlive.com.

ROCKET MAN: (Sandy) Alex G

At 25, (Sandy) Alex G already has a good jump on a long and eclectic career, synthesizing folk and indie influences like Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Frank Ocean into his own blend of affecting bedroom folk. Last year’s Rocket ended up on many best-of lists, and given how prolific Alexander Giannascoli has been in the past, another album can’t be far away. Maybe we’ll get a taste at 7 p.m. Sunday at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Half Waif and Mtvh1n1 open. $16 and up. (813) 241-8600.

FORGET THEM NOT: Simple Minds

Some fans will hit up Simple Minds’ concert Friday just to hear their big Breakfast Club hit Don’t You (Forget About Me). But most will be thrilled to hear so much more at this rare Florida show. The Scottish group’s first big U.S. tour in two decades aims to remind American fans why Jim Kerr and company were post-punk and alternative pioneers once viewed as peers of U2. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $40 and up. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.

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