The following is a quick breakdown of shows this weekend's worthiest live music offerings beginning with Thursday, cause thats when the weekend really starts, right? For a more comprehensive schedule, check out our Upcoming Concerts page
of Montreal [pictured] w/James Husband When of Montreal performed here in 2008, the Athens, Ga. ensemble put on a full-scale boundary-crossing psychedelic pop and glam rock stage spectacle complete with a backdrop of brilliant animations, performers acting out various bizarro-land scenes in costumes ranging from charming to ghastly, and frontman/visionary Kevin Barnes holding court as the flamboyantly wacky maestro of it all. The band has since parted ways with aux drummer Ahmed Gallab (who toured with of Montreal in support of 2008's Skeletal Lamping but never became a bonafide member) and is working on a new album tentatively titled False Priest and slated for release sometime this year. James Husband (of Montreal multi-talent James Huggins) opens the show with his solo side project. 8 p.m., The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $23.
Bastard Lovechild of Rock N Roll w/The Auctioneers/Set & Setting Bastard Love Child of Rock N Roll is a Jacksonville duo (Chris Hess and Adam Winn performing as Cookie SugarHips and Hot Damm Sweet Huckleberry Winn) who generate dirty raw blues rock with slithering grooves and an electro edginess played on guitar and drums, or keys and drums. The Auctioneers are a NYC-based rock band with a slickly-produced swagger. This show is billed as an of Montreal After Party, so the two headliners will likely go on a little late. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $7 (ages 18 and up).
Copeland [pictured below] Farewell Tour w/I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business/Person L/Deas Vail After nine years, four LPs, four EPs and a B-sides collection, Lakelands Copeland is calling it quits because the members (according to their MySpace announcement) felt the group had run its course. The news is particularly surprising since it comes after the success of their well-regarded 2008 album, You Are My Sunshine. Frontman Aaron Marshs androgynous vocals inject heart-wrenching sincerityState Theatre, St. Petersburg, $15. Matthew Spencer
FRIDAY, APRIL 9
Omar Sosa Afreecanos Quartet with Mola Sylla Afro-Cuban jazz composer and pianist Omar Sosa (who is known for his versatility and fluid improvisations in a live setting) leads this ensemble that includes drum-and-bass pioneer Marque Gilmore, Mozambican electric bassist Childo Tomas, and Senegalese vocalist and percussionist Mola Sylla. Sosa performs in support of his latest album, Ceremony, a big band collaboration with Brazilian arranger/composer/cellist Jaques Morelenbaum and Hamburg, Germanys 18-piece NDR Bigband. Sosa plays piano, vibraphone, marimba and percussion on the album, which includes an homage to T.S. Monk titled, Monkuru. 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, Largo, $25 in advance/$30 at the door.
Pat Metheny [pictured] More than 30 years into a career thats accrued him 17 Grammy Awards and seen him play with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Pulitzer-Prize-winning musician Ornette Coleman and bassist Christian McBridge, consummate guitaristRuth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $41-$71. Matthew Spencer
COPE w/Soulgrass Rebellion The Bay areas own on-fire jam rock four-piece (which encompasses lead singer/guitarist/banjo player Dennis Stadelman, and on backing vocals, bassist brother Kenny Stadelman, drummer Dave Gerulat, and keyboardist/sax player Juan Montero) brings pretty melody and incorporates the flavors of funk, jazz, pop, classic rock and reggae into their sound. (Click here to read the feature I wrote about the band last year.) The current lineup just released their first official studio album, Going Home, and plays two sets at this show in support one acoustic, one electric. Ashevilles Soulgrass Rebellion opens with their blend of roots and reggae. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $8.
SATURDAY, APRIL 10
Sunbears!/MRENC 7" Release Show w/King of Spain New Granada Records artists Sunbears! and MRENC celebrate the limited NGR release of a split 7 featuring two songs by each. Sunbears! have a more electro pop sound, with Minds Trapped in Static marked by sunny-day acid-washed melodies and a fairy tale chorus of ascending harmonies. MRENC (the solo project of Eric Collins from Lakelands Dark Romantics) has a 60s psyche rock feel with modern indie sense, like in the stripped-down menace of OhOhOhOh. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.
Easy Star All Stars [pictured below, photo by Ben Sarle] w/Rocksteady@8 Ever hear Dub Side of the Moon, or Radiodread, those tribute albums that bring dub-style grooves and heady reggae jams to seminal albums by Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon) and Radiohead (OK Computer)? The men and women responsible are members of NYC-based reggae collective Easy Star All Stars, who infuse the rock songs with their dirty reggae tastiness. Their third and most recent full-length, Easy Stars Lonely Hearts Dub Band, was released last year and pays homage to the Beatles Sgt. Pepper. Expect to hear cuts from all three albums with originals numbers sprinkled throughout. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $15.
SUNDAY, APRIL 11
Alchemy Fest w/Rise of Saturn/Shunda K [pictured below, photo by Claire Curran Corbett]/Katherine Kelly/Have Gun, Will Travel The fifth annual family-friendly, all ages fest created by CLs own Joran Oppelt and named after his adorable daughter features a lineup of reputable area acts:Sons of Hippies; rap and rhyme aficianda Shunda K; Have Gun, Will Travel, purveyors of old-timey roots rock and rousing Americana; and Rise of Saturn, a funk and hip-hop prog rock five-piece that includes members of Soulfound and Weaksauce. Soft Rock Renegades spin child-friendly dance mixes and Jason the Balloon Guy makes special appearances at various points throughout the afternoon fest. 2-6 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $8.
ALSO THIS WEEKEND
April 9-11: Tampa Bay Blues Fest To find out more about the artists playing and who you shouldn't miss as well as the complete lineup, click here. To read Eric Snider's feature on Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, which plays on Friday afternoon, click here.
For a full schedule of this week's live music offerings, and for a complete schedule of concerts coming up in the next six months, check out our Upcoming Concerts page.