Thursday, May 1, 2014

This week in Tampa Bay area music: of Montreal, Bruce Springsteen, R. Kelly, Mimicking Birds & more

Concerts, May 1-7

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  • Bruce Springsteen
M. Ward w/Mount Moriah The fantastic, underrated roots-Americana troubadour makes his headlining debut in Florida, and includes this St. Pete date on his itinerary. If you missed last week’s Q&A with M. Ward, click here. Also on the bill: Mount Moriah, which crafts twangy folk and alt-country tunes as driven by the husky drawl of frontwoman Heather McEntire. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Bruce Springsteen The 18th studio album from America’s favorite heartland rocker, this year’s High Hopes, didn’t have Springsteen’s usual grand scope — it was a collection of outtakes, covers, leftover material and re-readings rather than a fully realized work — but he’s hitting the road to tour behind it nonetheless, joined by the tight, energetic E Street Band, which has included guitar master Tom Morello for the past several years. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)

Rock the Park w/Big Shoals/Florida Night Heat/Kristopher James Rock the Park returns for its May edition with a triple threat of good music to keep the rain at bay: Big Shoals, a Gainesville trio that waxes on regrets in love, bad habits and bastard (or bitch-face) behavior against dusty vintage-hued Americana and ass-kicking roots rock. Florida Night Heat brings the oozy stoner grime and psychedelic grooves, while Bradenton’s Kristopher James delivers sweet n’ acoustic twangy folk singer-songwriter fare. Here’s hoping for a dry one. (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa)

Suicide Commando w/Cyanide Regime/00tz 00tz Belgian musician Johan van Roy is Suicide Commando, and he’s issued more than a dozen aggrotech recordings, all marked by unrelenting electro-industrial drum machine beats and harsh-hitting vocals warped and pitch-shifted into ugly robotic tones. In sum, ideal sounds for the next Blade film. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

R. Kelly w/Tamar Braxton Sometimes on ladies’ night out, we willfully overlook all that pee-pee misogyny stuff for a few minutes to get down to R. Kelly’s hip-hop bouncing and slower-jamming R&B tunes: “Bump n’ Grind,” “Down Low (Nobody Has To Know),” “Fiesta (Remix),” “Ignition (Remix)” (“So baby give me that Toot Toot / and lemme give you that Beep Beep”), “I’m A Flirt (Remix)” … Stage warmer Tamar Braxton stands apart from eldest sister Toni with a swankier strut to her R&B grooves, and a five-octave vocal range that runs through scales with impressive ease. (Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa)

Big Guava Festival w/Outkast/Vampire Weekend/Foster the People/Violent Femmes/many more Three days, four stages, 40-plus bands — the inaugural Big Guava fest brings buzzed-about, relevant names in hip-hop, indie rock and synth pop to the Amphitheatre stage, not to mention a fatty midway of thrill rides, food trucks and craft beer gardens. More info HERE. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)

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set and setting/Landbridge/Ex-Breathers/Permanent Makeup All’s been quiet on the set and setting front — we haven’t seen a show from the expansive, double-drumming guitar-washed post-rock/metal outfit since January. But that’s ‘cause they’ve been busy; drummers Mark Etherington and Shane Handal, axe primary and Shane’s brother Stephen Handal, along with new bass player Nick Newsted, are finishing a second LP produced by Ryan Haft at Pinecrust Studios (Torche, Holly Hunt). On this night, they’ll be joined by three other heavy, drone, No Wave, etc. acts. It might get loud. (Octave, St. Petersburg)

Heroes + Villains The pseudonym of Atlanta-based producers Daniel Disaster and Pete H, Heroes + Villains kick out trap music with Dirty South grime and hints of house, punk, electro, rap and hardcore flavor, and are generally regarded as one of the trap genre’s finest production teams. New single “Twerk” builds to its single-word pitch-shifted chorus with multiple layers of whizzing, whirring synths that burst into crunked-out beats with stuttering snares and an effected vocal splice of Miley Cyrus. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)

Dick Dale & The Dick Dale Band w/The Branson Welsh Group/Trigger City Trio/Tidal Wave Dick Dale is the iconic re-creator of “Misirlou,” who single-handedly defined the surf-rock genre with his staccato-picked Middle Eastern-influenced scales and thick, watery guitar tones, achieved with a mix of custom Fender-made amplifiers and reverb experimentation. His sonic legacy has influenced innumerable artists, from early friend and fan Jimi Hendrix to Man Or Astroman? to Wavves and Surfer Blood. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

The Mud Flappers w/Savants of Soul Orlando’s Mud Flappers deliver an exuberant blend of gypsy jazz, vintage folk, Floridiana roots and rural blues using a kitchen’s sink worth of instrumentation — mandolin, trumpet, ukulele, harmonica, fiddle, kazoo, banjo, upright bass, accordion, drums, and even Theremin. Savants of Soul, an ensemble from Gainesville, offer up brass-charged soul marked by the intertwining male-female vocal harmonies of singers Justin McKenzie and Christina Holder. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Grant Peeples CD Release Show Florida troubadour Peeples debuts his full-length of tongue-in-cheeky swamp-folk blues, Punishing the Myth, which makes generous use of B-3 organs and trumpet and includes but isn’t limited to a duet about state execution with Eliza Gilkyson (“The Hanging”), a love ditty dedicated to a late lesbian aunt (“Aunt Lou”), a Texas-fueled rant (“It’s Too Late to Live in Austin”), and, as he describes it on his site, a song about “a soft stab at romance with an M-1 carbine” (“I Can’t Imagine Him Carrying a Carbine”). (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)

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  • Feral Babies
Feral Babies (Final Show!) w/Radarmen/Station Cases/Awkward Age Three years' worth of balls-to-the-wall punk rocking comes to an end this Saturday night when unruly four-piece Feral Babies play their final show. Former Babies axe-slinger Sulynn Hago — who just opened up her own biz, Tampa Guitar School — rejoins her former bandmates for this special final set, and three quality local compatriots support. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) 

Christina Perri w/Birdy You likely know the pop-rock piano-playing songstress best from her melancholic “Jar of Hearts” or potentially from the equally emotive and sluggish “A Thousand Years,” the song tapped for the third Twilight film, Breaking Dawn — Part 1. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Modern Measure w/Sir Charles A new(ish) jamtronic duo signed to Sound Tribe Sector 9’s 1320 Records, Modern Measure hails from Atlanta and constructs sample-spliced bass music calling on elements of hip-hop and downtempo electronica. The duo uses a combination of organic instrumentation (Kyle Holly on drums, Bobby McAlister on keys) and electro gear and production, which gets programmed, re-mixed, and sequenced on the fly in a live setting. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band w/Hymn for Her Nobody reps backwoods culture quite as well as Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, spawned from rural Indiana and fronted by namesake songsmith Peyton. He leads the three-piece through stomping country and Delta-soaked blues odes, with support from wife Breezy on washboard and backup vox and pounding rhythms by drummer Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell. Seventh and latest full-length, 2012’s Between the Ditches, debuted at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the iTunes and Billboard Blues charts. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

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  • Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Ol’ Dirty Sundays w/DJ Chuck Chillout DJ/producer Chuck Chillout was one-third of the B-Boyz (“Rock the House”). He’s worked with the likes of Run DMC and Public Enemy, and he pretty much introduced hip-hop to Japan. He’ll be breaking it down on the decks with some old- and new-school hip-hop joints on this ODS date. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

The Doobie Brothers From more swampy country-licked odes like “Listen to the Music” and “Blackwater,” to harder and more urgent driving numbers “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Long Train Runnin’” and “China Grove,” to the softer rollicking fare — “What a Fool Believes,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Takin’ It to the Streets” — The Doobie Brothers have made their mark on the great American rock n’ roll songbook. Tom Johnston (guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals) and Patrick Simmons (guitars, banjo, flute, vocals) remain from the original 1970s lineup. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

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Open Air 2: Cuatro De Mayo Party w/Three/Jesse Perez/Brian Busto/Kenderdine Bros/Felp Get your tequila drinking and electro dancing on from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. when the house music champions of Hyde Park Café’s Friday night Serious Soul parties host a Cinco (Cuatro) de Mayo throwdown at Ceviche, bringing in the big guns via ever-popular Tampa-molded, NYC-based DJ Three as well as grinding Miami talent Jesse Perez, among others. (Ceviche, Tampa) 

Zucchero The Italian superstar rocker with blues-boogie persuasions has been active for more than four decades and sold upwards of 50 million albums internationally. Currently he’s touring behind his most recent studio LP, 2012’s La Sesión Cubana, which was recorded in Cuba with producer Don Was along with some of Havana’s finest native musicians. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)

Dropkick Murphys w/The Bots After the first several rounds of dates supporting their eighth and latest LP, 2013’s Signed and Sealed in Blood, Celtic punk rockers Dropkick Murphys make their way back down south, bringing bagpipes-imbued, strings-shredded tunes like the explosive rallying cry of “The Prisoner’s Song” and ode of remembrance, “Rose Tattoo,” the latter re-recorded with guest vocals by Bruce Springsteen on a Murphys EP that raised funds for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Turkuaz CD Release Show A self-described “funk army of multi-instrumentals and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex.” Brooklyn-bred Turkuaz cites Sly & The Family Stone, Remain In Light-era Talking Heads and P-Funk among its influences, mixing Afro-flecked world-pop, funk power and R&B grooves into a brassy dance-vibing concoction. This tour backs new full-length Future 86. Turkuaz also plays Tampa Museum of Art on Sun., May 4. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

T-Bird and the Breaks A throwback ensemble from Austin piloted by husky howling and crooning frontman Tim Crane, aka T-Bird, whose band — a sizzling full-bodied rhythm section, a few horn players and three female back-up singers — brews up a swaggering, hip-swinging funk 'n' soul style informed by the sound of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s with New Orleans grease and golden-age hip-hop flavor added for good measure. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

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  • of Montreal
of Montreal w/Boogarins A shrewd, provocative wordsmith with a wardrobe full of flamboyant finery, Kevin Barnes has been of Montreal’s commander-in-chief since the Athens-area band’s inception; he writes the music and lyrics, determines the band’s stylistic direction, and has done it mostly on his own — usually bringing on his bandmates once he’s done — for the past 18 years and 12 albums. The last, 2013’s Lousy with Sylvanbriar, veered from Barnes’ typical confetti-strewn psych pop to tape machine analog and a crunchy-vintage guitar-driven psychedelic rock sound, taking inspiration from bands like Flying Burrito Brothers and Grateful Dead. Hyped-up Brazilian tropicalia-psych rockers Boogarins bring added value to this Tuesday night bill. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Houndmouth w/Clear Plastic Masks Signed to London-based indie label Rough Trade Records and backing their first proper full-length, 2013’s From the Hills Below the City, youthful Indiana roots rock four-piece Houndmouth is currently living out the theme of their catchy lead single “On the Road,” its swinging momentum carried on marching piano and bouncing rhythms, its chorus delivered by sweetly harmonizing masculine-feminine vocals. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Rhapsody on Fifth Featuring Wycliffe Gordon A concert to benefit the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts’ fundraising foundation. Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (formerly of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra) performs with concert pianist Mark Markham, and sits in with jazz and wind ensembles from the conservatory. Includes a special presentation of Robert W. Smith’s Promising Skies, a symphonic tone poem that recreates and commemorates the Hurricane Katrina experience. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

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  • Mimicking Birds
Mimicking Birds w/Heavy Metals/Funny Bunny In “Bloodlines” — the lead-off single of Mimicking Birds’ upcoming sophomore LP — visionary frontman Nate Lacy serenades in delicate high-toned vocals over gently picked acoustic guitar, keyboard notes that fall like exquisite drops of melody, and a slow meandering rhythm, all coming to a close in a fluttering pool of sonic flotsam. The Portland band issues Eons on May 13 via Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace label; this tour hypes it up. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Grind Till Gore Tour w/Impurity/Queef Huffers/Cute & Cuddly Kittens A three-band bill of super-heavy music including two Jacksonville acts — Queef Huffers, purveyors of self-styled “pornogrind,” and thrash/punk goregrind outfit Cute & Cuddly Kittens — and Gainesville-spawned death metal makers Impurity. (Brass Mug, Tampa)

Dams/Samurai Shotgun/Jitters/Bees and Enormous Tigers An intriguing, mid-week (free) Fubar showcase featuring progressive-leaning acts of varying styles — prog-psychedelia with heavy metallic overtones (Dams), aggro-funky prog-hop (Samurai Shotgun), dark and grungy propulsive alt rock (Bees and Enormous Tigers aka BAET), and prog experimentalism from two members of Hovering Humanoids (Jitters). (Fubar, St. Petersburg)

For a complete list of this week's concerts, plus info about concerts on the horizon, CLICK HERE.

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M. Ward at the State Theatre — May 1, 2014

M. Ward at the State Theatre — May 1, 2014

M. Ward wore a plaid shirt and a sweet, slight grin throughout his set at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg, Thursday, May 1. His vocal performance offered raspy, honey-sweet perfection, sounding more resonant live than in his recordings. A few songs in, he mentioned that the tour stop brought him to St. Petersburg for the first time, and he surveyed the crowd to see if they preferred to call it St. Pete or St. Petersburg. "St. Pete!" was the loudest response. Ward even gushed a little about the Burg, positing that the Burg's citizens "live in paradise." Ward gave the performance his all with modest graciousness, showing off his skills on a Gibson and acoustic, plus a harmonica too. His top-notch backup band had one guitarist multitasking on a second drum. He opened with "Poison Cup" and played tunes throughout his catalog, including his latest full-length, Wasteland Companion ... (Text by Julie Garisto. For more photos by Daniel Veintimilla, visit Eternal Oblivion on Facebook.)

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