Things go in cycles, and the North Tampa venue that helped the city earn the title of Death Metal Capital of the World in the early ’90s is once again on the rise. While the focus is on metal, the Mug is and always has been open to multiple different styles, so long as there’s a loud guitar in there somewhere, and in its heyday hosted touring punk and alt-rock acts in addition to more metallic fare. But these days, it looks like the new space is the place to go when you want to find out what’s going on in the heavy-music underground. 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa, 813-972-8152, facebook.com/brassmug
Grunge Fest with Stereo Type, Skare Taktiks, Therapeutic Chokehold, Trankquill, The Defiant, Funeral Daisies (7/26); Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (9/20).
More than one great rock act came of age in a strip-mall bar, and tons of Bay area acts have done so at the Pegasus, a North Tampa local-scene touchstone that’s been around for more than a decade. More biker-y than dive-y, the Pegasus has earned a reputation as a place to see both ultra-new acts on their way up and some of the most stylistically diverse bills in town. Hard rock is the venue’s bread and butter, but it’s certainly not the rule. 10008 N. 30th St., Tampa, 813-971-1679,pegasusniteclub.com
Two For The Ferryman EP Release Show (8/1); Altavilla, Echo Rowdy, Green Eye (8/2).
Comfy, welcoming and always eclectic, the North Tampa/USF area coffeehouse has been a longtime incubator of creative talent with its popular open mic night on Mondays. With more groups hosting events than we have room to print on one page, SG’s the go-to place to meet new people, try your hand at a new musical instrument, take a class or perform live for the first time. Activism and animal rights/humanitarian activities are always on tap. Haters are well-advised to stay away. 819 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, 813-983-0837, sacredgroundstampa.com
The Silver Screen Orchestra, Patrick Dugan and Franc Roberts (7/25); Chris Lawson (8/8).
USF Sun Dome
The home of USF basketball moonlights as a formidable music arena. A $35.6 million renovation in 2012 did wonders for the venue; its capacity increased to 10,000, new strategically poised speaker clusters benefited its sound system, and fresh acoustical panels added a welcome finishing touch to the upgrades. National tours often make stops at the Dome, giving students and the Tampa populace alike a chance to see highly coveted acts like The Lumineers and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-974-3111.
Tampa Urban Music Festival featuring Anthony Hamilton, Lyfe Jennings (8/23); Fitz and the Tantrums (9/10)