THURSDAY, APRIL 3
Steve Hackett Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel might be the most prominent and prosperous ex-members of Genesis, but Steve Hackett flexed his lead guitar and songwriting muscles with the band from 1970 until his departure in 1977, and appeared on six seminal Genesis albums, including The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. The British axeman has recorded upwards of 20 solo LPs; two of those re-imagine Genesis material he helped produce as joined by assorted guest vocalists. Hackett hits town on the next leg of dates backing the most recent one, 2012’s Genesis Revisited II, and you can expect to hear “The Chamber of 32 Doors” and “Entangled” among other cuts. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)
Rock The Park: Poetry N’ Lotion/The Real Clash/Tommy Simms A triple serving of Rock the Park tastiness. Poetry n’ Lotion dishes out a clever, brass-blasted kitchen sink of fusion that touches on metal, gypsy jazz, reggae, Irish folk music, samba, psych and prog rock sonic doodads. The Real Clash brings high quality hip hop bombast with a full band (percussion, drums, guitar, bass, keys, DJ), two emcees and a howling vocalist/hype gal. And rock songwriter Tommy Simms (Win Win Winter, Automatic Love Letter) rounds it out with plaintive yet sweet vocals over heartfelt acoustic guitar-driven odes. (Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa)
In their eponymous 1999 conceptual debut, Deltron 3030 introduced a dystopian 31st-century society and its hero, Deltron Zero, an embittered former mech soldier who used his sacred rhymes to rebel against the New World Order. This year’s sequel and Deltron 3030’s first album in 13 years, Event II, is more like a bonafide rap opera, taking it forward 1,000 years past Earth’s devolution from dystopian society to a post-technology post-apocalyptic world where criminals run rampant, police are the minority, and the rest of humanity’s rogues struggle at survival. Both albums explore relevant themes without being preachy, everything is infused with a healthy dose of absurdity and humor that keeps the stuffy earnestness at bay, and guest vocalists sing hooks or backing vocals complementing Del’s chewy rhymes, or deliver skit-like narrative interludes in between tracks. Event II found an ensemble of non-musical guests filling those narrative roles — actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Amber Tamblyn, actor/comedian David Cross, and chef/entrepreneur David Chang — while the artists joining Del were the usual diverse assortment who, Del said, were all associated with Dan the Automator in some way. [MORE AFTER THE JUMP]
THURSDAY, MARCH 27
Fortunate Youth w/Sheffield Crew/Sidereal If being almost nominated for a Grammy counts, then don’t write off SoCal outfit Fortunate Youth. Their latest LP was one of 50 finalists for ‘Best Reggae Album,’ and while they didn’t make the final cut (we’re betting Snoop Lion snuck into the nominee spot Fortunate Youth should’ve had), the 12-track effort is still pretty impressive. All 40 minutes of All A Jam ooze with a kind of beach-born, rocksteady, island-friendly vibe Sublime would be proud of, and if the band digs into earlier material like "Get Up" from their debut EP or cuts like “Jah Music” from their 2012 debut LP, then fans might be getting lifted and spiritual at the show, too. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Ray Roa
It’s clear from his band’s two genre-hopping LPs and his onstage histrionics that Deafheaven frontman George Clarke has a predilection for the dramatic. Last year’s well-regarded sophomore record Sunbather drew heavily from two diametrically opposed pillars of melodrama (the weepy moans of shoegaze and the twilight rush of black metal) and rocketed the San Francisco project, helmed by Clarke and co-founder guitarist Kerry McCoy, from metal-scene pariahs to a crossover success story extolled by outfits like Spin and Pitchfork.com. This success can be at least partially attributed to Clarke’s intense night-in-and-night-out emotionality. In conversation with Clarke, with whom this interviewer caught up on the phone from a Michigan tour stop, that theatricality peeked through in his generally enthusiastic demeanor.
“Darkness always meant more to me than anything else,” he explained, regarding the early interests that eventually drew him to black metal. Whether it was the writings of Edgar Allan Poe or the body-horror of early Stephen King, the art that appealed to Clarke from a young age tended to skew toward the morbid. “It always felt stronger than things that were lighthearted or playful or bright.”
This will be Isaac Brock and Company's first Florida appearance in five years. They played a one-off in Miami following what was supposed to be an appearance at the abruptly-cancelled Langerado Music Festival back in 2009. Before that, they played at Hard Rock Live in Orlando in 2008 in support of their last proper full-length We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. They last appeared in Tampa at the old (smaller) Orpheum back in 2004 (yeesh, time flies) right before their biggest album to date, Good News for People Who Love Bad News and its ubiquitous single "Float On" blew right the fuck up into the mainstream.