THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
Shpongle w/Phutureprimitive A distinctive downtempo psych-electro (‘psybient’) music duo from the UK, Shpongle was formed 16 years ago by Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen, on synths, production and live instrumentation) and Raja Ram (flutes, concepts, vocals). The duo are joined by assorted musicians in collabs that marry traditional world music sounds and textures with western synth-driven psychedelia as shaded by their own consciousness-expanding experiences, evidenced most clearly in popular tripped-out tribal odyssey, “Divine Moments of Truth” (acronym ‘DMT’). The current “Masquerade Tour” features a colossal stage rig, dazzling lights and kaleidoscopic visuals. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City) --Leilani Polk
Pierce the Veil w/Sleeping With Sirens/Tonight Alive/Hands Like Houses Collide with the Sky, Pierce the Veil’s third studio LP and first on Fearless Records, debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and is marked by the wildly sung and screamed vocals of Vic Fuentes, which arch and climb over energetic post-hardcore with experimental tendencies. Dark and seething single “King for a Day” features guest vocals by Kellin Quinn of Sleeping with Sirens, a post-hardcore outfit that supports Pierce the Veil on their current tour. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)--LP
The Dwarves w/Dead Cat Lounge If GG Allin and The Cramps had a bastard child, it would be The Dwarves. Since their beginnings in the mid-1980s, The Dwarves have never failed to shock both lyrically and sonically. Though the production-value of their records has improved, the message remains the same: Kill Everyone With Loud Rock & Roll — No One is Safe. This show is recommended for everyone who likes adrenaline rushes and the smell of fear. (Brass Mug, Tampa) —Justin Little
Alejandro Escovedo w/Ghost Wolves Mexican-American singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovado hits the Skipperdome with an eclectic performance bolstered by his backing band, The Sensitive Boys. The 61-year-old was named “Artist of the Decade” by No Depression magazine back in 1998 and to this day, he maintains a richly underground sensibility with a knack for alt-country rockin’ and ruminations on life, love, and hardship. After collapsing on stage in 2003 as a result of a long-fought battle with Hepatits-C, Escovado returned to the stage disease-free and healthy a few years later, and shows no signs of letting up with five studio albums under his belt since his comeback (including 2012’s Big Station, his 12th overall). Austin garage-rock outfit Ghost Wolves supports. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —Andrew Silverstein
The Ben Miller Band Ozark stompin’ and skulkin’ blue-collar musicians make up The Ben Miller Band, which purveys a mix of Delta blues and Appalachia-laced roots music; songwriting namesake Miller — who has nasal drawling vocals and plays a mean slide blues guitar along with banjo, foot percussion and harmonica — is joined by one-string washtub bassist Scott Leeper and Doug Dicharry on drums, percs, trombone, electric washboard, trumpet, mandolin, and electric spoons as needed. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)--LP
Luther w/The Arteries/Hold Tight! A pre-Fest 11 show featuring sets by Philly’s Luther, a grungy alt-rock foursome with pop-savvy hooks; Wales punk rockers The Arteries; and pop punk outfit Hold Tight!, from Richmond, Va. (Transitions Art Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)--LP
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Blast Friday: The Romantics The streets of downtown Clearwater are alive and rocking this Friday night as Detroit garage rock/power pop legends The Romantics hit Clearwater’s monthly street festival, Blast Friday. Best known for their timeless party rock anthem “What I Like About You” and 1980’s catchy-as-hell mega-hit “Talking in Your Sleep,” the leather-clad foursome have developed a rep for staging raucous live performances that always include plenty of sweat and soul. The Romantics have continued to record throughout the years and promise to play some new songs from a forthcoming album as well as signature hits and a host of other equally potent tracks from their 30-year career output. The festival — which also features street vendors, food and beverages — kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. (Cleveland Street, downtown Clearwater) —Gabe Echazabal
Maggie Rose A fresh, dulcet-drawling 20-something country music singer who has recorded the odd single (including a cover of “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon early in her career and sassy-challenging “I Ain’t Your Mama” more recently) as well as a 2011 EP, Maybe Tonight. (Dallas Bull, Tampa)--LP
33rd Annual Freakers Ball: End Of The World, Yours And Mayan The venue throws its long-running Halloween costume ball, this one paying unavoidable homage to the impeding end of the world according to the Mayan calendar with fatty cash prizes for the best themed costumes. Pete Jarvis of Pete and Wayne serves as Master of Ceremonies, and hip-hop rockers Stick Martin Show provide the musical entertainment. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)--LP
Two Man Gentlemen Band Once you’ve seen ’em, you know there’s no two musicians who put on a show quite like Two Man Gentleman Band. The tenor guitar and string bass duo composed of Andy Bean and Fuller Condon blend wry humored lyrics with dexterous, street-folk instrumentation into a live performance that has charmed and entertained audiences across the nation, and in Tampa quite a few times, for the past seven years. Song titles like “Prescription Drugs (Let’s Have a Party!)” and “Pork Chops” should give you an idea of what these guys are all about; good old fashioned fun. Make no mistake about it, though – this string duo can shred with the best of ‘em. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —AS
Excellent review, sorry I missed the concert.
I was fortunate to see Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presence was heart warming and her…
loved it! Well worth the $$.