Elton John christens the new Sun Dome, plus Girls Out Loud Fest, Yelawolf & more in Tampa Bay area live music 


Strung Out w/The Swellers/Such Gold SoCal punk-metal rockers Strung Out formed in 1989, were one of the earliest bands signed to Fat Wreck Chords (the label owned and operated by NOFX’s Fat Mike), and have continued to release recordings under the imprint to this day. The five-piece hits town on their “Twisted In A Suburban Wasteland” tour, during which they perform both of their seminal albums back-to-back and in full: Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues (1996) and Twisted By Design (1998). (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Broadway w/Us, From Outside/These Hearts Orlando post-hardcore foursome Broadway went viral with their cover of Lonely Island’s spoofy track, “I’m on a Boat” and issued a well-regarded first album, Kingdoms, via Uprising Records (formerly home to Fall Out Boy and Emmure) in 2009. Sophomore follow-up Gentlemen’s Brawl dropped in June, and found them exploring a more upbeat punk-pop sound. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Citizen Cope “Together we could walk to the river / Stand with the families / Move to the sound of the band from Atlantis / One lovely day,” the artist otherwise known as Clarence Greenwood croons huskily in the title track off his 2012 sixth LP, its wistfully hopeful strains built on acoustic guitar, sturdy piano, elastic bouncing bass and relaxed rhythms. The rest of One Lovely Day proves a similarly appealing, sometimes tinkling blend of melodic blues-pop, island rock, psychedelia lite and hip-hop. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

UPROAR Festival w/Shinedown/Godsmack/Staind/Adelitas Way/P.O.D./Thousand Foot Krutch/more Papa Roach withdrew from the third annual traveling UPROAR Festival and bumped up Las Vegas newbs Adelitas Way (“Invincible”) onto the main stage, but it still feels a bit like an early aughts revival. Godsmack’s star rose with with back-to-back platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated albums Awake and Faceless in 2000 and 2003; their heavy grinding alt-metal is driven by the deep, raspy roars of Sully Erna that you likely best remember from hits like “Awake” and “I Stand Alone.” The grungy alt-rock-with-acoustic-interludes of Staind is marked by Aaron Lewis’ overpained (constipative-induced?) wailing; their two highest-grossing albums were 2001’s Break the Cycle (“It’s Been a While”) and 2003’s 14 Shades of Grey (“So Far Away”). Jacksonville’s Alice in Chains-channeling Shinedown rose to mainstream prominence in 2003 with their platinum debut, Leave a Whisper, and has charted eight No. 1 Hot Mainstream Rock hits that are apparently responsible for putting them at the top of this bill. (1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa)


Arrested Development w/The Black Honkeys/Trenchfoot Shindig/J-Killz/Scott Tanner Remember “Mr. Wendal,” the catchiest pop tune you’ve ever heard about a bum? Or the bumpin’ spliced and diced “Tennessee,” which has leader/rapper Speech conversing with God about his ancestors and history along with his hopes, fears and reflections on humanity? Or perhaps you know their grooving Sly Stone remix, “People Everyday,” best? All are off Arrested Development’s multi-platinum 1992 debut, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of… The uplifting and socially aware alt hip-hop group from Atlanta hits town on as part of their 20th anniversary tour. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Bard and Mustache w/RUG/RedFeather/Goodnight Neverland Sarasota singer/guitarist Erin Murphy (Equines) and Philly native cellist Greg Bortnichak (Sparta Philharmonic) met a few years ago, embarked on a whirlwind indie rock romance and started a collaborative recording project they dubbed Bard and Mustache that evolved into permanent pairing after Bortnichak’s move to the Sunshine State last year. The two recently merged their respective labels (hers Finch House, his NJ-based Atlas), and simultaneously got engaged and released their third EP, Bitter Painter, in August. Dark, baroque-flavored rock with more urgent pacing and experimentation than previous excursions, Bitter Painter has a haunting, lo-fi Grizzly Bear quality imbued by the all-analog studio and reel-to-reel tape machines used to record the layers of fuzzy guitars, mechanized beats, and electric violins and looped cellos. The overlap of Murphy’s throaty rich vocals and Bortnichak’s lower register talk-murmur style and ethereal higher-register add an intriguing capriciousness to the tracks. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Elton John The newly revamped USF Sun Dome kicks off its Grand Opening with an explosive bang on the ivories by one of the most successful artists of all time. Elton John has recorded more than 30 albums in his nearly five-decade career as a pop-minded piano rocker and experienced all-manner of transformations through the eras, both in fashion and musical styles as he dished out hits in the 1970s, ’80s, 90s and ‘00s, from the funky disco-tromp of “Philadelphia Freedom,” to the bluesy pop of “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” to the Disney-approved balladry of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” This is his first headlining gig in Tampa in 14 years. (USF Sun Dome, Tampa)

Miggs w/10th Concession/Woody For the past 10 years, Tampa native singer-guitarist Don Miggs has been riding the ebbing and flowing career path of a professional musician — playing locally and touring nationally with mixed results, getting a brief taste of acclaim before returning to the grind, cycling through band members (including a whole lot of drummers), writing, recording and releasing albums amid ever-changing circumstances under the Miggs moniker. His current strong lineup (bassist Michael Lombardo, drummer Walker Adams and guitarist John Luzzi) joined him to record a fifth LP of catchy melodic AC alt-rock heavily dosed with rootsy heartland influences, 15th & Hope, out last week via Elm City Music and produced by legendary 15-time Grammy winner Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Paul Simon).  (Orpheum, Ybor City)


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