THURSDAY, JUNE 28
Coldplay w/Robyn/Wolf Gang On their first North American tour in nearly three years, emotive alt rock heavyweights Coldplay returns to town supporting their 2011 fifth LP. While it didn’t earn the critical acclaim and award wins of predecessor Viva la Vida, still, Mylo Xyloto was an international platinum-plated chart-topper that hit No. 1 in 30 countries and became the UK's best-selling rock album of that year. Fellow Londoners Wolf Gang kicks off the show with their grandiose style of symphonic alt rock while Swedish electro pop songstress Robyn warms up the crowd before Coldplay hits the stage. (Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa)
Three Bad Jacks w/The Dead Popes Three Bad Jacks is a hard-edged Southern-flavored rockabilly three-piece from LA led by a singer-guitarist named Elvis – Elvis Suissa, that is. He has a petite pompadour, nicely-trimmed soul patch and vocals that take on a gruff and sneering tone in tracks like the high-octane rock thrust of "I've Been Around," or are surprisingly clear and tender as revealed in the heartfelt family-themed ode, "Noah & Jacob's Song"; both are off their most recent LP, Pictures & Memories from Home. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)
Le Blorr w/Dirty Names/The Groves Le Blorr (aka BLORR aka Bastard Lovechild of Rock n’ Roll) has been making waves from Florida’s East Coast for the past few years now. The duo (Chris Hess and Adam Winn) recently returned from spreading their bluesy, funky, psychedelic sounds around Europe, where they took in the sights, met lots of interesting people, and enjoyed plenty of experiences and adventures that’ll likely add color to the songs they write on their forthcoming debut full-length, due to be recorded in NYC with the $6k they raised via a successful Kickstarter.com campaign. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Tampa Area Rockers for Russ Concert Russ Albums is the longtime voice of local rock radio – an on-air personality at 98Rock in its early years and host of two popular shows on the dear departed 95YNF, Wax Museum and Hot Lunch – who spent years educating the public about good music, local bands included. Albums was recently in a bike accident and to help him with his costly recovery, some local musician friends organized a day’s worth of fundraising. A charity golf game takes place in the afternoon, with a benefit concert featuring local rockers – Bobby Friss, members of the Greg Billings Band, Johnny G. Lyon, Sean Chambers, Secret Service and others – occurs later that evening. (Harlie's, Pinellas Park)
FRIDAY, JUNE 29
Boston The legendary “Rock n’ Roll Band” named for the town they’re from ascended in the mid-to-late-1970s with lightly progressive hard rock marked by the high-crying reach of late lead vocalist Brad Delp and wailing multi-voice backing harmonies of his bandmates. Boston issued two multi-platinum albums and a string of tracks that became classic rock radio staples – “Don’t Look Back,” “More Than a Feeling,” "Peace of Mind” and "Foreplay/Long Time" – and experienced a comeback of sorts with their 1986 third LP and its soft rock chart-topping ballad, “Amanda.” Lead vocal duties are currently filled by Tommy DeCarlo, a fan who penned a song dedicated to Delp after his 2007 suicide and was among the vocalists invited to sing at a concert in Delp’s honor. DeCarlo was welcomed into the fold on a more permanent basis after the departure of Michael Sweet, who left his four-year stint singing with Boston to re-focus on his main band, Stryper. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)
Snatch 10-Year Anniversary Party, Part 2: Dubtribe Sound System For the second part of its 10-year anniversary festivities celebrating Snatch, Hyde Park Café welcomes grassroots San Francisco house outfit Dubtribe Sound System, led by hubby-and-wife vocalists Sunshine and Moonbeam Jones. In a live setting, the ranks are filled out by a rotating cast of musicians, percussionists, poets, painters, and singers. (Hyde Park Café, Tampa)
One Direction w/Olly Murs/Manika The next boy band phenom to cause widespread mania is British-Irish fivesome One Direction, which draws legions of screaming fans to arena-size concerts after establishing themselves only a few years ago and releasing a single full-length record, 2011’s Up All Night. (1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa)
Six Feet Under w/Revocation Counted among Tampa's most successful death metal exports and the fourth best-selling death metal act overall in the U.S., Six Feet Under hits a favored hometown venue supporting 2012’s Undead, their ninth studio album. (Crowbar, Ybor City) Change to Crowbar
Have Gun Will Travel Tour Kick-Off w/The Rosewoods/The Sh-Booms/Macrame Owls A Bradenton-based indie folk rock and Americana favorite, Have Gun Will Travel has enjoyed a pinnacle few years, first landing a distribution deal with Suburban Home in 2010 after issuing Postcards from a Friendly City, then actually signing to the label for the release of their third full-length, 2011’s Mergers & Acquisitions, which peaked at No. 78 on the CMJ Top 200 radio charts. Have Gun has been on a few national tours to promote the record, and this show kicks off a few-week foray around the Southeast backing the vinyl release of Mergers. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Tyler- I can't believe how talented of a writer you are. This article was beautifully…
Great interview! Give the interviewer a full time job! He's great!
The DJ was actually The Castle's very own DJ Tom Gold :)
Fabulous review Gabe! Too bad I missed it.