This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Depeche Mode, J. Cole, Loretta Lynn & more 

Concerts, Sept. 12-18

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros w/Willy Mason The Magnetic Zeros are one of those acts you never really expect to catch on — a little too bohemian-crunchy and poignantly optimistic for your average indie rock listener. But the 10-member ensemble’s vivacious synthesis of psych rock, alt-folk and gospel music has won plenty of people over, as has their magnetic, effusive visionary leader, who is not, contrary to uninformed belief, the band’s namesake (though Alex Ebert did make up the Ed Sharpe persona). Ebert has called the Zeros’ new eponymous full-length — their third — “the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we’ve done.” Willy Mason brings quirky rhythm-oriented folk-blues tunes and unique deeper-register warbles to the bill; his new album Carry On was produced by Dan Carey (MIA, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand). (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Austin Lucas w/John Moreland/Mountain Holler/Panhandler Alt-country Nashville-based troubadour Austin Lucas expresses his appreciation and love for the family and friends he leaves behind while he’s on the road, and the wisdom he soaks up from the people he sees only fleetingly between shows in “Four Wheels.” The track — off his just-released fifth full-length, Stay Reckless — is carried on moseying rhythms and buoyant slide guitar and fiddle melodies, his twangy tenor sweet crooning harmonies with higher-calling Kelly Kneiser, of Glossary; that band’s other members (Joey Kneiser, Eric Giles and Bingham Barnes) also joined him on the album, as did Lucero’s Todd Beene. A full band (not Glossary) backs him on his current tour. Also of note: fave John Moreland, a beardy Oklahoma-based folk rocker whose latest album, In the Throes, was chosen as Essential Listening by the site and called “a monumental work in our little corner of the musical universe.” (The Shelter, St. Petersburg)

J. Cole w/Wale The first artist to sign to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, J. Cole (real name Jermaine Lamarr Cole) has been jamming the airwaves with tracks off second studio album Born Sinner, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts despite hitting the same week as Kanye’s Yeezus. His melodic flow and sing-song turns feel languid in tracks like the chunky-chugging obsessive love ode “Power Trip,” featuring Miguel; laid-back and confident with TLC backing in current radio cut “Crooked Smile”; or unyielding and commanding over grooving jazz in “Forbidden Fruit” with Kendrick Lamar. Also of note: word-reeling DC rapper Wale, who also has a charting track with Miguel, 2011’s “Lotus Flower Bomb,” though he’s been on the airwaves lately with that acoustic guitar-driven slow jam with Tiara Thomas, “Bad.” (Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center, Tampa)

Gato Barbieri w/Gil Machin POSTPONED; NEW DATE Fri., Nov. 8 (Friday Morning Musicale, Tampa)

Rick Springfield w/Macy Kate The raspy-timbred axe-slinging power pop-rockin’ Aussie (and smoking hot General Hospital regular) charted three hits in the U.S. in the early ’80s (“I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Jesse’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers”), and stops in town for the second time this year, behind 2012 studio album, Songs for the End of the World. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

Jay Aresty Birthday Bash w/Wolf-Face/Mosquito Teeth/Slade And The Wasters/Car Bomb Driver/Fucking Faggots One of Fubar’s co-owners gets paid his due on his birthday with sets of hard, fast, grungy-stomping punk music offered in a range of raucous locally brewed flavors. (Fubar, St. Petersburg)

Honda Civic Tour w/Maroon 5/Kelly Clarkson/PJ Morton Despite feeling like lead singer Adam Levine is kind of douchey, I dig Maroon 5. Because really, there’s no denying the sticky, infectious, whistle-fueled dance-groove of “Moves like Jagger,” Xtina’s guest spot lending it a little club pop cred. Levine & Co. have strayed away from the schmaltzier AC friendly balladry of their early reign (“She Will Be Loved,” “This Love”) to toothier groove-oriented fare for several years now, the fat fuzzy synths of 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder” (their first No. 1 hit) a theme that has continued through to fourth and latest album, 2012’s Overexposed. Levine’s vocals still tend to stray into watery bleating territory, especially if there’s a brawnier guest on hand (as with “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa), but the band makes up for it by taking unique artistic turns ala the dub-reggae bounce of “One More Night.” American Idol royalty Kelly Clarkson adds feminine appeal. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)


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