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Build Your Own Set Hometown Show w/Set It Off/Stages and Stereos/Airsickness/Music Box Fresh off the Warped Tour stage and before they go overseas on a two-week tour warming up for Tonight Alive, then hit the road with Story of the Year for some dates on the Scream It Like You Mean It tour, Tampa alt emo-punk rockers and Equal Vision Records artists Set It Off — backing the deluxe re-issue of 2012 album Cinematics — play a hometown “Build Your Own Set” show. The songs in the setlist are chosen by local fans via Set It Off’s Facebook page, though I couldn’t find a place to vote at the time of this writing. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
The Black Honkeys w/Tampa Bay Soul Divas Motown enjoys a lively revival with every show by the funk, soul and R&B players of The Black Honkeys, their brassed-up catalog of retro fare and vintage-hued originals hitting St. Pete this Friday night. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)
David Nail Country up-and-comer David Nail (who’s got two full-lengths out and charted a No. 1 Hot Country hit with 2011’s “Let It Rain” featuring Sarah Buxton) stops in town hyping a forthcoming album and shortly after releasing new single, “Whatever She’s Got.” (Dallas Bull, Tampa)
Pet Shop Boys According to vocalist Neil Tennant, the Pet Shop Boys’ 12th and latest studio LP, Electric, is a more banging endeavor than last year’s introspective Elysium, crafted using vintage synths and drum machines paired with modern computer tricks. Latest single “Love Is a Bourgeois Construct” is a triumphant, pulsating anti-love anthem (“Love is a bourgeois construct, it’s a blatant fallacy, you won’t see me with a bunch of roses, promising fidelity, that doesn’t mean a thing to me”), while their energetic reading of Springsteen’s “Last to Die” offers more proof as to why Tennant and longtime co-collaborator, keyboardist/guitarist Chris Lowe, are still the most successful duo in U.K. music history. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Depeche Mode w/Bat For Lashes “Enjoy the Silence,” “Personal Jesus” and “Policy of Truth” were my go-to Dark Wave jams back in the day, when hitting The Castle on Monday nights kicked off my weekly Ybor routine and Depeche Mode’s Violator was in heavy rotation with other British exports like Echo & the Bunnymen and The Cure, David Gahan’s low intones simmering and brooding in contrast to the morose wails of the latter few. The innovative electronic music trio spins through the amphitheater on a huge world tour behind Delta Machine, their 13th studio LP. Fellow countrywoman Bat For Lashes (London multi-instrumentalist songstress Natasha Khan) opens the show supporting a much-anticipated third album, last year’s The Haunted Man. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)
Ricky and Stevie’s Big Birthday Bash and Moonsnakes CD Release Party Local singer-songwriter Ricky Wilcox and his former Delores Telescope bandmate and current axe-slinging Moonsnakes sideman/producer Steve Connelly, present a co-birthday bash/release show in honor of their Old Glory EP, which includes three old DT tracks along with a few new Moonsnakes originals. Special guests TBA. The $7 admission includes a copy of the CD. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)
WMNF Birthday Bash, Part 1: Del McCoury w/Tommy Malone/The TPA Collective If you missed out on Del McCoury when the iconic bluegrass Hall of Famer stopped in town with Preservation Hall Jazz Band in February, or you simply want to do it all over again, minus the formality of a concert hall and plus the more casual and intimate under-the-stars confines of the Skipperdome, WMNF welcomes Del and his award-winning group of players to headline its 34th Birthday Bash. The community radio station also welcomes Subdude Tommy Malone, who hits with fiery Louisiana-brewed roots rock informed by classic R&B, blues, and country music. Kicking off the festivities is The Tampa Collective, led by vocalist Dre Anders with guitarist Josh Lamkin, keysman Howard Helm, and drummer Leroy Myers. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
Loretta Lynn The graceful star of country and honky tonk has been plying her songs with a smile for more than five decades and over 54 studio albums, and her membership in The Grand Ole Opry stands at 51 years and counting. Loretta Lynn broke two ribs after a fall in her home a few weeks ago, which caused her to postpone the first few dates of her current tour, though the injury hasn’t kept her off the road for too long and her Florida stops are scheduled to go on as planned. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Kid Rock w/ZZ Top/Uncle Kracker A triple serving of Southern-fried sounds as ring-led by Detroit’s favorite trailer park progeny, Kid Rock, whose 2012 album Rebel Soul finds the 42-year-old in a more Motown soulful state of mind. ZZ Top serves up their usual helping of beardy blues rock grind on this last stop of the “$20 Best Night Ever Tour.” (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)
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 $$.