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Concerts, Dec. 5-11

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Waiting For The Man: WMNF Tribute To Lou Reed Forty days. That’s how long it will have taken WMNF to stage a Lou Reed tribute show since his death. I prefer to think of it more as reverential homage than timely exploitation. The lineup features the requisite variety found in the station’s long series of tribute shows: Sons of Hippies’ garage-y psychedelia, Sarah Mac Band’s post-folk, Ronny Elliot’s crusty Americana and more. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —ES

97X Next Big Thing w/30 Seconds to Mars/A Day to Remember/Stone Temple Pilots with the dude from Linkin Park/Jimmy Eat World/Dirty Heads/Manchester Orchestra/Pepper/Sleepwave/more Jared Leto is generating Oscar buzz for his role as a transsexual drug addict dying of AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club … Wait, this is a music column. Jared Leto is the frontman for the mainstream rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, which is headlining this 13th annual radio-sponsored show. As per usual, the marathon concert presents an array of bands from the modern-rock spectrum. It’s more than tricky to find an act that lives up to the festival’s name. You might hear something new-ish and potentially big-ish on the secondary stage. If I were to head over, I’d pencil in sets by Jimmy Eat World and Manchester Orchestra. (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) —ES

Charlie Daniels Angelus Country Concert w/Charlie Daniels Band/Embry Brothers Band/Sweetwater Rain/Confederate Railroad Seventy-seven year old fiddler, guitarist, singer and redneck Charlie Daniels continues to put his name and talents toward supporting The Angelus, a home for the severely handicapped in Hudson. Three veteran country-rock acts join the fun and the cause. Two nights earlier, an event called “Charliepalooza” at the Seminole Hard Rock (which also benefits Angelus), will feature a blackjack tournament and jam session, with Daniels participating. (Dallas Bull, Tampa) —ES

The Wholetones w/The Howlin’ Brothers Marco Island’s The Wholetones stir together neo-bluegrass with Celtic-influenced folk and a smidge of heavy rock. The Howlin’ Brothers — a guitar/banjo/upright bass trio — bring their brand of soulful yee-haw all the way from Nashville. (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg) —ES

Danny Brown You have to give it to Danny Brown — the dude is one of a kind. Wild hair, wild eyes, loud and outrageous fashion sense, nasally old school rap mode, overall style and approach to lyrical matters planted firmly within the alt hip-hop realms. He’s not referring to the dance move nor tobacco in “Dip” off third full-length Old, but some pure eye-crossing molly (“I’m grinding on your bitch while I’m grinding on my teeth”), and in “Grown Up,” he waxes on his youth while also appreciating his adult life; the latter won an MTV Woodie Award for Best Video. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Jobsite Rocks! w/Poetry n’ Lotion/Scott Harrell All the usual suspects are accounted for at Jobsite Theater’s 10th annual end of the year party-slash-fundraiser — Poetry n’ Lotion, getting down to dirty brass tacks fusion with their usual nonchalant finesse and Kenny Pullin-led tomfoolery, and Scott Harrell, who’s rolling solo this year and will more than likely be howling wounded odes and spirited barn-burners over acoustic guitar maneuvers. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Guardian Alien w/Pan/Zulu Wave/Red Room Cinema The 37-minute piece that constitutes Guardian Angel’s See the World Given to a One Love Entity — the Queens, N.Y. trio’s first album for Thrill Jockey — is essentially a throbbing drone of caterwauling guitar, frenetic drumming and flighty vocals. The music is hypnotic in a mystical/psychedelic way, and my guess is that close, patient listens reveal some intriguing dynamics. Not my thing, but I can see the value. Pan, an instrumental quintet out of South Carolina, works the spunkier side of post-rock, with uplifting melodies and lushly layered guitar/violin textures. The effect is altogether beguiling. Two rising Bay area bands, Zulu Wave and Red Room Cinema, round out an enticing quadruple bill. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —ES

Bradenton Blues Festival Head south for some deep-down-in-the-soul goodness to warm your belly for the holiday season. Among the performers: right-as-rain singer guitarist Johnny Rawls, saxophonist Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang; Trampled Under Foot, an up-and-coming sibling act led by Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen; and powerhouse vocalist Shemekiah Copeland. The Saturday fest also features food, drink, art and a variety of vendors, all overlooking Manatee River. Visit for details. (Riverwalk, Bradenton) —Julie Garisto

Megadeth w/Fear Factory/Nonpoint I wonder if Dave Mustaine wishes he’d behaved just well enough to remain in Metallica, who fired the allegedly drunk and disorderly guitarist/songwriter in 1983 after a tenure of less than two years. I wonder because his subsequent band, Megadeth, pales by comparison. Mustaine’s worst decision was to assume vocal duties; his pinched talk-sing, built almost entirely on “attitude,” wears quickly thin. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —ES


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