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Kung Fu w/COPE Kung Fu hails from Connecticut and purveys a deeply funky brand of jazz fusion that calls on the synthesized sounds of modern jamtronica, and is marked by keys and basslines treated with dirty rubbery groove-psych effects, wailing guitar solos and saxophone scales, and a hard-hitting dance-ready rhythmic thrust to keep the bodies moving all night long. (Crowbar, Ybor City)—LP
Yo Gotti feat. YG & Cash Out Yo Gotti is an elite Memphis rap scene up-and-comer who established himself with a string of indie releases and mixtapes before signing to RCA and issuing his proper full-length studio debut last year. His deliberate, rhythm-driven hoarse-grunting flow style is mildly reminiscent of both Master P and Juvenile, set against crunkin’ production and paired with the rhymes of big names guests. Three Yo Gotti tracks have made it to the charts and airwaves, including “Women Lie, Men Lie” with Lil Wayne and new club bangin’ single “Act Right” with Young Jeezy and YG, off forthcoming sophomore LP I Am. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)—LP
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
The Politix w/Synergy in a Cup/Rahim Samad/Louis Junior/Mike DeLuxx Taking their sonic cue from jazz rap groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, but exchanging traditional production for a live configuration ala The Roots, is The Politix, a Miami five-piece formed in 2010 by drummer Aaron Glueckauf, fronted by an emcee/vocalist (formerly John Payan, currently Krishton King) and filled out by University of Miami music school students Jason Matthews (keys), Patrick Howards (bass, production) and Nick Tannura (guitar). This stop comes at the tail end of their “Black Tie Tour.” (Crowbar, Ybor City)—LP
Skipper’s 33rd Anniversary Party w/COPE/Sara Rose Band/Poetry ‘N’ Lotion/The Applebutter Express/Impulse/Daniel B. Marshall/Gumbo Boogie Band/Ellie Lee & Blues Fury/6 Volt Rodeo/The Lint Rollers/Joel Tatangelo Band/Rev. Billy C. Wirtz One of Tampa Bay’s most beloved institutions rings in 33 years with a splendid lineup of local/regional talent in a free, day-long bash. The lineup celebrates the eclecticism the venue so values: jam-band (Cope, which closes), blues/rock (Joel Tatangelo Band), western swing (6 Volt Rodeo), old-style hillbilly (Sara Rose Band), reggae (Impulse) and way, way more. The Rev. Billy C. Wirtz counts it off at noon. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —ES
Felix Cartal Visit Felix Cartal’s Soundcloud page and you’ll find mixes by the Canadian EDM producer that range from sexy pulsing mid-tempo house music grooves with yearning feminine vocals soaring over top, to faster pounding electro-house scorchers riding the line between R&B and dance-pop. He signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label in 2009, and has issued several recordings since then along with touring with the likes of MSTRKRFT, Bloody Beetroots and Wolfgang Gartner. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)—LP
Chase Rice Even if you don’t know him for his music — pert drawling vocals slinging refrains like “She like to get down, sippin’ on coke and Crown, Jesus and gypsy soul / that’s how she rocks, that’s how she rolls” over guitar-rearing country odes — you might remember Chase Rice from his time beefcaking it up on (and almost winning) Survivor: Nicaragua. If so, then the bit of momentum he gained from being on the CBS reality show has at least caught your attention. Whether you listen to and like his material is a whole ‘nother yarn. (Dallas Bull, Tampa)—LP
Geto Boys Few film scenes induce quite so much satisfying glee as the laser printer beat-down in Office Space, and Geto Boys will be forever linked to it in my mind since one of their songs is playing while the baseball bats are swinging and the office dudes are kicking and stomping the machine into the ground. (“Die motherfuckers, die motherfuckers, still!”) The Houston-bred Southern rap trio with horror-core tendencies has another more well-known ode you also might remember from the film — ”Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta.” (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)—LP
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Skipper’s Inland Surf Spectacular: The Wrenchers/Tidal Wave/Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show The Skipperdome stages a mellow vocals-free surf music follow-up to Saturday’s 33rd anniversary extravaganza. Two trios — The Wrenchers and Tidal Wave — deliver made-for-Hod-Rodding sounds while the Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show is a one-man retro guitar band who plays against bass and drum tracks pre-recorded on a vintage Silvertone reel-to-reel tape deck. Get ready for a “Miserlou” or two. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)—LP
Caleb Hyers Band Album Release Party An alt-rock power trio from Tampa with a namesake singer-guitarist whose pained howls and vocal stylings taste of Maynard James Keenan influence, while his band’s sound evokes the dark and heavy grind of Tool and more introspective moody stylings of A Perfect Circle. This show celebrates the release of a new full-length, Lay Down Without a Fight. (Crowbar, Ybor City)—LP
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 $$.