THURSDAY, MAY 17
Rusko There’s been such a massive upsurge of dubstep artists in the past several years that it's hard to tell the difference between the cream and the crap of the crop. For me, it's all about the placement of those thick and grimy sub-bass drops and blast-offs. Do they catch you by surprise in a good way or bad? Does the song depend so heavily on the drops that if you removed them, you wouldn’t have a real song at all, or do the drops just seem to naturally fall into place? Rusko is among the cream, a hip young British DJ/producer who earned street cred when he collabed with M.I.A. on 2010's Maya. He released a second full-length, Songs, this March. He also joined forces with Cypress Hill for last month’s Cypress X Rusko EP, an unexpectedly effective pairing as evidenced in tracks like “Lez Go,” which finds rappers B-Real and Sen Dog trading clever-flowing rhymes with vet's finesse over lengths of techno-sonics and fuzzy drops that are weaved throughout and augment the live beats by guest drummer Travis Barker. Did I mention that dubstep and hip hop go together like peanut butter and jelly? (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)
Tribal Seeds w/Through the Roots/Sheffield Crew Tribal Seeds cite Steel Pulse and Bob Marley as influences, but the California roots reggae sextet infuses modern freshness with their interplay of fatty effects-laden basslines and fuzzy electro-trippy synthesizers, singer/guitarist Steven Rene Jacobo crooning, chanting and lightly toasting in smooth, higher-register vocal melodies to the band's dub-flecked island-swaying riddims. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Stan Hunter Sextet Musicians never really retire, especially the ones who practice jazz. Case in point: esteemed St. Pete-based keys master Stan Hunter, who remains active despite inching ever closer to octogenarian status. He appears for occasional sit-ins and performs headlining gigs like this intimate Side Door Jazz concert, where he's joined by guitarist LaRue Nicholson, bassist Billy Pulicheri, sax player Ernie Calhoun, trumpeter Bob Switzer, and drummer Henry Ettman. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
FRIDAY, MAY 18
Nessie "Undead" w/The Pretty Voices/The Burning Seeds Orchestra For the temporary resuscitation of their loud, old school emo-twang outfit, guitarist/singer Scott Harrell, bassist Joey Neill, and drummer Joe Going play all the old Nessie tunes, toast to old times in glasses filled with foaming on-tap craft brews from Crums' extensive menu, embrace righteous not-old-yet attitudes, and get all nostalgic about the good old days. (Crums Bar & Grill, St. Petersburg)
Leon Russell Long snowy haired-and-bearded soul-blues rocker Leon Russell partnered up with Elton John to produce 2010's The Union, a co-release by a seemingly mis-matched pair of piano players that turned out to be odd couple gold, earning them a Grammy nom and across-the-board accolades. This solo gig is only one of a handful he plays this month. (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)
Whole Wheat Bread w/DP/Neglected Superhero/Samurai Shotgun Jacksonville's Whole Wheat Bread is a punk band, but their aesthetic lies somewhere in hard-edged punk pop territory. The three-piece does like to mix it up; "Old Man Samson," with its boisterous shout-sung choruses, reveals a cheeky Celtic punk side while "Bombs Away" with guest singer Mike McColgan of Dropkick Murphys creeps into grungy alt-rock territory and "Stuck In Da Dark" featuring sometime collaborator, West Coast indie rapper Murs, has mild hip-hop tendencies. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
6 Volt Rodeo/Midnight Bowlers League A free double header of locally-brewed rockabilly: jump blues and Western Swing-infused 6 Volt Rodeo, their sound marked by the siren sultry vocals of Arianna Leigh Blackwell-Kelly; and the more twangy-traditional leaning Midnight Bowlers League. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa)
Reckless Kelly w/Gabriel Kelley On their current tour, Austin-based country roots quintet Reckless Kelly — led by Braun brothers Willy (vocals, guitar) and Cody (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica) — celebrates 15 years together and the release of a seventh full-length, 2011's Good Luck & True Love. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)
SATURDAY, MAY 19
Jane's Addiction w/The Duke Spirit Perry Ferrell, Dave Navarro and the rest of the alt-rock miscreants who make up Jane's Addiction are enjoying their third-times-a-charm reunion. They reconvened in their "classic" lineup in 2008 with original bassist Eric Avery, who backed out a few years later and was replaced by recurring stand-in Chris Chaney when they began working on their fourth album and first of original material since 2003's Strays. The Great Escape Artist (2011) was recorded in LA with producer Rich Costey (Muse, NIN) and several guest musicians and collaborators, including TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek and former GNR/current Velvet Revolver low-end maestro Duff McKagen. This stop is part of the band's "Theatre of the Escapists" tour, a carnival of music, art, and immersive theater that features local jugglers, poets, actors and other performers entertaining fans in the lobbies before each concert. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)
I was at the show and loved it. Great insightful review
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