THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
Justin Bieber w/Ariana Grande/Cody Simpson Privacy is hard to come by as a celebrity in the current technological age; you’re not only dodging wily paparazzi but also all those unknown regular folks with camera phones tracking pretty much every move you make. If you’re in the throes of some very natural teenage angst, all the pictures, videos and reports of your teen-appropriate high jinks – underage drinking, weed smoking, relationship break-up drama, shirtless birthday wanderings on the streets of London, pet monkey problems at German airport customs, a $100k car wrecked not by you, but by your friend who’s driving for you – are blown out of proportion. Luckily for Canadian superstar Justin Bieber, even when he’s stumbling blearily down a sidewalk at 3 a.m. in his saggy-crotched pants and hideous headgear, he’s still a 19-year-old pop superstar with good looks, newly cut abs (hard to see a pic lately without ‘em) and enough money to sail gracefully into adulthood, provided he doesn’t get sidetracked by partying for too long, or at least learns to become more discreet about it. This is the second North American leg of his 15-month-long “Believe” tour, which actually stopped here back in December, on its first round with different pop artists supporting… (Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa)
MyChildren MyBride w/Erra/Death of An Era/Adaliah/As Crusaders Depart/It Came Without Warning Alabama-bred quintet MyChildren MyBride injects a healthy dose of seething cinematic drama into the creeping-galloping instrumentals on their most recent self-titled third album, the crushing guitar distortion, double-studded rhythms and heavy breakdowns carrying the slithering murmurs and drawn-out gut-rattling roars about life, death, god, Lucifer, entropy, immortality and the meaning of it all by vocalist Matthew Hasting. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
Leftover Cuties Residing in vaguely old timey sonic realms, Leftover Cuties craft pop noir ditties imbued with jazzy sophistication and the palm trees-swaying West Coast breeziness of their LA homebase. Ukuleles, accordion, jaunty horns and rhythms, the round resonant sounds of upright bass, occasional whistling, and Israeli-bred chanteuse Shirli McAllen leading it all with her commanding yet coy silky sultry intones. Fans of The Big C might recognize Leftover Cuties from the Showtime show’s theme song (“Game Called Life”), or maybe you’ve heard the quartet’s vintage-hued kazoo-laden cover of “When You’re Smiling,” which was used in an international Hyundai campaign. This tour backs a sophomore full-length issued last month, The Spark & The Fire. (Jaeb Theater at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Tampa)
Adam Ant w/Prima Donna He hit Tampa last year nearly four months before releasing his 17-song autobiographical comeback album and first record of new material in 18 years, Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter. On this night, close to seven months after its release, he finally returns, this time bringing his dandily-dressed audaciousness to St. Pete with his band, The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse, to play hits, early deep cuts, and selections from his new LP. More about Ant in Julie’s story.Openers Prima Donna hail from LA but have that Midwestern punk rock/power pop appeal made so beloved by Cheap Trick. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
The Barlettas w/The Happiness Machine/Saint Popes Athens, Ga. has long been a hotbed of diverse genre-spanning indie music, from B-52s, REM and Widespread Panic, to Neutral Milk Hotel, of Montreal and Drive-By Truckers. The latest noteworthy upstarts from the creative college town are The Barlettas, which draw on many decades of influences while somehow managing to deliver a fresh, eclectic sound. The five-piece blends sunshine-soaked pop rock melodies with honky tonk twang and vintage psychedelia, adds the odd dose of reggae, surf-pop and Americana flavor, and finishes it off with the most charming interlaced and overlapping vocal harmonies you ever did hear, their light-hearted lyrical matter offered up in sweetly ragged hoots, coos, howls and warbles. A few high quality locals join them on this New World stop. The Barlettas also play Dunedin Brewery on Thurs., Aug. 8. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
Gareth Asher w/Steve Everett Gareth Asher is a quiet force of alt folk beauty. The Georgia native singer-songwriter’s husky-tender vocal stylings and soulful serenades have earned him a growing base of relentlessly loyal fans that are treated to his very personal gratitude for their support via his ‘Cover of the Month’ video series; they send in requests, he picks one each month and posts a YouTube video of himself performing it in a stripped-down acoustic guitar-driven format. July featured a warm, lovely rendition of Jim Croce’s “I Got a Name,” apparently his favorite tune by the artist. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)
Swiss Sauce Vol. 2: Zeds Dead/Dieselboy/Exodus/many others St. Pete promoter Stephen Welch presents the next installment of his new electronic music series. Swiss Sauce Vol. 2 is headed up by Canadian production duo Zeds Dead (DC and Hooks, aka Dylan Mamid and Zach Rapp-Rovan), their bass-driven jams touching on glitch, dubstep, drumstep, hip hop, DnB and electro house music. Fourth and latest Hot Sauce is their debut on Mad Decent. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
I was fortunate to see Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presence was heart warming and her…
loved it! Well worth the $$.
Coastline was also held in West Palm Beach, on the following day (Sun., Nov. 10).