THURSDAY, JULY 18
The Beach Boys In Brian Wilson’s 1959 high school essay, “My Philosophy,” he wrote, “I don’t want to settle for a mediocre life, but make a name for myself in my life’s work, which I hope will be music.” He’s managed to exceed his teenage aspirations by leaps and bounds, and more than five decades later, he’s still riding the wave of his Beach Boys legacy and is even enjoying a long-overdue reunion with original bandmates Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks. Last year the quintet issued a brand new album in honor of their 50th anniversary, That’s Why God Made the Radio, and took it on the road. This year, the iconic surf pop ensemble opened up their archives for a career-spanning boxed set, Made In California. The six-CD collection (which includes a copy of the aforementioned essay) charts the band’s 50-year career via more than 60 previously unreleased songs, demos, alternate takes and mixes, and live recordings of concert, television and radio performances, making for a suitable conclusion to the band’s year of anniversary celebrations. The set drops Aug. 27 via Capitol/Ume. (Hard Rock Café, Tampa)
Archnemesis w/Redstar Videos of Archnemesis find two dudes in baseball caps — sound sculptors Justin Aubuchon and Curt Heiny — bouncing energetically behind a set of laptops and midi controllers, their faces lit by the glowing monitors and multi-colored buttons. Their EDM style is a marriage of original production that touches on glitch, dubstep, ghetto-tech and electro-soul, and clever sampling of source material that includes 1920s blues and jazz LPs along with more modern hip-hop and soul joints. The duo has three recordings out, a Diamonds EP and 2012 full-length Peoples Radio, and both are available for free download at their site, archnemesismusic.com. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
FRIDAY, JULY 19
Black Honkeys Friday night heralds the return of Black Honkeys to the Local 662! Expect feverish ass-shaking and Soul Train-worthy move-busting at every turn, spurred by the ensemble’s funk, soul and R&B revue, which encompasses hits by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Kool & the Gang, Al Green, Three Dog Night, James Brown, The Temptations and others along with some original like-sounding material. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)
Man or Astro-man? A series of fortunate circumstances find Man or Astro-Man? piloting a surprise landing in the Bay area’s far Holiday reaches, following the launch of their first full-length in a dozen years, Defcon 5…4…3…2…1 (produced in part by Steve Albini). The Alabama-by-way-of-outerspace threesome (Birdstuff, Star Crunch and Coco the Electronic Monkey Wizard) venture beyond sample-spliced surf punk into darker-textured rock territory in Defcon, the result still propulsive but with washes of shoegazey dark wave texture. The fervent fan devotion lifts off in zero minus two days. Hold on to your helmets, folks, it’s going to be a fun and bumpy ride. (Orbit 19, Holiday)
The Aristocrats The Aristocrats were formed in 2011 by accident, or possibly fate, after drummer Marco Minneman and bassist Bryan Beller found themselves bereft of a guitarist after theirs dropped out before they were due to play a spot at a NAAM show. The incomparable Guthrie Govan — whom they’d only met the night before — stepped in to take his place at the last minute and ever since, they’ve been churning out instrumental rock with prog-shredded technicality and influences touching on jazz, funk and even country music. The past few years has seen the trio produce some pretty mind-blowing music, each musician an absolute monster on his chosen instrument, and they’ve earned slots opening for the likes of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Steven Wilson among others. As a musician, you might leave their show at Brass Mug (supporting new album Culture Clash) completely inspired, or perhaps you’ll want to put down your instrument all together; either way you’ll leave a changed person. (Brass Mug, Tampa) —Matthew Drozdeck
Swiss Sauce Vol. 1 w/Figure/Candyland/Luminox/Mayhem/Exodus/Matt G A midsummer dance party featuring some emerging artists working dubstep, bass music, drum & bass, trap, house, hip hop-influenced EDM and other unz-womp-release aesthetics made for plenty of lights and lasers. Official after-party with some of the DJ/producers from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. next door at Club Detroit. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
Jason D. Williams w/Professor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus/6 Volt Rodeo Fact: Jason D. Williams bears a striking resemblance to piano stomper Jerry Lee Lewis. Williams is a wild keys-banging showman, too, with cowlick-curling hair falling shaggily over his eyes, big swashbuckling moves on baby grand, and husky-twangy vocals that sail above a mix of country blues, boogie-woogie and rockabilly. His hands served as sit-ins for Dennis Quaid’s when he played Lewis in the 1989 biopic Great Balls of Fire. There’s even a long-standing rumor in his Memphis hometown that the mid-50s musician is Mr. Lewis’ illegitimate son, though Williams decided against getting a DNA test and wrote about it in his song, “Like Jerry Lee” (“I could have found out once but I didn’t/I figured either way it’d be more than I could stand”). He doesn’t care to rehash the subject, so steer clear of it if you decide to shake his hand at the end of his Skipperdome-WMNF set this Friday night. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
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