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Reverend Horton Heat w/Wayne “The Train” Hancock/Gotohells It’s been a few years since Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath graced Bay area audiences with his suited-up brand of psycho-punkabilly prowess. But he and his band — upright bass slayer Jimbo Wallace and beat-basher Scott Churilla — are finally returning for a night of knock-down, drag-out good times with some impressive, more traditional-style ‘billy warm-up from juke joint swinger Wayne “The Train” Hancock. St. Pete’s own Gotohells round out the bill with a little rock n’ roll sleaze. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
Melissa Ferrick The Straz Center welcomes folk rock songstress and multi-instrumentalist Melissa Ferrick to launch the ninth season of its Club Jaeb music series. Ferrick has been active for more than two decades and has 17 albums to her credit, most recently 2013’s lush and rootsy the truth is. The songwriting is a lot less angry on this album than on past ones, according to Ferrick. “There’s not as much finger pointing,” she told CL writer Tiffany Razzano in a June interview (read it here). “The finger actually gets turned around the other way, toward myself, and it feels more grown up. It feels really good; it feels like this is progress.” (Jaeb Theater at Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa)
Barenaked Ladies It’s hard to imagine a Barenaked Ladies without both Steven Page and Ed Robertson but the latter has been leading his remaining bandmates without his bespectacled sidekick for four years now and the Canadian AC rock quartet has issued two albums since Page’s exit; the latest, Grinning Streak, dropped over the summer. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor w/Bouncing Souls/Teenage Bottlerock/many more A two-day (Tuesday-Wednesday) Ybor music festival leading up to the 12th annual edition of The Fest in Gainesville, and featuring nearly 100 Fest-bound bands at four venues in Ybor. More info here. (Crowbar, New World Brewery, Orpheum, The Ritz, Ybor City)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Michael Franti & Spearhead One of the warmest and most genuine artists I’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing was Michael Franti, right after he’d suffered from a burst appendix while on tour in 2009. He didn’t have to talk to me; as far as I was concerned, his health gave him a free pass from doing press. But I got him on the phone, it was an amazing 15-minute conversation, and I’ve had a soft spot for him ever since. He and his band’s buoyant, life-affirming music dives into reggae, hip-hop, rock, jazz, folk and funk aesthetics; new album All People is injected some pop-dance bounce. Live, Franti is an effervescent showman who seems to have boundless energy packed into his rangy 6’6 frame, not to mention springs built into his big bare feet. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
The Green w/Shwayze/Kimie Hawaii-bred reggae rockers The Green just issued a third full-length recording, Hawai‘i ‘13, which also marks the third time the sextet has topped Billboard’s Reggae charts. The 15 tracks follow the genre’s usual lyrical subject matter (love, unity, fellowship, activism) but with added nods to their island home, all set against The Green’s sonicscape of fat wet basslines, R&B sweet vocal harmonies, keyboards that veer from groovy to spacey, and easy swaying rhythms that pick up the pace in more guitar riffy tracks like “Something About It” and slow it back down to a more easy soulful tempo in romantic ballads like “Chocolate and Roses.” (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Selena Gomez & The Scene Over the past 24 hours of this writing, Disney-spawned pop star Selena Gomez has managed to make headlines for a minor sound malfunction on The View, falling off the stage at a concert in Virginia, getting tearfully emotional during her performance of “Love Will Remember” in Brooklyn (she later claimed it was because she wasn’t allowed to take Instagram pics with fans after the show and not because she was feeling regrets about breaking it off with one-time beau Justin Bieber), wearing a sheer white shirt with a black bra, and confessing to her crush on Canadian rapper Drake. The multi-platinum “Come & Get It” actress/singer brings her “Stars Dance” tour to town, and though she’s backing her first solo studio LP of the same name, she’ll be joined by her band, The Scene. (Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa)
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Love that album. It still sounds great and according to this outstanding review, Huey also…
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 $$.