This week in Tampa Bay area live music: of Montreal, Mac Miller, Ghost Owl & more 

Concerts, July 4-10.

THURSDAY, JULY 4
Rock the Park July 4 Edition: The Sh-Booms/Booker & Norton/Vinny Virgo
The free festivities kick off early (4 p.m.), and extra food trucks and carts line up to serve barbeque, subs, popsicles (Whatever Pops!) and other edible goodies to the locals who converge on downtown Tampa for this holiday installment of Rock the Park. The fireworks over Garrison Channel are an explosive conclusion to the evening’s fiery live music lineup, which is headlined by The Sh-Booms from Orlando. The 10-piece delivers a ’60s style soul, R&B and funk revue as led by authoritative yet feminine frontwoman Emily “the Chirp” Patterson and bolstered by horns, keys, a few guitars, and a strong rhythm section. Bay area-brewed two-piece Booker & Norton serves soulful, vibrant two-piece garage blues while Vinny Virgo brings weird clever humor to his rhymes and chopped and skewed production to his hip hop swag. All ages and pets welcome. (Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa)

Ace Hood “Being where I’m from and making it out of there to success is what I consider, ‘Waking up in a new Bugatti,’” South Florida-bred rapper Ace Hood told ArtistDirect.com about the inspiration behind “Bugatti.” The first single off his 2013 forthcoming fourth studio album Trials & Tribulations is an abrasive hollering anthem featuring guest spots by Rick Ross and Future, and it’s already a gold-seller. Ace hypes the LP (out July 16) and performs at this Independence Day dance party. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)

4th of July at the Witch: Applebutter Express Toast craft brews, nosh on smoked barbecue and enjoy two shows worth of uke-fueled tunes by Applebutter Express as bookending the 9 p.m. fireworks display on Spa Beach; first show at 7:30 p.m., second at 9:30 p.m. (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg)

Fubar Fourth of July Freebie: Archaic Interest/The Neighbors/Article 47 A three-part bill of local indie tunes featuring druggy-drone surf-garage trio Archaic Interest, funky rocking outfit The Neighbors, and the reverb-coated dark haze post punk-shoegaze of Article 74. (Fubar, St. Petersburg)

FRIDAY, JULY 5
Mac Miller w/Chance the Rapper/The Internet/Vince Staples
The rising young rapper from Pittsburgh who made such a splash at 19 with his 2011 debut is now legal and fresh off issuing a sophomore follow-up, Watching Movies with the Sound Off. The album finds Mac bringing on some skilled guests artists and producers to bolster his talents, revealing his indie cred in his own production stylings (which include samples of tracks by TuneYards, The xx, Black Moth Super Rainbow and Balkan Beat Box, among others), and jumping from sincere introspection ala his sensitive melodic rhyme-slinging in the love-addled Pharrell-produced groove, “Objects In The Mirror,” to more club-banging humor as with “Goosebumpz,” its horns-jammed reggaeton-laced production overseen by Diplo and Mac’s refrain — “When I die, bet she fuck my hologram” — spit over a sharp-striking tempo. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Soul Asylum Grungy Dave Pirner-led alt-rock band Soul Asylum hit the charts in the early to mid-1990s with hits like “Runaway Train,” “Black Gold,” “Somebody to Shove” and “Misery” but has declined in popularity since then and all the original members have abandoned the Soul Asylum ship save Pirner. He’s currently touring behind his band’s latest, 2012 full-length Delayed Reaction. (Hogan’s Beach, Tampa)

The Hip Abduction w/Burning Tree/Danfield In January, world-flecked St. Pete septet The Hip Abduction inked a deal with Easy Star Records producer M. Goldwasser to oversee their third full-length. They hit the studio in March, and were joined by reggae legend Anthony B. Stay along with guest musicians from Easy Star Allstars. The final mixes are in, and the video teaser for the album that dropped a few weeks ago finds THA crafting magnetic funkified vintage-hued Afrobeat with tight brass, brawny elastic lowend grooves and percussive-fueled rhythms. A release date is right around the corner. In the meantime, THA hits the Local to headline a breezy bill of jams with a few superior reggae rock outfits warming up the crowd. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Direct Hit/Jetty Boys/Awkward Age Direct Hit gallops through wild and raucous punk pop odes marked by a heavy bass punch, dual distorted guitar riffs and clamoring vocals somersaulting over top. Fellow Wisconsinites Jetty Boys — a three-piece that put out a split 7” with Direct Hit in 2011 — has a similar aesthetic but a three-piece configuration, more nasally vocals, and an overall effect that smells a lot like Green Day. Rounding out the night of punk-headed fun is power pop-sensible trio Awkward Age. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

The Future Now/Escape Tonight/Luxury Mane/The Dags/Tommy Simms Lover’s Lament Entertainment hosts a bill of five diverse indie rock acts as led by heavy seething fuzzed-out ’90s-styled grunge foursome The Future Now, from Gainesville, and also featuring Billy Summer-helmed hazy surf-psych outfit The Luxury Mane and punk-fused rockers Escape Tonight. (Bar Milo, St. Petersburg)

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