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Pasadena / Offshore Riot Two reggae rock bands — the Bay area’s own pop-melodic Offshore Riot and Maryland-based hip hop and punk-kicking Pasadena — join forces for a night of brassy island vibes and grooves. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)
Ol’ Dirty Sundays w/DJ Red Alert Keep it funky fresh at Crowbar for this epic edition of Ol’ Dirty Sundays, which features a special guest known for helping launch the careers of artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, and Black Sheep — world famous hip hop pioneer DJ Red Alert. Also on tap: a birthday celebration in honor of the Bay area’s own DJ Sandman with DJ XCell aka Joey Krash, Deacon and ODS resident DJs, Casper and LeSage, holding down the decks. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —SK
The ContraVerse Another national artist hits the Fubar stage, this one alt hip hop duo The ContraVerse, from Atlanta, which hype a release that drops on Substance Theory Recordings in February. First single “Expect Results” has glitch-funky and groove-warped production with turntable adornments and guest rhymes by Blackalicious staple Gift of Gab. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) --LP
Kent Goolsby The full-time frontman of Tennessee alt country rock outfit The Only Sons, singer/writer/guitarist Kent Goolsby rolls solo on his current tour, playing more laid-back Americana and folk-oriented fare off a forthcoming album, Trophies of Youth, due out sometime this spring and featuring numbers like the rambling “Jesus Is My Landlord.” This Sunday afternoon performance follows his stop at Crum’s in St. Petersburg on Saturday night; both sets will likely also include cuts off Only Sons’ 2012 album, When the New Wears Off. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) --LP
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29
Churchill The title track on Churchill’s 2012 Change EP and debut on A&M/Octone is a lush, compelling blend of wild west-tinged roots rock that starts slinky and picks up to a commanding swing with mandolin-driven melodies, percussive claps and texture, eerie rising calls and moaning backing harmonies, and the mesmerizing husk-rubbed drawl of keys player Bethany Kelly. She trades off lead vocals in Churchill with rhythm guitarist Tim Bruns, his strong tuneful tenor a nice counterpart to her sweeter higher tone and good for more pop-oriented alt country odes like “Ark in a Flood.” String maestro Mike Morter fleshes out the Denver quintet’s mix with picking, plucking and soloing on mandolin, banjo, guitar and ukulele, while bassist Tyler Rima and drummer Joe Richmond provide strong rhythm section support. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City) --LP
Town Mountain An Asheville bluegrass quintet — Phil Barker (mandolin, vocals), Robert Greer (lead vocals, guitar), Jesse Langlais (banjo, vocals), Bobby Britt (fiddle) and Jon Stickley (bass, guitar, vocals) — hits town behind 2012 fourth album Leave the Bottle, produced by Mike Bub (formerly of Del McCoury Band). (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) --LP
Mountain Holler/Jun Bustamante/Archaic Interest/Real Live Tigers Black Valley Collective, the most recent mixed-used space to open in the St. Pete Warehouse District, stages this Tuesday night live music shennany featuring three St. Pete acts — Mountain Holler (Black Valley founder/Best of the Bay MVP award-winner Mark Etherington), activist folk-blues songstress Jun Bustamante, and sinuous Doors-droning surf-garage three-piece Archaic Interest — along with one out-of-towner, Real Live Tigers, the experimental folk-blues project of low-voiced Arkansas musician Tony Presley. (Black Valley Collective, St. Petersburg) --LP
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes A comrade-in-arms of that other famous New Jersey singer-songwriter/powerhouse Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny brews up his own brand of R&B-influenced barroom rock n' roll with smoking backing band The Asbury Jukes. Though in his 60s now, Johnny’s raspy soulful vocals haven’t lost any bit of power or guts, and the guy can still out-sing just about anyone around. He’s also a clever and entertaining showman who can jump from cheesy, tongue-in-cheek between-song banter to impromptu barn-burners. While he's never achieved the notoriety or the status of Springsteen, Southside Johnny is a treasure of the Garden State no less adored by the Jersey faithful. His previous performance was a high octane, two-hour trek down the Jersey Turnpike that mixed killer covers from the songbooks of Tom Waits, Wilson Pickett and Sam Cooke with his own staple tunes, including "The Fever," a song both Johnny and Springsteen have recorded. Whether flailing around the stage, blowing furiously into a harmonica or bashing a tambourine, Southside Johnny Lyon is still tearing up stages as he's done for the better part of four decades, and I’m sure this show will be no exception. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) —Gabe Echazabal
Wretched w/Abiotic Charlotte, N.C.-based melodic death metal makers Wretched bring their devastating technicality and melodic tendencies to town in support of their third and latest Victory Records release, 2012’s Son of Perdition. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
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 $$.