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Chief Keef Last year was a rollercoaster ride of headlines for 17-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef (aka Keith Cozart). His video for mixtape single “I Don’t Like” went viral with more than 20 million views on YouTube, charted on multiple Billboard charts with only his own Glory Boys Entertainment to back it, and landed him a major distribution deal with Interscope after a rumored bidding war. But somewhere along the way, between the signing and dropping his debut full-length, Finally Rich, in December, things took a definite downturn. Keef posted Tweets mocking the death of 16-year-old rapper Joseph 'Lil JoJo' Coleman (Keef claims his Twitter account was hacked), traded words with Lupe Fiasco (and threatened to smack him via his Twitter ), missed a video shoot with 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa for Finally Rich single "Hate Being Sober," Instagram'd a photo of himself getting head, and violated the rules of his probation shooting guns with Pitchfork.com (the video was taken down from the site but confiscated by authorities). So, what about his music? Sing-song catchy rhymes slurred, snarled and stuttered over so-so production, with a marked cynicism to the lyricism. Rumors online at the time of this writing claim the Finally Rich tour might not happen, so don’t be surprised if this show gets mysteriously canceled. State Theatre, St. Petersburg)
Flat Stanley w/Therapeutic Chokehold/Raguckus/No Loves Deep howling and droning Flat Stanley frontman Buck Sands earned a Best of the Bay award last year for his wild ways (and specifically, his mic stand devastation), and the punk-kicking rock band brings their muscular damage to Crowbar for a bill that also features sets by grungy ‘90s-inspired outfit Therapeutic Chokehold and No Loves, which issued a fresh LP of energetic, garage dirty but depthy rock songs, Fully Loaded, last year. (Crowbar, Ybor City)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6
Cody Wise Elvis Tribute Do you have clinical, pronounced Elvis-mania? Or are you perhaps just a fan of The King’s many hit songs, legendary vibrato-infused crooning, and maddeningly sultry Ed Sullivan Show hip thrusts? If you haven’t experienced top-notch impersonation yet, and you’ve been waiting for a recession-friendly door charge, it’s now or never. Celebrate Presley’s would-be 78th birthday in style at a free performance by up-and-coming Elvis tribute artist Cody Wise. Wise started his career as an ETA (that’s ‘Elvis Tribute Artist’ for the uninitiated) in 2011 and won the Elvii Horizon Award at the Elvis Extravaganza Impersonator Contest in February 2012. Be forewarned that this birthday concert might hook you just in time for the 2013 Elvis Extravaganza and Fan Convention, to be held at the Florida State Fair this February. (Hard Rock Café, Tampa) —Kent Roberts
The New Christy Minstrels Now in its 52nd year, nine-piece AC folk group The New Christy Minstrels was originally founded by singer-guitarist Randy Sparks and has seen a range of artists cycle through the ranks, among them, Kenny Rogers and Barry McGuire. Debut album Presenting the New Christy Minstrels featured a pop-charting cover of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," and it earned the ensemble a Grammy win for Best Performance by a Chorus. Sparks returned to direct several years back and currently joining him from Minstrels’ early lineup are guitarist Dolan Ellis and upright bass player Pete Henderson. (Carrollwood Cultural Center, Carrollwood)
Orquesta Infinidad Ybor City-bred 11-piece Orquesta Infinidad has been dishing out brass-spiked, percussion-infused servings of salsa, merengue, cumbia, mambo, bachata and other music of Latin persuasion for more than two decades. In fact, this performance at the Skipperdome serves as the ensemble’s 23-year Anniversary Party, appropriately themed “Fuego en el 23” after the Arsenio Rodriguez/Sonora Ponceña song. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
BBQ Wednesday Acoustic Series w/The Pine Hollows A NYU student and singer-songwriter, Gianni Napolitano is the visionary bandleader of The Pine Hollows, his sweet russet vocals piped over vintage-imbued Beatlesque psych-pop melodies, skuzzy Stones-inspired rock n’ roll swagger, and ‘90s-style indie rock fuzz and bouncy Pavement-approved drive. Forthcoming sophomore record Something My Heart Understands (out Feb. 26 via BMI) is infectious and appealing, from the buoyant horn-dazzled romp of “She’s Gonna Break Your Heart” and hopeful bleeding crunch of the title track, to the dark trippy ooze of “After Dark” and winding-and-warping riffage of hopeful set closer “Everything Is Gonna Be All Right.” Napolitano is joined by bassist Mike Haldeman, keys player Aviv Goldgeier and drummer Ray Belli on this date, a free show courtesy of the weekly BBQ series. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)
The Almost w/All Get Out/Makeshift Prodigy Though they haven't yet released third full-length Fear Inside Our Bones nor confirmed a more specific release date than sometime early this year via Tooth & Nail Records, The Almost is already offering merch for the album — recorded over the summer and finished in November — and headlining this January tour. The Clearwater-based Christian emo-alt rock quintet started and fronted by Underoath former Aaron Gillespie (on vocals and rhythm guitar) will likely try out some new tracks on the road. Support sets by All Get Out from Charleston, S.C., their propulsive melody-kissed mix of prog-pop and alt rock marked by the poignant high-toned vocals of frontman Nathan Hussey; and Chicago’s Makeshift Prodigy, which rounds out the bill with optimistic keys-driven pop rock. (Orpheum, 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 $$.