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Enter the Haggis w/Nickels and Dimes Enter the Haggis’ name is as intriguing as the story behind The Modest Revolution. The songs on their seventh and latest studio LP were inspired by a days’ worth of content printed in the March 30, 2012 issue of The Globe Mail newspaper, and fans who donated to the Toronto-bred Celtic folk rock band’s Kickstarter campaign for Modest Revolution received a copy of the paper along with the LP. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —CC
Malcolm Tent Axe-grinding punk rock troubadour Malcolm Tent is an underground icon and ex-owner of a legendary indie record shop (Trash American Style, open 21 years before its demise in 2007); he also has his own radio show (Mr. Tent’s Wild Ride), a DIY record label (TPOS), and a knack for taking tiny, elegant, life-as-art photos. Microgroove’s Keith Ulrey described Tent’s last impromptu stop at his own shop as “hilarious, insane, engaging and sometimes awkward (for all three of the attendees who happened to be here),” and it apparently ended with the musician performing amid oncoming traffic in the middle of Florida Avenue. So — how could you miss something like this after reading something like that? Plus, it’s free; showtime at 7 p.m. sharp. (Microgroove, Tampa)--LP
The Underachievers w/Caskey/Vinny Virgo/Pat Ferg New darlings of the indie rap world The Underachievers have an 8.0-rated mixtape on Pitchfork (January’s Indigoism) and earned another more recent “Mixtape of the Week” nod from Stereogum (for September’s The Lords of Flatbush). The young Brooklyn duo — slick-flowing quicksilver-spitting rappers Issa Dash and AK — retain their street gaming edge and lexicon, but infuse their lyrical content with a healthy dose of stoner intellectualism and spirtituality, back up bravado with fiery mic skills and elevated wordplay, and deliver it all over psych-hop groovescapes. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)--LP
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Ska Homecoming w/ Victims of Circumstance/Electric Landlady/Four Minute Warning/Broseph Skalin/69 Fingers/The Hoverounds/SAGANAKI BOMB SQUAD/YugoSKAvia/Smash The Pink/Can’t Do It Witness a parade of skanky-sharp fashion (dogtooth, tartan and check-patterned formalwear, well-shined brogues and Doc Martins, pork pie and Trilby hats) at the 2013 edition of Ska Homecoming, where some of the area’s best ska-fused acts are gathered under one roof to perform and all their hepcat fans show up in their Sunday best to get down. All ages; $10. (Epic Problem, Tampa)--LP
Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck Not the first pairing of rock legends that comes to mind, right? You’ve got your SoCal genius songwriter, producer and stacker of heavenly harmonies whose sunny pop hid demons within. Then there’s your prototypical British guitar hero whose facility on his instrument is undiminished. One of the world’s most famous basket cases teams up with a guy so fit that at 69 he still wears his hair in a shag and goes sleeveless on stage. (If I have to tell you which is which …) Beck guested on Wilson’s upcoming solo album, which was the genesis for this co-headlining tour. The following quote from Wilson confirms that the two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will perform together: “We’ve got some new tunes we want to try out on a live crowd as well as doing some great music from our catalogues.” So, separate sets and a Big Finish. Works for me. Wilson is joined by former Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —ES
The Tattered Saints/Paint The Town Red!/The Dags Al Torcia has officially dropped his name from The Tattered Saints handle and embraced his role as frontman without it. The change also reflects his band’s fresh lineup and sonic shift to three guitars. This date launches a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for recording an EP in said fresh lineup. (Crowbar, Ybor City)--LP
Marc Black A rhythm-driven finger-style folk-bluesman who’s performed with the likes of Taj Mahal, Richie Havens and Pete Seegar, and is best known for odes dedicated to a few of his loves — “Ooh I Love My Coffee” (“I love it a latte, I love it a latte”) and “I Love You Rachel Maddow” (“With that short hair style, that cute sideways smile, I just gotta set my dial to bring her in”). (Craftsmen House Gallery, St. Petersburg)--LP
This Frontier Needs Heroes w/Mark Etherington/JT Brown A pair of sweetly harmonizing siblings lead This Frontier Needs Heroes. Jessica and Brad Lauretti collaborated long distance for their third full-length Hooky — Brad from Jacksonville, where he received a grant for a songwriting residency program, and Jessica from their Brooklyn homebase. The breathing space likewise infused their sound with an effortless airy appeal, though the folk-roots melodies are as heart-squeezing tender as ever, confirmed by the nostalgia-imbued title track (“Let’s go to Disneyland, throw ourselves in the sand, maybe we should start a band, it only takes five strings to jam”). (New World Brewery, Ybor City)--LP
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 $$.