This Week in Tampa Bay area live music: Action Bronson, Pink Martini, Protest the Hero & More!

Concerts, March 20-26


Autumn DeWilde - PINK MARTINI
  • Pink Martini
  • Autumn DeWilde


Miley Cyrus w/Icona Pop The awkward in-between phase when a child pop star transitions into adulthood has sometimes proven twice as tough on Disney pedigrees, and Miley Cyrus has followed in the footsteps of her predecessors with a series of graceless, provocative maneuvers that caused one media frenzy after another. ‘Course, she planned her public unveiling of her image change in the weeks leading up to the release of her 2013 fourth album Bangerz, a brilliant PR move that managed to solidify the love of her already adoring fanbase in defense of her honor, usher in her more hip hop-oriented stylistic change with greater ease, and put her in the minds of a general populace that likely didn’t know, care or think about her at all before her VMA twerk n’ tongue work. While I don’t really dig her music much, I admire her moxie, on full display when her “Bangerz Tour” hits the Forum and Miley makes her grand entrance on a giant curling (lawsuit-triggering) tongue slide. (Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa) —Leilani Polk

Between the Buried and Me w/Deafheaven/Intronaut/The Kindred Between the Buried and Me is one of those bands that you can’t listen to while trying to concentrate on something else. They hijack your attention with their key changes, time changes, and everything-else changes. Melancholy and melodic passages transition into brutal death-metal mosh music, which becomes surprisingly intelligent and contemplative progressive rock. The band’s prominence in the scene is demonstrated by their move from the shoulders of one giant label — Victory Records — to their current roost at Metal Blade Records, and they’re sure to continue their beautiful onslaught in the years to come. Providing main support for the current tour are Californian black-metal fusionists Deafheaven, their sounds in the vein of one of Sweden’s essential black-metal bands, Dawn, only with added light to the morose and depressing stretches of sound. A Deafheaven feature ran in last week’s issue; read it at (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City) —Shawn Ohtani

Adam Randall Band The Clearwater folk and roots-rock singer-songwriter hits the Witch on the heels of releasing a new full-length album of original material, Different Blood. (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg) —LP

King Parrot w/Vattnet Viskar/Witch Bastard/Deadlift/A Long Way From Living While many bands attempt to meld different subgenres into their sound with the goal of being unique, King Parrot succeeds and leaves everyone else in the dust. Not only do they showcase the best aspects of death metal, black metal, thrash, prog, and all the “cores” into their music, but King Parrot does it with their own distinctly Australian sense of humor. Some laud King Parrot as staging the best and most entertaining performances that an extreme-metal fan could ever hope for, while others argue that their official YouTube videos are every bit as captivating as anything they have to offer in a live setting. Regardless of which side is correct, this metal show shouldn’t be missed. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —SO

FRI 21
  • Alexander Richter
  • Action Bronson
SPOT Tampa Pro Party: Action Bronson Queens, N.Y.-based rapper, chef, and stoner extraordinaire Action Bronson takes a second stab at stopping here when he headlines the Skate Park of Tampa’s Tampa Pro Party this Friday. The food-fond and often-hilarious emcee came pretty close to playing these parts back in July of 2012. The show (or, at least Bronson’s appearance) was canceled just hours in advance, following what Bronson deemed as “extreme malpractice on the promoter’s part.” There were some unsubstantiated claims that he and his crew had trashed an Orlando hotel room and expected the promoter to foot the bill, but who knows? (No, seriously, who knows? I’m desperately picturing Bronsolini jumping off the edge of his bed to drop elbows on roadies, or slamming his mini-fridge through the wall with one big beefy hand.) The dude’s been nothing short of prolific when it comes to live antics, so his Tampa debut backing his latest Party Supplies mixtape collab, Blue Chips II, should be on your radar. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —Andrew Silverstein

Eric Lindell Making it to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival can be a bear of a task, considering the drive, accommodations, and money to be spent on-site, but Bay area lovers of the Crescent City still get a chance to taste NoLa’s musical etoufee when Jazz Fest regulars venture to Central Florida. This year one of those guys is Eric Lindell, a 44-year-old singer-songwriter who is warming up for his appearance with a pair of Sunshine State dates, one of which finds him stopping underneath the friendly oak canopy of the Skipperdome. Lindell, a native Californian who has made his home in Louisiana, won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition in 1999, and while that achievement is yawn-worthy at best, Lindell spices up his offerings by painting his singer-songwriter fare with rich horn arrangements, the warm whirring of Leslie-powered organ passages, and the occasional lead guitar freakout (he is a pal of Galactic’s Stantoon Moore, after all).(Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —Ray Roa

George Thorogood & The Destroyers Anyone who’s been to a smoky bar, pool hall, or pretty much any kind of joint that serves liquor and has a jukebox during the last 30 years knows George Thorogood’s music. The phrase “Bad to the Bone,” the title of GT&D’s most famous tune, has permeated American culture to such a degree that its very mention evokes images of whiskey drinkin’, Harley ridin’, and the glorious freedom of the open American road. Ruth Eckerd will likely sell out its stock of bourbon, scotch, and beer on the night GT&D play, so get your tickets and show up early to avoid the disappointment. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —SO

Bonerama w/Stooges Brass Band It’s still unclear which member of Bonerama approved the band’s name, but founding members Mark Mullins and Craig Klein have been able to outrun the horrendous moniker and make a living out of of taking their show on the road thanks to a brand of intoxicated, brass-driven funk that once earned them a residency at famed New Orleans venue Tipitina’s. Mullins and Klein also gig in Harry Connick’s backing band, which gives them a place to play with a little more discipline and restraint, though all reservations get thrown to the wind when they tour with Bonerama, which turns traditional brass-band fare into the kind of rowdy, kick-your-shoes-off-and-contract-tetanus-from-the-club-floor rock n’ soul that’s served them for 14 years. They’ve collaborated with a who’s who of musicians including R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and The Meters’ George Porter Jr., who both appear on Bonerama’s 2013 full-length, Shake It Baby.(Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) —RR

Beach Day w/DieAlps!/Glow Low/Other Ocean We’ve heard so much indie surf rock that we just about have swimmer’s ear, but the ultra-melodic, female-fronted Hollywood, FL’s Beach Day is a band that distinguishes its sound quite nicely with atmospheric touches, a little fuzz and grit. Tampa’s DieAlps! is another female-fronted band — with accordions. They’re dynamic, often waltzy and offer a nice break from the ordinary. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —Julie Garisto
  • Monica McGivern
  • Beach Day
SAT 22

EMIT Presents: Jill Burton & Davey Williams Nonprofit Pinellas-based arts organization EMIT has been bringing avant-garde sounds to Bay area audiences for more than 18 years. EMIT concerts are usually skewed to jazz, and come off as equal parts intriguing and intimidating. The next features a duo performance “with musical free improvisation as a compositional methodology” by vocalist Jill Burton and experimental guitarist Davey Williams. Visit for more info. (Electric Zoo Studios, St. Petersburg) —LP

Florida Ska Festival w/Rude Squad/The Apes/The Duppies/Rocksteady@8/Control This/Johnny Cakes & the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso/UNRB/Victims of Circumstance/The New Rulers Nine eminent local and regional ska bands (including recently re-united St. Pete act Rude Squad) converge on the Skipperdome for this skanky party, each delivering different shades of ska flavor — seasoned with bits of calypso, dancehall, punk, soul, rocksteady or jazz, or likely a few elements of each, blasted in shiny jubilant brass and infused with plenty of feel-good vibes. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —LP

Archnemesis w/Redstar/Future Vintage Archnemesis is the project of Curt Heiny, piecing together samples that range from 1920s blues and jazz tracks to modern soul and hip-hop joints with original music; he’s got chops on piano, bass, drums and guitar, not to mention digital and analog gear know-how. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —LP

The Whiskey Gentry w/Will Quinlan & The Holy Slow Train/Tommy Simms This here show is the perfect antidote for those overcome by today’s tech-rabid times — no seizure-inducing light shows, bleeps and buzzes. Just good ol’ roots music and folk-influenced pop by three bona fide greats. Formed in Atlanta in 2009 by husband-wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, The Whiskey Gentry offers fiddles and other bluegrass staples for their spirited twang bang. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —JG

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Nearly two decades after the arrival of their breakout album, E. 1999 Eternal, there still hasn’t been a rap group quite like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The Ohio-based quintet made a name for themselves thanks to hyperspeed harmonies and storytelling on seminal hip-hop tracks like “Tha Crossroads,” and while young ‘uns like Drake have tried their hand at singing soulful street-worthy rap, no one does it like the “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” does. A slew of mediocre solo releases from the group’s individual members pretty much put the brakes on any Bone Thugs momentum, however, and the boys have spent the last decade or so trying to recreate the magic of their early work. The group hasn’t been shy about about wanting to collaborate with some of today’s biggest names in modern hip hop (they’ve listed Kendrick Lamar and J-Cole in recent interviews), so it’ll be interesting to see and hear what the group brings to the table on this night.(Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —RR

Dave Hause w/Northcote Revival Tour veteran Hause is the frontman for melodic, cult-beloved punk-rock act The Loved Ones; his rough-hewn vocal style and simple, earnest songwriting bent always translate extremely well to acoustic performance. Northcote is the name for the primarily acoustic project of similarly punk-bred Canadian singer-songwriter Matt Goud. This is a great opportunity to learn about some new acts if you're sick of the same old shouters-turned-strummers alt-country offerings.(Local 662, St. Petersburg) —Scott Harrell

Vince Gill The bluegrass-savvy country legend (and Pure Prairie League member) returns to town to get C&W fans of all ages hootin’ and boot-scootin’. Among Gill’s more instantly recognizable hits are “Tryin’ to Get Over You,” “I Still Believe in You,” “Pocket Full of Gold” and “Someday." He's a multiple Grammy and American Country Music Award winner, and Amy Grant's husband, to boot. (Ruth Ecked Hall, Clearwater) —SH

SUN 23

Pink Martini w/The von Trapps “Little orchestra” Pink Martini was formed by classically trained pianist/composer Thomas M. Lauderdale, whose lush, refined pop-jazz arrangements take inspiration from 1940s and ‘50s-era Hollywood musicals while embracing exotic world sounds, textures and even words; Lauderdale plays keys and oversees a dozen musicians on percussion, harp, cello, violin, horns, drums, guitar and upright bass, and lead chanteuse China Forbes can apparently croon in 24 different languages. Eighth and latest studio album Dream a Little Dream is a collab with sibling vocal group The von Trapps — actual great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp (The Sound of Music) — and includes a mix of original material and covers (like Abba’s “Fernando,” the yodeling “Lonely Goatherd,” and songs from Sweden, Rwanda, China, Japan and Bavaria). Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp warm the stage on this date, and sit in for a portion of the Pink Martini set. (Ferguson Hall at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) —LP


Lydia w/Hrvrd/Golden Sun Lydia’s last stop at Crowbar turned into one of the year’s best sleeper shows, but don’t be surprised if everyone who made it to the last show brings about 15 friends along this time around. The Arizona-based quartet have nearly perfected the kind of atmospheric, sweeping alt-rock you hear from bands like Copeland and The Spill Canvas. They arrive in Ybor to support an excellent brand new LP, Devil, but the real treat here is a support bill that includes Salt Lake City alt-poppers Golden Sun and Charlotte, N.C.-based experimental rock outfit HRVRD. Tampa last experienced HRVRD at an unforgettable gig at The Hub, but anyone who missed that intimate set can catch the boys backing their own 2013 album, From the Bird’s Cage, where eerie synth and stop-then-swell arrangements marry frontman Jesse Clasen’s sublime songwriting. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —RR

Psychedelic Furs Drony, slinky and sporting the requisite androgyny of an ‘80s pop icon, Psych Furs frontman Richard Butler was one of the few artists of his time who knew how to tiptoe that line between punk edge and pop accessibility, appealing to wide cross section of fans. Tunes like “Pretty in Pink,” “Love My Way” and “Heaven” — a cathartic gem I still can’t hear without dancing and throwing my arms up in the air — have stood the test of time and live on despite American pop radio’s shunning when originally released. The current road lineup includes Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards) and several times-removed cousin, Paul Garisto (drums). (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) —JG

WED 26
Protest the Hero - PAT BOLDUC
  • Pat Bolduc
  • Protest the Hero
Protest the Hero w/Battlecross/Safety Fire/Intervals/Night Verses Canadian progressive-metal outfit Protest the Hero earned critical recognition rather early in their career. In 2004, the fivesome won the Canadian Independent Music Award for Favorite Metal Artist, and in 2006 they almost took home the prize for the Canadian Music Week Indie Awards’ Favorite Metal Artist, coming in second only to world-famous death-metal band Kataklysm. Protest the Hero is on the road supporting 2013’s Volition, their fourth and latest studio effort, which debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 and was funded entirely by PtH fans, who donated more than $125k to the band’s IndieGoGo campaign. Fans of new-wave American heavy metal will recognize the crushing talents of Lamb of God’s own Chris Adler, who caim in as a guest sessio player to do some drumming on Volition. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) –SO

BBQ Wednesday Acoustic Series: Russ Van Cleave, Jeff Brawer & Friends Where a lot of venues grapple with ideas on how to get asses out of the cubicle and onto barstools on hump day, New World seems to have the formula down, and if the plates of smoked bird and pig aren’t enough to lure you into 1313 E. Eighth Ave., then the addition of a free acoustic show should seal the deal. The series’ tradition of welcoming roughed-up, god-honest songwriters continues when Tampa’s own Russ Van Cleave hits the mini bandstand. The Tim Version frontman brings decades’ worth of stories to the one-man-standing stage. He’ll be joined by Jeff Brawer, whose rough and tumble appearance juxtaposes the tender, heart-on-a-tattooed-sleeve, froggy-throated acoustic punk of songs like “T.Q,” “God Damn Sunday Nights” and “The Stain.”(New World Brewery, Ybor City) —RR

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