This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Lyle Lovett, Megadeth & more

Concerts, Dec. 5-11

| December 05, 2013
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Rock the Park w/Easter Island/Displace/Droppin’ Pickup One of the benefits of occasionally helping out Ms. Polk on Music Week is the opportunity to randomly discover bands I would probably have never heard. Easter Island fits the bill. The Athens/Atlanta five-piece falls squarely and unapologetically into the realm of dream pop. The group’s pillowy wall of sound is made up of ringing guitars, spectral vocals and gauzy hooks that are a cut above. Remember, these RtP gigs run from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and are always free. (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa) —Eric Snider

Pompeya Surprising that such warm grooving indie pop comes from Moscow, Russia’s cold climes. The four members of Pompeya (formed in 2007, currently backing their first U.S. release and second full-length overall, Tropical) take sonic cues from strutting ’70s disco and urgent yet buoyant New Wave, their songs full of cooing vocals, funky basslines, riffy guitars and synth lines that vary between sharp strains of melody or hazy atmospherics. For fans of Toro Y Moi. (The Hub, downtown Tampa)

Kill Devil Hill The term “supergroup” gets tossed around pretty casually these days — has for a long time, really — and it’s been used to describe Kill Devil Hill. The band includes Vinny Appice (formerly of Black Sabbath and Dio) and bassist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down). You decide whether that constitutes, um, super. To my ears, KDH’s sound bears a notable resemblance to Alice in Chains. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —ES

The Revivalists w/Jillette Johnson/G2P/Polar Summer The ever-evolving sound of New Orleans has continued to expand beyond the city’s Creole-based culture, incorporating influences from far and wide. The Revivalists are not so much a NOLA band as a rock seven-piece influenced by the place they call home. Lead singer David Shaw, for instance, moved to the Crescent City from Ohio in 2007. The ensemble — which includes pedal steel and two horns — mixes funk and jam into its rock firmament, and is said to throw a fun party, which might be the most New Orleans thing about ’em. The eclectic bill also includes contemplative, piano-centric singer/songwriter Jillette Johnson, who’s out of New York, and the Tampa funk-rock band G2P. (Local 662, St. Petersburg) —ES

Zoogma w/Ghost Owl Atlanta-based electro-jamming rock band Zoogma has a name that’s fun to say out loud (hold the “O” for an extra looong time) and an impressive grassroots fanbase nurtured through exhaustive touring. These fans donated more than 16k to help Zoogma record a second album (they have no label support), and this tour backs the end results, Anthems 4 Androids. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Far Too Loud A special edition of #POUND Fridays featuring Brighton, England EDM music maker Far Too Loud (the pseudonym of Oli Cash), who wheels and deals bombastic, tension-and-release dancefloor jams with big funky basslines and whirring synths. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)

Consider the Source NYC’s Consider the Source plays the kind of hyper-busy world fusion that can dazzle you as well as drive you batty — probably within the same set; or the same song, for that matter. The trio incorporates everything from prog-rock to funk to Middle Eastern sounds into its nervous mélange. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) —ES

emma’s revolution Pat Humphries and Sandy O comprise Emma’s Revolution, an activist folk act that generously incorporates elements of satire and even a bit of faux Vaudeville. (Craftsman House Gallery, St. Petersburg) —ES

Alabama Shakes This Southern gritty soulful female-fronted rock band won a Grammy this year, and the show has been sold out for weeks. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Donny & Marie Christmas Hey, I got ya wholesome right he-uh. Donny, 55, and Marie, 54, Osmond — the brother/sister team from Ogden, Utah — have encountered some serious career ups and downs, but they’ve never strayed from the kind of fresh-faced entertainment that first made them teen stars in the ’70s. (Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa) —ES

Huey Lewis and The News For a band so synonymous with the ’80s, Huey Lewis and the News certainly didn’t fit any established mold. They were clean-cut and down-to-earth when flash and androgyny were the coins of the realm. They made straightforward, hooky rock not tethered to fashion. So a reasonable takeaway would be that songs like “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Heart & Soul” and “I Want a New Drug” have a timeless, enduring quality. To which I would respond: Nope. Stuff sounds hopelessly dated. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —ES

Pontiak w/Early Forms/Permanent Makeup The three Carney brothers vanned their way out of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with lo-fi, sludgy psychedelia favoring relentless guitar drones, slow tempos and elliptical songcraft. It all adds up to Pontiak’s impressive originality. Early Forms’ post-Sonic Youth sound and Permanent Makeup’s sinewy noise-rock provide a fitting complement. My guess is you’ll want to bring earplugs and quality bud. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —ES

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
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