Over the weekend, for some reason or another, Dreezy's "Wasted" was on repeat for an entire hour. Something about the simple hook and Seandrea Sledge's delivery is tough to break away from. The 22-year-old emcee and singer is opening for 2 Chainz tonight at USF's homecoming concert, and while Tity Boi is the main draw, we're hoping fans get there early to see Sledge.
There are free shows, intimate shows with alt-rock icons (The Posies, Archers of Loaf's Eric Bachman), cover bands, tributes, classical and even a rapper called Onry Ozzborn.
See all that and more in the live music roundup for Thursday, October 6 below.
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CL ✔️ University of South Florida Homecoming Concert w/2 Chainz/Dreezy Are there perks of being saddled with generous amounts of student debt? If you’re a hip hop loving student at USF this week, then yeah. The school celebrates homecoming over the weekend, but before the Bulls take on East Carolina on Saturday, they’re throwing a big shebang at the Sundome tonight. Atlanta rapper Tity Boi (knows as 2 Chainz to the rest of America) brings his 2016 album Daniel Son; Necklace Don to his headlining set. Supporting Tit — as Drake calls him on a new single, “Big Amount” — is Dreezy. Not to be confused with Drizzy, Seandrea Sledge is a Chicago-based emcee who’s been at her craft since she was 14-years-old. She’s collaborated with Common, has Metro Boomin and Dej Loaf on speed dial and her new album No Hard Feelings represents the brighter parts of a rap game that’s pretty questionable sometimes. Students get their tickets for free with the option of bringing a friend for $10. Staff and alumni have their own ticketing tier and the rest of us non-college types will have to pay $25 to get in the door. (USF Sundome, Tampa) INFO
Set It Off w/Patent Pending It’s been year since Tampa-based pop-punk outfit Set It Off dismissed bassist Austin Kerr amid allegations of sexual harassment, and the new lineup — led by frontman Cody Carson — is looking to leave all that darkness behind. While the band wishes they could kill “pieces of shit” on their big 2014 hit “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” they flip the anger on it’s head on a new, horn-riddled single, “Upside Down,” where Carson sings about turning a bad situation into anything good (“car’s dying/not a lot of money/scared to check my checking account/guess I’m walking for now/at least I’m finally getting exercise” is how the first verse starts). It’s hyper innocent pop for the shopping mall set, but it’s been getting attention from BBC Radio 1, who recently premiered the single. This show happens a couple days after the official album release in Orlando, so expect everyone to be in a celebratory mood. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO
CL ✔️ The Posies w/The Pauses Here’s a New Granada Presents co-promo secret show that’s more undercover than some of the others that have been popping up around town lately. (UPDATE: As our latest issue was on the printer, the location was revealed for this show) This one features 1990s power-pop revivalists The Posies arriving in Tampa as part of a pop-up show tour that skips clubs and bars in favor of alternative venues. Fans who bought tickets to the show were notified on the location yesterday. What’s more is that the band is touring behind their first new album in five years, Solid States, where Ken Stringfellow (who just played
Tampa Seminole Heights record store Microgroove in July) and Jon Auer say the band went back to their DIY roots while honoring longtime band members drummer Darius Minwalla and bassist Joe Skyward, who died in 2015 and 2016 respectively. A new song, “Unlikely Places” boasts a sound that isn’t too unfamiliar, yet still manages to explore new territory for the duo. “I think it’s our most adventurous record to date,” Auer said in a release. “There was the conscious idea to strive for something different from the Posies of past, to use different colors and flavors.” If you don’t have a ticket you might shit out of luck, but you can bookmark cltampa.com/music to make sure you don’t miss out on announcements like this anymore. (Secret Show) INFO
CL ✔️ Junior Boys w/Egyptrixx/Borys A dozen years after the release of their Domino Records debut, Last Exit, Junior Boys remain wake makers in the electro-pop genre that a decade ago didn’t really carry the mainstream clout it does today. The Canadians — Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus — are back in Ybor supporting a new EP, Kiss Me All Night, which was released last month just six months after the Boys put out an impressive full-length, Big Black Coat. The ability to innovate with each successive album is not easy to achieve, but Greenspan and Didemus have made it look routine. Read our Q&A with the Boys's Jeremy Greenspan here. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO
Rock The Park w/Poetry N’ Lotion/The Infinite Eights/Dennis Stadelman & Troy Youngblood The scenery at this long-running first Thursday downtown Tampa concert series usually lends itself to a lot of skyline and river gazing, but this particular installment will also have a solidly mellow soundtrack thanks to a currently evolving Poetry N’ Lotion lineup and young-ish indie-pop makers The Infinite Eights. Family & pet friendly means all your favorite people can join you, too. (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa) INFO
Surfin’ Raccoons CL readers: we know a lot of strange things can happen in Tarpon Springs, but there will not be any racoons surfing the sponge docks. The current incarnation of this 60s & 70s rock cover band have been together for a dozen years, but their history goes all the way back to 1985. Their name? One of the best. (Sunset Beach, Tarpon Springs) INFO
Garth Brooks w/Trisha Yearwood Normally we’d skip listing a show so damn far away, but the 80 miles between Tampa and Orlando is well worth it when Garth Brooks is playing. It’s especially good for Bay area fans who were left in the cold this summer when Brooks, 54, cancelled three Amalie Arena shows due to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s run at the Lord Stanley’s Cup. “A perfect storm,” is what Brooks called it when calling into U.S. 103.5 FM to apologize. Well, “The Thunder Rolls” in O-Town this weekend for not one, but four shows that run through Sunday. Wifey Trisha Yearwood opens all the dates, and you can bet Brooks will be extra happy as Billboard just certified his as the first musician with seven Diamond Records. A Diamond is 10 million records if you’re keeping score — not even The Beatles have done that. (Amway Center, Orlando) INFO
CL ✔️ Eric Bachman Living Room Show All the olds are refusing to let late night rock club shows keep them from seeing great concerts. The 33701 area code (west end of downtown St. Pete in between the Dalí and the Old Northeast neighborhood) is where this solo show from Eric Bachman is happening. Fans adore the North Carolina songwriter for his work in Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers, and while there’s no telling how much of that material will see the setlist, you can bet there will be plenty of stuff from Bachman’s new self-titled solo effort where he got a lot of help from Crooked Fingers’s Liz Durrett and Jeremy Wheatley in creating a gorgeous piano-driven LP of instrospective indie-rock. (St. Petersburg) INFO
Onry Ozzborn w/Rob Sonic/Upgrade/Rafael Vigilantics/DJ Zone Michael Martinez That’s his name, but the old-school Seattle-based rapper takes the stage under the hilarious Onry Ozzborn moniker. It’s the banner that flies above a hearty discography of hard-nosed, smart hip hop that Martinez has been working at since 1997. A new album, this year’s DUO, features all-star features like Homeboy Sandman and Aesop Rock, so expect to see the old heads out in full force at this one. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO
DeadPhish Orchestra This is a tribute band. It’s going to be a good time, but if you can’t look at the DeadPhish Orchestra’s moniker and know what kind of tunes you’re going to be hearing, well then you might want to find something else to do. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO
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