American Football’s reunion show and Emo Night appearance lead Tampa Bay’s Friday live music lineup

Imagine Dragons, Jroc jones and a RAICES benefit are all going down, too.


✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️ American Football w/You Blew It! Two decades ago, a trio of fresh-faced downstate Illinois boys released an indie-rock album that would not only change the sound of the genre, but earn a cult-like following after the band (American Football) broke up just a few months after still-not-yet-revered Chicago record label Polyvinyl released the self-titled effort. Wind the clock forward to 2018, and that trio — frontman and guitarist Mike Kinsella, drummer and trumpeter Steve Lamos and and guitarist Steve Holmes — have not just reunited, but also adopted a permanent bassist (Kinsella’s cousin Nate Kinsella of indie-rock project Birthmark). The group — whose sparkling guitar lines, odd tempos and catchy-when-they’re-present choruses influenced a generation of guitar players — also has a new album (another self-titled, released in 2016) and this ongoing reunion tour featuring sporadic bursts of dates built around the members’ family and work lives. Last weekend’s California shows featured a 13-song setlist that dipped into that 2016 effort, but leaned hard on that 1998 debut. And while the shows still don’t include new songs, all three of the Florida shows (including this one in Ybor City) do find a recently on-hiatus Orlando band, You Blew It!, opening the shows. Read our interviews with You Blew It! frontman Tanner Jones and CL’s interview with the Kinsellas. Visit The Bricks just a few blocks away for an after-party where the band will DJ a special Friday-night edition of Emo Night Tampa. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Before Tampa debut, American Football’s Mike and Nate Kinsella talk reunions, new music and more

✔️ Rise Above w/Slade and the Wasters/Above Snakes/Blestian/Red Calling/El Coyote/Follow the Monarchs/Beelow Brass The Horny Man/Slim Taper Borders — and the enforcement of the one surrounding this land that’s supposed to be for the poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free — are creating waves in the news and wreaking havoc on families being split up as they arrive from Mexico (in case you missed it: thousands of children have been separated from their families under Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy). A collective of Bay area punk rock, electro and hip-hop bands are coming together to do something about it at this fundraiser show where proceeds will go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (aka RAICES), which is a Texas nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants. It’s $5 at the door, and you’ll have a chance to donate more once you walk in. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️ Jroc Jones Birthday Party w/Hypecuz/Tom G/J’Nelle/Jinx/Trumaine Burrell/Tommy Phenom/more An old-school Tampa hip-hop general (Tom G) is making his Crowbar debut, which makes sense since the parties surrounding the birthday of another Tampa rapper (Jroc Jones) always seem to be packed with surprises and bills littered with some of Jones’s favorite artists. It’s no different this Friday, and this one is gonna have some Puerto Rican food on the courtyard grill. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Imagine Dragons w/Grace VanderWaal Over the weekend, Imagine Dragons became the first act to ever monopolize the top four spots on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart. The feat finds the Las Vegas alt-rock giants tying Muse for the second-most Top 10s on the chart this decade, and fans will get a chance to experience the appeal when Imagine Dragons arrives at the big shed off of I-4 in support of a 2017 album, EVOLVE, which is the group’s first since a self-imposed hiatus in 2016. Grace VanderWaal — a 14-year-old pop-music prodigy who most Americans know from her win on the 11th season of America’s Got Talent — opens the show. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO

Colleen Green, Ben Katzman's Degreaser, Veiny Hands @ The Bends, 5/12/2016

✔️ Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser w/Clang!/MilkSpot/Crystallized It’s been almost two years since the queen of anti-cool, Colleen Green, came to The Bends, and while this show doesn’t actually find the Massachusetts native coming back to St. Petersburg, it does feature Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser, whose forthcoming album, Quarter Life Crisis, was produced by Green herself. The lead single, “Chill Position,” is just under two minutes of raw, breakneck rawk that feels like it’s on its ninth Red Bull and vodka, and Katzman will tease songs from Quarter Life Crisis (an album that tells the tale of the no-nonsense, nonsensical, journey through one’s 20s) while also playing cuts from a three-piece discography that dates all the way back to 2015’s Ramones-core classic, Rok N Rol Community College. Clang!, a new punk band featuring Emily Jones (one of the CL Music Issue’s young artists to watch) opens this show that’s part of a DeGreaser tour that will take the band all the way to the U.K. in 2018. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Karl Jaims w/Juan Dunbar You’re not reading this wrong. There’s a B2B set going down at Seminole Heights’ Mermaid Tavern on Friday. It’s not “Business-to-Business” either, you suburbanite. The term means “Back to Back," and it’s all the rage in the festival scene your EDM-loving teenager has been sneaking off to participate in. Don’t worry about waking your local Neighborhood Watch captain though, since this DJ night with Karl Jaims and Juan Dunbar is less wubby and more disco, new wave and Balearic-oriented. (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO

Eprom w/Champagne Drip Eprom — a left coast producer whose work ranges from toxic hip-hop to weird garage jams and jiggly, churning dance music — brings his output for the Rwina Records label to The Ritz for this show, which happens to be his Tampa debut. Champagne Drip, the newest musical incarnation of Los Angeles-based producer Sam Pool, opens the show. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO


IOH w/The Young Something/Aster and Ivy/A Wolf in the City (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Gloria West & The Gents w/Anthony Castellano/James Suggs/Paul Gavin (Zydeco Brew Werks, Ybor City) INFO

Dean Johanesen (Independent Bar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Chris McCarty (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

August 10-11, Hotter Than Hell (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Mercy McCoy (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Yardij w/Lassyu/Katie Callihan (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

Summer of Soul w/Jamie Perlow (Side Door Cabaret at Palladium, St. Petersburg) INFO

The Dollyrots (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Same Day Delivery Orchestra (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Tone of Arc (Hooch and Hive, Tampa) INFO

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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