Austin Miller's free show leads Tampa Bay's live music Friday

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✔️= Critic's Pick

✔️ Austin Miller I’ve been writing about Austin Miller since 2010. The Orlando songwriter’s beard wasn’t as bushy back then, and it seems like the 28-year-old has traversed the globe a half-dozen times in that span, too (Miller spent the month of May playing music in Ireland, the U.K., Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia). All that moving around has only lent an extra layer of believability, dust and grit to albums like his sophomore LP, Engine, which has grown and evolved by leaps and bounds since its release back in 2016. Expect him to tease new material and expound on the love he has for his third favorite city in Florida when he plays this free show in Seminole Heights. “I think I’ve toured just about as much as I can on 39 minutes of recorded music,” Miller told CL in 2017. “The Tampa area is really special to me. Aside from Orlando and Gainesville, it’s probably where I spend the most time. The music scene is one of my favorites in the country; it’s crazy how much talent there is. And there aren’t many places where, in one day, you can go to the beach, visit an amazing brewery, eat a quality meal, and stay out until 3 a.m.” (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

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✔️ SeeYouSpaceCowboy w/Lipschitz/Direct Action/Control System/Thorn Friday night sees two Tampa bands finding footing in the Bay area punk scene (Control System, supporting its 2018 album Uncertainty Reigns; Thorn, playing its first show ever), and it also sees CL’s first encounter with sasscore. The subgenre of hardcore takes a little bit of grindcore, emoviolence, metalcore and moshcore and then mixes in gay tendencies and clever lyrics with some fantastically aggro results. Just listen to “I Am A Trans-Continental Railroad, Please Run A Train On Me,” the searing, 68-second highlight from SeeYouSpaceCowboy’s 7-inch split with Virgina hardcore band secondgradeknifefight (apparently no one likes to hit the spacebar in this genre). It would be burning up Billboard’s sasscore chart right now, if there were such a thing. (Lucky You Tattoo, St. Petersburg) INFO

Chris Brown w/Rich The Kid There aren’t any nightclubs near the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, right? Let’s hope not, since Chris Brown — who is headlining the venue along with Rich The Kid — likes to go to them and occasionally get into trouble after shows (in April 2017, following a show at Tampa’s Amalie Arena, Brown punched a photographer at an Aja afterparty, just steps away from the arena). Here’s also hoping that Brown — who has a shameful history of violence — got the help he needed since his last regrettable night in Tampa. Read more about why stars like Brown (plus Elvis, Bowie, Lennon and others) sometimes get passes for bad behavior here. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO

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Dub on Tap w/DJ Badda Skat Natty-dreaded St. Pete songwriter and producer Badda Skat has been on a major DIY kick lately (unlock the power of an Altoids container, friends), but he brings the DUB to Green Bench for this DJ set where he’ll drop roots reggae, instrumentals, bass and dub into his hi-fi system while you and a hundred of your fellow condo-dwellers enjoy some of the best beer in the ‘Burg. (Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg) INFO

#POUND Fridays w/Big N Slim The duo’s background (and promo photo) comes from the metal world, but Big N Slim make the kind of grimy dubstep that routinely fills The Ritz in Ybor City every Friday night. Just listen to the Miami act’s Legends EP, where it taps a trio of singers (Micah Martin, Rae and Deja Elyze) to help the act create dance music that starts out soulful before evolving (or de-volving) into grinding passes of headbang-worthy wubs and breakdowns. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Departure Fridays w/Jay Lumen Hope you’re Hungary for some techno, because Budapest-born Csaba Lumnitzer (“Jay Lumen” if you’re scared to try and pronounce his birth name) has arrived in SoHo to help The Kennedy keep its consistently surprising Departure Friday series fresh. Lumen is a regular sight atop the Beatport charts and well-respected among peers and industry insiders who’ve thrice given him the Ballantine Music Award for Underground DJ Of The Year. (The Kennedy, Tampa) INFO

Terrapin w/Samstorm/Penny Grune-Fae/toasty_rye/Gushing Someone recently asked me where all the Bay area electronics are. Well, here's five of 'em, my friend. Nick Capone's Terrapin project is probably the most accessible one of this lineup, but you can't lose (and won't pay a cover) by checking out experimental sounds from Samstorm, Penny Grune-Fae, toasty_rye, and Gushing. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

ALSO PLAYING

Rock

Murder the Crow w/SAHE/Skarz/Comin’ Home/Forgiving Silence (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

Cruel Summer Art Show w/Blestian (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO / CL ARTS

Singer-songwriter

Shaun Hopper & Friends (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Este Loves (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

Alias Julius (c.1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Home cooking band w/Buddha Vice/Jay Stephenson/Danny V (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Tribute/Cover

Tom Petty Tribute w/Broken Hearts & Shawn Scheller /the Contenders (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Pig Floyd (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

3 Peace (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Den of Thieves (Two Buks, Clearwater) INFO

Scream Machine (Ka`Tiki, Treasure Island) INFO

Hip-hop

Reylu (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Rockabilly

Jeff Vitolo & The Quarter Mile Rebels (Smokin’ 19, St. Petersburg) INFO

Kids

Mr. Brad (Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center, Safety Harbor) 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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