Yonder Mountain String Band serenades at Jannus Live + more concerts this week

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Authority Zero w/Voodoo Glow Skulls/Skyfox Every year since 2006, I anticipate the announcement of Authority Zero’s Florida tour. For me, their shows are unexplainable cathartic experiences that find me raging like a madwoman, and covered in sweat and beer by the night’s end. It’s glorious and gains me membership to the “high on life” club. Never easy to describe, the four-piece Mesa, Az., band’s music crosses genres of punk, skate/surf rock, reggae, hardcore and metal, with some Spanish influences. This amalgam of styles is apparent instrumentally and in lead singer Jason DeVore’s ability to scream, sing melodically or spit lyrics at a gnarly pace. On Jan. 31, the band released their second unplugged acoustic album, Less Rhythm, More Booze (a follow up to 2005’s Rhythm + Booze), which mostly features rearranged tracks from their last two studio albums, 12:34 and Stories of Survival. More Booze is also the last album to feature longtime drummer Jim Wilcox. Even though I'll miss Wilcox, I look forward to hearing the new guy almost as much as I look forward to peeling my melted face up off the ground. (Local 662, St. Petersburg) —Lily Reisman

Robert Cray w/Shemekia Copeland He’s taken home five Grammys and seen nine of his albums in the Top 10 of the Billboard Blues charts; you probably know his 1986 Hot Mainstream Rock hit, “Smoking Gun.” On this tour-round, Robert Cray, the blues-slinging guitarist with the silky soulful vocals, gets warm up support from Shemekia Copeland, a blues songstress who was honored as the new "Queen of the Blues" by Koko Taylor's daughter, Cookie, at the Chicago Blues Festival last year. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —Leilani Polk

Tank The R&B crooner — who’s produced records for the likes of Gladys Knight, Ginuwine and Jennifer Hudson — hits town on his current “Couples Retreat Tour” to promote his forthcoming album, Savior, due out via Atlantic in May. (Boomerang Martini Bar, Brandon) —LP

Pine Hill Haints w/Cadillac Bombers Named for a cemetery in their hometown, Pine Hill Haints combine elements of bluegrass, folk, gospel, honky tonk, and rockabilly in their self-styled “Alabama Ghost Music.” The sextet’s dark, Southern gothic odes (like “"My Bones are Gonna Rise Again" and "Garden of the Dead") are set to lively and sometimes shambling instrumentals that encompass fiddle, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, saw, washtub bass, washboard, and accordion. The band signed to K Records in 2007 after self-releasing nearly a dozen recordings, and has since issued several others via K, including last year’s Welcome to the Midnight Opry. (Dave’s Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg) —LP

Your 33 Black Angels w/Signals From Satellites/Laurel Canyon Early Brooklyn-based indie rock outfit Your 33 Black Angels hits town hot on the heels of the release of their 2012 third album, Moon and Morning Star, which finds the nine-piece mixing dirty fuzz box harmonica-fused blues and Velvet Underground-inspired psyche rock with a healthy dose of twang. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)—LP

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes "I see some of these bands with 20 hit records up there going through the motions,” Southside Johnny told CL in a 2009 interview. “I can't do it. It's gotta be different every night." The underrated smoky-voiced singer-songwriter has been purveying his rocking and rolling brand of blue-eyed soulful, horn-soaked R&B with his tight backing band for more than 30 years. Though he’s never seen the commercial success of fellow Jerseyite Bruce Springsteen, he’s considered by some to be the “grandfather of the New Jersey sound” and has issued recordings steadily throughout his career while earning a rep for delivering blistering live shows. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —LP

Lambasters Ella’s owner musician Ernie Locke steps out onto the café stage to wail on harp and guitar, his booming growl set to the heavy skuzzy blues rock of his band, Lambasters, which now features Nervous Turkey drummer Aaron Fowler along with guitarist Josh Nelms. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) —LP

Paul Anka This 70-year-old Canadian who gave us the classics like “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “(You’re) Having My Baby,” “Lonely Boy” and “My Way” has more than 900 songs to his credit. Paul Anka first experienced success at age 16 with “Diana” and by 18, had produced five Top 20 hits. He’s written songs for Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson, and re-worked modern tracks like “Wonderwall” by Oasis and Nirvana’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit,” among many others. He’s been a teen-idol, screen and television actor, and continues to be a sought-after showman at age 70 — not too shabby, eh? (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —Rebecca Forman

The Transfers w/Zulu Wave/Easybreezy A bill of off-kilter indie rock headed up by The Transfers from Daytona Beach, a four-piece with a ’90s alternative college radio appeal and a brand new EP, Going to the Show, that was self-released late last year. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —LP

Gladys Knight The Empress of Soul is returning to town to perform from her catalog of hits that encompass the sounds of pop, R&B and AC. She’s a seven-time Grammy winner and an accomplished actress (she most recently starred in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and had a cameo on NBC’s comedy 30 Rock). She also has her own personal entertainment corporation and a restaurant in Atlanta known for its chicken and waffles. Is there anything this woman can’t do? (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) —RF

Jimkata w/Folly Dean This indietronica rock outfit has been building up quite the local fanbase. Jimkata hails from Ithaca, NY, and is on tour raising funds to record a follow-up to their 2011 Ghosts and Killers EP, currently offered on a pay-what-you-can download basis at jimkata.com. Check out the foursome’s New Wave-flavored jams at their Bay area stop and donate to the cause. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —LP

Brandi Carlile Acoustic Trio Brandi Carlile is an alt country and folk rock singer-songwriter from Seattle who taught herself to sing and play piano, and was on Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Artists to Watch” list back in ’05. Since then she’s toured with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5 and Ray LaMontagne, and had her songs used on Grey’s Anatomy. She’s known for her intense performances and mixes it up between involved orchestral sets (as on her latest release, Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony), and intimate acoustic forays, as her setup at this Clearwater show. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) —RF

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival: Buddy Guy w/Curtis Salgado/many more (Saturday); and Janiva Magness w/Ronnie Baker Brooks/many more (Sunday) Binge on fried shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, crawfish and other fresh catches as served by a few dozen seafood vendors while savoring some searing-hot blues by a range of local and national talents. Axe ace Buddy Guy rolls out the headlining licks on Saturday, and brings vet status to the weekend’s bill; while on Sunday, California’s modern blues vocalist Janiva Magness offers up her more country and Motown-fused sizzle. Free admission. (Coachman Park, Clearwater) —LP

Matt Woods & Devon Stuart If you enjoy a generous helping of twang with your indie rock, Ale & the Witch welcomes two country-leaning acoustic guitar-slinging singer-songwriters who’ve both earned praise from locally-based, nationally recognized music blog Ninebullets.net — Nashville’s Matt Woods, and Devon Stuart, from Gainesville, who’s on an extended break from his full-band, The Takers. This is a free and early (6:30-8:30 p.m.) show. (The Ale and the Witch, downtown St. Petersburg) —LP

VNV Nation w/Straftanz Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson are the creative forces behind VNV Nation, a Germany-by-way-of-England synth pop duo that’s been producing dance music for more than two decades and draws on a range of styles — industrial, trance, EBM and future pop among them. Automatic, their eighth LP, dropped last year and this tour supports. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —LP

Yonder Mountain String Band w/The Infamous Stringdusters/Grandpa's Cough Medicine The newgrass quartet — acoustic guitar, banjo, bass (electric and standup) and mandolin — draws on a huge repertoire of originals and quirky covers by artists ranging from Zappa to Hendrix to Phish, displays impressive musical chops via quick-paced and oftentimes synchronized plucking, picking and strumming of their respective instruments, and adds poignant, perfectly harmonized vocal melodies to the mix. CL writer Andrew Silverstein called Yonder Mountain String Band’s show last February “one of the most intriguing sets of live music I've seen in recent memory.” (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —LP

Heartless A sludgy, skull-crushing grindcore outfit from Pittsburgh touring behind a 2011 LP, Hell Is Other People. As you might imagine by the title, it’s intense. (Local 662, St. Petersburg) —LP

WMNF Rockabilly Ruckus w/Lee Rocker/Big Sandy and the Fly-rite Boys/The Amy Lavere Rockabilly Band/Morgan Bernard/Hot Rod Hornets/Ted Stevens Band/Rocket 88 WMNF kicks off its ninth annual Rockabilly Ruckus with a vintage car show followed by a day packed with retrofied performances, from the double bass prowess of Lee Rocker (who’s played with the likes of George Harrison, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell and Keith Richards), to the California country boogie of Big Sandy. (Skippers Smokehouse, Tampa) —LP

Noel Paul Stookey You know the singer-songwriter from his tenure as one-third of folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary (“Puff the Magic Dragon,” “If I Had a Hammer”); he’s been rolling solo since the band broke-up in 1978 and has released a handful of albums. The last was 2007’s Facets. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) —LP

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Voices For Children Benefit w/FunkN8 A brassy, funky fundraising concert to benefit the local nonprofit that serves as a champion for foster children with its Guardian ad Litem programs. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —LP

Candy Hearts w/Man Overboard Girlishly droning vocalist Mariel Loveland fronts Candy Hearts, an upbeat melodic indie punk-pop band from the NYC area that released their sophomore full-length, Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy, via Kind of Like Records last year. For fans of Lemuria. (Transitions Art Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa) —LP

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Jun Bustamante & the Helios Jazz Orchestra Folk-jazz singer-songwriter Jun Bustamante lends soulful lead pipes to the swinging arrangements of the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra for their monthly Nova show. (Nova Lounge, St. Petersburg) —LP

Pat Boone A maudlin entertainer who enjoyed his soft pop heyday in the 1950s and ’60s, and is still among Billboard’s top 10 best-selling recording artists of all time. Pat Boone hits town with his intimate one-man show, “50 Years of Hits…50 Million Records,” during which he performs hits and shares memories from his time in showbiz. This early afternoon show is presented as part of the Mid-day Live Series. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) —LP

Lucky Tubb & Modern Day Troubadours An evening of rockabilly with deep traditional country roots and honky tonk influences as directed by rich-drawling Lucky Tubb, from Austin. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —LP

Kelly Clarkson Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Kelly Clarkson was crowned the first American Idol? Now a global superstar, she is coming to town for her “Stronger” tour, also the title of her fifth studio album. Stronger debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and first single “Mr. Know It All” hit No. 4 on the iTunes Singles Charts. She’s been everywhere lately — in that Toyota Camry commercial, as a musical guest on SNL, and singing our National Anthem (without screwing it up) at the Super Bowl. Matt Nathanson opens. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —RF

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Silas Durocher The exceptionally talented singer, songwriter and guitarist has a classical music background and it shows in his instrumentally lush mix of jazz, rock, folk, and funk. Silas Durocher has roots in Florida; he studied theory and composition at New College and spent much of his younger musical years composing pieces and working on projects in the Sunshine State before he re-located to Asheville. Durocher stops in town as part of a stripped-down solo acoustic tour, and I’ve been assured by reliable sources that he’s an amazing performer worthy of a Wednesday evening outing. (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) —LP

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