Best of the Day: Live Music Overload

From Samurai Shotgun to Rootstock, there's plenty of live music to choose from this Saturday.

Lots of live music to choose from this Saturday. In case you were wondering just what you should be doing, here's a breakdown of highlights.

Samurai Shotgun with Bangarang, Malibu, Goldlynx. Samurai Shotgun [pictured left] is one of the area’s sickest alt hip hop outfits, churning out instrumentally-driven songs with a firm rock and funk-grinding thrust. Best of the Bay winning artist Young Golden (real name Matt Henley) leads, rapping, rhyming and vocalizing to the ministrations of keys and turntable man Marquis Blocker (aka DJ Keys), guitarist Tyler Mulder, drummer Jovan Lecaro and bassist Bryant Harp. The quintet is getting ready to drop a new full-length album, Force of the Shotgun, and this show on their home turf launches a nine-date Florida tour to hype it up. 8 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $7.

Coastline Festival with Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club, Matt & Kim, Fitz & the Tantrums, The Joy Formidable, The Neighbourhood, The Mowgli’s, Surfer Blood, Blondfire, St. Lucia, Zulu Wave and Polyenso Billed as a “Musiculinary Experience,” the inaugural Coastline Festival converges on the amphitheater with a dozen noteworthy national indie acts practicing alt rock, synth pop, dance punk, neo-soul, poptronic and folk-flavored pop along with a few rock-solid locals, and sets up a village all around it replete with a Craft Beer Cove, a Foodtrucktropia, and an Isle of Art. Click here to read this week's story about the fest and click here to find out more about local band Zulu Wave, which helps kicks things off. Noon-11 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amp, Tampa, $65 GA pit/$45 pavilion/$20 lawn.

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The Dig with Article 47, Yogurt Smoothness, Macrame Owls “Cold Afternoon” slides through pulsing bass grooves, glistening waves of summery synth haze and fragile-pretty guitar melodies, as gentle breathy falsetto intones drift over top. The first single off the new Dig (pictured) EP You & I EP (the follow-up to June’s Tired Hearts EP) is blissful psych pop with shadowy shoegaze/post-punk undertones; the New York four-piece features a pair of higher-toned co-frontmen (bassist Emile Mosseri and guitar player David Baldwin) along with keyboardist/guitarist Erick Eiser and drummer Mark. You can see them locally for cheap ($3), with strong local acts providing warm-up. 8 p.m., Fubar, St. Petersburg, $3.

Dunedin Wines the Blues with Victor Wainwright & Wild Roots, Joey Gilmore, Biscuit Miller & the Mix The 22nd annual blues festival serves wines from around the world (German Riesling, Italian Pinot Grigio, Chilean Pinot Noir, etc.) along with beer and spirits, and stages a showcase of blues-slinging talents from around the state — soulfully howling, keys-banging powerhouse Victor Wainwright and his tight-playing band, South Florida R&B-infused blues maker Joey Gilmore, and funky jiving, bass-thumping Biscuit Miller & The Mix, which won a Blues Music Award last year. 5-11 p.m., on Main Street between Louden and Broadway, downtown Dunedin, free admission (costs are for tastes).

Rootstock with Tribal Style, Poetry n’ Lotion, Ryan Breakdown McGown, NoNeed, Don Vagabond, The Rukus, Jinx, Badda Skat, GWAN HI-FI (DJs Blenda & Shafiq) A big grouping of local favorites spanning reggae, hip hop, funk, and metal/jazz rock fusion aesthetics gather for what I imagine will be a highly energetic and fun-filled Saturday night performance, with plenty of room for improv, sit-ins and general sonic cavorting. 9 p.m., New World Brewrey, Ybor City, $7.

Juicy J In a rap industry overloaded with hot young up-and-comers racing towards their chance at super stardom, Juicy J has managed to remain relevant and juggle esteemed roles in both a group setting via Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia, and as a solo artist with three albums worth of material to his credit. The latest to feature his deliberate flowing rhymes is Stay Trippy, which dropped in August and is amped up with a cavalcade of high profile guests — Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Wale, Yelawolf, Big Sean, Young Jeezy, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and A$AP Rocky included. This date is the latest on his “Twerk or Die” tour. 8 p.m., Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, $20.

Black Uhuru with UNRB, Trenchfoot Shindig The battle-scarred roots reggae outfit from Jamaica spawned several of the genre’s most well-regarded singers before they went solo (Don Carlos, Junior Reid, Michael Rose, Puma Jones) or moved on to become more successful in other endeavors (Sly & Robbie). Black Uhuru (which literally translates to “Black Freedom”) has released 14 studio LPs and holds the distinction of winning the very first reggae music Grammy award in 1984 (for Anthem), though if you’re familiar with their music at all, it’s likely by way of a brief soundbite that appeared in an episode of The Cosby Show, which featured Denise and her boyfriend head-bobbing and calling along to “Spongi Reggae” while Cliff looked on dubiously in the background. Derrick "Duckie" Simpson is the sole remaining original member from the 1972 lineup, and he’s seen members come, go and sometimes return, as is the case with current vocalist Andrew "Bee's" Beckford. 8 p.m., State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $16.

CLICK HERE to see a complete rundown of shows taking place over the next few weeks.

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