Brassy indie dance from Rubblebucket at Crowbar, feel-good folk pop from Kopecky Family Band at New World + more of this week's concerts

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9
PJ Bond w/Billy & Joe/Y Los Dos Pistoles/Dead Sound/Mr. Davis This past November, alt country-folk artist PJ Bond premiered a new song via video at Altpress.com, “I'm in a Bad Way,” his acoustic guitar strumming, husky wailing vocals and whiskey-poetic lyrics paired with the mournful notes of lap steel guitar as delivered by his brother Brian. The New Jersey singer-songwriter plans to release more new music in 2012, so you'll likely hear some fresh tunes in his repertoire. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) —Leilani Polk

Toubab Krewe w/Locos Por Juana/Bird St. Players Mixing the sounds of Mali with jam rock influences, Toubab Krewe weaves together gorgeous fluttering melodies via the stringed interplay of guitar and more exotic instruments like the African kora or kamelen'goni, filling it out with thick swaying bass grooves and hand percussion-fused rhythms. The instrumental sextet from Asheville, N.C. issued their last album, TK2, in 2010 via Nat Geo Music. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —LP

Dominic Balli w/Urban D/Benjah In the title track off Dominic Balli’s sophomore LP, American Dream, the California reggae rocker and Christian recording artist (who soaks his uplifting sound in a healthy dose of pop and hip hop) reflects on capitalism and how it’s shaped the American dream: “They say cash rules everything around me it seems / for 30 pieces of silver you can buy you a king / And forfeit your soul become a slave to the machine / Some would sell they're own momma for the American pipe dream.” (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —LP

Ennis Direct from Newfoundland, Canada, is JUNO-award winning sisters Maureen and Karen Ennis, who mix the traditional Celtic songs of their home with original modern compositions. Both sing and play acoustic guitar; Karen also supplies melodies on mandolin, bodhran, and tin whistle. The duo gets instrumental back-up from Mark Murphy (percs) and Billy Sutton (bouzouki, guitar, accordion). (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) —LP

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Zach Deputy Band Normally, funky soulful Zach Deputy works as a one-man show who uses looping technology in place of bandmates, continually layering instrumentals to get to his fuller sound. But for his "singer-songwriter" album, 2011's Another Day, he brought on a vet team of musicians to join him and recorded with Grammy-winning producer Scott Jacoby (John Legend). His velvety stirring vocals are set to R&B-fused rock and gospel-tinged soul pop with light hip hop, funky Latin and Caribbean flavors. He’ll be joined by a band on his current tour backing the LP. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) —LP

The World Inferno Friendship Society w/The Adicts/Mischief Brew Brooklyn-based World Inferno — which issued a fourth LP, The Anarchy and The Ecstasy, last year — crafts lush and cheeky-lively pro-anarchist odes, their idiosyncratic sound fusing cabaret punk, soulful rock, horn-fueled Klezmer and swinging jazz styles. Dramatic wailing vocalist Jack Terricloth leads the collective, which encompasses a rotating cast of players on sax (tenor, alto and baritone), violin, keys, drums, bass and guitar. A multitude of musicians have passed through the World Inferno ranks over the years, including The Hold Steady's Franz Nicolay. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —LP

Holopaw w/Halibut/Memphibians A first-rate indie rock band from Gainesville, Holopaw, was signed to Sub Pop at Isaac Brock’s urging and stayed with the label until 2009, when they moved on to the indie-er Bakery Outlet and released the well-regarded Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness. The band's third record found the core duo of John Orth and Jeff Hays building upon their rootsy with a new rhythm section, guitarist, and cellist, and the band is due to release a new record sometime this year. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —LP

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Kaleigh Baker w/Gringo Star For some reason, Orlando-based songstress Kaliegh Baker — whose powerhouse vocals are set to indie bluesy acoustic rock — has chosen to remain in Florida for the time being, though you never know when she’ll answer the call of NYC; she's currently backing her first official recording, The Weight of It All EP. Gringo Star is from Atlanta, and issued their sophomore album of catchy indie pop, Count Yer Lucky Stars, last year with production assistance from Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter). (Local 662, St. Petersburg) —LP

Rubblebucket w/D’Visitors/Sons of Hippies Purveying an intoxicating blend of psyche rock, Euro-jazz, and dance music is Rubblebucket, an eight-piece fronted by musical couple Alex Toth (trumpet, vocals) and Kalmia Traver (vocals, saxophones). The twosome’s sweetly intertwining boy-girl harmonies and horn arrangements (which encompass the trombone skills of Adam Dotson) are borne on buoyant beats and marked by heady synths, keys and B3, and Afro-percussive textures. Overall, solid music from a group of musicians whose 2011 studio album, Omega La La, was produced by Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, !!!). This show is a must-see. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —LP

The Local Revolt Music Series w/The August Name/10th Concession/The Surfin’ Raccoons/Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso/more A huge day of music showcasing 10 bands that hail from here or within 100 miles of the greater Tampa Bay area; a portion of proceeds benefit Suncoast Hospice. (England Brothers Bandshell, Pinellas Park) —LP

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