It's a family affair for Eisley at Crowbar, plus Peter Bjorn and John, J. Cole + more of the week's best concerts.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Subhuman Beatdown Tour DJ/producers Dieselboy (aka Damian Higgins) and Steve "Smash" Gordon are drum-n-bass makers who run the DNB-geared Human Imprint label and subsidiary SubHuman, which is dedicated to dubstep and electro music. Both take the helm on their current "Subhuman Beatdown Tour," which also features BARE along with Amphitheatre residents Nerd Rage and Mr. Saturn! (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)

Buckethead w/Lynx It's easy to judge a man with a bucket on his head harshly. But Brian Caroll, the artist otherwise known as Buckethead, has performed concerts in his trademark headgear and maintained his stage persona (and anonymity) behind a freaky blank white mask ala Michael Myers since he started shredding onstage nearly 20 years ago. His skills on guitar are indisputable and he's a prolific force who's released 34 studio albums, collaborated extensively and performed with an array of artists (among them, Bootsy Collins, Iggy Pop, John Zorn, Les Claypool, Mike Patton and most famously, Guns n' Roses), and has dipped his musical toes in a multitude of genres — most frequently progressive metal, but also funk, blues, ambient and avant-rock, jazz and even bluegrass. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Yip Deceiver w/Transcendent Other/Alien House/Sounduo This of Montreal-spawned side project is a partnership between musicians Davey Pierce and Nicholas Dobbratz with support from bandmates Clayton Rychlik and Paul Nunn. As Yip Deceiver, the quartet crafts experimental pop with charming '80s retro overtones and R&B dance music bounce, Pierce's distinctive elastic basslines joined by fat and zippy synths, bubbly layered vocals, and electro-glitch adornments in songs like the dance-inducing "For All the Haters" and the buoyant "Obnoxia." Both are off the band's 2011 self-titled debut EP. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Craig Campbell In his single, "Family Man," rising Nashville-by-way-of-Atlanta country music singer Craig Campbell reflects on life from the perspective of a blue collar man and the fire that drives him and keeps him going — his wife and kids. The song marked his first time on the Billboard Country charts and appeared on the 2011 eponymous debut he's promoting on his current tour. (Dallas Bull, Tampa)

Zach Deputy w/The Applebutter Express Among the throng of current one-man bands is furry-faced Deputy, who builds his mix of funk, roots, hip-hop, reggae and acoustic rock by looping and layering his guitar instrumentals, and scatting, rhyming, beat-boxing or singing over the result in a wide-ranging tone that hits a Michael Jackson high and can dip into a deeper shade of soul. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Emerson Drive Multi-award winning country five-piece Emerson Drive originally hails from Alberta, Canada, but re-located to Nashville early in their career and planted roots after signing to a major American label in 2001. Ten years later, the musicians are on the road celebrating the release of their first greatest hits album, Decade of Drive, which also includes three new songs. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Eisley w/Marksmen/Christie DuPree Eisley is the DuPrees — three sisters, their brother and a cousin who rise above the occasional Partridge Family stereotypes to create radio-friendly piano pop infused with just-odd-enough metaphors and symphonic twinkleliness. Their third LP, The Valley finds Eisley parting with Warner Bros. and joining the more like-minded Equal Vision to release their third LP. The Valley finds Eisley more orchestrated, more mature, and more inspiring than ever. In the four years since their last album, the DuPrees each experienced some low lows, and most of the songs reflect the shock, bitterness, resentment, and recovery from sudden heartbreak. They make you feel their raw but eventually optimistic pain with relatable lyrics crafted around airy layers of melodies. Only on a few tracks do crunchy guitars and wailing bring you down to the depths of the moment their despair hit them. Plus, Sherri and Stacy DuPree have ridiculously clear, angelic voices that even sound pretty when they're fuming at "you and all your friends who didn't like me" and "that apocryphal wedding." (Crowbar, Ybor City) —Taylor Toothman

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Tiny Riots w/Geri X/Grand Manor/The Wallies THX Management presents an indie rock bill that includes newbie Wisconsin quartet Tiny Riots, which has a sort of post-grunge appeal spruced up with shimmering guitar melodies and driving rhythms, as well as our own moody alt roots rock songstress Geri X, who has not only taken home yet another Best of the Bay award in the 2011 Reader's Poll, but was named "Best Of Indie 2011" by Rolling Stone in Bulgaria. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

J. Cole Hip-hop artist and producer J. Cole is on the verge of blowing up. He's earned a wave of positive buzz for his mixtapes; his first, 2007's The Come Up, caught the attention of Jay-Z and got him signed to the heavyweight's Roc Nation label, and this year's Friday Night Lights featured production credits by Timbaland and Kanye West. His debut studio LP, Cole World: The Sideline Story, is primed to top the charts with guest spots by Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Drake, and Trey Songz, the latter singign in the bumpin' first single, "Can't Get Enough." CL onsite reporter Andrew Silverstein called J. Cole's 2011 Bonnaroo set electric and engaging. "J. Cole spit from the heart like he had no other choice," he wrote. "Every syllable, every word, the gestures, the stories, it all melded and became a testament to how much J. Cole wants you to hear how a young, black male gets by in the world." (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

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