Karl Blau, Plain White T's, Girl Talk, Parallels

Plus more of this week's best upcoming concerts.

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J. Calwell
Karl Blau

Sarah Kass

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Karl Blau w/Little Wings A mostly underrated but still celebrated indie artist, Karl Blau is a prolific singer, songwriter, producer, instrumentalist and overall sound explorer from Washington who works within an array of aesthetics — electro out-there, anti-folk, alt roots, Afro-pop, psyche rock. Blau is joined on his current tour by K Records labelmate Little Wings, the quirky rootsy project of Kyle Field, who has worked with anyone from M. Ward to Devendra Banhart to Grandaddy, his tender vocals rich and husky all at once. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

Daytrader w/Daylight/Seahaven/Bible Dinosaurs/Collision "Kill My Compass" is the lead-off single on Daytrader's 2011 EP, Last Days of Rome, its refrain a howling plea: "And say that you remember me / Past the time and past the place / We're dead already." The power pop and post-hardcore punk-inflected outfit hails from Brooklyn and features current and ex-members of Crime in Stereo, Latterman/Bridge and Tunnel/Monikers. (Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa)

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Gypsy Heatwave Warmup: Caravan of Thieves w/Barons Of Tang/Bachaco The pre-Heatwave party is headlined by three-year-old roaming acoustic swing quartet Caravan of Thieves, which brings a sense of playful vaudevillian drama to their vibrant gypsy sound. Husband-and-wife songwriting team Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni lead the band in mesmerizing or madcap vocal harmonies and dual acoustic guitar strumming, Fuzz throwing in Flamenco-style plucking, double bassist Brian Anderson adding low-end bounce and violinist Ben Dean rounding it out with wailing fiddle solos and fills. Live shows are vigorous intoxicating affairs with percussive breakdowns and a repertoire that includes original compositions with satirical narratives and quirky fun covers by Talking Heads ("Psycho Killer"), Queen ("Bohemian Rhapsody") and Bach ("Tocatta In E," nestled within their own song, "Bar Isole"). From their Facebook profile: "If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired." (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Candlebox Seattle's post-grunge outfit burned bright in the '90s with hits like "Far Behind" and "You" (both from their multi-platinum self-titled debut), and "Simple Lessons," the sole single that did well enough to earn gold certification for 1995's Lucy. The band has since dissolved, then re-emerged in 2006 following a best-of compilation and recorded a fourth album, Into the Sun, released in 2008 and followed shortly after by a live CD/ DVD set, Alive in Seattle. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

Swamp Logic w/Jubal's Kin Tampa's own muddy funk and NOLA jazz-fused outfit Swamp Logic is joined by out-of-town Florida-based guests, Jubal's Kin, a trio fronted by harmonizing music-making siblings Roger and Gailanne Amundsen (on acoustic guitar and fiddle, respectively). (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa)

Memphis May Fire w/Decoder/Ten After Two/That's Outrageous! Heading up the "Rise Records Tour" is Memphis May Fire, a Texas-based Southern rock-fused post-hardcore outfit that mixes gut roars with melodic clean wailing, thick riffs, and pounding rhythms into a heavy pulsating brew; their new Rise release, The Hollow, dropped in April. (Brass Mug, Tampa)

Two Cow Garage w/The Only Sons/Have Gun Will Travel/Matt Woods Ninebullets.net writer/founder and WMNF radio host Bryan Childs (aka Autopsy IV) celebrates another year of whiskey-kicking life with a bill featuring several of his favorite acts the night before they're due to hit Heatwave — heavy stomping alt-country rockers Two Cow Garage, Tennessee twangy Springsteen-influenced Ninebullets.net "house band" The Only Sons, the area's beloved purveyors of high-octane sepia-washed Americana, Have Gun Will Travel, and Knoxville acoustic guitar strumming crooner, Matt Woods. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Terror w/Stick to Your Guns/Trapped Under Ice/Close Your Eyes/Your Demise/Go Rydell LA hardcore punk metalcore outfit Terror crushes with a pounding sound and barked-shouted lyrics like "I pay to watch you burn" ("Your Enemies are Mine") and "I shattered the insides of something I can't replace, but would you even care?" ("Shattered"). Live, vocalist Scott Vogel is known for keeping it light with plenty of banter and stagedives. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

The Miles Project Miles Davis is celebrated in a collaborative work of sound and movement by two Sarasota cultural groups — Jazz Juvenocracy, a six-piece made up of young (under 18) jazz musicians, and Fuzión Dance Artists, a modern troupe led by award-winning choreographer Leymis Bolanos Wilmott. (Jaeb Theater at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa)

Otis Gibbs w/ Rebecca Zapen Gibbs is a gruff-voiced, straightforward, socially-conscious artist whose upbringing in a rural Indiana town colors the narratives of his folk-roots songwriting and "love songs for young radicals." The Billy Bragg-approved musician, now based in Nashville, released his fifth studio album in 2010, Joe Hill's Ashes, the subject matter ranging from musings on death and the fake face of the music industry ("Where Only The Graves Are Real"), to railings against Greyhound buses ("The only reason you're here is you're too broke to fly / There's a devil named poverty who has brought us together / Now the devil is taking us for a ride.") (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg)

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