Little Dragon, Kindlewood + more of this week's best upcoming concerts.

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The Back Pockets w/Young Egypt/Nick Lennon A huge collective that plays in lineups varying from four to 17, depending on who's available, and incorporates banjo, harmonium, trombone and violin (among various other instruments) into their "interactive gypsy folk punk" sound. The female-fronted Back Pockets are accompanied by performance artists who execute their theatrics live during the shows. (Rambin' Rose Upcycle, St. Petersburg)

Super SideKick Records Night w/Escape Tonight/Paint the Town Red/No Inside Three Tampa Bay bands unite for one "Super-Awesome Show." Escape Tonight is a true DIY indie rock band that set up their own home recording studio with dumpster-diving finds. Vocalist Russell Fama is also the owner/operator of Super Sidekick Records and released the band's debut album, Far From Home, via the local label. St. Pete duo Paint the Town Red describes themselves as "two guys playing high energy, harmony driven, sexy acoustic music." Another Super Sidekick band, No Inside awakens the punk rocker in us all. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) —Lindsay Collette

Underoath w/Comeback Kid/The Chariot/This Is Hell Years of lineup changes and near-breakups haven't been able to stop Tampa natives Underoath. In fact, some would argue that the Christian metalcore sextet has only gotten better. Not long after the last remaining original member of the band, drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie, was replaced by Daniel Davison (Norma Jean), Underoath put out Ø, an album that's Drew Beringer heralded as possibly their strongest to date, crediting the shakeup with sending the band into heavier territory (some claim Gillespie leaned to a more pop sound). Frontman Spencer Chamberlain can scream with the best of them, and you can bet he'll be raging the stage at this hometown show. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Christopher Spata

Montrose w/Michael Lee Firkins The California-based hard rock outfit was formed by guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who left Edgar Winter Group and went on to enjoy very modest fame in the mid-1970s with ball-busting heavy-riffing tracks like "Rock Candy" and "Bad Motor Scooter." Montrose never charted any hits, but did feature a pre-Van Halen Sammy Hagar on lead vocals in its earliest incarnation and has been credited with heavily influencing the Van Halen sound. (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones The original lineup of the progressive jazz fusion outfit — which features pianist and harmonica player Howard Levy along with banjoman Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten and drummer/percussion guru Roy "Futureman" Wooten — brings their current tour to town. Levy hit the road with Fleck and Co. for some U.S. and European dates in 2009, and that reunion eventually led to this year's audibly revitalized release, Rocket Science, their first album with Levy since 1992's UFO Tofu and 14th overall. If you missed last week's Q&A with Fleck, check it out at (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)


Have Gun, Will Travel CD Release Show w/Hymn for Her/Snakehealers The rousing Americana and roots rock outfit fronted by singer-songwriter Matt Burke just returned from a national tour promoting their forthcoming Suburban Home Records full-length, Mergers & Acquisitions, which finds the quintet returning to their beloved dusty road aesthetic, replete with the usual rich array of sonic textures by viola, lap steel guitar and harmonica. Read more online at (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Tardy Brothers Bloodline w/Singod/Sanctum/more The live debut of a new(ish) hardcore metal outfit featuring an all-star lineup that includes current and former members of Obituary (brothers John and Donald Tardy, Ralph Santolla), Monstrosity, Jon Oliva's Pain and Six Feet Under, among others. (Brass Mug, Tampa)

CARNEVIL: The Gravest Show On Earth! w/Everymen/DJ Curse Mackey As part of Friday night's 600 Block Party (see p. 4 for more info), Local 662 presents a macabre Carnival-themed showcase headed up by Everymen, a crusty, punk-stomping gypsy-rockabilly-alt bluegrass five-piece from Lake Worth led by the gruff sing-shouting of Captain Bobo (banjo, guitar) and featuring not one, but two members who play washboard in addition to their "regular" instruments. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Porter Robinson He's barely 19 years old and already, Porter Robinson has toured internationally with artists like Deadmau5 and Diplo, and charted a No. 1 hit on the Beatport charts with his original mix, "Say My Name." The producer/DJ began working in an electro house aesthetic and has since jumped aboard the dubstep sonic wagon with nasty synth breakdowns added to his trance-adelic shimmer. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)

Reverend Horton Heat w/Supersuckers/Dan Sartain Whether delivering a mock sermon that "God Doesn't Work in Vegas," comparing rockabilly cats with "Death Metal Guys," or offering sage advice ("Please Don't Take That Baby to the Liquor Store"), Reverend Horton Heat always brings the yee-haw cheekiness to their country boogie and swinging rockabilly gusto. All three of the aforementioned tracks come off 2009's Laughin' & Cryin' with the Reverend Horton Heat, the trio's most recent release. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Joe Craven / Jon Shain Two folk musicians with disparate styles share a bill at the latest UU Dome Concert. Craven has performed with the likes of the Grisman Quintet and Jerry Garcia, but these days, he's considered a mad scientist instrumentalist who can play pretty much any string or percussive instrument — violins, bongos, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, tin cans, bedpans, cookie tins, buckets, guitars of all tones, bells, water jugs, triangles, spoons ... you get the idea. Swain is a more straightforward troubadour whose husky tenor is set against his trademark acoustic guitar work, which mixes strummed and finger-picked blues with bluegrass, swing and ragtime flavors. He's earned comparisons to John Prine for his easy-going vibe. (UU Dome, Tampa)

Frontier Ruckus w/The Wanderer Recently featured on NPR, rising Michigan outfit Frontier Ruckus draws on elements of bluegrass, folk rock, country and jazz, incorporates instrumentation ranging from trumpet to musical saw, and according to their NPR write-up, "eschews traditional tales of trains, whiskey and rambling for contemporary reflections on suburbia, family and 'life on the edge of the interstate.'" (Orpheum, Ybor City)


Insane Clown Posse w/Twiztid/Blaze Ya Dead Homie Juggalos unite for ICP's latest dose of wicked hip-hop; two like-minded groups signed to their Psychopathic Records label provide support. (Green Iguana-Hawaiian Village, Tampa)

The Cool Kids w/Not Them Chi-town hip-hop hipsters (hip-hopsters?), Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish have been on the Internet mixtape grind for the last few years, steadily building a following for their very particular style of '80s throwback-meets- millennial swagger rap. Their music sounds something like a time warp where beepers, iPhones, dookie chains and Twitter all co-exist in the same space. Their long-awaited "official" debut, When Fish Ride Bicycles, dropped over the summer, and saw Inglish venturing into new territory by bringing more of a funk and R&B sound to his production. The duo's unmistakably nonchalant, back-and forth wordplay stayed intact. (The Social, Orlando) —CS

The Toasters w/Rise of Saturn A serving of third wave ska as delivered by 30-year scene veterans The Toasters, with a side of bouncy prog-hop by Rise of Saturn to kick things off. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Dream Theater w/Trivium Hitting town on their "A Dramatic Turn of Events" tour (named for their newly-released 11th studio album), offering up unique nightly setlists, huge stage productions, and a theatric prog-metal sound that got them on's "Top 10 Prog Rock Bands of All Time" list, is Dream Theater. The band plays select cuts from the new album along with classic, staples and fan favorites. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, St. Petersburg)

The Sunshine Factory w/The Vera Violets/The Stargazer Lilies Drone, shoegaze, dreamy psyche rock — whatever you wanna call it, The Sunshine Factory produces it in hazy reverb-distorted swirls. This is the next round of touring to promote their 2011 LP, Sugar. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

OFF! w/Cerebral Ballzy As the original lead singer of legendary punk band Black Flag, and later on, The Circle Jerks, Keith Morris helped define the sound of hardcore in the late '70s and early '80s. Thirty years later, he's still as hardcore as ever. His current band, Off!, was formed in adequate punk fashion: when work on a new Circle Jerks album imploded and prompted the rest of the band to fire producer Dimitri Coates, Morris said screw it and teamed up with Coates to found Off! Their sound is a lot like those early hardcore bands: fast, frenzied, unpolished songs that rarely clock in at much more than a minute. Coats will be appearing at CL's Reel Terror Film Fest before the show. For more on Reel Terror, check out p.34. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —CS

TV on the Radio The art-rock band from NYC — which released their fourth LP, Nine Types of Light, earlier this year — makes their debut appearance in Tampa and hips the place up with their dynamic, soulful, beat-driven sound. Read more about TVOTR on p. 44. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)


Kindlewood The music of DC-based melodic alt-folk trio Kindlewood is marked by the pretty dulcet vocals of frontwoman Kelci Smith, sister to Fleet Foxes singer/guitarist J. Tillman and Pearly Gate Music's Zach Tillman. She's joined by husband Galen (acoustic guitar) and Jamison Lyman, who plays guitar and keeps the rhythm on kick drum. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

Panic! At the Disco w/Foxy Shazam/Patrick Stump Even after half of Panic! At The Disco's founding members departed in 2009, remaining twosome Brendon Urie (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Spencer Smith (drums) pulled off a dynamic 2011 album. Vices & Virtues (Fueled by Ramen) debuts the band's experimentation with musical styles and Urie's newfound role as lyricist, all while keeping their signature rock operatic sound. It's working so far. V&V premiered at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City) —LC

Bassnectar w/Amp Live Seems like every electronic music producer has integrated the shaky wom-wom-wom bass drops of dubstep into their sonic aesthetic. Bassnectar (real name Lorin Ashton) has been screwing around with sounds since 2003, and while dubstep is a definite element to his break-beat/glitch compositions, he also calls on a range of other textures and techniques; he's described the result as "an amalgamation of every sound I've ever heard, mixed with ultra wicked basslines." (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

MON 24

Kim Richey The Grammy-nominated country music singer-songwriter returns for a redux at the Jaeb nearly two years after her last stop in town and with a new album in tow, Wreck Your Wheels. "Richey's clear, soulful voice mixed with her honest, approachable personality made the evening feel more like an intimate concert in her living room, rather than in a sold-out theater," CL Contributor Jeff O'Kelley wrote of her last show. (Jaeb Theater at The Straz Center, Tampa)


Little Dragon w/Tycho In the title track off Little Dragon's third and latest LP, Ritual Union, frontwoman Yukimi Nagano reflects on the ritual of marriage and the struggle to stay in love against mid-tempo rhythms, minimalist basslines and a recurring warped-and-bent sample that serves as the foundation for Nagano's understated but always soulfully mesmerizing vocals, which range from understated R&B falsetto to a deeper, husky and velvety rich pitch. The Swedish quartet has added more futuristic textures to their indietronic sound while retaining their dreamy dance pop appeal. (Crowbar, Ybor City)


Battles w/Auto!Automatic!! The experimental rock group headed up by Helmet drummer John Stanier saw the exit of vocalist Tyondai Braxton in 2010, but has soldiered on as a three-piece and hits town on the heels of the release of Gloss Drop, their high-quality second album and follow-up to 2007's Mirrored. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

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