Take a look at what's happening in concerts on this fine Sun., May 22.
AlunaGeorge with Kiiara London-spawned electronic music duo AlunaGeorge (vocalist/songwriter Aluna Francis and producer/instrumentalist George Reid) crafts dance music with synthpop, house music, hip hop, UK garage, reggae and R&B, with unpredictable yet appealingly fresh results. Take the first single off their sophomore LP that’s due out sometime this summer. “I'm In Control” transforms from hazy dub-snapped post-dancehall number to whirring and throbbing electro with rubbery synth-beats and pitch-shifted vocal samples, the accented guest toasts/raps of Jamaican deejay Popcaan a brash masculine counter to Aluna’s clear dulcet intones. (Crowbar, Ybor City)–Leilani Polk
Ol’ Dirty Sundays with Grand Wizzard Theodore, Rok-One The next installment of ODS keeps the post-AlunaGeorge dance party going with an impressive headliner: NYC-spawned DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore, a venerable turntablist generally recognized as the creator of scratching technique; he’s also known for his mastery of needle drops. (Crowbar, Ybor City)–LP
Jovino Santos Neto with O Som Do Jazz Three-time Latin Grammy nominee and venerable Brazilian pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto is known for fusing jazz with the music of his native Rio de Janeiro, MPB and bossa nova, and has toured with the likes of Hermeto Pascoal (from 1977 to 1992), Sergio Mendes and Flora Purim's group, Fourth World. He gives a free Q&A at 4 p.m. Sat., May 21, then returns to the same intimate St. Pete College stage to perform a 3 p.m. EMIT concert as joined by local Brazil sound pushers O Som Do Jazz. More info at emitseries.org. (SPC Music Center, St. Petersburg)–LP
Tracy Grammer with 2 PM Trio The songs of Florida-born, Cali-based folkie Tracy Grammer and late partner Dave Carter have been recorded by Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Willie Nelson among others. Solo, her clear drawling soprano soars to acoustic guitar strums and swells of bowed violin. (She plays both.) (Painted Fish Gallery, Dunedin)–LP
The Empty Pockets with The Dirty Soul Revival Pushing self-styled “Midwest roots indiebilly,” The Empty Pockets hail from Chicago and dose revved-up Americana rock with soulful vocals, bluesy guitar riffs and Texas honky tonk pianos as led by singer-songwriter Josh Solomon; their first release was a Buddy Holly tribute album spurred by Solomon’s starring role in a theater production about the late artist. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)–LP
Millencolin Apparently, ‘melancholy’ is not just an emotional state but a skateboard trick. Or, so I'm told. The Nordic skate punk band named for said trick, Millencollin, arrives on the cusp of their 25th anniversary, revealing stalwart dedication to a scene that doesn't enjoy longevity. Seattle’s Success join this tour with hyper-infectious choruses and a bevy of feel-good anthems. Did I mention Success covers Spin Doctors? Because they do, and it's incredible. A must-see for a dose of and Seattle's finest pop punk. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) –Brian Roesler