This Friday in live music: Screaming Females, Sterling Magee 80th Birthday Celebration, The Monkees + more

Check out concert highlights for this Fri., May 20 below, then take a peek at the weekend in music ahead.

Screaming Females with Aye Nako, Piss Ghost Rose Mountain – the 2015 sixth album from New Jersey’s Screaming Females – finds the trio hitting a surprising peak of maturity at their 10th year together, their punk-toasted indie rock given spacious airiness and subtle polish without losing its scrappy underground quality and muscular bite. NPR lauded frontwoman Marissa Paternoster as the powerhouse behind it all: “As she roars from song to song, what comes through loudest of all is confidence: a voice that's nervy and open, a guitar placed right at the center of it all, and a band with 10 years of basements under its belt, at the top of its game and ready for whatever venues are up next.” (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Half Moon Run In “Turn Your Love,” palm-muted guitar riffs create the cradle of rhythm that drives instrumentals to a restrained surge of rising synth melodies, tender vocal harmonies and percussive tempos that change pace without feeling jarring. The rest of Sun Leads Me On – the 2015 sophomore outing from Montreal-based Half Moon Run – continues in this alt-pop vein with a blend of spacious atmospherics and cool synth grooves. RIYL: Alt-J, Local Natives. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Sterling Magee 80th Birthday Celebration Sterling McGee has his come-up as one-half of Satan and Adam, the elder mentor half of the explosive Harlem-spawned blues duo who crashed on a drum it, thrashed guitar and delivered a raw gritty vocal that reflected a lifestyle so deeply downtrodden as to make your average bluesman cry, while his youthful counterpart Adam Gussow blew a howling tube-amped harmonica. They were briefly featured U2's 1988 documentary, Rattle & Hum, and get the full-length treatment in a doc filmed over 20 years, the forthcoming Satan and Adam. In the meantime, McGee, a resident at Boca Ciega Center in Gulfport, reunites with Gussow and celebrates being an official octogenarian at this very special birthday party. TC Carr and his Bolts of Blue band warm the stage with surprise special guests at this guarantee sell-out. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)

The Monkees This year, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork commemorate 50 years of Monkeys with a celebratory anniversary tour that’ll touch on all the old hits (“I’m A Believer,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer”) in addition to material off Good Times!. Their first new album in two decades is composed of songs written by some pretty impressive modern talent: Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Andy Partridge (XTC) to name a few. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)


JP Soars & the Red Hots (Ale And The Witch, St. Petersburg)

Trap Aesthetic w/Brandon Johnson (The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg)

Loose Talk/Brother Cephus/Goodnight Neverland/Chris Walker Band (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Wiwek (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)

A Night of Chicago Blues w/Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones feat. Steve Arvey (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Punk Rock Karaoke w/Down By Law & Pink Lincolns (The Bends, St. Petersburg)

Exmag Presents: Ultimate Release Part 1 w/BRANX (Crowbar, Ybor City)


12th Annual Ramones Tribute Sat., May 21, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin

Pompeya w/Millionyoung Sat., May 21, New World Brewery, Ybor City

Chuck Ragan w/Tim Berry/Brother Cephus Sat., May 21, Crowbar, Ybor City

Good Old War w/Joshua Hyslop Sat., May 21, Local 662, St. Petersburg

Pink Talking Fish w/The Heavy Pets Sat., May 21, State Theatre, St. Petersburg

Daryl Hall and John Oates w/Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Sat., May 21, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

Irie Vibes Concert Series: Tatanka Sat., May 21, Beach Bar & Restaurant, Tampa

2016 Tampa Bay Indian Music & Dance Festival Sat., May 21, India Cultural Center, Tampa

Primal Fear w/Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Sat., May 21, Orpheum, Ybor City

Austin Miller/Faraday/The Other Ryan Willis/Poultry Sat., May 21, The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg

The Ries Brothers w/Michael Weiss Sat., May 21, Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg

Big Daddy Weave w/Plumb/Jordan Feliz Sat., May 21, Indian Rocks Baptist Church, Largo

Betty Fox w/ Ari & the Alibis Sat., May 21, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa

Ed Woltil & the Loaded Question w/Mercy McCoy Sat., May 21, Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg

Rhythm Kings Orchestra Salute to the Armed Forces Sat., May 21, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, Tarpon Springs

Jovino Santos Neto with O Som Do Jazz Sun., May 22, SPC Music Center, St. Petersburg

Tracy Grammer w/2 PM Trio Sun., May 22, Painted Fish Gallery, Dunedin

The Empty Pockets w/The Dirty Soul Revival Sun., May 22, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa

Millencolin Sun., May 22, State Theatre, St. Petersburg

AlunaGeorge w/Kiiara Sun., May 22, Crowbar, Ybor City

Ol’ Dirty Sundays w/Grand Wizzard Theodore/Rok-One Sun., May 22, Crowbar, Ybor City

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