In September, media observers learned that the MTV Video Music Awards saw television viewership plunge while experiencing a 313-percent rise in digital reach (the channel’s Snapchat account alone reached 21 million unduplicated global unique views). The appetite for music is still there among young people, they’re just consuming it differently and partaking in a veritable buffet of endless styles and flavors.
For the hip-hop-leaning set, Schoolboy Q is one of the most enticing dishes. The 29-year-old South Central Los Angeles rapper has been called the yin to Kendrick Lamar’s yang, and a new LP, Blank Face, finds Mr. Q — real name Quincy Hanley — coming off a dependence on codeine/promethazine cocktail for his most clear-headed, sharp and compelling record to date. Joey Bada$$ opens the show. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO
Daniel Kushnir w/John Nowicki (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO
Betty Fox Band (The Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg) INFO
Wax Wednesdays (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO
Bike Night w/DJ Fuego (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO
Josh Lamkin Blues Jam w/ Jeremy Thomas (Ruby's Elixr, St. Petersburg) INFO