Summer 2014 concert preview, from Phantogram to Katy Perry to Soundgarden

A breakdown of live music highlights, May 30-Sept. 5.

click to enlarge Drive-By Truckers - David McClister
David McClister
Drive-By Truckers

Traditionally, the Florida concert season starts winding down as the summer draws near, the temperatures rise to sweltering levels, and the general inconvenience and added gas expenses — from having to run the AC the whole time or face melting into a puddle of sweaty ooze — outweigh the monetary benefits and potential for audience-building.

But there are several concerts this summer worthy of braving the heat for.

One of the most buzzed-about (and already sold-out) concerts on the near horizon is British alt-rock guru Morrissey, former Smiths frontman and solo artist of much repute (May 30, Mahaffey Theater). The following night proves another summer concert highlight: a one-off reunion show by The Grecian Urns. The local CL favorites issued an amazing debut full-length and won a Best of the Bay award in 2010, then dissolved the following year (May 31, Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Petersburg). Georgia alt-country behemoths Drive-By Truckers make their way back here behind 12th full-length, English Oceans (June 3, Tampa Theatre). 

click to enlarge Phantogram - Timothy Saccenti
Timothy Saccenti

June also marks the return of electro-groove-rock duo Phantogram, which plays a bigger room than their 2011 Czar stop backing a strong sophomore LP, Voices (June 29, The Ritz Ybor). Hushed, soulful folk singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne finally revisits the Bay area as well (July 10, Ruth Eckerd Hall). And even though Nine Inch Nails skipped Tampa in favor of Orlando on last fall's tour with Gary Numan, the electro-industrial Trent Reznor-led outfit hits town this time around and brings a significant co-headliner: hard grinding post-grungy rockers Soundgarden, reunited since 2010 and backing their first album of new material in 16 years. (Aug. 11, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre). Finally, Orpheum sets the stage for Southern Darkness Fest, a heavy music festival led by post-metal quintet Pelican and featuring more than 20 bands spread over three venues in Ybor (Aug. 23, Orpheum, Crowbar and Ybor Live).

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah June 5, Orpheum, Ybor City

Andrew Jackson Jihad w/Cheap Girls June 6, Crowbar, Ybor City

Robin Thicke June 7, Universal Orlando Resort Music Plaza Stage, Orlando

Deafheaven June 17, Crowbar, Ybor City

Little Dragon June 11, Orpheum, Ybor City

Underhill Family Orchestra June 14, New World Brewery, Ybor City

Cut Copy June 17, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City

Cage the Elephant June 17, Plaza Theatre, Orlando

David Dondero June 25, Green Bench Brewery, St. Petersburg

Allagoch June 25, Orpheum, Ybor City

Hundred Waters June 28, The Social, Orlando

Katy Perry June 30, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa

The Menzingers July 2, Orpheum, Ybor City

moe. July 5, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

Gold Panda July 9, Crowbar, Ybor City

Lionel Richie w/CeeLo Green July 14, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

KISS and Def Leppard July 23, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

Fall Out Boy and Paramore July 26, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

Maxwell Aug. 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Dirty Heads & Pepper Aug. 1, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

Peter Murphy Aug. 6, Orpheum, Ybor City

Memphis Music Fest w/Booker T. Jones/The Bar-Kays/William Bell Aug. 8, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg

Linkin Park/Thirty Seconds To Mars w/AFI Aug. 9, George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa

Crosby Stills and Nash Aug. 9, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

One Republic w/The Script Aug. 16, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

Tori Amos Aug. 22, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Summer Jam 10: Finale Aug. 30, Various Venues, Ybor City

Umphrey's McGee Aug. 31, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

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