Tonight in live music; Lady Gaga, You Vandal, The Pauses, Bestial Mouths, Trapfone and more

More than two dozen options on this Friday night.


✔️=Critic's Pick

✔️ Bestial Mouths w/Fjshwjfe/i_like_dog_face/haves &thirds A performance from Lynette Cerezo (who takes the stage under the Bestial Mouths banner) is more like a partial goth and industrial exorcism, with just enough rhythmic wailing and shrieking to lure in synth-pop fans looking for something a little more challenging. The Belgian touring artist unleashes all of it at this Bay area bookstore show where three envelope-pushing, like-sounding local acts open. (Mojo Books & Records, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Trapfone w/Bendy Straw/Jack Fletcher/Kat the Dutchess/more Hip-hop, once again, returns to the home of Rasta-Far-Fries, crab-stuffed squash and Chicken Porta-Pesto Pizza, and if you haven’t had a chance to see Betty Dawl captivate a crowd with a Trapfone set, then make this your excuse to be in Seminole Heights on a Friday. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) INFO

Music Issue 2016: A Q&A with Betty DawL aka TRAPFØNE

Low Season w/Old Vices/David Kibby Energetic St. Pete rock and roll quartet Low Season makes its way across the bridge to join a bill featuring Tampa guy David Kibby of Radarmen playing a solo set. The evening is anchored by BOTB-winning drummer Phil Stanwick of Old Vices, whom we described as a guy who just radiates the pure fucking unrestrained joy he feels when doing his thing. (The Hub, Tampa) INFO

The Florida Orchestra presents Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 Alex Kerr, former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, takes the spotlight when The Florida Orchestra presents Prokofiev’s “Violin Concerto No. 2” as well as Rachmanimoff’s “Symphony No. 2” and conductor Stuart Molina’s own short, celebratory composition “Common Fanfare for an Uncommon Orchestra.” This one is a Toys for Tots drive, so bring new, unwrapped toys to Tampa on Friday (and then St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater on Saturday and Sunday). More details available via Hall at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO

✔️ Lady Gaga Little monsters, hold your applause and turn here, where we give you one of a million reasons to get to downtown early in the hopes of seeing a Tampa-reppin’ artist’s mural featuring your queen. Yoü and (hopefully) I can just dance later. (Amalie Arena, Tampa) INFO

Tampa artist Cam Parker slathers devotion to Lady Gaga on the side of Hall on Franklin

✔️ The Pauses w/Empire Cinema/Diealps! Long-running indie-pop band The Pauses hit its Indiegogo crowdfunding goal last week, so let’s hope the Orlando-based trio treats St. Pete to some cuts from Unbuilding, which is the new record it plans to record with legendary hardcore/emo musician and producer J. Robbins (Government Issue, Jawbox, Burning Airlines). Two familiar faces of Tampa’s indie-rock scene — Empire Cinema and DieAlps! — open this free shindig, which also happens to be the opening night of a group Polaroid photo show. (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Our City: DieAlps!'s full-length debut is an indie-rock record Tampa can be proud of

✔️ You Vandal w/Awkward Age/Nervous Girls/Sandspur City You Vandal’s new album, I Just Want to Go Back to Hell (out now via Jump Start Records), has a tie to St. Pete thanks to local artist Daniel Williams (who handled the design and layout), and while Williams’s band (Sentries) isn’t on this punk rock bill, it should still be packed with revelry thanks to the addition of Dave Decker’s Sandspur City project and a new Bay area favorite, Nervous Girls. (Lucky You Tattoo, St. Petersburg) INFO 

Tom Chapin Tom Chapin has won a few Grammy awards for his spoken-word albums for children, but we’re hoping the 72-year-old New York City songwriter pulls from the entire breadth of his 25-album, 41-year-old discography at this sure-to-be-sold-out St. Pete show. (Craftsman House, St. Petersburg) INFO



Jarabe De Palo (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO


Fencewalk (Ringside Cafe, St. Petersburg) INFO

An Elvis Christmas w/Dwight Icenhower (Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, New Port Richey) INFO

Petty Hearts w/Cottondale Swamp (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

Soul Circus Cowboys (The Stockyard, Holiday) INFO


Bear Grillz w/Phaseone/Dirt Monkey/Kompany (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

DJ Mega (First Chance Last Chance, Ybor City) INFO

80s video night in the Dungeon (The Castle, Ybor City) INFO


Chubby Carrier w/Gumbo Boogie (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

J6LB Johnny G Lyons (Buckets Tavern & Tap, Tampa) INFO


Bit Brigad w/Mega Ran (Lowry Parcade, Tampa) INFO

TBHCs Crushmas 7: Battalion of Saints w/The Nobodys/The Cryptics (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Seven Kingdoms (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Indie Music Showcase (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

RSP Industry Showcase 15th Anniversary (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO


Kerry Courtney (The Blue Note, Tampa) INFO

Dean Johanesen's Speakeasy (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Puerto Rico Relief Show w/Mountain Holler/Jun/Speak Easy/Tate Leigh/Olivia Romano (SubCentral at The Iberian Rooster, St. Petersburg) INFO


The Morning Star Festival w/Master Chorale Ensemble (First Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg) INFO


Holey Miss Moley (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

NoNeed (The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg) INFO

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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