Tampa Bay live music Wednesday with Atmosphere, Crate Brothers and Circa Survive

You know, since we're not seeing Elton John anymore.

✔️= Critic's Pick

Mixtapes Tampa Presents: The Smiths vs The Cure: Round 2 Damn, this edition of Mixtapes may be the saddest Hump Day party going, and we’re totally OK with it. Morrissey himself isn’t booked to appear, so there’s a 100-percent chance of this battle between The Smiths and The Cure actually happening as the Crate Brothers (also of Emo Night Tampa) celebrate the famously mopey rock outfits by spinning rarely heard covers, remixes and B-sides. It’s no-cover until 11 p.m ($3 after that) and kill the keg, so prepare to drown your sorrows in style.(Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ Elton John In 2012, Elton John christened a remodeled Sun Dome as part of his first Bay area headlining gig in a decade-and-a-half. The building is called the Yuengling Center now and also operated by a group that helps books shows at Amalie Arena, where the 71-year-old Rocket Man will stage one of the more than 300 shows he’s booked as part of a three-year goodbye tour. Some U.K. fans have griped over the price of some of the shows, with one taking to Twitter to say that “The cheapest Elton John tickets left are total £102 wow just shoot me.” That’s about $130 U.S. if you’re keeping score, and a Ticketmaster.com search for tickets to the Amalie Arena gig showed that the only available seats left started at $214 (tickets started at $55.75 when they went on sale). The price of admission will be well worth it (and we’re surprised this thing isn’t sold out) because John seems 100 percent serious about leaving tour life to spend more time with family. If you need extra convincing, then check out a new, tear-jerking advert for British department store chain John Lewis & Partners that shows a contemplative-looking Elton John, sitting at a piano in a quiet living room playing “Your Song” before flashing scenes of him playing that iconic song over the decades in various venues. The spot will definitely go breaking your heart, and you won’t regret breaking the bank to get into the show. (Amalie Arena, Tampa) POSTPONED

✔️ Atmosphere w/Dem Atlas/Lioness/DJ Keezy Expect to see a lot of the old hip-hop heads staying out late this Wednesday night and blame their Thursday crankiness on Atmosphere. The long-running rap duo from Minnesota has been at it since it debuted as a trio with 1997’s Overcast!. Third member D-Spawn departed after the effort, leaving Sean Daley and Anthony Davis (better known as emcee Slug and DJ/producer Ant, respectively) to carry the torch. The pair slugged it out over the decade, releasing four albums and a collection of EPs before Atmosphere’s 2008 effort When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold introduced the group to a much larger audience. The album put the duo’s record label — Rhymesayers — on the map. Lemons was chock full of live instrumentation and also featured guest background vocal spots from luminaries like Tom Waits and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. The album introduced new fans to artists they may not have known about and was the highest-charting album of Atmosphere’s career thus far (it reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200). Now in their mid-to-late-40s, members of Atmosphere return to Ybor City in support of a brand new album, Mi Vida Local, which continues the group’s recent trend of reflecting on what it’s like to power through middle age and struggle with the complexities of daily existence. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

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November 28, Circa Survive w/La Dispute/Queen of Jeans (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

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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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