Tampa Bay’s Thursday live music lineup includes Mat Kearney, The Frights and more

Basia, and Anders Osborne are in town, too.


✔️ Mat Kearney w/Atlas Genius It’s CRAZYTALK part two. After less than four months on the street, Matt Kearney’s latest album of hook-laden rock embarks on a second leg of a supporting tour, and while an artist Kearney heavily collaborated with on the effort (Judah & the Lion) isn’t on this bill, the 38-year-old pop songwriter is bringing along quite the opener. All the way from Australia, alt-rock duo Atlas Genius will open the show, which is notable since the band’s last single (“63 Days”) deals with how the challenges of touring can put strains on relationships. “You go out on the road and you do your best to make the important people in your life feel like they’re important,” singer and guitarist Keith Jeffrey told Aspen Times in 2017. “But sometimes you fail at that. You get distracted with all that comes at you each day.” (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Basia Sophisti-pop. That’s a new hyphenated genre for us, and we have Basia Trzetrzelewska to thank. The Polish-born singer-songwriter is back in Clearwater in support of her first new album in nine years. With an assist from Matt Bianco’s Danny White, the 63-year-old developed an international jazz-pop sound on a 1987 debut album, Time and Tide. Her fifth and latest, Butterflies, finds her and White reuniting en route to turning in 11 originals that once again find Basia criss-crossing genres while remaining rooted in smooth, wordly sounds. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) SOLD OUT

Colony House w/Tall Heights It’s an exciting time for Tall Heights, and this show finds the Boston electro-folk trio on the road just a week before its new album, Pretty Colors For Your Actions, arrives on October 5. A new single, “The Deep End,” is “sad and terrified,” according to the band, but the boys anchored the song’s sound to a buoyant, bouncy brand of radio-ready rock. Nashville rock outfit Colony House (fka Caleb) headlines the show in support of a 2017 album, Only the Lonely. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Red Light Café w/Xulu Prophet/Oh Jake/The Thinker/Mobus Epic After running through Texas, New Orleans, Arkansas, Tennessee, the Carolinas and its home state of Georgia, Savannah-based funk/reggae band Xulu Prophet dips into Florida for the first time ever. Kid Loki’s Red Light Café series catches the group on the first of three Sunshine State shows, so expect frontmen Oisin Daly and Xulu Jones to be fresh before the band’s three-day vacation in Miami and an October 4 show at Sarbez in St. Augustine. (The Bunker, Ybor City) INFO


✔️ The Frights w/Hunny/Hot Flash Heat Wave Members of The Frights may have gone to the same high school as the Blink-182 boys, but this San Diego trio isn’t pop-punk by any means. Fame wasn’t ever in the plan, either, but a record deal changed that; so did FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper, who produced The Frights’ third-full-length, Hypochondriac (released last month), before Ed Sheeran and 30 Seconds to Mars engineer Rob Kinelski put a sunny, stoned-out surf-pop shine on the whole thing. Los Angeles rock band Hunny opens the show along with San Franciscan chilled-out surf-rock quartet Hot Flash Heat Wave, which is touring behind a new single, “Glo Ride.” (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

✔️ Anders Osborne w/Josh Reilly Some of Anders Osborne’s fans are catching him at a pair of Florida shows with Rickie Lee Jones, but the New Orleans songwriter is warming up for those gigs at a hyper-intimate, long sold-out show at The Attic above Rock Brothers Brewing’s tasting room. Osborne, 52, is one of best touring guitarists around and on the road behind a fiery 2016 album, Flower Box. Recently un-bearded Bay area songwriter Josh Reilly — who brings a deep love of Florida to songs like “Gibsonton” from his latest LP, Mercy On the Strange — opens the show. (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO



First Annual Justice, Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll fundraiser (3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg) INFO

Florida Jazz Express (Dockside Grille, New Port Richey) INFO

Jadget Gam (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO

The Australian Pink Floyd Show (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) 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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