This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Kylesa, Jimbo Mathus, Rodriguez, Tera Melos & more

Concerts, May 9-15

Clutch w/Orange Goblin/Lionize/The Sword
Maryland quintet Clutch channels the crunchy hard blues rock appeal of ZZ Top and adds a healthy dollop of Southern stoner heaviness as led by the gritty-resonant howls and growls of lead singer Neil Fallon. Clutch is currently on the road celebrating the release of a brand new studio LP, Earth Rocker, their 10th since forming more than two decades ago. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Leilani Polk

Jimbo Mathus & the Tri State Coalition w/The Tattered Saints/6Volt Rodeo Squirrel Nut Zippers, the one-time band of singer-songwriter Jimbo Mathus, didn’t get nearly enough credit for the part they played in the mid-’90s swing revival, while groups like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and The Brian Setzer Orchestra got far more than their due. Likely it was SNZ’s darker exotic tendencies ala 1997 hit “Hell” (“In the afterlife, you will be headed for a serious strife …”) that turned folks off, though things might’ve been different had the band arrived a decade later. Mathus’ solo fare is more straightforward twang rock, his latest record, White Buffalo, delivering heartland, hard blues and Southern rock appeal. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)—LP

Armin van Buuren A progressive trance DJ, producer, remixer and overall well-regarded Dutch electronic music artist, Armin van Buuren has earned the No. 1 ranking in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs fan poll five times between 2007 and 2012, and enjoys a triumphant tour in 2013 backing fifth full-length Intense, which was two years in the making and finds him incorporating more organic instrumentation via a live orchestra and his brother’s rock band, Bagga Bownz. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City) —LP

Rodriguez w/Jenny O. He barely made a blip on the U.S. radar with two studio LPs in the early 1970s. But Mexican-American singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez spoke to a generation of South Africans pushed past the limits of their patience with his debut full-length, Cold Fact, its smart anti-establishment messages transforming songs like “Sugar Man” and “I Wonder” into anti-apartheid anthems. Thus, the legend of Rodriguez was born and swelled over decades as the enigmatic artist left the biz behind and disappeared. That is, of course, until two South African fans set out to discover whether his rumored death had really happened and if not, where Rodriguez was now. The Swedish-British documentary that followed, 2012’s Oscar-winning Searching for Sugar Man, not only offered answers but introduced the little known Detroit native to his home country and revived his musical career. His sound is warm, lightly groovy and psychedelic folk rock with tastefully arranged instrumentals and heavier driving moments that make up for the turns at easier listening. Support provided by Jenny O., whose lovely dulcet vocal melodies are set against a pleasant mix of drawling roots rock and alt-folk music. (Ferguson Hall at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa) —LP

Borgore w/Kennedy Jones
Israeli dubstep producer Asaf Borger (aka Borgore) has described his sound as “gorestep” — fitting, as the 25-year-old’s bizarre concoction of heavy dubstep, rap and drum ’n’ bass defies typical categorization, but rather, becomes a genre all unto its own. Borgore stays true to the typical characteristics of dubstep, incorporating grimy womps and heavy bassdrops and maintaining its up-tempo core, though he often pairs his electro explorations with slower-paced, throaty rhyme samples. And while his style appeals to a wide demographic, his 2010 album Borgore Ruined Dubstep ironically mirrors the exact opinions of many genre die-hards. But the swiftly climbing Borgore is full of surprises, as evidenced in 2012 single “Decisions,” which featured a guest spot by none other than Disney-spawned star Miley Cyrus. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City) —Mina Abgoon

Tropical Heatwave The 32nd annual WMNF festival returns to a two-day format, but lessens the load for its Friday night kick-off with two stages at the Cuban Club to serve as a warm-up for Saturday's 10-stage all-day extravaganza. On this night, the Patio Bandshell features sets by (in order of appearance) Mercy Brothers Roots, Selwyn Birchwood Band, Keith Secola and Band of Wild Indians and Paul Thorn (solo), while the Cantina features Ray Bonneville, The Applebutter Express, Rebekah Pulley and The Reluctant Prophets, and Daria & The Hip Drops. Full story here. (The Cuban Club, Ybor City)—LP

¡Suénalo¡ You learn something new every day, like today, when I discovered Push Ultra Lounge is not only still open, but hosting live music. At least, on this particular Friday night, teaming up with Gulfster Presents to welcome Miami party fusion band, ¡Suénalo¡. The nine-piece outfit uses Latin funk as a launchpad to lift-off into sonic realms that encompass hip-hop, rock, R&B, Afrobeat, soca, salsa, reggae and even drum ’n’ bass. (Push Ultra Lounge, St. Petersburg) —LP

The Florida Orchestra: The Music of the Doors TFO’s rock symphony series concludes with a tribute to the Doors featuring Zebra lead singer Randy Jackson, who channels Jim Morrison on lead vocals and plays guitar backed by The Florida Orchestra in a program that includes 21 cuts from the Doors catalog, among them, “Touch Me,” “Riders on the Storm” and “Light My Fire.” (Mahaffey Theatre, St. Petersburg)—LP


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