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

Redliners CD Release Show w/Lemon Law/Proper Crooks/The Mother Machine Redliners have used a range of colorful verbiage to describe their sound over the years. (My favorite: “Truck-Stop Doo Wop for a Punk-Rock Sock Hop.”) The three-piece is led by guitarist/singer/occasional CL writer Justin Little (The Dead Popes), who sets his drawling, lower-register vocals against grinding and marching rockabilly dosed generously with punk and twang. Redliners celebrates the completion of a new live CD, A Night in the Life of…, on Fat Orange Cat Records at this release show with some other high-quality locals filling out the bill. (Fubar, St. Petersburg)—LP

Crown the Empire w/Capture The Crown/Palisades/Heartist/Famous Last Words Arguably one of the most impressive things about Crown the Empire is the proficiency of its members at such a young age. These six musicians, some still in their teens, produce face-melting breakdowns and showcase commendable vocal range (as demonstrated in 2012 album Fallout). The howling vocals — courtesy of David Escamillia — provide a raspy edge balanced by the clean serenades of Andrew Valesquez. As if this wasn’t incentive enough to get you out to the show, other post-hardcore gems like Palisades (also repped by Rise Records) are sure to get the pit going. (Local 662, St. Petersburg) —MA

Twin Tigers w/Andy D/Pop Glow The brooding, noisey, shoe-gazey post-punk on Twin Tigers’ Death Wish has earned the Athens, Ga. foursome high marks and started the buzz in earnest. Online music ’zine Consequence of Sound seemed to sum it up best, calling it “a slab of goth-pop much darker and more focused than their debut.” Their sophomore LP was recorded at a studio on loan from Interpol. Andy D supports with his cheeky, freaky “rap” explosions and Pop Glow kicks off the evening with synth-fueled indie dance music. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —LP

Tera Melos w/TTNG/Auto!Automatic!! Tera Melos evokes the idiosyncratic appeal of math rock without shoving their technicality down your throat, and tempers all the twisting time signatures and guitar tapping, fret runs and experimentation with a crunchy ’90s alt-rock vibe and heavy doses of spacey psychedelia and effects, the breathy pretty vocal harmonies sometimes warped into flickering intones of melody. April saw the release of X’ed, the Sacramento, Calif. trio’s latest album. Sargent House labelmates TTNG (formerly known as This Town Needs Guns, from the UK), support. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —LP

Rays Post-Game Concert Series: Kenny Loggins
The 2013-14 edition of the post-game live music series kicks off with Kenny Loggins, the soft rock perpetrator responsible for such urgent AC hits as “Footloose” and “Danger Zone” along with warmer easy-going grooves ala “Whenever I Call You Friend” (with Stevie Nicks), “This Is It” (with Michael McDonald) and “Danny’s Song” (as a longtime member of Loggins & Messina). (Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg) —LP

Tropical Heatwave More than 60 bands land at the 32nd annual event. Click here for more info. (The Cuban Club, CL Space, Crowbar, El Pasaje Plaza, New World Brewery, The Ritz Ybor, The Roosevelt 2.0, Ybor City)

Los Bastardos Magnificos/Brownbird Rudy Relic/Gators in the Sawgrass The tramping, stamping, moonshine-brewed tunes of Los Bastardos Magnificos call upon the sounds of gypsy music, outlaw country and vintage backwoods Americana as stirred and served up from Miami. The rough-and-tumbled sextet incorporates multiple banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolin, bass, autoharp, snare and even spoons into their instrumentation, the multi-part vocal harmonies led by the grit-blasted barks and shouts of ostensible head Bastardo, David Miller. NYC resonator guitarist and kazoo-wielding bluesman Brownbird Rudy Relic (labelmates on Reltone Records) joins them on this short run of Florida dates. (The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg)—LP

Jonn Hart California native artist Jonn Hart was recently signed to Epic Records, though some may know him from his former role in R&B boy band Tha Outfit. Hart’s debut single “Who Booty” climbed to the top of Billboard Rhythm charts, his smooth vocals and undeniable stage presence sure to keep heads bobbing all night. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —MA

Tim McGraw w/Brantley Gilbert/Love and Theft A big season of arena-worthy country music launches at Live Nation Amphitheatre this Saturday with superstar artist Tim McGraw, who’s issued a dozen albums since his 1993 debut. His current mega tour backs 2013's Two Lanes of Freedom, his first since switching labels to Big Machine Records and featuring such already-charting singles as “One of Those Nights,” “Truck Yeah,” and “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift. (Live Nation Amphitheatre, Tampa) —LP

Ol’ Dirty Sundays w/Whiskey Barons/Mr. Marley
Resident party starters Casper and LeSage welcome Whiskey Barons to the decks for the latest installment of Ol’ Dirty Sundays. The Boston-spawned DJ/production duo remixes, re-arranges and re-imagines classic funk, soul, Latin music, reggae, Afrobeat and disco joints by artists ranging from Rare Earth, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye to Yambú, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo and Cheick Hamala Diabate. (Crowbar, Ybor City)—LP

Collie Buddz w/Cris Cab/New Kingston Born in New Orleans, raised in Bermuda, and blending the sharp, up-tempo sounds of dancehall, soca, hip-hop and reggae is Collie Buddz, named for his favorite smokable B word, which he also reflects on most frequently in his lyrics along with his other loves: rum, women and living it up. On his current “Light It Up” tour, Collie is supported by Miami’s Cris Cab, a more island pop-oriented artist, and reggae outfit New Kingston, made up of three brothers from Brooklyn. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)—LP

Take Back The Night Now in its 18th year, the annual charity concert is organized and headed up by blues guitar-slinging songstress Patty Sanphy, and raises funds for local domestic violence organizations; this year’s beneficiaries are the Haven of RCS, Salvation Army DV Program of West Pasco, Sunrise of Pasco and The Spring of Tampa Bay. Also performing: The Souliz Band featuring Sugar and Spice, and Freight Train Annie with the Johnny G. Lyon Band. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)—LP

Kylesa w/Blood Ceremony/White Hills/ Lazer/Wulf
On their latest album Ultraviolet (due out May 28), sludge metal quintet Kylesa delivers on the trippy, mood-altering heaviness that fans have come to expect, but reflect a evolution via the album’s wider diversity of vocals, with more frequent appearances by guitarist/singer Laura Pleasant, not to mention a generally darker vibe and fresh input from new bassist Chase Rudeseal. According to, the electro-hued collection “makes for an expressive, immersive listen that will likely find the double-drumming quintet a larger audience.” Kylesa has received substantial praise since their inception, and earn frequent flattering comparisons Mastodon; coincidentally, Kylesa’s 2001 debut show was warming up the stage for that particular group. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —MA

Au Revoir w/Geri X/John Gold/New Cathedral
In “C# Min,” foreboding drumbeats roil, reverb carries in haunting wavering whines, sampled voices give indecipherable commands, and two guitars riff on C-minor, all of it building in sinister droning dissonance that continues through the rest of Au Revoir’s 2012 full-length, In The Key Of Night. The instrumental post-rock four-piece hails from New Jersey. (The Venture Compound, St. Petersburg) —LP

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