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
MONDAY, MAY 13
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 Pitchfork.com, 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
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
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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