This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Math the Band, WMNF Americana/Roots Festival, the Hot Dog Show & more!

Concerts, June 27-July 3.

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Americanarama Festival of Music w/Bob Dylan/Wilco/My Morning Jacket/Bob Weir
This new touring fest draws from a wide and overlapping base of relentlessly loyal fans with a lineup of significant roots music artists that are each worthy of headlining slots all on their own. Bob Dylan is one of America’s greatest singer-songwriters, a legendary dabbler in blues, folk, rock ’n’ roll, country and gospel music who, at 72, is still kicking out the tunes with 35 studio LPs to his name (the last was 2012’s Tempest). Wilco speaks to indie rock fans with their tried-and-true blend of twang, texture and experimentation as marked by the distinctive songwriting and gritty nasally vocals of frontman Jeff Tweedy. My Morning Jacket brings psychedelic washes of sound and roots-Southern grind as led by howling wild-haired vocalist Jim James. And rounding it out with some crunchy solo acoustic jams is Bob Weir, whose setlist’ll likely include songs he wrote with the Grateful Dead. Here’s hoping for some first-rate live collabs. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)

Abortion Twins/Lopster’s Pudding Shack/US LIVE Abortion Twins bark raucous, fuzzed-out tunes about Eric Roberts (brother to Julia), Dave Coulier, Tempestt Bledsoe (“He looks like Vanessa Huxtable, it makes her feel uncomfortable”), and various other cheeky subjects not related to actors. Another glib performer, Lopster’s Pudding Shack, dishes out hip hop humorous sing-song commentary on vegetables, Volvos and a “Colostomy Bag Pinata” amid beat-driven electronics. (The Hub, downtown Tampa)

Uh Huh Her w/Daphne Willis
The chic-vibing duo of the LGBT community and headliners at St. Pete Pride’s 27-82 concert event, is the synth pop project of Leisha Hailey (backing vocals, bass, keys) and Camila Grey (lead vocals, bass and keys), the former getting some buzz for her recurring role on HBO’s The L Word, the latter her long time collaborative partner through three EPs and a few full-lengths, the last 2011’s Nocturnes. Read more about UHH in Tiffany Razzano’s forthcoming Q&A with Hailey. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Rehab If you know Southern-fried rap rock group Rehab at all, it’s more than likely from top-selling single “Bartender Song (Sittin’ at a Bar),” which finds a man lamenting his woes to a bartender (“She stole my heart in the trailer park, so I jacked the keys to her father’s car, and crashed that Chevrolet, and then stepped away”). Last album Gullible’s Travels gets a little crunkier, but retains their Georgia home flavor and Rehab swag. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Tate Stevens Country music crooner Tate Stevens secured the win on Fox’s second season of reality competition show The X Factor and used his $5 million recording contract with Syco/RCA Nashville to complete and release his full-length eponymous debut in April. Its first single is schmaltzy ballad, “Power of a Love Song.” (Dallas Bull, Tampa)

Pitbull/Ke$ha What is the world coming to, that two such insipid artists could draw an amphitheatre’s worth of people to see them? Chalk it up to chart-busting hits literally engulfing the airwaves. At least Pitbull has some bilingual Latino cred and tangible rapping chops, though his songs lack substance and originality and he has a knack for using already famous riffs to bolster his production ala the first three singles off seventh studio album Global Warming; “Back in Time” adds dubstep womp to Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange,” Toots and the Maytals’ “Funky Kingston” is spliced into club-banger “Don’t Stop the Party” featuring TJR, and “Feel This Moment” has Christina Aguilera’s vocals soaring and Pitbull’s rhymes slinging over A-ha’s “Take on Me” melody as done with house-blasting synthesizers. Dance party rapper and treacherous piece of pop singer-songwriter Ke$ha co-headlines behind another terrible chart-topping single “Die Young,” which actually makes her putrid overplayed debut hit “Tik Tok” seem almost mediocre in comparison. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa)

Blast Friday w/Robin Zander Band For the latest installment of downtown Clearwater’s regularly scheduled Friday evening street fair and party, organizers have persuaded a Tampa-based rocker to play the street-side stage. Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander (who lives on Davis Islands) is backed by three seasoned musicians (guitarist Mark Hitt, bassist Larry Hobbs and drummer Steve Luongo) in a program of his solo and Cheap Trick tunes. This show is free; Zander also plays a far more intimate ticketed date at Hideaway Café in St. Petersburg on Saturday night. (Cleveland Street, Downtown Clearwater)

Shoeless Soul CD Release Party w/Between Bluffs Dunedin-by-way-of-Switzerland singer, songwriter and guitarist René Schlegel has been working on original material with drummer/percussionist Sladjan Vidic and bassist Justin Pearl-Morakis, and the trio has performed their mix of jazz-fused reggae-saturated rock as Shoeless Soul for the past few years. This show celebrates the completion of their first album. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

Math the Band w/The Other Ryan Willis/Ugly Spud Imagine a punk rock band making so much noise with vintage synths, drum machines, handmade electronics and video-game consoles, and you’ll get a feel for the music made by Rhode Island boy-girl duo Math the Band. Distorted riff-raging guitar and high-speed rhythms get candy-coated treatment via 8-bit blips, whirrs, trills, fuzz and other synthesized embellishments, and absurd, nonsensical or simply cheeky verses are delivered in cheerful rah rah shouts or barked bursts of commentary (“I’m not making a joke that’s not stupid, I’m not making a plan that’s not dumb,” “When all you’ve got is broken tape decks / It’s how you talk, it’s how you listen,” “Hey, let me tell you something / I’m not talking to you!” et. al). For fans of Matt and Kim, and Dan Deacon. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

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