This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Travis Porter, Antiwarpt, Little Feat, Kiss & Motley Crue + more

Concerts, July 21-August 1.

THURSDAY, JULY 26
MC Chris w/Powerglove/Richie Branson
MC Chris made a name for himself as a voice actor and writer on Adult Swim programs like Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Brak Show, but he's been an active rapper since issuing his 2001 nerdcore hip hop debut, Life's a Bitch and I'm Her Pimp. Last year saw the release of a children’s album, Marshmellow Playground, along with a seventh studio LP, Race Wars, that has him waxing on a ridiculous range of topics, from his desire to smoke weed with Harrison Ford ("Jones") to the origin of Batman ("Part One"), with the usual skits of punchy comedy scattered amid the music. MC Chris caused an online stir recently for tossing a fan from a Philly club for Tweeting during the show and criticizing one of the nerdcore rapper's opening acts; he reportedly singled out said fan and yelled, "Security, is going to take you the fuck out now! That's what you get for talking shit on Twitter!" He apologized later, after catching a lot of flack, but just keep in mind that if you have something to say about warm-up band Powerglove — which dishes out speed metal versions of NES classics — keep your grubby judgmental thumbs to yourselves and take complain directly to MC management. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —Leilani Polk

Toadies / Helmet w/Ume A few of the heavier (and better) '90s alt-rock airwave regulars drop in to see how the State has fared over the last decade-and-three-quarters or so. Toadies’ Play.Rock.Music drops on July 31, while Helmet's most recent release was 2010’s Seeing Eye Dog, but expect plenty of familiar tunes from both acts’ respective heydays. Support comes courtesy of Austin’s young, dynamic, sonically intriguing and terribly named Ume. Highly recommended. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Scott Harrell

FRIDAY, JULY 27
Travis Porter
With a quiet storm of seven mixtapes between 2009 and 2010, Georgia hip hop trio Travis Porter (featuring fresh 20-year-old rappers Ali, Quez and Strap) made a big impact, earning a "Most Dynamic Rap Group Duo" award at NYC's 2010 Underground Music Awards and collabing with notable artists like Roscoe Dash and Waka Flocka Flame even before getting signed to Jive Records (now RCA) later that year. In May, they dropped their debut studio LP, From Day 1, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Rap charts and features filthy club-bumpers like "Ayy Ladies" with Young Money rapper Tyga, and stripper vs. high rollin' client call-and-response anthem, "Make It Rain" ("You wanna see some ass, I wanna see some cash / Keep them dollars comin', and that's gon' make me dance … Make it rain, trick, make it make it rain, trick"). (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —LP

Deicide w/Riptorn/Prophecy Z14 Back during Bay area death metal's early '90s salad days, Deicide rose to prominence as much on the strength of frontman Glen Benton's image and penchant for provocation as on the band’s able yet somewhat workmanlike take on the genre. How much the upside-down cross brand on Benton's forehead has faded remains to be seen, but the group definitely still has its die-hard fans among the blast-beat lifers. It’s difficult to tell if noisy North Carolina death metal/industrial outfit RIP/TORN is serious about its scattershot approach to all things dark and heavy, but the band is definitely a love-it-or-hate-it proposition. Melbourne's Prophecy Z14 brings some classic tech-thrash elements to the proceedings. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —SH

Sugarland I think my Dad is in love with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, which may have something to do with why he jams Sugarland so loud in his car — but it could also be that the country duo (which also includes multi-instrumentalist Kristian Bush) is rather great, as "Stuck Like Glue" off their last album, 2010's The Incredible Machine, illustrates. Its guitar-and-scatting intro segues into a poppy verse accented by Nettles' Georgia twang, and the song features a borderline reggae bridge but is centered on a downright countrified hook. Country music fans love Sugarland because they write country, but music fans dig them because they're pretty and fun. (1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa) —Miles Parks

The Zombies 50th Anniversary Tour feat. Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent Few e-mails make me yell, "Holy shit!" upon opening them, but the latest to elicit such an unprofessional interjection came from the good folks and retro-revival showmasters at Largo Cultural Center when they announced that The Zombies — featuring Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent — would be hitting the venue to play one of only 11 shows in North America as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour. The Zombies formed in St. Albans in 1961, were the second U.K. group after The Beatles to score a No. 1 hit in America, and ruled the '60s with hit singles like "She's Not There" and "Tell Her No." Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is ranked 80th on Rolling Stone's list of "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." As a Brit invasion nerd and someone who's geeked-out thoroughly on the dulcet pop harmonies and badass classics of Odessey (one of my desert island albums), and sang "This Is Our Year" at just about more drunk sing-alongs than I care to mention — I'm dern stoked about this. Some fellow Zombies fans have lamented lackluster Blundstone-Zombie outings, but this tour might just warrant the trip back to yesteryear. It will be my first time seeing them — so don't burst me bubble, blokes! ... "Feels so good, you're coming home soon!" (Largo Cultural Center, Largo) —Julie Garisto

Nappy Roots A Southern rap quartet hailing from Kentucky who originally formed in 1995, Nappy Roots cultivates an old school hip hop vibe and rose to acclaim with their platinum-selling debut full-length, 2002's Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz, and hits like "Awnaw." Though their newer tunes don't find the same lyrical depth as "orange Kool-Aid go good with Patron," even the most casual rap fans can get an education from these dudes. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —MP

Ben Prestage The culture and sounds of the Mississippi Delta where his parents grew up paired with his upbringing in rural Florida near the headwaters of the Everglades influenced Ben Prestage's gritty roots and blues sound. He did some busking while living in Memphis, where he perfected his one-man drum-playing technique. He's currently based in Vero Beach and hits town every few months, with his solo acoustic mountain man sounds, backing it up with a heavy beard, deep country drawl, and instrumentation that encompasses cigar box, fingerstyle, lap steel and resonator guitars, harmonica, banjo, fiddle and foot-drums. (The Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg) —LP

Kenny Vance and The Planotones Vocal-group impresario Vance has been bringing a timeless, soulful doo-wop vibe to classic proto-rock n' roll sounds since the days of the Brill Building. (Look it up, kids.) He was "discovered" by legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller at the end of the '50s; he’s probably best known for his participation in Jay & the Americans, but also had a hand in the careers of Steely Dan principles Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and others as a manager, songwriter, composer and in other roles. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) —SH

Anti-Antiwarpt w/Bleeding Money/The Scurvy/Hell-Bent/Dead Cat Lounge/The Funeral Dazies/The Destroid/Free Market Anarchists Several punk, metal and hardcore bands, none of them performing at Antiwarpt the following day (nor at Warped on Sunday for that matter), rail against the local machine with a big bill of fuck off. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) —LP

SATURDAY, JULY 28
KISS / Mötley Crüe w/The Treatment
There will come a point at which all lifelong KISS Army members will simply have to accept the fact that Paul, Gene and the others were long ago replaced by the kind of animatronic performers that populate Disney's Hall of Presidents. But apparently not before they creak and clank their way through yet another tour. This time it’s with the Crüe, a band whose contemporary listeners probably couldn’t tell you whether their fandom was sincere or ironic at this point. (I certainly can’t, and I still put ‘em on.) Note to novel throwback UK AC/DC-meets-Bad Company unit The Treatment: this opening gig is no longer prestigious, nor an honor. You should be touring clubs with Supagroup instead. (1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa) —SH

The Casualties w/Nekromantix/Down By Law/Lower Class Brats/Flatfoot 56 Most of these punk acts hold true to the influence of the original spirit-of-'77 aesthetic, particularly New York-bred headliner The Casualties, whose liberty spikes were turning polite St. Pete kids into gutter-punks 20 years ago. The real odd man out here is Dave Smalley and his Down By Law, a group shaped far more profoundly by seminal California pop-punk and melodic hardcore than by studded belts and Brit-apers. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —SH

Antiwarpt III The day-long festival is spread over 10 venues in downtown St. Pete and features 99 acts spanning garage rock, punk metal, psychedelic soul, dream pop and more. Read a whole lot more by clicking here. (Various venues, downtown St. Petersburg) —LP

SUNDAY, JULY 29
Vans Warped Tour
It's that time of year again. Hooks, teen guitar-music trends, ill-advised summer clothing, incipient heat-stroke and a handful of above-average acts descend upon Vinoy Park in the form of the galaxy’s largest merch booth. Highlights for Adults: Bayside, Chuck Ragan, Every Time I Die, Hostage Calm, Transit, Polar Bear Club. Highlights for Children? Shit, I dunno, ask a child. And if they say Matt Toka or Senses Fail, send them to their room. (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) —SH

SubAp! Swap Meet Tampa music and culture site SuburbanApologist.com presents Sub (sw)Ap!, an afternoon record, shirt, poster, book and miscellany swap and sale. Locals brings their aforementioned stuff, local businesses like Microgroove, Old Tampa Book Company, Kiss Of Death Records and Blue Bird Books hawk theirs, and everyone leaves home with something new and/or old. Raffles for concert tickets, gift certificates and other goodies raise money for SubAp, and DJ Cub spins tunes to keep a mellow vibe going and New World lubes everyone up with their selection of tasty brews. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —LP

Ol' Dirty Sundays w/Chang Bang & Ynot This edition of the weekly hip hop dance party features two special guests: local favorite Chang Bang (Red Bull Music Academy), a progressive house DJ who incorporates elements of disco, soul, electro, techno, classic hip hop and indie rock into his sound; and Orlando's turntable twister, DJ YNOT (Lazy Afternoon) slings hip hop, reggae and gospel music in his mix and mashes. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —LP

The Mudflappers w/Midnight Bowlers League Orlando-based seven-piece The Mudflappers has dubbed their genre "Floridana," gypsy folk is a more appropriate description; it's traveling music, plain and simple, with fast-paced, easy-to-dance-to numbers and muddy and powerful backup vocals littering many of their recordings. Singers Sarah Elizabeth Patrick and Lauren Carder have a ways with their mics: their voices are deliberate and strong yet hint at sultry jazz. Harmonica, mandolin, and banjo are all featured over a heavy dose of acoustic guitar. Midnight Bowlers League warm things up with their more traditional rockabilly sound. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) —MP

Yes w/Procul Harum It's sort of funny, the way fans of standard classic rock see these groups as emphatically progressive, while die-hard prog-rock fans tend to think of them as the aural equivalent of a gateway drug. Then there are the "MTV Generation" folks who only know Yes via "Owner of a Lonely Heart." Hey, folks who only know Yes via "Owner of a Lonely Heart": that longhair in Guitar Center making you feel inferior as he shreds quietly on acoustic guitar with a Mona Lisa-esque expression of enigmatic pleasure on his face IS PLAYING YES RIFFS. Oh, and Procol Harum did "A Whiter Shade of Pale," not "Knights in White Satin." You're thinking of The Moody Blues. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —SH

MONDAY, JULY 30
Summer Slaughter Tour w/Cannibal Corpse/Between the Buried and Me/The Faceless/Periphery/Veil Of Maya/Goatwhore/Job For A Cowboy/Exhumed/Cerebral Bore
GLLLLLOOOORRRRRRRRRBBBBRRRRAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHGGGGSSSSLLLLLLUUUURRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH! Any extreme metal bill that includes both Goatwhore and Job for a Cowboy is a good extreme metal bill. And you know I'd make a not-so-clever joke about the female-fronted Cerebral Bore being boring if they were at all boring, but they don't seem to be, dammit. DAMMIT! (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City) —SH

TUESDAY, JULY 31
Agalloch w/Taurus
Allagoch hails from Portland and purveys a dark-tinged brand of avant-prog metal that draws heavily on elements of folk, black and doom — harsh growled vocals trade off with cleaner calls on topics ranging from nature to ancestral Heathenry over driving, drawn-out post-rock style instrumentals that build to heavy crescendos. Back-up on the current tour provided by fellow hometown band Taurus, an experimental/drone outfit made up of members of Dark Castle and Purple Rhinestone Eagle. (Orpheum, Ybor City) —LP

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
Little Feat w/Roy Joy
With its members' consummate musicianship and wildly eclectic influences, Little Feat polished the edge where chaotic hippie acts met the '70s AM-radio mainstream and set the stage for the pop-tinged jam band decades before the fact. Word around the campfire is, they're still a hell of a live act for music fans of all ages, and the band’s first album of new material in nine years, Rooster Rag, is garnering impressive reviews. (Capitol Theatre, St. Petersburg) —SH

BBQ Wednesday Acoustic Series: Matt Woods It's a shame the tradition of a community coming together to share good food and good music on a summer's eve (har) has faded over the course of recent generations; kudos to New World for once again pairing up two kindred expressions of love for the scene to enjoy. The Brewery makes absolutely kick-ass southern grub. Matt Woods makes absolutely kick-ass southern singer-songwriter pop-rock with just the right amount of twang and spice. What more do you need to know? Enjoy it — you'll be home in plenty of time for a good night’s sleep. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —SH

The Contortionist w/Jeff Loomis/Chimp Spanner/7 Horns 7 Eyes Dueling guitarists crush out distortion or deliver intricate spider-fingered fret runs, and along with heavy mathematic drumming, create the twisted time signatures of Indianapolis prog-metal/deathcore outfit The Contortionist, gut-deep roars and bellows overpowering the gently chanted vocals, spewing and wheeling and raging over the elaborate muscular instrumentals. Sophomore album Intrinsic was just released in July via eOne/Good Fight Music. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —LP

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