The following is a quick breakdown of shows this weekend's worthiest live music offerings beginning with Thursday, cause thats when the weekend really starts, right? For a more comprehensive schedule, check out our Upcoming Concerts page
THURSDAY, APRIL 8
of Montreal [pictured] w/James Husband When of Montreal performed here in 2008, the Athens, Ga. ensemble put on a full-scale boundary-crossing psychedelic pop and glam rock stage spectacle complete with a backdrop of brilliant animations, performers acting out various bizarro-land scenes in costumes ranging from charming to ghastly, and frontman/visionary Kevin Barnes holding court as the flamboyantly wacky maestro of it all. The band has since parted ways with aux drummer Ahmed Gallab (who toured with of Montreal in support of 2008's Skeletal Lamping but never became a bonafide member) and is working on a new album tentatively titled False Priest and slated for release sometime this year. James Husband (of Montreal multi-talent James Huggins) opens the show with his solo side project. 8 p.m., The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $23.
Bastard Lovechild of Rock N Roll w/The Auctioneers/Set & Setting Bastard Love Child of Rock N Roll is a Jacksonville duo (Chris Hess and Adam Winn performing as Cookie SugarHips and Hot Damm Sweet Huckleberry Winn) who generate dirty raw blues rock with slithering grooves and an electro edginess played on guitar and drums, or keys and drums. The Auctioneers are a NYC-based rock band with a slickly-produced swagger. This show is billed as an of Montreal After Party, so the two headliners will likely go on a little late. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $7 (ages 18 and up).
Copeland [pictured below] Farewell Tour w/I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business/Person L/Deas Vail After nine years, four LPs, four EPs and a B-sides collection, Lakelands Copeland is calling it quits because the members (according to their MySpace announcement) felt the group had run its course. The news is particularly surprising since it comes after the success of their well-regarded 2008 album, You Are My Sunshine. Frontman Aaron Marshs androgynous vocals inject heart-wrenching sincerity into brooding mid-tempos like Chin Up and the playful jazz throwback of The Day I Lost My Voice with guest singer Rae Cassidy Klagstad. Despite being in the home stretch of a farewell tour, Copeland has hinted there may be another album in them yet. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $15. Matthew Spencer
FRIDAY, APRIL 9
Omar Sosa Afreecanos Quartet with Mola Sylla Afro-Cuban jazz composer and pianist Omar Sosa (who is known for his versatility and fluid improvisations in a live setting) leads this ensemble that includes drum-and-bass pioneer Marque Gilmore, Mozambican electric bassist Childo Tomas, and Senegalese vocalist and percussionist Mola Sylla. Sosa performs in support of his latest album, Ceremony, a big band collaboration with Brazilian arranger/composer/cellist Jaques Morelenbaum and Hamburg, Germanys 18-piece NDR Bigband. Sosa plays piano, vibraphone, marimba and percussion on the album, which includes an homage to T.S. Monk titled, Monkuru. 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, Largo, $25 in advance/$30 at the door.