This weekend's best bets in Tampa Bay area music: Homegrown Hip Hop 2, Silversun Pickups & Against Me!, The Only Sons, Good Old War, The Fleshtones, and more!

[image-1] [pictured right] In the wake of his well-received 2009 album, Gulf Coast Highway, husky-voiced New Orleans-by-way-of Cali singer-songwriter-guitarist Eric Lindell has already produced a follow-up of his lively, blue-eyed, harmonica-laced soul, funk and blues. Between Motion and Rest dropped in April on Sparco (his first post-Alligator Records release), and includes “It’s Hard To Believe,” a cover of a classic Curtis Mayfield groove; “Bodega,” a song Lindell wrote with bass player Chris Arenas; and the sentimental “Matrimony,” apparently dedicated to Lindell’s wife. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $12 in advance/$15 dos.

Silversun Pickups / Against Me! LA foursome Silversun Pickups produce electro-psychedelic indie rock with heavy synth grooves, propulsive rhythms, and breathy-dreamy vocals. They’re fresh off an arena tour in support of Muse and their 2009 sophomore release, Swoon, which earned them a Grammy nom for Best New Artist. Gainesville punk rock favorites Against Me! just stopped in town this February with Tim Barry and Ninja Gun, but this time around, they arrive with a fifth studio album in tow, White Crosses, and prove with songs like “I Was a Teenaged Anarchist” that even if they do sound a bit more polished than they used to, they haven’t forgotten their roots. On its face, it seems like an odd co-headlining pairing, but I guess if you’re from the West Coast, you team up with Florida’s most popular band, and get turned onto a whole new audience of hard-partying alt rock fans. 8 p.m., The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $28 and $40 (this show is SOLD OUT*).

The Tampa Bay Dream Team presents Homegrown Hip Hop 2 w/B.A.S.E. Inc/Waystid Talent/BC/many others The second installment of the Tampa Bay Dream Team’s locally-brewed hip-hop continues its tradition of spotlighting some of the area’s hottest artists from both sides of the Bay. St. Pete’s B.A.S.E. Inc. heads up the bill with the intelligent, clever wordplay of emcees Infinite Skillz (also an occasional CL writer) and F.a.T, who set their tight-flowing rhymes against the production work of Mr. J, and are joined by special live guest DJ Spindiana Jones. Also on the bill is Waystid Talent, the production project of dark and deliberate verse maker Lu Cipher and a rotating cast of others (like Kingpin and Lace Trax), and BC, a fast-flinging lyrical gymnast whose songs take a radical futuristic bend in his recent album Time Pieces, Part I, the first in a three-part series of conceptual releases. 8 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $10 in advance/$12 dos.

[image-2] [pictured left] w/Forty Winters/Young and In The Way/In Reference To A Sinking Ship/many others North Carolina’s crushing hardcore foursome Advent is celebrating the release of their sophomore release, Naked and Cold on Solid State Records. According to bassist Johnny Smrdel, the album “sums up the feeling we all have on this world that rejects truth, love and hope,” and is studded with such barked-bellowed lyrics as those in the title track: ““We are the voice of a broken generation / kicked out and beaten down / religions all have failed us now / retaliating against the old with this bitter taste in our mouths...” A big bill of like acts provide support. 6 p.m. doors, Transitions Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa, $8 in advance/$10 dos (all ages).

Fusebox Funk w/Johnnycakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso Jacksonville sextet Fusebox Funk draws on elements of funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop, and throws in a two-piece sax-and-trumpet horn section, turntablism, keyboards and synthesizer action, and snotty emcees who rhyme over hard and steady danceable grooves. Local nine-piece horn-drenched reggae fusion group Johnnycakes opens. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $5 (ages 18 and up).

Viernes CD Release Party w/Blind Man’s Colour/Proud Iron Lion/Young Egypt/dark sea of awareness Winter Park’s dreamy experimental duo Viernes are the latest Florida act picked up by Kanine Records. This show celebrates the release of their first album and Kanine debut, Sinister Devices. Click here to read my story about the twosome. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $8 (ages 18 and up).

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The Only Sons [pictured right] w/Y Los Dos Pistoles/Scott Harrell and THX Management have joined forces to bring Tennessee alt country rockers The Only Sons to town for a night of warm, rambling melodies and spirited Southern-riffin’ stompers marked by electric and pedal steel guitar interplay, a solid rolling backbeat, and the rusted vocals of guitarist/lead singer Kent Eugene Goolsby, who delivers verses like “Loneliness, loneliness, is on my side / And that’s all right” and ““Don’t say you should’ve known better / Because you did and now its done / What was gold is now bronze” (both from their second LP, 2009’s Steel Hearts).  9 p.m. doors, New World Brewery, St. Petersburg, $7.

Thomas Wynn & the Believers w/Shak Nasti Wynne and his Orlando ensemble plays driving, heavy-treading, soulful Southern rock n’ roll inspired by countrified classic rock artists like The Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Black Crowes. Shak Nasti brings some funk and jazz grooves to the Skipperdome party. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $7 in advance/$10 dos.

WMNF Cafe Hey Show # 9 w/Insect Joy/Diamond Man/The Black Beast of Arrrghhh/Ant Parade/The Living Arches The ninth in a series of free, all-ages outreach concerts co-hosted by ‘mnf and Café Hey, and featuring an eclectic bill of local experimental acts. 8 p.m., Café Hey, Tampa, free admission.

Ballyhoo! A punk reggae rock foursome influenced by Sublime from Baltimore and surprisingly not the West Coast. Ballyhoo! waxes poetic about a messed up girl who wants to get out of town in “Cali Girl,” gets aggressive and commanding in “Paper Dolls,” and does tongue-in-cheeky in an ode to alcohol, “Alcohol Looks Beautiful Tonight,” a less serious sort of “40 Oz to Freedom” with lines like “Tell sobriety she’s about to meet her doom”; coincidentally, Ballyhoo! covered “40 Oz” in a Sublime tribute album. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $12 advance/$15 dos.

[image-4] [pictured left] w/The HoDaddy's With 34 years of music-making behind them and a catalog so vast they have a searchable database dedicated all of their recorded output, The Fleshtones don’t really have anything to prove to anybody. But the foursome continues to bring their playful, New Wave and blues-infused garage rock to cities across America, livening it up with wailing harmonica, organ and a retro festive atmosphere. The band is promoting two back-to-back 2010 releases: It’s “Super-Rock” Time!: The IRS Years 1980-85 and Live! Beg Borrow & Steal: October 31 1981 Whiskey. 7 p.m. doors, The Local 662, St Petersburg, free admission.


Steve Arvey w/No Money Down Steve Arvey has played his easy-going brand of blues for a very long time, from backing Bo Diddley while he was living in Gainesville, to working as a sideman on bass, guitar, and drums for such blues luminaries as Hubert Sumlin, Homesick James, Big Jack Johnson, Sam Carr and so many others. Arvey is joined by 20 guest performers (including Rebecca Bird and Jeff Bible) for this show in celebration of his new album, X. 5 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $10 (includes a copy of Steve Arvey's new CD).

A quick breakdown of the weekend’s most worthy concerts (i.e., those ones you need to know about in order to get on with your live music life) from Thursday through Sunday. For a more comprehensive schedule of this weekend’s offerings and a listing of shows taking place over the next several months around the Bay area, check out our Upcoming Concerts page.


Perpetual Groove [pictured right, photo by Adam Gulledge] There are certain things you can always expect from a show by the Athens, Ga. electro funkadelic jam rock foursome: big instrumental tension-and-release build-ups and blow-outs; much tight interplay between lead singer/guitarist Brock Butler, keyboardist/vocalist John Hruby, bassist Adam Perry and drummer Albert Suttle, Brock’s clean sublime guitar melodies on both electric and slide guitar paired with wistful high vocals; one or two P-Groove style covers of songs ranging from Paul Simon’s “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” to “Naïve Melody” by the Talking Heads; and saturated lights showering the band and dancing crowd of blissed-out fans in bold washes of techno-color. 8 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $15.

Painting at the Palladium with the Kym Purling Trio In this concert hosted in association with the Morean Arts Center, acclaimed jazz pianist Purling and his ensemble interpret selections from the Beatles catalog while four artists paint portraits of John, Paul, George and Ringo. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, $15.


Good Old War [pictured left] w/Yukon Blonde/Audra Mae/Ettison Philadelphia indie pop trio Good Old War’s charming, country roots-tinged sound is marked by gorgeous three-part harmonies, elegant melodic interplay between acoustic guitar, keys and drums, bright sprays of accordion, and the sort of songwriting that just makes you feel good inside. Good Old War is celebrating the release of their self-titled second album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseeker charts. 7 p.m. oors, Orpheum, Ybor City, $7 in advance/$9 dos (all ages).

Peter Baldwin w/Mirror Pal/The Aloha Model The alt-soul singer-songwriter brings his band back to Ybor City and is supported by fellow Orlando act, Mirror Pal, an ambient alt-rock foursome with pretty, meandering melodies and vocal harmonies. Tampa’s Aloha Model rounds out the bill with stripped-down electronics. 9 p.m. doors, New World Brewery, St. Petersburg, $6.

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