Throwdown at Crowbar with the Mountain Goats, a grand entrance at State Theatre by Old 97's + more concerts this week

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19
Sasha w/Three Big time Welsh DJ and producer Sasha makes a pit stop in Tampa, bringing his progressive electro grooves to The Kennedy dancefloors. (The Kennedy, Tampa)

Anberlin w/Foxy Shazam/States Winter Haven’s heavy, angular, Christian-but-not-brash-about-it alt rock band has put out five full-length albums, the most recent 2010’s Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place, which was recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC). Anberlin saw growing renown with their single “Feel Good Drag” in 2008, originally from 2005’s Never Take Friendship Personal, but re-introduced on their fourth album and first release with Universal. Though none of their other singles have done quite as well, that one topped the Alternative Songs charts and lingered at the No. 1 spot for 29 weeks. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
Jeremy Gloff Birthday Show w/Girls on Film CL’s favorite local pop star celebrates another year with his friends in Tallahassee electro pop group Girls on Film. If the name wasn’t indication enough, the trio takes their sonic cue and fashion sense from the glammy New Wave ’80s. (Collage Ybor, Ybor City)

Southern Hospitality Tour: JP Soars, Victor Wainwright, Damon Fowler A triple bill of blues-rock guitar slingers. The Bay area’s adopted son, slide and lap steel leader Damon Fowler, resides in Bradenton but plays here habitually enough to be a native. Rich rumbling singer JP Soars, from South Florida, incorporates swinging R&B into his sound with his band, The Red Hots. And Memphis-based Victor Wainwright rounds out the bill with his piano-driven mix of boogie blues, soul, and roots rock backed by his own outfit, the WildRoots. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

The Features w/Girl in a Coma “I was born screaming, and then I hit the ground / like a wild demon, I never settled down,” guitarist/vocalist Matt Pelham howls in “Kids,” a cut off The Features’ 2011 third record, Wilderness. The 15-year-old indie rock quartet from Tennessee has seen a career arc that found them dropped by Universal Records, then snatched up by Kings of Leon’s imprint, Serpents and Snakes, in 2009. They craft bold and ballsy psyche rock with Brit Invasion overtones, thick guitars, bright pop keyboard flourishes, and sturdy driving tempos. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Magadog w/Johnny Cakes & the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso/Victims of Circumstance Tampa Bay ska scene vets Magadog (est. 1992) tout this show as the first official Ybor City release party for their 2011 album of the same name. The rambunctious brass-pumping octet mixes the flavors of old Jamaica with modern pizzazz in their loose homage to the area that birthed them. Ybor City was among our favorites of 2011. Warm up by two local like acts that both have punk/ska leanings. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Stan Hunter & Jazz Combo St. Pete-based jazz great Stan Hunter is a composer and master of ivories (B3 is his specialty) whose more than five-decade career has found him performing with the likes of John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan and Jimmy Paxton, among many others. For this program, the musician is joined by the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz Combo. (Murray Studio Theater @ Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

Falling In Reverse w/Oh, Sleeper/Skip The Foreplay After vocalist Ronnie Radke was kicked out of Escape the Fate when his two-year prison sentence didn’t fly with the band’s career trajectory, he formed a new group from behind bars, Falling In Reverse, and started recording with them when he was released in December of 2010. They signed to Epitaph shortly after and issued their first LP, The Drug In Me Is You, last July. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Hymn For Her w/Rebekah Pulley/Mountain Holler/Kersey Williams Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing — the husband and wife duo who are living the American dream on the road as Hymn for Her — return with their vintage silver Airstream in tow to serve another helping of stompin’ punk-grass tunes; they also headline the fourth annual Blueberry Patch Ball on Saturday. This particular bill is rounded out by a few other roots-leaning artists. (Ramblin’ Rose Upcycle, St. Petersburg)

Gordon Lightfoot Canadian folk-rock troubadour Gordon Lightfoot has been spreading his feel good easy-going brand of soft folk rock for more than five decades. He’s charted several No. 1 AC hits in both Canada and the U.S. — the melancholy “If You Could Read My Mind” (“I don’t know where we went wrong, but the feeling’s gone and I just can’t get it back”) and the hip-swaying “Sundown” among them. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
Plains w/Zulu Wave/The Dags An up-and-coming indie rock group from Miami makes their Tampa Bay premiere. Plains is the creative project of Chicago native Michael McGinnis, who re-located to the bright southern reaches of Florida a few years back and began crafting the songs that would eventually make up his 2011 first album, Plains. His jangly, grungy sound has a little retro percussion, modern fuzz and ’90s alt-rock guitar licks mixed with acoustic guitar strums and earnest easy-on-the-ears vocals. Live, he’s joined by drummer Jorge Rubiera, bassist Max Johnston and guitarist Jorge Gonzalez. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

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