Today in live music; D.R.A.M. and Angel Haze at the Sun Dome, Civilian's Ryan Alexander at Microgroove and more

Digitour hits Orpheum, and Four Year Strong with Seaway is at Crowbar.

click to enlarge D.R.A.M., who plays USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida on October 12, 2017. - Faye Webster
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D.R.A.M., who plays USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida on October 12, 2017.

✔️ = Critic's Pick


✔️  USF Homecoming Concert w/D.R.A.M/Kiiara/Angel Haze College kids have to cram for tests sometimes, so it’s fitting that the University of South Florida homecoming committee made everyone wait until the 11th hour to see the lineup for its annual homecoming concert. This year features a buzzy rapper (D.R.A.M.) returning to play his second Bay area show in about a month (the 29-year old “Broccoli” singer just opened for Kendrick Lamar on September 1), and while we’ve only had less than two weeks to prepare for a show that includes a hot new name in hip-hop (Angel Haze), that still gives students enough time to claim free tickets and us the chance to find $25 so we can scoop up the tickets available to the public. (USF Sun Dome at University of South Florida, Tampa) INFO

Review: In Tampa, Kendrick Lamar proves that artistic merit, never selling out just might make him G.O.A.T.

✔️  Ryan Alexander w/Fistful Civilian’s current five-week tour is taking the Nashville indie-rock act into almost every corner of America, and worked in between dates in Dallas, Santa Ana, New York City and Columbus is a show at Seminole Heights record shop Microgroove where frontman Ryan Alexander will play an acoustic show that’ll give the defiant songs on Civilian’s new album (You Won’t Believe What Privilege Costs) a quiet space to really seep into the minds of fans bored of the run-of-the-mill, let’s-ignore-important-issues rock that permeates the radio today. (Microgroove, Tampa) INFO

Photos: Civilian, Brother Cephus and Fistful pack 'em in at The Bricks in Ybor City — 12.23.16

Four Year Strong w/Seaway/Like Pacific/Life Lessons/Grayscale Crowbar — like so many venues in the Bay area — had a really shite week after Irma. The days since that bitch blew away have been busy, however, and shows like this one featuring a who’s-who of upcoming pop-punk bands are a big reason why. Worcester, Massachusetts quartet Four Year Strong headlines in support of its new album Some of You Will Like This, Some of You Won’t (released in September), and fans would do good to get there early to catch a set from Seaway. The Canadians just released their own new album (Vacation, Pure Noise Records), and longtime fans think it could be the batch of songs that breaks the band out of punk-rock purgatory. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Digitour w/Tyler Brown/Justin Blake/Bryce Hall/Jackson Krecioch/Mikey Barone/Larray/JJ Hannon Collectively, the personalities on the DigiTour have several million followers on social networks like Instagram,, YouTube and Snapchat. To your old uncle Chad, these people mean nothing. That won’t stop parents from shuttling hundreds of kids to Ybor as thousands of dollars get spent on tickets, VIP upgrades and merch at the all-ages, family-friendly mixer, however, and this is everyone’s chance to see the next Corey Haim or Corey Feldman before the inevitable Bieber-esque implosion. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO


Tony Tyler Band (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Jesse Novak (Tre Amici at The Bunker, Ybor City) INFO

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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