Tonight in live music; Against Me! and Off With Their Heads at Big Pre-Fest, Grails at Fubar and more

Vélo Champ brings concerts to the Heights, too.

click to enlarge Off With Their Heads plays 529 in Atlanta, Georgia on February 26, 2014. The band plays two sets for Big Pre-Fest in Ybor City, Florida, which kicks off on October 25, 2017. - Nicole Kibert/
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Off With Their Heads plays 529 in Atlanta, Georgia on February 26, 2014. The band plays two sets for Big Pre-Fest in Ybor City, Florida, which kicks off on October 25, 2017.

✔️  Grails w/Jason Loewenstein/Infinite Third Grails makes hard, instrumental rock for fans of philosophy, world travel and the sounds of psychedelia meeting prog-rock and dub in a fancy concert hall. Thinking music? You bet. Too pretentious to bang your head around to? No way, bro. St. Pete soundsmith Billy Mays III (aka Infinite Third) kicks off this show which also features Sebadoh and The Fiery Furnaces member Jason Loewenstein. (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

Forceps w/Ominous Hymn Brazilian heavy metal comes to north Tampa care of Rio de Janeiro’s Forceps, which plasters the sunny topics of misanthropy, decadence, disease and death onto its own special blend of grindcore, tech-metal and thrash. (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

✔️  Have Gun Will Travel/BlackDots/Radarmen Vélo Champ — a recently relocated Seminole Heights bicycle shop — is getting into the concert game with its Bike Shop Music Series kickoff show, which’ll tap local Americana favorites Have Gun, Will Travel to help welcome an actually travelling outfit (Colorado folk-punk quartet BlackDots) to the ‘hood. Enter through the alley between Chelsea and Emma, and make sure you have $8 for the cover, too. (Vélo Champ, Tampa) INFO

Interview: Before Big Pre-Fest In Little Ybor, Against Me!'s James Bowman talks $cam$ reunion, eating Bodega, friendship and more

✔️  Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor w/Against Me!/Rainer Maria/Smoking Popes/Beach Slang/You Blew It!/more Believe it: Big Pre-Fest is turning five. That not-so-little punk rock festival that takes over Ybor as autumn begins to blow into Cigar City is back once again. The two-day shindig gives Bay area fans who can’t travel to Gainesville a chance to let loose, and it lets the diehards mix it up with friends while catching sets they’d never be able to see when shit really hits the fan in Alachua County. More than 70 bands playing five different venues gives us plenty to chase down here though. Read our interview with Against Me!’s James Bowman (playing two sets at Orpheum) here. (Various Venues, Ybor City) INFO

See more of the Tampa Bay concert calendar via



Bill Bailey's Fall Gospel Jubilee (Florida Classic Park, Brooksville) INFO


Dirty Heads w/Unlikely Candidates/Tyrone’s Jacket (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO


Charles Wesley Godwin (Union Sound Treaty) (The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing, Ybor City) INFO

Tyler Costanzo (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Taco Tuesday and Acoustics w/Matt Bellina (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO


Betty Fox Band (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Alex Zaya's Band (Neptune Lounge, Tarpon Springs) INFO


Mixed Up Moods w/DJ Blenda (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) INFO

Humpin' Around w/DJ Casper (First Chance, Last Chance Bar, Ybor City) INFO

Blink One Eighty Tuesday w/Alithea O'Dell (The Bricks, 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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