We're in the first official week of October and the concert season has officially kicked off in earnest, with lots happening pretty much every day. Here's the breakdown for this Thurs., Oct. 8.
Here Come the Mummies Shaking off dust from the tomb one funk rockin’ tune at a time, Here Come the Mummies is a 10-piece out of Memphis composed of a rotating roster of mystery musicians (including two bassists and a multi-member horn-juggling brass section) who’ve assumed beyond-the-grave identities and hit the stage wrapped in full body gauze to dole out tight, propulsive, mildly ominous grooves with generally cheeky themes as led by brassy, booming-voiced leader Mummy Cass (-anova). One wonders if this is the sort of act that only gains any tour traction in the weeks leading up to Halloween? The music, at least, warrants year-round listening – these dudes can rock, undead or not – and Here Come the Mummies have put together an impressive catalog in 15 years of active music-making, with four EPs released last year alone. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) –Leilani Polk
Joe Marcinek Band & Friends Joe Marcinek regularly plays with Indiana funk fusion outfit Fresh Hops, but he’s also been leading a series of shows billed as “an ever evolving mixture of original compositions and incredible musicians.” This installment finds the singer/guitarist/keyboardist joined by vocalist/fiddler Dani Jaye (Come Back Alice), drummer Michael Garrie and keysman/sax player Juanjamon (both of COPE and Juanjamon Band), keys/programming whiz Matt Giancola (Future Vintage) and bassist Rob Sanger (Serotonic). (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) –LP
Death Grips “Experimental Hip Hop” already sounds like a hard sell – but Death Grips have an especially inaccessible take on the style. Their synthy tracks aren’t just thin and abrasive, but woozily arrhythmic and hyperactive. Their imagery, from S&M to emaciated bushmen to graffitied genitals, is as off-putting as it is inscrutable. And frontman MC Ride’s guttural mysticism is like a cross of DMX, Tom Araya, and an actual orc shaman. But their aggression and disorientation revolve around a clear vision, raw power and an apparently bottomless well of subversiveness, helping this crazed gang land love from fans, fellow musicians and even major labels (albeit briefly). Not to be missed. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) –David Z. Morris
Noah Wotherspoon Band Rising young blues talent Wotherspoon hails from Cincinnati, has a husky tuneful vocal quality and impressive slide guitar chops with definite Delta influence that earned him an IBC 2015 Best Guitarist win, and a fresh a new LP, Mystic Mud, that brings on the road; he hits St. Pete on his way to the Daytona Blues Festival. (Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg) –LP
ALSO THIS WEEK
Otherwise w/Seasons/After First Decree Orpheum, Ybor City
Singer-Songwriter Night @ The Bunker w/Casey Little/Nick Jenkins/Kelsey Erin Tre Amici @ The Bunker, Ybor CIty