Tonight in live music; Sleeping Pills album release, Florida Georgia Line with Nelly, Blood on the Turntables and more

Comics & Comics does a lil' something special, too.

Phil Taylor of Sleeping Pills, which plays The Hub in Tampa, Florida on October 13, 2017. - Carson Cox
Carson Cox
Phil Taylor of Sleeping Pills, which plays The Hub in Tampa, Florida on October 13, 2017.

✔️  Pilfers w/Joystick/Sketchie/Help! Police! Pop, reggae, hardcore, dub, punk, and ska all come together when Pilfers (featuring ex-members of bands like the Toasters, Pietasters and Bim Skala Bim) takes to this St. Pete tattoo shop where New Orleans skacore outfit Joystick opens alongside Sarasota punks Sketchie, and the Bay area’s best punny ska group, Help! Police!. (Lucky You Tattoo, St. Petersburg) INFO

Serious Soul presents The Midnight Perverts w/Silver Fox/Brian Busto Romeo Ugalde brings his Midnight Perverts project for a Central Florida debut at The Castle, where a body of work that’s seen the Mexican house and techno producer release music on labels like Wolkenfunken, Perplexand and Dialtone gets to thump all over the halls of one of Ybor’s longest-running dance clubs. (The Castle, Ybor City) INFO

You'd be a lot less douchey if you did, too: Florida Georgia Line is one of a handful of country acts distancing itself from the NRA

Florida Georgia Line w/Nelly/Russell Dickerson/Chris Lane This show — where pop-country meets hip-hop — got even more interesting over the last week. It started on Thursday with country duo Florida Georgia Line totally distancing itself from the NRA in the days following a Las Vegas terror attack that killed 59 people at the Harvest Route 91 music festival, and ended on Saturday when Nelly was arrested in on second-degree rape charges stemming from an incident after a show in Washington state. The 42-year-old “Country Grammar” rapper was released from custody without being formally charged a few hours later, and his lawyer has called the allegation “completely fabricated” and “scurrilous.” (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO

✔️  Zakk Sabbath Here’s yet another show being moved to a new venue as a result of renovations that have reduced the State Theatre’s capacity from 705 to 450. That’s good news for fans who may have missed out had this one — featuring the namesake former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist — sold out. If Zakk Wylde’s output with Ozzy and Black Label Society is any indication, then he should be just fine in a venue this big, too. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) INFO

✔️  Sleeping Pills LP Release w/Apoc Siren/Vault Classic/MTVH1N1 In August, Sleeping Pills frontman Phil Taylor told CL that he was already working on a follow-up when the band’s self-titled debut was released in December. On Friday, he shares that album — A Maze In A Wave — with friends and fans who’ve come to appreciate the way Taylor turns an affection for the Buzzcocks, Johnny Thunders and Gray Matter into his brand of lonely rock and roll. Have a look at a video from the album here and call your local record store to see if it’ll carry the release after Rahim Samad’s Vault Classic opens this show along with a pair of new-ish Bay area experimental rock acts, Apoc Siren and MTVH1N1. (The Hub, Tampa) INFO

Video Premiere: Sleeping Pills shares a clip for “Forever” from new LP, A Maze In A Wave

✔️  Blood On The Turntables w/DJ Craze/Monk/Nick James/High5ive and Doctor Boom (B2B)/DJ Archaea/The Create Bros. Things are different in Ybor City now that the Czar and Filthy Richard parties don’t have permanent homes, but that’s not stopping the same crew from coming out of their coffins on “Filthy the 13th” to revive its “Blood on the Turntables” throwdown. “Bloody and classic horror film, ‘80s Camp Crystal Lake counselor and camper victim attire encouraged but not required,” at this event where DJ Craze — a three-time DMC World Champion — is set to spin alongside Filthy residents like DJ Monk (Rabbit in the Moon) and Nick James, plus party favorites DJ Archaea and the Crate Bros. (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Best of the Bay 2017: Best Accessory Resurgence — Sean O'Brien, Bronze Age Buttons/Josh Sullivan

✔️  Comics & Comics w/Wally Clark BOTB-winning button makers Bronze Age Buttons bring a love for comedy (another BOTB-winner, Matt Fernandez headlines) and comic books together for a show that features yet another BOTB-winner (anime-loving futurebeat maker Wally Cark) handling the ones and twos. Greatness, and laughs for days, guaranteed. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Best of the Bay 2017: Best Futurebeat Weirdo — Wally Clark

Come Back Alice Does Led Zeppelin w/Holey Miss Moley Doing The Meters Bay area jam-rock outfit Come Back Alice had its Halloween scare already thanks to a post-Irma double-whammy in which the roof on its studio caved in just before someone stole guitarist Tony Tyler’s guitars out of his car, so expect the band to give nothing but a whole lot of love and gratitude at this show where it’ll tackle Led Zeppelin right after another adored local act — Holey Miss Moley — plays a Meters cover set. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa) INFO

Real life blues: Tampa Bay's Come Back Alice deals with devastating hurricane losses and guitar theft-by-shitbag

Concerts in the Park w/The Alter Eagles You should’ve caught The Alter Eagles last week at Skipper’s (the Eagles tribute act was playing with a Crosby, Still, Nash and Young cover band), but here’s a chance to “Take It Easy” on St. Pete Beach for a free show that even includes free valet parking (you fancy now, Boca Ciega!). (Horan Park, St. Pete Beach) INFO

Jazz With Jim w/Lorri Hafer/Marilyn Freemon/Tom Ziegelhofer Jazz Cellar alum Jim Burge gets a little help on trumpet thanks to Tom Ziegelhofer and borrows the voices of Lorri Hafer (Hillside Singers) and gospel singer Marilyn Freemon for a pretty cool night out in the ‘burbs. (Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa) INFO

Shephard’s Beach Resort 40th Anniversary w/Vertical Horizon/Leonard Brothers Band Some of you music purists might think that a set from ‘90s alt-rockers Vertical Horizon is scary, but what’s actually scary cool is that long-running Clearwater Beach nightspot Shephard’s is celebrating 40 years of partying on the sand, so congrats to that crew — let ‘em celebrate however they want. (Shephard’s Beach Resort, Clearwater) INFO




Cottondale Swamp (Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Tampa) INFO


The Florida Orchestra presents Swing is the Thing (David A. Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa) INFO


Tales From The Brass Mug Vol. 2 - Friday 13th Edition (Brass Mug, Tampa) INFO

RV w/Pickpocket/Nervous Girls/Faraday (The Bends, St. Petersburg) INFO

Friday the 13th Party w/Jeff Vitolo & The Quarter Mile Rebels (Orbit 19 Lounge, Holiday) INFO

Fri The 13th! Blood Bath & Beyond and Friends (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO


Selwyn Birchwood (Taphouse 61, St. Petersburg) INFO

Dr. Bacon (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) INFO


Fox Stevenson (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Dungeon Dance Party w/DJ Distilled (The Castle, Ybor City) INFO


Acoustic Fridays with Alias Julius (C.1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

Sarah Mac Band: The Fond Farewell (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

About The Author

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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