Tonight in live music; Sweater Beats, Drive-By Truckers, Kyle Craft & more

Pinoys, Patterson, ya know.

Sweater Beats w/Different Sleep/Rogerthomas/DJ Wally Clark Some say that Filipinos are, pound-for-pound, the best athletes in the world. Maybe that goes for beat makers, too? Antonio Cuna, a Maryland guy who was born in the Philippines, makes a good case in that department, and it’s all thanks to his penchant for interlacing his love for old school R&B (think Aaliyah, Ginuwine and even Destiny’s Child) into dance tracks you normally hear at a Diplo show. Cuna — who performs as Sweater Beats — actually has blessings from a bevy of pop’s biggest names (Chance the Rapper, Flume, and the guy formerly known as Chet Faker), and a quick spin of his 2013 Boiler Room session is more than enough proof that Cuna is the real deal. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO

Iron Maiden Beer Release w/Blood Bath & Beyond/Archangel/Frostfang Iron Maiden is not playing this show, but 600 Block busybodies are inviting some solid locals to help celebrate the Bay area release of the Maiden’s new English porter brewed by Robinsons Brewery. Heavy metal, heavy drinking — why not? (Local 662, St. Petersburg) INFO

Drive-By Truckers w/Kyle Craft Two weeks ago, Drive-By Truckers made an unintentional splash in Tampa Bay when bassist Matt Patton was spotted wearing a Daddy Kool Records shirt on the band’s Tiny Desk session for National Public Radio. Patton told CL the story, but the band’s other Patt (frontman Patterson Hood) has been making waves all year thanks to DBT’s new album, American Band (released in September via ATO Records) where he skewers our country’s problems surrounding violence, race and the electoral process. Judging by our recent interview with Hood, fans can still expect him to be particularly vocal at this one. Kyle Craft — who bought his first album (Bowie) at a small town Louisiana K-Mart — opens the show supporting the masterful Dolls of Highland, his own 2016 album of weirdo, Stones-ian glam/protest rock. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) INFO

Eric Johnson Shred. Eric Johnson has probably had his music played in an elevator somewhere, but the Grammy-winning songwriter and guitarist absolutely rips (Google “Cliffs of Dover,” mmk?), and while this tour stop is probably going to lean hard on his EJ acoustic album, we doubt that it’ll be any less jaw-dropping.(Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

ALSO PLAYING

Carrie Underwood w/Easton Corbin/The Swon Brothers (Amalie Arena, Tampa) INFO

The Four Freshmen (Largo Cultural Center, Largo) INFO

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concerts w/Gilbert and Sullivan (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) INFO

Matisse Jazz Project w/Christopher Bakriges/Stanley Chepaitis (Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, Clearwater) INFO

Acoustic BBQ w/The Brand New Opiates (New World Brewery, Ybor City) INFO

Wax Wednesdays (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa) 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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