Warped Tour Invades St. Petersburg

Plus: Antiwarptd, 100 Monkeys and more of the week's best upcoming concerts.


100 Monkeys w/The Kissing Club/November Rush Hailing from LA, Monkeys is a bouncy, soulful, poorly-named rock 'n' roll quintet evincing many old-school qualities: a penchant for letting whoever wrote the tune sing it; an unabashed love for everything from '60s folk to R&B, acid rock and power-pop; and a hell of a lot of soul. What we're really saying is, if you've never heard of 'em, and are on the fence solely based on the name, don't be deterred, okay? As long as you like timeless rock sounds and aren't one of those douches who works so hard at being over shit that they pull a muscle, you'll enjoy it. Tourmates The Kissing Club serve up an interesting and altogether weirder style influenced by everything from Tom Waits to psychedelic pop-fuzz (and do I detect some Campfire Girls?). (Orpheum, Ybor City) —Scott Harrell

FRI 29

AntiWarpt Pre-Party w/Sleepy Vikings/Greenland Is Melting/The Living Arches/John Gold This launch party for the downtown St. Pete fest features a (mostly) local lineup — dark Southern alt-roots makers and CL faves Sleepy Vikings, Gainesville newgrass trio Greenland Is Melting, folk rock two-piece Living Arches, and sweetly emotive singer-songwriter John Gold. Admission is free, as is shuffle-boarding to all those interested in play. (St. Pete Shuffleboard Club, St. Petersburg)

ASAP Homeless Services Benefit Concert w/Nuestra Tierra/Summersill/Tom Scudiero/Iya Bakoso/Liz Hollister/Horse Thieves are Hung/Steve Vaclavik/Evergreen/many more For the past 25 years, ASAP has offered temporary emergency shelter, job training, showers, breakfast and other needs to St. Pete's homeless population. This two-day benefit (6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday) supports their continued efforts via live music and poetry by wide-ranging bill of Bay area talent, from Latin music trio Nuestra Tierra to acoustic blues artist Liz Hollister to Afro Caribbean drum group Iya Bakoso. Visit asaphomeless.org for the full schedule. (The HUB building, St. Petersburg)

Ancient River w/Michael Christmas With a name like Ancient River, things could go a lot of ways. Stoner metal? Jam bandage? Celtic acoustica? Roots rock? For this Gainesville act, the one true sound reveals itself to be some rather nice, trippy, mesmerizing desert-sands shoegaze with more than a little twang. They're joined at New World by the fuzzy, garage-y, Nuggets-y sounds of St. Pete's lo-to-the-fi Michael Christmas. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —SH

Punk/Ska Book Signing & Show Tampa native and author/editor Tony Patino sells and signs copies of his new book, The Road. Playing the free signing event is Tampa's Decker (Dave Decker of Vagina Sore Jr. and Clairmel fame), Murder-Suicide Pact and New Bruises. Decker tells us he's finishing up a 13-song solo album with Bill Clower (of Radon) and Todd Rockhill (The Draft, Discount and The Enablers). Exciting stuff. (The Bricks, Ybor City) —Julie Garisto

Centuries w/Full Of Hell/Traitors/Stay Away/Frailties Centuries are from West Palm Beach, and basically kill it with their primal, thrashy hardcore. Pennsylvania's Full of Hell exhibit more grindcore influence, which basically means the songs are shorter and there are more slow parts. And if Stay Away and Frailties made themselves a little more visible on the Internet, well, maybe I'd have some nice things to say about them as well. But strictly on the strength of Centuries and Full of Hell, this'll probably be a far-above-average night of brutality. (Transitions Art Gallery @ Skatepark of Tampa) —SH

Donavon Frankenreiter Surf-rocker dude Donavon Frankenreiter hails from SoCal and serves island-tangy sounds marked by his easy-breezy vocals and sweet, syncopated acoustic guitar strumming. As a kid, he first fell in love with guitar gods like Clapton and Page, but quickly turned to singer/songwriters like Dylan and Marley for inspiration. In his bio, he reflects, "If there's anything I learned, it's that you really gotta be yourself. You can't fool people in music if you want to stick around for a long time." (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) —Kate Cillian

Tyler Bryant w/The Standback Band Nashville-based blues rock guitar phenom Tyler Bryant — who picked up his first guitar at the tender age of 6 and opened for Jeff Beck at Ruth Eckerd Hall this past May — returns to town to for a headlining gig with his full band in tow. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)

SAT 30

Tech N9ne w/Jay Rock/Krizz Kaliko/Kutt Calhoun/Big Scoob/Stevie Stone/¡Mayday! "I'm incredible, highly technical nympho triumph, raw intricate," Tech N9ne spits in "He's a Mental Giant!" The self-explanatory first single off his 12th and latest LP. All 6's And 7's, finds the tatted indie hip-hop icon collabing with guests like Snoop Dogg, Yelawolf and Lil Wayne, and waxing on his usual range of wickedly dark topics, his rhymes strung together spitfire-quick and slowed down to easy molasses for effect. A crew of artists signed to his Strange Music label join Tech on his current 82-date tour. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

AntiWarpt Festival The second annual event has expanded to eight venues in downtown St. Pete. For more info, see p. 40. (downtown St. Petersburg)

Mary Wilson The songstress and founding member of The Supremes whose best-selling autobiography, Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme, inspired Broadway's Dreamgirls and the Academy Award-winning film that followed performs an intimate concert that'll likely include classic R&B pop songs like "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and "Baby Love." A portion of ticket proceeds benefit All Children's Hospital. (The Club at Treasure Island, Treasure Island)

SUN 31

Justin Roberts & The Not Ready For Naptime Players Indie rock's answer to Raffi, Minneapolis-based singer, songwriter and school teacher Justin Roberts (Pimentos for Gus) mines nostalgia for subject matter and has recorded seven albums of clever, family-friendly emo-pop songs like "Gym Class Parachute" (off his latest, 2010's Jungle Gym), "Willy Was a Whale," and "Not Naptime," among others. WMNF kicks-off this children's show at 2 p.m. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Vans Warped Tour w/A Day To Remember/Less Than Jake/Yelawolf/Devil Wears Prada/Against Me!/We Came As Roman/Lucero/Many more Depending on your age, the annual traveling circus of widely-approved-of cool known as the Vans Warped Tour can be either the day of sweaty communion you've waited for all year, or an annual reminder of the cultural disconnection that comes with encroaching middle age. This installment seems particularly varied in terms of musical style, but it also seems fairly light on the venerable punk-scene household names that usually pull the old-timers, grumbling, into Vinoy Park. From the unique perspectives on hip-hop of Yelawolf and MC Lars to screamo of I Set My Friends on Fire, there's something for everyone — and in the cases of twang-punk populists Against Me! and ska-pop lifers Less Than Jake, that's especially (and literally) true. (Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg) —SH

Alien Ant Farm w/Me Talk Pretty/Seven Years Past/Devil Made Microphones/Drastic Fall/Ins And Outs Four-piece alt-rock band Alien Ant Farm has been dishing out angsty rock anthems for more than a decade, their 2001 cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" putting them on the map and earning them a No. 1 spot on the Billboard Modern Rock charts with their crunchy guitars, fast-paced and constantly crashing drumming, and the grungy yet warm vocals of lead singer Dryden Mitchell. The song was re-mastered and re-released on the soundtrack to the superhero action flick, The Green Hornet. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —KC

Antiwarpt Hangover Helper feat. The Lambasters & Special Guests The super special (and right now, super secret) guests joining blues-rock outfit Lambasters will be announced at AntiWarpt. Be there or show up at Ella's to find out just who it is. (Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa)


Kings of Leon w/Band of Horses Everybody loves Kings of Leon ... except my wife, and Shaun. What's up with my wife, and Shaun? Or, rather, what's up with the Kings' unique combination of roots influence, pop smarts and druggy execution that it should coalesce in such a way as to rub my wife, and Shaun, the wrong way? We (read: I) may never know, exactly, and at this point, it's pretty much moot, because as I said, everybody else loves Kings of Leon. You know what my wife loves that everybody else also loves? Band of Horses' melancholy tunes that sound like the place where the prairie meets the swamp. Shaun, well, I don't know how he feels about 'em. (1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa) —SH

WED 03

Lil Wayne w/Far East Movement/Rick Ross/Keri Hilson/Lloyd/Porcelain Black Lil Wayne, biggest rap star to come out of New Orleans, served eight months in prison last year for attempted gun possession and still managed to come out on top; the album he recorded in 2010 prior to serving his term, I Am Not a Human Being, was released and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. Tha Carter IV, his ninth LP and much-anticipated follow-up, is due out in late August. He brings his current tour of heavy-hitting performers to town, including electro-hop quartet Far East Movemen and fresh n' lovely R&B songstress Keri Hilson. (1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater, Tampa)

10 Years w/Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster/Echoes The Fall Tennessee alt metal outfit 10 years has released five albums and seen eight songs hit the Top 40 Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, including 2005's "Wasteland." (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)


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