CKY This foursome took their name from and eventually grew in popularity due to the Camp Kill Yourself series of skate and prank videos created by Bam Margera, whose brother Jess is CKYs drummer. Their music has been featured in all four of the vids and in various other related projects (Jackass, Viva La Bam, Jackass: The Movie) as well in video games like Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3. As you can likely surmise, the music is brawny alt rock with heavy riffs, pleasantly gruff vocals and the odd synth melody. Thurs., July 30, 8 p.m., Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, $17.
Friday, July 31
Blazed and Confused Tour feat.[image-1]Stoopid w/Stephen Marley/Mickey Avalon Snoop Dogg is everyones favorite beanpole rapper. Slightly Stoopid does reggae rock with a hip-hop bounce. Both are West Coast tokers who arent afraid to tell the world about their smoking habits. Be prepared for a thorough pat down at the door and dont be surprised if you see a few drug-sniffing dogs. Fri., July 31, 6 p.m., USF Sun Dome, Tampa, $35.50.
Black Moth Super Rainbow The Pittsburgh, Pa.-based experimental rock outfit puts the psyche in psychedelic, though frontman Tobacco would rather think of his bands music as pop. Click here to read this week's feature on the band. Fri., July 31, (Crowbar, Ybor City) LP
REH on the Road: Flo Rida After the Rays play the Kansas City Royals, the Trop hosts an after-concert with Flo Rida, the rapper who produced the club-hoppin hit Low with T-Pain. You know it: She hit the floor (she hit the floor) / Next thing you know / Shawty got low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low. Fri., July 31, after the game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; the show is included with admission to the game. Tickets start at $19.
Jim Morey Band w/Sons of Hippies A bill featuring two solid local acts -- neo-Ragtime-Creole-jazz makers Jim Morey Band, and Sarasota-based electro-psychedelic alt rock duo-turned-trio Sons of Hippies. Fri., July 31, 9 p.m., The Garage, St. Petersburg, $5.
Not Tonight Josephine CD Release Party w/Stalling Dawn/Drew Street Mary/Ghost of Gloria Although the band is less than a year old, Tampas Not Tonight Josephine has already made the pages of *tbt and played at 97Xs Memorial Day Backyard BBQ. This CD release party celebrates the completion of the bands new EP, This Orphan Heart. The show will be webcast live at synclive.com and a song, Sunshine, recorded live for a forthcoming video. Fri., July 31, 7 p.m., State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $5 (all ages).
Saturday, Aug. 01
Atmosphere w/Eyedea & Abilities/Attracted to Gods Minneapolis indie hip-hop duo Atmosphere made up of rap artist Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (Anthony Davis) bring a smart and refreshing change to the bloated bravado found in much of modern hip-hop music. For more, click here. Sat., Aug. 1, 8 p.m., State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $21.
Mumpsy (pictured below) Record Release Party w/Win Win Winter/Mouse Fire Orlandos garage pop foursome Mumpsy produces music with an early Beatles feel, brimming with tender melodies, and brightened by tambourine and harmonica. The band marks the release of a four-song limited edition 7 vinyl album, Posturing, with a 10-show mini-tour that makes its second stop here. Sat., Aug. 1, 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.
Cracker w/Gringo Star Formed by David Lowery after the break-up of his other band, Camper Van Beethoven (which re-united in 2004), alt roots rockin foursome Cracker enjoyed a taste of mainstream fame via their 1993 Billboard charting hit, Low and its subsequent video featuring Sandra Bernhardt in a boxing ring. The foursome is currently touring in support of their ninth and latest studio album, Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey. Sat., Aug. 01, 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $15 in advance/$20 dos.
Poco and Pure Prairie League Poco has been making country rock since 1968, when it was formed by Richie Furay, Jim Messina and songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rusty Young after the demise of Buffalo Springfield. Both Furay and Messina abandoned the project less than five years in, but Young has kept the momentum going all on his own and led an ever-revolving lineup for the past few decades. Pocos folky, acoustic rock is marked by slide guitar, lap steel, banjo and mandolin, and gentle vocal harmonies. Pure Prairie League, also a country-rock band that was born in the late 60s, had its heyday in the mid-70s. Sat., Aug. 1, 9 p.m., The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $17.50-$52.50.
Sunday, Aug. 02
Torche w/House of Lightning/Averkiou The general metal-loving consensus seems to be that Torches second album, 2008s Meanderthal, is a brilliant slice of melodic and muscular sludge. The Miami-Atlanta trio headlines this all-ages show presented by Two Beards, which regularly brings worthy metal and punk acts to Tampa. Sun., Aug. 2, 8 p.m., Czar, Ybor City, $10 (all ages).
Sunday, Aug. 02 Miggs w/Gareth Asher/Ernie Halter Fronted by lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Don Miggs, three-piece rock outfit Miggs formerly of San Francisco, currently of Tampa was signed to Jersey indie label Rock Ridge Music for their June 2008 full-length, Unraveled, which includes a selection of radio-ready songs drawn from previous releases that have been given a production makeover. Sun., Aug. 2, 5 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $7 in advance/$10 dos.