Tonight in live music: Appleseed Collective, Starlito with Don Trip, Mothers + more

An impressive slate of concerts are happening on this Fri., Jan. 15. Breakdown here, plus a peek at the weekend ahead.

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Benjamin Weatherston
Appleseed Collective

Lots happening on this Fri., Jan. 15. Take a look at the breakdown below, then peep what's coming up this weekend.

Appleseed Collective Appleseed Collective is practically living down here for the latest series of dates in Florida  behind a fresh concert LP, Live at The Ark, which showcases the Michigan band’s self-styled “progressive string swing” (dusty bouncing Americana with distinctive Django-gypsy influence) and all acoustic instrumentation (guitar, violin, mandolin, washboard/percussion, upright bass). Appleseed Collective also performs at Ale and the Witch in St. Pete on Saturday, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Tampa on Sunday. (Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, Tampa)

Starlito with Don Trip called Starlito’s songs “memoirs of a life that blurs the line between lawless social outcast and prophetic cultural hero.” He has a molasses slow drawl and the production qualities on his new Inversion mixtape are equally lethargic. While Starlito came up affiliated with Yo Gotti, Lil Wayne and the Young Money crew, frequent collaborator Don Trip (who performs with Starlito as one-half of Step Brothers and joins him on his current tour) was discovered by Cee Lo Green (he laid down a hook on Don Trip’s 2011 single “Letter to My Son”), and has a more aggressive rhyme-flinging style and sound. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Scott Stapp The deep-voiced frontman of on-hiatus-until-further-notice rock band Creed has a few solo albums out – the last was 2013’s Proof of Life – and he takes that material on the road as backed by a full band. Don’t fret, however; he peppers his sets with Creed hits, too. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

Albert Cummings
A blues guitarist who’s played with the likes of BB King and Buddy Guy, and recorded his latest album and Blind Pig Records release, 2015’s Someone Like You, with famed Prince producer David Z. (Florida Avenue Brewing Co., Tampa)

Brother Brother, David Julia North Carolina siblings Bradley and Brett Anderson ply a blend of alt folk, newgrass and Americana as Brother Brother, pitting pitch-perfect high-toned vocal harmonies over picked and plucked acoustic guitar and banjo melodies. Sharing the bill is 14-year-old South Florida blues guitar phenom David Julia. (UU Dome at UU Church, Tampa)

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. A jazz singer who won the sixth season of America’s Got Talent with a spot-on rendition of “My Way,” and followed it with a debut album, That’s Life, jam-packed with other Sinatra standards. (Jaeb Theater at the Straz, Tampa)

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Mothers with DieAlps!, Soapbox Soliloquy Paper Bag listed Mothers as one of ‘10 Musicians to Watch in 2016,’ debut single “No Crying In Baseball” marked by interweaving notes of dissonant guitar and ambling tempos that slow down to a crawl about half-way through as the potent-pretty vocals of frontwoman Kristine Leschper wheel and soar in streams of raw consciousness over top. She told Stereogum the track is about being “willfully vulnerable,” and the album that spawned it, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, is due out in February. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

TroyBoi London trap DJ/producer TroyBoi has risen in the EDM ranks by way of a few notable 2015 collabs, first in “Soundclash” with Flosstrodamus, then later that fall in his “Afterhours” joint with Diplo and Nina Sky. New track “Ili” is built on a groove-womping riff of synths, soulful female vocals spliced into an “I like it” refrain, and wheeling and bumping hip hop-and-electro-rooted beats. (Amphitheatre Event Facility, Ybor City)

The Soft Moon w/Empire Cinema/Sleeping Pills Killing Joke may have canceled but the show is going on as planned, with tour opener The Soft Moon — a post-punk outfit from Oakland, Calif. that infuses their bleak sound with Krauty, Dark Wave, psychedelic and industrial texture — taking up the headlining slot. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Teach Me Equals, PLEASURES, Not a Planet, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children Teach Me Equals couple Greg Bortnichak (cello, sequencing, vocals) and Erin Murphy (guitar, vocals, violin) finally tied the knot and are celebrating their nuptials with a big ol’ multi-band blowout in their Sarasota hometown. Luckily for us, we’re close enough that the art rock duo booked this Friday night date featuring a few of the acts that’ll be joining them on Sunday – fellow Sarasotan electro-psych rock grinders PLEASURES, soulfully propulsive indie rock trio Not a Planet, from Kansas City, and Atlanta’s trippy-forlorn folk outfit, Spirits of the Melchizedek Children. (The Amsterdam, St. Petersburg)

The Standard feat. Yourhighness/No Name MC/Rook Da Ruckus/Eyezenpowa/Queen of Ex/Haze Ala and Nova Nick/Theo Lane/Dennis Amadeus/Cotton El Murkot/Sista Tria/Aja Lorraine/ABR
Crowbar, Ybor City
Kate Callahan w/Alice Wallace The Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
Tab Benoit w/Dre and The Collective Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)
The Groove Orient Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin
Under the Willow Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
FLAW/Together in Exile/Cunningham Wake/Atom N Evol/Breathing Theory Brass Mug, Tampa
The Standard feat. Yourhighness/No Name MC/Rook Da Ruckus/Eyezenpowa/Queen of Ex/Haze Ala and Nova Nick/Theo Lane/Dennis Amadeus/Cotton El Murkot/Sista Tria/Aja Lorraine/ABR Crowbar, Ybor City
Kate Callahan w/Alice Wallace The Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
Tab Benoit w/Dre and The Collective Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa
Devon Allman Band Ace's Lounge, Bradenton
The Colleen & Andy Show Three Birds Tavern, St. Petersburg
The Groove Orient Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin
Under the Willow Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
DJ Kalani Emerald Bar, St. Petersburg
Organ Concert: Michael Hey SPC Music Center, St. Petersburg

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Music Fest w/Jonathan Butler/Angie Stone/many more
Sat.-Sun., Jan. 16-17, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa
Paul Anka Sat., Jan. 16, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
Reverend Horton Heat w/Nashville Pussy/Unknown Hinson/Igor & the Red Elvises Sat., Jan. 16, State Theatre, St. Petersburg
‘90s Throwback Party w/The Cheaters Sat., Jan. 16, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa
The Surfrider Foundation 2016 Kick Off Party Sat., Jan. 16, The Bends, St. Petersburg
Psycho Realms Benefit Sat., Jan. 16, Brass Mug, Tampa
La Lucha Plays the ‘80s Sat., Jan. 16, Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg
Peter Yarrow Sat., Jan. 16, Largo Cultural Center, Largo
Meatspace w/Bloodbath And Beyond/Drastic Fall/The Dood/Atom N Evol/Almost Something Sat., Jan. 16, Local 662, St. Petersburg
Sunshine Music & Blues Festival Sat., Jan. 16, Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg
Lauren Mitchell Band w/Billy Seward Sat., Jan. 16, The Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg
SHREDTVT Mixtape Release Party w/Ness Lee/Joe Stu/B. RUSS/King Ratliff/Rival/Infinite Skillz/The Real Clash/AM I AM/Citizen Prophet/QueenOfEx/Mickey Spixx Sat., Jan. 16, Fubar, St. Petersburg
Vocalosity Sat., Jan. 16, Ferguson Hall at Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa
2nd Annual Grandiversary Block Party! w/Meg Shannon Music/Moon Flag/Mave's Arcade/The Sticky Keys/Jeff Brawer Sat., Jan. 16, Grand Central District, St. Petersburg
Gibtown Bike Fest w/Molly Hatchet Sat., Jan. 16, Gibtown Bike Fest Festival Grounds, Riverview
Edgar Allan Poe Birthday Bash 4 w/Direwood/Laghima/LILITH/Shifted Grimm/DJ Dr. Grim/DEA and Saint/Whitey Alabastard Sat., Jan. 16, Venture Compound, St. Petersburg
Car Bomb Driver/Kevin K Band/The Works Sat., Jan. 16, The Amsterdam, St. Petersburg
Winter Jam w/For King & Country/Matthew West/Crowder/RED/Sidewalk Prophets/NewSong/KB Tedashii Trip Lee/Lauren Daigle Sat., Jan. 16, Amalie Arena, Tampa
John Clark/Robin Rogers/Steve Vaclavik Sat., Jan. 16, Beer and Brownies, Tampa
Dawns w/Culture Vulture/Ninehorn Sun., Jan. 17, Microgroove, Tampa
Soul Circus Cowboys Album Release Party Sun., Jan. 17, Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa
The 24th Street Wailers Sun., Jan. 17, Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
Row Jomah/Mark Daffer Trio Sun., Jan. 17, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin
King Friday/The Tim Version/Science Sun., Jan. 17, The Bends, St. Petersburg
Beyond A Lifetime Comeback Show w/And One For All/The Iliad/Lordis/King Exile/Unsung Destroyer/Untoten Krieg/Seek Well Sun., Jan. 17, Brass Mug, Tampa
Simon & Son presents: One Piano 4 Hands Sun., Jan. 17, Largo Cultural Center, Largo