Wet Nurse, Thee Wilt Chamberlain, Me Chinese
A triple threat of rad local bands planned this especially trippy evening to celebrate Wet Nurse drummer Vanessa Brewster's birthday.
10 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, free
Start Making Sense
Talking Heads haven’t performed together in more than a decade, so this may be the only chance we have to experience a(nother) “live” Talking Heads show. Nostalgia wins: Like Jimmy Stewart creepily molding Kim Novak into his dead ex-lover, we gotta admit that sometimes a simulacrum is better than nothing. Thank you for sending me an angel? - Jessica Bryce Young Read more.
9 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Will's Pub, $10-$12
Silky-smooth Portland, Oregon, R&B singer Dan Vidmar sidles up to the Social this week with his slick new mixtape, 4WZ.
8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Social, $12
Because Five Eight began in the ’90s, there’s a genuine thread of angsty alt-rock and post-punk that finds Mantione occasionally growling between his affecting proclamations. It’s a perfect pairing with local heroes the New Lows, whose sound has Jawbreaker leanings that help them evoke an equally distinct nostalgia for that sweet ’90s era that history remembers as a glom, but more attentive memories treasure for unique gems like Five Eight. Read more.
9 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Will's Pub, $8-$10
Big Guava Music Festival
Head to Tampa to catch the Strokes, Run the Jewels, Pixies, Ryan Adams, TV on the Radio, James Blake and more across four stages at one of Central Florida's favorite music festivals.
3 p.m. Friday, May 8; 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, $55-$350
Step 1: Turn the radio on. Step 2: Turn the radio up. Anyone singing your song? If not, Lisa Loeb can maybe fix that as she comes to town as part of her pop revival.
7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Plaza Live, $29.50-$39.50
"It is so different being a writer and being a performer," Lewis says. "But if I want to keep doing this – and I do – I have to fold the two into each other. And I find so much inspiration out on the road. I love writing in a shitty laundromat or a Motel 6. I find those places to be very fertile." Check out our interview with Jenny Lewis!
6 p.m., Sunday, May 10, at the Beacham, $25-$35
Soccer player/book-nerd-turned-pop artist Mat Kearney glosses over more rigid hip-hop sensibilities for a straightforward, folky take on the genre that perks ears.
6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at House of Blues, $21-$25
Minus the Bear
Minus the Bear freaks rejoiced when the rock band that clawed its way to the top on pure heart released Lost Loves, a collection of B-sides and rare unreleased tracks spanning the canon.
7:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, at the Social, $25
It’s immediately exciting, and imagining the immersive possibilities of catching this Canadian band live in our swampy state would be enough to get your heart checked in preparation. But add to that the fact that Metz is opening this show for L.A. surf-punks Fidlar – who have a rowdy release due out on Burger Records this year and we are hoping we might get a little preview of new songs – and the combination is sure to crush. Find your pulse before you miss out. Read more.
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Social, $15-$17
Canadian glam punks Zex join a formidable lineup of locals – Autarx, Nuka Waves and Coma Club – to unleash their buoyant oi-fest 2014 release, Fight for Yourself.
10:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall, $5