Drive-By Truckers, June 3 - The band's unpredictable Southern-fried country rock has attracted a loyal fan base and made them one of the most respected alt-country acts around, which lyrics that span history, folklore, politics, people and the spotty past of the South.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, June 5, The Orpheum - If you're a fan of this Philly-bred indie-rock band, this show has probably been on your radar for months. If you're not familiar with them, go listen to “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth,” and just try not to fall in love with Alec Ounsworth's cracking, urgent, ragtag vocal as he sings about his desperate need for a change of scenery.
Weezer, June 7, Tropicana Field - Buy a ticket to see the Rays play the Mariners and you'll also get a postgame concert by Weezer. That's a good deal. Even better: spend an extra $10 and you'll get a pass to go onto the field and watch the concert from there. The band just celebrated the 20th anniversary of its self-titled masterpiece of a debut (aka “the blue album”), and upon recent review, it still sounds as perfect as ever.
Summerland Tour, June 14, Vinoy Park - Everclear headlines this annual '90s nostalgia tour in downtown St. Pete, this time with Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog in the lineup, and it's completely free.
Deafheaven, June 17, Crowbar - Take the angriest, most-frustrated black metal screaming you can imagine and combine it with the prettiest of floating, shoegazy guitar sounds, and an onslaught of roiling drums. That is the sound of Deafhaven. Their album “Sunbather” is something to get lost in. Live? Who knows what to expect.
Cut Copy, June 17, Ritz Ybor - I really enjoy the way the Australian quartet's label describes its music, so I'll just quote from there: “The music of Cut Copy is like rediscovering lost memories and hearing the sound of the future both at the same time, and making you want to grow a discoball for a head and electric guitars for arms.”
Moon Hooch, June 18, Crowbar - I first encountered Moon Hooch in a New York subway station. They were two saxophonists and a drummer busking for money, like countless others. The difference was that their crazy, let-loose-and-party-down music was forcing people to actually pay attention, and suddenly I was watching a crazy, underground dance party. They're pure instrumental fun.
Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry with Plain White Ts, June 20, MidFlorida Amphitheatre - After 25 years, 10 albums and millions of records sold, kings of adult contemporary radio The Goo Goo Dolls just keep on making solid, fan-pleasing alt-rock that's buoyant, summery and thoughtful, even if it's not envelope pushing in the slightest. They do what they do, they do it well, and their stop at the amphitheater last August (with Matchbox 20) was a crowd-pleaser.
The Voice Tour, June 25, Straz Center - It will be a Bay area homecoming for the winner of “The Voice,” Sarasota resident Josh Kaufman, as he headlines a group of finalists from the latest season of the NBC reality series, plus others, including Season 5 champion Tessanne Chin.
Phantogram, June 29, Ritz Ybor - The New York electro-pop duo makes music to move to, with big, gritty, hip-hop beats, smooth synths and samples that keep you on your toes with their constant shifting. Sarah Barthel's soothing voice is the icing on that musical cake.
Katy Perry, June 30, Forum - We already know the pop megastar will perform hits “Roar,” “Darkhorse,” “Last Night,” “California Gurls” and “E.T.” and others on her long list of No. 1 singles, but the bigger question remains: will her bra shoot whipped cream or fireworks? Get ready for a visual spectacle, with Capital Cities opening the show.
Other concerts worth knowing about this month:
Keb Mo, June 5, Capitol Theatre; LeAnn Rimes, June 6, Hard Rock; Boston, June 6, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Andrew Jackson Jihad, June 6, Crowbar; Juliet Simms, June 7, Crowbar; Black Star Riders, June 9, State Theatre; Little Dragon, June 11, The Orpheum; Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket, June 11, Straz Center; The Wanted, June 11, Jannus Live; Victims of Circumstance, June 14, State Theatre; Cage the Elephant and Bear Hands, June 16, Jannus Live; Say Anything, June 18, Ritz Ybor; Lil Boosie, June 20, The Forum; Andy Grammer, June 20, Capitol Theatre; The 'O Jays, June 21, Tropicana Field; Rebelution, June 25, Jannus Live