5 Things to Do | July 21–27
We have an extremely musical week coming up this week, Pinelloids. And hey, as long as you’re already losing your mind in the depths of summer, it can’t hurt to have a decent soundtrack, right? Included are some of the week’s most recommended concerts (find out more by reading Daniel Veintimilla’s “Pinellas Live” column).
Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin IV
Friday July 21, 8 p.m.
The Classic Albums Live ensemble takes a very particular philosophical stance towards classic rock albums, promising ‘note for note, cut for cut’ live performances of the greats. Of course, that could seem to ignore the fact that a band like Zeppelin probably never performed classics like “Black Dog” and “Stairway to Heaven” exactly the same way twice. But given that Zeppelin haven’t played anything close to a full-lineup show in a decade, this may be your best bet to wind on down the road. $35-$50,
Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater
Pleasures w/Kolezanka, Freedback
Saturday, July 22, 10 p.m.
One word: Grimes. If you’re a fan of the weirdo mix of techno and dream pop served up by the Canadian weirdo also known as Clair Boucher, you’re going to flip for the hardcore elf-wave of St. Pete’s own Pleasures, who just dropped a stellar collection of remixes taken from their latest album. We’re calling it now — they’re gonna be famous (and in the meantime, you can have the utmost faith in the Bends’ taste in openers). Free admission.
The Bends, 919 First Ave. N., St. Pete.
Saturday, July 22
If you don’t have a ticket for this already, it might be too late. Dead Prez aren’t radio champions these days, but it’s still absolutely astonishing that one of the greatest hip hop groups of the early 2000s’ “backpacker” movement are playing a tiny dive bar in the ‘burg. This is the kind of show you’ll tell your grandkids about (probably, admittedly, to their utter disinterest).
6 pm, $20
Fubar, 658 Central Ave, St. Pete
Sex with Strangers
Wednesday-Friday through Aug. 6
This seems an appropriate context for a confession – we overlooked the opening of this new American Stage production last weekend. But forgive our lapse and go see this examination of various sorts of friction between what are, in the play’s world, book-loving Gen Xers and digital Gen Yers. The conceit sounds a bit contrived, but it’s by House of Cards writer Laura Eason and has gotten rave reviews. [Editor’s note: Read CP’s Assistant Editor Julie Garisto review here.] $39-$59
American Stage, 163 Third St. N., St. Pete
Unified, Thursday, July 27
Celebrating the women of Tampa Bay, this evening brings together poetry, live art, dance, and sculpture for an immersive tour of local talent. The performances will also frame a panel discussion on gender equality featuring a trio of local leaders. And it’s all for a good cause, with proceeds benefiting CASA and local food programs for the needy. $90-$100, 6 p.m. Open bar and hors d’oeuvres included. Read more here.
Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S., St. Pete
Planet Retro’s Dollar Hollar Vinyl Sidewalk Sale, on Saturday, July 22, is the most excellently curated record store south of the bridge. Who knows what this backstock clearance will yield. More Info Here.
WLCM2KNXVLL at the Bends, Thursday July 27. No clue how to pronounce the name, but with a cadre of local rappers lined up to rap over great beats, it’ll be a great party. More Info Here.
Randy Newman at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Nov. 19. This show from one of America’s greatest living songwriters is certain to sell out. Tickets here.