KICK YOUR HEELS UP: The Isley Brothers
You could write a hit musical about the life of the Isley Brothers — the early hit-filled days of the '50s and '60s, their influence on the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, their second life supplying samples to rappers like Public Enemy (Fight the Power) and the Notorious B.I.G. (Big Poppa). "At some point, somebody'll do it," said guitarist Ernie Isley. "I don't know who'll play Ronald, though." Yeah, filling the shoes of founding singer Ronald "Mr. Biggs" Isley would be tough. But you just know there would be a killer climactic dance scene set to 1959's Shout. "That's usually the last song we do, and of course, everybody knows it," Ernie said. "It's the rock and roll equivalent of Happy Birthday."
And at 7 p.m. Sunday, they'll play the Mahaffey Theater (400 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg), performing not just Shout, but also Twist and Shout, It's Your Thing, Between the Sheets and more. $39.50 and up. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.
For more with Ernie Isley, see tampabay.com/soundcheck.
MR. LOVER LOVER: Beres Hammond
Beres Hammond's concerts have become all-ages affairs. "It's like a flower garden," said the 65-year-old reggae legend. "You see all different kinds of flowers, and you see different ages. I've seen from 13 years old up to about 60, 70, so that's a good sign, man. It's always a beautiful thing." Hammond has long been called the king of lovers rock, a subgenre akin to smooth, romantic R&B (his inspirations include Sam Cooke and Otis Redding). 8 p.m. Friday, Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. in Clearwater. $39 and up. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.
ICELANDIC ULTRA BLUES: Kaleo
When you think of the music of Iceland, you think of the soundscapes of Sigur Rós, the eccentricity of Bjork, the folk of Of Monsters and Men. You don't necessarily think of the electrified Delta blues of Kaleo. But the group has brought that sound down from the Arctic Circle in a big way, scoring a hit with Way Down We Go, and evoking Kings of Leon and Bon Iver on album A/B. 97X will bring Kaleo in for a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jannus Live, 200 First St. S, St. Petersburg. You do need a ticket — see 97xonline.com for spots to grab one — but having one doesn't guarantee entry. Get in line early, and check out openers the Infinite Eights and WD-HAN. This show was originally scheduled for July, and tickets issued then will be good at this show.
DAN BANDS: Show Biz Kids, Donald Fagen
It's always fun when a tribute band has a local gig the same week as the act they honor. Case in point: The Steely Dan cover band Show Biz Kids, a dynamic 12-piece collective from Tampa, takes the stage at 850-seat Hough Hall at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, at 8 p.m. Saturday. $20 and up. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org. If you're hitting that show, odds are you also have a ticket to see Donald Fagen and the Nightflyers, a new project by the Steely Dan co-founder that'll see him performing both solo and Steely Dan material. 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
THEIR CITY: DieAlps!
After five years, Tampa indie rockers DieAlps! finally have an album: Our City, 12 excellent songs of dreamy guitars, gauzy grandeur and heart-on-sleeve melody. They'll release it at 8 p.m. Friday at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Pohgoh and Kerry Courtney will open. See facebook.com/diealps.
To mark the occasion, singer-guitarists (and husband and wife) Connie and Frank Calcaterra shared some of the spots in their city that inspired Our City.
Cuscaden Pool: "The album picture (above) is this historic pool that just opened in Ybor that had been shut down for several years," Connie said. "People that used to go there as kids now go there again as old people, which is kind of cool."
New World Brewery: "New World is our home away from home," Frank said. "Connie and I almost moved to Ybor because of that venue because we're there all the time. Now they're shutting down, and everyone's really sad." (For more about the closing, see tampabay.com/soundcheck.)
Microgroove: DieAlps! has often played the shop run by their label heads Keith and Susie Ulrey. "Being at their record store, watching shows there, all these places have contributed (to DieAlps!)," Connie said.