Peter Murphy, Aug. 6, The Orpheum - Peter Murphy, former frontman for goth godfathers Bauhaus, arrives in Ybor City with his newly-released solo album “Lion” in tow. The stark, symphonic-gothic-dance-punk record is his best work in a decade.
Crosby Stills & Nash, Aug. 9, Ruth Eckerd Hall - How's this for rock royalty? David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, twice—with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a second time with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively. The average age of a CSN member these days is 70, but they're still masters of the three-part harmony.
Linkin Park, Aug. 9, George M. Steinbrenner Field - It's the first concert at Steinbrenner Field since 1996, and the first since the park installed a massive, new video display system, partially in the hopes of bringing back live music. Linkin Park is technically headlining the Carnivores Tour, but soaring rockers 30 Seconds To Mars, with Oscar-winning frontman Jared Leto, will be the center of attention. AFI opens the show.
Feed Me, Aug. 10, The Ritz - Back from a self-imposed hiatus, British DJ and producer Feed Me creates electro house music infused with dubstep that has a magnetic groove reminiscent of Daft Punk. The Psychadelic Journey Tour also features Teeth.
Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden Aug. 11, MidFlorida Amphitheatre - This is an interesting lineup. Industrial heavies Nine Inch Nails, fresh off their great comeback with 2013's sparse, atmospheric “Hesitation Marks,” are on tour with '90s grunge kings Soundgarden, who are not-so-fresh of their so-so comeback album “King Animal.” Experimental hip hop group Death Grips, was supposed to open, but unfortunately they broke up. Dillinger Escape Plan has taken their place at the Tampa stop.
Urban Music Fest, Aug. 23, USF Sun Dome - If you love R&B, soul and a grown-folks vibe, there is no other concert that matters this month. Grammy-winner Anthony Hamilton headlines with Lyfe Jennings, Mali Music, Jazmine Sullivan and a performance by comic Kevin “Damn Fool” Simpson.
Miniature Tigers, Aug. 12, Crowbar - A Brooklyn indie band that adds some needed soulfulness to the synth pop scene. Prepare to feel feelings. The Griswolds and Finish Ticket open the show.
The Offspring, Aug. 14, MidFlorida Amphitheatre - Of all the tours going around the country this summer offering you a chance to relive your '90s heyday, the Summer Nationals Tour has the potential to be the best. Don't be surprised if California punks Bad Religion steal the show. Pennywise also performs.
Brad Paisley, Aug. 15, MidFlorida Amphitheatre - Paisley is getting great reviews for his tech-savvy tour, but don't be fooled. When it comes down to it, Paisley might be the best guitarist working in country music today, and that's what will make this one memorable.
One Republic, Aug. 16, MidFlorida Amphiteatre - Every song is an anthem with these guys, sort of like U2, who they've been known to cover in concert. “We play songs that we enjoy doing. Covering 'With Or Without You' makes so much sense for us since U2 is a big reason we formed this band,” guitarist Zach Filkins told the Tribune last August.
Motley Crue, Aug. 17, MidFlorida Amphitheatre - The All Bad Things Must Come to an End Tour really is your last chance to jam to the kings of rock excess and debauchery in person. The band went as far as signing a legal agreement promising to never perform again once the tour is over.
Southern Darkness Fest, Aug. 23, The Orpheum, Crowbar, Ybor Live - Metalheads know that Tampa is a metal mecca, and this three-venue festival featuring Pelican, Phobia, Black Tusk and about a dozen other bands is the heaviest of the year.
Summer Jam 10, Aug. 30, Crowbar and New World Brewery - The annual, late-summer fest in Ybor City celebrates its 10th year with another eclectic lineup of a dozen indie bands from the national and local stage. If you're looking for an introduction to Tampa's music scene, this is the fest to see. Some of the bands on the bill: Reptar, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Millionyoung, Beach Day and Have Gun, Will Travel.
Also notable this month: Yes, Aug. 2, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Under the Sun Tour, Aug. 3 Ruth Eckerd Hall; The Supervillains, Aug. 8, Jannus Live; Big Smo, Aug. 9, Jannus Live; F---face Unstoppable ft. Bam Margera, Aug. 11, Orpheum; Kishi Bashi, Aug. 12, New World Brewery; Big Data, Aug 12, Orpheum; OFF!, Aug. 15, The Local 662; Rock n Blues Hippiefest; Aug. 16, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Michael McDonald and Toto, Aug. 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Tori Amos, Aug. 22, Ruth Eckerd Hall; Memphis Music Fest, Aug. 8, The Mahaffey; Cisco Adler, Aug. 23, Jannus Live; Umphrey's McGee, Aug. 31, Jannus Live; Alien Ant Farm, Aug. 31, The State Theatre