Matisyahu brings his ever-evolving music to Tampa Theatre Saturday.

His lyrics may have softened but his music has more bite than ever

February 21, 2013 

Matisyahu has changed his sound almost as much as he's changed his look in eight years or so since his first album. You can get a look and a listen when he comes to the Tampa Theatre on Saturday.

The artists formerly known as Matthew Miller moved from the catchy but basic reggae rap of 2005's "Live at Stubb's" and the hit single "King Without a Crown" to the eclectic and occasionally high-tech pop of last year's "Spark Seeker." Meanwhile, the black garments and the long side locks from his days as music's first Hasidic superstar are gone, and now it turns out that he's actually kind of handsome. He's also abandoned his didactic orthodoxy for more contemplative messages

Anyway, although it's hard not to dwell on his looks, the real point is that his music is still very cool and distinctive, and even as he's become more of a pop artists he's kept incorporating Jewish influences into his music and lyrics.

Oh, by the way: after the concert there's another event, "Purim After-Show Party." For and additional $22 you can celebrate Purim with Matisyahu in Tampa Theatre.

Details: 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Tickets: $35.50-$58.50. Information: tampatheatre.org.

-- Marty Clear

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