The Toadies play at the Ritz in Ybor City

The band will perform its entire classic album 'Rubberneck'

May 15, 2014 

The Toadies perform their seminal album "Rubberneck" tonight at Ritz Theatre in Tampa's Ybor City. PUBLICITY PHOTO

If you were into alternative music in the mid-1990s, you were into "Rubberneck," the debut album by the Toadies. The album and its best-known song, "Possum Kingdom," were among the seminal recordings of the era.

The Toadies never had that kind of success again, but they've kept plugging away, and "Rubberneck" sounds as good today as it did in 1994.

Earlier this year, the Austin-based band re-mastered and re-released "Rubberneck" on CD and vinyl, with some great bonus tracks.

Now they're touring the country playing the entire album, start to finish, in concert.

That's what they'll be doing when they come to the Ritz Theatre in Tampa's Ybor City.

Most of the band's current lineup has been together since 1996, and lead vocalist/guitarist Vaden Todd Lewis and drummer Mark Rezineck played on "Rubberneck."

Joining them in Tampa -- and in fact on the entire tour -- are Supersuckers, another resolute band from the '90s alt scene, and folk-ish band Battleme, a project of former Lions singer Matt Drenik.

Supersuckers were prolific Sub Pop artists in the '90s. Their creative peak was arguably the 1994 album "Le Mano Cornudo," but they've recorded continuously and have some great albums, including some country records.

Battleme is probably best known from having several of its songs, including a cover of Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My," featured on the TV show "Sons of Anarchy."

Details: 7 p.m. (doors) May 15, Ritz Theatre, 1501 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. Tickets: $23.75. Information: 813-247-2555, theritzybor.com.

-- Marty Clear

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