Do It Today: Music madness, from Melissa Etheridge in Tampa to Crowded House in Clearwater, SOJA in St. Pete and The Fixx in Largo

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The band broke up in 1996, reconnected a decade later after the death of founding member Paul Hester, and in 2006, recorded and released Time on Earth, and hit No. 1 on Australia’s ARIA Album Charts. After listening to its 2010 follow-up, and despite my relatively light history with the band, I think it’s safe to say that Crowded House is still on the right track back, dipping into dreamy psychedelia in such a way that’s tasteful, relevant and unexpectedly delightful. Weds., July 28, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, rutheckerd.com. --Leilani Polk


Virginia-based SOJA (short for Soldiers of Jah Army) purveys a Sublime-influenced brand of politically-charged, horn-infused dub reggae rock. The Movement and Groove Stain open. Weds., July 28, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, statetheatreconcerts.com. --Leilani Polk


The English New Wave band enjoyed their heyday in 1983 with their commercially successful, Reach the Beach, which includes The Fixx’s one and only hit, “One Thing Leads to Another.” While the fivesome still tours regularly, they haven’t released a new record in more than seven years. Weds., July 28, Largo Cultural Center, Largo, largoevents.com. --Leilani Polk

We all know Melissa Etheridge for her raspy, throaty wail in commanding ‘90s-era AC rock ballads like “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One” and “I Want to Come Over.” The rockin’ singer-songwriter has been nominated for 15 Grammys (she won two), took home a “Best Original Song” Oscar in 2007 for “I Need to Wake Up,” a number she wrote for the documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and is currently on tour in support of her 10th studio album, Fearless Love, which dropped in April. (Pictured: Melissa Etheridge. Photo by Lester Cohen) Weds., July 28, Straz Performing Arts Center, Tampa, strazcenter.org. —Leilani Polk

Admittedly, up until a few weeks ago, the only songs I knew by Australian melodic rock/alt pop foursome Crowded House were the two 80s-era ones that were Top 40 hits in America — “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “Something So Strong.” But when one of my writers used words like “adventurous” and “intricate” and “creative peak” when he recommended the band’s just-released sixth album, Intriguer, my interest was piqued.

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