Circus comes to town

Plus: Vagabond Swing, Black Tusk and more ...

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Circus w/Preson Philips Circus brews up folk and heartland rock with blues and pop rambunctiousness, drawing you in with the velvety-soulful vocals of lead singer/guitarist Patrick Alcine and contrasting backing vocals of bandmate Katie Peters, who has a robust soprano and powerful pipes she's not afraid to use. Also on the bill: spiritual folk pop singer, songwriter and real-life pastor, Preson Philips. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Third Annual Sarah Mac Band Christmas Show w/Grant Peeples Rich and husky singer, guitarist and songwriter Sarah Mac and her band, bassist Claire Swindell and guitarist Charlie Vanture, throw their third holiday party, mixing season fare into their catalog of original gospel-tinged blues and roots rock. The trio is joined by fellow Tallahassee musician, Americana/alt folkie-humorist and self-professed "Left Neck," Grant Peeples. (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg)

Skrillex w/12th Planet/Two Fresh/Nadastrom One of the hottest dubstep artists right now, Skrillex (aka Sonny John Moore) is only 23 years old and has already produced singles by the likes of Korn and Kaskade as well as remixing a slew of others. He's what you call "mainstream" — which is probably why this show has been sold out for the past few weeks now. (The RITZ Ybor, Ybor City)

SAT 17

Epilepsy Benefit Show w/Mr. Bella/TUG/The Dead Popes/The Groves/The Proper Crooks/Ink & Sweat Tampa hard rock quartet Mr. Bella, which is fronted by dulcet-toned howler Erinmarie Christian, headlines a bill of local rock music to raise awareness and funds for The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Gloriana Country music newbies Gloriana started gaining momentum with their gold-selling first single, "Wild at Heart," and No. 3 Billboard charting self-titled debut in 2009 and earned the Academy of Country Music's Award for Top New Vocal Group in 2010. The band — made up of singing and guitar playing brothers Tom and Mike Gossin, and harmonizing songbird Rachel Reinert — has been working on a sophomore follow-up and though a drop date hasn't been set for the forthcoming Emblem Music Group/ Warner Bros. release, they've already issued a few new songs and will likely try them out on this night. (Dallas Bull, Tampa)

Black Tusk w/MonstrO/Kyng/Hot Snakes Bubbling up from the swampy heavy metal hotbed of Savannah, Ga. is Black Tusk, a trio that brings a relentless groove to their stoner-sludge sound. gave their 2011 fourth LP and second on Relapse an "Album of the Week" spotlight in October, commenting that the band has gone from good with last year's Taste The Sin to great in this year's Set the Dial. Producer Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Skeletonwitch) gets credit, but so does the band for offering up more dynamic variation in addition to catchier moments, too. (Brass Mug, Tampa)

SUN 18

The Laurie Berkner Band Berkner is a preschool music teacher turned "kindie rock" recording artist who became one of the first to ever to appear in music videos on Nick Jr. and is featured in nearly all of the episodes of the channel's Jack's Big Music Show. Her band — Berkner on lead vocals and guitar with keyboardist Susie Lampert, bassist Adam Bernstein and drummer/percussionist Bobby Golden — is currently on the road to promote the release of their new DVD, Party Day! The theme of this year's tour is "Animal Party Concert!" and all pint-sized attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal to join in the fun. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

OS OVNI w/No Milk/Alien House Another indie experimental music showcase and WMNF outreach concert as organized by Brigid Ochshorn (the cutie on the cover of this month's Music Issue who's a musician, 'MNF DJ, engineer and producer). She sings and manipulates sound on keys in her own solo project, No Milk, on a bill with Austin's OS OVNI, a duo that pairs freaky-weird electro bleeptisms, fuzzed-out synth burps and other digital debris with spacey muffled vocals and programmed beats; Tampa acid-trippy echoing two-piece Alien House. (Mojo Books & Music, Tampa)

MON 19

The Irish Tenors The singing trio made up of tenors Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan may have been spawned by TV — they were originally put together by a group of producers for a PBS special in 1998 — but since then, The Irish Tenors have managed to work their own way to stardom with four more specials and nine albums (including the platinum-selling Ellis Island in 2001). Their most recent is 2010's seasonal Christmas, and this near-holiday show will likely be packed with selections from that album — "Go Tell It On The Mountain," "O Holy Night," "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and a "Sleigh Ride/Feliz Navidad" medley, among others. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

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