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The Casualties, Valerie Gillespie Trio, Summer Jam III

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Thursday, June 21

THE CASUALTIES w/A GLOBAL THREAT/TIME AGAIN NYC quartet The Casualties don't do a damn thing to poppify their brand of old-school, Sex Pistols-with-chops style of punk. Since 1990, the spiked-hair-and-black-leather-jacket-wearing rockers have delivered taut, explosive melodies over which singer Jorge Herrera unleashes a snotty, British-indebted growl that occasionally slips into screamo territory — but never for too long. As fate would have it, The Casualties' refusal to bow to trends appears to be paying off, with their last album becoming their first to crack the Billboard 200. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

STAND BACK w/TAILGUNNER JOE AND THE EARLS OF SLANDER Crowbar turns juke joint with this bill of blues-rockin' Bay area bands. Stand Back bring the stompin' rowdiness and sizzling slide guitar; Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander offer punk-inspired vocals and a countrified bounce. Both will keep you dancing throughout the night. (Crowbar, Ybor City) —Leilani Polk

PEELANDER-Z w/TRES BIEN Billed as "the Japanese Action Comic Band," the NYC trio dresses in costumes that make 'em look like they just stepped out of an anime show. The band plays fast and loose with annoying, nonsensical vocals that grate the ears. There's someone, somewhere, who thinks this crap is genius. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Friday, June 22

CAR BOMB DRIVER w/JOHNNY ZOOM CHEERLEADER SQUAD/BONY FIEND Three chords and a cloud of dust. Hilarious lyrics about donuts, beer and balls. A not-so-young frontman bounding around the stage like a 10-year-old on a Kool Aid buzz. That's Car Bomb Driver, one of our favorite local punk bands. (Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg)

THE VALERIE GILLESPIE TRIO Saxophonist Gillespie was named one of Creative Loafing's Top 10 Women Musicians in Tampa Bay in our special Music issue. She can play fleet-fingered bebop (mostly on alto) but also go in a more contemporary direction. Gillespie also sings material associated with the likes of Nancy Wilson, Diana Krall and Shirley Horn. The show is part of the monthly series promoted by jazz impresario Rick Gee. The concert will take place in the intimate Bayview Room. Show time is 7:30. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg) —Eric Snider

NESSIE w/THE SEMIS/DEADLY FISTS OF KUNG-FU/SURLY Local scribe (and former CL music critic) Scott Harrell and his band Nessie are a feisty bar band packing some of the sturdiest tunes in town. Titled Like a Drunk with a Gun, the quartet's EP is power-pop with a touch of twang featuring Harrell's emotive vocals out front on smart, candid tales about relationship blunders ("Smarter than Dumb") and misadventures on the road ("The Process of Mythmaking.") Pensacola's Deadly Fists of Kung Fu — which for some reason have shackled themselves with a god-awful, pop-punk sounding band name — play a ragged, engaging brand of booze-rock à la The Replacements. Nessie and Deadly Fists join forces again, this time with support from Military Junior, on Saturday at The Emerald in St. Pete. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS This Atlanta picking ensemble is heavy on the twang — prominent fiddle, banjo, mandolin — with a whole lot of Grateful Dead coming through in their work, which includes originals and standards like "Orange Blossom Special." A cover of the Dead's "Black Muddy River" appears on their latest CD, Faces. They've also included a couple Jimmy Webb tunes over the years, including "Wichita Lineman" and "Highwayman." (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

K-CI & JOJO Duo responsible for the icky, pleading slow jams that passed for R&B in the 1990s had their biggest hit in 1997 with "All My Life." Their last chart entry was in 2002. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

FLICKSTOCK FEAT. MONTEREY POP AND UNCLE JOHN'S BAND Wanna dig something really groovy, man? WMNF kicks off its Flickstock series with a showing of D.A. Pennebaker's Monterey Pop, featuring such legendary acts as Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix (in a scene where he kneels and lights his guitar on fire). This year is the 40th anniversary of the seminal festival. As a welcome bonus, the Bay area Grateful Dead tribute group, Uncle John's Band, will perform music from the film after the first screening (6:45 p.m.) and before the second (9:30). There's a separate admission ($7) for each showing. After checking IMDB.com, it looks to me as if the Dead don't appear in Monterey Pop, but UJB is a versatile unit that can play just about anything from the Summer of Love. And one more bonus: a 19-minute film that captured Redding's entire performance (not to digress, but doesn't that mean Otis did a 19-minute set at Monterey Pop? Now that's a short night's work). (Beach Theatre, St. Pete Beach) —ES

LAST GREAT HOPE/MUPHIN CHUCKRS/THIRD SOCIETY This is the only gig listed on Last Great Hope's MySpace page before a pair of dates with the Warped Tour next month. The Warped connection alone should tell you plenty about the Venice band's sound: a catchy, sneering power-pop-punk goulash. Muphin Chuckrs work similar territory, but Third Society bring a heavier, slower kind of rock. (The Clubhouse Tavern, Sarasota) —Cooper Levey-Baker

GREYMARKET/AUDITORIUM/PROVAL Sonically ambitious in a way most southwest Florida rock bands simply aren't, GreyMarket mix the wide-angle-lens sweep of Radiohead and all its clones with whiz-bang electronic touches. With the addition of St. Pete-based art-rockers Auditorium, this show is further proof that Rasher Tierney's is booking some of the best rock on the Suncoast. (Rasher Tierney's, Bradenton) —CLB

Saturday, June 23

SUMMER JAM III (VENUE A) w/VOXTROT/THE DARK ROMANTICS/BLAC SOAP/THE SUGAR OAKS/AYCH/E.P/ROPPONGI'S ACE Aestheticized Presents' double-venue throwdown (see top of next page) features mostly local acts that regularly play Ybor City's Crowbar and New World Brewery, but the night's headliner is national indie buzz band Voxtrot. Based in Austin, Texas, the quintet offers literary lyrics over light techno beats and soaring string sections. Their lead singer moved to Glasgow to study English lit and meet with his heroes from Belle and Sebastian before returning to Texas to revive the band (see music feature p. 43). Lakeland quartet The Dark Romantics play a toned-down brand of glam, while Tampa rapper Blac Soap is a "Thug Hippy," according to the amusing song of the same title. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

CHRIS DUARTE GROUP w/STARFISH AND COFFEE Back in the '90s, Duarte flirted with all-out guitar herodom; his rock-intensive take on the blues and his animated stage presence made him a pretty significant concert draw. Duarte's popularity has since faded considerably, and that's because he never was able to escape the stylistic shadow of Stevie Ray Vaughan (that's my theory, at least). Starfish and Coffee is a new band led by former Collective Soul lead guitarist Ross Childress; S&A's music has a bit of a poppier feel than that of Childress' previous band. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) —ES

ZOSO The Largo Cultural Center has long been known for bringing in classic-rock B-listers with only a minimal number of original members left in the band: Little River Band, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels and the New Rascals (sans Felix Cavaliere). Now the venue is upping the cheese quotient with this week's offering of Zoso, a band that bills itself "as the ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience." We highly recommend you sit this one out. Invite some friends over and watch the Zeppelin DVD How the West Was Won or The Song Remains the Same, and, you know, keep your dignity intact. (More disconcerting news: For July 30, the Cultural Center has booked Idlewild South: Allman Brothers Tribute.) (Largo Cultural Center, Largo

Sunday, June 24

JORGE GARCIA & FEDERICO BRITOS The black-box Gorilla Theatre, where no seat is other than up-close and the sound is exquisite, hosts another jazz program, this time with an Afro-Cuban bent. Garcia is a Cuban-born guitarist who's played with Tony Bennett, Richie Cole and others. He'll be joined by violinist Britos, who hails from Uruguay and has performed with a roll call of jazz titans, from Ellington to Dizzy. Show starts at 6 p.m. (gorilla-theatre.com) (Gorilla Theatre, Tampa) —ES

BIG Z BAND Ten-piece band promises Motown hits. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

MONDAY, JUNE 25

BOB PATTERSON The Sarasota Folk Club's monthly Monday night concerts just steps away from the lapping waves of Sarasota Bay are one of the oft-overlooked treasures of local live music. Fans of the quieter stuff gather to hear excellent acoustic music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Down from St. Augustine, Bob Patterson visits the club this month and makes bearing the evening humidity totally worth it. (Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Sarasota) —CLB

TUESDAY, JUNE 26

COREY SMITH This singer/songwriter and former schoolteacher based in Athens, Ga., struck a major chord with graduating seniors in recent months with his tune "I'm Not Gonna Cry." Smith has a husky, inviting voice that makes good on a lyric about that special day when teenagers sport those "Sunday shoes and cap and gown." Yeah, the tune walks a fine line between tenderness and cliché — and it's a song any self-respecting hipster must hate — but, at the same time, it's easy to understand why it has been played more than 300,000 times on MySpace and garnered numerous gushing comments. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

WEDNESDAY, June 27

YOU IN SERIES w/NATIONAL PRODUCT/SOUND THE ALARM/BOREALIS Las Vegas five-piece You In Series offer sludgy art/alternative that's quite ambitious, but the results fall short of the mark, with the lead singer's thin, reedy voice unable to make good on the bombast of the tunes. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

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