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Thursday, Jan. 25

DJ SPOOKY THAT SUBLIMINAL KID Whizbang renaissance man Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) comes to USF for a lecture/presentation called Rhythm Science. It's free. For more on the program and Spooky his bad self, check out the Music feature on p. 55. (FAH 101, USF Tampa Campus) —Eric Snider

FRIDAY, JAN. 26

THURSDAY/MURDER BY DEATH/FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES/HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW While not nearly as awful as the description "melodic post-hardcore" might lead you to believe, Thursday does toss out the overly emotive lyrical clunkers just like you'd expect: "We were safe/ Now we're paralyzed/ Suspended in flight/ At this speed it makes no difference/ Where I start and where you end/ Or if you sit in an emergency aisle." That's how "At This Velocity" starts out and, hey, it may be good in-flight advice, but who wants flight-attendant rock? (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Cooper Levey-Baker

RONNIE BAKER BROOKS/TOMMY CASTRO/MAGIC DICK/DEANNA BOGART This one's billed as the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, and — with all respect to the artists — they're using the word "legend" rather loosely. The bill includes a solid compendium of road-dog veterans. To my ears, this show is also more straight blues than R&B. Brooks blends Chicago-style shuffles with riffy blues-rock and occasional splashes of funk. Castro roams all over the blues landscape. Bogart specializes in lighthearted whitebread blues. Magic Dick was the harmonica player in the J. Geils Band and has subsequently taken on a more bluesy approach. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) —ES

THE FRAY w/MUTE MATH Opening up for the big, arena-ready hooks of The Fray (playing, somewhat oddly, at a performing arts hall) is Mute Math, which managed the handy feat of unanimous selection to Creative Loafing's flock of bands to watch last April. Since then, the scratchy electro-rock act has released its Warner Bros. debut and received exposure in Spin and on Jimmy Kimmel Live. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —CLB

CLAIRE LYNCH BAND w/JACK WILLIAMS Claire Lynch enjoyed a quietly steady bluegrass career until her 1995 Rounder Records debut, Moonlighter, garnered her a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Since then, the Alabama songstress has made a name for herself in the modern bluegrass circuit, first with the Front Porch String Band and more recently with her own Claire Lynch Band. She's even managed to attract the attention of Dolly Parton, who's said that Lynch has "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." WMNF sponsors her Bay area show; Southern folk singer/songwriter Jack Williams opens. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) —Leilani Polk

CHRIS PROCTOR A whiz on the acoustic six-string guitar, this instrumental champ brings his fingerstyle technique to town. (Fogartyville Café, Bradenton) —CLB

SATURDAY, JAN. 27

AGNOSTIC FRONT w/MADBALL/RAMALLAH/IN THE BLOOD In the early '80s, American hardcore upped the ante on punk rock, taking what was a movement large enough to encompass bands like Talking Heads and Television and turning it into a breathtakingly streamlined form that relied on little but pure aggression. Just listen to Agnostic Front's 1984 debut, Victim in Pain, often name-checked as the seminal New York hardcore recording. As the 11 tracks zip by in just over 15 minutes, not a breath is wasted. Punk insiders quibble about the politics the band espouses, but it's difficult to detect much more than pure, universal misanthropy in the group's stance. Two decades — and countless lineup changes — later, the Front is still at it, mainlining its aggro anti-authoritarianism into slam-dancing veins all over. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —CLB

MASTERY/MYNDKILL/4 WAYS FALLEN/CONSINITY These dudes are bad. You can tell by the demonic-looking logos, the hellfire imagery and, oh yes, by their amazingly precise, rapid-fire thrash-metal technique. I don't even know how one could bang one's head along with music this fast. Evil. (Bourbon Street Night Club, New Port Richey) —CLB

BILL GAITHER The Gospel Music Hall of Famer and contemporary Christian artist has penned more than 600 songs, won the ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Century award with his songwriting partner and wife, Gloria, and is credited with being one of the first artists to go gold with an inspirational album. Other artists on his 2007 Give it Away Tour include Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Jessy Dixon, Jeff and Sheri Easter, and The Isaacs. (St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa) —LP

LOUIS DEMETRIUS ALVANIS The London-based classical pianist — who played his first recital at age 9 — has established a respectable international career performing a substantial repertoire that includes works by anyone from Baroque-era artists to contemporary composers. The program for this concert includes works by Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel and Chopin. (Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, Tarpon Springs) —LP

SUNDAY, JAN. 28

THE QUEERS/RIPTIDE The Queers, like the Ramones before them, have stayed remarkably faithful to their straight-up punk-pop sound for over two decades now, and they haven't grown up lyrically either. Their 2002 disc Pleasant Screams is loaded with songs with titles like "See You Later Fuckface," "I Never Got the Girl" and "Homo." (The Orpheum, Tampa) —CLB

MURPHY'S LAW/THE SCURVY/SPIRITS DOWN/PIG PEN Born of the NYC hardcore craze epitomized by Agnostic Front (see Jan. 27 entry), Murphy's Law tunes aren't quite as brutal as those of their predecessors. Thematically, the band rocks a more party-hearty vibe, a nice break from the dour politicos on the scene. (Bourbon Street Night Club, New Port Richey) —CLB

DAVID BROMBERG w/ANGEL BAND A veteran of the early '60s Greenwich Village folk scene, David Bromberg enjoyed cult success through the '70s, and has recently picked up the pace on his career. He'll be joined by Angel Band, three women who use their lovely voices to sing acoustic mountain music and other roots styles. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) —ES

MonDAY, JAN. 29

LEROY BELL After years of writing music for other artists, Seattle's acoustic soul singer/songwriter kicked off his own solo career in 2003. His first full-length album, 2006's Two Sides to Every Story, was written and recorded over the course of three years, and reflects the issues he feels are most important: love, humanity and individualism in a time of political and social flux. (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa) —LP

STEVE MARCH TORME The son of late crooner Mel Torme continues the legacy by singing songs from Pop's repertoire — in his own style, of course. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —ES

TUESDAY, JAN. 30

RICHARD GILEWITZ The ace fingerstyle guitarist — acoustic only, please — has established a nice niche as a touring artist and clinician. He brings his impressive technique to a local stage. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) —ES

FAIR TO MIDLAND A scribe for The Indie Scoop has described Texas' Fair to Midland as a "mutant offspring of Rush, Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, The Mars Volta, Gary Numan and Pantera." We'll go with that. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —ES

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31

AFI/SICK OF IT ALL/THE DEAR & DEPARTED AFI has accomplished the impressive feat of gradually easing up on its goth/hardcore roots and expanding its fan base without generating a monumental backlash. "Love Like Winter" — the big hit off last year's Decemberunderground — may be awful (you just can't sing, "Here, it's December every day") but not so awful that it can't be endured. And for the current crop of big alt-acts, that's saying something. This lineup performs Feb. 1 at Jannus as well. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg) —CLB

LOS LONELY BOYS The Garza brothers return to Tampa following the July '06 release of their second studio effort, Sacred, which builds upon the brothers' Mex-flavored roots-rock sound with soulful grooves, romantic ballads and a healthy dose of sugar-free pop. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) —LP

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