CL's picks for the week's best shows

The Vibrators, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Jamie Cullum

THURSDAY, Oct. 05

THE VIBRATORS Back in '76, this London punk act took the stage for the first time, opening for legendary cult-punk act The Stranglers. Thirty years later, band founders Knox (vocals/guitar) and Eddie (drums) are still at it, currently with bassist Pete. The band never regained the underground heights attained by its first (and still best-selling) album, '77's Pure Mania, but tonight's gig should serve as an interesting trip back to the heyday of Brit-punk. (Brass Mug, Tampa)

HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW/ED GEIN/THE BANNER/NIGHTS LIKE THESE The appropriately named Heavy Heavy Low Low does that whole spaz-core thing that was kind of popular a couple of years ago, but does it with an interesting originality — you can actually follow the band's songs most of the way through. Having toured with just about every other noise-core group out there, HHLL is currently out with Ed Gein, a Syracuse trio with a slightly more straightforward and metallic sound. Generic New Jersey screamo act The Banner and Memphis' psychotic Nights Like These provide support. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

JAZZ NIGHT w/TOM CARABASI There's no reason for Tom Carabasi's gig at Sarasota's Khrome to be criminally neglected despite the just-barely-breathing jazz scene in town. No matter how many people show up, the full-time Ringling School of Art and Design professor and part-time drummer still leads one hell of a band, banging out the bebop and the swinging Brazilian tunes with aplomb. (Khrome, Sarasota) —Cooper Levey-Baker

FRIDAY, Oct. 06

SOUND TRIBE SECTOR 9 The hard-touring Sound Tribe Sector 9 was one of the first amid the East Coast jam scene to stand out by incorporating healthy portions of dance-music influence into its lush sonic tapestry. Elements of world styles, from dub to mystical Eastern and Central American, also find their way into an aural character that eschews lengthy solos in favor of ceaselessly building up and stripping down soundscapes established on repetitive grooves. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

GENT TREADLY w/TOM CONSTANTEN NYC jam act Gent Treadly makes another Skipperdome appearance. The band, a sort of supergroup whose core is made up of veterans of the Big Apple jam/post-jazz scene, is tighter and more musically literate than your average jam act; the fact that members of every group from the Dead and Phish to The Band have relished an opportunity to jump onstage with Gent Treadly should tell you something. This time around, second Dead keyboardist Constanten joins the musical fray. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

MOUNTAIN Black Sabbath gets most of the credit for unleashing heavy metal in the early '70s, but you could certainly make a case that Mountain was in the mix. Of course, it depends on your definition of metal, but to these ears "Mississippi Queen" certainly had the guitar crunch necessary to make the grade. And the song made the American charts six months before Black Sabbath's "Paranoid." Metal or not, Mountain had a good '70s run, and then faded, so the band's influence is not as pervasive. But we're betting that Leslie West can still spray around some nasty blues-rock licks. I can't absolutely confirm this, but it seems quite possible that original Moutaineers Felix Pappalardi and drummer Corky Laing are part of the current band as well. Oh, and for those of you who remember: Leslie West isn't fat anymore (if his website photo is still reasonably up-to-date). (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Eric Snider

THE FLOWER KINGS Swedish prog-rock act The Flower Kings came together during a mid-'90s resurgence of the genre in its homeland. The group was considerably less heavy-handed and dark than most of its ilk, however — think more Yes, less King Crimson — and grew to become a popular attraction all over Europe. This is the group's second Bay area appearance in as many years; the Kings are touring to support Paradox Hotel, released earlier this year. (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)

THE CHASE THEORY/DAYLIGHT DISTRICT/TRULY SUNDAY/HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL Tonight's show at Rockerfellas raises cash for the new Southeastern Music Alliance local rock compilation. Headliner The Chase Theory keeps swearing online that it's got new material, but I'll believe it when it's streaming on MySpace. Who knows? Maybe the band has a hot track or two to debut at the show. Daylight District and Truly Sunday both hail from places you can get to via a short drive on the interstate, and Have Gun, Will Travel is the folk/country side project/alter ego of Chase Theory main man Matt Burke. (Rockerfellas, Bradenton) —CLB

SWINGDANCE USA The three-day celebration of everything swing returns to St. Pete's historic Coliseum, which has hosted more than its fair share of iconic names since the '20s — Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and a host of others have reportedly graced its stage in their times. This ain't no new-school resurgence fest; SwingDance USA is all about the Golden Age of the style, a convention that attracts instructors, dancers, musicians and fans from all over the world. Barbara Morrison and the George Gee Orchestra are among this year's featured attractions. For the full skinny, hit up SwingDanceUSA.com. (Coliseum, St. Petersburg)

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