Ingrid Michaelson, Melissa Etheridge

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INGRID MICHAELSON w/GREG LASWELL Cool-voiced singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson shot from obscurity to semi-stardom with no help from a major label last year when the New Yorker's agreeable, somewhat humorous, hand-clap-enhanced folk ditty "The Way I Am" landed on an episode of Grey's Anatomy and an Old Navy TV ad campaign. Heard it? Very Lilith Fair but not so precious. Michaelson's other material is equally endearing, in an indie troubadour manner. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL JAZZ COMPOSER'S SYMPOSIUM This three-day event involves workshops and panel discussions during the day, and I presume that if you're a jazz composer you already know about it. There are, however, events for the regular ol' jazz fan: On Thurs., June 12, saxophonist/composer/arranger Bill Holman performs with Jazz Surge, USF professor Chuck Owen's formidable big band. Friday, June 13 it's the Turtle Island Quartet — a string quartet made up of jazz players — performing with vibraphonist Stefon Harris and others. On Saturday, pianist Jim McNeely (also an arranger/composer, natch) teams up with Jazz Surge in a tribute to the late saxophonist Michael Brecker. Jazz fans, this is your cue to get a nice helping of the real thing. The shows cost only $16 for adults. They start at 8 p.m. (USF Fine Arts Building, Tampa) —Eric Snider


ADAM LEE & THE DEAD HORSE SOUND COMPANY w/ALEXANDER & THE GRAPES/TV CLUB This Kansas City, Mo. duo delivers offbeat folk-twang that's poignant, quirky and thoroughly compelling. For instance, the saloon song "Bar Room Girl" finds hoarse-from-too-many-long-nights singer Lee intoning over weeping steel guitar: "Well, I'm hungry and as tired as it gets/ Toasting this last drink/ To what's left of my health/ The boys are laughing, drinking shots, and making bets/ Hell, I'm nursing drinks and keeping to myself." Sounds like vintage Kris Kristofferson/Tom T. Hall/Bobby Bare to these ears. Good stuff. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

102.5 THE BONE PRESENTS COWHEAD LIVE 3 w/SKID ROW Skid Row, the hair-metal band responsible for the 1989 hits "18 and Life" and "Youth Gone Wild" (both of which owe a sizeable debt to Alice Cooper's 1971 classic "I'm Eighteen"), soldier on sans original lead singer Sebastian Bach. This all-day event starts at 2 p.m. and features: "Miss Cowhead Show 2008 Contest, an INSANE Battle of the Bands, a TORCHEROUS Obstacle Course of Death, the Medicine Man Shootout, and lots of Givaways!!! Don't Miss Out !!!." Oh, boy. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

GRIZ COLLECTIVE w/VARIETY WORKSHOP/69 FINGERS Tampa Bay punk/reggae (with a jam band bent) trio Griz Collective bid farewell with one last show. (Big Shots, Clearwater)

BONERAMA New Orleans seven-piece returns to the Skipperdome with another dose of danceable brass band blasts marked by classic-rock leanings (for instance, the ensemble does a show-stopping rendition of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter.") (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

TRICK DADDY w/YOUNG BUCK Miami gangsta rapper Trick Daddy became a star in 2001 with his braggadocio anthem "I'm a Thug." The bling homage "Tuck Ya Ice" is his latest smash (although it's been far less commercially successful than past singles). NOLA hardcore rhymer (and former Juvenile do-boy) Young Buck signed with 50 Cent's G-Unit and blew up a few years back with the brain-dead banger "Let Me In." His latest single? "Kill Me a Nigga." Yeah, the title says it all. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

SYBRIS w/UNWED SAILOR Chicago quartet Sybris does indie-rock colored by swirling psychedelic pop that's at once jagged and sumptuous. Fronting the band is Angela Mullenhour, whose vocals range from stately to unhinged catharsis — often in the same song. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

MOJO GURUS One of the region's top dispensers of cock-strutting roots-rock return to their backyard venue for another evening of commendable, Stones-y decadence. (Ringside Café, St. Petersburg)

THE PERCOCETTES/THE TRI-FIVES/VILLANOVA JUNCTION The Percocettes are a garage-punk outfit with a Rancid-meets-Joan Jett approach. The sound is fierce, fun and appropriately off-key. (Pastimes Pub, Sarasota) —Amanda Schurr


WILL QUINLAN & THE DIVINERS w/HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL/MATT BUTCHER Tampa alt-country luminary Will Quinlan celebrates the release of his excellent new full-length, Navasota. Go to this week's music feature to read my interview with the accomplished singer/songwriter. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

MEMPHIS TRAIN UNION The local trio's freshly minted disc Out on the Road is a smart, emotive, hook-filled slab of Southern roots-rock. And the band can brig it live. Saw 'em at Skipper's not too long ago and walked away impressed. This is the band's CD release party. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin)

RETARD-O-BOT w/SCREAMING MECHANICAL BRAIN/DOWNTOWN TRAIN Tampa-based, national-touring industrial-ists Retard-O-Bot's NIN stylings are spiked with a zaniness and experimentalism that reaches beyond the Reznor playbook. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

GILBERTO SANTA ROSA Grammy-winning Puerto Rican salsa star will perform after the Rays/Marlins game (the Marlins are from the Miami area, so it's only appropriate). Free with purchase of game ticket. (Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg)

PINK LINCOLNS w/NO LOVES The Bay's most vaunted (and confrontational) veteran punk band plays St. Pete's most beloved dive bar. (Emerald Bar, St. Petersburg)

COPE w/CHRISTIE LENEE AND THE FUNKGRASS GROOVE One of Tampa's longest running jam bands, Cope returns to the Skipperdome to entertain the patchouli set with more peace, love and noodling. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

TRUST COMPANY w/CSR/DESHRIVED/SOBRIETY Alabama post-grunge quartet Trust Company had a hit in 2002 with the generic soft-loud number "Downfall." The band's version of Cyndi Lauper's pop gem "Time After Time" is equally uninspired. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

FALLOPIAN TUBES For nearly 30 years, the St. Pete six-piece has been entertaining its ardent following with an eclectic mix of horn-injected blues, rock, R&B and country, goosed with tongue-in-cheek lyrics. (Pro Star Sound Stage, St. Petersburg)


MELISSA ETHERIDGE The openly lesbian breast cancer-survivor has carved out a solid, lucrative career with heartland rockers that appeal to men and women of all sexual orientations. The raspy-voiced singer will undoubtedly trot out mid-'90s radio faves like "Come to My Window," "I'm the Only One," "Your Little Secret" and "I Want to Come Over." (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

JUVENILE w/DIRTY GAME/HANKERDON Chart-topping New Orleans hardcore rapper Juvenile brings his slow, assured, Southern flow to gangsta threats such as his 2007 single "The Verdict" and sex odes like his 2005 smash "Rodeo." (Club 112, Tampa)

CRUCIAL BBQ w/MURPHY'S LAW/FACEPLANT!/THE TRI-FIVES/WHARF RATS Mind Syndicate Productions assembles another punk-centric bill, highlighted this time around by local faves The Tri-Fives, thrash band Faceplant!, Port Charlotte ska-rockers the Wharf Rats and headliners Murphy's Law, the New York hardcore collective known for its weed-lovin' repertoire ("Back With A Bong, "Quest for Herb"). (Pastimes Pub, Sarasota) —AS


GOGOL BORDELLO w/DUSTY RHODES AND THE RIVER BAND Several years ago, the New York Times spotlighted a fresh new movement found in NYC's underground music scene. Dubbed "gypsy punk" and led by Ukraine-born singer/lyricist Eugene Hütz, the trend saw an emergence of boisterous, Eastern European-flavored music that fused genres ranging from punk to reggae with brisk gypsy two-step rhythms. Hütz's nine-member multiethnic group, Gogol Bordello, cites Nikolai Gogol as its ideological inspiration because he "smuggled" Ukrainian culture into Russian society — the same way Gogol Bordello intends to smuggle gypsy/East-European music in the English-speaking world. The band is currently touring in support of its fourth full-length, 2007's Super Taranta. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg). —Leilani Polk

KOTTONMOUTH KINGS w/THE EXPENDABLES So-Cal hip-hop/punk outfit Kottonmouth Kings' bong-inspired clown act might be the most grating shit I've ever heard. But, y'know, that's just me. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)


LESS THAN JAKE w/MUSTARD PLUG/SUBURBAN LEGENDS Gainesville-based third-wave ska heroes Less Than Jake return to the 'Burg to provide the repetitious, punk-and-horns soundtrack for an evening of unrelenting stage diving. At least that was the case when I saw the band perform at the State about a year ago. Considering the divide between the stage and crowd at Jannus, though, fan participation may prove problematic. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

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