Leon Russell, Tribal Style

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THURSDAY, APRIL 24

WOODSBOSS The Austin-based Weary Boys, a throwback honky-tonk outfit that also melded bluegrass and house-shaking rockabilly into its performances, built a loyal following in Tampa Bay over the years thanks to energetic performances at places like New World, where the band's latest incarnation will perform. Fiddler/vocalist Brian Salvi notes via e-mail: "Four-fifths of The Weary Boys [have] reformed as Woodsboss, more country rock." The new material, posted at myspace.com/woodsboss, harks back to the stoner country sounds pioneered by Gram Parsons — but with accordion. Joining the boys on vocal duties (and tambourine) is Brian's wife, Molly Salvi, a gifted singer with a whole lot of twang in her pipes. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

MICHALE GRAVES Best known for his mid- to late-'90s stints as singer for horror-punk icons The Misfits, Graves made like original frontman Glenn Danzig and split to form his namesake band. Fear not: Graves should do "Dig Up Her Bones" and other Misfits classics. He performs with The Dead Popes and Brian Beardsley Friday at Pastimes Pub, Sarasota. (Bourbon Street Nightclub, New Port Richey) —Amanda Schurr

BUILDING THE STATE w/DJ MIKEY FRESH/ZILLIONAIRE/GUILTMAKER Gainesville quartet Building the State (the band also has ties to Brooklyn) has drawn comparisons to instrumental indie-rock standouts like Explosions in the Sky by dint of its slowly swelling, mathy-yet-melodic post-rock, which also skews emo with pensive vocals. (Push Ultra Lounge, St. Petersburg)

FRIDAY, APRIL 25

ANTI-FLAG w/STREET DOGS/THE BRIGGS/FAKE PROBLEMS Punk revival vets Anti-Flag may have pulled a Green Day and gone mainstream with their new album, The Bright Lights of America, which came out on RCA and was produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T.Rex), but the quartet's strident politics remain intact. On the title track, for instance, singer-guitarist Justin Sane bellows: "To live and die in the heart of America/ Where they sell souls/ A concrete city hell — city hell." For my interview with Sane, go to my music column. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

DARRYL WORLEY w/JENNIFER HANSON Worley spent Christmas 2002 with U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, which resulted in his 2003 breakout album, Have You Forgotten? A sentimental, jingoistic affair, it topped the country charts and even crossed over to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 pop survey — largely on the strength of the mega-hit title track. The song opens: "I hear people sayin'/ We don't need this war/ I say there's some things worth fightin' for." Like what? Halliburton? (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

BILL STAINES Folk fans won't want to miss this opportunity to catch acclaimed singer/songwriter Staines — whose detailed tales principally deal with American archetypes and have been covered by the likes of Nanci Griffith and Fairport Convention — up close in this intimate venue. (Craftsman House, St. Petersburg)

LEON RUSSELL A revered session man/arranger who rose to stardom as a piano-playing frontman in the early '70s, Leon Russell has penned some stirring, gorgeous numbers, including oft-covered classics like "Delta Lady," "A Song for You," "Hummingbird," "Tight Rope" and "This Masquerade." (Bourbon Street Nightclub, New Port Richey)

ROCKAPELLA Rockapella specializes in reinventing an array of timeless hits from the rock era with nothing other than their voices, but their biggest success came from a series of Folger's Coffee commercials and the theme for Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. Leonard says the group will be performing the latter in Tampa. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) —Eric Snider

Q-FEST: STARSHIP STARRING MICKEY THOMAS w/RARE EARTH/INVASION I'd rather endure the anxiety of completing my taxes again than witness Starship — an offshoot of Jefferson Airplane that included Grace Slick until '88 — perform "We Built This City," one of the most annoying songs to flood the airwaves during my childhood. (Coachman Park, Clearwater)

TRIBAL STYLE w/MAGADOG The area's top purveyors of reggae (Tribal Style) and ska (Magadog) share the stage for what will surely be a pleasurable evening at the Skipperdome. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL CD RELEASE SHOW w/THE PROSPECT Those who missed recent Creative Loafing interview subject HGWT at their Ybor City CD release show have a second chance to sample Casting Shadows Tall as Giants, the outstanding, nuanced alt-country debut album by Bradenton brothers Matt and Danny Burke, along with Nate Oliver, JP Beaubien and Josh Hernandez. Fellow B-towners, power-pop ensemble The Prospect, open. (Rasher Tierney's, Bradenton) —AS

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE w/SACK'O'WOE Mississippi bluesman Charlie Musselwhite ranks as one of the all-time great harmonica players and was a leading member of the "white blues movement" that emerged from Chicago in the 1960s. The harpist/singer/bandleader has maintained a respectable solo career over the years while also famously collaborating with Paul Butterfield, Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

CONVERGE w/THE RED CHORD/COLISEUM/GENGHIS TRON Steadfastly delivering hardcore punk replete with larynx-shredding vocals, Converge has been rattling rock dens and home stereos since the early '90s. The quartet's recent releases, including 2006's No Heroes, the band's most popular to date, have come out on Epitaph. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

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