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The Back Pockets w/Young Egypt/Nick Lennon A huge collective that plays in lineups varying from four to 17, depending on who's available, and incorporates banjo, harmonium, trombone and violin (among various other instruments) into their "interactive gypsy folk punk" sound. The female-fronted Back Pockets are accompanied by performance artists who execute their theatrics live during the shows. (Rambin' Rose Upcycle, St. Petersburg)

Super SideKick Records Night w/Escape Tonight/Paint the Town Red/No Inside Three Tampa Bay bands unite for one "Super-Awesome Show." Escape Tonight is a true DIY indie rock band that set up their own home recording studio with dumpster-diving finds. Vocalist Russell Fama is also the owner/operator of Super Sidekick Records and released the band's debut album, Far From Home, via the local label. St. Pete duo Paint the Town Red describes themselves as "two guys playing high energy, harmony driven, sexy acoustic music." Another Super Sidekick band, No Inside awakens the punk rocker in us all. (Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin) —Lindsay Collette

Underoath w/Comeback Kid/The Chariot/This Is Hell Years of lineup changes and near-breakups haven't been able to stop Tampa natives Underoath. In fact, some would argue that the Christian metalcore sextet has only gotten better. Not long after the last remaining original member of the band, drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie, was replaced by Daniel Davison (Norma Jean), Underoath put out Ø, an album that's Drew Beringer heralded as possibly their strongest to date, crediting the shakeup with sending the band into heavier territory (some claim Gillespie leaned to a more pop sound). Frontman Spencer Chamberlain can scream with the best of them, and you can bet he'll be raging the stage at this hometown show. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —Christopher Spata

Montrose w/Michael Lee Firkins The California-based hard rock outfit was formed by guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who left Edgar Winter Group and went on to enjoy very modest fame in the mid-1970s with ball-busting heavy-riffing tracks like "Rock Candy" and "Bad Motor Scooter." Montrose never charted any hits, but did feature a pre-Van Halen Sammy Hagar on lead vocals in its earliest incarnation and has been credited with heavily influencing the Van Halen sound. (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones The original lineup of the progressive jazz fusion outfit — which features pianist and harmonica player Howard Levy along with banjoman Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten and drummer/percussion guru Roy "Futureman" Wooten — brings their current tour to town. Levy hit the road with Fleck and Co. for some U.S. and European dates in 2009, and that reunion eventually led to this year's audibly revitalized release, Rocket Science, their first album with Levy since 1992's UFO Tofu and 14th overall. If you missed last week's Q&A with Fleck, check it out at (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)


Have Gun, Will Travel CD Release Show w/Hymn for Her/Snakehealers The rousing Americana and roots rock outfit fronted by singer-songwriter Matt Burke just returned from a national tour promoting their forthcoming Suburban Home Records full-length, Mergers & Acquisitions, which finds the quintet returning to their beloved dusty road aesthetic, replete with the usual rich array of sonic textures by viola, lap steel guitar and harmonica. Read more online at (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Tardy Brothers Bloodline w/Singod/Sanctum/more The live debut of a new(ish) hardcore metal outfit featuring an all-star lineup that includes current and former members of Obituary (brothers John and Donald Tardy, Ralph Santolla), Monstrosity, Jon Oliva's Pain and Six Feet Under, among others. (Brass Mug, Tampa)

CARNEVIL: The Gravest Show On Earth! w/Everymen/DJ Curse Mackey As part of Friday night's 600 Block Party (see p. 4 for more info), Local 662 presents a macabre Carnival-themed showcase headed up by Everymen, a crusty, punk-stomping gypsy-rockabilly-alt bluegrass five-piece from Lake Worth led by the gruff sing-shouting of Captain Bobo (banjo, guitar) and featuring not one, but two members who play washboard in addition to their "regular" instruments. (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Porter Robinson He's barely 19 years old and already, Porter Robinson has toured internationally with artists like Deadmau5 and Diplo, and charted a No. 1 hit on the Beatport charts with his original mix, "Say My Name." The producer/DJ began working in an electro house aesthetic and has since jumped aboard the dubstep sonic wagon with nasty synth breakdowns added to his trance-adelic shimmer. (Amphitheatre, Ybor City)

Reverend Horton Heat w/Supersuckers/Dan Sartain Whether delivering a mock sermon that "God Doesn't Work in Vegas," comparing rockabilly cats with "Death Metal Guys," or offering sage advice ("Please Don't Take That Baby to the Liquor Store"), Reverend Horton Heat always brings the yee-haw cheekiness to their country boogie and swinging rockabilly gusto. All three of the aforementioned tracks come off 2009's Laughin' & Cryin' with the Reverend Horton Heat, the trio's most recent release. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)


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