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Tab Benoit The electric guitar-slinging bluesman/tourhorse returns to the Skipperdome, after playing to a 600-strong crowd this past February. The 21-and-up show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. (Dec. 1, Skipper's Smokehouse)

The Dismemberment Plan w/Dälek/ Dumbwaiters Dateline: Tampa Bay. Hundreds of indie rockers and young punks were astonished to discover their arms uncrossing, seemingly of their own accord, as Washington, D.C.'s Dismemberment Plan launched into "Do the Standing Still." "I just figured it out," said a 17-year-old girl who would only identify herself as Caitlin, and who wore a backpack emblazoned with Avail and Joan of Arc patches, "this whole dancing thing — it starts at the hips. And then it just takes over." Yup. The post-post-post-everything, emobebop new wave quartet tore up Heatwave, toured Europe with Pearl Jam, and now they're back to show the Orpheum how it's done. Rumor has it that they've replaced their "Back That Ass Up" cover with Ludacris' "What's Your Fantasy?," so watch out. Of Newark hip-hop artist Dälek, Puncture magazine wrote, "Dälek's songs are long — this 38-minute debut has only five of 'em — and tend to flaunt Eastern tinkerings and distant jazz chunks in favor of the standard Bee-Yatch's brew. To a certain extent, this is a true indie-rock approach to hip-hop: the vocals are delivered modestly, traditional signs of talent and fidelity are relatively low while enthusiasm is high, and listeners hastily dismiss it for sounding unrefined and outside the playing field of conventionally 'good' music. Or perhaps it's just chintzy trip-hop, as I originally suspected. Whichever way you look at it, Negro Necro Nekros has some auspicious moments of beat-heavy chaos." Doors are at 9 p.m., and cover for this all-ages show is $6. (Dec. 1, Orpheum)

Koonda Holaa & The Beetchees w/ Beanstalk/Hazard Factor The industrial cut-up fusion band Koonda Holaa, featuring Resident-affiliate (and former member of the Czech radical rock band Uz Jsme Doma) Kamilsky, has left Orlando for more Northeastern pastures. Come check out the kookiest thing the Mug has ever seen. (Dec. 1, Brass Mug)

Syrup The funky, Tallahassee-based, '70s-style Southern-fried sleaze-rawkers are fast becoming a local favorite. Maybe it's the tight pants ... ? The Club More show costs $5; call New World at 813-231-2520 for cover charge info. (Dec. 1, Club More w/The Gotohells/ Jackie Papers and Dec. 2, New World Brewery w/Crash Mitchell)

Third Annual EMIT Avant-a-thon w/Dahlia/ Lumena/SHIM/others tba This time around, the series' yearly fundraiser features Dahlia's lo-fi noise electronica, Lumena's real-time computer music and projected images, SHIM's awesome outside jazz and more to be announced. The event begins at 9 p.m. and admission costs $5. (Dec. 1, Fusion Gallery)

Afrika Bambaataa Benefit Jam The Tampa Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation presents Afrika Bambaataa performing in an outdoor jam to benefit Toys for Tots. Bambaataa is perhaps best-known for his 1982 hit "Planet Rock," which dropped hip-hop beats behind Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" (and rose as high as No. 4 on the R&B charts) and for his mid-'80s collaboration, as Time Zone, with the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten (then PiL's John Lydon), "World Destruction." But Bambaataa was a seminal Bronx DJ during the '70s, and an organizer and promoter of the large block parties which midwifed the rise of rap. His production debut, 1980's "Zulu Nation Throwdown" by Soul Sonic Force, became a rallying cry for the Zulu Nation, a group of like-minded Afrocentric musicians that has influenced crews throughout the hip-hop era. Saturday's jam includes a break-dance expo; bring a toy and receive a free cell phone or pager. It's free to get in, and the event starts at 2 p.m. and lasts till around 7. The park is at 1700 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa. Call 813-932-6342 for further info. (Dec. 2, McFarlane Park)

Rory Block w/Tish Hinojosa Rory Block is an award-winning country-blues queen — a blues musician's blues musician, with enthusiastic fans in Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt. Early on, she appeared on a instructional record titled How to Play Blues Guitar, billed as "Sunshine Kate." Now she has her own teaching series with Homespun Tapes and Videos. Tejano folkstress Hinojosa, says the All Music Guide, "moves effortlessly from songs of loves forgotten and family struggles remembered, of eloquent cries against injustice and playful evocations of sawdust dance floors, of the rolling endless highways of the Southwest to the lonely struggles of the disenfranchised." This benefit for WMNF-88.5 FM kicks off at 8 p.m., and tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door. (Dec. 2, Palladium Theater)

Rock For Research Benefit w/Puddin' Hogs/Mr. Bella/Cocktail Honeys/ Closure/ Flat Stanley/Low2TheLeft/E3/The Beauvilles/Lo This "multi-charity concert event" will serve as a toy and non-perishable food collection point for Metropolitan Ministries. The response to the benefit has been overwhelming thus far — the bands performing, as well as those who volunteered after the bill was full, will be featured on a forthcoming compilation CD put together by Polysound Studios. Free blood sugar testing will be offered, there will be raffles, and you'll get to rawk. Doors open at 6 p.m., the concert starts at 7, and admission is $5 with toy or food donation, $7 without. (Dec. 2, State Theatre)The Michael Ross Quartet Winners of the jazz band category in this year's Best of the Bay, bassist Ross, saxophonist David Pate, guitarist LaRue Nickelson and drummer Tom Carabasi play challenging post-bop. The group does not fall back on the jazz convention of juxtaposing standards with originals — nope, these cats strictly play their own music (written by Ross and Nickelson). It's heady stuff, but swinging and, within the modern jazz pantheon, relatively accessible. This date celebrates the release of the MRQ's debut CD, Doghouse. (Dec. 2, Yeoman's Road Pub) —Eric Snider

Suncoast Blues Society's 2nd Annual Battle of the B-3s Holiday Party w/ The Charlie Morris Band featuring Sidney James Wingfield/Dennis Toerpe/ Bud Grudnik/Shawn Brown Hosted by The Charlie Morris Band and benefiting The Spring domestic abuse shelter, this event features musicians, both local and national, working it out on two beautiful, Hammond B-3 organs. The show begins at around 8 p.m., and admission costs $5 ($3 for society members). Skipper's will provide free food, and the Blues Society will rock out the raffles. (Dec. 2, Skipper's Smokehouse)

The Camaros w/Urbane Cowboys Jen Jones and her NYC swingabilly avengers return. Show's at 9 p.m., cover is $5 in advance, $6 at the door. (Dec. 3, Orpheum)

The Deftones w/Incubus/Taproot Sacramento quintet Deftones combines punk, pop, hip-hop, and straight-up old-school metal to create an exceptionally accessible hybrid. The band's third full-length, White Pony, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard albums chart earlier this year, and shows them maturing nicely, leaving their Korn Bizkit classmates behind. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $28.50 plus "convenience charges." How conveeeeenient. (Dec. 3, Sun Dome)

Jukeapaloooza IV w/Rock Bottom/Keith Caton & The Accelerators/Blind Willie & Allen Moffat/Acme Band/Mercy Road/ Sandy Atkinson/Mo Kauffey This year's event falls on the anniversary of the late blues guitarist Little Juke's birthday. As always, all proceeds from the party go to Sarasota's Children's Haven. The show starts at 5 p.m., and it costs $4 to get in. (Dec. 3, Skipper's Smokehouse)

The Return of the Free BBQ w/Soft Rock Renegades Superpromoter Jack Spatafora and his merry band of vinylphiles take over the New World courtyard to play anything and everything from hip-hop to metal to IDM to reggae. They're taking your requests, and if you're real nice, DJ Archaea may even bring you a plate of vittles where you sit. Cover is $3 and the party starts at 9 p.m. (Dec. 3, New World Brewery)

Second Annual Florida Artists' Holiday Concert w/Pamela Clark-King/Dave Hardin/James Hawkins/Brendan Nolan/Mindy Simmons/Sal DiTroia Doors open at 2 p.m. and the folkie-type performers start at 3. Admission is your donation of new clothes, toys or canned goods to benefit Religious Community Services of Pinellas. (Dec. 3, Octagon Arts Center)

A Night at the Village Vanguard w/Scott Wenholdt/Dick Oatts/Danny Gottlieb The latest event in the Monday Night Jazz Series begins at 8 p.m. The concert is general admission, with tickets costing $4 for students and seniors, $10 for everyone else. (Dec. 4, USF Theatre 1)

Still on the Hill w/Devine & LaRoche Tickets to see the Arkansas newgrass foursome are $8 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m. (Nov. 5, Skipper's Smokehouse)—All entries by Stefanie Kalem unless otherwise indicated.

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