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THURSDAY, APRIL 27

FALL OUT BOY/ALL AMERICAN REJECTS/FROM FIRST TO LAST/HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS/OCTOBER FALL It's the biggest all-ages emo show this side of the Warped Tour. This one runs the gamut from the tepid to the interesting. You've got your generic, incredibly overrated kiddie-pop MTV2 darlings (Fall Out Boy). You've got your insanely catchy but unfortunately largely forgotten rock act (All American Rejects). You've got your mediocre Taking Back Sunday footprint-steppers (Hawthorne Heights). And then you've got Orlando-bred screamo crew From First to Last; I refuse to take back all the mean, nasty, vicious, completely accurate things I said about FF2L's abhorrent first album, but I will say that the group's new one, Heroine, is so much of an improvement it's hard to believe it was made by the same act, so kudos to those guys. NOTE: This show has been moved to the USF Sundome from the St. Pete Times Forum. (USF Sundome, Tampa)

LEON RUSSELL The gravel-voiced artist enjoyed considerable success in the formative years of rock 'n' roll: As a session musician (guitar and keyboards) and arranger, Russell had a hand in such hits as Ike & Tina's "River Deep, Mountain High" and the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man." As a songwriter and solo artist in the '70s, he unleashed such durable songs as "Tightrope," "Lady Blue" and "This Masquerade" (a smash for George Benson). His recorded output has been spotty since the '80s, but Russell is a regular on the small-to-medium venue circuit. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) Eric Snider

ANBERLIN/PEOPLE IN PLANES Shortly after rocking Jannus Landing, up-and-comer Anberlin is in Sarasota for an acoustic performance sponsored by 105.9 The Buzz. The band's taking a breather from the Tooth & Nail Tour, one of those label package deals. People in Planes opens things up. After a slot at SXSW, the band's been pegged to do some damage to mainstream eardrums. Caveat: This date has not entirely set in stone, so call before you go. (Beach Club, Sarasota) Cooper Lane Baker

GREEN LEMON Bank owner Bill's favorite unsung, hard-traveling jam band returns to his joint. Hopefully the quintet, which is heavy on harmonies and mellow, keyboard-assisted grooves, won't endure a bus breakdown or member injury or one of the other mishaps that always seems to happen when it comes to town. Bay area groove unit Middle Rhythm Session opens up. (The Bank, St. Petersburg)

SOCIETY'S FINEST/DIVIDE THE DAY/IMPERIAL/WITH ALL SINCERITY The Refuge brings another raucous but positive hardcore show to 688 Skatepark. This one features bands from as far off as California, and sounds as diverse as Divide The Day's surprisingly rock 'n' roll-inspired screamy punk and Imperial's schizoid, occasionally oddly melodic grindcore. (688 Skatepark, Clearwater)

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

LIVESTOCK 15 98Rock's infamous two-day camp-out/cavalcade of nu-metal and post-grunge crunch is back from the dead, and guess who's a sponsor? That's right, in a cramp-inducing bolt of irony, the Planet stamp appears on an event that features up-and-coming modern-rock act Shinedown, a group whose loyal and vocal fans have several times called for my head after some less-than-flattering preview coverage. Well, at the risk of angering some folks a few cubicles over, the best thing I can say about Shinedown is that the act is by far the most up-to-date attraction here. And the best thing I can say about the return of LiveStock in general is this: If you abandoned your interest in emerging heavy-rock styles five or six years back, then, my friend, you are going to have a blast. An official schedule has yet to appear on the LiveStock webpage, but confirmed bands include Staind, Mudvayne, Saliva, Rob Zombie, Trapt, Tantric, and Theory of a Deadman. Woo-hoo. The fest takes place today, the 28th, and tomorrow. (Festival Park, Zephyrhills)

DICKEY BETTS & GREAT SOUTHERN The mercurial, heavily tatted-up singer/guitarist is always good for a big heap o' Southern rock, often with a decided country tinge. Betts lives down Palmetto way and keeps a heavy touring schedule. Son Duane Betts plays guitar alongside Dickey, as did another Duane — Allman — back in the late '60s and early '70s. The Betts website says that singer Twinkle, a longtime Sarasota fixture, is part of the seven-piece Great Southern band. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) ES

SPAM ALL-STARS What, do these folks live here now or something? Everybody's favorite Latin-disco block party tears it up. Again. (The Bank, St. Petersburg)

DONNA THE BUFFALO A preferred vice of both WMNF listeners and rootsy jam-show addicts (and yeah, I know there might be just the teensiest bit of overlap between those two descriptions), Ithaca, N.Y.'s Donna The Buffalo is back for another two-night stand at St. Pete's best concert venue. This multi-instrumentalist-packed five-piece is still on the road in support of last year's highly regarded Life's A Ride. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

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