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Medeski Martin & Wood Are they hippies? Are they jazzbos? Who cares? Their combination of jaw-dropping ability and organic groove is what matters. MM&W telepathically weave together John Medeski's free-roaming work on a cache of analog keyboards, Andrew Wood's in-the-pocket work on acoustic and electric bass, and the limber and funky drumming of Billy Martin. Highly recommended. (Sept. 20, Jannus Landing)

Crowbar/Against All/Shiver/Dove New Orleans heavies Crowbar return to the Mug. Have you ever seen a photo? Very scary dudes. They purvey that dark, misanthropic metal that seems to exist solely within the confines of the southeastern underground, and flourishes there. (Sept. 20, Brass Mug)

Little Feat w/Dave Mason Band This venerable band has used up several of its nine lives, but seems relatively stable during the last half-decade or so. Feat has graduated from rustic outdoor venues to upscale sit-down rooms like Eckerd. Their most recent Bay area appearance, also at Ruth's house, was a bit stiff compared to Feat's string of rousing shows at Jannus Landing. Still, the ensemble is one of the tightest, most interactive, units performing on the rock/jam circuit. (Sept. 21, Ruth Eckerd Hall)

—Eric Snider

Florida Music Harvest feat. Blues Traveler/Medeski Martin & Wood/RatDog/G. Love & Special Sauce/Parliament-Funkadelic/Leftover Salmon/Galactic/The Wailers/DJ Logic/Little Feat/others The Alachua Music Harvest grows up and goes statewide. Three days. Four stages. More than 100 bands. In the middle of nowhere. Dig. (Sept. 21-23, Spirit of Suwannee Music Park)

Hank Williams III/The Gotohells Hank III's debut album, Risin' Outlaw, is a fairly traditional collection of pretty good country-rock tunes. Hank III live, however, is a totally different animal — and a rabid one at that, assaulting instruments and audience with a passion and ferocity not seen since the days of Black Flag. One minute he's crooning a last-call ballad, and the next is a full-on hardcore blitzkrieg. You've gotta experience it to believe it; attendance is highly recommended. St. Petersburg's The Gotohells will ably and aptly commandeer the opening slot. (Sept. 21, State Theatre)

Emit Presents David Liebman w/Abbey Rader Emit returns for another season of turning you on to the wealth of music you don't get on FM radio during drive-time. Saxophonist David Liebman has been performing for more than three decades; he's played with Miles Davis and Chick Corea, written books and founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz. Downbeat magazine called Liebman one of the most important saxophonists in contemporary music. Well, duh. Drummer Abbey Rader has performed with John Handy, Gunter Hampel, Marion Brown, and Mal Waldron, to name but a few. Expect a free-ranging set of often cacophonous duets. (Sept. 21, Gulf Coast Museum of Art)

Jeff Berlin w/Richard Drexler/Danny Gottlieb Yearn for the bygone days when electric bassists like Jaco and Stanley Clarke could command the spotlight? Clearwater resident Jeff Berlin was definitely in that mix, and still can wow ya with his fleet-fingered mastery. His latest album, In Harmony's Way, skews more toward bebop, albeit with certain electric elements. For this show, he'll perform with his core collaborators from the recording: Bay area pianist Drexler (who doubles on acoustic bass) and drummer Gottlieb, who played in Pat Metheny's band in the late '70s and early '80s. (Sept. 22, Clearwater Arts Studio, 727-639-8070)

—Eric Snider

Skid Row w/Another Man Down The summer of cock-rock cash-ins continues unabated. This week's entry consists of Skid Row, who have lost 40 pounds of hair and all 83 pounds of Sebastian Bach since you saw them last. The only other person on the face of the Earth who could conceivably fit into those slit-sided leather pants and hit those high notes is ... Elle MacPherson. Seriously. (Sept. 22, Jannus Landing)

The Faint/Now It's Overhead/Kilsborough 17 I have been informed that a previous Music Menu blurb regarding buzzy synth-pop outfit The Faint was erroneous. It seems that they actually do have a guitar in the band — you just can't hear it. Anyway, the combo returns to town in support of their killer new disc Danse Macabre, which finds them a little more malevolent, but just as catchy. (Sept. 22, Orpheum)

Pierce Pettis w/Rayzmary Singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis is a celebrated lyricist, putting the intimacy and mystique of the Southern Gothic to music. His latest release, State of Grace, blends Appalachian roots styles with rock 'n' roll. Sarasota-based acoustic duo Rayzmary (Ray DeArcangelis and Marylee Bussard) kicks things off. (Sept. 23, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa)

Owls/Har Mar Superstar/Hankshaw Heavily hyped new indie project Owls (featuring former members of Cap'N Jazz and Joan of Arc) melds melodic posthardcore and folk-inflected jangle, then sends the results meandering all over some interior landscape. Har Mar Superstar has been described by one local musician as being like Atom & His Package, only good. Tampa's Hankshaw make another appearance on a great bill; they must really be back. (Sept. 25, Orpheum)

Steel Pulse British pop-reggae legends Steel Pulse fill the Jannus Landing Courtyard with their spiritual sounds. No, they aren't the ones who did the theme from COPS. (Sept. 25, Jannus Landing)

—All entries by Scott Harrell unless otherwise indicated

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