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THROWDOWN/ZAO/EVERGREEN TERRACE/MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER In metalcore years, the dudes of Orange County's groove/mosh unit Throwdown are elder statesmen; the band has been mixing straightedge hardcore with NYC-style crossover for nearly a decade. Zao and Evergreen Terrace are among the most beloved groups in the genre's current, all-ages-friendly second wave, and helped craft the original screamo template. Word on the street is that Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, the new group from former Underoath frontman Dallas Taylor, absolutely smokes, and adds Southern rock swagger to metalcore's intensity. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

PATRICK BETTISON QUARTET Renowned as one of the Bay area's top bassists, Bettison, who also plays harmonica, will perform with guitarist LaRue Nickelson, drummer Dave Reinhardt and tenor saxophonist Jeremy Carter. (Palladium, St. Petersburg) —Eric Snider


ROLLINS BAND/X/RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS What? Former Black Flag frontman/current IFC talk-show host/notoriously hit-and-miss songwriter Henry Rollins headlining over the legendary Los Angeles twang-punk progenitor known as X? That's a head-scratcher, for sure. In any case, both acts are bona fide punk icons, but you know what I'm really looking forward to? Openers Riverboat Gamblers, a charismatic, rock-rooted punk act whose '06 album To The Confusion of Our Enemies is a serious contender for the best rock 'n' roll album of the year. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

ANTHONY GOMES Young, flashy blues-rock singer/guitarist Gomes hails from Nashville. He seems to have fallen prey, at least to a certain extent, to that city's reputation for turning roots music into a video parody of itself. Gomes' latest album, Music Is The Medicine, while adeptly played and sung, is a cheesy, overblown affair — hopefully, these songs will get stripped back to their essences in a live setting. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

MARTY GOETZ The Messianic Jew began performing back in the mid-'60s, long before his conversion in the late '70s. Since then, Goetz has become a gospel performer and speaker (testifier?) known for his strong, clear voice and skill on the piano, and plays to Christians and Jews for Jesus alike. Tonight's program at Shoresh David Tampa (4320 Bay to Bay Blvd.) begins at 7:30; Goetz will also perform at Shoresh David Lakeland (4416 E. County Road) tomorrow evening. (Shoresh David Tampa, Tampa)

JOHN McNICHOLAS CD RELEASE PARTY He may be spending most of his time in Atlanta these days, but impeccable singer-songwriter John McNicholas will always be a St. Pete boy to us longtime scenesters, and he knows it. That's why John's coming back to town for a weekend's worth of shows, and kicking them off with this party celebrating his second solo EP of crisp, personable and innately infectious pop-rock tunes, Silver. (Longtime fans will be happy to know that the top-notch four-track CD includes both a new version of "Maria" and, finally, a studio recording of "No One Would Miss Us," along with two great newer tracks.) Tonight's gig features a full-band format, and support from likeminded local pop purveyors Brian Merrill (Barely Pink, The Threads) and Lance Rowland; in addition to this Globe shindig and tomorrow night's SMA to-do at The Garage, McNicholas will also play Viva La Frida's dog-friendly Yappy Hour on Sunday afternoon. (Globe Coffee Lounge, St. Petersburg)

ROOTSTOCK 3 Heavily buzzed and scene-beloved local roots/reggae/hip-hop/Afro-beat/anything-with-an-overwhelming-groove collective Gwan Massive is at it again, with the third installment of its RootStock mini-fest. Tonight's program features everything from rocksteady to ace turntablism, from the familiar likes of Tribal Style, LMNO (of The Visionaries), Surreal & Breakdown, The Rukus, 99 Lions, Slopfunkdust and more, more, more. There's no better place to stand, heavy-lidded with a superior brew in your hand, and nod along, than at the New World tonight. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

HIPPY GONE WRONG A band from Orlando with an apparent penchant for performing in tighty-whiteys, Hippy Gone Wrong is in the mold of the classic mid-'90s alternative bands. The sound is aggressive and loud, but without the monotonous shrieking or the tunelessness of hardcore punk. In fact, Hippy Gone Wrong might just make you nostalgic for the era of Bush, Sponge and Veruca Salt. (The Tavern on Main, Sarasota) —Cooper Levey-Baker


MARY J. BLIGE The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul brings her inimitable, sensuous blend of those two genres to Tampa's big ol' shed. I'm going to go ahead and assume that anyone even vaguely interested in urban music is familiar with Blige's sophisticated, forward-thinking and seemingly ever more mature and classy style — she's come a long way from the stereotypical streetwise bad-girl who began her career in the early '90s, and is currently touring to support her 10th full-length, The Breakthrough. Support comes courtesy of Jaheim — a guy who also seamlessly blends rap and soul — and LeToya, a former member of Destiny's Child's original lineup whose eponymous debut full-length finally dropped (after several years of singles) last month. (Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa)

BUJU BANTON Once an exponent of "slack" dancehall, which was filled with ribald lyrics and homophobia, Banton converted to Rasta and helped overhaul the subgenre by surrounding himself with live instruments and adopting the social consciousness of roots reggae. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg) —ES

THE PRODIGALS w/NESSIE New York's Progidals have been dubbed one of the premiere Celt-rock bands of the 2000s. Most of the members hail from Ireland, and demonstrate an intuitive feel for mixing the music of their native land with American pop and rock styles. Harrell, the Planet's in-house Celt-rock expert, would ordinarily blurb this show, but his band Nessie opens, thus creating a gaping conflict of interest. I've seen his garage-roots band, and I like. Not too Celtic, really; not really Celtic at all, but nevertheless a good fit as an opener. (Skipper's Smokehouse) —ES

AN ALBATROSS/GIL MANTERA'S PARTY DREAM/YIP-YIP/SHED FOR YOU/YO MAJESTY/THE MOSAIC Progressive indie spazz-rock outfit An Albatross hails from Pennsylvania, and has set itself apart from the noise-core crowd by both incorporating eclectic instrumentation (steel drums, Farfisa, horns), and by having compositions that actually sound like songs. Even I like the new album Blessphemy (of the Peace-Beast Feastgiver and the Bear Warp Kumite), and I usually hate shit like this. From Ohio, Gil Mantera's Party Dream lives up to its name with eccentric disco-funk-New Romantic madness. Yip-Yip is sort of like a noise-core band, only with cool analog keyboards and weird instruments you've never seen — check out this week's music feature for more on this Winter Park duo. Shed for You, Yo Majesty and The Mosaic are all local concerns, and provide a progressive take on metalcore, awesome, crazy girl-rap/bass-throb/sex-danciness, and nice, screamy pummel, respectively. Seriously, Yo Majesty RULES. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

THE HEATHENS/THE DIVINERS/JAMES MCFARLAND Orlando's Heathens drink at the bar where Appalachian roots, exuberant garage-band energy and engaging coed vocal harmonies meet. Good stuff, made all the more attractive by the presence of two great local stalwarts — Will Quinlan's evocative, twangy Diviners and former Mercy Seat frontman James McFarland, who has one of the coolest singing voices on the planet. (Bombshell Gallery, St. Petersburg)

HEATSTROKE HOT ROD HOEDOWN This is the fourth year of Bradenton sleaze-a-billy band The Downshifters' annual free party/car and bike show/concert, and as someone who's attended the soiree in the past, I can highly and wholeheartedly recommend this all-afternoon-and-into-the-evening rager. In addition to the 'shifters, you'll get rowdy sets from Spankin' Fresh, The Cryptkeepers, Six-Year Bender, and Zanesville, as well as cold bevvies to drink and cool rides to gawk at. The whole thing goes off at P-Man's Classic Cycle Paint (721 Seventh Ave. W. in Bradenton), Downshifters frontman Paxton's business, starting around 2 p.m. A guaranteed good time. (P-Man's Classic Cycle Paint, Bradenton)

SOUTHEAST MUSIC ASSOCIATION COMPILATION CD FUNDRAISER Pinellas County-based original-music lobby the SMA is getting ready to release its second compilation of homegrown and regional talent, Volume Two: Tampa Bay and Beyond, and it needs a little help covering the fees involved. Luckily, The John McNicholas Band, The Semis, The Same and wonderful singer-songwriter Geri X are down with the cause; they join SMA principal (and Weekly Planet staffer) Joran Oppelt's band Auditorium for a benefit packed with local goodness, most of it of the catchy modern-rock variety. Represent tonight, then pick up a copy of the disc when it drops in early October. (The Garage, St. Petersburg)

sunday, AUG. 27

311 w/THE WAILERS Coming out of Omaha, Neb. in the early '90s, 311 rode the alt-rock explosion for awhile, then turned to a more reggae-fied sound that still possesses a coiled rock energy. The Wailers' three main members — bassist Aston "Familyman" Barrett, lead guitarist Al Anderson and keyboardist Earl "Wya" Lindo — were all cohorts of Bob Marley in the '70s. The band is about as close as you can get to the Marley wellspring. (Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa) —ES

monDAY, AUG. 28

THE WALKMEN/BOBBY BARE JR./CANDY BARS Brooklyn's arty, catchy post-rock outfit The Walkmen rose from the ashes of Jonathan Fire*Eater to become a favorite with hipsters who burned out early on the Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the other more intensely hyped bands emerging from that scene at the time. (Most other people have heard the band and not known it, via the usage of The Walkmen's excellent song "We've Been Had" in a Saturn commercial a few years back.) A great, great, talented band. A late and strange-but-wonderful addition to this bill is eccentric country-rock maestro Bobby Bare Jr.; BBJr.'s got a new album, The Longest Meow, coming out in a few weeks, and it's weird and stunningly beautiful. Marvelous Bay area art-pop act Candy Bars opens the show, and rounds out a uniformly killer bill. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

MURPHY'S LAW/THE SCURVY/ARM THE POOR/CAR BOMB DRIVER As crossover thrash was taking root in the New York City punk scene during the mid-'80s, Jimmy Gestapo (the name was a provocative joke, if a bad one) and a rotating cast of crazies were keeping the humor and primal, uncomplicated blast of hardcore's origins alive. By the end of that decade, the group's many pro-pot, pro-party anthems had made it quasi-legendary (and Jimmy G. a High Times cover model), and the band continues to exist almost solely on its dedication to bringing old-school fans a loud, fast, beer-soaked good time. Local bands The Scurvy, Arm The Poor and Car Bomb Driver bring three distinctly different punk-rock personalities, from the gutter to the new school, to the party. (Bourbon Street, New Port Richey)

CARLA ULBRICH Ulbrich is a joking folkster in a genre normally reserved for the dour and super-serious. From South Carolina, Ulbrich sings jaunty, smart-ass tunes about lame boyfriends and hating Wal-Mart. (Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota) —CLB

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