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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)

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