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Hurricane Wilma disrupted Florida travel plans for several acts. Check with venues before attending shows listed below to see if schedules have been changed.


DEPECHE MODE w/THE BRAVERY Everybody's high-school girlfriend's favorite band has been fairly quiet since 2001's Exciter, save regular spins at Goth-y dance clubs around the world. A couple of weeks ago, however, Depeche Mode dropped Playing the Angel, an album many critics are hailing as its best since the landmark 1990 high-water mark Violator; the timing is damn near perfect, considering the fact that the sound this British phenomenon helped invent is back in mainstream style via new groups like tonight's tepid support act The Bravery. (St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa)

THE SONGWRITERS: LYLE LOVETT/JOE ELY/JOHN HIATT/GUY CLARK With the concert industry growing increasingly competitive, package tours are becoming more and more creative. Some of them come off like gimmicky crap — but not this one. Each of these men is known for the emotional potency and wit of his songbook, and the distinctiveness of his singing and stage presence. We assume, we hope, that the members will perform separately, and in various configurations. Should be fun. So now it's time for a quiz, a question similar to those on standardized tests. Which artist of the four least fits the group — as in Apple, Orange, AK-47, Pear? Answer at bottom of page. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) ERIC SNIDER

FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES/BOYSETSFIRE/THE ESOTERIC/BIOLOGY Long Island's From Autumn to Ashes was among the first young groups to usher in the heavier, darker and more metal-influenced emo offshoot known as screamo. Its new album, Abandon Your Friends, finds them trying to shake up some of the subgenre's defining characteristics, but the results are dismally incoherent and unfinished. It is nice, however, to welcome Boysetsfire back to touring. This edgy posthardcore outfit first made waves seven or eight years ago by infusing metallic East Coast hardcore with brains and positivity; noted indie label Equal Vision is re-releasing some of the band's classic early records while we wait for new material. (Masquerade, Ybor City)

BENEVENTO RUSSO DUO The two New Jersey high school pals have forged a keyboards/drums tandem that calls to mind a heavier, more rocking version of Medeski, Martin & Wood. For more, check out the Music feature on pg. 52 (Java Junction, Clearwater) ES

LAURA LOVE DUO Eclectic songstress Love has long been a favorite with fans of sounds ranging from Celtic to African to American folk. Tonight, her stripped-down duo performs at world music-friendly Viva la Frida. (Viva la Frida Café y Galeria, Tampa)

THE MYSPACE.COM TOUR MySpace isn't just for wasting time at work and trying to convince young women that you're a "real" photographer, you know. It's also for promoting bands you'll grow out of in a couple of years. This particular instance of synergistic grassroots cross-pollination features barely tolerable screamo unit Greeley Estates; infinitely better screamo unit A Change of Pace; surprisingly rocking emo unit My American Heart; self-consciously snotty power-pop unit Agent Sparks (featuring former members of Audiovent); and slightly better-than-average screamo unit The Confession. NOTE: This show is at Ybor City's Orpheum, not at Clearwater's 688 Skatepark as previously listed. ALSO NOTE: If you pack your MySpace page with animation and movies so that it takes forever to load and all the audio clashes, you're a tool. (Orpheum, Ybor City)


ALAN JACKSON w/SARA EVANS The term often used to describe country superstar Jackson, as well as more image- and cliché-oriented peers like Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, is "hat act." I like it, although Jackson, who spent all of the '90s as one of country music's best-selling artists and scored again with the post-9/11 weeper "Where Were You," is widely considered to be more substantial and well-rounded than many of his contemporaries. (Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa)

COPELAND w/DAPHNE LOVES DERBY/MELEE/THE SPILL CANVAS Former Central Florida act Copeland moved to Atlanta and became the toast of the Christian emo scene a couple of years back. It's easy to hear why, as the band's original yet infectious tunes smoke the usual generic underground all-ages pop shit. Like-minded openers Daphne Loves Derby, Melee and The Spill Canvas are moody, angular, and ready for MTV2, respectively. (Masquerade, Tampa)

OTIS TAYLOR Folk bluesman Taylor left a stalling musical career in the mid '70s to become a successful antiques dealer, but heeded the call once again two decades later. Since then, his uncompromising, socially and culturally critical songwriting has won him a W.C. Handy award, and led many to hail him as one of the most important contemporary blues artists working today. (Springs Theatre, Tampa)

THE TIMEOUT DRAWER w/LIGHT YOURSELF ON FIRE/RED ROOM CINEMA Arty Chicago instrumental act The Timeout Drawer builds throbbing, oceanic climaxes, yet remains weirdly intricate at the same time; it's heavy, but not way heavy. Brutal west-central Florida act Light Yourself on Fire features former members of peninsular grind heroes Reversal of Man, Omega-Man and the almighty Scrog, while Tampa's Red Room Cinema deftly blends atmosphere and muscular catharsis. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

DETROIT WOMEN & MOTOR CITY EXPRESS Eight disparate, powerful, soulful female blues singers (including the Grammy-nominated Kate Hart), backed by an award-winning band of veteran Detroit musicians. Though only in their second year, these Detroit Women swept this year's Detroit Music Awards, garnering a jaw-dropping, record-setting 13 titles, and Motor City Weekly Detroit Metro Times saw fit to include them in its list of the most influential hometown artists to emerge over the last 100 years. (Bourbon Street, New Port Richey)

ROD MACDONALD An unabashedly political singer/songwriter, MacDonald got his start back in Greenwich Village in the 1980s, drawing from and adding to the neighborhood's deep history of socially charged folk music. And while you're right to dismiss the pretensions of the folkies who came along thinking that they could cure the world's ills through sing-alongs, give a listen to MacDonald and, while the tunes may be kind of corny, it's pretty hard to dismiss them. And really, why shouldn't an artist draw from his or her political convictions? I'll take that over the meaningless pap that passes for material in other quarters any day. (Fogartyville Café, Bradenton) COOPER LANE BAKER

SUNCOAST BLUES SOCIETY HOODOO BLUES CRUISE It's the SBS' third annual party on the water. Reserve yourself a spot at, head on down to Dolphin Landings in St. Pete Beach (4737 Gulf Blvd.) at 7:30, and enjoy three hours of wine, water and song. This year's performers are road-warrior blues bards Kraig Kenning and Steve Arvey. (Dolphin Landings, St. Pete Beach)


THE LAST DAMN SHOW 7 Wild 98.7's annual one-day hip-hop/urban radio festival boasts one of its most high-profile lineups ever. In addition to raucous (and incredibly vapid) headliners Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, the bill includes Young Jeezy, David Banner, Slick Rick (hell, yeah!), Pretty Ricky, Chris Brown, T Pain, Ray J and that sickly talented mouth from the south, Pitbull. (Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg)

EMERSON DRIVE/RICOCHET/FANNY GRACE Canadian C&W act Emerson Drive spent 2002 and '03 collecting just about every country music award the group was eligible to win, as well as enjoying heavy CMT rotation; its second album, What If?, is expected to do similarly brisk business. Similarly harmony-heavy quintet Ricochet and up-and-coming Oklahoman duo Fanny Grace — you might've heard their big single "Counting on Love" — provide support. The Pasco County Fairgrounds are located at 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. (Pasco County Fairgrounds, Dade City)

H.I.M. This Finnish Goth-metal project has been huge in Scandinavia for years, though various complications (such as a long-running legal dispute with Midwestern multi-instrumentalist/former June of 44 and Codeine member Doug Scharin, who also has an outlet called HiM), have kept the band from really exposing itself to the States. That could change this year, though — Universal released H.I.M.'s back catalog in the U.S., as well as a new effort, Dark Light. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)


MATISYAHU If the name rings a bell, but you can't quite remember exactly what it refers to, here's a hint: He's the Hasidic Jew dancehall toaster who put out a live album (the recorded-in-Austin Live at Stubb's) as his first widely available release, and who a bunch of hipsters were talking about for, like, five minutes this past spring. He's a gifted guy, but doesn't really sound all that different from any veteran reggae star you'd care to mention, and the novelty factor completely overshadows whatever credible talent he possesses. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)


DWARVES/MONDO GENERATOR/THE TURBO ACS/WANTED DEAD Quasi-legendary nihilist-punk act Dwarves is known far more for suicidal onstage antics, aborted three-minute shows and frontman Blag Dahlia's mouth than for its music, which sounds exactly like what you'd expect from a band known more for the above offenses. It doesn't matter, anyway, because 75 percent of the people who attend this provocative rogue-punk spectacle will do so solely to catch a glimpse of (or be beaten up by) Mondo Generator principal Nick Oliveri; Oliveri was one half of the driving force behind Queens of the Stone Age until last year, when he was very publicly fired. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

MARA LEVI She's a singer/songwriter from Baltimore whose latest album — 2003's Life's a Ball — was recorded with a strong band possessing a delicious alternative rock sound. In Sarasota County, though, she's keeping it acoustic, performing solo. Her tunes are catchy and uptempo and, even without the benefit of the band, Levi should generate enough excitement on her own. She also just happens to have a buoyant, expressive voice: not technically perfect, but unique enough to separate her from the indie pack. If you miss her tonight, she'll be playing a second show in the area at Metro Coffee & Wine on Tues., Nov. 8. Or you can check her out twice. There are worse ways to spend your time. (Stir the Soul, Venice) CLB


MOLOTOV Mexican group Molotov has been Rock en Espanol's flagship rap-metal act for a decade now. Its '97 debut full-length earned a Latin Grammy nomination, and was followed up by a high-profile sophomore effort produced by Beastie Boys chum Mario Caldato, Jr. (Masquerade, Ybor City)

JOHN LEGEND Musical prodigy and Kanye West understudy Legend just released his first proper solo album this year. But he's written for West, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and others, as well as playing clubs and sessions (most notably for Lauryn Hill). Expect to be wowed by some first-rate neo-soul and stylish urban music that gets everything right. Highly recommended. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa)

THE CLUMSY LOVERS This Vancouver five-piece throws everything from bluegrass and traditional Irish melodies to classic pop and rockabilly into its energetic, humorous show. The group has long been a favorite at roots, jam, and roots-jam festivals across North America, but its engaging style is accessible to pretty much anybody who appreciates good songwriting, better musicianship and a folksy, unpretentious approach. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

Quiz answer: John Hiatt. Raised in Indianapolis, he's the one not considered part of the Texas Troubadour movement.

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