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THURSDAY, JUNE 23

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/CROWBAR/ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY Over the years, North Carolina's legendary Corrosion of Conformity went from being an envelope-pushing political hardcore outfit, to an ahead-of-its-time thrash/hardcore crossover unit, to an above-average groove-metal act. The band's latest, In The Arms of God, is a straight-ahead thrashy and Black Sabbath-y blast. (Oddly, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore played on it.) Veteran New Orleans groovecore combo Crowbar comes along for the ride, as does Richmond, Va.'s impeccable stoner-metal crew Alabama Thunderpussy. Highly recommended. (Masquerade, Ybor City)

TRAVIS MORRISON/DORIS HENSON/MANTS While C.O.C. does its dirge-with-attitude thing in the big room, former Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison does his disappointing, supposed-to-be-arty-but-really-just-lame thing in the adjacent Infinity Room. Sorry, fanboys and fangirls; the D-Plan did indeed rock, but Morrison's solo album Travistan, his disjointed live shows and sad attempts at hip-hop funnery are, given his pedigree, perplexing in their awfulness. Local band Mants is interesting, though. (Masquerade Infinity Room, Ybor City)

ACTION ACTION w/SPITALFIELD Action Action is once-vital hardcore label Victory Records' entry into the retro/'80s/New Wave/dance-punk scene, and by most accounts, the band is pretty good at the synth-laden stuff. You probably know Chicago-area rock/punk/pop act Spitalfield from its numerous appearances on all-ages bills here and at Jannus Landing. Expect a couple more bands, as well. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

THE DEAD KENNEDYS Listen, I'm not gonna get into the whole Jello Biafra vs. the rest of the band thing. I'm sure the group, last seen being fronted by an unknown from Massachusetts named Jeff Penalty, is still a nostalgic rush to see live, but come on - without Biafra, what's the point? Jello may be taking things too far in his assumption that he is the Kennedys - but not all that far. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

THE SIX PARTS SEVEN/RIDDLE OF STEEL/ZILLIONAIRE We loves us some Six Parts Seven 'round these parts; the Ohio group does arty, jazz-informed post-rock without ever sacrificing hook or ditching the listener. And as a serious bonus, tonight you get Riddle of Steel, one of the best bands ever to proudly wear the dumbest-ass name they could think up. RoS does taut, technical, melodic, ingenious indie-rock that's so heavy and intricate it borders on metal at times, and completely rules. How the guitarist can play those crazy, delay-saturated riffs and sing at the same time, I'll never know. Zillionaire is a new, moody, slightly subdued Tampa act featuring former members of The Washdown and The Maccabees. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

GYM CLASS HEROES/I AM THE AVALANCHE/FIRESCAPE/WHOLE WHEAT BREAD New York State group Gym Class Heroes mixes interesting live-band music with hip-hop vocals that actually don't suck. I Am The Avalanche hails from Long Island's fertile emo/nu-punk scene; Firescape features members of Madcap and Something Corporate; and Florida's own, rising Whole Wheat Bread mixes punk-pop with rap. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

BILLY NORRIS PROJECT CD RELEASE PARTY Seventeen-year-old Bay area jazz/funk musician Billy Norris has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman (as a youth-prodigy film reviewer), plays guitar and bass, and enjoyed some of this year's Grammy hoopla when he was selected by Gibson Guitars to perform in a special ensemble. Yeah, kid's good. His band's self-titled debut CD is hot off the presses; come celebrate the momentous occasion. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

LOUISE TAYLOR Taylor is as much a social scientist as she is a songwriter. The sounds on her latest release, 2003's Velvet Town, seem to come from another world, or at least another corner of the world. Part homage to Tom Waits, part tribute to divas as diverse as Joni Mitchell and Billie Holiday, Taylor sings with a world-weariness that isn't seen or heard on the Fogartyville Café's stage often enough. (Fogartyville Café, Bradenton)

-MARK SANDERS

A BENEFIT FOR EFFIE NIKOLAKIS A young employee of Oldsmar pub/coffeehouse The Den, Effie Nikolakis was recently and tragically involved in a motorcycle accident; the 20-year-old is going to need extensive physical therapy and skin grafts before she will fully recover. Her employers and friends are asking locals to come out for an afternoon (it kicks off at 2 p.m.) and evening of live music, food, drink and raffles in Nikolakis' honor, with the aim of helping raise some cash for her medical costs. The Den is located at 3130 Tampa Road. (The Den, Oldsmar)

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

ALANIS MORRISETTE Saw her on Cribs. All blissed out. Eastern mystic. Incense burning. A decade after Alanis busted on the scene eviscerating bad boyfriends, her music has lost its sharp teeth. To honor the 10th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, she has recut the album in acoustic form. I haven't heard it, but would be surprised if it were an artistic success. That said, she's still a formidable presence, with a strong, distinctive voice. This show is part of the JLP acoustic tour; she'll be backed by her regular band. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

-ERIC SNIDER

THE ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS w/CRASH MITCHELL Austin's own Spankers have been blending roots-rock reverence, general irreverence, cultural smarts and acoustic Vaudeville spectacle for over 10 years now; check out the Music Feature for the full skinny. (Bourbon Street, New Port Richey)

CHUCK REDD & NATE NAJAR Talented local jazz guitarist Nate Najar, whose interesting style involves orchestral multi-tonal voicings as opposed to the usual single-note runs, joins forces with noted vibraphonist Chuck Redd. This is a rare Florida appearance for Redd (who's also an accomplished drummer), and the program will lean heavily on material from his latest album, All This and Heaven Too. The Branch @ Redwoods is located at 247 Central Ave. in downtown St. Pete. (The Branch @ Redwoods, St. Petersburg)

SUNDAY, JUNE 26

DEATH TO TYRANTS w/ISOBELLA Instrumental punk outfit Death to Tyrants returns to the SpoT's Transitions Art Gallery, nearly a year after its first appearance, due to popular demand. Atmospheric Tampa duo Isobella opens. (Skatepark of Tampa, Tampa)SUMMERTIME SHINDIG The Boiler Room welcomes a bevy of punk and rock acts to its sweet, sweet stage in honor of the emergence of the dog days. This event kicks off at 1 p.m., and features 15 bands, including Dead Letter Poets, Trace of Day, Second Place Failure, Finding Aquila, 50 Foot Centerfold, Valetta, Fox Fallen, Wild Mushrooms, and the rad WeakSauce, among others. (Boomerz Boiler Room, Seminole)

KEEPING COMPANY WITH DONNA KLEIN FEAT. MIKE DONAHUE/JOEL FRYE/MAC The final installment of this season's version of the annual Keeping Company with Donna Klein series finds beloved local songwriter Klein sharing the stage with the Irish-accented Mike Donahue, Jim Croce acolyte Joel Frye and Florida native Mac. (Catherine Hickman Theatre, Gulfport)

TUESDAY, JUNE 28

DARKEST HOUR/SINCE BY MAN/THE AUTUMN OFFERING/HARAM/BLOODJINN/THE ABSENCE Jagged Washington, D.C., metalcore outfit Darkest Hour is considered a strong contender for the Shit-Hot New Metal Act throne currently being occupied by Shadows Fall; the group slew all comers as second-stage rookies a couple of OzzFests ago, and its new album, Undoing Ruin, has been eagerly anticipated by extreme-music fans almost since the acclaimed last one, Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation, dropped back in '03. Expect the whole bill to be similarly brutal and grinding, but make sure you get there early to check out one of excellent local metal outfit The Absence's first shows as a budding national property; the group signed to Metal Blade Records a few months back. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

THE GRAHAM COLTON BAND Poppier than Dave Matthews, jammier than Matchbox Twenty, The Graham Colton band is a quickly rising pop-rock act from Dallas. The members are young and appropriately cute 'n' tussled, and the tunes are catchy and earnest and aimed squarely at the Adult Alternative Nation so captivated by the likes of John Mayer. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

SAY HI TO YOUR MOM w/JARVIC 7 Suddenly, everybody's talking about this band nobody knew about a month ago, and it's not just on account of its really kick-ass name. If I were a total cynic, I'd put all of SH2YM's shiny new buzz down to the fact that the group often sounds a lot like The Postal Service with bigger choruses and no Jenny Lewis. And I am a total cynic, so that's what I think, but the band sounds pretty damn good in any case. Plus, you get the first show from experimental local indie outfit Jarvic 7 since Matt's cast came off. So check it out, already. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

GREEN LEMON While Green Lemon began as a rather straightforward garage reggae band, experimentation, lineup changes and a more thorough convergence of the members' various influences brought them to their present sound, which fuses rolling, funkified rhythms with New Wave electronica, Zeppelin-inspired percussion and delightfully melodious vocals. The last time Green Lemon came to town, they played a rockin' show to a small throng of fans at The Bank. They make another stop at that St. Petersburg venue for their 2005 national tour, so if you missed their self-professed "reggadelic/conceptual/improv jam/intergalactic skank" last time, don't make that mistake again. (The Bank Nightclub & Concert Venue, St. Petersburg)

-LEILANI POLK

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