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THURSDAY, AUG. 03

THE KENNY DREW JR. TRIO By now, Drew has to be tired of reading that he's the son of the late Kenny Drew, a pianist who played with a roll call of jazz greats, including the holy troika of Bird, Miles and Trane. So let's spare him the rehash, OK? Uh ... let me start over: St. Pete resident Kenny Drew Jr. is a jazz pianist of considerable repute who possesses a winning combination of fire and lyricism. Now in his late 40s, he has released 20 albums under his own name on a variety of small-to-medium labels. Brought to you by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association and the city of St. Petersburg. (The Palladium, St. Petersburg) —Eric Snider

FRIDAY, AUG. 04

DAVE MASON A founding member of Traffic, Mason enjoyed middling success as a pop-rock solo act in the '70s. He's a serviceable singer, a better guitarist. His electrified version of Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," while it doesn't rival Hendrix's, nevertheless features some rippin' guitar breaks. (Largo Cultural Center) —ES

JURASSIC 5/X-CLAN Progressive Los Angeles hip-hop crew Jurassic 5 has been waiting more than a decade to stop being called the Next Big Thing and start being it; but, mainstream rap being what it is these days, the group will either have to wait a little longer, or completely sell out like former scene peers/formerly decent act Black Eyed Peas. Let's hope that never happens, because J5 gives up consistently superior product. The politically active X-Clan helped define the look and sound of thoughtful rap's late-'80s Afrocentric trend. Though two of the group's charter members have sadly passed away, primary motivating force Brother J has a new X-Clan effort, Return from Mecca, slated for an October release. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

MAE/THE SPILL CANVAS/INKWELL Since forming in '03, Virginia Beach's Mae has, like Elliott before it, tried to introduce new sonic atmospheres to emo-pop. The band is undeniably more ambitious than most, but often relies on the same tender earnestness and guitar hooks that have come to define the genre. The Spill Canvas also works familiar moody/catchy territory, but Orlando's Inkwell — a new project from former members of great Florida acts My Hotel Year and Believe in Toledo — offers a wonderfully original and personality-driven take on infectious indie-pop. Come early. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

JOSH ZUCKERMAN CD RELEASE PARTY Rising gay-culture maverick Zuckerman mixes his love for both country (he plays violin and acoustic guitar) and rock 'n' roll (he reveres the New Jersey storytelling-songwriter tradition) to make upbeat, strummy, danceable pop-rock with serious crossover appeal. His latest single "Out from Under" (from his second album of the same name, due this month) was recently the most requested track on Sirius satellite radio station OutQ for four weeks straight. (Valentine's Nightclub, Tampa)

THE AUTUMN OFFERING/BURN IN SILENCE There's really not much "core" in The Autumn Offering's metalcore. This Daytona Beach band plays the kind of Iron Maiden-inspired riffage that recalls another, more famous group with "Autumn" in its title, From Autumn to Ashes, but breaks it up with moody instrumental passages. Burn in Silence rose out of the same Boston extreme-music scene that birthed the likes of Converge and Hatebreed; the band's pummel lies somewhere between those two titans, not too teched- or spazzed-out but not too simple either. (688 Skatepark, Clearwater)

BOBAFLEX/STILLKEPT/PRIMITIVE ASTRONAUTS/INDORPHINE/PSYCHOSTICK It's an evening of average metal, some of which deserves a modicum of credit for not being afraid to just be heavy and dumb and trend-less and sometimes funny. West Virginia's Bobaflex has been spotted opening for much bigger bands recently, but this particular stop on the tour is a big one for Orlando's Indorphine. The band has made a name for itself around here on the strength of some interesting, well-played comedy-metal and a lot of over-the-top live sets, and tonight serves as a CD release party for its new album Glowsticks for Clubbing Baby Seals, out now on fledgling national label Rock Ridge Music. (Bourbon Street, New Port Richey)

SATURDAY, AUG. 05

BRAD PAISLEY He came on the scene in '99 as one of those scrubbed "hat acts," and has been a radio and fan fave ever since. Paisley sports a bit more roots cred than most of the contemporary country pack. (Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa) —ES

THE SMITHEREENS w/THE THREADS Hatched in north Jersey, The Smithereens occupied an interesting niche in late-'80s rock. Influenced by the British Invasion, as well as punk and the likes of Elvis Costello, frontman Pat DiNizio and company bundled all that up into a working-class bar-band sound. "Only a Memory" and "A Girl Like You" were rock radio hits during the heyday of hair bands like Poison and Cinderella. It's been a long time since The Smithereens were a rock force, but the hunch here is that this could well be a fine show. A nice bonus: The Threads. St. Pete's Brian Merrill, late of Barely Pink, leads his new band in a somewhat twangier take on power-pop. (Jannus Landing, St. Pete) —ES

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