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LAGWAGON/THE LAWRENCE ARMS/A WILHELM SCREAM Lagwagon has been fusing melody to hardcore tempos since '88 and is both godfather to and a perfect example of the kind of scorching, catchy punk that's come to be known as "the Fat Wreck sound." Of course, Chicago's literate, funny, intensely original Lawrence Arms are a perfect example of how there's no longer any such thing as "the Fat Wreck sound" — the band's latest album for that label, Oh! Calcutta!, conforms to no punk-rock dogma and is one of the two or three finest sound recordings to emerge so far this year. A Wilhelm Scream is a better-than-average new-school act from Massachusetts that remembers the finer elements of the old school and can actually play. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

FATLIP/OMNI Pharcyde co-founder Fatlip finally followed up on his 2000 debut solo single, "What Up Fatlip," with last year's full-length The Loneliest Punk, and he reportedly hasn't lost any of the rambling, personable skills that made his old crew such an indispensable addition to '90s alternative rap. Underground MC Omni began his career in the late '90s as a member of Los Angeles' BassLine Xcursionists, then went solo in '01 with Funkdafied Freddy. He's since shared the stage with backpack powerbrokers like Murs and Rhymesayers' Brother Ali. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

SUBURBAN LOCKDOWN/MORE TBA The dudes that make up Suburban Lockdown have a little bit of punk-rock history. Various members have been playing in the scene since all the way back in 1982, the year after Black Flag dropped Damaged. Cause, please meet effect. Despite all that time playing, though, these guys still sound like a bunch of hardcore-worshipping teenagers hopped up on speed and out to destroy their equipment. They just released their debut album — Locked In — on Canada's Steel Capped Records and are in the midst of a brief run of Florida dates to celebrate. If you like your beer cold, your TV loud and your punk rock whiplash-inducing, you've found a good night out. (The Tavern on Main, Sarasota) —Cooper Levey-Baker

SUNDAY, AUG. 06

AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE For the countless tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of adoring Tampa Bay fans for whom sitting on the couch and watching the Fox ratings juggernaut two or three nights a week this spring wasn't enough, the American Idol "singers" roll into town for a one-night, G-rated throwdown. Michael McDonald-wannabe Taylor Hicks tops the bill, with his easy-to-take soul vocals. Studly rocker Chris Daughtry and the R&B teenager Paris Bennett (both eliminated from the competition before their time) are probably the closest this bunch comes to genuinely exciting entertainment. As for the rest? Well, who could forget the stellar competition performances of, say, munchkin Elliott Yamin or dumb blonde Kellie Pickler? The fact that this tour is sponsored by the sugary breakfast pastry Pop-Tarts reeks of truth in advertising. (St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa) —Wayne Garcia

NOW IT'S OVERHEAD/SUMMERBIRDS IN THE CELLAR/THE ALOHA MODEL If you're at all interested in seeing how today's indie-rock kids are incorporating the early alternative ethereal/shoegaze influence, this show is not to be missed. Athens-based Now It's Overhead principal Andy LeMaster is no slouch when it comes to writing great songs and rendering them beautifully in the studio — the band's new album, Dark Light Daybreak, is often breathtaking — and Orlando's masterfully evocative Summerbirds in the Cellar is always a highly recommended live experience. As a value-added bonus, you get Tampa one-man band The Aloha Model, which blends acoustic guitars, cut-and-paste beats and noise and breathy vocals to come up with something extremely gratifying. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

BETTER THAN AVERAGE/CHARMIN/MORE TBA As if one night of punk rock from central Florida at The Tavern weren't enough, Better Than Average is in town the very next night after Suburban Lockdown is set to nuke the place. BTA is more influenced by bands that were influenced by punk rather than the real deal, though, with a sound that doesn't stray too far from the Green Day template. The band is pushing a new self-released LP and played a date on the Warped Tour. Oh also, don't forget to pick up some Rockstar Energy Drink, which the band is promoting. "Party like a Rockstar!"© (The Tavern on Main, Sarasota) —CLB

MONDAY, AUG. 07

MARIAH CAREY w/SEAN PAUL While I wouldn't categorize myself as a fan, I admire Mariah's spunk and survival instincts. (Hey, anyone can have a meltdown.) She bounced back in '05 with the year's biggest seller, the six-times-platinum Emancipation of Mimi, which must still have the folks at Virgin eyeing the window ledges. That was the label, you might remember, that offered her a $28-million buyout of what was then the richest contract in music history — after they had already paid her $21-million. While Carey might be too much of a diva for her own good, she's a formidable singing talent who inspires fierce loyalty among her fans. Sean Paul is probably the top act in dancehall reggae. (St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa) —ES

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