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Lucky Boys Confusion Fred Astaire, the ubiquitous new single from Chicago's Lucky Boys Confusion, smooshes all those wonderful Warped Tour styles together to come up with something either sweet or cloying, depending on one's perspective. Its amalgam of pop-punk, hip-hop and ska accurately represents about half the debut album, Throwing The Game; the other half tends to sound a bit like the Goo Goo Dolls' Dizzy Up The Girl cranked up another eight or nine beats per minute. Support for this show has yet to be announced, although finding another band that shares LBC's style might be every bit as difficult as closing your eyes and throwing a rock. (June 14, Jannus Landing)

Thinking Day Rally/Ashes of Grisum/Mark McManus A little local eclecticism for your Thursday night edification, along with one fairly bent acoustic guy. Thinking Day Rally ply introspective piano-driven indie-pop with an exceptionally deft touch. If the rumors are true, everybody's favorite headliner at the cabaret of the damned, Ashes of Grisum, is currently roaming far beyond the marvelous Nick Cave-isms of its earlier work. Oh, and songwriter Mark McManus is crazy. (June 14, Orpheum)

Journey/Peter Frampton/John Waite What can we say? Expect a torrent of hits from Journey, a cavalcade of talk-box bravado from Frampton, and, uh, Missing You from John Waite. The only burning question here concerns whether the Bad English fan lying dormant in each and every one of us will be awakened, and thusly gratified. Steve Perry fans are encouraged to attend the cordial boycott/vigil at Snider's. (June 15, USF Sun Dome)

My Hotel Year w/The Flapcats/Closure Orlando's My Hotel Year, recently signed to Beyond Records, deliver one of the most compelling live sets this side of Hot Water Music. They've got the fury, but temper things with intriguing dynamics and an obvious sense of fun. The Flapcats purvey finely hooky rock 'n' roll, reminiscent of a more pop-grounded Social D. When asked to verify the reports of hefty label interest, Brandon's Closure simply smile, shrug and go play some more earnest, melodic post-hardcore. (June 15, Orpheum)

Wayne Toups & Zydecajun According to his Iona Records press sheet, Louisiana's Wayne Toups has been called the Cajun Springsteen. Hmmmmm. Monsieur Toups brings the rawk to an engaging blend of bayou styles. (Insert spicy-cooking metaphor here.) (June 15, Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, Pinellas Park)

Brooks & Dunn w/Toby Keith/Montgomery Gentry/Keith Urban Big country — and not the kind with the chiming Scottish guitar tag, either. Nashville heavies Brooks & Dunn have returned from semi-retirement — thereby stealing the thunder originally reserved for one Garth Brooks — with Steers and Stripes, an album that the C&W press is calling a bold departure, and everybody else is calling a Brooks & Dunn album. Anyone who has ever wondered why it now takes two record labels, five songwriters and nine session musicians to write one three-chord song about one woman and one bottle of whiskey might consider staying home and listening to Pleased to Meet Me. (June 16, Ice Palace)

Element 101 w/Junction 18/Race to Win/Slingshot Element 101 are the only female-fronted outfit on the spiritually-minded Tooth and Nail imprint's roster, but their hooks-n-high-speed delivery falls neatly into what fans have come to expect as the Tooth and Nail sound. Traditionally speaking, that means equal parts pop and enthusiasm. Ditto the boisterous Junction 18, though they may come off as slightly heavier. Locals Race to Win and Slingshot, presumably cut from the same shroud, will support with ability and verve. (June 16, Refuge)

The Faint w/The Boats/The Bliss/Soft Rock Renegades Promoter Jack Spatafora continues his relentless assault on your woefully underexposed tastes. Any conversation with the man calls for the phrase Uh, I've heard of them, but I've never heard them, delivered haltingly. Soon you'll knuckle under and beg for more of that cool, cool stuff. By all accounts, The Faint meld synthesizer-fueled new wave/no wave to that whole sexy, emaciated-people-with-out-of-control-hair-in-tight-black-pants aura. Warning: there are no guitars in The Faint. The Boats are, of course, The Boats — manic, meandering tuneage that could have been jazz, but decided to be fun instead. The Bliss features former members of the late, lamented Althea. This'll be a good 'un. (June 16, Orpheum)

Jennifer & The Venturas The capable outfit that backed the Bay area's Dan Electro — guitarist Greg Poulos, stand-up bassist/lauded arranger JP Coley, and drummer Arthur Siegel — return to performing. And they've brought new vocalist Jennifer Sweat with 'em. Look forward to an engaging blend of jazz, swing, R&B and big-band influences, brought off by people with the feel and experience to make it real. (June 17, Skipper's Smokehouse)

Dominic Gaudious Acoustic double-neck guitarist Dominic Gaudious has provided music for MTV's Real World/Road Rules, and has appeared with such luminaries as Adrian Legg and Acoustic Alchemy. His style mixes jazz and classical composition with some world-beat influence. Hey, one cannot live on distortion and angst alone. It sounds interesting, OK? Sheesh. Gaudious will perform at both the St. Petersburg (2 p.m.) and South Tampa (6 p.m.) locations of Borders. Have a latte. Peruse some James Joyce. Get some of what passes for culture these days. (June 17, Borders Books & Music)

Society's Finest w/Evergreen Terrace/The Young & The Useless/Mack The Knife To be perfectly honest, I don't know shit about these bands, beyond the obvious giant-mohawk gutter-punk connotations. But any band that names itself after the street on which The Simpsons reside should automatically get at least a little ink. Bring your gob-shield. (June 20, The State Theatre)

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