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HATEBREED W/THE ABSENCE/HATE ETERNAL/ SILENCE AFTER TRAGEDY This last-minute addition to State Theatre's weekly lineup is headlined by Hatebreed, one of the most visible metalcore bands at the forefront of the current heavy-music resurgence. Which means buy your tickets in advance, kids. Local extreme-metal act The Absence flat-out rules; in the wake of a cancelled Deicide gig, this is their first high-profile hometown show since hitting the road with Underoath for a few days. Two more worthy Bay area acts, Hate Eternal and the buzzy Silence After Tragedy, provide support. (Oct. 28, State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

DAMAGEPLAN/SHADOWS FALL/THE HAUNTED Pantera co-founders/brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul are up to their old groovecore tricks with the eerily familiar-sounding Damageplan, and are co-headlining this tour with heavily hyped northeastern metal outfit Shadows Fall. In case you needed any more evidence that the brutal stuff is back with a vengeance, Shadows Fall's new album, the vaguely Ride the Lightning-esque The War Within, debuted at No. 20 on Billboard's album chart the week it was released. (Oct. 28, Masquerade, Ybor City)

DONNA WISSINGER & CHRISTINE MORI Acclaimed flautist Wissinger has played stages of such stature as Carnegie Hall and Russia's Glinka Capella; she also won Artists International's Distinguished Artist Award in '86 and '88. Pianist Mori is a Julliard graduate and veteran of both The Florida Orchestra and Sarasota's West Coast Symphony. Tonight, they'll make beautiful chamber music together. (Oct. 28, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, Tarpon Springs)

WYNONNA Poor gal has to hear all this shit in the tabloids about her weight. Who gives a damn. Wynonna can flat-out sing. Nominally a country artist, she's got one of the most soulful voices in the genre. (Oct. 28, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota) —ERIC SNIDER

TAKING BACK SUNDAY/FALL OUT BOY/MATCHBOOK ROMANCE/THE VARSITY By combining the energetic, ear-friendly post-pop-punk of The Get Up Kids with Thursday's dual-vocalist format and front-and-center angst, Taking Back Sunday facilitated the biggest mainstreamo breakthrough since Dashboard Confessional. Their sound is appropriately earnest and edgy, but comes off as hopelessly unoriginal as that of the 1,243,724 other bands providing similar variations on the same theme. The more straightforward outfit Fall Out Boy's about 15 minutes behind Taking Back Sunday's 15 minutes — they recently signed to major label Island Records. Matchbook Romance and The Varsity are a couple of melodic nu-punk bands still paying their dues on the bottom end of more high-profile all-ages tours. (Oct. 29, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

FOUR STAR RIOT CD RELEASE PARTY After quite a substantial semi-hiatus, stylish Pinellas pop-rock machine Four Star Riot is back with a new disc, Tonight and Tomorrow. Also on the bill are even more stylish Pinellas power-pop lookers R50, and long-running Bay area modern-rock act 10 Second Drop. (Oct. 29, Gasoline Alley, Clearwater)

25TH ANNUAL FREAKER'S BALL W/BILL "THE SAUCE BOSS" WHARTON/REV. BILLY C. WIRTZ Skipper's keeps alive its Halloween tradition, crossing the quarter-century mark. Wharton, as anyone whose ever read the Music Menu knows, plays witty blues/boogie/Southern roots-rock while cooking up a pot of gumbo on stage. At the end of the show, the audience is welcome to dig in (Bill boasts, "over 100,000 served"). This value-added item is said to prevent walkouts. Wirtz is an irreverent blues-boogie act who's been more or less ubiquitous in Tampa Bay for a decade. The Freaker's Ball also features a lot of extracurricular revelry, and culminates in a costume contest. (Oct. 29, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) —ES

SCIENCE NON FICTION/SPONTANEOUS HABIT/ TRAFFICKED AMBITION/BC/JOHNNY UTAH/ SOLOMAN/BREAKDOWN/DJ TOURETTES/DJ BLENDA/V.O.I.D. The talented freepoets.com collective presents an evening of under-the-radar hip-hop grooves. Just about everything I've heard from the various artists associated with 'em is nothing short of excellent (particularly Science Non Fiction), so rest assured all indie rap fans will find something new to love. (Oct. 29, Masquerade, Ybor City)

AGAINST ME!/BLOOD BROTHERS/TRUE NORTH Populist, political Gainesville twang-punk Clash 'n' Bragg acolytes Against Me! are awesome, but you already know that. Blood Brothers are a cathartic yet intensely frightening noise-core outfit from the Pacific Northwest. Their major-label debut, last year's Burn Piano Island, Burn, arrived amid a bevy of hype, but the new Crimes goes one better by winnowing their expansive torture down to actual song-size. (Oct. 29, State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

MAGNA-FI W/MY ENEMY/5 STORY/KLIK Magna-fi did the mainstage thing for the entirety of this year's OzzFest; don't know how their streamlined, melodic post-grunge sound fared amid all that heavier shit, but they sound like they'd be more at home smack in the middle of modern-rock radio rotation. (Oct. 29, Boomerz Boiler Room, Seminole)

VINCE WELNICK W/GENT TREADLY/UNCLE JOHN'S BAND The Grateful Dead keyboardist and his jammy touring friends return to the Skipperdome. Tampa's favorite cover band/tribute band/Thursday-night Skipper's fixture provides incredibly apt support. Mommy, that smoke smells funny, like burning candy. (Oct. 30, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

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