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Stavesacre/Denison Marrs/Copeland An evening of spiritually minded modern rock, brought to you by those wonderful folks at The Refuge. Tooth & Nail Records act Stavesacre has been described as heavy alternative; one might take that to mean that they offer a little bit more than the standard pop-punk strains. Lakeland's Denison Marrs, our Best of the Bay pick for Religious Music, blends crunchy posthardcore with swirly shoegaze mesmerism and some seriously insidious melody. The lesser-known but by no means inferior Copeland will likewise bring the guitars and hooks. Please note that Orlando's marvelous Pilots vs. Aeroplanes, sadly, had to drop off of the bill. (Oct. 4, State Theatre)

Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman Smooth jazz and artistic cred are all but mutually exclusive. The Rippingtons, though, come about as close as any act in the genre to bringing some genuine improvisational elan to their music. And the band's arrangements have more teeth than the hackneyed faux-funk with a saxophone. (Oct. 4, Performing Arts Center)

—Eric Snider

Pretty Boy Freud Another Swing Time shindig at Ybor City's opulent Centro Asturiano ballroom, this one featuring the stripped-down, jiving acoustic shuffle of Pretty Boy Freud. Those just now discovering this hot new music and dance trend might want to check out one or more of these similarly cutting-edge fads: the internal combustion engine; sliced bread; the Internet. Does anyone else find it weird that these events, modeled on a time when nurses positioned ashtrays so that surgeons wouldn't drop ash into their patients' open chest cavities, are all non-smoking? (Oct. 5, Centro Asturiano)

True North/Jeremy Gloff & The Cold Band/The Adult Party/The Dead Horse Detective Agency/Mike O'Neill/Keith Welsh Aestheticized redefines the eclectic fringe-music bill with what may be the most disparate Orpheum gig ever. Gainesville's melodicore/screamo outfit True North makes good on its promise to reschedule, after having to opt out of a recent New World show. Tampa singer/songwriter Jeremy Gloff, this time ably backed by the one-off all-star Cold Band, is celebrating the release of his 11th (!) album, America Is Lonely Tonight. The Adult Party is one of G-ville's newest postrock sensations, while Tampa homeboys The Dead Horse Detective Agency (featuring former members of The End of The Century Party) like their punk thick and feedback-laden. Unrequited Loves frontman Mike O'Neill goes solo with some heartfelt skewed pop, and Gainesville sensitive guy Keith Welsh (who used to be in Tiger Mouth) rounds things out. From a whisper to a scream, indeed. (Oct. 5, Orpheum)

Rocktoberfest Everyone's favorite hip-ass Ybor City hangout, the New World Brewery, has commandeered what may be the world's oldest holiday-related music-festival title for their spate of shows this weekend. Unlike most Rocktoberfests, however, you won't have to deal with, say, the new Dokken or any former members of Grand Funk Railroad (for that, one must breathlessly await the arrival of Guavaween, natch). What you will get is a listing of some of the Bay area's finest doing their respective, refreshingly non-cliched things. That, and a buttload of fancy, fancy beers. Intrepid jazz-punks The Boats will headline Friday night's shenanigans along with Q-Phonix and DJs Zman and Kalani. Saturday features the insurgent country stylings of The Pagan Saints, Bite Size's pop-grounded squall, and moody new slowcore locals Bear Country. For Sunday's big finish, they'll bring in San Francisco's muscular shimmy-rock outfit Vue (see Music column) plus lauded Tampa eccentrics The Dumbwaiters and Gainesville's dissonant Polline. (October 5-7, New World Brewery)

Rockapella The NYC quintet who made a cappella cool again (snicker) bring their powerhouse sound (chuckle) to TBPAC's Ferguson Theater. Apparently, it's an infectious blend of rock, soul, R&B and jazz (giggle) forged on the streets of New York, and perfected on that city's glitzy party circuit (outright guffaw). They're huge in Japan. And here, I thought they were just five shmoes waxing harmonic on the myriad virtues of Folger's coffee. Yeah, that's them. (Oct. 5, Performing Arts Center)

The Gotohells St. Pete's own True Rock Heroes debuted their latest lineup at the Hank III show last week, to decidedly mixed reviews. Whether you fully dig the current four-piece incarnation seems to depend largely on what you're looking for in a Rawk Show — a solid performance or a dance along the edge of chaos. They're undoubtedly leaner, tighter, and more focused than ever before, but at the same time, a lot of The Gotohells' trademark surly menace and Replacements-esque drunken compulsion departed with Edo and Timmy. Then again, things will definitely get a little looser and more fun as the new guys get comfortable. Whatever, they still rock like the dickens, injecting some badly needed rebellious fun into both the local and national scenes. Always recommended. (Oct. 5, The Emerald)

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra XL2 World-renowned guitarist Ottmar Liebert fuses influences from jazz and classical to merengue and Spanish flamenco to create one of the most immediately recognizable and organic sounds in New Age. Liebert and his current band, Luna Negra XL2, are touring in support of their latest effort, Little Wing. (Oct. 6, Ruth Eckerd Hall)

Lionel Richie Former Commodore Lionel Richie pretty much owned pop radio in the early '80s; by bringing funk into a pop context, he opened the door for everything from Ready For The World's Oh Sheila to Bell Biv DeVoe. Granted, he also took piano balladry to schmaltzy new heights, and we could conceivably blame him for Ray Parker Jr. and Phil Collins' solo success as well. But come on, if All Night Long doesn't conjure up some carefree memories of a better time, you're either a robot or young enough to believe that Disturbed is actually good. (Oct. 7, Sun Dome)

Neurotica/Born Into Kaos/Calm Local heroes and Coffeestain.com whipping-boys Neurotica signed to the fledgling, super-hyped Smackdown Records earlier this year; their debut record for the label is scheduled to drop in the very near future. Thank you, Kelly, for not rapping. You're a good man. Backstreet Boy Nik Carter plays Svengali to nu-metal upstarts Born Into Kaos, who work the melodic, angst-laden thing a la Linkin Park, and should therefore be huge pretty soon whether we like it or not. Calm provides the heaviest set here; while the incessant Korn comparisons aren't completely unwarranted, they do manage to cram a little originality in there. (Oct. 7, State Theatre)

Sum 41 w/Unwritten Law/Hooberstank Canadian pop-punk brats Sum 41 have become the biggest thing in commercial snot-nosed melody since Blink-182. Good for them. If you're even two minutes older than the eldest member of the quartet, you have no excuse for paying any attention whatsoever, but the hooks do get to pogoing around the memory, don't they? Venerable Cali outfit Unwritten Law, once a formidable punk machine, have released some distressingly mediocre product over the past few years in an obvious bid for the big time. Insert punk cliche about how only their first two albums are any good here. Underground faves Hooberstank kick things off. (Oct. 8, Jannus Landing)

Lenny & Me Plant City quartet Lenny & Me purveys progressive folk, twangy tunes and earnest ballads comparable to James Taylor or Jimmy Buffet. The combo also gets a little Latin thing going from time to time. Intriguing. (Oct. 9, Skipper's Smokehouse)

Tribute to the Great Drummers The Florida Orchestra, along with conductor Skitch Henderson and drummers Ed Shaughnessy and Dave Mancini, pays homage to Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and others. (Oct. 9, Performing Arts Center; Oct. 10, Mahaffey Theater; Oct. 11, Ruth Eckerd Hall)

Murder in the Red Barn/Cursor/TBA The Kids is a new skate shop/show space somewhere out in the wilds of East Tampa (4119 Gunn Highway, Space 12, to be exact). It's tough for new spots at first, so make the drive and show 'em a little support. Its first show ever features Milwaukee aggro-rock (with horns!) act Murder In the Red Barn, along with Cursor and, in all likelihood, several other worthwhile local bands. Go. Buy a Blind video, or something. (Oct. 10, The Kids)

Tool All pretensions aside, the Los Angeles quartet Tool has confounded the norm and earned success on its own terms, giving rise to the inspiring idea that such a thing can still be done these days. Their balance of aesthetic, talent and iconoclastic persona far transcends the concept of the mere heavy metal band and reveals the majority of contemporary heaviness for the inarticulate, prefabricated bullshit that it is. Anyone who seriously thinks that most of the Ozzfest bands will be remembered fondly and/or celebrated 10 years down the road, a la Zeppelin or Sabbath, is a moron. But 20 bucks says people will still be turning on to and talking about Tool; love 'em or hate 'em, they're one of a very, very few consistently innovative, yet still viscerally compelling, groups in heavy music. (Oct. 10, Sun Dome)

—All entries by Scott Harrell unless otherwise indicated

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