Red Room Cinema, The Hot Dog Show

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THURSDAY, JULY 3

RED ROOM CINEMA w/NORTHVIA/THE LONELY H/DJ'S BUSINESS CASUAL Red Room Cinema, one of Tampa Bay's most riveting indie/prog-rock outfits (especially in concert), returns to a venue they pretty much own by this point. Orlando's Northvia is an instrumental rock quartet (think Explosions in the Sky; Radiohead sans Thom Yorke). (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

CRÜE FEST: MOTLEY CRÜE w/BUCKCHERRY/PAPA ROACH/SIXX A.M./TRAPT You know that Woodstock story about the brown acid? Yeah, well, that's what happened to me at 98Rock's now defunct Livestock fest in 1997, the one headlined by a newly reunited Motley Crüe (the hair metal band has now reunited roughly 27 times). I blame the misadventure on my then girlfriend, and the crusty, evil hippie who sold us the potent-in-a-bad-way LSD — "bad," as in the whole backwoods world of Zephyrhills quivered devilishly while daggers danced up and down my spine. The worse part, though, was the little demon that looked like Tommy Lee and mocked me mercilessly by shouting into my ear the words to "Dr. Feelgood." To this day, though, I'm not sure what weirded me out more: the acid, Crüe's cartoonish performance or the band's spastic, white-trash fans. (Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa)

PETER MURPHY Damn, can't find my black eye shadow. Murphy, 50, former lead singer of Bauhaus, is generally known as "the Godfather of Goth." Melodramatic baritone, minor-key tunes and downer lyrics have been his calling cards over the years. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) —Eric Snider

SISTER HAZEL w/KEATON SIMMONS Riding on Hootie's coattails — seriously, does it get any worse? I was living in Gainesville in 1996-97 when the hometown act Sister Hazel hit paydirt with the very mediocre slab of bar-band rock "Somewhere More Familiar." The only thing more disturbing about Hazel's success was my asshole coworker raving on a daily basis about an upstart Jacksonville rap-rock band called Limp Bizkit. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

THE WORKING TITLE w/EDISON GLASS/COLORS IN THE AIR Hook-less melodies, platitude-filled lyrics and whiny vocals make Charleston, S.C.'s The Working Title an extremely difficult band to appreciate, but, y'know, that's just my opinion. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

HOT DOG SHOW: TRÈS BIEN w/LIQUID LIMBS/MUMPSY/HOMETEAM/MATT BUTCHER AND THE REVOLVERS Clearwater garage-rockers Très Bien headline this pre-Independence Day shindig, a value-added affair that also includes a wiener-eating contest, $5 liters and a "full-blown cookout on the patio." (Crowbar, Ybor City)

JOE NICHOLS w/RANDY HOUSER Nichols is the Arkansas native best known for charting singles like "Brokenheartsville," "Size Matters" and the tender ode, "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off." His latest release, last year's surprisingly understated Real Things, furthers the booze-fueled twang in more mature, self-aware fashion with "Let's Get Drunk and Fight" and the wary "My Whiskey Years." The country star is in town for a special acoustic performance benefiting the family of Pamela LeRose, the Bradenton mother of three murdered in late May. (Joyland, Bradenton) —Amanda Schurr

FRIDAY, JULY 4

HARRY AND THE POTTERS w/MATH, THE BAND/UNCLE MONSTER FACE Not too many bands can claim to have inspired a new genre, but that's exactly what the greater Boston duo Harry and the Potters did in 2002 when the sibling act started issuing songs written from the perspective of the Harry Potter character, thus starting an indie-rock subgenre dubbed "wizard rock" (yes, there are now numerous bands playing songs based on the J.K. Rowling series). For more on Harry and the Potters, see my interview with singer/guitarist Paul DeGeorge on p. 39. Brooklyn's Uncle Monster Face, a self-proclaimed "Sock Puppet Rock Band," is heavy on the quirk, but it's well-done quirk. Think Devo on Ritalin and brain-addled by Saturday morning cartoons and old video games; think Primus without the chops and plenty of synths. Neither description does the band justice; you'll just have to see to find out. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

KRS-ONE w/DOUG E. FRESH/SPECIAL ED Rap royal and former Boogie Down Productions principal KRS-One pioneered hardcore rap more than two decades ago with 1987's Criminal Minded, a gritty account of life on the mean streets of The Bronx. On subsequent BDP releases, KRS-One, as well as Public Enemy/Chuck D, temporarily redefined the function of the MC as a politically/socially conscious teacher. KRS-One went solo with 1993's Return of the Boom Bap, which featured the controversial hit "Sound of da Police." KRS-One's commercial appeal has steadily faded over time — he hasn't scraped the pop charts since 2001 — but continues to tour, delivering reportedly focused performances to throngs of enthusiasts interested in witnessing one of hip-hop's most important figures. Human beatbox pioneer/virtuoso Doug E. Fresh and late-1980s/early-1990s rap also-ran Special Ed are also on the lineup. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

GUILTMAKER w/SAVIO/FROM RUSSIA LOVE WITH LOVE In April, Tampa indie rock quartet Guiltmaker issued the full-length Dilemmas, a collection of rather complicated melodies, propulsive-yet-gauzey dueling guitars and emo-esque vocals that simmer fairly low in the mix. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

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