Tonight in live music: Deftones, Natalie Merchant, Shane Meade & the Sound

Three noteworthy shows take place in Tampa tonight:

w/Baronness Much has happened in the four years since the release of the Deftones’ 2006 fifth album, Saturday Night Wrist. By 2008, the California alt metal quintet had finished a sixth LP with longtime producer Terry Date, titled it Eros, and planned for an '09 release. But that November, a serious car accident left bassist Chi Cheng in a semi-conscious state, his full recovery uncertain to this day. Deftones decided to continue with friend and one-time stand-in Sergio Vega, but put the release of Eros on hold indefinitely and started writing a fresh LP with Vega. The band infused it with a sense of optimism that countered the darkness of Eros and all the grief that surrounded it, and recorded it over two months with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains). The raw, Pro Tools-free Diamond Eyes dropped in May, debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, and garnered all sorts of favorable reviews. (Sputnikmusic gave it a perfect 5-star rating and called it "intense and visceral, but introspective and sensitive in ways Deftones have never been before.”)  Tues., Aug. 24, 8 p.m., The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $31.

Natalie Merchant Among the most recognized voices in Top 40 AC radio is singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, former frontwoman of 10,000 Maniacs, who may not have put out any new material in the past seven years, but kept busy most of that time working on the double album that eventually became 2010’s Leave Your Sleep, in Merchant’s words “The most elaborate project I have ever completed or even imagined.” Merchant adapted the eclectic, richly orchestrated collection of childhood-inspired songs from nursery rhymes, lullabies, and poems she hand-picked by Ogden Nash, E.E. Cummings and Robert Louis Stevenson, among many others. She also collaborated with a range of artists, from funk-jazz experimenters Medeski Martin & Wood to The Chinese Music Ensemble of New York. On her current tour, she’s backed by an eight-piece band. Tues., Aug. 24, 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $35-$60.

Shane Meade & the Sound Bay area singer-songwriter Shane Meade has vocals that are warm, deep and gruffly inviting ala Bob Seger, his music combining elements of soul, blues, AC pop and roots rock. Meade self-released his well-produced double-disc sophomore effort, Candle Lights & Conspiracies, late last year. Tues., Aug. 24, 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $5.

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