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Suicide City, Horrorpops, Forever Changed

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MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE/SUICIDE CITY/RETARD O BOT You'll Rebel to Anything, Mindless Self Indulgence's most recent record, is a thrashing and throbbing collection of ultra-fast metal whose tunes will be sure to damage the hell out of your ears live. Atop the music, lead singer Urine (yes, that's how his name is credited) yelps and screeches deliriously, leaving it up to you to decipher what the hell he's saying. And for those in the audience old enough to remember the abysmal existence of the band Rush, there's even a neat-o demolition of "Tom Sawyer." Seeing that tower of crap come tumbling down may be reason enough to go. (Masquerade, Tampa) COOPER LANE BAKER

DIE' HUNNS/THE KINGS OF NUTHIN'/THE BLACK HALOS/ANGEL CITY OUTCASTS/CAR BOMB DRIVER/THE WORST The Hunns is a fierce but not entirely tuneless punk rock band cobbled together by ex-U.S. Bombs lead singer Duane Peters and featuring Corey Parks, who used to be the bassist for Nashville Pussy, that paragon of class. "Time Has Come Today," off the Hunns' most recent LP, bears more resemblance to the Sonics than to Black Flag, and that's definitely meant as a compliment. The Kings of Nuthin' is a group of label-mates who actually manage to mix their punk rock with ragtime jazz (yes, you read that correctly). The Black Halos tread territory similar to the headliners. (688 Skatepark, Clearwater) CLB


SKIPPER'S SMOKEHOUSE 25th ANNIVERSARY FEAT. JIMMY THACKERY & THE DRIVERS/THE REV. BILLY C. WIRTZ Damn, a quarter century. Vince, Tom, feeling old, are ye? Heavy congrats to Skipper's for staging great roots shows of all stripe, year after year, month after month, week after week. We don't know how you do it, but we're glad you do. The rustic stage and sand dance floor will come alive with some special energy tonight, as two Skipper's regulars hit the stage: gritty roadhouse bluesman Jimmy Thackery and the bawdy R&B entertainer Rev. Billy C. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa) ERIC SNIDER

DR. JOHN As but a lad in New Orleans, Mac Rebbenack became smitten with the city's music legends, especially piano men like James Booker, Professor Longhair and Tuts Washington. He learned the peculiar keyboard vernacular of the Crescent City and was soon doing session work. Ensconced in a town with a rich regional music scene but little in the way of national influence, he bucked the trend by scoring at Top 10 hit in '73 with "Right Place Wrong Time." At the time, the singer-pianist was decking himself out in voodoo gear and calling himself Dr. John the Night Tripper on stage. His image has calmed considerably since, and Dr. John has become an ambassador of NOLA music, as well as an astute handler of Tin Pan Alley standards. He's an absolutely terrific piano player and his gravelly voice has its charms as well. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa) ES

COREY HARRIS The 36-year-old singer-guitarist is infatuated with the relationship between American blues and African music. His '03 disc Mississippi to Mali found him exquisitely linking the two. He's a solo act who can tap into the visceral power of acoustic delta blues, with a black cat moan of a voice. That said, he's not a museum piece. With his multi-culti leanings, he brings blues into a new light. (Java Junction, Clearwater) ES

PORCUPINE TREE Founded as an offshoot of No-Man, England's Porcupine Tree plays the kind of thorny, tricky prog-rock that will always maintain a hardcore fanbase of mostly dudes who love that sorta thing. Over the years, the band has become more song-friendly, and less reliant on whack time signatures and chromatic freakouts. (Masquerade, Ybor City) ES

METAL INSURGENCY FEAT. JON OLIVA'S PAIN/CHRIS CAFFREY'S FACES/BEYOND FEAR Jon Oliva will always be known in these parts as the mastermind behind Savatage, the first metal band from the Bay area that emerged on the international scene. Savatage leaned toward operatic art-metal, and thus is not lumped in with Tampa Bay's death metal bands. Oliva once fronted Savatage, then took a backseat as a writer-producer. Apparently, he never quelled his urge to be out front, because he's led several projects in recent years. Jon Oliva's Pain is, obviously, his newest. (Jannus Landing, St. Pete) ES

PIERRE BENSUSAN The Parisian guitarist is one of the foremost acoustic fingerstylists on the international scene. His latest CD, Altiplanos (Favored Nations), brims with fluid runs and graceful chords, which come together to create thoroughly charming six-string mini-symphonies. Bensusan has found the ideal blend of jaw-dropping technique and expressive musicality. His style stirs together traditional Brit and European folk with Celtic, Middle Eastern, Latin and other flavors. He also possesses a winning, breathy voice that he puts to use on occasional songs, singing in French. Bensusan plays a solo concert tonight at 8 p.m., then returns on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a guitar workshop. Call 727-942-5605. (Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center) ES

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