Spring Arts 2006

What to Watch For

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Disturbed: While many of its nü-metal peers have fallen by the wayside, groove-saturated combo Disturbed continues to enjoy platinum success thanks to a lot of ambition and more melody than most of its ilk can muster. It wouldn't be surprising to find both shows in this two-night Jannus Landing stand sold out in short order. Feb. 10-11, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, 727-896-1244.

Karrin Allyson: On her ninth CD for vaunted jazz indie Concord Records, Allyson uncorks interpretations of such '70s pop standards as "It's Too Late," "Feel Like Making Love" and "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word." She's a versatile singer with a particular sensuality, who can also handle the more standard jazz repertory. Feb. 14, Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg, 727-822-3590. —ERIC SNIDER

Aimee Mann: The evocative, critically hailed independent singer-songwriter enlisted soulful production guru Joe Henry to helm last year's marvelous The Forgotten Arm. Here, she makes good on a previous Tampa Theatre date cancelled during the height of hurricane season. Feb. 18, Tampa Theatre, Tampa, 813-274-8981.

Wu-Tang Clan: ODB may be gone, but there's still a hell of a lot of talent (if a little less craziness) left in this seminal Staten Island hip-hop crew. All the promotional efforts for this gig are touting the fact that all remaining Wu-Tang members will be on hand. Of course, nothing's guaranteed in the world of live hip-hop, but we've got our fingers crossed that everyone from RZA to U-God is accounted for, and in top form. Feb. 18, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, 727-896-1244.

Flogging Molly: Founded in L.A., the Celt-rock unit Flogging Molly ably imbues the elements of Irish folk and pub-rock sounds with plenty of punk energy. Yeah, there are a lot of bands doing that, but FM does it extremely well, and the group's live sets are never disappointing. Feb. 25, Masquerade, Ybor City, 813-247-3319.

INXS: Late INXS singer Michael Hutchence couldn't be resuscitated, but a reality-show search for a new vocalist did the trick quite nicely for his band's dying career. Now the band's taking winner J.D. Fortune on a victory lap of the country and plying all the favorites, as well as new material like the single "Pretty Vegas." Feb. 25, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, 727-791-7400.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: One of the best and most woefully underexposed American rock 'n' roll bands of the last decade, San Francisco's Black Rebel Motorcycle Club weathered drug addiction, label apathy and several near-breakups to rally with its third album, last year's Americana-tinged Howl. This is another act that almost never gigs within driving distance of the Bay area, and deserves to play to a packed house. March 1, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, 727-895-3045.

Coldplay w/Fiona Apple: The phenomenally huge Britpoppers finally make it to the Ford Amp, after having to cancel last fall's hugely anticipated show. Along for the ride is back-from-the-dead songstress Apple, whose worked and re-worked third album, Extraordinary Machine, finally saw the light of day last October, and continues to garner rave reviews. March 5, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, 813-740-2446.

Dropkick Murphys/Sick of It Tall/The Horrorpops/The Tossers: It's an open-minded punk fan's dream — a four-band bill where each band has its own unique sound, and is great in its own way. Boston legends Dropkick Murphys put the punk in Celt-punk; Sick of It All plies old-school metallic hardcore; The Horrorpops mix pop and shockabilly to an infectious result; and the most excellent Tossers work a more earthy, Pogues- and Clash-inspired Celt-rock vein. March 7, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, 727-896-1244.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones: Legendary jazz/bluegrass banjo player Fleck brings his own genre-smashing style — and a crew of equally adept players — to Tampa Theatre's stately environs. March 22, Tampa Theatre, Tampa, 813-274-8981.

Every Time I Die: Sandwiched between a few comparatively more generic metalcore acts — Bleeding Through, Haste the Day, Between the Buried and Me — on a four-band touring bill is the outrageous, schizoid Every Time I Die, one of the most interesting metal acts to come down the pike in a while. The combo injects raw rock attitude into frenetic, tempo-shifting material, and we're willing to bet it can bring the goods live, and then some. March 23, Masquerade, Ybor City, 727-247-3319.

Centro-Matic: Texas singer-songwriter Will Johnson's full-band project Centro-Matic makes sweet and beautifully ragged indie pop-rock with its own distinct identity. He and his cohorts will be hitting town in support of the upcoming sixth Centro album, Fort Recovery. March 26, New World Brewery, Ybor City, 813-248-4969.

Jimbo Mathus' Knockdown South: One of Planet senior editor and music writer Eric Snider's favorite artists and interview subjects, former Squirrel Nut Zippers principal Mathus has carved out his solo niche as a purveyor of swampy, stomping, fuzz- and attitude-laden mutant blues. March 31, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, 813-971-0666.

Will Hoge: Pop/rock/Americana singer-songwriter Hoge has been kicking around the edges of mainstream acknowledgement since 2000. His straightforward, resonant sound has inspired comparisons to the likes of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. April 1, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, 727-895-3045.

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