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THURSDAY, MARCH 23

SHE WANTS REVENGE w/ROCK KILLS KID It's the bill from the recent Electric Six show at the same venue, minus Electric Six. Both of these bands are handily surfing Old Wave's new wave; the darker, more electro/dance-informed She Wants Revenge isn't as good in concert as it is coming out of your iPod while you update your Myspace profile, but Rock Kills Kid's soaring anthemics are well worth the price of admission. She Wants Revenge will also be signing shit at Vinyl Fever starting at 5 p.m. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

EARTH, WIND & FIRE This large, horn-heavy ensemble covered the more poppy, bouncy corner of '70s soul. (Me? I'll take the rude funk of Johnny Guitar Watson any time.) The hits have dried up, but EW&F has persevered as a staple on the performing arts hall circuit. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) Eric Snider

THE NATE NAJAR TRIO & HARRY ALLEN Steady guitarist Najar is joined by New York tenor saxophonist Allen, who some have characterized as a blend of Stan Getz, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. The quartet will play music by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg) ES

SOLE/SKYRIDER/ASTRONAUTALIS/SCIENCE-NON-FICTION This is a four-headed beast of independent hip-hop, with the biggest props reserved for Sole, who was involved in the founding of the Anticon collective and whose sound is marked by dense lyrics and dramatic beats, basically the current M.O. below the mainstream. SkyRider produces mostly instrumental beats, but incorporates a lot of live instrumentation instead of depending entirely on samples. Astroanautalis and Science-Non-Fiction ... what more is there to say? You know them and — maybe — love them. (The Tavern on Main, Sarasota) Cooper Lane Baker

JUICE NEWTON Though she flirted with commercial pop during the '90s, Newton will forever be known for the early-'80s pop-country crossover hits "Angel of the Morning" and "Queen of Hearts." Tonight marks the beginning of a weekend-long stand at Busch Gardens' Stanleyville Theater. (Busch Gardens, Tampa)

FRIDAY, MARCH 24

NATALIE COLE Nat's daughter scored several contemporary R&B hits in the '70s and '80s ("This Will Be," "Our Love," "Pink Cadillac"), but saved her biggest commercial success for the early '90s when she turned to old chestnuts like those made famous by her late dad. There are still music critics out there who can't fathom "Unforgettable," her computer-spliced duet with Nat that climbed the charts in '91. Cole plays Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Tuesday, March 28, as well. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) ES

THE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION The band always worked the periphery of the '70s Southern rock scene. More song- than jam-oriented, ARS notched such hits as "So Into You" and "Imaginary Lover," charting 14 times in all. (The Tamiami @ Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg) ES

HARD-FI Mercury Prize and Brit Award-nominated English indie-rock act Hard-Fi mixes New Wave melody, No Wave angularity and punk energy. The band is a relative newcomer to the scene, particularly here in the States, where nobody had heard of it before last year's South by Southwest festival. It's 2004 debut, Stars of CCTV, wasn't released until this month. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

SATURDAY, MARCH 25

R. KELLY Though many said talented, sexually obsessed, perpetually scandalized R&B singer/songwriter/producer Kelly went off the deep end with the recent, melodramatically corny "Trapped in the Closet" serial (did you see him on the MTV Awards? Holy shit, that was weird), he remains an urban-music icon to millions, particularly in his hometown of Chicago. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

DAR WILLIAMS & LISA LOEB A female singer-songwriter twofer. Williams' traditional-yet-personal style is often intimate and sharply humorous, and has endeared her to both diehard folkies and more adventurous Adult Contemporary fans. Loeb, of course, is the quirky, bespectacled pop songstress you either loved or hated because of "Stay," which, by the way, came out while she was still unsigned. Since then, she's recorded better music, released a children's album with Ida's Elizabeth Mitchell, married Dweezil Zappa and starred on a Food Network series. Her Very Best of anthology was released Stateside this year. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa)

JUAN GABRIEL Mexican vocalist and songwriter Juan Gabriel is a lasting Latin-pop success throughout much of the world. He's sold over 30 million records, produced several albums for several other artists (including Paul Freakin' Anka), and been covered by folks like Marc Anthony since releasing his first hit, "No Tengo Dinero," in the early '70s. (Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa)

DALIFEST For its 24th anniversary, the Dali Museum throws a bash with all sorts of diversions, including plenty of music. Here's the rundown: 1:30 p.m., Ronnie Dee's Gravy, a funky, jam-oriented outfit; 3:30 p.m., The Irritable Tribe without Poets, moody world/jazz fusion; 5 p.m., On Que Players, R&B/Motown covers; 6:30 p.m., Bogus Pomp, scintillating, spot-on renditions of Frank Zappa compositions. (Salvador Dali Museum/Poynter Park, St. Petersburg) ES