Dubconscious, L.L. Cool J

Plus Projekt Revolution

Thurday, July 30

"BIG TROUBLE ON LITTLE FRIDAY:" THE GRECIAN URNS/ICON/THE TURNCOAT/MOGUL STREET RESERVE The GrecianUrns are an indie folk ensemble from St. Petersburg who makes up for what they may lack in polish with pep. The seven-piece features guitarist Bryce McGuire and multi-instrumentalist Laurie Beth Norris trading vocals. If the music doesn't move you, there will be movie trivia on the back patio. (Crowbar, Ybor City)


DUBCONSCIOUS Like the name suggests, Athens, Ga.-based Dubconscious brings the dub and positive vibes, replete with affected Jamaican accent. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

"LOCAL LOCKDOWN:" DIVISIONS OF GRACE ARIANCE/CSR/THE D.O.O.D./MY OWN ENEMY Spring Hill quartet Divisions of Grace headlines this night of local metal acts. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

ZOSO Can't wait any longer for Led Zeppelin to do a string of stadium dates that will include Raymond James? Don't get an icky chill up your spine at the thought of watching a middle-aged man on stage aping one of his heroes? Well, then, my friend, travel to lovely Largo and catch this raved-about tribute act. (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)

LUSH PROGRESS w/MOUSEFIRE/GREENLIGHT EXPRESS/KUDOS FACTORY Tampa quintet Lush Progress crafts trippy soundscapes built around subtle pop hooks — and there's a nice tension and release element to most of the numbers. Leading the group is frontman Drew Cuttler, a singer with a nimble, convincing voice. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL/GERI X/WILL QUINLAN Local alt-country faves HGWT and Quinlan join forces with indie folkstress Geri X to benefit the Gulf Coast Animal Shelter. (Rasher Tierney's, Bradenton) —Amanda Schurr


L.L. COOL J He came up in an era when a hip-hop artist could expect a career life about as long as a bouquet of flowers. Yet L.L. Cool J has forged on in the 23 years since the release of his first single, "I Can't Live Without My Radio," when he was a 17-year-old out of Queens, N.Y. His current artistic relevance can be called into question, but he's clearly one of the more well-loved old-school rappers out there. L.L. preens about on stage, often shirtless to show off his well-muscled upper body, and is good at whipping the crowd into chant-alongs. He'll perform directly after the Rays/Tigers game. (Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg) —Eric Snider

LIGHT YOURSELF ON FIRE w/GUILTMAKER Tampa thrash quartet Light Yourself on Fire brings the metal mayhem while fellow locals Guiltmaker balance things out with much mellower indie rock. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

PROJEKT REVOLUTION: LINKIN PARK w/CHRIS CORNELL/THE BRAVERY/BUSTA RHYMES/ASHES DIVIDE/ATREYU/10 YEARS/HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS/ARMOR FOR SLEEP/STREET DRUM CORPS When will nü-metal finally be silenced? I'm hoping in my lifetime. Alas, it screeches forward, with hitmaker Linkin Park continuing its annual traveling rock circus Projekt Revolution. Not quite sure what the band is revolting against, but I will give 'em props for assembling a rather impressive, varied roster ranging from grunge semi-god Chris Cornell to rap vet Busta Rhymes to neo-New Wavers The Bravery to screamo outfit Hawthorne Heights. There will be two stages, with Linkin Park headlining the main stage and metal-core band Atreyu taking top billing on the "revolution stage." (Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa)

AMOS LEE The male equivalent of Norah Jones? Kinda. See my interview with Lee for his reaction when I asked him about the comparison, his new Don Was-produced album and whether he's a ladies man. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

9TH EVOLUTION w/LUDOVICO TECHNIQUE/CULTURE OF GREED/DJ SHARD/MAUS St. Pete-based industrial rockers 9th Evolution deliver fractured dance beats and vocals dripping with disaffection, which means party time for the Goth set. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

ROCK THE BELLS: NAS/MOS DEF/REDMAN/METHOD MAN/RAEKWON/GHOSTFACE/DE LA SOUL The most buzzed hip-hop release of recent months is easily Nas' untitled album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album last week. The controversy over its original title, Nigger, definitely didn't hurt the hype machine. Nas pulled a similar gimmick by dubbing his 2006 release Hip-Hop Is Dead. The NYC rapper's only Florida stop on his current tour is this one in Miami. (Bicentennial Park, Miami)

SUEFEST: WILL QUINLAN w/POETRY 'N LOTION/RIVER COVE RAMBLERS/JOHN HANCOCK A Skipperdome extended family member, the late Sue Tenzer, will be remembered at this concert, which benefits The Children's Crisis Stabilization Service of Tampa, where she worked as a psychologist for several years before relocating to New York City. Incidentally, Tampa alt-country all-star Will Quinlan's excellent new CD, Navasota, was the most played disc on WMNF (88.5) on July 21. A rare accomplishment for a local act, he bested national Americana artists such as Hayes Carll, Alejandro Escovedo and the Old 97's. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

HEATSTROKE HOT ROD HOEDOWN A greasy, rambunctious slew of rockers descend upon Paxton Richards' bike-shop-cum-party complex for this sixth annual roots/psychobilly/punk fest. P-Man's band, The Downshifters, headlines alongside the Chillbillies, Whiskey Romance, King Kong's Bong, Nervous Turkey and Sons of Hippies. Expect a fuck-ton of custom wheels, Dickies-sportin' studded-belt scenesters and more retro flames than you can twirl an upright bass at. (P-Man's Classic Cycle Paint, Bradenton) —AS

SPOTLUCY CD RELEASE/SIGNAL 76/BLACK MARKET ANDROIDS/BRANDON RUCK After a lengthy gestation period for new release Suspension of Disbelief, Bay area trio SPoTLuCy reunites to drop its latest, a catchy collection of chewy power chords that showcases a generally more sophisticated sound than 2005's Opera Rizzoid. Rounding out the bill are pop-punkers Signal 76, Black Market Androids (featuring ex-members of New Crash Position) and sensitive strummer Brandon Ruck. (Rasher Tierney's Backroom, Bradenton) —AS


ALTER BRIDGE Christian post-grunge act Creed, of Orlando, ranks right up there with Kiss in my pantheon of Most Hated Acts Ever. Alter Bridge is Creed with a new singer, which makes them only one-fourth less worthy of my utmost loathing. (Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg)

REBEKAH PULLEY AND THE RELUCTANT PROPHETS w/SOUL2EARTH/ROPPONGI'S ACE Local folk-rock frontwoman Rebekah Pulley has finished a compelling, career-best record titled Back to Boogaloo. She'll release it when she returns to the Skipperdome for a WMNF-sponsored CD release party Sept. 5. This gig is a fundraiser for Hillsborough County Democratic Get Out the Votes campaign. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)


KILL HANNAH w/MEDIC DROID/INNER PARTY SYSTEM Chicago modern rock quintet Kill Hannah melds glam, New Wave and Goth to create a pedestrian — albeit rather catchy — sound custom-made for commercial airplay. Two years ago, the band had a minor hit with "Lips Like Morphine." (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)


CATCH 22 w/THE SUPERVILLAINS A ska-punk sextet repping East Brunswick, N.J., Catch 22 has been doing the guitars-drums-and-horns party thang since the mid-'90s. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

CHRIS MCCARTY Gainesville strum-pop/jam-band leader Chris McCarty returns to the Skipperdome for "a special acoustic show." (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

ERNIE HALTER/JESSICA SONNER/ANDREW HOOVER Los Angeles singer/songwriter Ernie Halter returns to Pastimes in support of his new album, Starting Over. If you missed Amos Lee on Saturday night, this acoustic soul man and his earnest, unplugged peers Sonner and Hoover may quench the palate. (Pastimes Pub, Sarasota) —AS