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The best in live music, June 2-6, 2011


Combichrist w/iVardensphere/Star Killer/Deadstar Assembly Fresh off playing a string of dates supporting German industrial metal heavyweights Rammstein, Atlanta-based aggrotech outfit Combichrist hits town as part of their 2011 next headlining tour following the release of 2010's Making Monsters. The band's fifth studio album is marked by heavy pulsing synths, pounding rhythms, darkly textured sonicscapes, and the harsh, accented conversational-style vocals of Norwegian frontman Andy LaPlegua. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Gavin DeGraw w/Mike Sanchez The singer-songwriter crafts a charming mix of blue-eyed guitar-fueled soul and Chuck Taylor-stomping piano pop (he plays both instruments), his vocals a lightly husky adornment. DeGraw's break came when his upbeat track "I Don't Want to Be" was used as the TV theme song in the WB's One Tree Hill, and he's only grown in popularity since. His fourth studio LP, Sweeter, is due out August 9 via J-Records and he just debuted the saccharine first single, "Not Over You," about the failed efforts of trying to get over a break-up, co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. This is his only solo date in Florida. (The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City)

Dinner at the Thompsons' w/Ani Stark A twosome made up of high-toned soulful California-raised singer/spoken word artist Lucille Tee and Fablive, a France-based producer/multi-instrumentalist who draws on hip-hop, jazz, funk and electronic influences. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

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First Friday Fandango w/Suenalo!/Green Sunshine The next free concert in the First Friday series features Miami fusion ensemble ¡Suenalo!. The nine-piece produces an intoxicating blend of hip-hop, reggae rock, R&B, Afrobeat, salsa and more, their sweaty dance-inducing jams led by singer Mish Elle and MC Amin De Jesus, and given vibrant punch by a lineup of instrumentalists that include a two-piece brass/woodwinds section (Juan Turros on saxes and flute, Chad Bernstein on trombone and conch), and a hand percussionist (Allan Ramos). (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg)

John Waite "I ain't missing you at all," English AC rocker John Waite denies in a rasping, unconvincing croon-turned-cry in his 1984 Billboard-topping hit, "Missing You," one of the few songs you likely know by Waite. Way before his solo '80s fame, he led British group The Babys, and after, he formed Bad English and produced another hit song you know, "When I See You Smile" in 1989. He's continued to sustain a successful solo career and a loyal base of fans with steady gigging and regular recordings released every few years; the latest, 2011's Rough & Tumble, is a full-length that includes new songs co-written by Matchbox Twenty's Kyle Cook, revised recordings of older numbers, and a few covers, like Tina Turner's "Sweet Rhode Island Red." (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)

Jeffrey Osborne The R&B/funk artist who led L.T.D. for 11 years (from 1970 to '81) and recorded such Top 20 hits as "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" went solo in the 1980s and has since issued five gold and platinum albums with charting singles like the syrupy balladry of "On the Wings of Love." Like all other concerts at the Club, a portion of ticket proceeds benefit All Children's Hospital. (The Club at Treasure Island)

Select Start CD Release Party w/Neglected Superhero/Set It Off Tampa emo pop-shaded alt rock sextet Select Start unveils their second studio effort, The New Atlantic, a seven-track EP produced by Lee Dyess (Mayday Parade, Go Radio) that finds the newly expanded band in a more synth-fused state, with the nasally howl of singer Daniel Lancaster taking front and center stage. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

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An Evening with The Monkees — The 45th Anniversary Tour Sing along to "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," and other hits while celebrating the 45th anniversary of the TV-spawned sensation. The Monkees perform pop gems penned by Neil Diamond and other famous lyrical legends, and even some themselves. Original members Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork hit the road for their first live performances in a decade. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater) —Julie Garisto

Car Bomb Driver w/The Spears/Dead Cat Lounge A night of locally-brewed punk rock headed up by longtime local favorites, the sneering and volatile Car Bomb Driver, a five-piece that doles out dark and funny numbers like "Chicks Don't Dig Me" and "Balls on the Outside." (The Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Blackfoot w/Black Rose/Big Deal/Red Rockits/Crash Fist Fight A hard Southern blues-saturated classic rock outfit that came out of Jacksonville in the 1970s but didn't make it big like Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. Though Blackfoot did produce one hit album (1979's Strikes) and a few moderately successful singles ("Train, Train," "Highway Song"), they didn't catch on much beyond their loyal legion of fans. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

All Star Rock Tour Five rock music luminaries form a super group of sorts for the "All Star Rock Tour," with proceeds from each concert to benefit nonprofit advocacy groups Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and the Forgotten Soldiers Foundation. Singer/guitarists Larry Hoppen (Orleans) and John Cafferty (Beaver Brown Band), singer Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple), bassist Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult), and singer-songwriter Robbie Dupree are joined by a backing group of players in a set that includes all five of the musicians' hit songs — "Dancing in the Moonlight," "Smoke on the Water," and many others. (Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg)