Pulp Anniversary Party
Featuring DJ Steve Aoki (pictured), Pauly Crush
Details: 10 p.m. Friday. Czar (Imperial Ballroom), 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 247-2664.
On select Pulp party nights at Ybor City's Czar, the Seventh Avenue club resembles the hippest of East Village joints. Here, brightly outfitted, beat-crazed scene kids can escape pesky labels and dance sweatily into the night. Pulp resident DJ Pauly Crush said, "We try and bring innovative acts to Tampa that wouldn't be coming otherwise, and we try to do it cheap." Those acts include progressive all-stars Kid Sister, Diplo and now, DJ Steve Aoki, who will help ring in Pulp's second anniversary. Aoki (son of late Olympic wrestler and Benihana chain founder Rocky Aoki) blends twitchy house, hip-hop, electro and the imaginatively miscellaneous.
With Bird Street Players
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Vocalist and percussionist Cyril Neville of N'awlins royal family the Neville brothers, and once a member of the Meters, hits Skipper's with feisty French Quarter funk and some reggae too.
Punk Against Multiple Sclerosis
Featuring Anchor Arms, Virgins, Beardsley, Johnny Unite Us, Suicide Clubs, White Hot Snap Shot
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.
Florida punk acts including Palm Harbor's Johnny Unite Us and Orlando's Virgins put breakneck tempos, raw riffs and anti-establishment attitude to work for a noble cause: raising awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis. Incidentally, this show comes on the heels of Exene Cervenka's (singer for celebrated punk act X) MS diagnosis.
With Alexander and the Grapes, Scott Harrell
Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
Tampa rising star Matt Hires was signed to Atlantic Records' F-Stop imprint after an A&R exec caught wind of his acoustic folk-pop songs on MySpace. The 23-year-old's expressive, exquisitely wobbly vocals and soothing acoustic strums make his stuff compelling and snuggle-ready.
Drop Dead, Gorgeous
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13-$15. (727) 895-3045.
Other than its cleverly punctuated name, Drop Dead, Gorgeous doesn't stray far from today's emotive metal formula, packing a wallop of screams, sarcasm and songs about heartbreak. But that's cool with its 198,000+ MySpace friends.
Lorna Bracewell farewell show
Details: 7 p.m. Friday. ProStar Sound Stage, 3220 28th St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 526-0446.
A bummer for the bay area, folkie poet Lorna Bracewell is hanging it up to become a full-time doctorate student at the University of Florida. Like Ani DiFranco, Bracewell has always had a lot to say, as in her protest song Flowers on the Chains.