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Concert picks: Eric Church, Queensryche, The Heavy Pets, Tim Easton and Rachel Goodrich Rootstock

Eric Church

Details: Friday, 7 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U. S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95. (813) 987-2855.

He toasts the folks who live by a time clock, not a trust fund. He wears boots to church and takes time out to pledge allegiance to Merle Haggard. If you hadn't guessed, Skoal-dippin', Jack-swiggin' Eric Church is all country. Church picked up steam after opening for Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. Now, considering tickets for his sold-out shows are being scalped in parking lots, he may join them atop the contemporary country ranks sooner than later.

Queensryche

Details: Tuesday, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $37.50-$60. (727) 791-7400.

A Queensryche concert is like opera for metal fans. Singer Geoff Tate delivers grandiose highs and lows and the guitarists crank out more noodles than the Chinese buffet. The prog metal monarchs return to play songs solely from American Soldier (a concept album about war) as well as Rage for Order and Empire (which contained hit ballad Silent Lucidity).

The Heavy Pets

Details: Friday, 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Warm up for Tropical Heatwave with genre-bending jam act the Heavy Pets. The South Florida-based group, which plays Dunedin Brewery pretty regularly, just scored a slot at Bonnaroo. If you like Phish, Perpetual Groove and/or petiole, you'll probably like the Heavy Pets.

Rootstock

Featuring Tribal Style, Breakdown, the Rukus, Anonymous, D'Visitors, Laws, Dynasty, Hip Abduction, Mic Deluxx, Blenda, Fader, Baddaskat, Jinx

Details: Friday, 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.

Cream-of-the-crop local reggae and hip-hop artists team up for the fifth installment of Rootstock. St. Petersburg's fathers of roots reggae Tribal Style will perform, as will female rapper Dynasty. The little mama from Queens has a refreshing hip-hop style, pumping up crowds with clever lyrics, not curse words. And quick-talking Plant High School senior Anonymous makes an appearance before getting ready to study dramatic writing at NYU.

Tim Easton and Rachel Goodrich

With John Gold and the Old Souls

Details: Sunday, 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

When your friends and mentors include Lucinda Williams, Wilco and the Jayhawks, maybe good songwriting comes easy. Tim Easton's croaky moan and jangly folk-rock songs are pretty Dylanesque, though he's got modern pop and country in his back pocket too. Miami's super-groovy folk-jazz artist Rachel Goodrich, right, who often comes equipped with guitar, keyboard, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica, recorder, xylophone, banjo, mandolin, spoons, pots, pans and more, is a serious talent. She's seriously funny, too.

Concert picks: Eric Church, Queensryche, The Heavy Pets, Tim Easton and Rachel Goodrich Rootstock 05/13/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 2:52pm]

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