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Concert picks: New Found Glory, Hall & Oates, 98Rockfest

Hall & Oates

Details: Wednesday, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$79.50. (727) 791-7400.

Hitmakers Hall & Oates struck gold with an endearing combo of soul, pop, funk and new wave in the '70s and '80s. It's still the kind of stuff that brightens time in the dentist chair and rides on a road trip and gets delightfully butchered in karaoke bars. You'll probably hear the hits Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes and Maneater, but the duo is making a point to play tracks from early in its career neglected on past tours. By the way, Oates ditched his trademark mustache, just in case you were wondering who the new guy was.


With Tussle, Despot, DJ Lazy, DJ Rig

Details: Friday, 8 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21. (813) 247-2555.

Without uttering a word, Brooklyn electronic-rock duo Ratatat makes a grand statement. Perhaps that's why they've provided the soundtrack to forensics investigations (CSI), off-road driving (Hummer commercials) and thought-provoking narratives (This American Life). Other instrumentals conjure up images of a video game quest for golden points. But discounting the group as a background-music act would be a mistake. Odd video clips and smoke and light machines complement it all. And fans of Cut Copy, Justice, Daft Punk and Mogwai should approve.

Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women and Julie Black CD Release

Details: Friday, 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $13-$18. (813) 971-0666.

Over 25 years, acoustic blues trio Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women has carried traditions of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie through sassy, clever songwriting and rowdy guitar, piano, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass and harmonica. New album Havin' The Last Word will be the group's final declaration. New Port Richey's Julie Black, nicknamed "Angel for Blues," blends Delta blues and piano-driven jazz for silky smooth fun.


Featuring Disturbed, Chevelle, Staind, Hollywood Undead, Static-X, Halestorm, Nonpoint, Cavo, Uncrowned, Adelita's Way

Details: Friday. Free outdoor show starts at 2:15 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start about $30, but you can get a four-pack for $98. (813) 301-2500.

After a few seasons at Ray Jay, 98Rockfest moves the party indoors at the Forum. Disturbed's balancing of muscle-y riffs, melodic hooks and "cawwws" makes for good headlining material. Chin-pierced frontman David Draiman says this kind of rock is meant for full-out "purge" and/or "catharsis," so watch your shoes. Chevelle is spot-on live, crunching out songs like Vitamin R with power and precision (a la Deftones, Tool). And if you can't afford a ticket, bands including Nonpoint will play for free outside in the Plaza. Note: Duff McKagan (bassist for Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, and financial columnist for Playboy!?) and Saliva are now off the bill.

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BAAMO CD Release Party

Featuring Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Rich Whiteley, Have Gun, Will Travel, Experimental Pilot, the Beauvilles, Sons of Hippies, Annie Fuller, Ronny Elliott, Judy Tampa and Bunko Squad, the Ditchflowers, Military Junior, Ted Lukas, Palantine, Jeremy Gloff

Details: Saturday, 5 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10 with CD. (813) 248-4969.

"Yeah, we're dirty … but we all keep hoping and praying." Was there a better way to set the tone for Tales of Lust and Longing, the Bay Area Arts and Music Association's fourth compilation? Rebekah Pulley's lead track foreshadows the rugged, seductive and hopeful songs that follow from some of the area's most talented and hard-working artists. From Sons of Hippies' spectacularly spooky Cautionary Tale to the Beauvilles', left, gritty and glam Snow and Rappongi's Ace's rough-and-tumble 1955, the disc reps the local scene well. But the show begs the question – if all these artists are in one place, who's manning the rest of the small stages in town?

New Found Glory

Details: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $17.50. (727) 786-2276.

If you'd have told me 12 years ago that Coral Springs quintet New Found Glory would help spur a generation of emo-pop-punk acts, frankly I'd have told you to take it easy on the Zima. But NFG's frisky, playful and ridiculously catchy tunes have in fact prevailed. The boys, now in their late 20s, just released Not Without a Fight, a 36-minute thrill ride produced by Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus. The band will perform songs from the new album and, hopefully, oldies like My Friends Over You and their cover of King of Wishful Thinking.

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