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SoundCheck: 98 Rockfest, Blind Boys of Alabama, Motion City Soundtrack, Porcupine Tree

98 Rockfest

Featuring Alice in Chains (Jerry Cantrell, above), Limp Bizkit, Puddle of Mudd, Sevendust, Hell Yeah, Paper Tongues, Evan's Blue, Soil, American Bang, Monroe Brown, Soulidium, Smile Empty Soul

Details: 6:30 p.m. Saturday. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $44.30-$145.15. (813) 301-2500.

Mention the word "Livestock" to longtime 98 Rock listeners and you're bound to hear stories about an inebriated yesteryear in the Zephyrhills campgrounds. Discuss the reformatted 98 Rockfest and the tales might place more emphasis on the rock than the fest. This year, a reformed Alice in Chains and a reunited Limp Bizkit bring loud, meaty, bachelor-ish rock songs to the headlining slot. The former is joined by singer William DuVall, who reportedly is as close a vocal match to the late Layne Stayley as it gets. The latter, Jacksonville's biggest musical export since Lynyrd Skynyrd, is both beloved and despised for bringing nu-metal to the forefront. But no matter your colors, the place is going off if Fred Durst and crew play Nookie. Versatile, Randy Jackson-approved Paper Tongues are buzzing with Ride to California, and Hell Yeah boasts members from Mudvayne and Pantera.

Blind Boys of Alabama

With Bird Street Players

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25. (813) 971-0666.

Once limited to playing small church venues in the segregated South, the Blind Boys of Alabama now make joyful noise cross-country (they even played the White House in February). The group pairs traditional gospel music with the unexpected — singing the lyrics to Amazing Grace over the melody from House of the Rising Sun, for instance.

Motion City Soundtrack

With Fun, A Rocket to the Moon, Sing It Loud

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18.50. (727) 895-3045.

Midwest 30-somethings grow up, sell their Xboxes and search for answers on latest My Dinosaur Life. Produced by Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, the album finds Motion City Soundtrack cranking out highly contagious pop-punk with a geeky sensitivity. It's all pretty ambitious until they "fall asleep watching Veronica Mars again." Opener Fun brings playful, sunny-side pop that could rouse even Conor Oberst fans from their dark spaces.

Porcupine Tree

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $24-$30. (813) 274-8981.

Infatuated with the spaced-out fantasies of Pink Floyd and the technical grandiosity of Yes, Porcupine Tree plays artsy, progressive rock, pop and ambient. Radio play has never really been a goal for the British quartet, but a musically inclined following and a Grammy nomination for "Best Surround Sound Album" work just as well, we'd assume. At right is Steven Wilson. Bonus: Porcupine Tree guitarist John Wesley is a Brandon resident.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

Also playing

The Independents Fri. 8 p.m. With Vagora, Elysium, Scurvy. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

Acquire the Fire Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. Featuring David Crowder Band, Lecrae, Unhindered, Abandon, Stephanie Smith. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $67.

Guitar Shorty Sat. 9 p.m. Dave's Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 576-1091.

Springfield Cubs Sat. 7 p.m. With the Pursuit, Doll Parts, Hello Alaska, Only Monsters. Fubar, 658 Central Ave. $3-$5.

Middle Rhythm Session Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.

Rusted Root Sun. 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0551.

SoundCheck: 98 Rockfest, Blind Boys of Alabama, Motion City Soundtrack, Porcupine Tree 04/21/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:52pm]
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