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SoundCheck: Basia and Bernie Williams, Eve 6, Andy Matchett and the Minks, Nicki Minaj, Third World and Barrington Levy

Basia and Bernie Williams

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$65. (727) 791-7400.

Cross a Polish singer-songwriter with a former Yankee outfielder and what do you get? An evening of stylish, Latin-influenced jazz, of course. What seems like an odd pairing is actually quite perfect considering both Basia and Bernie's unwavering passion for ultra-smooth sounds — the kind that suggest nice slacks and cocktails. Legend has it that the classically trained Yankee would bring his guitar on road trips, serenading Jeter, Giambi and the rest of club.

Andy Matchett and the Minks

With Alexander and the Grapes, Bananafish

Details: Saturday 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

While reminiscing about his elementary school gym class days, Orlando singer-songwriter Andy Matchett got an idea. Open a parachute. Pull fans inside. Play. Just like they did in P.E. "I remember that feeling very clearly — like the whole group was immediately transported into our own little private universe, shaded by color and insulated from the rest of the world," Matchett said. Matchett, whose warm, unruffled indie sound recalls the Shins or Duncan Sheik, held his first "parachute show" in March at New World to "get the crowd involved in a more intimate way." He'll give it all a whirl again Saturday.

Third World and Barrington Levy

With Marcia Griffiths

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $24.99-$34.99. (727) 565-0551.

At one time, Jannus was the premier venue for reggae music in Tampa Bay. Sunday, the three acts performing might help rekindle that fire. Crossover group Third World is best known for O'Jays cover Now That We Found Love, but it's the rootsy, lesser-known 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) that shows the band in top form. Barrington Levy does "skidileebopdidleywhoa's" like no other, and you'll recognize reggae queen and slide teacher Marcia Griffiths in five words: "It's electric, boogie woogie woogie."

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Nicki Minaj

Details: Saturday 10 p.m. Club Underground, 802-806 E Whiting St., Tampa. $35 and up. (727) 831-8776.

Nicki Minaj is the biggest, baddest female rapper in the game right now. An always-animated Minaj possesses some of the best qualities of the women who came before her. She has Foxy's sexual charisma, Missy's playfulness, MC Lyte's can-hang-with-the-boys confidence and Lil Kim's love of weaves. "People need to get accustomed to seeing a female rapper again," Minaj told MTV in a recent interview.

Eve 6

Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.

Remembered most for the organ-frappe'ing melodrama Inside Out, Eve 6 returns to the stage with two out of three original members. Evoking a more poppy, lovesick Green Day, the SoCal trio churned out some pretty solid rock songs over the years. But it's this lyric (from the aforementioned '98 hit) that made the most lasting impression: "Want to put my tender heart in a blender, watch it spin around to a beautiful oblivion."

Also playing

Rock-It Scientists Sat. 11 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.

Marksmen Sat. 9 p.m. With Tailgunner Joe, the Still Voice. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7. (813) 241-8600

A Play On Words EP Release Sat. 8 p.m. With Aria Novos, Come Now Sleep, Late Night Glory. Pangea Café, 34 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 443-5040.

Bands on the Sand 2 Sat. Noon. Featuring Charlie Morris Band, Backyard Bone Band, Experimental Pilot, Alternators Blues Band, P.J. and the Real Deal, Soul Shine, Comfort Zone, Next Exit. 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island.

Night of the United (Tampa Bay Metal Scene show) Sat. 2 p.m. Featuring A Broken Machine, Unkempt, Dementia, Azalea, more. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10-$15. (727) 843-0686.

The Geezers Sat. 8 p.m. Shackleton's Folly, 4300 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 329-8847.

Rise of Saturn Sat. 8 p.m. With Fusion Music Experience, more. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $7. (727) 532-0265.

This Will Destroy You Sun. 9 p.m. With the Life and Times, Guiltmaker, more. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-4969.

Crusaders of Love Sun. 9 p.m. With Ghost Hospital. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-6054.

D'Visitors Sun. 9 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.

SoundCheck: Basia and Bernie Williams, Eve 6, Andy Matchett and the Minks, Nicki Minaj, Third World and Barrington Levy 05/26/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:30am]
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