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SoundCheck: Brandi Carlile, Against Me!, Stephen Marley, Mouse Fire, Rockabilly Ruckus

, Brandi Carlile

With Amy Ray

Details: 7:30 tonight. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Sold out. (727) 791-7400.

As a kid in rural Ravensdale, Wash., population 816, Brandi Carlile turned to music to keep her company. Now 28, Carlile finds herself in the presence of all-stars Elton John, the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray (pictured below) and producer Rick Rubin on '09 release Give Up the Ghost. Strummy and pastoral with well-developed vocals, this excellent collection evokes a little Neko Case here, a little Melissa Etheridge there. This Clearwater date is sold out, but Carlile and the Indigo Girls will perform Feb. 27 at the House of Blues in Orlando.

Mouse Fire

With Signals From Satellites, Easybreezy, Friends of Giants, Snowbones

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $4. (727) 821-7080.

Lakeland's Mouse Fire plays indie rock with twinkling pop hooks and prog-ish guitar interludes that give nod to Minus the Bear. And according to iTunes, that makes them well-suited for a "study rock" compilation. Their Wooden Teeth album, shown here, was released in 2007. Snowbones, a quirky, fuzzed-out rock project, finds members of Tres Bien buzzing about jelly beans, chilly conditions and life after high school. Easybreezy includes former members of Win Win Winter.

n Stephen Marley

Details: 9 p.m. Wednesday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22. (813) 247-2555.

Of all the Marley siblings, second son Stephen has the voice that most closely resembles his late, great father's (check out You're Gonna Leave). But like Ky-Mani, Ziggy, Julian and Damian, this guitarist and producer also has a flair for a less-traditional blend of reggae, dancehall and hip-hop. You'll recognize the toasting single The Traffic Jam for its ragamuffin beatboxing and its "bom bom badaba bom bom be dum" chorus.

Rockabilly Ruckus

Featuring Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys, Kim Lenz and the Jaguars, Blair Carmen and the Belleview Boys, the Headers, Slip and Spinouts, HoDaddys, Knock Down Drag Out, Midnight Bowlers League, Big Jef Special, Cadillac Bombers, Sarge and the Aeromen

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.

Mom rode in the rodeo. Dad loved Wolfman Jack. So naturally, daughter Kim Lenz sought out vintage rock and added a hillbilly twist. Songs by this redheaded rockabilly queen beckon for your best twirling dance moves. Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys are also successful rockabilly revivalists, playing a mix of Western swing and hillbilly boogie. The group's jukebox joints, full of pulsing rhythms, conjure up hot rods and well-greased hair.

Against Me!

With Tim Barry, Ninja Gun, Watson

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

Sweaty, restless Gainesville punk act Against Me! returns to familiar turf Saturday for a sold-out show. Tom Gabel, the throaty singer with a dumpster-diving, Laundromat-performing past, leads the charge with an inimitable growl. Against Me!'s dusty, activist anthems are admired by dive bar regulars and Bruce Springsteen alike.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at carole. [email protected]

Also playing

Sons of Hippies: Fri. 9 p.m. With Blind Man's Colour. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Ferry Corsten: Fri. 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $15 and up. (727) 571-2222.

Whole Wheat Bread: Fri.

7 p.m. With Spirits Down. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.

Paint the Town Red: Fri. 8 p.m. With Stalling Dawn. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265.

Live and Let Die rock tribute show: Sat. 7:30 p.m. Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $10-$15. (352) 476-9086.

Koncert 4 Kiddz IV (pediatric cancer benefit): Sat. 6 p.m. Featuring Tedd Webb and the Famunda All-Stars, Henry Lawrence, Joe Lala, Marvelous Marvin, Belinda Womack, Brendan McLaughlin, Brian Blair. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 donation. (813) 247-2555.

Mindi Abair: Fri. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $43.50-$58.50. (727) 791-7400.

Ska Bands Against Breast Cancer: Sat. 7 p.m. Featuring Jeremy Gloff (host), Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, the Long Johns, Shady People, SuckerFish, Parcel Thirty-Three. Market On 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7 donation. (813) 248-2356.

Neal McCoy: Fri. 8 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95. (813) 987-2855.

Skull and Bone Band: Sat. 8 p.m. With Mogul Street Reserve, The Trio. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.

It's Alive: Sat. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8.50. (813) 248-9500.

John Denver tribute: Sun.

2 and 7 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $20-$25. (727) 587-6793.

Homemade Music Symposium Demo Listening Party: Wed. 7 p.m. Tre Amici, 1907 N 19th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 247-6964.

SoundCheck: Brandi Carlile, Against Me!, Stephen Marley, Mouse Fire, Rockabilly Ruckus 02/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 3:30am]
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