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SoundCheck: Brandi Carlile, Rammstein, Candlebox, Dick Dale, The Pretty Reckless, The Maine, Peelander-Z


With Miggs

Details: Saturday. Music starts at 5:30 p.m., with Carlile on about 8, as part of the Erase Hate Festival at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free, VIP tickets $75.

The Seattle singer-songwriter headlines the Erase Hate Festival, a public kickoff concert for Erase Hate Tampa Bay. The nonprofit aims to educate students on matters of tolerance — bullying, racism, gangs, homophobia — through after-school programs and other activities. The concert is free, but donations and VIP ticket sales will benefit the charity. Carlile will play mostly acoustic versions of songs from Bear Creek, but she is more focused on the message behind the event. Among the various causes supported by her Looking Out Foundation is one called Fight the Fear, a campaign of self-defense and empowerment aimed at Seattle's LGBT community.

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer


Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35-$78. (813) 301-2500.

"Other bands play. Rammstein burns!" That's the motto coined by hardcore fans (and there are many) of this pyro-powered, East German metal group. Rammstein has sold out soccer-sized venues overseas for years with grinding guitars, big industrial noise, operatic (and borderline ridiculous) vocals, and of course, fire. But it wasn't until 2010 that the band returned to the U.S. to play live. So what will be the key to arena-sized success on American soil? "Ninety-nine percent of the people don't understand the lyrics, so you have to come up with something to keep the drama in the show," says enigmatic guitarist Paul Landers. "We do laugh about it … but we're not Spinal Tap. We take the music and the lyrics seriously."


Details: Friday 9 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $21. (727) 565-0551.

Any Seattle grunge or alt-rock act emerging post-Cobain and company ran the risk of being tagged "Nirwanabees." But Candlebox, one such group, never seemed to mind, particularly after You and Far Behind went on to rule rock radio. The group's first album in nearly four years, Love Stories & Other Musings, arrived earlier this month.


With the Hodaddys

Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.

Dick Dale's Misirlou — a reverb-sopping, staccato-style retool of an old Arabic love song — did for surfing what the Doors did for LSD. The sand-summoning single of '62 was quickly reworked by the Beach Boys, the Ventures, Surfaris and the Trashmen, solidifying it as a surf-rock staple. And for you kids who didn't recognize anything from the above, we bet you'd remember Misirlou as the feature song from Pulp Fiction, or the hook from the Black Eyed Peas' Pump It.


With the Hollywood Kills, the Parlor Mob

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

If dabbling in music rarely pans out for Hollywood types, consider 18-year-old Taylor Momsen a promising exception to the rule. The actor who starred as conniving teen designer Jenny Humphrey on the CW TV series Gossip Girl is in this for the long haul. Take fiery new EP Hit Me Like a Man. "It's No. 3 on the rock chart," Momsen says. "Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 and 2, so I don't feel too bad. It's pretty awesome."

The Maine

With Lydia, the Arkells

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20.

For relationship rock without all the whining, check out the Maine from Tempe, Ariz. We know the name is geographically confusing, but the band actually got its name from a song by defunct band Ivory. One of Rolling Stone's "Five Breakout Bands at Bamboozle," The Maine recently released Pioneer, a grown-up disc that subs pop-punk for a more straightforward, harmonic rock sound that's about as catchy as pink eye.


With One-Eyed Doll

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13.

We have it on good authority that these Japanese action comic punks (hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander, naturally) put on one of the wackiest shows you'll ever see. Human bowling, songs about tacos, audience members playing predistributed metal bowls and live-action wrestling are just a few of the many tricks in Peelander-Z's bag. Oh, and the music's pretty good, too.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

Also playing

St. Pete Shuffle Fri. 7 p.m., featuring King of Spain, Gentlemen Please, Permanent Makeup. St. Pete Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 822-2083.

Blackbird Blackbird Sat. 9 p.m., with Florida Night Heat. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-4969.

Between Bluffs CD Release Sat. 8:30 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Baker Bruce Band Sat. 7 p.m., the Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Petersburg Beach. Free. (727) 368-9619.

Steel Pulse Tues. 7:30 p.m., with SOJA. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.

Tim Barry Wed. 7 p.m., the Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10.

SoundCheck: Brandi Carlile, Rammstein, Candlebox, Dick Dale, The Pretty Reckless, The Maine, Peelander-Z 04/18/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 4:30am]
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