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SoundCheck: Cage the Elephant, Jackson Browne, Raekwon, Coco Montoya, Deftones

Cage the Elephant

With Manchester Orchestra

Details: Tuesday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $24.50. (813) 247-2555.

We thought we had Cage the Elephant figured out when Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, a dusty garage rocker that sounded like Beck channeling the White Stripes, became an omnipresent radio tune in 2008. But we know now that the single really only showcased the casual side of this hard-partying act from Bowling Green, Ky. Manic frontman Matt Shultz has proven to be a savage onstage, squirming on the floor, tugging at his greasy hair and sweating like me on the level-12 StairMaster. Opener Manchester Orchestra is the product of wunderkind Andy Hull, and its latest disc Simple Math "supersizes the kitchen-sink approach," with the addition of children's choirs and extra brass, says Rolling Stone.

Coco Montoya

With Standback Band

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

"Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues," warns Albert Collins, the "Master of the Telecaster" and the longtime mentor to Coco Montoya, in the '87 film Adventures in Babysitting. It's the kind of no-foot-unmoved sentiment that Montoya carries to this day onstage. After playing lead guitar in the Bluesbreakers (a spot once held by Eric Clapton), he stepped out as a bandleader in 1993 and released a slew of solo albums. Montoya has been touring internationally to rave reviews ever since.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at carole.liparoto@gmail.com.

Deftones

With Dillinger Escape Plan, Le Butcherettes

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $28.50. (727) 565-0551.

"Guns, razors, knives," screams Chino Moreno on Rocket Skates, yet another Deftones effort that manages to blend deafening metal with dreamy atmospherics. The track comes from 2010's Diamond Eyes, a disc iTunes named Rock Album of the Year. "Hard rock thrives on conflict and chaos, and no band has found more beauty and soaring aggression within those ingredients than Deftones, says the Los Angeles Times. Sadly, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng remains in a semi-conscious state after a 2008 car accident.

Raekwon

With Dynasty, Infinite Skillz, DJ Sandman, B.C., the Rukus

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$20. (727) 895-3045.

Somewhere within the crackle of vintage vinyl samples, cinematic soundscapes, martial arts lingo, twisted jokes and weird pop culture references (what other hip-hop group could drop bombs about Streisand in The Way We Were?), Wu-Tang Clan made one thing crystal clear. They ain't nothing to mess with. Wu's key storyteller, Raekwon the Chef, continued to pair ferocity and funny business on the critically acclaimed Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, a sprawling piece about the rise and fall of a crime lord. And this year, on his fifth and latest concept album Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, Raekwon takes on his own multiple personalities, the street kid and the Wu-Tang semi-celeb.

Jackson Browne

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45.50-$79.50. (727) 791-7400.

Beneath Jackson Browne's mellow and accessible SoCal sound, you'll find deep thought, introspection, and in the past few decades, hefty social commentary. So, if you're down to hear a little nuclear arms talk between the sweet, sweet hums of Call It a Loan, Running on Empty or Somebody's Baby, snag your tickets sooner than later. This is Browne's first return to Ruth Eckerd Hall since his sold-out performances in 2009, 2005 and 2002.

SoundCheck: Cage the Elephant, Jackson Browne, Raekwon, Coco Montoya, Deftones 05/18/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 5:30am]

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