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SoundCheck: Common, The Sky Drops, Earthscapes Garden Room Show, Sans Band Singer-Songwriter Night

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With Malik Yusef

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. The Mirage, 3605 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $20-$25.(813) 673-8835.

Whether backed by slinky, jazzy grooves or Afrika Bambaataa-inspired electro, Common flows like hip-hop's Langston Hughes. The poetic, parent-approved artist and frequent Kanye West collaborator hits Mirage with fellow Chicago resident and spoken word luminary Malik Yusef, below.

The Sky Drops

With Sleepy Vikings, Zillionaire

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

If the White Stripes loved My Bloody Valentine as much as Iggy Pop and the Stooges, they might sound like the Sky Drops. The male-female duo blends fuzzy shoegaze and grungy pop using a guitar-drums-vocal setup. Touring the country in a Volvo wagon, they've played with Cold War Kids and the Dirty Projectors, to name a couple. Local up-and-comers Sleepy Vikings recently received Tweet love from the Vivian Girls and a feature on the CMJ Sonicbids artist spotlight.

Earthscapes Garden Room Show

Featuring Orange Hour, Velvet Truckstop

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. Earthscapes, 816 Alt. U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $25. (727) 786-4859.

What better way to enjoy jammy, late '90s-style rock than in a landscaping and garden facility. Really, we love this idea. According to Clearwater band Orange Hour, the last time Earthscapes of Palm Harbor hosted the group, the event drew more than 250 people. This time the band is joined by Velvet Truckstop and its gnarled brand of Southern soul.

Sans Band Singer-Songwriter Night

Featuring Ted Lukas, Billy Summer, Christopher Tolan, Aaron Sings

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $4-$5. (727) 821-7080.

Top local singer-songwriters play "sans band" night at Fubar. Formerly of Barely Pink, Hangtown and Rebekah Pulley's Reluctant Prophets, Ted Lukas, pictured, would surely be an inductee for Tampa Bay's Music Scene Hall of Fame, if there were one. He'll release his new disc at Skipper's Smokehouse the following day. The Semis' Billy Summer trades bawdy for beachy on a new batch of sun-kissed rock songs.

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Also playing

Drake Sweet: Fri. 7 p.m. Cafe Bohemia, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-4495.

Ghost Riders: Fri. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $8-$10. (727) 843-0686.

Ryan Weaver: Fri. 9 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 855-1464.

Jason Parker Band: Sat. 5 p.m. Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free.

Original Metal Night: Sat. 9 p.m. Featuring Gladiator, A Broken Machine, Behold, Must Not Kill, more. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

Satellites Down (formerly Basic Rock Outfit): Sat. 9 p.m. World of Beer Westchase, 9524 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. (813) 852-2337

Jackal and Hyde (Taboo Masquerade Ball): Sat. 11 p.m. The Castle, 2004 N 16th St., Tampa. (813) 247-7547.

Mr. Bella: Sat. 9:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.

PictureMeFree: Sat. 9 p.m. Three Birds Tavern, 1492 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-2049

The Pursuit: Sat. 8 p.m. With Imaginary Friends, XOXO, Drive Like June. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $5. (727) 532-0265.

Steve Vaclavik and the Woeful Ones (Dunedin Doggie Rescue Benefit): Sun. noon. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Shawn Fisher and the J.G.'s: Sun. 7 p.m. With Tim Brantley. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-9500.

SoundCheck: Common, The Sky Drops, Earthscapes Garden Room Show, Sans Band Singer-Songwriter Night 03/31/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 7:03pm]
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