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SoundCheck: David Foster and Friends, KMFDM, Third World, Dang We're on Fire

David Foster and Friends

Featuring Charice Pempengco, Deborah Cox, Ruben Studdard, Michael Johns, Peter Cetera, Philip Bailey, more

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $41.75 and up. (813) 301-2500.

David Foster could stroll down Hollywood Boulevard unrecognized. Yet his contributions to modern music are irrefutably massive. The songwriter-producer has penned hits for Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé and Josh Groban, many of which have earned him a reputation as a sultan of pop schmaltz and a leader of long-winded ballads. This show, originally featured as a PBS special (the highest-pledged PBS show in history, in fact) includes Philip Bailey from Earth, Wind and Fire, Deborah Cox, American Idol's Ruben Studdard and Michael Johns, and teen phenom Charice, who's been tasked with big belting on tracks like Houston's I Have Nothing.


With Angelspit

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22-$25. (727) 895-3045.

Some years before Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails pummeled the '90s with industrial angst, the Germans KMFDM were helping to pioneer the industrial genre's sound and style with ominous electronic grooves, guitars that moaned like souped-up leaf blowers and all-black apparel. The German translation of the band's name has always caused confusion, so we'll go ahead and say "The Bart, The."

Third World

At the Reggae Jerk Jam, with Paris and the Birds of Paradise, more

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday. Bayanihan Center, 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa. $10. (813) 792-1948.

Enduring reggae-soul-pop act Third World found success in the United States with a remake of the O'Jays' Now That We Found Love. But it's the rootsy, lesser-known 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) — especially appropriate for Florida in July — that shows the band at its best. Once a touring opener for Bob Marley and the Wailers, Third World continues to discuss the social turmoil that plagues Jamaica to the tune of crossover reggae.

Dang We're On Fire

With Floral Terrace, the Spin Room

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 East Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 382-3477.

Sarasota's Dang We're On Fire plays sweet and spicy pop-punk with tenacity a la The Academy Is or Sing It Loud. And dang, they're on fire. In recent weeks, the young quartet has secured a Gibson guitars sponsorship, acquired more than 70,000 MySpace friends and a fan club in Spain, and released a sizzling new EP titled There's No Place Called Home. At this rate, the group looks poised to follow in the footsteps of fellow Sarasota pop-punk success story We the Kings.

Times correspondent Carole Giambalvo can be reached at [email protected]

Also playing

Alexander and the Grapes: Fri. With Proud Iron Lion, Sun Society. 7 p.m. Pangea Café, 34 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 443-5040.

Buju Banton: Fri. 9 p.m. Cuban Club, 2010 N Ave. Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. $30. (813) 248-2954.

Car Bomb Driver: Fri. 9 p.m. With the Semis, more. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 898-6054.

The Ken Petersen Band: Fri. 9:30 p.m. Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 248-5900.

Ted Lukas: Fri. 9 p.m. With Experimental Pilot, the Ditchflowers. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

On Que Players: Fri. 7 p.m. Palm Pavilion, 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 446-2642.

Monster Mash Masquerade: Fri. 8 p.m. Featuring Kendog, Santino, Feature Ink, Unspoken, more. Page 2, 8680 Park Blvd., Seminole. $8. (727) 204-2620.

The B Foundation: Fri. 8 p.m. With Mike Pinto. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. (727) 532-0265. Halloween Bash: Fri. 7 p.m. Featuring White Collar Sideshow, Horizons Fall, the Broken, Beyond Ariose. The Warehouse, 2702 Causeway Center Drive, Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 500-7412.

Igor and Red Elvises: Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Chic a Boo 7: Sat. 7 p.m. Featuring Full Fledged Unit. Chic a Boom Room, 319 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-5284.

Skalloween: Sat. 8 p.m. Featuring Chilled Monkey Brains, the Long Johns, V.O.C., H1N1, Neglected Superhero. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5. (813) 971-1679.

Sleepy Vikings: Sun. 9 p.m. Opening for Dark Meat, An Albatross. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.

Speak Easy: Sun. 5 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.

Attack Attack! Mon. 7 p.m. With I Set My Friends on Fire, more. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.

The White Tie Affair: Tues. 6 p.m. With Every Avenue, more. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13-$15. (727) 895-3045.

Pretty Lights: Tues. 9 p.m. With Alex B., the Soft Rock Renegades. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.

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

The Atlas Moth: Wed. 8 p.m. With Dark Castle. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 972-8152.

SoundCheck: David Foster and Friends, KMFDM, Third World, Dang We're on Fire 10/28/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 4:30am]
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