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SoundCheck: DJ Pauly D, Return to Forever IV, Stryper, Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room, Excision

DJ Pauly D

Details: Wednesday 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. $10-$25. (727) 571-2222.

We gasped when the Situation came to the Venue in St. Petersburg. We gasped when Vinny came to AJA Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. But nothing could have prepared us for the insane crowd of ladies that awaited when DJ Pauly D hit the Venue for a spring break party in March. The club was as packed as it's ever been, but unofficially, Pauly D may be the biggest Jersey Shore draw in Tampa Bay (at least until Snooki comes to town).

Excision

With Cookie Monsta, Baker, Mr. Saturn, Kingkrow, Thee Joker, more

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$40. (813) 247-2555.

At the recent Identity Festival in Tampa, dubstep DJs ruled the day, with artists like Kaskade, Rusko and Datsik drawing some of the biggest crowds. Those same neon-clad club kids will no doubt be out in force for the down 'n' dirty duo of Excision and Cookie Monsta. Excision has been a collaborator and tourmate with big names like Deadmau5 and the aforementioned Datsik, with whom he has produced a couple of thunderous, bone-rattling EPs. Check out their single Swagga for an education in dubstep, an ominous blend of techno and hip-hop.

m Stryper

Details: Wednesday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19. (727) 895-3045.

In the late '80s, the Sunset Strip was the last place you'd go in search of the good word. But then along came Christian glam band Stryper, tossing Bibles to the crowd while delivering mullet-banging tracks like To Hell With the Devil and In God We Trust. It worked well enough that the band sold more than 10 million albums, and toured with Bon Jovi and Ratt. Nearly 30 years after founding, Stryper is still hanging around. If you go, feel free to rock out to Honestly — just keep your devil's horns in your pockets.

, Return to Forever IV

With Zappa Plays Zappa

Details: Sunday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.75-$103. (727) 791-7400.

Pianist Chick Corea became a jazz legend by performing with Miles Davis in the '60s. But in the '70s, two things happened: (1) Corea converted to Scientology, later moving to Clearwater as a result, and (2) he formed his own pioneering jazz-fusion supergroup, Return to Forever, which has toured only occasionally since 1972, most recently in 2008. This incarnation, dubbed Return to Forever IV, features Stanley Clarke on bass, Lenny White on drums, guitarist Frank Gambale and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Equally mind-bending is the opening act, Zappa Plays Zappa, the Frank Zappa tribute act led by son Dweezil, left. Even some of the most hard-core Zappaphiles have given the kid's act the seal of approval.

Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room

With John Gold, Dave Hause

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.

When he's not busy with his day job as a bassist and vocalist for pop-punk legends Alkaline Trio, Dan Andriano leads this one-man folk-rock project, whose emotive ups and downs call to mind the Wallflowers, or latter-day Colin Hay. In August, he released the largely acoustic Hurricane Season, his first album under this name. It's a long way from the Warped Tour, but we all gotta grow up sometime. Andriano appears to be doing so with plaintive grace.

Times staff writer Jay Cridlin can be reached at jcridlin@tampabay.com.

Also playing

The Groves Fri. 8:30 p.m. With Ted Lukas and the Misled, Skull and Bone Band. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Slippery When Wet: The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Fri. 8 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.

Alex Goot Fri. 7 p.m. With Tiffany Alvord, Luke Conard. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.

Woodsman Sat. 9 p.m. With Guiltmaker, Florida Night Heat. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Cute Lepers Sat. 8 p.m. With Something Fierce, Doll Parts. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8.

The Absence Sat. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

Eddie P Sat. 6 p.m. With Free Lunch Boyz, Jermaine. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor. $12. theorpheum.com.

Butch Ryan Band CD release Sat. 9 p.m. With Ryan's Rebels, Groovy Cool. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-2365.

Ice Nine Kills Sat. 7 p.m. With Like Moths to Flames, An Early Ending, Magnolia, Holly Maddux, more. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $10. (727) 943-5713.

Hymn For Her Sun. 4 p.m. Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.

Guttermouth Sun. 7 p.m. With the New Threat, Johnny Unite Us. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15.

SoundCheck: DJ Pauly D, Return to Forever IV, Stryper, Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room, Excision 09/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 12:07pm]

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