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SoundCheck: Dropkick Murphys, Southern Culture on the Skids, the Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, Connie Francis

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With the Shakes

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $8. (813) 241-8600.

Inane? Yep. Exhilarating? Absolutely. Inebriated? Most likely. The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, which originated as a New York theater project, offers a quirkily interactive music and dance experience. "Basically we show up with a billion lights, bags and bags of costumes (enough for anyone who wants one), 60 or more light sabers and really good songs," the group says. New York Magazine called it "nearly impossible to stand on the sidelines" at the show. ("Well it's possible, but you'd be missing the very reason people come: to be part of the sweaty disco pileup.") The Talking Heads' David Byrne signed the group to his Luaka Bop label.

Dropkick Murphys

With Strung Out, Larry and His Flask

Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.

For the Quincy, Mass., band, March is like tax season for accountants — "our big time," says guitarist Tim Brennan. Indeed, it seems their hash of stumbling punk, Celtic folk and rock has become as crucial to good St. Patty's partying as frothy pints and shepherd's pie. When platinum-selling single I'm Shipping Up To Boston (the centerpiece song in Martin Scorsese's The Departed) starts up, we predict there won't be a crossed arm in the place. Like the Flogging Molly gig a few weeks back, this show is sold out.

Southern Culture on the Skids

With Webb Wilder Duo

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.

Over a greasy blend of surf rock, swamp pop and rockabilly, Southern Culture on the Skids chatters about fried chicken, cheap motels and moonshine martinis. But when that cowbell comes in on trademark track Camel Walk, that's when things really get good. "It's toe-sucking geek rock — kind of weird, but it feels good when you're doing it," the band says. We'd describe it as an amalgamation of Dick Dale, the B-52s and Primus.

Connie Francis

With Bobby Lewis

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $47-$102. (727) 892-5767.

Connie Francis is "the prototype for the female pop singer of today," gushes All Music Guide. And moms and grandmas everywhere seem to agree. After all, Francis (a.k.a. Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) superbly captured their teenage growing pains with songs like Who's Sorry Now or Where the Boys Are.

Portugal. The Man

With Port O'Brien, the Dig

Details: 9 p.m. Wednesday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15 (813) 241-8600.

On Wikipedia's list of "notable Wasilla, Alaska, residents," the members of Portugal. The Man appear alongside Sarah Palin and family. (A driver on Ice Road Truckers also made the list.) These fellas of the last frontier offer a careening prog rock sound, complete with high-pitched vocals, soul-selling psychedelia and electronic flourishes. Yet latest Work All Day evokes more Modest Mouse than Mars Volta.

On the Come Up

Local band showcase featuring Set It Off, John Gold, Hippodrome, Old North East, the Sun Society, Kiki and the Whales, Wine To Water

Details: 5 p.m. Sunday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

This quarterly local band showcase features acts on the rise, at least in the eyes of Thx Mgmt promoter and local music guru Joe D'Acunto. From the caffeinated pop-punk of Set It Off to the honeyed, Okkervil River-influenced folk-pop of John Gold, it's a diverse offering from kids, mostly in their teens. "I think that for the first time in a long time we have a young crop of kids that are in good bands and they have fans," said D'Acunto. "It makes me excited again about the local scene."

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

Also playing

Bobaflex: Tonight at 9. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10. (727) 843-0686.

AZ: Tonight at 10. With Cormega, Dynasty, Aych, DJ Deacon, DJ Sandman. $15. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.

Tom G.: Fri. 10 p.m. Club Nouveau, 1701 N Franklin St., Tampa. $10. (813) 225-1233.

The Beauvilles: Fri. 9 p.m. With DJ Mathu Bishop. Cafe Alma, 260 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 502-5002.

Evolucid: Fri. 9 p.m. With Parallax. Orbit 19 Lounge, 1542 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. Free. (727) 937-8330.

Standback: Sat. 7 p.m. Ka'Tiki, 8803 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free. (727) 360-2272.

Too Many Subplots CD release party: Sat. 9 p.m. With Have Gun, Will Travel. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $5. (727) 736-0606.

Scilter: Sat. 8:30 p.m. With Kore, Glob al Decay. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. $8. (813) 972-8152.

The Joel Sanders Band: Sun. 7:30 p.m. Two Buks Saloon, 1915 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 442-0812.

Viva la Musica: Sun. 4 p.m. Featuring Luis Enrique. Busch Gardens, Tampa. Included with daily admission, $69.95 for adults and $59.95 for ages 3 to 9. Toll-free 1-888-800-5447.

Javon Black: Sun. 8 p.m. With DJ Strizzo, Ryan Kendrick, Rob Diesel, Prime, Tevin Williams. Whiskey Park North, 11921 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15. (813) 968-1515.

Vega Under Fire: Mon. 7 p.m. With the Status, Kids of Survival, more. Transitions, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Dwight Champagne benefit: Mon. 6 p.m. Featuring Wendy Rich and the Soulshakers, Shawn Brown, Soupbone, Greg Billings, the Hodaddys, Sarasota Slim, Tommy McCoy, Vincent Sims, Raiford Starke. 6 p.m. Ringside Cafe, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Donations. (727) 894-8465.

Sherwood: Tues. 7 p.m. With Black Gold, more. 7 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.

Cynthony and Company: Wed. 7 p.m. Olde World Cheese Shop, 11001 N 56th St., Temple Terrace. Free. (813) 431-1280.

SoundCheck: Dropkick Murphys, Southern Culture on the Skids, the Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, Connie Francis 03/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 1:23am]
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