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SoundCheck: Enter the Haggis, Lindsey Buckingham, Black Star, the Script, Junior Boys, St. Pete Folkfest

Enter the Haggis

Details: 7:30 tonight. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $20-$25. (727) 791-7400.

With its underdog rise to the top (mostly by van), Toronto's Enter the Haggis resembles the Rocky of Celtic fusion bands. Since '96, these road warriors have melded traditional Celtic music with ska, punk, jazz, rock and beyond to create an endless St. Patrick's Day parade. Latest disc Whitelake was recorded at a rustic Ontario cottage and funded entirely by fans (a.k.a. Haggis Heads). The grass roots group has gone on to appear on A&E's Breakfast with the Arts, Live with Regis and Kelly and their very own PBS special.

Lindsey Buckingham

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Sold out. (727) 791-7400.

If you're lucky enough to have a ticket, Lindsey Buckingham offers his solo stuff and beyond in an intimate venue. Buckingham produced, engineered, sang and played nearly every instrument (we imagine he made some awesome "guitar faces" along the way, too) on Seeds We Sow, which was released earlier this month. He'll play a mix from Seeds and his other solo records, as well as a few Fleetwood Mac hits. "People would probably run me out on a rail if I didn't do a few Fleetwood Mac songs," Buckingham told Rolling Stone regarding the tour. "We'll do Big Love, Never Going Back Again, Tusk and we gotta do Go Your Own Way. That's about it though."

The Script

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38-$43. (727) 791-7400.

If you love pop songs about relationship meltdown, the pasty lads of Dublin, Ireland's the Script are your guys. Comparable to The Fray or One Republic, this R&B-influenced pop trio loves a good romantic hardship or three. You'll know last year's Breakeven as the infectious reminder that breakups are never really mutual. This year's Science and Faith brings more emotion and failed love — in other words, more of the Script's desperate goodness.

Junior Boys

With Egyptrixx, Soft Rock Renegades

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.

What does a hipster interpretation of downhearted Sinatra standard When No One Cares sound like? It sounds like the Junior Boys at Radio Shack. These electronic buffs strike a terrific balance of digitally soothing and downright spooky electro-pop. Check out So This Is Goodbye and In the Morning, particularly if you like the danceable qualities of Hot Chip or Cut Copy.

St. Pete Folkfest

Details: Saturday 10 a.m.: Featuring Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, 3rd Stone, A Fragile Tomorrow, Cope, Patty Larkin, Martin Sexton, Railroad Earth. Sunday noon: The Lee Boys, 3rd Stone jam session, Song circle featuring Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Sean and Dominic Kelly. Creative Clay, 1124 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 825-0515.

Girl-power pluckers the Indigo Girls led Folkfest last year in St. Pete with some of the most hummable feminist folk-rock tracks of all time. And while this year's lineup might not bring a headliner of the same caliber, there's plenty to know and love about the fifth edition of this music and arts event — namely its diversity. Locals Cope and 3rd Stone add some jam airiness, while the Lee Boys specialize in "sacred steel," a form of gospel music with lap and pedal steel guitars and hard-driving, blues-based beats worthy of worship.

Black Star

Details: Sunday 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $36.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Nobody's leaving a Gucci Mane concert feeling like a philosopher. Listen closely at this show, on the other hand, and you'll have ample opportunity for enlightenment. Regrouping every so often as Black Star, Talib Kweli and Mos Def remind us that hip-hop can bring real insight, not just the back track for booze-fueled booty shaking at Full Moon Saloon (is that still a thing?). They'll perform the album Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star in its entirety as well as hits from each of their solo catalogs, all of which contain cerebral rhymes and jazz-influenced grooves.

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

Also playing

Tone Loc Fri. 9 p.m. With DJ Camo, DJ Sherif. Jackson's, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 277-0112.

Drones Fri. 7 p.m. With To Think as Trees, Ascend to the Depths, City of Seba, Against Grizzly. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $5-$8. (727) 943-5713.

DJ Rap Fri. 10 p.m. With Baker, Saik, DJ Santana. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. (813) 254-2233.

Chris McCarty and Christie Lenée (Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds tribute show) Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.

Dam-Funk Sat. 9 p.m. With Master Blazter. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $14-$17. (813) 241-8600.

Variance CD Release Sat. 5 p.m. With Goodnight Neverland, A View from the East Coast, more. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.

Joshua James and Honeyhoney Sun. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10.

SoundCheck: Enter the Haggis, Lindsey Buckingham, Black Star, the Script, Junior Boys, St. Pete Folkfest 09/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 5:30am]
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