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SoundCheck: Gavin DeGraw, Matt & Kim, All Star Rock Tour, Primus, Car Bomb Driver

Gavin DeGraw

With Mike Sanchez

Details: Today, 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $24.50. (813) 247-2555.

Some Tampa Bay residents may remember a local kid named Billy Norris, a kid movie critic for the St. Petersburg Times who appeared on David Letterman's shows and other national outlets. He's also a classically trained bassist. His full-time gig these days is touring with dreamy singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw. It's good work — DeGraw, best known for the earworms Chariot, Follow Through and I Don't Want to Be (the theme to One Tree Hill), is a laid-back dude who plays good-time pop music.

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

Matt & Kim

With the Thermals and DJ Autobot (of Flosstradamus)

Details: Tuesday, 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2664.

Up there with wrinkly babies and kittens that play piano, Brooklyn's Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are impossibly adorable. With unchecked enthusiasm, the dancing drum-and-keyboard couple delivers DIY pop-rock songs about cutting your pants into shorts and throwing your shoes in the ocean (Daylight). It's equal parts sugar, sweat and smiles (quite possibly balloons, too), and it could do more for your mental state than Paxil. See these two exuberant young artists now before they become Crest Whitestrips spokespeople.

All Star Rock Tour

Featuring Orleans, Joe Lynn Turner, John Cafferty, John Ford Coley and Robbie Dupree

Details: Saturday, 8 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $28-$38. (727) 892-5767.

There's an endearing term some folks (bloggers, music critics, Jimmy Fallon) use to describe the soft, polished rock that came out of the mid 1970s and early '80s. They call it "Yacht Rock" because the genre's smooth, mellow tones have a tendency to conjure up champagne-sipping and lamb-shank-braising on luxury yachts. Orleans (Still the One), John Ford Coley (I'd Really Love to See You Tonight) and Robbie Dupree (Steal Away) are among the hitmakers performing. So grab your bubbly, El Capitan, and rock (smoothly) on.


Details: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29.50-$39.50. (727) 791-7400.

Take the weird, progressive ways of Captain Beefheart, add the slap-bass funkiness of early Red Hot Chili Peppers, dab with some big brown beaver humor and bring to boil to form Primus, the Cali band behind some of the most perverse and intricate tunes known to man. Green Naugahyde, written and recorded at Les Claypool's Rancho Relaxo (named for an episode of The Simpsons), is the group's first release since 1999's Antipop.

Car Bomb Driver

With the Spears and Dead Cat Lounge

Details: Saturday, 9 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5.

After an extended hiatus, St. Petersburg's 15-year punk veterans Car Bomb Driver are back on the scene. Their commitment to short but raucous punk about the blahs of teenage suburban life has earned them slots opening for the Misfits, among others. A few weeks back, they played Dunedin Brewery's annual Ramones tribute show (and new EP Official Bootleg even features a song called I Just Wanna Be a Ramone), but this is the official comeback show, says the band.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

Also playing

Damon Fowler Group Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.

George Acosta Friday, 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. (727) 571-2222.

Kevin Toon Friday, 4 p.m. With Big Brother. Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. Free. (727) 393-2706.

Redfield Saturday, 7 p.m. With We're Being Hunted, I am Dreamer, From Within, Collision Sequence. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.

Crossfade Sunday, 6 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15.

Jermaine Monday, 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 565-0551.

Sleepy Vikings acoustic Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. Cappy's Pizzeria, 4910 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $2. (813) 238-1516.

SoundCheck: Gavin DeGraw, Matt & Kim, All Star Rock Tour, Primus, Car Bomb Driver 06/01/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 4:30am]
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