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SoundCheck: GWAR, Mac Miller, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Casting Crowns, Tantric, Marshall Tucker Band


With Every Time I Die, Warbeast

Details: Wednesday 7 p.m. The Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 868-7600.

When something serious happens to a not-so-serious band, what's to come? For shock rock satirists GWAR, the gore must go on. After a devastating blow to the band — the death of their guitar player Cory Smoot this month — the costumed interplanetary warriors have decided to press on, spewing faux fluids and grossing out the general population (like Ozzy Osbourne doing Gallagher) perhaps more passionately than ever. Watch out for this year's onstage annihilation of a "Snooki" character. And as always, wear a white T-shirt in the splash zone for the ultimate show souvenir.

Mac Miller

Details: Tuesday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 565-0551.

Mac Miller, the next great white hip-hop hope (Asher who?), "wants to change what's on the radio," he says. And from the looks of the 19-year-old's Top 10 iTunes debut this week (Blue Slide Park), he just might get there. Like friend and fellow Terrible Towel-waver Wiz Khalifa, Pittsburgh's Miller is skirt-chaser with a hazy, laid-back flow. His video for Donald Trump has already garnered more than 34 million views on YouTube. Miller was also honored in XXL's Freshmen Class of 2011 spread. His May show at the State Theatre sold out, so if you want to put those thumbs up Tuesday, you might want to jump on your tickets now.

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$160. (727) 791-7400.

It's late 2011 and we're no closer to a Led Zeppelin reunion than we ever were. Luckily, the next best thing is really quite good. Jason Bonham, son of late quintessential hard-rock drummer John Bonham, has teamed up with the heralded company behind AV spectacle "The Pink Floyd Experience" to celebrate his father's life and the music of Zeppelin.

Casting Crowns

With Sanctus Real, The Afters, Lindsay McCaul

Details: Friday 6 p.m. Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., Lutz. Sold out. 1-866-440-7880.

What began in 1999 as a student praise and worship group has become a Grammy-winning, arena-filling musical phenomenon. Casting Crowns are undoubtedly the rock stars of the Christian music genre, selling more albums for the past four years than anyone else in the category. The group trumpets the release of Come to the Well and its big-faith ballads Friday.


With Man Made Machine, Seven Years Past, more

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

Tantric had a short stint in the spotlight when its 2001 single Breakdown cracked the Top 10. But the real story for bay area residents is the group's alt-rock follow-up tune Down and Out. The track's ominous electric violin riff fills the Trop each time Evan Longoria walks to the plate. In the past, the band has tried to recruit Longoria, an avid drummer, to sit in with them. We'd love to see them get their wish this time.

Marshall Tucker Band

Details: Sunday noon. Screwy Louie's Porpoise Pub, 8701 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. $20 and up. (727) 393-7616

A big score for Screwy Louie's Porpoise Pub, Marshall Tucker Band plays the small Seminole Boulevard bar Sunday. Lead vocalist Doug Gray is the band's only remaining original. But that doesn't mean you won't be inclined to take a freight train down to the station after a rousing version of Can't You See. (Contrary to popular belief, the band's name doesn't refer to an actual member, but rather a Spartanburg-area piano tuner).

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at


Also playing

Fat Joe Fri. 8 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S., St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.

Seven Nations Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.

Earl Klugh Sat. 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $34-$39. (727) 587-6793.

Tijuana Hercules Sat. 9 p.m. With Doll Parts, The Friendly Sort, Crippled Masters. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 898-6054.

Big Deal Sat. 9:30 p.m. Rudy's Sports Bar, 11100 66th St., Largo. Free. (727) 546-2616.

Jack Wilkins CD Release Sun. 3 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, HCC Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, Corner of E Palm Avenue and N 14th Street, Ybor City. $15-$20.

The Queers Sun. 6:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.

Thrash and Burn 2011 Tues. 4 p.m. Featuring Winds of Plague, Chelsea Grinn, As Blood Runs Black. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 895-3045.

Mimosa Tues. 9 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 247-2555.

Sevendust Wed. 7 p.m. With Eye Empire. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $21. (727) 565-0551.

Webbie Wed. 11 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (941) 730-7344.

Izzy Cox Wed. 10 p.m. Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.

SoundCheck: GWAR, Mac Miller, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Casting Crowns, Tantric, Marshall Tucker Band 11/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:30am]
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