SoundCheck: Hippiefest II, Tides of Man, Classixx, Emery, Candy Bars

Hippiefest

Featuring the Turtles, Mountain, Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland (pictured), Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $51.50-$88. (727) 791-7400.

With merry, Byrds-inspired folk-pop tune Happy Together, the Turtles famously knocked the Beatles' Penny Lane from the No. 1 spot on the charts in 1967. Later, Elenore was the group's tongue-in-cheek answer ("gee I think your swell") to fans' demands for more songs like it. (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes do a pretty killer cover of that one too.) Big man Leslie West continues to lead blues-rock act Mountain, whose hit Mississippi Queen (a Homer Simpson favorite) rumbles with the influence of Cream. Interesting fact: The band had only performed a handful of live shows before playing in front of half a million or so people at Woodstock.

Tides of Man CD release

With Raising Theos

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-9500.

A Tides of Man set might be the musical equivalent of an hour on the Gravitron at an amusement park. The Tampa rising stars rock dizzying riffs, sing dramatically and shift between hard-core, progressive and even classical genres. The group was recently signed to Rise Records, home to Emarosa, Drop Dead, Gorgeous and Breathe Carolina. Their new disc, Empire Theory, a reference to the thoughts of French philosopher Charles de Montesquieu ("an Empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war") rings with the influence of the Mars Volta, the Dear Hunter and Coheed and Cambria.

Classixx

Details: 10 p.m. Wednesday. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 247-2664.

Berklee College of Music dropouts Tyler Blake and Michael David keep a diverse fan base — scene kids, indie rock fans, giant headphone-wearing types — sweatin' to sleek house, electronica and a grab bag of remixes. Formerly known as "Young Americans" (a legal issue forced them to change the name), the L.A. duo digs Depeche Mode and Simian Mobile Disco and lays down "gorgeously pillowy synth-disco," describes Pitchfork. Listen for their hot interpretation of Phoenix's Lisztomania.

Emery

With Maylene and the Sons of Disaster

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 896-2276.

Whether describing liars, cheats (Studying Politics), party girls (Party On) or the differences between heaven and hell, South Carolina's Emery brings the saga to life with a blend of tenacious screamo and melodic pop-punk. The backwoods boys of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, led by former Underoath frontman Dallas Taylor, meld Southern rock with metal, and have a strange fascination with the Ma Barker story.

Candy Bars

With Venice Is Sinking, the Pauses

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Tampa three-piece Candy Bars makes a welcomed return to New World Brewery this weekend. A former Spin artist of the day, the band's keyboard/guitar/cello-driven sound was once described by the mag as "Broken Social Scene-inspired balladic lo-fi," delivered with "bucolic whimsy."

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SoundCheck: Hippiefest II, Tides of Man, Classixx, Emery, Candy Bars 08/05/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 5:30am]

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