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Plain White T's

With Days Difference

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $16.50-$20. (727) 896-2276.

When they're not creating menus for Denny's, designing apparel for Kohl's or licensing songs for ABC Family, the Plain White T's still find time to make some pretty catchy music. Sure, all of us are completely over Hey There Delilah, but there are a couple of hummable tracks on followup Big Bad World, such as the acoustic, Delilah-like 1, 2, 3, 4. They sound like a more musically mature Jonas Brothers. Is that a compliment? We think so.

Her and Kings County

With Southside Serenade, Amanda Drake, Nine Mile Drive

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.

The "her" in Her and Kings County is blond bombshell Monique Staffile, who brings a Southern-fried outlaw edge to country music, like Gretchen Wilson minus the Nashville sheen. "I need a white-trash country boy who ain't afraid to make some noise / redneck, what-the-heck, take whatever I can get," she yelps on Take What I Can Get. All the more surprising: The band comes straight from the heart of the country hotbed known as . . . New York City? (Cue the Pace Picante Sauce cowboys: "New York City?!?!?")

Rabbit in the Moon

With DJ Baby Anne

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.

Unlike some techno artists who do little more than fiddle with the knobs on their decks, Rabbit in the Moon is a sight to behold live, with exotic light-up costumes, lasers, fire and dancers. It's almost like watching the Blue Man Group. The group formed in Tampa in the '90s, but frontman Bunny and company now travel the world performing psychedelic trance sets and festivals.

Of Angeline

With Averra, Before We Sleep and more

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8. (813) 382-3477.

Local screamo fivesome Of Angeline plays a driving blend of punk and metal that fans of A Day to Remember, Between the Buried and Me and, well, pretty much any band on Victory Records would dig. On its recent album, Time Waits For No One, the band rips through a dozen tracks like thunder and lightning, shredding vocal cords and splitting eardrums along the way.

Anthony Raneri

With Andy Jackson and Travis Adams

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10, $12. (813) 241-8600.

Before his punk band Bayside heads out for a summerlong stint on the Warped Tour, frontman Anthony Raneri is playing a handful of solo acoustic shows, including three in Florida. He'll be playing some of Bayside's songs, but he's also known for playing a few interesting covers (Sean Kingston's Beautiful Girls, Death Cab for Cutie's I Will Follow You Into The Dark). "Solo acoustic frontman" seems to be the theme of the night, as he'll be performing with Andy Jackson from Hot Rod Circuit and Travis Adams from Inkwell.


Details: 10 p.m. Monday. Durty Nelly's, 661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 824-8884.

St. Pete electro DJs Stavros (John Barker and Justin Grant) offer a sweaty, Daft Punk-style vibe, complete with robotic vocals and don't-you-dare-stop beats. On Monday, Grant is starting a new weekly party at Durty Nelly's called Hard Times, featuring a "surprise" set by Stavros. The event is sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, so look for $1 specials on PBR all night.

Boys Like Girls

With NeverShoutNever, the Ready Set

Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19.99. (727) 895-3045.

Pop punk never sounded as anthemic as it does when it's screamed by Boys Like Girls, a glossy Boston foursome that has toured with Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte and Metro Station. They aren't exactly hard-edge, but insanely catchy tracks like The Great Escape make them a band worth remembering.

SoundCheck: Jay Cridlin's top live music picks for Tampa bay 06/17/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:30am]
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