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SoundCheck: Kool Keith, Fruit Bats, Matt Pond PA, Kid Sister

Fruit Bats

With Blue Giant

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12. (813) 241-8600.

Influenced by the rural, masterful folk-rock sounds of the Band, sub pop act Fruit Bats provides the perfect soundtrack for an ebullient trot through the wheat fields (see Ruminant Band). The Shins' Eric Johnson writes most of the material (and happens to sound like a countrified version of Shins singer James Mercer). This is smart, sunlit folk with an affirmative vibe.

Matt Pond PA

With Stars of Track and Field, the Pauses

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.

For songs about dim lighting, bitter cold and window smashing, this stuff sticks with you in the best of ways. Matt Pond PA's lush chamber pop songs come with rustic guitar, jangling keys and passionate vocals. Fun facts: Pond has written songs for the Oxygen Network and is terribly allergic to pond water (ironically enough). His last show at New World Brewery in 2008 sold out, so don't sleep on this one.

Kid Sister

With Pauly Crush, the Crate Bothers, Heemo Feelya

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$17. (813) 247-2664.

Go back in time with Kid Sister to the era of jokey and spandex-clad rap — when neon colors and tacky rhymes encouraged the shameless busting of moves. (And the term "gangster" still referred to mobsters for the most part.) This spunky Chicago artist, whose background includes musical theater and "dorky things," raps about beepers, bass and acrylic nails over '80s-style electro. Kanye West appeared on the Kid Sis single Pro Nails. Fans of Amanda Blank, Rye Rye or Salt-N-Pepa should enjoy.

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Kool Keith

Details: 9 p.m. Sunday. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $16-$18. (813) 247-2664.

Underground hip-hop king Kool Keith has more aliases than an inmate roster. Since the late '80s, under the names Dr. Octagon, Dr. Doom, Black Elvis and so on, Keith has evaded the mainstream rap world with a schizophrenic style and lyrics that could make even 2 Live Crew blush (see Sex Style). In true anti-establishment fashion, he loves sci-fi and creative thinking and hates all things marketing.

Also playing

Betty's Not a Vitamin: Tonight at 9. With the Ideal Husbands. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

Sean DeLong: Tonight at 8. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway St., Dunedin. Free. (727) 216-6318.

Tribal Style: Tonight at 9. Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 447-4100.

Jon Snodgrass and Cory Branan: Fri. 9 p.m. With Nessie, Deadly Fists of Kung Fu. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $9. (727) 898-6054.

Fall of Troy: Fri. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $13.50. (813) 248-9500.

Paradise House Music Night: Fri. 10 p.m. Featuring Romano Arcaini and Jason Leva, Jask, Dino Bonetti, Cubanix. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. Free-$10. (813) 254-2233.

Absolute Queen (Queen tribute): Fri. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $12. (727) 843-0686.

Rise of Saturn: Sat. 8:30 p.m. With Variety Workshop, Push Button Press. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $6-$8. (727) 532-0265.

Stephanie Anderson CD release: Sun. 6 p.m. Chic-a-Boom Room, 319 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-5284.

SoundCheck: Kool Keith, Fruit Bats, Matt Pond PA, Kid Sister 03/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 3:30am]
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