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SoundCheck: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pepper, Automatic Loveletter, Del Castillo

, Mary Chapin Carpenter

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38-$58. (727) 791-7400.

Before the Faiths and Shanias ruled '90s country music with glossy, good-looking material, Ivy League-educated Mary Chapin Carpenter was winning over fans with a folksier, often meditative style. The two-step honky-tonk exception Down at the Twist and Shout helped her break out commercially, as did her appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, where she performed You Don't Know Me, a witty, self-deprecating ditty about being the lowly "opening act" (something every aspiring band should hear). After a bout with a serious illness in 2007, a gracious and celebratory Carpenter is back with The Age of Miracles, which features guests Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.

Automatic Loveletter

With Valencia

Details: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$14. (813) 248-9500.

Released in June, Automatic Loveletter's Truth or Dare swaps its previous emo-slanting output for granular, shabby-chic rock songs. Clearwater's very own Juliet Simms goes lighter on clothing and heavier on her brassy, Joplinesque wail while her brother, Tommy Simms of well-liked local act Win, Win, Winter, beats up the guitar.

Pepper

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29.65. (727) 565-0551.

Until Sublime acquired Brad Nowell sound-alike Rome to go on tour this year, your go-to act for live, Pacific Ocean-inspired reggae and rock may very well have been (or still be) Pepper. The well-oiled trio from Kona, Hawaii, offer not-so-serious tracks about house parties, ladies, green bottles and ocean breezes. New EP Stitches is slated for release in mid-October. It's a perfect way to extend the summer for a few more weeks.

Del Castillo

With Point 6

Details: Sunday 6 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.

Latin quintet Del Castillo blew the roof off Tropical Heatwave (and perhaps the boundaries of traditional Latin music) with a zealous mix of rock, pop, flamenco and blues. With its fastidious Spanish guitar-work, the group conjures "images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana with an assist from the Gipsy Kings," describes Rolling Stone.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reach at carole. liparoto@gmail.com.

Also playing

Evergreen Terrace Fri. 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $14.55. (813) 248-9500.

D'Visitors 10th Anniversary Party Fri. 9 p.m. Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $5. (813) 234-1000.

Bird Street Players Sat. 9 p.m. With Pete Bones. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-4969.

The Black Honkeys Sat. 8 p.m. Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. (727) 447-4100; clearwaterbeachbar.com

36 Crazyfists Sat. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16.75. (727) 895-3045.

Whitechapel Sun. 6 p.m. With Impending Doom, Miss May I. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20.95. (727) 895-3045.

SoundCheck: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pepper, Automatic Loveletter, Del Castillo 09/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 5:30am]

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