, 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.
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.
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.
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. [email protected].