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SoundCheck: Men of Soul, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Dokken and LA Guns, Kool Keith, Devil Wears Prada and Microgroove opening

Men of Soul: Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson and Howard Hewett

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $60 and up. (727) 892-5767.

Three Quiet Storm kings offer up buttery crooning over soul and R&B soundscapes Friday. Just a note: Modern Family's Phil Dunphy would likely be in heaven this week in Tampa with both Peabo Bryson ("the greatest singer of all time") and Hall and Oates (Phil was a "Hallraiser" in his day) in town. Bonus is Jeffrey Osborne (On the Wings of Love).

Daryl Hall and John Oates

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$100. (727) 791-7400.

It's not Simon and Garfunkel nor Sonny and Cher that hold the title of best-selling duo in music history. It's those perky '80s popsters Hall and Oates. For some, the duo calls to mind Miami Vice-style blazers, synchronized hand claps, dentist-office tones and one very prominent mustache. For a new generation, the guys are hipster-admired artists thanks largely to Hall's collaborations with Chromeo and others.

Dokken and LA Guns

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15 and up. (727) 565-0551.

For so many of the '80s glam-metal acts, it's hair today, gone tomorrow. Dokken (Breaking the Chains) and LA Guns (The Ballad of Jayne) trek on, the former without guitarist George Lynch and the latter within two rival incarnations. Assuming you care, the LA Guns group performing here is the Phil Lewis-led act. The band playing the State Theatre on Saturday is the Tracii Guns group.

Kool Keith Performing as Dr. Octagon

With Dam Funk, DJ Sandman

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15.

Skatepark of Tampa, once dubbed "skateboarding's Disney World" by ESPN, hosts its annual Tampa AM contest this weekend. And for its traditional post-skate concert, the crew is delivering yet another underground, off-brand hip-hop face. With more aliases than an inmate roster, Kool Keith (a.k.a. Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Rhythm X, Black Elvis, Mr. Gerbik) has evaded the mainstream rap world with a schizophrenic style and metaphorically loaded, often controversial, lyrics.

The Devil Wears Prada

With White Chapel, Enter Shikari, For Today

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.

To the unsuspecting listener (who probably Googled in search of the Meryl Streep film), the guttural screaming of the Devil Wears Prada might conjure up some kind of zombie apocalypse. But to the diehard fans (and there are many), these adept Christian metalcore players and frequent Alternative Press cover boys create the sound of sweet, sweet catharsis.

He's My Brother She's My Sister

With Geri X

Details: Sunday 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-4969.

While opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes last year at the Ritz, this Southern Cali band unveiled a secret weapon — the fancy footwork of Lauren Brown. Brown is the band's tap-dancing percussionist, providing a quirky pulse for the group's nostalgic gypsy-folk sound. Sound gimmicky? Trust us, not this one.


The Fray

With Scars on 45, Rachel Platten

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $32. (727) 565-0551.

This pasty bunch does songs about relationship disintegration just as well, if not better, than anyone in the business. But an uninspired Jingle Ball performance here last December left us disappointed. Here's hoping Look After You gets the gusto it deserves during Play 98.7's Play in the Snow Show, where Jannus will become a winter wonderland with holiday decor and faux snow.

Microgroove grand opening weekend

Details: Friday featuring Jennifer O'Connor, Tracy Shedd. Saturday featuring Sleepy Vikings, I Was Totally Destroying It. Sunday featuring Rebekah Pulley and Will Quinlan. Microgroove, 4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. Call (813) 667-7089 for set times.

Tampa's newest independent record store will hold a grand opening this weekend with an array of in-store acoustic performances. Matador recording artist Jennifer O'Connor kicks off the festivities Friday with a batch of lovely, literate folk-pop tunes.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

Also playing

The Black Honkeys Fri. 8 p.m. With Theo Valentine, more, at the Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5.

Mushroomhead Fri. 7 p.m. With One Eyed Doll, Drastic Fall, more. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

Tucci Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.

Morgan Page Sat. 10 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10 and up. (813) 873-8368.

Bonobo (DJ set) Sat. 9 p.m. With DJ Craig Heneveld, Mr. Marley, DJ Blenda, Soft Rock Renegades. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $15-$17. (813) 241-8600.

Suncoast Blues Society Holiday Party Sat. 8 p.m. Featuring Joe Louis Walker, Selwyn Birchwood. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.

LA Guns Sat. 7 p.m. Featuring Tracii Guns and Dilana. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.

Obscura Sat. 8 p.m. With Abysmal Dawn, Enfold Darkness, more. Brass Mug, 1441 E. Fletcher Avenue, Tampa. (813) 972-8152.

REKLESS Sat. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City.

New Christy Minstrels with Vecca the Show Dog Sun. 2 and 7 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $21-$25. (813) 269-1310.

Bullapalooza! Sun. 3 p.m. Featuring USF School of Music performers. USF Concert Hall, 4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3002.

SoundCheck: Men of Soul, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Dokken and LA Guns, Kool Keith, Devil Wears Prada and Microgroove opening 11/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:30am]
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