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SoundCheck: One Night of Queen, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Ramones Tribute, Brett Dennen, Rick Ross

, One Night of Queen

With Gary Mullen & the Works

Details: Tonight at 8. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $59-$75. (727) 791-7400.

It's eerie how much Gary Mullen looks and sounds like Freddie Mercury in One Night of Queen, a spot-on concert that will rock you with the legendary band's hits. Mullen says it takes him about 20 minutes to transform into Freddie. "I slowly put the mustache and the wig and costume on," the former computer salesman said in an interview last year. "It's like being an actor in a play. When I hit the stage, I'm a different person." Expect hits like Somebody to Love, Radio Ga-Ga and more.

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult

With Twitch the Ripper, 16 Volt

Details: Saturday 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 248-9500.

Dust off the Doc Martens. Retrieve that midnight black polish. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult is back with the synth sleaze, guitar buzz and leather fetish that helped shape Chicago's industrial dance scene in the '90s. The Wax Trax band's best-known piece of danceable darkness is Sex on Wheelz, also featured in the animated movie Cool World. Did we just blow your mind with '90s references?

Ramones Tribute

Featuring Boney Fiend, Car Bomb Driver, Doll Parts, Gigi and the Cretins, Hell-Bent, House Broken, Jayson Engelke, Lazaras, Rat Cafeteria, Rebel 5, Scatty G, Sonic Death Monkey 5000

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $5. (727) 736-0606.

The Ramones Tribute show has become something of a tradition for the Dunedin Brewery, and for the dozen or so local punk acts that firmly say no to overproduction. To honor thy masters of bare and brash, local bands including St. Pete favorite Car Bomb Driver and girl-powered Doll Parts go loud, low budget and comedic. After all, wasn't it Joey Ramone who offered up this great bit: "I once told this writer a story about how I met the guys in an elevator and found out we all had the same last name, so we decided to form a band."

Brett Dennen

With Dawes

Details: Wednesday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045.

After previous effort Ain't No Reason contemplated tough topics like sweatshop labor, new release Lover Boy finds shy-but-soulful folkie Brett Dennen in such a state of optimism that he's boogying at a burial (Dancing at a Funeral). Cool and casual like Jason Mraz, but trained in the Graceland-era Afropop of Paul Simon, Dennen can satisfy varying tastes. Promises to be a light, funky spring session.

Rick Ross

With DJ Nasty, DJ Khaled, DJ Shizim, DJ Kutmaster, Lil Kee

Details: Friday 10 p.m. Dolce Vita Lounge, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $40-$50. (813) 766-7650.

When he's not playing Big Meech or Larry Hoover, Miami's Rick Ross is strictly "The Boss." On B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast), Ross rhymes, "I am self-made, you just affiliated / I built it ground up, you bought and renovated." It's important to note, Ross is only scheduled to perform a handful of songs at this appearance Friday.

Contains information from Times staff. Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

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SoundCheck: One Night of Queen, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Ramones Tribute, Brett Dennen, Rick Ross 05/04/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 4:30am]
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