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SoundCheck: Owl City, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Collective Soul, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute

Scary Kids Scaring Kids

With Dance Gavin Dance

Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.

As long as you're not the Who or the Eagles, your band might mean it when it says "farewell tour." Scary Kids Scaring Kids, a Warped tour regular whose resolute riffs and screams somehow generate an altogether melodic sound, is hanging it up after this winter tour.

Collective Soul

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Gasparilla Pirate Fest Stage, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa.

Collective Soul hits Tampa for one of the biggest alternative rock shows of 1995. (Okay, we're not hatin', it just seems like a peculiar choice given the venue.) No doubt you'll recall Ed Roland, shown here, and his group of shaggy Georgia boys' hits Shine, December ("Baby, just spit me out") or strings-accompanied The World I Know saturating radio airwaves in the age of a very special Blossom. These guys weren't ever flashy or revolutionary, but they did churn out consistently appealing rock songs. In 2009, the group got a jolt when its Tremble for My Beloved appeared on the Twilight soundtrack.

DJ Sandman and Deacon birthday bash

With Dynasty, the Villanz, the Rukus, Jinx and DJ Fader, Marpo

Details: 11 p.m. Friday. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 248-9500.

WBTP-FM 95.7 (the Beat) weekend mixer and founder DJ Sandman had a career-highlighting moment in 2009 when he was chosen to mix the July edition of the nationally lauded Cornerstone Mixtape. DJ Jazzy Jeff, 9th Wonder and DJ Green Lantern have contributed to the Cornerstone Mixtape series over the years, "so to be included in that lineup was special to me," Sandman says. On Friday, he and fellow Tampa hip-hop mainstay DJ Deacon will celebrate their birthdays spinning classic '90s hip-hop and new favorites (Sandman's digging KRS-One/Buckshot's Survival Skills). Add in locals Dynasty, the Villanz and the Rukus, and this a big local hip-hop bill.

The Ultimate Elvis Tribute

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $25-$45. (727) 892-5767.

Continuing the King's 75th birthday celebration, three of the world's top Elvis impersonators (all Priscilla-approved) — Victor Trevino Jr., Leo Days and Kevin Mills — will touch on each phase of the King's career, from his hip-swiveling '50s reign to the Vegas years.

Nate Najar CD release

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Fox Jazz Club, 5401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 289-8446

Most weekends, you'll find this St. Petersburg Latin jazz guitarist and Clearwater Jazz Holiday vet laying down assured, extra-smooth jazz in a Fedora and a Brooks Brothers button-down. Nate Najar celebrates the release of Until Now, a WSJT-ready collection featuring an inspired cover of Michael Jackson's Human Nature and velvety original (It's A) Good Day.

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Owl City

With Lights

Details: 6 p.m. Wednesday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.

Hunkered down in his parents' Owatonna, Minn., basement, insomniac Adam Young devoted most nights over a two-year span to writing and recording squeaky-clean pop songs about panda bears and cruise ships. But in 2009, bug-hugging breakout Fireflies, a syrupy electro-pop song with a chorus that dares you not to sing along, took him from basement to big time. "If your household appliances wrote a love song while you were away on vacation," this is what it would sound like, Young once described. The mom-okayed artist now known as Owl City performs with a full band at Wednesday's sold-out show. Opener Lights, which hits a pop music trifecta — good looks, impressive vocal range and snazzy keytar skills — specializes in homemade electro and bubblegum rock, perhaps like a cross between Robyn, Imogen Heap and Vanessa Carlton.

Also playing

November Foxtrot Whiskey: Fri. 9 p.m. With Peter Baldwin, Florida Night Heat. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.

Origen: Fri. 10 p.m. With Espiritus, Tatiana Soleil: Terra Sur, 5358 W Village Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 269-2694.

Burning Tree: Fri. 9:30 p.m. Cricketers Pub, 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 736-1322.

Black Honkeys: Fri. 9 p.m. Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. $3. (727) 393-2706.

Integrity in the Arts (Jyme Records party): Sat. 8:30 p.m. With Studio Pilot, Esky, Drive Like June. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $5-$7. (727) 532-0265.

From First to Last: Sat. 6:30 p.m. Transitions, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 382-3477.

The Takers: Sat. 9 p.m. With Nessie, Greenland Is Melting, Steady State. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Colleen Hart: Sat. 8 p.m. The Hideaway, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.

Ska and reggae show: Sat. 7 p.m. With H1N1, Third Society, Muphin Chuckrs , Sucker Fish, Peter J. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-7080

Bobby Lee Rodgers: Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave. $10. (727) 736-0606.

Captain Buzzkill: Sat. 9 p.m. With Rebel 5. Upper Level, 1910 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $5-$7. (813) 244-7772.

Thomas Function: Sun. 9 p.m. With Jacuzzi Boys, Soft Rock Renegades. Fly Bar, 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 275-5000.

D'Visitors: Sun. 4 p.m. Ella's Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 234-1000.

Between the Buried and Me: Wed. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.

SoundCheck: Owl City, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Collective Soul, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute 01/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 3:30am]
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