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SoundCheck: Rays concert series with Calvin Harris, Coco Jones; Southern Rock's Finest with Marshall Tucker Band; Built to Spill and GreyMarket

m Calvin Harris

Details: Friday after Rays-Texas Rangers game, which starts at 7:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Included with game ticket. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Grab a neon hat (the first 10,000 fans get them free) and bounce to DJ Calvin Harris on Friday following the Rays-Rangers game. From bedroom to baseball stadium, Harris' DJ and production skills have taken him across the world and all over the charts. Last year, Harris was said to be one of the most successful songwriters in the U.K., doing for crossover electronic-pop what Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift did for country. The Scottish dance titan behind We Found Love with Rihanna, Bounce with Kelis and Let's Go with Ne-Yo will be the mixmaster for tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, and has a new release due in October featuring Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal and more.

m Built To Spill

With Helvetia

Details: Wednesday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$23. (727) 895-3045.

Like noise-bitten indie acts Pavement and Dinosaur Jr., Boise, Idaho's Built to Spill helped establish the early '90s slacker movement, a crusade heavy on guitar effects, AM radio crackle and lumberjack looks. To this day, the members of Built to Spill keep their heads down as they tinker with melody (bleak and charming all at once), multiguitar layering and wall-of-sound production.

n Coco Jones

Details: Sunday after Rays-Texas Rangers game, which starts at 1:40 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Included with game ticket. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Growing up doesn't seem too shabby when Coco Jones is narrating the journey. The teen actor and singer (who looks a lot like a young Jennifer Hudson) is the star of Let It Shine, the Disney original too often compared to High School Musical. She has also appeared on Radio Disney's Next Big Thing and So Random!, singing triumphantly about young love and finding yourself over hip-pop grooves and new-school gospel. Jones is also the daughter of former NFL player Mike Jones.

n Southern Rock's Finest

Featuring the Marshall Tucker Band, Firefall, Rare Earth, Pure Prairie League

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Screwie Louie's Porpoise Pub, 8701 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Free. (727) 393-7616.

This tucked-away Seminole bar, which dubs itself "Pinellas County's most unusual drinking establishment," is also making a bid at "strangest Southern Rock hub." Screwie Louie's Porpoise Pub hosts another big bill with an array of Southern rock icons. And it's all free. The acts include Pure Prairie League (the band that launched the career of country star Vince Gill) featuring bassist Phil Stokes and the Marshall Tucker Band featuring lead vocalist Doug Gray. So take a freight train down to Screwie's station and hear a rousing version of Can't You See and a heap of other deep-fried tunes.

GreyMarket

With the Pauses, Great Deceivers

Details: Saturday 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

Tampa's loss was Kansas City's gain when local duo GreyMarket decided to pack it up for a shot in the Midwest. At long last, the boys are back with a handful of "Dark Matter" tour dates in Florida and a new record that's "totally devoid of dubstep," they say. Saturday's date is a homecoming show of sorts, returning the band and its semiformal outfits, otherworldly lighting, epic wave of Muse-like guitars, sci-fi electronics and falsetto wail to where it once belonged.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]

   
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