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SoundCheck: Rusko, Scars on 45, Spam Allstars, Hunter Hayes, Meek Mill

m DJ Rusko

With Redlight

Details: Tonight at 7. Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. $26 and up. (813) 868-7600.

At last summer's Identity Festival stop in Tampa, British dubstep DJ Rusko brought a danceable, reggae-tinged flavor to the main stage. His squiggly wobble is poppy and lighthearted — you might even call it tongue-in-cheek — and will no doubt get the college night crowd dancing tonight.

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

Scars on 45

With WD-Han, G2P, more

Details: Monday 7 p.m. at the Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8 and up.

These heartbreak kids soothe relationship pain with some serious melody. Check out stinging rock ballad Heart on Fire, a track that's appeared during contemplative moments of Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars. Comparable to Keane or the Fray, this indie/acoustic band from the U.K. makes hook-loaded music with bite.

Spam Allstars

With Peter Baldwin

Details: Saturday 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12 and up. (813) 241-8600.

Regulars on the Florida tour circuit, Little Havana's Spam Allstars return with an intoxicating Latin-funk-electronic fusion. DJ Le Spam improvises on the turntables, spinning and sampling tracks from his diverse record collection. Then the Allstars chime in on sax, trombone, guitar, flute, congas and just about anything else they can get their hands on to make you move your feet.

Meek Mill .

Details: Monday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30 and up. (813) 247-2555.

Before Tupac's holographic resurrection at Coachella, Meek Mill was backing the return of rap's Machiavelli on his 2011 debut single Tupac Back featuring Rick Ross. That same year he released another chart-buster Ima Boss. Meek came up on the mean streets of North Philadelphia, rhyming his way through the city's underground battle scene. Now he is being signed to Ross' Maybach music label. He was also included in XXL magazine's Freshman Class feature, the same distinction given to now-stars Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller.

, Hunter Hayes

Details: Sunday 5 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $5 and up. (813) 987-2855.

Kids are invited and encouraged to check out Storm Warning singer Hunter Hayes' afternoon show at the Dallas Bull. The young, restless and rising country artist is the second-most googled "Hunter" (behind only the late great Hunter S. Thompson). The 20-year-old's voice has been favorably compared to Rascal Flatts' lead singer Gary LeVox, whom Hayes supported onstage earlier this year. But the Rascal Flatts gig wasn't Hayes' first brush with big time. Hayes appeared live alongside Hank Williams Jr. at age 4, and at 6 was cast in The Apostle opposite Robert Duvall, who gave him his first guitar. He'd later play with Johnny and June Carter Cash at a backyard BBQ and perform at age 8 at the White House for President Bill Clinton.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

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SoundCheck: Rusko, Scars on 45, Spam Allstars, Hunter Hayes, Meek Mill 05/16/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 4:30am]
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