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SoundCheck: Say Anything, Deadmau5, Laura Izibor, Tech N9ne

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.  Like its television Western namesake, Bradenton band Have Gun, Will Travel knows good frontier storytelling. On Saturday the band will release hometown-themed Postcards from the Friendly City, a collection of contemplative Americana with old-timey twinkle. “Mama, when you hear that ol’ death rattle, bring me back to Bradenton,” they sing over brush drumming, gorgeous viola and lulling acoustic strums.

m Have Gun, Will Travel CD release

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969. Like its television Western namesake, Bradenton band Have Gun, Will Travel knows good frontier storytelling. On Saturday the band will release hometown-themed Postcards from the Friendly City, a collection of contemplative Americana with old-timey twinkle. “Mama, when you hear that ol’ death rattle, bring me back to Bradenton,” they sing over brush drumming, gorgeous viola and lulling acoustic strums.

Say Anything

With Eisley, Moneen, Miniature Tigers

Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$20. (727) 895-3045.

Will a happy marriage curb Max Bemis' signature sneer? Considering the first single off Say Anything's new record is Hate Everyone, don't count on it. On the impish Weezer-esque pop-rocker, singer Bemis, who's now married to Eisley's Sherri DuPree, declares his hate for "everyone upon this cursed earth" (including "the rapper in the Lexus" and "pills he ate for breakfast"). The man Spin once called "emo's greatest disaster" has turned his battle with bipolar disorder (delusion once had him running in the middle of a busy New York street) into satirical, operatic thrill music — the kind that salutes everyone from Woody Allen to Sunny Day Real Estate and Rivers Cuomo.

Lucero

With Ramblin' Roadshow and Memphis Revue, Cedric Burnside and Lighting

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Czar 1430 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-2664.

Lucero's move to a major label had some longtime fans sweatin' it. Would the beloved country punk band's gristly tunes become polished for radio play? Singer Ben Nichols, often dubbed alt-country's Kurt Cobain, says no way. The only real change to the leathery Lucero sound (which recalls the Replacements and the Hold Steady) looks to be a welcomed one: a little horn-infused Memphis soul.

Laura Izibor

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $27.50. (727) 791-7400.

Like Corinne Bailey Rae, Alicia Keys or Chrisette Michele, Nigerian-Irish singer-songwriter Laura Izibor has a flair for piano-based soul and hip-hop beat backing. Rolling Stone dubbed Izibor an "artist to watch," calling her debut Let the Truth Be Told, "with its you-go-girl pop (Shine), slow-rolling funk (Yes) and gospel-tinged ballads (Mmm), a sunny, chick-flick-worthy take on vintage soul."

Beat Wars

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Good Luck Café, 1910 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $7 for spectators. (813) 248-5453.

We've seen guitar wars, drumoffs and break-dance fights, so why not an electronic beat battle? Aspiring producers and beatmakers go head to head in front of Grammy-winning production team the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, JMB Entertainment, Nappy Boi Digital, Ivy Box and host DJ Headbussa. The beats will be judged on creativity, mixing, musicianship and crowd response.

Jeremy Gloff CD release

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $1 donation. (813) 247-2555.

Tampa Bay gay and lesbian community luminary Jeremy Gloff is a sassy advice columnist, lover of cheesy '80s grooves and all-around funnyman. But on 21st Century Love Songs, he's straight-up serious. Ominous sounds abound on Depeche Mode-ish Oh Sweet Boy, in which Gloff tackles depression and suicide. Gloff describes the album as "one that gives a voice to people who are disappointed and skeptical of happy endings, but ultimately hopeful."

Deadmau5

Details: 9 p.m. Sunday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.

When Move For Me starts in with "another night out, another dance floor," you'd think Deadmau5 was bored with the club scene. Turns out, he's giving it life. The Canadian DJ, who comes costumed in a giant red mouse head, is packing clubs and breaking fire codes with thick bass lines, spellbinding synths, whimsical bleeps and alluring electro-house lullabies.

Cannibal Corpse

With Hatebreed, Unearth, Born of Osiris, Hate Eternal

Details: 6 p.m. Sunday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $27. (727) 895-3045.

The reliably loud and disconcerting Cannibal Corpse returns to bludgeon fans with oinking, feverish rhythms, hefty guitars and lyrics about cyanide and disembowelment. The group remains one of the Tampa death metal scene's most enduring acts.

Tech N9ne

With Slaughterhouse, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Stevie Stone, Glasses Malone

Details: 8 p.m. Monday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.

He's the bestselling indie rapper in the game. He may also be the most unstable. On new K.O.D., Kansas City lyricist Tech N9ne reflects on his marriage-ending promiscuity and questions God in the face of his mother's terminal illness as spooky, overcast tones pulse in the background. Expect the unexpected here — we're talking anything from Dean Martin and Falco sampling and backward rapping to disturbing horrorcore, grunting and guitars.

Times correspondent Carole Giambalvo can be reached at carole.giambalvo@gmail.com.

Also playing

Sander Kleinenberg: Fri. 9 p.m. Vintage Ultra Lounge, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. myspace.com/vintage727.

Phil Vassar: Fri. 9 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95. (813) 719-3133.

The Basiqs CD release party: Fri. 9 p.m. The Place at Channelside (rooftop), corner of Whiting and Channelside Drive.

Bulletboys: Fri. 8 p.m. With Thrown Alive, more. Bourbon Street Night Club, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $15. (727) 843-0686.

The Shakes Society: Fri. and Sat. 9 p.m. The Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-0632.

Live and Let Die, the Music of Sir Paul and Friends: Sat. 8 p.m. Colorama Music Premier Performance Club, 9302 Denton Ave., Hudson. $22. (727) 863-7539.

Greg West: Sat. 1 p.m. Green Iguana Veterans, 9202 Anderson Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 288-9076.

Get Up Kids: Sat. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19.99 advance, $24 door. (727) 895-3045

Melt Banana: Sun. 9 p.m. With Yip Yip. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 241-8600.

The Family Harvest Jubilee: Sun. 5 p.m. Featuring Experimental Pilot, Ella Jet, Danny and Alex. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7. (813) 971-0666.

Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime: Sun. 7:30 p.m. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $15-$20. (727) 843-0686.

Judy Tampa and Bunko Squad CD release: Sun. 5 p.m. With Harry Hayward's Magic Act, My Little Trotsky, Ronny Elliot. Springs Theatre, 8029 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $10 suggested donation. (813) 915-0074.

Awesome New Republic: Tues. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.

Steve Miller Band: Wed. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.50-$128. (727) 791-7400.

Senior Friendly Extravaganza: Wed. 10 a.m. Featuring Ken Brady, Richie Merritt, Marti Carroll, Denise Looney, more. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Free. (727) 587-6751.

SoundCheck: Say Anything, Deadmau5, Laura Izibor, Tech N9ne 11/11/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 3:30am]
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