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SoundCheck: Silversun Pickups, Fusebox Funk, Good Old War, Hawthorne Heights

>> Silversun Pickups and Against Me!

With the Henry Clay People

Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $28-$40. (813) 247-2555.

Fans of alternative rock no doubt scratched their heads when the Pickups were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy this year. After all, the L.A. quartet formed in 2002 and had been churning out fuzzy, Smashing Pumpkinish ragers like Lazy Eye (off 2006's Carnavas) for years. But the band's 2009 album Swoon, with jittery singles Catch and Release and Panic Switch, was a critical smash — hence the Grammy nod. It's their first trip to Tampa Bay since 2007. Gainesville punks Against Me! visit more often — they played the State Theatre in February — but this is still an anticipated show. The band just released White Crosses, the followup to the fiery New Wave, which Spin deemed the best album of 2007.

Fusebox Funk

With Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso

Details: 9 p.m. Friday, Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.

Musically speaking, the only thing funky about Jacksonville is the scent of Gregg Allman's beard. At least, that was the case until Fusebox Funk boogied onto the scene. The J-ville sextet is Florida's low-ridin' answer to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jurassic 5 and Rage Against the Machine, blending slick rhymes, Super Fly horns and El Camino-bouncing bass into an irresistible melange of rock, hip-hop and outer-space funkadelia. Tampa's own ska-pocalyptic Johnny Cakes always bring a thunderous presence to the stage, so this should be one nonstop, all-night party.

Good Old War

With Yukon Blonde, Audra Mae

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10.50. (813) 248-9500.

If you find yourself bored by the treacle on modern country radio, Good Old War is here to give you a hug. The band plays Americana through and through, but it's also tinged with worldly elements, from Old World folk to Eastern raga. It's indie-cool, yet warm enough to score a Wes Anderson movie. Bonus: If you like the openers, throwback pop-rockers Yukon Blonde — who, ironically, hail from British Columbia, not the Yukon — you can see them twice this weekend. They're also performing a free in-store set at 3 p.m. Saturday at Vinyl Fever in Tampa.

Hawthorne Heights

With Audition, the Story Changes, Variance

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $11. (727) 843-0686.

Whether you groove on Hot Topic emo or not, you can't deny that Hawthorne Heights' decision to include a free copy of their new album, Skeletons, with every concert ticket — all for only $11! — is a pretty cool deal. Down to four members after the departure of screamy vocalist Casey Calvert, the Dayton, Ohio, band keeps chugging along with mosh-worthy guitars and JT Woodruff's soaring whine, the perfect mix for any emo-tastic party.

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Also playing

Brantley Gilbert Fri. 8 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 855-1229.

The Only Sons Fri. 9 p.m. With Brahm Bones, Dear Old Liar, Peter Baldwin. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Advent Fri. 6 p.m. With Forty Winters, Young and In the Way, In Reference to a Sinking Ship, A Hope For Tomorrow, more. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $8-$10. (813) 382-3477.

ATB Fri. 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $10-$20. (727) 571-2222.

Thomas Wynn and the Believers Sat. 8 p.m. With Shak Nasti. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10 (813) 971-0666.

False Demise Sat. 8:30 p.m. With Thrash Attack, Tug. Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa. $5-$7. (813) 971-1679.

Kickin' Again Sat. 9 p.m. Beach Bar, 454 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 447-5080.

Father's Day Family Jam Sun. 1-4 p.m. With Experimental Pilot, Ella Jet and Danny, Alex and Andrea. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free.

Donnybrook Mon. 6 p.m. With the Mongoloids, Bitter End, Venia, Losing Vision, the Rookies, Of Heroes. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.

DJ Medhi Tue. 10 p.m. With Riton. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free, but make reservation at (813) 247-2664.

Acoustic Alchemy Wed. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $24. (727) 895-3045.

SoundCheck: Silversun Pickups, Fusebox Funk, Good Old War, Hawthorne Heights 06/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 7:22pm]
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