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SoundCheck: Sisters Singing for Sisters, Citizen Cope, Alias Punch, Drink Up Buttercup

Citizen Cope

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $21.50. (727) 565-0551.

With hurricane season officially underway, find comfort in Citizen Cope's soulful safe-keeping jam Hurricane Waters. When hip-hop beats give way to the warm, unhurried refrain, "I will carry you through the hurricane waters to blue skies," maybe the meteorologists' warnings of "extremely active" won't seem quite so intimidating. Cope's sets often evoke bluesy, after-church sessions thanks to his mumbling Southern inflection, button-down attire and a thriving organ. Listen for the infectious Bullet and a Target, where he rhymes about drug abuse and teen pregnancy as if he were the jam circuit's answer to Everlast.

Sisters Singing for Sisters >>

Featuring Lori Karpay, Barbara Lane, Mele, Karmic Tattoo, Anne Van Atta & Friends, Judy Tampa, Natty Moss Bond, Maggie Council, Lizz Straight, the Fallopian Tubes, Crescendo.

Details: Sunday 5 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666. $10-$13. (727) 791-7400.

Crescendo, a 20-year-old Tampa Bay women's chorus, will travel to Loyola University with women's music pioneer and activist Cris Williamson to perform at the 10th Sister Singers Choral Festival. But to see that they get there without a hitch, top local female artists are donating time and talent to raise travel funds. With the honeyed harmonies of Natty Moss Bond (pictured here), Judy Tampa's aurally mellow but lyrically bold folk-rock and Lizz Straight's combustible spoken word poetry on the slate, the evening also serves as a fine Lilith Fair (coming in August) warm-up.

Alias Punch

With the Interventionists, Yogurt Smoothness

Details: Friday 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.

Comprising three drolly-named characters, "thumpster-wailer Dusty Mondy," "six-string sorcerer Jasper Blue" and "slave to rhythm Archie Ray," Alias Punch is a rock band from Orlando off its medication. Check out the psychedelic Gorilla Gorilla, a song that sounds as if the B-52s ditched matching-towel party-pop for sweaty, schizophrenic garage rock.

Drink Up Buttercup

With Jukebox the Ghost, the Sun Society

Details: Saturday 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.

Plugging your band as "the best thing out of Philly since the cheesesteak" seems like a setup for failure. But touche, Drink Up Buttercup. Here you've gone and piled up gooey hooks and tasty riffs for an altogether satisfying serving of indie rock. These Beatles devotees, who seemed to have played Strawberry Fields Forever on repeat for quite some time, sing about star-crossed lovers, drunks and acid trips. Piano-pop act Jukebox the Ghost has shared stages with Regina Spektor and Kanye West and evokes a mix of "Ben Folds, They Might Be Giants and Queen," says VH1.

Also playing

Nightcap Pajama Party Fri. 9 p.m. featuring Sons of Hippies, Sleepy Vikings, Andy Matchett and the Minks, DJ Sugarbear. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free.

Sarah Mac Band Fri. 7:30 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 644-7895.

Lee Brice Fri. 9 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. $5. (813) 987-2855.

Dynasty CD release Sat. 9 p.m. With Aych, Mike Mass, Jinx, DJ Sandman. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4969.

Disco Inferno Sat. 8:30 p.m. With DJ J.D. Gasoline Alley, 14042 N 66th St., Largo. $10. (727) 532-0265.

Arm the Poor Sat. 8 p.m. With Lights Out, Nothing in the Dark, Bible Dinosaurs. The Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $5. (727) 943-5713.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

SoundCheck: Sisters Singing for Sisters, Citizen Cope, Alias Punch, Drink Up Buttercup 06/02/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 4:30am]
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