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SoundCheck: Skrillex, Miguel, Gloriana, Dar Williams, Black Tusk, Helios Jazz Orchestra

Skrillex

With 12th Planet, Two Fresh, Nadastrom

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sold out. (813) 247-2555.

Was dubstep the most polarizing topic in music this year? Signs point to yes. Leading the abrasive, bass-heavy electronic movement is Sonny Moore, or Skrillex, a DJ with a Tim Tebow-like ability to get folks fired up (one way or another). Moore received five Grammy nominations this month, including "Best New Artist" — a first ever nomination for a DJ. And to those who question his artistry, Moore told MTV News recently, "Whether it's on an acoustic guitar or if it's on a computer, music's music, and the most important thing about music is the emotional impact it has on people and culture." But Moore's most unexpected move yet just might be Break'n a Sweat with Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore of The Doors, part of RE:GENERATION, a forthcoming Grammy-commissioned documentary that pairs artists of the digital and analog eras for unique collaborations.

Miguel .

Details: Sunday 9 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20-$25. (727) 571-2222.

There weren't many new faces to emerge in R&B in 2011. But just when we felt overwhelmed by Auto-Tuned catcalls, enter suave crooner Miguel, future king of prom night soundscapes. (Well, Quickie might not fly at a school function, but there are plenty of other tracks to choose from). Work with J. Cole and Usher put this R&B newbie on the map, but it's his smooth style and powerful, vocoder-free singing that should help him stay there.

Dar Williams and Jill Sobule

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$45. (727) 791-7400.

Before Katy Perry kissed a girl (and liked it), Jill Sobule kissed a girl in 1995 with a track that tackled the era's fascination with "lesbian chic." Sobule will open for reliable New England folkie favorite Dar Williams. Influenced by Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Judy Collins, Williams takes an honest, personal approach to songwriting.

Gloriana

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.

When young, good-looking country music co-eds get together, big things happen. Take crossover success stories like The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. Now add the guys and gals (Tom, Mike and Sarasota-native Rachel) of Gloriana to that list. Gloriana released its debut self-titled album in 2009 and quickly became a best-selling debut country act with hit Wild at Heart. The group has opened for Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn and the Zac Brown Band, to name a few. Its second album, featuring single (Kissed You) Good Night, is set for release early next year.

Helios Jazz Orchestra

Details: Tuesday 7 p.m. NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. www.nova535.com.

Helios Jazz Orchestra ends its 2011 monthly concert series at NOVA 535 with a bang. The 18-piece jazz big band and guest singers Denise Moore, Andrea Moraes Manson, Tyler Freeman and David Thut will tackle spy music from the Bond movies, Get Smart, Austin Powers and more. So if holiday music isn't your thing, maybe the tones of international intrigue are.

Black Tusk

With Kyng, Monstro, Hot Snakes

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. (813) 972-8152.

There's enough sludge-y, psychedelic rock on this bill to hold you over for awhile — or at least until Kylesa plays here in two weeks.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at carole.liparoto@gmail.com.

Also playing

The Chariot Fri. 7 p.m. With Vanna, Former Thieves, more. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $12-$14. www.theorpheum.com.

We Are Defiance Fri. 5:30 p.m. With My Ticket Home, Wolves Among Men, more. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 382-3477.

Harry "Choo Choo" Romero Fri. 10 p.m. With Dino Bonetti, Jask. Hyde Park Café, 1806 W Platt St., Tampa. Free for ladies before 11 p.m., $10 for guys. (813) 254-2233.

Pretty Voices Fri. 10 p.m. With Car Bomb Driver, Weapons of A** Destruction. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free.

Damon Fowler Group Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. Ringside Café, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465.

Sons of Hippies CD release Sat. 9 p.m. With Auto?Automatic?? New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.

Holiday Hammering Sat. 6 p.m. Featuring Ares, the Covery, Worse Things Waiting, more. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.

Uncle John's Band Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Epilepsy Awareness Benefit Sat. 7:30 p.m. Featuring Mr. Bella, the Proper Crooks, Ink and Sweat, TUG, the Groves, the Dead Popes. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10.

SoundCheck: Skrillex, Miguel, Gloriana, Dar Williams, Black Tusk, Helios Jazz Orchestra 12/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 3:30am]
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