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SoundCheck: Thompson Square, Buckethead, the Joy Formidable, Modern English, Classic Albums Live: the Who, Tangerine Blues Fest

Thompson Square

Details: Friday 10 p.m. Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $15 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. (813) 855-1464.

It's been quite a year for the husband/wife country duo and it's not over yet. On Nov. 9, Keifer and Shawna Thompson are up for Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year. They have a catchy, sassy single to thank. Keifer puts it bluntly: Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not "changed our life'' (American Idol winner Scotty McCreery also sang it on the show). And on Friday, they'll perform at a honky-tonk in a Tampa strip mall for a small, appreciative audience at the Round Up.

Susan Thurston, Times staff writer


Details: Tonight 9 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 895-3045.

It would be easy to dismiss Buckethead, the mostly mute musician who wears a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket hat and a Michael Myers mask onstage, as a novelty act. (There's some back-story about him being raised in a chicken coop). But hear us out. The former Guns N' Roses guitarist is actually a gifted shredder with a strange but impressive collection of progressive metal, thrash, funk, electronica, jazz, bluegrass and comedy (including an I Like It Raw tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard?).

The Joy Formidable

With Fang Island

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13.50-$16.50.

A power trio in every sense, the Joy Formidable employs fuzzy, wall-of-sound guitars, militaristic drumming and lofty female vocals to create XL music the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Muse could both honor. Led by pint-sized and awesomely named blond Ritzy Bryan, this Wales-born band put out The Big Roar — it's kind of like a collection of collegiate fight songs for indie kids who aren't into sports — earlier this year.

Modern English

Details: Sunday 7 p.m., the Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. Free. (727) 571-2222.

Before I Melt With You became the theme music of choice for cheesy, melty burrito commercials, and other varying ads for M&Ms, Ritz Crackers or double cheeseburgers, it was the breakout tune that transported Modern English from its gothic origins to a lighter, poppier place. The song also appeared in the movie Valley Girl with Nicolas Cage. In 2010, the band released aptly titled disc Soundtrack.

Classic Albums Live: the Who

Details: Friday 8 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $24.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

You won't get smashed guitars or trampled drums in this live take on the Who's '71 album Who's Next. But you will get a note-for-note, cut-for-cut performance by Craig Martin and a gang he calls "the world's best musicians" as the well-regarded Classic Albums Live tackles Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again and more from Moon, Daltrey, Townshend and Entwistle. Martin and company call the concept one that will be appreciated by "music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations".

Tangerine Blues Fest

Featuring Albert Castiglia, the Legendary JCs, Shar Baby, the Steve Arvey Band

Details: Saturday 4 p.m. Tangerine Greenway, 49th Street and 18th Avenue S, Gulfport. Free.

"Live and let live. It's not the official motto of Gulfport. But it should be," the Times wrote in a profile of this Pinellas beach town last month. The Tangerine Blues Fest, an event that exemplifies that free-livin' spirit, celebrates is fourth year Saturday. Miami-based singer/guitarist Castiglia, a former sideman of the late Junior Wells, adds modern sensibilities to traditional Chicago blues. Winter Park's eight-piece Legendary JC's plays an amped-up mix of classic funk, R&B, soul and Gospel like Booker T. and the M.G.'s on 5-Hour Energy drink.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at

Also playing

Michael Tolcher and Mikel Paris (of O.A.R.) Fri. 6 p.m. Postcard Inn (poolside), 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Free. Toll-free 1-800-875-2347.

Funky Seeds and Ramblegrass Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.

Wolves in the Throne Room Fri.

7 p.m. With Megaton Leviathan, Set and Setting. The Chop Shop, 910 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (813) 361-9021.

Sobriety X Fri. 7 p.m. Harlie's Pinellas Park, 7020 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 498-6500.

Jimmy Needs Meds Sat. 8 p.m. In the Zone, 4525 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Free. (813) 374-0144.

Rock Solid Pressure Industry Showcase Sat. noon. Featuring Bet Me I'm Lying, Sunday's Finest, Red Rockits, Escape Tonight, Sunshine and Bullets, Hammerslug, Bad Magistrate, Team Cybergeist, Seven Years Past, Drastic Fall, more. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Cost unavailable. (727) 895-3045.

Bobby Lee Rodgers Sat. 8 p.m. With Applebutter Express, more. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6.

Passafire Sun. 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12.

Ingram Hill Wed. 8 p.m. With Rachel Platten. World of Beer Westchase, 9524 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. (813) 852-2337.

SoundCheck: Thompson Square, Buckethead, the Joy Formidable, Modern English, Classic Albums Live: the Who, Tangerine Blues Fest 09/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:51pm]
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