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SoundCheck: Underoath, Toby Love, Sarah Borges, Forever the Sickest Kids, Gloriana

m Sarah Borges and Broken Singles

With Eileen Jewell Band

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.

When it rained during Sarah Borges' outdoor set at this year's Tropical Heatwave concert, everyone piled inside the Cuban Club for shelter. The foxy, feisty Borges wasn't about to stand for that. So she kicked her set up a notch, leaping offstage into the drizzle and running into the crowd to lead fans in a singalong on a rip-roaring little blues-rock number. Standing on a chair in the rain, she won over a number of soaking-wet Tampa fans.


With August Burns Red, Emery

Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $21. (813) 247-2555.

Who's the biggest band in Tampa? How about Underoath, the veteran Christian metalcore artists who have toured the world in support of their proggy, scorched-earth anthems of passion and rage. This summer, they headlined the Vans Warped Tour. Drummer and "clean" vocalist Aaron Gillespie — Underoath's sole remaining original member — is having quite a month. A few weeks ago, his popular side outfit, the more straightforward the Almost, released its second album, Monster Monster. We're sure he's happy he'll get to spend Thanksgiving at home in Tampa.

Toby Love

With Latin League, Fantasma

Details: 9 tonight. Studio Inc., 3603 W Waters Ave., Tampa. Before 10 p.m.: Free for women, $15 for men. After 10 p.m.: $15 for women, $20 for men. (813) 598-3946.

Let's get crunkchata! Toby Love will bring his blend of crunk hip-hop and bachata sounds to Studio Inc. Night Club. Love, a former member of the Bronx band Aventura, is best known for his Spanglish hit Tengo Un Amor.

Forever the Sickest Kids

With the Rocket Summer, Sing It Loud, My Favorite Highway, Artist vs. Poet

Details: 6 p.m. Friday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18.50-$21. (727) 895-3045.

The synth-happy Dallas sextet play powerpoppy punk jams that wouldn't sound out of place on Radio Disney — but that doesn't mean they don't still rock pretty hard, as evidenced by their back-to-back stints on the Warped Tour. All four openers offer a similar mix of catchy guitars, pianos, synths and sneering, soaring vocals.


Details: 7 p.m. Friday. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 855-1229.

Before they hit the road with Taylor Swift next spring, here's your chance to see the up-and-coming country foursome up close and in person. With head-bobbing guitars and layered harmonies, Gloriana has a song that sounds a tad more like Christian pop-rock than straight-up Nashville twang, but that didn't stop their debut single, Wild At Heart, from becoming a Top 20 country hit. Bonus: Vocalist Rachel Reinert hails from Sarasota, so this will be a bit of a homecoming show.

Times staff writer Dalia Colón contributed to this report.

Also playing

Ska is Dead Tour: Fri. 8 p.m. With Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Deal's Gone Bad, Victims of Circumstance. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $15. (813) 241-8600,

David Crowder Band: Fri. With Chris Tomlin. 7 p.m. Countryside Christian Center, 1850 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Sold out.

Geri X.: Fri. With pat mAcdonald, Marksmen, Margot West. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7 (21 and up). (813) 247-2555.

Roy Jay: Fri. 9 p.m. Barefoot Billy's, 3120 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 831-8703

Jimmie's Chicken Shack: Fri. With Groove Stain, Primitive Astronauts, the Hollow Earth Party. 7:30 p.m. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $13-$18. (727) 843-0686.

Chuck Ragan: Sat. 8 p.m. With Jim Ward, Frank Turner, John Snodgrass, Chad Price, Audra Mae, the Zydepunks. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 895-3045.

Randy Jackson of Zebra: Sat. 8 p.m. With Jeteye. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $12. (727) 843-0686.

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart: Sun. 8 p.m. Craftsman House Gallery & Cafe, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$23. (727) 323-2787.

Ted Lukas and the Misled: Sat. 9:30 p.m. Yeoman's Road Pub, 236 E Davis Blvd., Davis Islands, Tampa. (813) 251-2748.

G-86: Sat. 5 p.m. With A-FLO, Mello-D. Gospel Expo, 2515 E Hanna Ave., Tampa.

Alexander and the Grapes: Sat. 7:30 p.m. With the Sun Society, the Wind-Up Birds, Moor Hound, John Gold. Cafe Bohemia, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-4495.

Poetry 'N Lotion: Sat. 9 p.m. With Jim Morey Band, Infinite Groove Orchestra. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 247-2555.

Set It Off: Sun. 6 p.m. With Hello Alaska, One Way, Oh Clemency. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 895-3045.

SoundCheck: Underoath, Toby Love, Sarah Borges, Forever the Sickest Kids, Gloriana 11/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 3:30am]
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