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Stuffed November concert calendar includes Weezer, Rush, Regina Spektor

I like when Tampa Bay rubs it in to the rest of Florida that we're the top music stop in the state. Case in point? Nov. 9. We're not just packing months, boys and girls, but individual days are getting stuffed, too. • I'll be reviewing Weezer at the Mahaffey Theater that Friday, but on the same day there's tabloid princess LeAnn Rimes at Ruth Eckerd Hall, blues dudes Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang at Ribfest in Vinoy Park, Ocean Avenue pop-punks Yellowcard at Jannus Live, indie roots-rocker Eric Lindell at Skipper's Smokehouse plus a few others scattered about the bay. • Oh, and then there's the rest of the month. Herewith, our November awesomeness:

Rush (1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, tonight) Finally, Jann Wenner and his snobby pals at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have nominated the Canadian prog gods for enshrinement into the (sort of) esteemed Cleveland institution. But will Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson actually get voted into the joint? My guess is yes, if only because millions of middle-aged white nerds will no doubt storm the Mistake on the Lake if this is just a wicked tease. All together now: "And the meek shall inherit the earth!" (livenation.com)

Weezer (Mahaffey Theater, Nov. 9) Speaking of middle-aged nerds: Rivers Cuomo, the awkward power-pop leader of Weezer, is 42 years old now, but he still writes songs as if he were roaming high school halls looking for a prom date. The boys-will-be-boys will be playing "full album shows" in Orlando Nov. 10 and 11. But before that, they'll do a full-tilt hits show in St. Petersburg — at which they'll probably do stuff from Weezer and Pinkerton anyway. We're all winners! (themahaffey.com)

Glenn Frey (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Nov. 10) In his first-ever appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall (which is hard to believe, isn't it?), Don Henley's favorite frenemy will unload all "his" Eagles hits (Lyin' Eyes, Heartache Tonight, New Kid in Town) and '80s-rich solo cuts (Smuggler's Blues, The Heat Is On, You Belong to the City). Plus, like every other iconic rocker these days, he also recorded a covers album of 20th-century classics: After Hours, which includes For Sentimental Reasons, Route 66 and Caroline, No. (rutheckerdhall.com)

Regina Spektor (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Nov. 15) Consider this night a sort-of bookend to Fiona Apple's loopy but mesmerizing REH gig on Sept. 29. Spektor isn't as surly or unhinged as Fiona, but she is earnest and painfully honest. If you're not familiar with the Russian-born singer-songwriter, take a YouTube stroll starting with such Spektor tracks as Fidelity and Us, the latter of which was used to great heart-smashing effect in the movie (500) Days of Summer. (rutheckerdhall.com)

2 Chainz (Ritz Ybor, Nov. 24) College Park, Ga., doesn't just produce hot rappers; it promises overnight success, too. T.I., Ludacris and Yung Joc all claim the town as a birthing ground, and now here comes 2 Chainz, straight out of the Dirty South with two chart-topping hits: the No. 1 No Lie with Drake and Birthday Song with Kanye West. The rap world loves an eccentric these days (see West, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne) and 2 Chainz fits that freaky-deaky mold: If David Lynch ever made a rap vid, it would look like the spot for Birthday Song, which features an altogether disturbing clown beat-down. Run for your life, Bozo! (ritzybor.com)

Sean Daly can be reached at [email protected] Follow @seandalypoplife on Twitter.

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