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Weekly concert picks: Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Diplo

KRS-One

With Dynasty

MONDAY 8 p.m. Tamiami at Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$22. (727) 786-2276.

The "whoop whoops" on Sound of Da Police and the breakdance bump of Step Into a World (Rapture's Delight) are iconic in hip-hop. KRS-One has earned his place as an educator, battle-rap master and supreme MC, and has influenced a generation of rappers. The Jamaican-American continues his quest to decriminalize hip-hop, speaking out to record label heads and the FCC.

Arlo Guthrie

SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin Street, Tampa. $34.50-$49.50 (813) 274-8981.

On the ultimate, 18-minute, hippie-dippie tale Alice's Restaurant, Arlo Guthrie sings wittily about being arrested for littering in Stockbridge, Mass., dodging the draft and fighting the man. His Woodstock performance of Coming Into Los Angles ("Don't touch my bag if you please, mister customs man") only solidified his place as a counter-culture hero, just like famous folkie and protester papa Woody. Arlo performs his own tunes and covers his father's, which in tough times, should really resonate again with Americans.

Diplo

With Pulp resident DJs

FRIDAY 10 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 247-2664.

Surely a sign of musical ADD, Diplo championed the mash-up in the early '00s — a free-for-all of '80s pop, rock, electronica, Dirty South hip-hop, Miami bass and more. In fact, the DJ and former Florida resident has helped spur a brightly-outfitted, Wayfarer-wearing, Nike SB-rocking culture by way of unexpected music pairings (i.e. Huey's Pop, Lock and Drop It over Nirvana). Most notably, Diplo wrote and produced the Grammy-nominated Paper Planes with M.I.A. and runs the on-the-rise Mad Decent label.

Steph Taylor and the State Of

With Life Of Pi, Channing Deren

FRIDAY 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $6. (813) 241-8600.

South Florida duo Steph Taylor and the State Of likes to keep pop tunes dark but upbeat. The ladies crank eerily pretty arrangements on the keys and back them with big, electronic-like live drums for a Tori Amos-meets-LCD Soundsystem effect. Locals Life of Pi return with slices of Pixies and Superdrag-like rock that's clever but not overcomplicated. And sweet-voiced Channing Deren's acoustic ditties are first-rate.

Ozomatli

FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 786-2276.

Toting a Spanglish big-band blend of salsa, rap, reggae and funk, Ozomatli returns to Jannus, this time with founding member and vivacious rhymer Chali 2Na.

Britney Spears

With the Pussycat Dolls

SUNDAY 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $36.75-$750 (813) 301-2500.

Does the ol' saw-the-woman-in-half trick symbolize Brit's big comeback? Spears has been bent and broken by paparazzi, divorce, hair extensions and more, so perhaps it's fitting that she'll be cut up by a magician (strangely played by actor Ed Alonzo, the guy who owned the Max on Saved by the Bell), only to re-emerge shiny, centered and focused. Spears, 27, pulls out all the stops on the Circus Tour, battling "womanizers" and cracking the whip across three rings. If you've followed her on Twitter lately (before the account was hacked, at least) you'd have seen her acting suspiciously in control — watching Kung Fu Panda with her boys and reuniting with friends in her native Louisiana. But $750 (face value!) for what they're calling a "ringside" floor seat — well, that's still crazy.

Jessica Simpson

SUNDAY 7:30 p.m. Strawberry Festival, 2202 W Reynolds St., Plant City. $25-$30. (813) 752-9194.

Flashback to 1999 (well before "Chicken of the Sea" or her "Mom jeans" incident): A smiley, young blond snaps and sings to the tune of John Mellencamp's Jack and Diane. That's the Simpson that America fell in love with. So a return to a comfier, less glitzy sound seems smart. The 28-year-old, who got her start on the Christian Youth Conference circuit, has refashioned herself as a country artist. And 2008's Do You Know is as solid as most of the material coming out of Nashville.



Deerhunter

With Summerbirds in the Cellar, Giddy-up, Helicopter!

MONDAY 9 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $12. (813) 247-2664.

Though an affliction with Marfan syndrome (a genetic disorder that produces abnormally long and frail-looking limbs) has left Bradford Cox a strikingly skeletal figure, his presence is weighty in indie today. The Deerhunter frontman (who sometimes takes the stage in women's clothing) and crew fire off rounds of moody, distorted experimental rock for a strangely happy experience. Noisy and exhilarating '08 releases Microcastle and Weird Era Continued topped critics' year-end best lists. Orlando's Summerbirds in the Cellar are a great fit for the opener, offering dark synths, psychedelic guitars and telling vocals.

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Also playing

Lucero Fri. With David Dondero. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $14. (813) 248-4969.

Rebelution Fri. 7 p.m. St. Pete Garage Bar, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 553.9212.

Skindred Fri. With Not Tonight Josephine. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

Stereomud Fri. With Unsaid, Project 13, more. 7:30 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10-$12. (727) 843-0686.

Johnny Apple-Eyes Sat. With Matt Hires, Alexander and the Grapes, Just Call Me John. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.

William Elliot Whitmore Sat. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-9500.

Kool and the Gang Sat. 7:30 p.m. Strawberry Festival, 2202 W Reynolds St., Plant City. $15-$20. At 3:30 p.m., Mark Lowry performs; tickets are $10-$15. (813) 752-9194.

Doo Wop Reunion Sat. With Little Anthony and the Imperials, Gene Chandler, Eugene Pit and the Jive Five, the Heartbeats, more. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $42.50-$85. (727) 791-7400.

Hat Trick Heroes Sat. With 20WT, Black Smoke Theory. 8 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-2356.

Tricky Sat. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 895-3045.

Tribal Style Sat. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.

Viva La Musica Sun. 4 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10001 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.

Big Band Jazz Concert Sun. featuring USF Jazz Studies artists. 2 p.m. River Hills Park, 329 South River Hills Drive, Temple Terrace. $8-$10. (813) 893-1710.

Steve Forbert Mon. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35.50. (813) 229-7827.

Less Than Jake Tues. With the Expendables. 6 p.m Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $19. (727) 786-2276.

Stephen Pearcy Wed. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $14. (727) 895-3045.

Mason Jennings Thurs. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $16. (813) 248-9500.

Weekly concert picks: Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Diplo 03/06/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 7, 2009 9:19am]

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