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SoundCheck: Beres Hammond, Eddie Money among top music picks

Beres Hammond

With Adonai Sound, Baby Sam, DJ Chance, Professor GT, Jay Blaque

Details: Friday 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $30 and up. (727) 565-0550.

After spending the '70s in flurries of talent competitions and fronting reggae jazz outfit Zap Pow, Hugh Beresford Hammond decided to go it on his own and has since enjoyed a prolific solo career that's spawned almost two dozen LPs. The 57-year-old's soulful, throaty delivery made him an icon when it came to the lovers-rock brand of reggae, but he's delved into dancehall and R&B, and even got his activist on with a 2012 double album where he spends one side ruminating sweetly on the topic of love, and the other making the discussion of social and ecological issues feel like being in one big group hug.

Travi$ Scott

Details: Friday 11 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$20. (727) 895-3045.

The doors for Travis Scott's show open at 11 p.m., and that's not a typo. The performance from the 21-year-old beastsmith/MC is part of a State Theatre double-header (Scottish alt-rock '80s heroes Big Country play the matinee), and it might be the last time you get to see Scott up close and personal for a while. His production is a hot commodity, and he boasts credits on hit albums like Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail and Kanye West's Yeezus (West even showed up to perform a surprise song at a recent Scott show). A recent mixtape, Owl Pharaoh, was released in May and is as dark (Bad Mood S--- On You), dizzying (Chaz Interlude) and inescapable (Upper Echelon) as anything else hip-hop has to offer these days. Scott's live show is notoriously rowdy, so you're going to want to break curfew for this one.

Riff Raff

With Big Makk

Details: Saturday 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

Riff Raff is extremely Google-able, and that's probably the way the Houston MC (real name Horst Simco) likes it. He's been described as "shamelessly eccentric" by his own label and even branded a "brazen troll" and "a caricature" by blogs and newspapers alike. Simco also happens to think he inspired James Franco's character in the Harmony Korine-directed instant cult classic Spring Breakers (Franco has pretty much acknowledged that Mr. Raff was part of the vision, but that the real muse was St. Pete's own Dangeruss). Despite the oddity and consistent hilarity of it all, Riff Raff's appeal (and talents) cannot be denied.

Summer Jam 9

With Helado Negro, Zulu Wave, Florida Kilos, Wolf-Face, the Dull Blades, Will Quinlan & the Diviners, the Wholetones, Feral Babies, the Apes, Grey Market, Booker & Norton, Kid Aids, Moonmen From Mars, Sun Signs

Details: Saturday 7 p.m., New World Brewery, Crowbar and the Social Club, Ybor City. $15-$20.

The Ybor-centric minifestival has marked the end of the sweltering summer concert season for almost a decade now. The show has had few repeat acts over the years, and the ninth installment mixes it up by putting the lush folk and storytelling of Will Quinlan up against the bluesy garage rock of Melbourne's Dull Blades; Florida Kilos' throwback AM-pop alongside ska nine-piece the Apes; and tying a dozen more acts, including exploratory sound miner Helado Negro, into a easy-to-navigate lineup. (Note: Correpondent Ray Roa's music and culture blog, SubAp!, contributed to Summer Jam's promotional materials.)

Robby Krieger

With Dean Johanesen

Details: Saturday 8 p.m., the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $26.50-$36.50. (727) 822-3590.

As founding guitarist of the Doors, Robby Krieger gets lots of well-deserved credit for being the man pushing the pen on classic cuts like Love Her Madly, Touch Me and Light My Fire, but the 67-year-old was much more than that, too. Named one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2011, Krieger — who brings a new band, Jam Kitchen, with him — played a pivotal role in frontman Jim Morrison's very existence. Without Krieger's flamenco- and jazz-influenced, avant-garde-for-its-time playing style, Morrison might not have had the artistic freedom to explore the wild, poetic and controversial stage antics that made the Doors infamous and unforgettable.

Eddie Money

Details: Sunday 9 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $40. (813) 627-7757.

Watching Eddie Money in a Geico commercial, warbling his way through the chorus of his 1978 hit single Two Tickets to Paradise, is humorously bittersweet at best. Sure, the now 64-year-old rocker appeared to show a little wear and tear in the clip, but most reports say that ol' Eddie — who has completely forgone drinking, drugs and smoking — still has a pretty impressive set of pipes. Fans of Money's down-to-earth, blue-collar approach to rock 'n' roll on seminal cuts like Take Me Home Tonight and Baby Hold On get a chance to see for themselves at this Sunday night show.

Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at

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