Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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SoundCheck: Cyndi Lauper among top live music picks

Cyndi Lauper

With Hunter Valentine

Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Cyndi Lauper might have frowned on Miley Cyrus' "true colors" with her recent criticism of that now infamous Video Music Awards performance, but that hasn't stopped the 60-year-old Grammy and Tony award winner from preaching the gospel of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun to just about everyone else. Fans are in for a treat when Lauper celebrates the 30th anniversary of her debut LP, She's So Unusual, by performing it in full. Tracks like Money Changes Everything and When You Were Mine from the effort have aged well, so you'll want to party All Through the Night at this one.

Method Man and Redman

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $25-$60. (813) 248-2954.

Method Man and Redman were in the headlines early this month thanks to an Instagram photo of the rappers apparently toking a marijuana cigarette wrapped in 24-karat gold. The hilarious absurdity should come as no surprise to fans of the Wu-Tang and Def Squad alumni (have you seen Redman's MTV Cribs episode?), and the boys are bringing the act to a storied Ybor venue. There are rumors of a new LP, Blackout! 3, but outside of Meth's recent work with uber-producers Doctor P and Adam, the boys don't have much new material to tour behind. No worries, though, since there's a whole list of material from their past collaborations and solo projects to pull from.

Black Uhuru with Duckie Simpson

With Andrew Bees, Queen Kay, UNRB, Trenchfoot Shindig

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.

It's been more than a decade since Jamaica's Black Uhuru came stateside, and despite the outfit's fractious past, there's a lot to excite reggae fans. The band, which took home the first Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 1985, have a new album in the works and will have original member Duckie Simpson at the helm when it stops at State Theatre. Simpson famously feuded with a host of Uhuru singers, basically driving them away as the band crafted almost two dozen LPs over the past 30 years, and there's no telling how long the group's Solidarity will last, so you might as well get your Sponji Reggae on while you can.

John Vanderslice

With Alexander and the Grapes

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-4969.

John Vanderslice has a reputation for possibly being the nicest guy in indie rock, but that dubious distinction isn't the reason New World Brewery will be packed for this midweek treat. The 46-year-old Gainesville-born singer-songwriter's debut LP, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, is a sonically sound masterpiece and one of the most perfect albums of the last 15 years. Vanderslice never slowed down, either, having released nine other gems since then, with the latest, this year's Dagger Beach, accompanied by a covers album that finds him taking on David Bowie's Orwellian-inspired Diamond Dogs track for trippy track. One of the bay area's most gifted songwriters, Alexander Charos, leads his band through an opening set to kick it all off.

Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at SuburbanApologist.com.

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