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SoundCheck: Old Crow Medicine Show, Neon Trees among top live music picks

Old Crow Medicine Show

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $36-$42. (727) 565-0550.

Old Crow Medicine Show turned Bob Dylan's Wagon Wheel into an arguably mainstream hit. At this show, the band's blend of bluegrass, folk and blues will meet their affection for alternative rock and even hip-hop (frontman Ketch Secor claims to be influenced by Public Enemy). Songwriting on cuts like the dark ballad Methamphetamine or the barn-burning Trouble That I'm In are enough to make anyone forget the cheesiness of other covers like Angel From Montgomery. The boys play a famously raucous live show.

Neon Trees

With Smallpools, Nightmare and the Cat

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22 and up. (813) 247-2555.

More than 100,000 people call Provo, Utah, home, and Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn is easily one of the most recognizable. His band is the second biggest thing going on there (BYU probably takes the No. 1 slot), and if you haven't heard the songs Everybody Talks and Animal plastered all over radio and TV commercials, then you're truly encased in a pop-culture-proof bubble. Glenn, 30, has been making headlines recently thanks to his announcement that he's gay, which clashed with the beliefs of his Mormon upbringing but also lifted a burden that he's been carrying since he was young, he said. It'll be interesting to see how the announcement affects the Trees' fanbase, but it'll be even cooler to see how Glenn's newfound freedom affects the way he performs old songs as well as those from Pop Psychology, a brand-new LP of neu-New Wave synth-pop gems.

Poetry 'N Lotion

With Brian Deeds, DJ Gabe Echazabal

Details: Friday 9 p.m. Crowbar 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns are a dime a dozen these days, and after the thrill of a successfully funded project is gone, the fulfillment part — where beneficiaries reward backers — can be kind of anti-climatic and boring. Not so for Poetry 'N Lotion, who funded the vinyl pressing of their latest album Electric Acres via Kickstarter. One reward was getting to have the Tampa instrumental group play any album in full, and backer Janice Sutton selected the Beatles' Abbey Road. John, Paul, Ringo and George never even tackled this LP live in its entirety, but if anyone is going to do it, it might as well be this band. The group has already tackled iconic albums like Black Sabbath's Paranoid, Devo's Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, so why not give this one a go too?

Lucinda Williams

With Kenneth Brian Band

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $42.50-$57.50. (727) 791-7400.

When Lucinda Williams played an October 2011 set at Jannus Live, she was touring behind Blessed, a brand new LP on which she weighed in on topics like politics and war. Williams, 61, hasn't put out a record since, adding validity to the notion that her perfectionist nature leads to her sparse release of recorded material. But that doesn't mean that a show from the lady many critics have called "the female Bob Dylan" won't be entertaining. Williams, who Time magazine named "America's Best Songwriter" in 2012, is famous for the almost literary approach she takes to songwriting, with characters so complex she could probably write entire albums about each one of them. Songs like Drunken Angel, Maria and Everything Has Changed should take on lives of their own in Clearwater's historic Capitol Theatre.

REO Speedwagon

Details: Sunday 9 p.m. Hard Rock Café (at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino), 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $80. (813) 627-7757.

Tampa Bay fans of REO Speedwagon used to have to file into amphitheaters or festivals to see their heroes shred. That won't be the case at this Sunday night show, part of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's yearlong 10th anniversary celebration. The digs will be different from Ribfest (where Kevin Cronin and company last brought hits like Can't Fight This Feeling to the meat-loving masses), but fans will surely line up to see these '80s arena rock gods play the super-intimate space. Tickets will cost you a pretty penny, but don't act like you won't blow at least twice that much dough on a slot machine anyway.

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Also playing

Moonshine Bandits Fri. 9 p.m. With the Lacs. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 855-1464.

Logic Fri. 7 p.m. With Quest, Castro. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.

Emperor X Fri. 8 p.m. With Rec Center, the Other Ryan Willis. Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-9836.

Stooges Brass Band Fri. 9 p.m. Ringside Café, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $10-$13. (727) 894-8465.

Bedroom Fri. 9 p.m. With Atlantic Oceans, Mountain Holler. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $. (813) 248-4969.

Orbit 19 11-Year Anniversary Fri. 9 p.m. With UNRB. Orbit 19 Lounge, 1542 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. Free. (727) 937-8330.

Stages & Stereos Sat. 6 p.m. With Darling Parade; the Orphan, the Poet; Lions After Dark, Airsickness; 21 Days Remain; Malaya; Shut Up Lita. Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 972-8152.

Ladies of the Mic Sat. 9 p.m. With Layla Johnson, Jerrica Cabrera, Queen of Ex, Bri Bears, Aja Lorraine, Asher. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $7. (813) 241-8600.

Teen Agers Sun. 4 p.m. With Well Wisher, Doll Parts, Full Fleged Unit. Harbor Bar, 840 Main St., Safety Harbor. Free. (727) 726-8044.

Ol' Dirty Sundays 3-Year Anniversary Sun. 7 p.m. With Gwan Massive, Samurai Shotgun, Jinx, Ron Marks, Mike Mass, Amiam, DJ Shafiq, DJ Qeys, DJ Sandman, DJ Mega, more. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

Deluxe Sun. 7 p.m. With Deluxe, Kyle Chanson and the Swindlin' Hearts, Teach Me Equals, Lonly Monster, Article 47, Abortion Twins, Jacob Cunningham, David Watts. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5-$10.

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