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SoundCheck: Shock G among top live music picks

Shock G

With DJ Fuze

Details: Friday 10 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $10 and up. (813) 627-7757.

Digital Underground's list of former members boasts enough names to field a football team, but the one constant player has always been Gregory Jacobs, a.k.a. Shock G. His deep baritone is behind the 1990 hit The Humpty Dance (even your mother-in-law knows the song), and his influence as a producer goes even deeper. In 1991 the late, great Tupac Shakur tapped Jacobs to man the wheel for his debut LP, 2Pacalypse Now, and Shock G also has producing credits for one of Los Angeles' most promising underground talents, Murs. He's an out-and-out hip-hop legend, and he'll prove why at this extremely affordable show.

John McEuen

Details: Friday 8 p.m., the Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-25. (727) 644-7895.

If the thing has strings and frets, then John McEuen can play it. As the founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the driving force behind one of folk music's most important tunes (Will the Circle Be Unbroken), the 67-year-old McEuen boasts a resume envied by 100,000 aspiring Americana singer-songwriters. He's a country-bluegrass demigod with pals who have surnames like Martin, Parton, Krauss, Jennings, Everly and Nelson, and he's coming to St. Pete's premier singer-songwriter cafe to present one heck of a master's clinic.

Rebecca & Fiona

With Digital Lab, Eran Hersh, Pedro M

Details: Sunday 1 p.m., Hogan's Beach, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $10-20. (813) 281-8900.

The future of Hulk Hogan's beach bar was uncertain when it opened its doors a few months ago, but Terry Bollea and his bleach-blond golden locks have cultivated quite the party spot on the south side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. On Memorial Day eve, Hogan's Beach flexes its raison d'etre when it hosts Swedish DJ duo Rebecca & Fiona. The pair, who have gained international recognition thanks to 2011's I Love You Man! LP, could easily be mistaken for a kitschy novelty act, but Swedish Grammys, stages shared with Tiesto and Kaskade and hypnotizing cuts like Bullets, If She Was Away and Jane Doe are not to be ignored.

Michael J. Wolf Presents: Burgatory

With Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves, the Future Now, Fero Lux, Zulu Wave, Wolf-Face and more.

Details: Friday 8 p.m., the Local 662 and Fubar, 600 block of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $10.

Michael J. Wolf provides the fun (and fur) for Wolf-Face. He's not so bad as a mini-festival curator, either. "Burgatory" is bringing 10 Floridian-flavored acts to two of the 600 block's busiest venues, and most of the talent isn't too far from Wolf-Face's fast-paced, loud, in-your-face punk rock. Whether it's SoFla hardcore outfit Fero Lux, Orlando punk-poppers Tally Ho!, Gainesville grunge and sludgemakers the Future Now or upbeat alt-folk from Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves, the lineup is one of the most cohesive and quality representations of Sunshine State rock music we've seen in a while.

The Hush Sound

With Hockey

Details: Tonight at 6, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.

Singer-keyboardist Greta Salpeter had a gig with another band, Gold Motel, to keep her occupied during the Hush Sound's three-year hiatus, so expect her voice to be in good shape as she tackles playful melodies and tells heartbreaking tales on classics like The Boys Are Too Refined and Hurricane. The rest of the band should be primed to play these reunion shows as well. The bill is sweetened by the addition of New York retro-pop act Hockey. Manned by Ben Wyeth, the band just released a classic summer album, Wyeth IS, proving that their love for analog beats is trumped only by their affection of dusty, danceable synth and Police-esque grooves.

SoundCheck is by Ray Roa, who can be reached at

Also playing

Willie Heath Neal Fri. 10 p.m. Ella's Americana Folk Art Café, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 234-1000.

Tarpon Fest Sat. 7:30 p.m. With Aello, Alive After Tomorrow, Anger Driven Minds and more. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.

Grant Peeples Sat. 8 p.m. Hideaway Café, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5 and up. (727) 644-7895.

Ol' Dirty Sundays Two Year Anniversary Sun. 6 p.m. With Gwan Massive, DJ Casper, DJ LeSage, DJ Blenda, DJ Fader and more. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $5 (21 and up free). (813) 241-8600.

Will Quinlan Sun. 7 p.m. With Urbane Cowboys. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 341-4883.

King Lincoln Sun. 8 p.m. With the Groves, the Laurel Canyon. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8-10. (813) 248-4969.

Sevendust Sun. 8 p.m. With Pop Evil, Monster Truck. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 895-3045.

SoundCheck: Shock G among top live music picks 05/22/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 6:34pm]
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