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Stereolab conducts an interesting experiment

STEREOLAB AT THE STATE: Critically lauded British band Stereolab brings its gorgeous experimental electronic music to the State Theater, 687 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, at 8 p.m. Thursday. Stereolab mixes strings, synths and brass to create breathtakingly danceable tunes. The quartet's sound ranges from 1960s-style lounge music to thoroughly modern electronica just like the 1970s German pioneers Kraftwerk and Faust used to make.

Gently hypnotic, Stereolab's tunes are laced with Laetitia Sadier's lovely, detached, sing-songy French vocals. Chicago International Duo opens the show. Tickets are $15. Call (727) 895-3045.

BLINK 182 AND BAD RELIGION: Blink 182 brings its So Cal-style punk rock to the Ice Palace at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. These VANS Warped Tour vets are the idols of kooky-haired skate-surf-ska kids everywhere. Old school punks Bad Religion, still plugging away after 20 years, and Fenix TX open the show. Tickets are $22.80.

WACO BROTHERS: Fresh from their Tropical Heatwave show, the Waco Brothers take their "y'alternative" cowpoke sound to Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, at 5 p.m. Sunday. Featuring members of the Mekons, Jesus Jones, Poi Dog Pondering and KMFDM, the Waco Brothers deliver twangy punk with roots in outlaws such as the Clash and Johnny Cash. Tickets are $7, or $5 with a Tropical Heatwave stub. Call (813) 971-0666.

MEDIA MUSIC: Join your favorite media folks at the Mid-Florida Society of Professional Journalists Battle of the Media Bands at 7 tonight at Ybor City Patio, formerly Frankie's Patio, 1920 E Seventh Ave. Tampa Bay's most musical TV and print journalists, including WFLA's Bob Hite, WTSP's Reginald Roundtree, the Tampa Tribune's Jennifer Barrs and Chloe Cabrera and the Times' Jeff Klinkenberg and Eric Deggans, will perform to benefit the SPJ's minority fund. Tickets are $3. Call (813) 248-3337.

TEAM POP TRIVIA: The winner of last week's Team Pop Trivia contest is Tara Lindsey Allen of Safety Harbor. Allen knew that songwriter Burt Bacharach with collaborator Hal David wrote the song Always Something There to Remind Me, which the band Naked Eyes scored a hit with in 1983.

Allen will look spiffy in her Times T-shirt.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: The Who's Pete Townshend celebrates a birthday today. For the chance to have your name drawn for a Times T-shirt that will add spring to your step, tell me what acid-dosed counter-culture prankster jumped onstage during the Who's set at Woodstock only to have an angry Townshend bop him on the head with his guitar.

Fax entries to Team Pop Trivia, (727) 892-2327, send e-mail to ginasptimes.com or send your entry in an envelope as our ancestors used to: Team Pop Trivia, c/o Weekend, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33713. All mailed entries must be postmarked by Saturday (the day after we ask the question). Faxes and e-mail can come as late as Monday morning. Please include your full name and phone number.

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