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LIVING COLOUR

With Earl Brown's Triple Threat, Phantasm

Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $15-$18. (727) 843-0686.

Search the Web for "Living Colour" and you'll find clips of Jim Carrey as Fire Marshal Bill and Damon Wayans as Homey the Clown. But we're talking about the agile, serious-shredding rock act here. In the late '80s/early '90s, they fused rock, funk, punk, alternative and jazz, and they did it in neon bike shorts. After hearing them at CBGB club in New York, Mick Jagger financed their demo and made them openers for the Stones' Steel Wheels Tour. Unfortunately, as promising as Living Colour was, especially on Open Letter to a Landlord or socially conscious hit Cult of Personality, the band broke up prematurely in 1995. The reunited quartet, with guitarist Vernon Reid, left, and singer Corey Glover, as well as drummer Will Calhoun and bassist Doug Wimbish, drops its fifth full-length album next week.

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Set It Off

With Tides of Man, Oh Clemency, Raising Theos

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. The Studio, 625 Cleveland St. (rear entrance), Clearwater. $8-$10. myspace.com/setitoff.

With spunky, emotional pop-punk in the vein of the Academy Is or All Time Low, young and caffeinated quartet Set It Off has acquired nearly 25,000 MySpace friends (and lots of real-life friends, too). The Tarpon Springs and Dunedin High grads played Warped Tour earlier this summer and hope to qualify to play that other leading emo-rock fest, Bamboozle, next year. Lyrics by these slim-waisted fellas (95 percent of them, in fact, says singer Cody Carson) are about real people and real relationships. "Hey, sweetie, welcome to your song," Carson sings.

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The Sound of Awareness

Featuring Rebekah Pulley, Her Name Is Victory, Amanda Drake and the Barnburners

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10, with all proceeds going to the Moffitt Cancer Center. (813) 241-8600.

Local bands, all with talented female members or leaders, raise money for breast cancer research and awareness Saturday. Wesley Chapel's Amanda Drake calls to mind country firecracker Gretchen Wilson with lyrics, "I can drink a Bud Light, all night, keep 'em coming, that's right" (Windows and Doors). She opened for Blake Shelton at the ACC Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium last year. Prolific St. Petersburg songstress Rebekah Pulley tugs at heartstrings and incites feet tapping (often within the same measure) with a sensitive yet sassy blend of folk, soul, Americana and alt-country, not unlike Joni Mitchell or Ray LaMontagne.

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Rod Picott and Amanda Shires

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. $15-$20. (727) 895-6620.

What do you get when you cross a Yankee singer-songwriter with a Texas fiddler? Not a punch line, actually, but rather an engaging acoustic duo, Rod Picott and Amanda Shires. At 16, Shires was performing with the Texas Playboys (the Western Swing band long led by Bob Wills). Later, she became a founding member of indie/alt-country act Thrift Store Cowboys. Rough-around-the-edges troubadour Rod Picott opened dates for Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch before meeting Shires at a folk conference in Austin. Often, Picott plays the Johnny Cash-like character to Shires' sweet, shivery-voiced June Carter.

Got a tip for Carole? E-mail her at carole.giambalvo@gmail.com.

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