SUNDAY 7 p.m. The 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 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.
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With Earl Brown's Triple Threat, Phantasm
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $15-$18. (727) 843-0686.
When you browse for "Living Colour" on the interwebs, you'll find clips of Jim Carrey as Fire Marshall Bill and Damon Wayans as Homey the Clown. But make no mistake, we're talking about the agile, serious-shredding rock act here. In the late '80s/early '90s, the all-black quartet dexterously fused rock, funk, punk, alternative and jazz, and they did it in neon bike shorts. After hearing them at CBGB, 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 crew (with singer Corey Glover and guitarist Vernon Reid) drops its fifth full-length album next week.
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Set It Off
With Tides of Man, Oh Clemency, Raising Theos
FRIDAY 7 p.m. 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 the Warped Tour earlier this summer and hope to qualify to play that other leading emo-rock fest, Bamboozle, next year. The slim-waisted fellas' lyrics (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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At the Tampa Bay Bucs' kickoff party
FRIDAY 7 p.m. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free. buccaneers.com
If lyrics by Los Gatos, Calif., band Trapt hold true, the Bucs will be "headstrong to take on anyone" this season. (Hey, it's early - let us dream.) Like a cross between Breaking Benjamin and Hoobastank, Trapt performs both assertive power anthems (Still Frame, Stand Up) and thoughtful ballads (Echo). Coincidentally, it was Trapt's impassioned performance at a 9/11 benefit show that earned the band a record deal with Warner Bros. in late 2001.
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The Sound of Awareness
Featuring Rebekah Pulley, Her Name Is Victory, Amanda Drake and the Barnburners
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $10, with all proceeds going to Moffitt Cancer Center. (813) 241-8600.
Local bands, all with talented female members or leaders, raise funds 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. Pete songstress Rebekah Pulley tugs at heartstrings and incites the tapping of feet (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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WMNF 30th birthday party concert
Featuring Paul Thorn; Amanda Shires; Barely Pink; Have Gun, Will Travel; Knock Down Drag Out; Nervous Turkey; Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers; Sarasota Slim; Suite Caroline; The Legendary JC's; Ray Olan and the Jazz Ole Band; Tribal Style
SATURDAY 6 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.
WMNF celebrates 30 years in community radio (see Pages 38-39 for more) the same way it has filled the airwaves all these years -with little pretension and lots of musical diversity. Twelve bands will perform on three stages. Paul Thorn's bluesy roots-rock and confessional folk is chock full of deadpan humor and slice-of-life stories - Long Way from Tupelo wittily depicts getting a flat tire in an unfamiliar land and I'm Still Here describes a loner schoolboy who rides the bus solo. Top roots reggae act Tribal Style and sweaty soul and R&B men the Legendary JC's also perform. And Barely Pink, a favorite local power-pop band from the '90s, reunites.