TUESDAY 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49-$150. (727) 791-7400.
Peace sign-waving, matched-grip playing funnyman Ringo Starr gets by with a little help from friends Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Rick Derringer, The Romantics' Wally Palmar and Mr. Mister's Richard Page on this year's edition of the "All Starr Tour." Starr, who turned 70 this week, plays solo material and Beatles favorites (Yellow Submarine almost always turns into a roaring sing-along) with his guest players, who also each perform two of their own hits during the show.
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FRIDAY 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
A ticket to this show should probably come with an antidepressant because Chris Palko is one seriously dark dude. The underground New York City rapper has a past plagued with suicide attempts, psychiatric hospitals stays and rehab stints, all of which he details in full on the microphone under the name Cage. Palko's lyrical purging isn't likely to end up on the radio anytime soon, but we say any guy that can make Eminem look like Biz Markie is legit. According to Spin, there's a Cage biopic in the works, set to star Shia LaBeouf.
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Hey There, Battleship and Drake Sweet
With The Devin Robinson Band, Halibut
FRIDAY 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3-$5.
Another well-liked local rock act, Hey There, Battleship, is returning to the stage after some time away. Their stuff is raw, smart and pleasingly cacophonous - maybe like what grad students go for when they need to let loose. Rising young indie artist Drake Sweet has an emotive, Copeland-meets-The Shins sound, one that could wind up in rotation on Sirius XMU any day now. He was featured in a Relix magazine CD sampler last fall.
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With Days of the New
FRIDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Marcy Playground's 1997 hit Sex and Candy provided a burst of grungy alt-rock to a world struggling to exist without Kurt Cobain. The trio sounded like a more peaceful Nirvana (kind of) as it chronicled a downtown encounter with a woman as appealing as "double cherry pie" and "disco lemonade."
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Rooney and the Young Veins
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $17. (813) 241-8600.
Melody-minded acts Rooney and Young Veins sound as if they spent their early years sifting through records at thrift stores - they're just that fixated with vintage pop. If you like Panic at the Disco's Pretty. Odd., you'll probably like the Young Veins, which features former Panic members rehashing '60s-style California sounds. If you like Weezer or Superdrag, you'll probably dig Rooney.
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FRIDAY 9 p.m. Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N, Largo. $8. (727) 532-0265
Pinellas band Suburban Tragedy is reuniting for the first time in two years to play the agile, pop-flecked rock songs that made them such a local music scene mainstay for nearly a decade. If you're a 97X listener, you know this caffeinated crew for the "wake up" intro song on Fisher and Boy's morning show.
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SATURDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.
Jumping from dancehall, hip-hop, pop and reggae, Sean Paul has been hugely successful in the U.S. (probably because of our love of multi-tasking). In fact, Paul is considered the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the U.S. charts with five Top 10 hits (We Be Burnin', Gimme The Light, Temperature, Get Busy, Baby Boy).
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With Pop Glow, Easybreezy, Soft Rock Renegades
TUESDAY 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Singer Reggie Youngblood once likened Black Kids' restless and choppy disco-dance-garage mix to what Abba might have sounded like if stirred from slumber at 4 a.m. Big on bedhead, low on polish, the Jacksonville band uses hokey synth lines, lo-fi guitars and childlike eruptions to stir up the dancefloor. The group is coming out of hibernation to "play our first shows of the year in our beloved home state of Florida," they say.
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