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THE APPLE OF OUR EYES

Such is her moody, piano-pounding legend, Fiona Apple disappeared from our lives for seven years and yet we never stopped loving her. Or, for that matter, being more than a little afraid of the wispy lass, too.

Apple, back with a new album and the same tortured mystique, has just added a Sept. 29 concert date at Ruth Eckerd Hall, a place she grew up visiting with her grandmother. Expect the 34-year-old singer-songwriter, who first charted in 1997 with the hit Criminal, to uncork a doozy when she returns to us.

Apple will be touring behind epically titled new album The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do. She already had announced a concert on Oct. 1 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando. Tickets for the Clearwater show are $51.50, $57.50 and $75.50. They go on sale Saturday.

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Ribfest filling up

Why wait for a third headliner? Ribfest, the huge annual porkapalooza at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, has unveiled the first slate of acts for this year's event, scheduled for Nov. 9-11, and it's looking pretty good.

Blues kings Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang will headline the first night of Ribfest on Nov. 9, and country stars Montgomery Gentry will headline the final night on Nov. 11. Colt Ford and Matt Stillwell will also be part of Sunday's bill.

Saturday night's headliner is yet to be announced, but you can expect something in the classic rock vein.

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J-Lo headed to O-town

It was obvious that one show in Florida wouldn't be enough for Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias, two of the biggest Latin pop acts in American history. So it was no surprise that Lopez and Iglesias tacked on a second Miami show to the end of their upcoming summer tour.

What we didn't expect is that they'd also add a show in Orlando.

Lopez, Iglesias and Puerto Rican reggaeton stars Wisin y Yandel will close their North American tour with a show Sept. 2 at the Amway Center in Orlando, the venue announced this week. Tickets are $27.50-$147, and they go on sale Friday. Not only is this Lopez's first solo world tour, she's promising plenty of duets with Iglesias, so it should be a show to remember.

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Weezer too

There is a certain segment of the population who will regard this as the concert of the year in Florida. These people will probably own chunky glasses and more than one ironic T-shirt. And whatever you do, don't tell them you stopped listening to Weezer after Buddy Holly, because they might drop their inhalers and prepare to throw down.

According to the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Weezer is coming to O-Town for a two-night stand in November. On Nov. 10, they'll play all of their self-titled "Blue Album" - the one with hits like Buddy Holly, Say It Ain't So and Undone-The Sweater Song - plus a greatest hits set. And then on Nov. 11, they'll play the hits plus a full performance of Pinkerton, the group's cultishly adored second album. Ticketmaster says tickets to both shows start at $47.50.

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Soundbytes

- Remember that Sept. 21 stop that Blondie and Devo planned for Tampa's Stadium Green Iguana? Well, forget it. It's canceled and publicists aren't saying why. (The Sept. 22 show in St. Augustine is still on. Road trip anyone?)

- What fun is having July 4 off if it's on a Wednesday? Radio station 93.3 FLZ, though, is planning to make it an Independence Day to remember. They're bringing Cobra Starship to Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach for "Rat & Puff-A-Palooza," along with lesser popsters Outasight and Sammy Adams.

- Are those endless summer nights starting to get you down? Eighties crooner Richard Marx is right here, waiting for you with some good news. He'll return to Tampa Bay to play Clearwater's historic Capitol Theatre on Dec. 1. Tickets go on sale Saturday, and expect them to disappear quickly; his last two shows there were both sold out.

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