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Awkward Age

Guitarist Matt Shumate and drummer Eric Turner were both formerly part of New Bruises, while singer-bassist Vic Alvarez performed in The Knockdown. Together they're Awkward Age, a '90s pop-punk-influenced power trio influenced by the likes of Superchunk, the Ramones, Samiam, the Replacements, Jawbreaker and Jimmy Eat World without wearing their hearts on their sleeves. facebook.com/AwkwardAgeFL.

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The Dags

Talk about moving fast. Tampa "punk-blues power trio" The Dags - Singer-guitarist Ash Dudney, bassist Nick Capone and drummer Drae Williams - debuted a year ago, and in that time, they've already released two albums, including Modern Art in March. It's grungy, scuzzy rock in the vein of the Toadies or Primus. facebook.com/TheDagsOfTampa.

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Die Rebel Scum

New Port Richey quintet Die Rebel Scum found each other through a Craigslist ad in late 2011. Since then, they've combined styles, influences and senses of humor to create a punkish mishmash of genre-jumping jingles. "We have a couple of doo-wop songs, we have punk songs, ska, reggae," said guitarist Ryan Blatche. "We're all over the place." facebook.com/dierebelscum.

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The Demo Rats

The Demo Rats are an abrasive, politically driven punk-rock group that has been blitzing the bay area with its aural onslaught in one incarnation or another for the better part of 20 years. Leader and frontman/vocalist Johnny Zoltar is a powerhouse who spits and sweats his heart out. Bizarro Jesus, guitar; Adrian Baptist, drums; and Erawk Bachand, bass, accompany him. Sonically, they herald back to the days of the Dayglo Abortions, the Stupids, Suicidal Tendencies and M.O.D. reverbnation.com/thedemorats.

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The Downshifters

If you like combustible punk rock and furious rockabilly and combustible punk riffage, you'll dig the Downshifters, a Bradenton trio inspired by Social Distortion and Motorhead that has been kicking asses up and down Florida for more than a decade. reverbnation.com/thedownshifters.

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Faith Addiction

After grindcore heroes Cellgraft called it quits, singer Matt McKamey and drummer Chris Wotring started this chaotic new metal band with Feral Babies singer Justin Arnold on bass and former Actions Speak Louder guitarist Joshua Couture. If you dig the grindcore sound of Cellgraft or the classic punk sound of Feral Babies, they're worth a listen. facebook.com/Faithaddiction.

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Flyingsnakes

Flyingsnakes are St. Pete's own unique brand of sludge rock/punk/metal. Their bulldozer-strength rhythm section,syrupy riffs, tortured vocals and high-decibel volume are guaranteed to melt your face off. The group performed at the 2012 Scion Rock Fest in Tampa, along with musical luminaries Sleep, Exodus, Merzbow, Psychic TV, and Sick of it All. flyingsnakes.bandcamp.com.

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The Hanging Chads

Trained at the Rock School at the Straz Center's Patel Conservatory, this teenage band is anything but classical - unless you're talking about classic metal. Alex Supkay, Connor Fass, Darienne Bartsh and Lars Tatum aspire to play tight, old-school thrash-metal riffs a la Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer. thehangingchads.com.

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Hell-Bent

Miss the Misfits? And not the Jerry Only-fronted modern version, but the Danzig/Doyle original horror-punks from the late '70s and early '80s? Then check out Hell-Bent, a hell-raising Misfits tribute band. Singer Patrick "Barnabas" Collins, bassist Matt Lopresti, drummer Steven Haun and guitarist "Jay" comprise the group, which started in 2009 as Teenagers From Mars. These days they play snotty, fist-pumping punk to crowds of all sizes about once a month. reverbnation.com/hellbent.

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Jensen Serf Co.

Performing with anarchic energy, these young punks combine grunge, punk and reverb-filled vocals, like Bleach-era Nirvana covering Best Coast from deep within a cave. facebook.com/JensenSerfCo.

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Lights Out Lemmings

In their bio, Lights Out Lemmings promise they're "guaranteed to blow your mind!!" That'll be the case if you dig pure, heavy rock riffs and an unabashedly goofy attitude. The group - singer-guitarist Nick Tuttle, bassist Kyle Headington and drummer Shawn Johnston - play an energetic style of grunge minus the angst (The Grey), and aren't afraid to go acoustic for power ballads like Girl Of My Dreams. facebook.com/LightsOutLemmings.

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Mosquito Teeth

Mosquito Teeth are a quartet of gentlemen in their mid-20s, who musically take a cue from post-punk acts such as The Descendants, The Circle Jerks and NOFX. Their songs are executed at a dizzying pace, with snide, sarcastic lyrics. Each song has a riff that's a hook, and is sure to have you humming it hours later. They also have a wickedly un-adult sense of humor, often performing in costumes involving underwear, diapers and wrestling outfits. facebook.com/MosquitoTeethFL.

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Tiny Tortures

Hailing from that punk hotbed of Wesley Chapel, singer-guitarist Tim Fitz, bassist-guitarist Richie Lawler and drummer Palmer Stote are Tiny Tortures, a band that calls itself "anthemic pop punk" but has a ragged, jagged edge. facebook.com/TinyTortures.

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