Details: Friday 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 974-3004.
Tuition keeps going up at universities across the country, but at least the University of South Florida is doing something to make all the loans somewhat worth it. After a women's soccer game, the school is shutting down part of the Sun Dome's parking lot to welcome the King of the South for free. Clifford Harris, a.k.a. T.I., has mostly stayed out of trouble since serving time on weapons charges, and new single New National Anthem is a politically charged, bounce-ready cut laced with references to the country's poverty problem and the politicians who may or may not do enough about it. Clifford, 34, has more than a few party songs, too (Whatever You Like), but if you need to let completely loose, NYC production duo TWRK's Biggies Bounce and Trippy's Theme will let your brain relax and your body let go. Homecoming might be based around students, but this event is open to the public, so don't be scared to go back to school for a night.
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Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $28.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.
A new Southern soul band is born every day. Nearly all of them are probably trying to be a little like Gov't Mule. The side project turned full-time gig celebrates 20 years on the scene on Saturday, and while covers of classics like the Allman Brothers Band's Soulshine and Neil Young's Cortez the Killer have been pleasing faithful fans for the better part of two decades, material from last year's Shout! proves the band is still propelled by the blues (World Boss), influenced by world music (Scared to Live), and a sucker for an extended jam session (Bring on the Music). At the heart of it all are the six-string roots of frontman Warren Haynes, at one point a member of the Allman Brothers Band. A 1998 cover of Gonna Send You Back to Georgia by Chicago bluesman "Hound Dog" Taylor is all the evidence you'll need to be convinced that Haynes prays to saints B.B., Clapton and Muddy.
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Emerald Bar 50th Anniversary
With Florida Kilos, Holiday, Barely Pink, Fowler's Bluff, Pretty Voices, Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes, Article 47, Supercruiser, Boney Fiend, Gino and the Goons, more.
Details: Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.). Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 898-6054.
Central Avenue has had a lot of different looks over the last half century. Throughout all those years, Emerald Bar has been in the same spot, welcoming denizens and dignitaries alike to relax in the shotgun-style, all-American dive. For two days, the bar hosts nearly two dozen of the area's most beloved and beleaguered local acts to help celebrate the occasion. Ricky Seelbach is rehashing his shape-shifting project Holiday on Saturday night, and he'll be joined by some punks (Gino and the Goons and Boney Fiend, to name two) as well as a rare appearance by Tampa sonic time-traveling trio Florida Kilos, who will reunite with founding member Ryan Blood for the festivities. And it only costs $5 a night.
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NineBullets.net 8th (and final) Anniversary Party
With American Aquarium; the Takers; Big Shoals; Will Quinlan; Matt Woods; Have Gun, Will Travel
Details: Saturday 7 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
A recent email to Bryan Childs' Nine Bullets radio program found a WMNF-FM 88.5 reader lamenting the "guy whining into a mic" and the "super terrible" music. "It's like you want people to shoot themselves in the head," the message said. "Please stop - put on anything other than this." Childs, 41, promptly proceeded to give not one damn, and continued to play the often sad-sack, 100 percent American music he programs week in and week out. On Saturday, he's staging one last party in honor of Nine Bullets' website, and he's making sure to leave a big ol' hole in the hearts of faithful followers. He has reunited Gainesville alt-country outfit the Takers, who will be joined by a healthy roster of local legends (Have Gun, Will Travel; Will Quinlan) as well as NoFla pickers Big Shoals. A pair of out-of-towners - Tennessee troubadour Matt Woods and Ryan Adams-loving outfit American Aquarium - round out the bill, ensuring that this final anniversary closes the book in grand fashion.
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The Black Dahlia Murder
With Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, Alterbeast
Details: Tuesday 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$23. (813) 248-9500.
It has been a decade and a half, and the Black Dahlia Murder's metal attack still hasn't grown stale, thanks to the searing leads, exhausting double-bass-drum assault and Trevor Strnad's demonic howl, all hallmarks of the Detroit quintet's sound. What has probably kept them relevant over six LPs (and more than a dozen different members), however, is the band's knack for making games of time signatures and their love of blending the influences of American metal bands like Morbid Angel with overseas icons of the genre like Carcass. They are touring behind a new live LP, and while the 10 tracks on Fool 'Em All are a masochistically enjoyable listen, songs like On Stirring Seas of Salted Blood and Den of the Picquerist are probably going to have the Orpheum awash in a swirling circle pit all night.
Contact Times correspondent Ray Roa at suburbanapologist.com.