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SoundCheck: Austin Mahone, Daddy Yankee, Jimmy Buffett among top live music picks

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

With Austin Mahone (Saturday), Daddy Yankee (Sunday)

Details: Saturday and Sunday 6 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. Toll-free 1-888-800-5447.

With Justin Bieber's approval ratings at an all-time low, the time is ripe for an Austin Mahone-helmed takeover of the tween scene. The Texas-based singer's Instagram account reveals a 19-year old, yacht-riding, Range Rover-driving heartthrob with a basketball hoop inside his house. He'll bring his super-innocent brand of twee-pop to Busch Gardens' Food & Wine Festival on Saturday. But if songs like What About Love and All I Need are just too cheesy for your palate, then save your visit for Sunday when Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee brings hits like La Despedida and Gasolina to heat up the air. A new single, last month's Sigueme Y Te Sigo, is especially sultry, so expect a hint of seduction to come with your generous pours of reds and whites.

Peter Hook and the Light

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$30. (727) 895-3045.

Peter Hook doesn't mince words when asked about looking into his past with a new band, the Light. "We'll play a hybrid set, to show the influences in Joy Division that go into New Order," Hook told the Guardian last month. "It feels … more justifiable than just pretending to be the band." Fans of the 59-year-old New Wave icon will get to see just what that all sounds like as he takes on Joy Division's two LPs (Unknown Pleasures, Closer) in full. This May marks 35 years since late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis took his own life, so expect something of a remembrance.

Jimmy Buffett

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29-$129. (813) 740-2446.

Spring has sprung, and that means it's time for Jimmy Buffett to leave the comforts of Margaritaville for one of his semiannual trips to Cigar City. The 68-year-old's approach to using Floribbean-flavored beach rock tunes may teeter on the edge of over-saturation for some, and he is still touring behind a 2013 album (Songs From St. Somewhere), but Buffett's tongue isn't any less sharp than it was when he released his debut LP 45 years ago. He was most recently spotted campaigning for voter-approved Everglades restoration on the steps of the state Capitol in Tallahassee, so expect a side of environmental activism with your Cheeseburger In Paradise.

New World Brewery 20th Anniversary/WMNF Tropical Heatwave Warmup Party

With Iska Dhaaf, Jensen Serf Company, Atlantic Oceans, Fistful, Brother Cephus

Details: Saturday 6 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10 (No cover for early WMNF party). (813) 248-4969.

On Saturday Eighth Avenue's most beauteous watering hole and concert venue will look back on two decades of incredible history (My Morning Jacket and TV on the Radio cut their teeth there, people!) with two shows. The first is a free afternoon session where soulful roots-indie acts Fistful and Brother Cephus will help WMNF-88.5 celebrate the release of a Tropical Heatwave beer. The $10 ticketed anniversary party kicks off at 9 p.m. with immensely beloved locals Atlantic Oceans and Jensen Serf Company, opening the show before Seattle duo Iska Dhaaf.

Sage Francis

With B.C., Jon Ditty, Temp, Mike Mass

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 248-9500.

The 38-year-old Miami-born, Rhode Island-raised rapper is widely considered to be a forefather of indie hip-hop and has spent the last decade and a half using a love of poetry to take good, hard, introspective looks at himself and the state of modern society. His output can go from deeply sentimental confessions about insecurities (The Best Of Times) to avant-garde, glitchy, abstract looks at the struggle to reach fans (Sea Lion).

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