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Pop: Hot ticket

By GINA VIVINETTO, Times Pop Music Critic
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 24, 2002

Prepare to be moved

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Shannon Wright sang for the critically acclaimed alt-pop band Crowsdell before going solo. Wright now lives in Atlanta and has made a name for herself among lovers of sad girl singers for her haunting, tough tales.

Wright's live shows are known to be soul stirrers, with stark arrangements and Wright's gutsy delivery -- she sings, plays guitar and piano, sometimes even a snare drum. (Be prepared for emotion.)

Shannon Wright performs with New Roman Times and Bear Country 9 p.m. today at the Orpheum, 1902 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa. $5. (813) 248-9500.

Surrender to Cheap Trick

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Cheap Trick
There's a reason Cheap Trick is repeatedly mentioned as an influence by today's musicmakers:

Cheap Trick rocks!

The band busted out of Rockford, Ill., during a time in the 1970s when we most needed it. Cheap Trick swiped the airwaves from bland corporate rock and disco. Cheap Trick's secret weapon: sugary sweet melodies, righteous, crunchy power chords and catchy pop hooks.

Oh, and did we mention pretty boy singer Robin Zander?

Zander and hunky bassist Tom Petersson played beside that ever-watchable guitar hooligan Rick Nielsen and chain-smoking drummer Bun E. Carlos.

After Cheap Trick got us to Surrender, Zander confessed that he wanted us to want him, and, boy howdy, that was it. Don't forget Dream Police, Voices, the 1980s smashes The Flame, Don't Be Cruel, She's Tight, If You Want My Love. Sure, there haven't been too many hits since, but, who cares? With a catalog like that, Cheap Trick can still rock you at the live shows.

Cheap Trick performs at 7 p.m. Friday at Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, on Second Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 896-2276.

The A to Z on BT

BT's real name is Brian Transeau. He has been BT to fans since debuting his unique "dreamhouse" dance sound in the mid 1990s and stirring up the British club scene -- but, ahem, check that passport: BT's a Yank!

BT's classical training from childhood helped him stretch out beyond dance music and into the more artful electronica terrain. His 1990 Movement in Still Life was critically acclaimed, and it spawned the irresistible Never Gonna Come Back Down.

BT is also a sought-after remixer and producer. (His last big coup? Several of the edgier tracks on a little album called Celebrity by an act called 'N Sync.

BT performs 9 p.m. Sunday at the Amphitheater, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $16.50. (727) 898-2100 or (813) 287-8844.

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