Sound Check: Editor's music picks

Published May 18, 2007

Art After Dark: Art Spring

Featuring Lush Progress (pictured), the Beauvilles, Nathalia Estrada, Auto!Automatic!!, In Passing and the Sugar Oaks

FRIDAY-SATURDAY 8-11 p.m. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $10 one night, $15 for both. Museum members get in free. (813) 274-8130.

The bands playing at this cool Tampa Museum of Art event are top-notch, among the scene's best. tbt* Ultimate Local Band Lush Progress (Friday) metes out a luscious, full-bodied sound that's classic-prog-rock combined with new wave-indie alternative. The Beauvilles (Friday) dudes are as multipurpose but in a more down and dirty rocking manner. Tampa trio Auto!Automatic!! (Saturday) is a world unto its own with powerful, instrumental rock that takes you for a spin up and around your mental landscape. Complementing A!A!!'s more masculine, angular rock is the sweet and tight pop of Orlando-Tampa Bay band the Sugar Oaks (Saturday). Some newer acts round out the bill along with spoken word artists Lizz Straight, JB Shawna and Krystle with an E. Also check out films in the museum's media lounge.

Car Bomb Driver CD Release Show

With Din Perdiem and Holiday

FRIDAY 10 p.m. Emerald Bar, 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3; $7 admission includes CD. (727) 898-6054.

Celebrate the long, long-awaited full-length release, Evacuate, from Car Bomb Driver, one of Tampa Bay's most popular punk rock bands and we're not just saying that 'cause front man Dave Reeder works at the St. Petersburg Times. You can sample thought-provoking selections from the CD, such as Donuts and Beer Drinker on the band's MySpace page (www.myspace.com/carbombdriver). Din Perdiem is a newish, hard-rocking band from St. Pete that delivers a cool vintage hard rock laced with modern thrash. Holiday, one-man-act Ricky Seelbach, mixes experimental electronica with analog synthesizers.

Ramones Tribute

Featuring Boney Fiend, Crash Mitchell, Lazarus, the Voyeurs and Spankin' Fresh and Car Bomb Driver

SATURDAY 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $5. All ages. (727) 736-7606.

Tampa Bay musician Frank Vagnozzi, died May 20, 2003 at the age of 39. He left behind a large circle of friends and admirers who valued his generous spirit and rocking contribution to the band Reckless Deerhunters. What better way to pay tribute to Vagnozzi than to get a bunch of the punk and rock 'n' roll bands together to play Ramones songs. Proceeds go to the Frank Vagnozzi Music Foundation, a non-profit founded by Mark Sonder (www.marksonderproductions.com).

Matt and Kim

With Inertia!, Carlo of Hollywood and DJ Scott Imrich

SATURDAY 10 p.m. Crowbar, 1813 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8. 18 and older. (813) 241-8600.

They're cute! They're from Brooklyn! Wait - that is NOT all you need to know about Matt and Kim. We have it on authority from skeptics wary of lo-fi hipster rock that Matt Johnson (keyboards/synths) and Kim Schifino (drums) put on a supremely rocking show. Johnson's poppy, melodic sounds contrast Schifino's childlike but visceral drum style (like Meg White times 10). "This is quality dancing-around music!" says Aestheticized promoter Jack Spatafora. Carlo of Hollywood, actually from Orlando, is another act surfing the new wave-electronica-circa-1982 dance music trend, and the trio busts out an out-there live show to get your booty shaking and body flailing properly. Inertia!, a.k.a Lily Richeson, is most likely going on first and will get the ball rolling slowly and gently.

Pretty Girls Make Graves

With Pirate Prude and Dead Lover

WEDNESDAY 7 p.m., Orpheum, 1902 N Republica De Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12. (813) 248-9500.

Word is this is a farewell tour by the Matador-signed act. Named after words from Jack Kerouac and/or a Smiths song title, Pretty Girls Make Graves did the high-energy, boy-girl harmony, aggressive, dance-rock thing long before the hordes of cutie-pies doing it nowadays. The guys and gals from Seattle deserve props for a solid-rocking run. Their live shows are fun stress release, and this one should be especially climactic. Local guys Pirate Prude have had some changes in their crew, so check out the new and improved shipmates. Dead Lover didn't appear in our dreams before deadline.

Tim Walker

FRIDAY 10 p.m. Kelly's Pub, 206 N Morgan St., downtown Tampa (near the intersection of Jackson Street). Free. (813) 228-0870.

The local, soulful troubadour has committed to writing one song a day every day and has completed 127 of his 365 so far. "No MIDI, no samples, just real instruments," he says. Hear Walker tell stories about why certain days inspired certain tunes at this intimate show. What better place for such an encounter than Kelly's. It's a friendly, cozy tavern that attracts all ages of music lovers, owned by former Vinyl Fever manager Kelly Cochran and girlfriend Anna Stracey.

Also playing

Friday Extra Concert Series Featuring Lorna Bracewell and Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets. 6-10 p.m. Lowry Park Bandshell, Tampa. (813) 276-8250.

Static Radio Fri. With Vagina Sore Jr., Arm the Poor and Nothing in the Dark. 10 p.m. Tampa Punkhouse. Free. Call (813) 244-0081 for directions.

Benefit for Cheri Black Fri. Features Sterling, 44 Down, Thrash Jazz, Lost in Progress, Paradigm and Mainvain. Proceeds go to Black, who's fighting cancer. 9 p.m., Bourbon Street, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $10. (727) 843-0686.

Giddy-Up, Helicopter! Sat. With Military Junior and The Dry County. 10 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City, $5. (813) 248-4969.

Cerephesis Sat. With Dukes of Hillsborough and Stranded. 8 p.m. Springs Theatre, 8428 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $5. (813) 244-0081.

Grabass Charlestons Sun. With the Tim Version, the Ergs!, the Rest of Us, EYC and Lemuria. 5 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa. Punk rock show with great bands and barbecue. All ages. 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793.

Global Warming Awareness Concert Sun. Featuring Pete Gallagher, Kelly Green, TC Carr, Christian Moriarity, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, Ronny Elliott and many more. Benefits the Natural Resources Defense Council. 3-9 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.

Pat Travers Sun. With Charlie O and House rockers and 60 Cycle Hum. 3-6 p.m., Tony's Spotlight Tavern, 6748 Memorial Highway, Tampa. Free. (813) 888-7675