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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 8, 2001

Kasey Chambers in Tampa

Kasey Chambers, Kasey Chambers -- she's this year's Shelby Lynne. Everywhere you go, you hear this 24-year-old's name being dropped. But, what does her music sound like?

Well, The Captain, the twang-filled debut that has everyone from Chambers' native Australia to the States in a tizzy, is filled with steely guitar, fiddle and rootsy percussion. Its secret weapon is that Chambers has one of those voices: hypnotic, haunting and honey-toned.

Even if Chambers doesn't live up to the hype, local boy Ronny Elliott the most underrated artist on the Tampa Bay music scene, always delivers.

Kasey Chambers with Ronny Elliott and the Nationals. 6 p.m. Sunday, Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10 advance, $15 at the door. (813) 238-8001.

-- GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic

Doors and more

Former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger was the genius songwriter behind Doors classics such as Light My Fire and Touch Me.

Also a serious visual artist, Krieger, 55, paints and shows his work in galleries across the United States. His solo guitar work finds the flamenco-influenced Krieger dabbling in jazzier sounds and jam sessions, as evidenced on last year's Cinematix, which included War Toad, a remix of the Doors classic Peace Frog.

Robby Krieger performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Club More, 703 Franklin St., Clearwater. Tickets are $15. (727) 466-6673.

-- GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic

A whole lotta Love

G. Love and his pals in Special Sauce had been sharing with fans their secret blend of silly, sloppy, harmonica blues for a decade.

But Philadelphonic, the trio's last (the new one, Electric Mile, hits stores in late April), focuses less on blues and more on a hip-hop groove. That makes for an airier pop sound, with disco high hats and old school rap shout outs.

Which irks some fans. Naturally. Genre shifts in music sometimes feel as subtle as plate tectonics.

But, give G. Love his propers, he's still writing about his relationships with chicks, and God, and, listen, there's still some blues wah-wah emanating from his guitar.

G. Love and Special Sauce perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Jannus Landing, Second Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $16.50 advance, $18 day of show. (727) 896-1244.

-- GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic

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