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A weekend of Canadian folk and kinfolk

By GINA VIVINETTO, Times Pop Music Critic

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 23, 2000

JULIE DOIRON: 9 p.m. Sunday. New World Brewery, 1313 8th Avenue, Ybor City, Tampa. (813) 248-4969. Admission is $5.

Former bassist for Canadian indie rock outfit Eric's Trip, Julie Doiron split that scene to have a couple of kids and began playing her own sparse and moody acoustic music. Her latest CD, Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars, recently won a Juno -- it's like a Grammy, only Canadian -- for Best Alternative Album. The word is: Doiron's a forceful live act, and after this tour she's taking a year off. Tampa's Dumbwaiters open the show.

THE BURNS SISTERS: 5 p.m. Sunday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 977-6474. Tickets $10.

The Burns Sisters take acoustic-folk-country music and jumble it all up, adding lush three-part harmonies, plucky humor, sassy bluegrass singing and a distinctive Celtic component, although Jeannie, Annie and Marie Burns claim there was not one Irish record in their Binghamton, N.Y., childhood home.

Staples of the Ithaca folk scene, the sisters -- three in a brood of 12 siblings -- are extraordinarily close. You can hear it in their spooky, dead-on harmonies.

Don't let the sisters' spunk fool you; their music has real emotional depth. Check out 1997's sublime In This World, produced by E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent.

Acoustic blues guy Ray Bonneville opens the show with guitar and harmonica.

LYDIA LUNCH: 8 p.m. tonight. The Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba (corner of 14th Street and Eighth Avenue), Ybor City (813) 254-0759. Tickets are $8.

Lunch, who got her start singing with 1970s "no wave" act Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, later became a front runner in the spoken word movement. Lunch's punk credentials are stellar. She has recorded with everybody: Sonic Youth, Einsturzende Neubauten, the Birthday Party and Michael Gira of the Swans. (Lunch also briefly teamed up with SY's Kim Gordon for a musical side-project called Harry Crews, named for the famed nutty Gainesville author.)

But, it's not all bygones; Lunch, now 41, is still a fresh presence in the alt-rock world with her version of Heart Attack and Vine on New Coat of Paint: The Songs of Tom Waits, the recently released tribute to the gravel-throated songster. Not to mention Lunch's version of the Billie Holiday classic Gloomy Sunday was the opening cut on the Blair Witch Project soundtrack.

Lunch's spoken word act, which is what she's dishing out tonight, is rife with angry, skewed feminist politics, nihilism, vulgar rants on sex and violence and your typical punk rock shenanigans.

Edgy author Jerry Stahl -- Permanent Midnight, Perv: A Love Story -- opens the show. Stahl is the guy Ben Stiller portrayed in the flick "Permanent Midnight."

GROOVEWELL CONCERT SERIES: Doors open 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba (corner of 14th Street and Eighth Avenue), Ybor City, (813) 254-0759, http:// www.groovewell.com. Admission is $5. The Groovewell Series, celebrating cross-cultural musical diversity, continues with performances by roots reggae band Rocksteady@8 and avant jazz act Shim. Rocksteady@8 is a local supergroup formed last year by members of Magadog, Strangeways and Amadala Tunesmith. The band plays classic reggae from late 1960s ska to rootsy 1970s grooves.

Shim, formed by trombonist and composer Davis Manson, who also organizes the emit series of new and experimental music, plays avant garde jazz that delves into bebop and world music. The sextet cites influences such as Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

BENEFIT FOR AMANDA SMITH: 7 p.m. Sunday. The State Theatre, 687 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-3045. Admission is $6.

Join local acts Mr. Bella, Red Tide, Crash Mitchell Orchestra, Vekh-Yukhonic, Salute the Curse, Isobella, Plastic Mastery and others as they play to raise money to pay medical bills for Amanda Smith, who has stage four melanoma.

TEAM POP TRIVIA: The winner of last week's random drawing for the Times T-shirt was Ellen Zoslov of Clearwater. Zoslov knew that Phil Spector's 1958 hit with the Teddy Bears To Know Him Is To Love Him got its title from the inscription Spector's mother put on his father's gravestone.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Neil Young has been in the news recently, touring with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young earlier this year, now kicking off his summer tour with the Pretenders to support Silver & Gold, his superb new solo album.

To get your name in this here random drawing for the sizzling hot Times T-shirt, tell me what American singer, who became a very big funk artist in the late 1970s, was Young's roommate in Canada in the late 1960s. Hint: At the time, the two were in a band together.

Fax entries to Team Pop Trivia, (727) 892-2327, send e-mail to gina@sptimes.com or send your entry in an envelope as our ancestors used to: Team Pop Trivia, c/o Weekend, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33713. All mailed entries must be postmarked by Saturday (the day after we ask the question). Faxes and e-mail can come as late as Monday morning. Please include your full name and phone number.

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