This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

 THU 7

If you go see Ratt in concert tonight, be warned: Singer Stephen Pearcy is no longer with the band. Six months ago, Pearcy bitched to about his ongoing battles with his former bandmates. "I would really like to know who the fuck is really in that band I started called Ratt," he said. Um, Stephen... we hate to tell you, but the guy who's had your job -- for the past five years -- is named Jizzy Pearl. Pearl called us from one of Ratt's tour stops in Texas. "If anyone comes to a show and doesn't know there's a new singer, I don't know what to say," he told us. "It's been half a decade!" His name, he said, is "a metaphor for the way I live my life. Don't you know what a pearl necklace is?" In the early '90s, Pearl scored an MTV hit ("Blackout in the Red Room") with his old band, Love/Hate, then stepped in as the replacement singer for L.A. Guns before joining Ratt. Pearl told radio station KNAC, "Actually, I was hoping to sing for Dokken and Warrant too! Thereby completing the Triple Crown." At least the new guy has a sense of humor. You may not recognize the singer, but you will hear "Round and Round" during the "Rock Never Stops" tour, which also features Cinderella (still with lead singer Tom Keifer), Quiet Riot (still with singer Kevin DuBrow), and Firehouse (would you even recognize the old singer of Firehouse?). Cum on, feel the noize at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre (1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach). The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $28.50 to $42.50. Call 954-523-3309, or visit (DF)


Jizzy awaits a pearl necklace from above.
Jizzy awaits a pearl necklace from above.

Bet you didn't even know there were nine female-fronted bands in South Florida. Lucky you -- you get to get schooled heavily in just one night during a "Ladies of the South Florida Music Scene" show at the Hideout (7200 N. Dixie Hwy., Boca Raton) from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Circuits Between Us, Candace, Hunger-Thump, Three Blind Mice, Cat Shell, Christine Luther, Gilded Lily, Meg Myers, and Alex Bach share the bill. It's all ages till 10 p.m., 18 and older all night. Admission costs $5 to $8. Call 561-994-9494. (DF)


The company And 1 (which basically means "this player's so good, you could foul him and he'd still make the shot") started out in 1993 making T-shirts for trash-talking streetballers, with slogans like "Call 911, I'm on fire" and "Here's $5, go buy a game." In 2000, And 1 shot footage of Rafer Alston (otherwise known as "Skip to My Lou") playing ball at Harlem's Rucker Park, then set it to a soundtrack of unreleased hip-hop tracks. To get your hands on a free copy of the VHS tape, you had to go to a Foot Action store and try on a pair of kicks. In less than three weeks, all 200,000 tapes had been given away and an underground bootleg industry had been sparked. Alston has since moved on to the NBA (briefly with the Heat), and And 1 has released eight volumes of mixtapes. Today, the And 1 Mixtape Tour (the subject of a reality show on ESPN) stops at the American Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tour officials are looking for local challengers to take part in an "open run" (tryouts) starting at 4 p.m. The best three locals will play against the And 1 team --- which includes AO, the Professor, Prime Objective, Baby Shack, Spyda, Pharmacist, Half Man, and Helicopter -- at 7:30 p.m. Visit (DF)

SUN 10

When most of his peers were busy chewing on crayons and looking for the cookie jar, 3-year-old Victor Wooten followed in his brothers' footsteps and took up music, learning to play bass guitar. So when Wooten came of age in the 1980s, his career path was pretty much chosen; he joined his brothers' R&B band the Wooten Brothers and later (and more famously) signed on as bassist for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. With such a solid résumé, Wooten shouldn't have a hard time with his current solo efforts. His new album, Soul Circus, is a powerfully upbeat mix of funk, jazz, and rock that isn't afraid to add some lyrical weight to the heavy rhythm section. Songs like "Natives" (about Native Americans) and "Higher Law" (about religion) prove that feel-good music can make you think too. Wooten performs tonight at the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Call 954-564-1074. (JB)

MON 11

Remember the '80s? Actually, they're pretty hard to forget, what with this whole retro synth-obsession that's been sweeping indie music lately. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Take Miami's Frogger Phrampton, for example. Its lightly layered electronic tunes are an obvious homage to the decade of Day-Glo, but its songs are thoroughly modern, adding guitar and bass lines to the steady synth beat -- sort of like Magnetic Fields meets Duran Duran. Frogger Phrampton hops over tonight to the South Shores Tavern and Patio Bar (502 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth). The free show starts at 6 p.m. Call 561-547-7656. (JB)

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