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For 2007's Don't Mess With the Dragon, the group's latest studio project, Ozomatli employs pop producer KC Porter (Boyz II Men, Ricky Martin) to forge a furiously dance-friendly sound that's so frenetic and pulsing as to be almost oppressive — like a loud talker in a jazz bar. That said, the tracks are fine fodder for the footloose live show whose electricity rivals the Vegas strip at night.
Against Me!, with Flogging Molly, the Aggrolites, and Dub Trio. 6:30 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, 1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. Tickets cost $24.50, or $70 for a four-pack. All ages. Visit livenation.com.
Holy Fuck, with Tricky. 7 p.m. at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $22. All ages. Call 954-727-0850, or visit jointherevolution.net.
King Khan and the Shrines, with Tigercity and Jacuzzi Boys. 10 p.m. at the Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Tickets cost $10. Age 21 and up. Call 305-379-0508, or visit thevagabondmiami.com.
Ozomatli, with Rebelution. 8 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $19.99. All ages. Call 954-564-1074, or visit cultureroom.net.
The Pogues, with Kiss Kiss. 8:30 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, 1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. Tickets cost $41.50, or $121 for a four-pack. All ages. Visit livenation.com.
Tokyo Police Club, with Ruby Coast. 7 p.m. at City Limits, 19 NE Third Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $17 at the door. All ages. Call 561-279-8222, or visit citylimitsdelray.com.
Modest Mouse, with Mimicking Birds and Japanese Motors. 6:30 p.m. at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $29. All ages. Call 954-727-0950, or visit jointherevolution.net.
Their home country wobbled on the brink of economic collapse in 1982, when these besotted Irish punk traditionalists came together in London. These days, Ireland's doing OK, thank you very much, and it's our own internally plundered homeland that could use a stiff drink. And when better to drown your recessionary sorrows than during the Pogues' rare South Florida appearance? The magnificently dissipated (and dentally challenged) frontman Shane McGowan, who returned to the fold in 2001 after a decade-long, alcohol-related hiatus, still plays Keith Richards to talented bandmates Spider Stacy and Patrick Chevron. (The latter rejoined the band last year after a 2007 throat-cancer scare). Expect material ranging from their 1985 masterpiece, Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, to 1993's excellent Waiting for Herb, which was released during McGowan's absence but holds up just fine.
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With only two of the 11 tracks on Tokyo Police Club's brilliant 2007 full-length debut, Elephant Shell, crossing the three-minute mark, this Canadian quartet offers the ideal soundtrack for our attention-impaired age. The twitchy dance rock of the group's much-lauded EP, A Lesson in Crime, has given way to poignantly nervous future pop on its follow-up. The musical statements, however, are just as terse, tense, and taut. Although it's not always clear exactly what vocalist/bassist David Monks is going on about, the anxiety and melancholy with which he, guitarist Josh Hooks, keyboardist Graham Wright, and drummer Greg Alsop inject their brief boppers are undeniable. Exquisitely bittersweet melodies pair with bubbly beats that strike strategically at your dancing bone. If you have trouble imagining what it would sound like if Ben Gibbard covered the Ramones while held prisoner in a penal colony in space, get out and catch this foursome from the future.
Old Modest Mouse fans like to pit themselves against the Johnny-come-latelies (specifically, those who joined the bandwagon circa Johnny Marr's arrival), but the old rules about selling out don't apply here. Although there is a certain disparity between the band's humble K Records roots and contracting the guitarist from a legendary group like the Smiths, Modest Mouse's deliciously bitter core has remained intact through the group's 15 years. Isaac Brock's sarcastic bark and trademark bent guitars perfectly offset that new upbeat sound that crept in with 2004's "Float On." All Smiles' Jim Fairchild will take Marr's place for this tour, which bodes well: The happier Modest Mouse's music sounds, the more deranged it actually feels.