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Charles Feelgood

In the wonderfully outrageous world of dance music, three styles predominate over all others -- progressive house, tribal, and tech-house. You'll usually hear a combination of them at a dance club, but Baltimore-based DJ Charles Feelgood specializes in the latter, banging out tracks with a ferocity that rivals Bad Boy Bill. Though a thirteen-year veteran, Feelgood first broke out nationally in 2001 with the release of his inaugural mix CD, Can You Feel It; since then his star has risen among an ever-growing constellation of DJ/producers committed to throwing down hard house tracks. Listening and dancing to him can elicit an amazingly high energy experience or, for those with a weaker constitution, feel as if you were shaking in a metronome.

Charles Feelgood performs on Friday, May 7, at Nerve, 247 23rd St, Miami Beach. Call 305-695-8697.

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Jamie Cullum

Every once in a blue-eyed moon, that bastion of pop crapola known as the United Kingdom deigns to export its latest overhyped appropriator of American styles to us. This season it's Jamie Cullum, the 24-year-old heartthrob who has already moved a million copies of Twentysomething in his native land. Among the gems on this sub-Norah Jones mediocrity are covers of "Singin' in the Rain," "Wind Cries Mary," and Jeff Buckley's "Lover, You Should've Come Over." All of it is interpreted through Cullum's jazzy, jaunty piano-playing style and midrange vocals that keep things simmering but not cooking. So why check out his afternoon brunch set when you should be nursing last night's hangover? Hey, it's Mother's Day, man! Stop thinking of yourself for once!

Jamie Cullum performs during the JVC Jazz Festival at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at the National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $48. Call 305-423-7211.

Candi Staton

Candi Staton has gone through her share of changes over the past four decades. There's the love-hungry belter of the late Sixties who recorded an impressive collection of country-soul numbers recently compiled on the critically acclaimed Candi Staton, including the raucous and sassy "I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart (Than A Young Man's Fool)." In the late Seventies, she evolved into an iridescent R&B songstress responsible for popular disco hits such as 1976's "Young Hearts Run Free." Finally there's the Christian-minded star who, after overcoming drug addiction in the early Eighties, reinvented herself as a gospel star who occasionally appears on the dance charts (her U.K. hit "You've Got the Love" appeared on the final episode of Sex and the City). It's the latter incarnation that now defines her career, though she, much like fellow icon Al Green, has begun to incorporate her earlier, secular numbers into her repertoire again. So listen for a balanced diet of inspirational tunes and pop classics when she appears for a Sunday church session in Lauderhill, all filtered through her distinctively melodic voice.

Candi Staton performs following a Motherís Day brunch at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at Strong Tower Ministries, 4061 NW 16th St, Lauderhill. Tickets cost $40. Call 954-739-6053.

Thirstin Howl III

Are you sick of hanging out with your mother? Why not spend an evening with Thirstin Howl III, the man who once bragged, "I Still Live With My Moms"? Yes, the onetime Rawkus star who once invited comparisons to Eminem with his crazy punchlines and 1999 underground hit "Brooklyn Hard Rock" is still around -- dropping mixtapes on his own Skillionaire Entertainment for the N.Y. cipher set, kicking hardcore gangster rhymes for backpackers, and reliving his days as a Polo-clad high school thug. Forget about the occasionally ponderous, if always head nod-inducing beats; this guy is super-entertaining, thanks to a healthy sense of humor and an ability to make discerning listeners identify with his larger-than-life persona. Making the trip from N.Y.C. with this Jim Backus devotee are fellow Lo-Lifer Rack Lo and DJ PF Cuttin, formerly of mid-Nineties faves Blahzay Blahzay. -- Mosi Reeves

Thirstin Howl III, Rack Lo, DJ PF Cuttin, Anger, and Garcia perform at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at I/O, 30 NE 14th St. Tickets cost $10 to $12. Call 305-358-8007.

 
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