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This heat wave that has just eased its sweaty grip on Tallahassee? Basic training, kiddies.We are about to experience the meteorological equivalent of trudging across the Plains of Mordor and plunging head first like Gollum into the Fires of Mount Doom.

The summer doldrums are piled up on the horizon like sullen thunderheads, and we are staring into midsummer's unblinking, flame-rimmed eye.It's enough to make a person go a little funny in the head.

I myself have been afflicted by a slightly disorienting but not entirely unpleasant space-time delirium.

Symptoms include extreme susceptibility to earworms — the mere mention of a band of yore and I'm reeling in the years, to quote Steely Dan.

In fact, just hearing my companero Mark Hinson singing (more like muttering, actually) "Don't Take Me Alive" under his breath the other day prompted a daylong tour through the Steely Dan catalog stored on my iTunes.Earlier in the week, a comment on my Facebook page about confusion sent me rummaging through the memory banks for the words to King Crimson's "Epitaph" ("Confusion will be my epitaph/As I crawl a cracked and broken path …"), which in turn induced an intense craving to listen to the classic 1969 prog rock album "In the Court of the Crimson King," repeated listening sessions of which made me a lifelong and fervent fan of King Crimson when I was but an impressionable young teen.The warp in fabric of my personal space-time continuum landed me in the '80s the other night as I was driving home from the inaugural Super Heavy Metal Night at a friend's house.

We had watched The Scorpions' "World Wide Live" 1984 tour video (a classic) — on VHS, I might add — followed by the underground fave "Heavy Metal Parking Lot."I was stopped at a traffic light, head-banging still to the music in my head, when I noticed what appeared to be a late-model Gran Torino in front of me, belching exhaust.

When the light turned green, a Datsun 240z passed me on the left with the windows down, blasting some anonymous hair metal.So there you go — a toe-dip into three eras (the '60s, '70s and '80s), all in one week.Thank goodness a cooling trend is forecast.

I don't know if I could handle a stumble down the beer-stained, broken-glass-littered alleys of the punk years.Hats off to CappsWhere I come from, a stumpknocker is a feisty and right tasty type of bream so named because of its fondness for lurking around submerged cypress stumps.

It's a whole nother kettle of fish when singer-songwriter-storyteller Grayson Capps brings his band The Stumpknockers to mix up a potent brew of rootsy Americana, blues, country and rock at 9:30 p.m.

today at Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane.

Capps is a good and gritty songwriter and mesmerizing performer, as those who saw his January gig at BBC will attest.

His new CD with The Stumpknockers, "Rott 'N' Roll," has had critics buzzing — in describing its downhome charms, American Songwriter magazine invoked the music of late Texas legend Townes Van Zandt, contemporary maverick Steve Earle and blues growler Howlin' Wolf.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 on the day of the show.

Students get in for $10.

Call 906-0766 or visit musiciansSinger-songwriter Jim Crozier summons The Summit Ladies Choir, Bob Weiss, Jimi McKenzie, Steve Redmond, Bill Landing, T.D.

Giddings, banjo maven Mary Cox and Alvin James for a meeting of musical minds at 8 p.m.

today at the American Legion Hall at Lake Ella.

The heavenly choir features Steffi Tassos, Deborah Lawson, Avis Berry, Katie Crozier and Kathi Giddings.

The cover charge is $5.

Call 222-3382.The beats go onChill out at the regular indie Electrohouse night known as Menace Beach at 9 p.m.

today at The Engine Room, 809 Railroad Ave.

This week's edition features Team Jaguar, ESTRANGE and Mustache Florida.

No cover charge.

Call 222-8090 or visit Planes, boss!Kick off the weekend with jazzed-up dance rock of Low Flying Planes from 7 to 11 p.m.

today under the oaks at Chez Pierre, 1215 Thomasville Road.

No cover charge.

Call 222-0936.Hot CottonBlues rock band King Cotton takes a little road trip to play at 10 p.m.

today at Justin's/The Covey in Thomasville, Ga.

The cover charge is $10.

Call (229) 226-7677.Glad HattersBear Creek Presents and Harmonic Productions co-host the Second Annual Purple Hatter's Ball in memory of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman on Saturday at the Ponderosa Wildlife Preserve near Quincy.

Hoffman, who was killed in a drug sting gone bad just over a year ago, was an ebullient presence at area music festivals.

The Purple Hatter's Ball lineup features some of Hoffman's favorite bands, including Dubconscious, The Malah, Greenhouse Lounge, Catfish Alliance, The Dirty Robots, Green Hit, Gravity A, Corporal Boil, Trial By Stone, Flight Risk and Slight Persuasion.

Gates open at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and include camping.

A limited number of tickets will be sold to minimize impact on the property.

Proceeds and donations will benefit the Morningstar Foundation.

Visit men testifyingThe FSU Jazz Faculty Ensemble plays sets at 9 and 11 p.m.

Saturday at B Sharp's Jazz Cafe, 648 W.

Brevard St.

The cover charge is $15 per set, with a $10 minimum purchase.

It's the last show at the funky club before B Sharp's closes for a summer hiatus.

Call 681-2400.Too darn hotThis weekend's installment of the Sizzlin' Saturdays music series takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday on the Kleman Plaza green and is a Mick Buchanan Presents: Tallahassee Musical Showcase extravaganza featuring DJ Johnny P, Trigger Happy, Bad Influence, 3-Hole Punch and "new local party-rock-super-group" Too Much Time.

It's free.

Call 891-3879.Harpin' on itBayou bluesman Harmonica Red blows in from Louisiana with The New Heard for a show at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday at Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 on the day of the show.

Students get in for $10.

Call 906-0766 or visit the 76ersIt's all sweet harmony when The New 76ers play from 9 to midnight Saturday at The [email protected] Red Bar (219-9463) in [email protected]

It's free.

You also can catch the 76ers with The Mayhaws on Sunday at Chez Pierre, 1215 Thomasville Road (222-0936).

The New 76ers play from 2 to 4 p.m.

and the rompin', stompin' Mayhaws play from 4 to 7 p.m.

Admission is $5.Pretty in punkWVFS-FM, aka V89, hosts a Punk Showcase featuring Cardinal, Relondondo, Words Defy the Plan and Tiny Teeth at 9 p.m.

Saturday at The Engine Room, 809 Railroad Ave.

Admission is free.

Call 222-8090 or visit heatIt's all about the metalcore madness when Drop Dead, Gorgeous headlines a show with He Is Legend, Before Their Eyes and And Then There Were None at 7 p.m.

Sunday at Floyd's Music Store, 666-1 W.

Tennessee St.

The Denver-based DDG is famous (or infamous) for the sonic intensity of its live shows and has built up a rabid fan-base through gigs on the Vans Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Bamboozle, and Saints and Sinners.

Tickets are $15.

Call 222-3506 or visit jamThe Monday Night Jazz Jam has a new home.

Dave Kelsay and Teresa Jimenez serve as co-hosts at 10 p.m.

Monday at The Engine Room, 809 Railroad Ave.

The summer house band includes FAMU faculty member Brian Hall and Chris Pattishall.

After an opening set, the night is given over to inspired jamming.

Musicians get in free.

The listening public pays $5.

Call 222-8090 or visit
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