This Weekend in Broward and Palm Beach: Brian Stoltz, Fantastic 5, and Dooms de Pop

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The Microdots at The Bubble

Shows this weekend by local artists, or concerts that are otherwise under-the-radar in Broward and Palm Beach.

Friday:

Grammy nominee Brian Stoltz, of Neville Brothers, Funky Meters, and Porter Batiste Stoltz fame, will make his way through South Florida this weekend, beginning with a stop at Alligator Alley. Stoltz's New Orleans roots, brand of funk, and celebrated guitar work have made him a sought-after collaborator, resulting in collaborations with heavyhitters such as Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, and fellow Orleanian Dr. John. This show may result in AA owner and New Orleans appreciator Kilmo sharing the stage with Stoltz, along with Jeff Renza and Bob Taylor. The show starts at 10 p.m., and costs $10. If you miss him at Alligator Alley, Stoltz is also playing 9 p.m. Saturday at The Orange Door in Lake Park, West Palm Beach, for $12; and at Boston's on the Beach in Delray 8 p.m Sunday.

The new IWAN Concept Production Facility "The Bubble" is hosting an after-party for Red Eye that will feature performances by local bands Dooms De Pop, The Microdots, and Pretty Please. This will be your last chance to see the Microdots. A band whose sound approaches loose and gritty indie rock while at other times incorporates psychedelic guitar arcs, the Microdots are moving to Denver, according to its MySpace page. The show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $10; The Bubble is located at 810 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

Saturday:

For over a year, promoter power couple Yvonne Colon and Garo Gallo have put on the monthly Florida? Yeah!, an event showcasing South Florida talent the last Saturday of every month. Proggy noise act Dooms de Pop will headline. Opening bands include indie-punkers Band No. 12 and Margate punk band The Shakers. Florida? Yeah! starts at 11 p.m. at the Poorhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Admission, as always, is free.

Indie-alternative foursome Fantastic 5 creates accessible grunge rock that's a bit more pop than early Nirvana but not poppy enough for the tween set; The Pixies and The Strokes are identifiable influences. On the band's MySpace page, the members describe themselves as dark. You can't really hear anything dark on the tunes they have posted especially since the vocalist oscillates between ostensibly Bloodhound Gang-inspired antics to sounding like Marc Bolan. It gets kind of hilarious. Whether that's intentional, I don't know, but it's damn funny and one of the highlights for me. Fantastic 5 will play Radio-Active Records for free. Call 954-762-9488 for show time. Radio-Active is located at 1930 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

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