This week in Tampa Bay area live music: The Helio Sequence, Kent Goolsby, Churchill, Southside Johnny & more 

Concerts, Jan. 24-30.

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BBQ Wednesday Acoustic Series w/John Nowicki You likely know Nowicki best for his loose-limbed, jazzy and prog-informed beatwork in Poetry n’ Lotion, or maybe you’ve seen his Morphine tribute project, Pale Orchestra. But he also steps out from behind the kit to do the solo thing, hollering aplenty, playing guitar and two-string slide bass, and throwing in a little of his Zappa wry humor. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) --LP

The Road to the Sphinx More than 20 unsigned bands from the Tampa Bay area and beyond with thrash, deathcore, tech-metal, melodic hardcore and other heavy tendencies gather for a label showcase/band-versus-band throwdown presided over by an A&R rep from DC indie label Sumerian Records (Asking Alexandria, Veil of Maya). At the very end of this multi-tier multi-region contest, there’s the possibility of a record deal with Sumerian, but this first part (spread over Wednesday and Thursday nights at Orpheum) determines the acts worthiest of regional time slots on the Summer Slaughter and All Stars tours. It’s also a chance for all the not-so-worthy ones to get some constructive criticism. See them fly or see them fall and find out what a real life biz rep has to say; judging is based on songwriting, originality, stage presence, crowd reaction and tightness of playing. (Orpheum, Ybor City) --LP

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