What to rock this week
Need inspiration for your rockstar Halloween costume? These shows should give you plenty of ideas.
Nine Inch Nails: Okay, so you have to drive to Orlando to catch this show, but Trent Reznor's industrial sound will have you wide awake on the way back. Never afraid to challenge the industry, Reznor has released the latest NIN album, The Slip, as a free download on the band's Web site. Your move, Radiohead. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. UCF Arena, 50 N Gemini Blvd., Orlando. $38-$47.
Joe Satriani: He may not be tearing up the charts, but Satriani is a guitar-slinging giant. Legend has it when the instrumental guitar soloist was 14, he learned of the death of Jimi Hendrix while at a football practice, quit on the spot and dedicated his life to playing the guitar. 8 p.m. Wed. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $29.50-$47.
Family Force 5: One of the most successful of a new wave of Christian acts that tone down the preaching to influence fans with a subtle message, FF5 has a techno-punk sound that's definitely modern. Whether you're a fan of the message or just the music, it's sure to be a good show. 7 p.m. Fri. State Theater. 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13-$15.
Red Elvises/Rev. Horton Heat: Rockabilly fans have a touch decision to make on Friday night. On the Tampa side it's the Red Elvises, the Siberian surf rock group that is sure to drown you in a vodka-fueled wave of reverb. 8 p.m. Skippers Smokehouse. $20. In St. Petersburg you've got the Rev. Horton Heat preaching as the faithful hordes boogie down. 8 p.m. Jannus Landing. $25.
Halloween Bash with Destroyer: In what could be the convenient Halloween costume of the year, the guys from the Kiss cover band can wear their usual getup and still look better than anyone else. When else can you paint your face white with a big black star and fit right in? 8:30 p.m. Friday. Wild Wings Cafe. 9210 Anderson Road, Tampa. Free.
— Adam Newman [email protected]