FLORENCE + THE MACHINE WITH THE MACCABEES
Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $39.50-$49.50. (813) 974-3004.
Can the growing stature of Florence Welch and her mighty Machine be overstated? The English chanteuse with those oh-so-mighty pipes was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy. Time magazine ranked her band No. 51 on its 2011 list of the most influential folks in the world. Word is she even sang at the recent wedding of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. Yes, Flo 'n' Co. are one of the most popular and acclaimed young rock bands around, and it's not hard to see why — chest-pounding tours de force like Dog Days Are Over, Shake It Out and No Light, No Light simply demand listeners' attention. The last time Florence + the Machine came to Florida, they were photographed enjoying Butterbeers at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Might we suggest a quick trip to nearby Busch Gardens this time around?
EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROES Every performance by this freaky-folky collective — best known for their commercial-friendly single Home — turns into a blissful audience jam session. Oct. 1 at Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 565-0551.
MATT & KIM Happy thrilling smiling confetti balloon dance party positive love enthusiasm LET'S GO LET'S GO LET'S GO! (That's pretty much every Matt & Kim concert in a nutshell.) Oct. 17 at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22. (813) 247-2555.
Also check out: Metric (Sept. 29, Ritz Ybor), Band of Horses (Oct. 14, Ritz Ybor), the Temper Trap (Oct. 23, State Theatre), Shpongle (Oct. 25, Ritz Ybor), Black Moth Super Rainbow (Oct. 31, Crowbar), Future Islands (Nov. 7, Crowbar), Japandroids (Nov. 28, Crowbar), Dan Deacon (Dec. 15, Crowbar)
For hippies with heart
DEL MCCOURY BAND AND PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
Details: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $46.50-$69.50. (727) 892-5767.
Fans of authentic American music, your week has been made. Over nearly 50 years of touring, the rotating members of New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band have made it their mission to, well, preserve the jazz of New Orleans. Some of the French Quarter's finest working men and women have performed with the band, which is now led by tuba player Ben Jaffe, the son of Preservation Hall founders Al and Sandra Jaffe. Meanwhile, Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Del McCoury and his band (including sons Robbie and Ronnie) keep churning out some of the best bluegrass in America, such as their cover of Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. In the past decade, the group has also become a favorite of the jam-band and festival sets. At the Mahaffey Theater, both bands will play separately and together.
ANI DIFRANCO Self-proclaimed Righteous Babe Ani DiFranco was one of the first acts to perform at the renovated Ritz Ybor in 2009. Nice to see she's coming back, as full of fire as ever. Oct. 16 at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$35. (813) 247-2555.
Also check out: Joe Cocker and Dave Mason (Oct. 4, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Folkfest St. Pete (Oct. 6-7, Albert Whitted Park), Mickey Hart Band (Oct. 15, State Theatre), Alejandro Escovedo (Oct. 25, Skipper's Smokehouse)
For you sensitive types
97X GREEN ROOM: ONE NIGHT ONLY . WITH SWITCHFOOT, ANDREW MCMAHON, JUSTIN FURSTENFELD, ASWAN NORTH, TALLHART
Details: Friday 6 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Free, but ticket required. See 97xonline.com/s/greenroomeight.
A free 97X show at stately Ruth Eckerd Hall? What the what? Indeed, Tampa Bay's top alt-rock station will go unplugged for this all-star acoustic showcase featuring Switchfoot; singers Andrew McMahon (of Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate), Justin Furstenfeld (Blue October) and Aswan North (Paper Tongues); and Tampa's own Tallhart. Bonus: Grab a free ticket, and you'll get a download code for 97X's latest Green Room album, featuring acoustic versions of tracks like Fun.'s We Are Young, Two Door Cinema Club's What You Know and Grouplove's Tongue Tied.
REGINA SPEKTOR The Russian-American pop singer-songwriter is adored for catchy singles Fidelity, Us and On The Radio, all of which you've probably heard about a million times at your neighborhood Starbucks. Nov. 15 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$49.50. (727) 791-7400.
FIONA APPLE . Piano-pop's most unpredictable performer returns with her first new album in seven years — the title is just too long to print, but it begins with The Idler Wheel ... — and it feels like she never left. Sept. 29 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $51.50-$75.50. (727) 791-7400.
ANDREW BIRD . The eclectic singer-songwriter, beloved by the indie set, just happens to be one of the greatest whistlers on the planet. Remember Walter's whistling scene in The Muppets? That was actually Bird. Oct. 9 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $32.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
EDDIE VEDDER . Pearl Jam's frontman brings his lonesome ukulele to town for two solo shows. Nice, weepy bonus: Opening the show is singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, who won an Oscar for Once, a film he starred in, wrote music for and which inspired a Tony-winning Broadway musical. Dec. 3 and 4 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $81. (727) 791-7400.
For beat fiends
KENDRICK LAMAR WITH AB-SOUL, JAY ROCK
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $27.50-$30. (813) 247-2555.
Maybe it wasn't enough that the king of West Coast hip-hop, Dr. Dre, made Kendrick Lamar his protege, thereby endorsing him as America's Next Great Rapper. Maybe it'll take someone a little bigger to turn Lamar into a household name. Someone like, say, Lady Gaga, who was spotted checking out Lamar's set at this year's Lollapalooza, and has announced they'll be collaborating on a new single, Partynauseous. Gaga wrote on Facebook that the song is about "life + his forward-thinking views about love + hip hop." At this concert, expect to get a taste of Lamar's upcoming major label debut, good Kid, m.A.A.d City.
WAKA FLOCKA FLAME It's been a big year for Waka, thanks to his Spin cover appearance and blockbuster single Hard In Da Paint. Nov. 15 at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$35. (813) 247-2555.
WIZ KHALIFA The Black and Yellow rapper better tour big while he can. He's expecting a baby with hip-hop diva Amber Rose in the next few months. Dec. 2 at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $32-$42. (813) 974-3004.
Also check out: Kreayshawn (Oct. 6, Last Damn Show, Tampa Bay Times Forum; Nov. 8, Orpheum), GZA (Oct. 10, Ritz Ybor), Flobots (Oct. 10, Orpheum), Aesop Rock (Oct. 24, State Theatre), Die Antwoord (Oct. 23, Ritz Ybor), A$AP Rocky (Nov. 10, Ritz Ybor)
The best of yesteryear
Details: Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $25. Toll-free 1-866-502-7529.
A U.S. tour by Mr. Goody Two Shoes is a very rare thing indeed, especially one that brings the New Wave icon to Florida. The singer, actor, sex symbol and all-around bon vivant is best known for that solo, horn-heavy '80s-radio hit, but he was already a star in England before that, charting singles like Prince Charming and Stand and Deliver with his band Adam and the Ants. After lengthy bouts with mental illness, this is his first American tour in a decade and a half. Perhaps he'll preview songs from his forthcoming album — his first since 1995 — Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter.
BLONDIE AND DEVO .
Details: Sunday 2:30 p.m. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $14-$99. fatharry.net.
Let's just say Blondie fans have been waiting patiently for this one. In the past two years, the group has canceled two concerts in Tampa Bay at the last minute — one at Ruth Eckerd Hall and another at Busch Gardens. Then a concert with fellow New Wave pioneers Devo was announced for Tampa's Hawaiian Village, but it was canceled just before the venue closed for good. Now the two groups will finally perform at Pinellas Park's England Brothers Bandshell Park. We'll believe it when we see it. But if it does go down, fans are in for a full day of iconic '70s and '80s hits — Call Me, Heart of Glass, Rapture and Whip It, to name just a few.
STEVIE NICKS .
Details: Monday 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $65-175. (727) 892-5767.
After a pair of tours with Rod Stewart and the occasional reunion fling with Fleetwood Mac, rock 'n' roll's ultimate twirly girl returns for a solo show packed with her biggest hits. If recent setlists are any indication, you could hear Landslide, Edge of Seventeen, Stand Back, Gold Dust Woman, Dreams or any other Fleetwood Mac number. Rumor has it Nicks might be bringing television cameras to her show in St. Pete, supposedly to capture material for an upcoming project involving Oprah Winfrey's OWN network.
Details: Sunday 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $59.50-$89.50. (727) 791-7400.
When you hear Ian Anderson is performing a Jethro Tull album in its entirety, you think: It has to be Aqualung, right? Nope. The singer-flautist is going with 1972's Thick as a Brick, a 23-minute, single-track concept album that's partially about the silliness of concept albums in general. Now that's a great concept. He'll also perform the album's sequel, Thick as a Brick 2, released this year.
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. We all think of John Lydon as Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols, but truth be told, he has spent almost his entire musical career fronting arty post-punk group Public Image Ltd. Well, except for that 20-year break in the '90s and 2000s. Oct. 6 at the Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $22.50-$25. (813) 238-8001, fatharry.net.
JOURNEY We all know Don't Stop Believin' is our new national anthem. Even Republicans seemed to think so when they played the RNC in August. We give the boys extra credit for opening this show with Pat Benatar and Loverboy. Oct. 12 at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$145. (813) 740-2446.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD The Sweet Home Alabama rockers got rained out of the Republican National Convention, but no matter. This solo show just gives them more time for Free Bird. Oct. 24 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $61-$186. (727) 791-7400.
PSYCHEDELIC FURS, THE LEMONHEADS, JULIANA HATFIELD Look at this, a show that achieves nostalgia for both the '80s AND '90s! From Pretty In Pink to It's a Shame About Ray to Spin The Bottle, you'll probably hear some song from your teenage years here. Oct. 27 at State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $28. (727) 895-3045.
THE BANGLES No need to double-check. We know our teenage crush on Susanna Hoffs is still intact. Run, don't walk (like an Egyptian), to this one. Oct. 28 at the Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $38. Toll-free 1-866-502-7529.
RUSH If you see Jason Segel at this show, tell him we say hi. Nov. 3 at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $50.50-$106. (813) 740-2446.
ASIA Any Asia tour is rare enough, but a tour featuring all four original members? Talk about a treat. One serving of Heat of the Moment, please. Nov. 20 at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $69-$85. (727) 791-7400.
Also check out: Bret Michaels (Oct. 5, Largo Cultural Center), Bananarama (Oct. 5, Hard Rock Cafe), Howard Jones (Nov. 1, Capitol Theatre), Glenn Frey (Nov. 10, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Men Without Hats (Nov. 21, Orpheum), Richard Marx (Dec. 1 and 4, Capitol Theatre) and Michael Bolton (Dec. 6, Mahaffey Theater)
BRAD PAISLEY Once again, Nashville's A-list guitar slinger curates a hefty country supporting cast, including the Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer and Love and Theft. Sept. 28 at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.25-$64.75. (813) 740-2446.
RASCAL FLATTS Singer Gary LeVox's high-pitched twang was never put to better use than when he teamed with Journey to close out the 2012 CMT Music Awards with Don't Stop Believin'. They'll bring Little Big Town and Eli Young Band to town. Oct. 26 at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.75-$65.25. (813) 740-2446.
DAVID ALLAN COE The country outlaw will perform in what the venue calls "his LAST performance at the Dallas Bull." Where's he going? Oct. 12 at the Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.
LEANN RIMES Though she's been known more for her tabloid exploits of late (seriously, does this woman own a piece of clothing that's not a bikini?), it's worth remembering she won a Grammy for her ability to carry a tune. Nov. 9 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$75. (727) 791-7400.
Long live pop!
THE KINGS MEN TOUR Four titans of gospel — Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton — converge for this megatour. Praise be! Oct. 2 at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $35-$65. (813) 974-3004.
BOYZ II MEN They'll make love to you. But only if you want them to. Oct. 4 at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35.50-$55.50. (727) 892-5767.
JOHN LEGEND They don't make 'em any smoother or silkier than the nine-time Grammy winner. Oct. 16 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $62-$329. (727) 791-7400.
CLAY AIKEN If the idea of sitting through a night of Christmas songs by Clay Aiken sounds like fun to you then ... um, congratulations! You must be one of his many seriously hardcore fans. Please don't send us angry letters. Nov. 25 at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $55-$75. (727) 791-7400.
Festivals for all!
CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY For the first time, they're charging admission. At least they've got a lineup — Avett Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Esperanza Spalding — that warrants a purchase. Oct. 18-21 at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Daily tickets start at $10-$15, and weekend passes start at $30-$45. clearwaterjazz.com.
LAST DAMN SHOW 14 Your headliners are Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz and Lupe Fiasco, but we'll have our eye on Machine Gun Kelly, who will be making his fifth (!) appearance in Tampa Bay this year. Oct. 6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $15-$90. (813) 301-2500.
HALLOWEENIE ROAST 98 Rock sponsors this pre-Halloween bash, featuring Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, J Devil (Jonathan Davis from Korn) and others. Boo! Oct. 27 at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $19.98-$75.98. (813) 740-2446.
RIBFEST Could this be Ribfest's strongest lineup in years? You've got Heart, Buddy Guy, Shawn Colvin, Montgomery Gentry, Jonny Lang and others, and several sites have reported Blues Traveler may join the bill. Nov. 9-11 at Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Advance tickets (through Monday) are $16; $20 at the gate. ribfest.org.
Contributing: Steve Spears, tbt* files