Featuring Alice in Chains (Jerry Cantrell, above), Limp Bizkit, Puddle of Mudd, Sevendust, Hell Yeah, Paper Tongues, Evan's Blue, Soil, American Bang, Monroe Brown, Soulidium, Smile Empty Soul
Details: 6:30 p.m. Saturday. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $44.30-$145.15. (813) 301-2500.
Mention the word "Livestock" to longtime 98 Rock listeners and you're bound to hear stories about an inebriated yesteryear in the Zephyrhills campgrounds. Discuss the reformatted 98 Rockfest and the tales might place more emphasis on the rock than the fest. This year, a reformed Alice in Chains and a reunited Limp Bizkit bring loud, meaty, bachelor-ish rock songs to the headlining slot. The former is joined by singer William DuVall, who reportedly is as close a vocal match to the late Layne Stayley as it gets. The latter, Jacksonville's biggest musical export since Lynyrd Skynyrd, is both beloved and despised for bringing nu-metal to the forefront. But no matter your colors, the place is going off if Fred Durst and crew play Nookie. Versatile, Randy Jackson-approved Paper Tongues are buzzing with Ride to California, and Hell Yeah boasts members from Mudvayne and Pantera.
Blind Boys of Alabama
With Bird Street Players
Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25. (813) 971-0666.
Once limited to playing small church venues in the segregated South, the Blind Boys of Alabama now make joyful noise cross-country (they even played the White House in February). The group pairs traditional gospel music with the unexpected — singing the lyrics to Amazing Grace over the melody from House of the Rising Sun, for instance.
Motion City Soundtrack
With Fun, A Rocket to the Moon, Sing It Loud
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18.50. (727) 895-3045.
Midwest 30-somethings grow up, sell their Xboxes and search for answers on latest My Dinosaur Life. Produced by Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, the album finds Motion City Soundtrack cranking out highly contagious pop-punk with a geeky sensitivity. It's all pretty ambitious until they "fall asleep watching Veronica Mars again." Opener Fun brings playful, sunny-side pop that could rouse even Conor Oberst fans from their dark spaces.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $24-$30. (813) 274-8981.
Infatuated with the spaced-out fantasies of Pink Floyd and the technical grandiosity of Yes, Porcupine Tree plays artsy, progressive rock, pop and ambient. Radio play has never really been a goal for the British quartet, but a musically inclined following and a Grammy nomination for "Best Surround Sound Album" work just as well, we'd assume. At right is Steven Wilson. Bonus: Porcupine Tree guitarist John Wesley is a Brandon resident.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.