With This Century
Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
For relationship rock without all the whining, check out the Maine, from Tempe, Ariz. (We know the name is geographically confusing, but hang with us. The band actually got its name from a song by defunct band Ivory.) One of Rolling Stone's Five Breakout Bands at Bamboozle 2010, the Maine recently released Black & White, a lady-killing pop-rock record that's about as catchy as respiratory illness. You'll hear hints of My Chem, the All-American Rejects and We the Kings from guys who should be considered poster children for social networking promotion. Through Web buzz alone, they drew more than 600 fans to their first-ever gig in '07. Grab your black skinnies and join in.
m Goo Goo Dolls
Details: Sunday 8 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $26-$51. (813) 740-2446.
Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik promised himself that if the band wasn't making money by the time he turned 30 he'd go back to college and pursue a normal life. Rzeznik was 29 ½ when Name blew up in '95. In other words, it was a close call for all the future Iris adorers out there. (Do you now bleed just to know they're alive?) Tracks like Long Way Down call to mind power-popsters the Replacements (though Rzeznik has nicer cheekbones). Best of all, the Goo's warm, acoustic balladry remains some of the most memorable of the '90s.
Details: Saturday 10 p.m. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. Free for ladies. (727) 571-2222.
If anyone can make the case that Florida breaks are still alive and well, it's "Bass Queen" DJ Baby Anne. The funky breaks innovator offers sexy showmanship and enough back-pocket bass and treble to upset neighbors as far as Missoula.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
m Brad Paisley
With Darius Rucker, Justin Moore
Details: Friday 4 p.m. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $23.25-$58. (813) 740-2446.
Brad Paisley is the finest guitar slinger in contemporary country, not to mention a West Virginia everyman with a sense of humor, grand songwriting skills and four-wheel drive. It's no wonder Amphitheatre-sized crowds have come to adore him. Friday he'll explore backwoods romance (Ticks), take jabs at reality television stars (Celebrity) and, best of all, get wet, during the H20 World Tour. "Wait till you see the set and effects," Paisley tweeted recently. "It's all meant to feel like summer and water. I want you to be able to hop off your boat or outta your pool and go right to our show." And don't sleep on opener Hootie, a.k.a. Darius Rucker, the greatest bar-band baritone to ever live. Rucker is a certified country star now with a platinum disc and a choice cover of Family Tradition.
Details: Saturday postgame, Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles (4:10 p.m. start). Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Free with game ticket. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.
Before they went all fun and funky this year, Pat Monahan and Train were known for overly sentimental shopping mall ballads like Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) and Calling All Angels. This time around, "I wanted to create something cool," Monahan told Billboard. On Save Me San Francisco, he and the crew playfully recall lipstick stains (Hey, Soul Sister) and late-night debauchery (If It's Love) over bubbly grooves. The album is poised to become the most successful of Train's career.