Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49-$150. (727) 791-7400.
Peace sign-waving, joke-cracking drummer Ringo Starr gets by with a little help from friends Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Rick Derringer, the Romantics' Wally Palmar and Mr. Mister's Richard Page on this year's edition of the "All Starr Tour." Starr, who turned 70 this week, plays solo material and Beatles favorites (Yellow Submarine almost always turns into a roaring sing-along) with his guest players, who also each perform two of their own hits during the show.
With Pop Glow, Easybreezy, Soft Rock Renegades
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Singer Reggie Youngblood once likened Black Kids' restless and choppy disco-dance-garage mix to what ABBA might have sounded like if stirred from slumber at 4 a.m. Big on bedhead, low on polish, the Jacksonville band uses hokey synth lines, lo-fi guitars and childlike eruptions to stir up the dance floor. The group is coming out of hibernation to "play our first shows of the year in our beloved home state of Florida," it says.
Rooney and Superdrag and the Young Veins
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $17. (813) 241-8600.
Melody-minded acts Rooney and Young Veins sound as if they spent their early years sifting through records at thrift stores — they're just that fixated with vintage pop. If you like Panic! at the Disco's Pretty. Odd. you'll probably like Young Veins, which features former Panic! members rehashing '60s-style California sounds. If you like Weezer or Superdrag, you'll probably dig Rooney.
With Days of the New
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
Marcy Playground's 1997 hit Sex and Candy provided a burst of grungy alt-rock to a world struggling to exist without Kurt Cobain. The trio sounded like a more peaceful Nirvana (at least kind of) as it chronicled a downtown encounter with a woman as appealing as "double cherry pie" and "disco lemonade."
Details: 8 tonight, Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City (moved from the USF Sun Dome). $25. (813) 246-6606.
Through a shining gold grill, Fort Myers' superstar rapper Plies knows how to sweet-talk the ladies (don't mind the insanely explicit lyrics or the sandpaperlike moan). On latest She Got It Made, which samples Rupert Holmes' Escape (The Piña Colada Song), he promises his lady Gucci, Prada, a teacup Yorkie and trips around the world. Plies' fourth studio album, Goon Affiliated, sold more than 57,000 copies in its first week.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-9500.
A ticket to this show should probably come with an antidepressant because Chris Palko is one seriously dark dude. The underground New York City rapper has a past plagued with suicide attempts, psychiatric hospital stays and rehab stints, all of which he details in full on the microphone under the name Cage. Palko's lyrical purging isn't likely to end up on the radio anytime soon, but we say any guy who can make Eminem look like Biz Markie is legit. According to Spin, there's a Cage biopic in the works, set to star Shia LaBeouf.