Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $46.50. (727) 565-0551.
Whenever gallant modern rocker and post-Idol millionaire Chris Daughtry comes to town, we can't help but wonder what Katharine McPhee (who beat out Daughtry in Season 5) is up to. The bald and beautiful 30-year-old has proved 10 times over that winning isn't everything. Heartening hits Home and It's Not Over pay homage to bands like Live and Fuel, though it's Daughtry's family-man vibe, nice smile and average-Joe ascension that really make him someone to root for. (And shell out $50 to see, for that matter.)
Details: Tonight 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $45 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Breathe in, breathe out, Bush fans. At long last, your band has reunited for its first major tour in more than eight years. In 1994, grunge never looked better than when the chiseled Gavin Rossdale led Bush on a noisy guitar breakout, Sixteen Stone, which gained legions of fans and put five singles on the charts. Later this year Bush will release a new album, Everything Always Now.
With Arp, Slumber, Soft Rock Renegades
Details: Sunday 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
And you said nothing from calculus class could ever work out in real life. Caribou, or Daniel Snaith, a doctorate in mathematics, formulates intellectually curious, carefully timed pysch-pop and delivers it in a subtle falsetto. Breakthrough disc Swim, which was inspired by the swimming lessons Snaith's wife gave him, includes monster track Odessa. On Sunday, color wheel images, swirling screen patterns, strobes and dual drumming will accentuate it all live.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
With He's My Brother, She's My Sister
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $16-$18. (813) 247-2555.
Post-Bonnaroo, Spin called them the new "Pied Pipers of hippie kids and trustafarians." We called them our new favorite band. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a hippie-happy revivalist folk collective with 10 or so members, none of whom are actually named Edward Sharpe. Sharpe is just a fictional creation of singer Alex Ebert. "He was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind," Ebert told Paste magazine. "But he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love." On breakout hit Home, Ebert and fellow singer and prancer Jade Castrinos (a St. Petersburg native) recall the Cash and Carter duo, just the barefooted, Cali flower child version.
m 30 Seconds to Mars
With New Politics
Details: Friday 7 p.m. USF Meadows lawn, corner of 50th Street and Holly Drive, Tampa. Free.
My So-Called Life dreamboat Jordan Catalano, a.k.a. Jared Leto, revisits his MTV roots, this time as 30 Seconds to Mars' volatile, faux-hawked frontman on the MTV campus invasion tour. Guys, say what you will about Leto, but it's tough not to like Kings and Queens, the towering U2-like track for the 97X set. And girls, well, you need no convincing. MtvU is scheduled to film the concert Friday, which is free and open to the public.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org