A Day to Remember
With Bring Me the Horizon, We Came As Romans, Pierce the Veil
Details: Monday 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Sold out. (727) 565-0551.
Not since Needles won the Kentucky Derby in 1956 has quiet Ocala produced such an underdog story. The Marion County boys of A Day to Remember, who play an unorthodox combo of pop-punk and metalcore, have been selling out shows across the country, including this date Friday at Jannus Live. (If you remember, not even 50 Cent sold out Jannus last summer.) The band was pegged as one of nine "Artists to Watch in 2011" by MTV, scored the current cover of Alternative Press, and will headline the Vans Warped Tour this summer. If you missed out on tickets, catch the group at an appearance at the Vans Store in Tyrone Square Mall early Monday.
Coheed and Cambria
Details: Friday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25 and up. (727) 565-0551.
An epic adventure has played out over the course of Coheed and Cambria's five sprawling progressive rock albums. It's a comic book-like fantasy so imaginative, heroic, high-pitched and technically dizzying that it could do both Stan Lee and Geddy Lee proud. At this rate, singer-guitarist and head geek Claudio Sanchez, above, with his helium, "dude-lady" vocals and towering hair to match, appears poised to carry the torch for prog-fathers Rush, Queensryche or Dream Theater.
Details: Monday 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Yiannis Hrysomallis would prefer that you not call his inspiring, meditative brand of music "New Age." The term has too many unfair implications, he says. Like "you have to have incense and a couple of crystals to enjoy it." Behind the PBS specials and Olympic Game pump-ups is a man who just wants to perform meaningful music for his devoted fans. Monday, he'll play songs from an expansive catalog, including material from his latest instrumental work, Truth of Touch, alongside a 17-piece orchestra.
With Floating Action
Details: Saturday 8 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$19. (727) 895-3045.
Dr. Dog, a brainy, slightly boozy Philly bar band with a passion for '70s rock and a good hoagie, has a ramshackle style of playing. They're warm like Wilco or the Band with an experimental side reminiscent of the Flaming Lips and the college noisiness of Guided by Voices. My Morning Jacket's Jim James handpicked Dr. Dog to open for them in 2004 and the group has been licking up praise ever since.
The Beach Boys
Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$78. (727) 791-7400.
When it came time for the Beach Boys to announce their 50th anniversary tour, rumors swirled. Would Brian Wilson make this the year he rejoined America's Band? Modern-day frontman Mike Love, right, still teeters around the subject, but for now, we know it won't happen Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. He and Bruce Johnson will have to hold strong tackling the California teen dream — cruising around in cars, catching waves and chasing girls — with harmonic gusto and good vibrations.
Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.