Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $25-$69.50. (727) 791-7400.
Like the "Brangelina" of the blues-rock circuit (okay, maybe a stretch), Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are a beloved husband-and-wife combo sliding and wailing across the country on tour. The pony-tailed Trucks may look like the fourth Hanson brother, but he plays like an Allman brother (a band he's spent time in). He's the youngest musician to date to make Rolling Stone's list of the "Top 100 Guitarists of All Time." Tedeschi is a Grammy-nominated artist whose vocal range — from tender coos to show-stopping Gospel yowls — is first-rate. Expect new jam-leaning takes on the blues with plenty of jazz and Southern rock seasonings, as well as a variety of covers.
Uncle John's Band
With the Ragbirds
Details: 8 p.m. Dec. 30, Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $8. (813) 971-0666.
They've been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday since 1998. So before your grand NYE celebrations, mellow out with the local upholders of eclectic, improvised psychedelia. Bring a tub of Cherry Garcia if you please. And as always, hippies, please use the side door.
With Max Flow, Matt G, Truk, more
Details: 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. facebook.com/thelocal662. $10.
Nothing says the holidays quite like 180-beat-per-minute rhythms and earth-shifting bass. At an AK1200 show you'll either (a) dance like no one's watching, or (b) make a mad dash for Motrin. The artist, real name Dave Minner, first began navigating the sea of shiny shirts and baggy pants at techno clubs in Orlando in the early '90s. Today, he's known as a founding father of breakbeat, drum and bass and its dub-style offshoot, jungle.
There for Tomorrow >>
Details: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $11.50-$12.50. (813) 248-9500.
In a genre where success is especially fleeting, this Orlando pop-punk act (as its names suggests) strives to be "there for tomorrow." "It's important to us that our music makes an impact on lives, that it isn't just a temporary trend," says lead singer Maika Maile. So far so good, as tracks like A Little Faster are the kind that lodge firmly into the temporal lobe. While the tight jeans and V-necks might be standard fare, the band's approach to love, school and late-night Denny's runs are endearing and persistently hooky. Port St. Lucie's VersaEmerge is an alt-rock trio led by Sierra Kusterbeck and signed to Fueled By Ramen. Fans of All Time Low or We the Kings should consider this a worthy bill.