Obituary Fri. With Denial Fiend, S.W.W.A.A.T.S., Left In Ashes, Disembodiment. 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St.,Ybor City. $15. (813) 241-8600.
Junkie XL Fri. With Tommie Sunshine, Monk & Una Slim. 10 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 247-2664.
Dive Bar Stalkers Fri. With Car Bomb Driver. 8 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $7. (727) 843-0686.
Michael Burks Fri. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.
Corey Smith Fri. 7 p.m. State Theater, 687 Central Ave., St Petersburg. $12-$15. (727) 895-3045.
Arturo Sandoval Sat. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $60.50-$82.50. (813) 229-7827.
SMAsh 10 Sat. Featuring Magadog, The Semis, Daylight District, Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander, Muphin Chuckrs. 8 p.m. State Theater, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $4-$8. (727) 895-3045.
Yo Majesty CD release party Sat. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St.,Ybor City. $7-$9. (813) 241-8600.
97X Backyard BBQ Sat. featuring 10 Years, the Almost (replacing Sick Puppies), the Spill Canvas, SafetySuit, Mr. Bella, Aversia. 12 p.m. Vinoy Park, Seventh Ave. NE and Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 823-8534.
Everybody Out! Sun. with Pseudo Heroes, Rude Squad. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 Eighth Ave. E., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Steve Miller Band Sun. With Joe Cocker. 7:30 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 US Highway 301 North, Tampa. $15-$115. (813) 740-2446.
The Cowsills 7:30 p.m. Wed. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $29-$32. (727) 587-6793.
Terrence Brewer Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (Jaeb Theatre), 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 229-7827.
With Authority Zero, Strung Out
FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $18.99-$21. (727) 895-3045.
Punk monster Pennywise helped lead a grunge-defying West Coast punk revival in the early '90s. And nearly two decades later, fans are still showing gratitude. As with Black Flag and Bad Religion, a "fight the man" message has been central to the Pennywise way. But it's the chant-able choruses that drive it home. Most notable are the 20 seconds of booming "whoa oh oh's" on Bro Hymn, now a popular sports arena anthem. The group's new album was available for free download through MySpace Records earlier this year, an offer nearly half a million people redeemed.
Dark Romantics release party
With Candy Bars, Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England
SATURDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 Eighth Ave. E., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.
Having a release party for a two-song work might raise some eyebrows, but there are no worries when you're the Dark Romantics. In fact, the Lakeland band's lead track Lonely Alone is single-handedly good enough for a celebration. It's shadowy, highly sexy rock with some brilliantly bending guitar parts. At times the Romantics' sound calls to mind Duran Duran, a darker U2 or a more chill Killers.
With Jordin Sparks, Ne-Yo
SATURDAY 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $36.75-$97.25. (813) 301-2500.
Soulful R&B star Alicia Keys is easily one of the biggest talents to emerge this decade. (Diary was the kind of song I'd drive around the block another time for just to hear until the end). While she has the pipes for it, she's not an "over-belter," and that's why the live show will keep your interest. Young Jordin Sparks rejoins the tour after recovering from an acute vocal cord hemorrhage, a throat injury that doctors initially deemed career-threatening.
K-Leigh and Young Chi
Ne-Yo after party with DJ Coz
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Club 360, 1609 East 7th Ave, Ybor City. $55. (813) 965-2278.
Former USF basketball star Melvin Buckley, a.k.a. Young Chi, shows game off the court with seductive R&B tunes. St. Pete girl next door K-Leigh's got a bouncy new single I'm So Fly featuring 2 Pistols. This event is billed as the "Ne-Yo celebrity after party," so expect an appearance by the man himself as well as Bucs Michael Clayton, Antonio Bryant and more.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Shephard's Beach Resort, 601 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $15-$40. (727) 441-6875.
Arizona's Gin Blossoms proved to be comfy pop-rock pros, turning out hit after hit in the '90s. But guitarist-songwriter Doug Hopkins (credited for big singles Hey Jealousy and Found Out About You) committed suicide not long after the band's debut album was released. Major Lodge Victory is the remaining Blossoms' first new album in 10 years. USA Today deemed it a must-have "if you miss the sweet, simple pleasures of early '90s guitar pop."
SATURDAY 9 p.m. G. Bar 1401 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City. $5. (813) 247-1016.
Lady GaGa: Your favorite new dirty-pop pleasure, or everything that's wrong with the current music biz? We'll leave that up to you. On her glam number Just Dance, featuring Colby O'Donis and Akon, she says when you overindulge at the club, can't see straight, lose your cell phone, etc. — just dance it off. Expect more GaGa soon, as she co-wrote and sings on the upcoming New Kids on the Block track Big Boy/Big Girl. For now, she'll bring a style she calls "retro sexual" to Ybor gay and lesbian club G Bar.
With Band Marino, Baron Von Bear
WEDNESDAY 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 Eighth Ave. E., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969
Miami singer-songwriter Rachel Goodrich offers quirky folk and jazz jams, a refreshing stage presence, and matter-of-fact lyrics. And sure, she plays guitar, keyboards, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica, recorder, xylophone, banjo, mandolin, spoons, pots, pans and more — but strip her of all those and she'd still find a way to make your night.