With the Sidekicks, the Shondes
Details: Friday 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
This week's release of Against Me!'s new album will go down as the watershed moment of the Gainesville band's nearly 15-year existence. It's the first full-length offering since singer Tom Gabel came out as transgender and changed her name to Laura Jane Grace. While the band's reputation as politically charged, socially conscious bearers of speedy punk rock is well established, the 30 minutes of angst on Transgender Dysphoria Blues find Grace completely stripped down, exploring issues of homophobia, religious intolerance and self-doubt with an assured assertiveness that suggests that Against Me!'s best days are only just beginning.
Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$65. (727) 791-7400.
The Capitol Theatre welcomes '90s pop-folk darling Shawn Colvin for an evening of Grammy-winning songwriting and storytelling. Her 1997 hit Sunny Came Home is about a lady who burns a house down to escape the past, so it's fitting that this show comes just a few weeks after the Cap's massive renovation. Colvin has released a quartet of new LPs since her heyday and maintains one of the busiest touring schedules out there, so don't expect any rust or resting on laurels here.
With Luxury Mane, Empire Cinema
Details: Tonight at 9. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Nashville scuzz-rock outfit Turbo Fruits knows Ybor City well. They cut their teeth there in 2010 opening for a still-breaking Surfer Blood, but they'll finally get their own headlining show when they bring a grimy, jump-off-the-barstool take on rock 'n' roll to Crowbar. The album they're supporting, Butter, is 2 years old, but recent sold-out shows in New York City and an Australian tour sponsored by Vice magazine are proof that the Fruits' whiskey-fueled live set shows no signs of going rotten anytime soon.
Details: Tonight at 8. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $28. (727) 822-3590.
Robyn Hitchcock has been compared to Bob Dylan on more than a few occasions during his 40-year career, and the compliment is no accident. The 60-year-old songwriter cites Dylan as a major inspiration, but whereas Bob strummed and prophesized on folk (and electric-folk), Hitchcock has chosen to explore a more psychedelic, left-of-normal kind of music. Whether it was his early days as a 1970s pre-punk savant in the Soft Boys or his time spent making uncomfortable thoughts sound serene in solo offerings like Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl, Hitchcock has always been ahead of his time, and this intimate Palladium Side Door show is a chance to revisit the journey.
Willie Nelson and Family
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.50-$150. (727) 791-7400.
Willie Nelson's last bay area stop, a sold-out appearance in May at Ruth Eckerd Hall, led our own Sean Daly to describe the 80-year-old leather-faced legend as an "immortal" whose "voice has been preserved in a sepia-toned fog." We won't say no to another visit from the (not-so) Red Headed Stranger. The show kicks off a three-date Florida run that bleeds into a 30-date spring and summer tour, which is pretty impressive for the octogenarian, regardless of how many herbal supplements he may or may not take.
Hardcore Bubblegum: The Rock & Roll Art of Greg "Stainboy" Reinel
With Car Bomb Driver, No Loves, Doll Parts
Details: Friday 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Good, original poster art can change the feel of an everyday rock 'n' roll show from "meh" to memorable. That idea gets celebrated at this club show, where St. Petersburg-by-way-of-Chicago artist Greg Reinel will sell and sign his gallery-worthy, hyper-colored odes to trashy pop art in the very setting that inspires his work in the first place. Three local punk acts just as devoted to — and dirtied by — late nights listening to music at dark bars provide the soundtrack. Fans are welcome to bring previously purchased Stainboy art to the show at no charge.
Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at SuburbanApologist.com.