COLLEGE ROCK: USF Bullstock, Party in the Park
Whether you're a Bull or a Spartan, the party's on this weekend. The University of South Florida and University of Tampa hold their annual spring student concerts Friday, but even if you've long since ditched Econ 101, you can maybe still get in.
USF Bullstock takes place at 5 p.m. outside the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Breezy sibling pop duo Echosmith (Cool Kids) headline, along with alternative singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs, SoCal rockers Bad Suns, Australian group the Griswolds and local band-battle winners Miroux and BabyBlu. Free for everyone. usf.edu/usfweek.
Over at UT, Grammy-nominated pop singer-songwriter Mike Posner (Cooler Than Me, I Took a Pill in Ibiza) headlines the Party in the Park alongside Adam Friedman and Madnap at Plant Park by the campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free for students, faculty and staff with a Spartan Card; students can bring one guest each for $30. utampatickets.universitytickets.com.
LIVE AND LOUD: Portugal. The Man, Explosions in the Sky
If evocative indie rock is your bag, head over to Jannus Live. On Saturday, the courtyard welcomes Alaskan shape-shifters Portugal. The Man, who are about to release their eighth studio album, Woodstock. The groove that always lurked behind the group's scratchy guitars and angular structures peeked out of the shadows on 2013's Evil Friends, and retro-slick single Feel It Still portends even funkier fun on Woodstock, which features production from Danger Mouse and the Beastie Boys' Mike D. The show is at 8 p.m.; $25 and up. Then on Wednesday, it's Austin, Texas, atmospherists Explosions in the Sky, whose aching, wordless guitarscapes — beautifully used in the film Friday Night Lights among others — will clear fans' eyes and fill their hearts. That show, with Thor & Friends, is at 8 p.m.; $22. 200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.
SUMMER TEETH: Gnash
I keep calling Gnash's somber piano ballad I Hate U, I Love U an unlikely Top 10 hit. Gnash himself sees it a little differently. "It was quite an online sensation, and then it turned into this phenomenon — I guess 'phenomenon' is a more positive spin than 'unlikely,' " he said in a phone interview. "But it's something that I'll always be like, Wow, that's crazy. It's something I'll probably never be able to replicate." The L.A. singer-songwriter-rapper-producer shouldn't sell himself short — his springy new beach-rap single I Could Change Ur Life sounds like a fruity mimosa spritz that could soon be unavoidable. It's bound to pull you into his breezy summer mindset, which he'll show off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Sweater Beats, Imad Royal, Wrenn and Tulpa & Blankts open. $20 and up. (727) 845-3045. statetheatreconcerts.com.
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FINE FAREWELL: Catie Curtis
Grandiose retirement tours are usually reserved for the Chers and Tina Turners of the world. But many fans will miss Catie Curtis when she hangs it up after her current North American trek. The Maine native's self-proclaimed final tour, in support of her uplifting 15th album While We're Here, will bring her melodic alt-pop folk songs to bars, clubs, listening rooms and at least one art gallery across America — that'd be Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. 7 and 9 p.m. Friday. $20. (727) 323-2787. craftsmanhousegallery.com.
PARTY'S ON: Darude, Alan Walker
You know summer's right around the corner when big beats start dropping on both sides of the bay, courtesy of a couple of Scandinavian stars. On Saturday, Finnish trance DJ Darude, left, whose omnipresent 1999 hit Sandstorm can still be heard pulsing through stadiums worldwide, plays the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. It's free before 11:30 p.m. for guys and midnight for women if you sign up at amptampa.com. Then Norwegian house DJ Alan Walker brings his 2016 smash Faded to Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd. in Clearwater Beach. The party, also featuring Vassy, runs 2-11:30 p.m. Sunday. $13 and up. (727-442-5107). eventbrite.com.