, Goo Goo Dolls
Details: Sunday 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission (beer and food tasting requires $30 wristband). Toll-free at 1-888-800-5447. Go to buschgardens.com for best advance ticket prices.
Goo Goo Dolls singer John Rzeznik has the perfect combination of raspy yet pitch-perfect vocals that make any girl turn instantly to goo, and the simplicity of their music makes it easy for the audience to sing along. The Buffalo, N.Y., group has had 14 Top 10 singles on various charts, and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. In October, Iris ranked No. 1 on Billboard's Top 100 Pop Songs from 1992-2012. Makes sense — it spent nearly 12 straight months on the charts and held the No. 1 position for 18 weeks. The band is working on its next album, Magnetic, scheduled to be released in May.
Dropkick Murphys .
Details: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $28.50. (727) 565-0550.
Dropkick Murphys formed in Quincy, Mass., in 1996, although at first listen, you might think they hail from Ireland. They'd probably take that as a compliment. The band is known for its Celtic-inspired punk, and its shows are not for the lighthearted. Be prepared to be pushed around, as their fans are diehard. It's a giant party from start to finish, with lots of beer. The band's new album Signed and Sealed in Blood debuted at No. 9, the second highest debut the band has seen. Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little early this year.
Daryl Hall and John Oates
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$100. (727) 791-7400.
Hall and Oates achieved fame in the late 1970s with an expert combination of rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues, which they dubbed "rock and soul." Today, Oates is embracing the digital age, an age that he says is almost a reprise of the '50s and '60s. "It's a world of singles at this point," Oates told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It's about getting people to capture the moment, capture their attention and getting them to respond to it." With that in mind, Oates has been all over the musical map, diving into genres like rock, country and hip-hop, to create different singles for a widespread audience. In 2003, they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and to this day, hits like Private Eyes, Rich Girl and Maneater are sure to bring a smile.
Details: Sunday 9 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 247-2555.
If you're looking for some extreme bass in your face, look no further than the Ritz this Sunday. Jeff Abel, better know by his stage name Excision, is a DJ from British Columbia who throws down plenty of dubstep tunes, but incorporates drum and bass as well as some trance elements. He's been busy touring for the past few years (he's in the midst of a 55-city tour), but still finds time to melt minds via his insane music, such as 8 Bit Superhero and X Rated. Imagine an acid trip to Super Mario world, then a slap back to reality with a drop that will knock you out of your seat. Throw in an insane light show and you've got yourself a full EDM experience.
Coheed and Cambria n
Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $26. (727) 565-0550.
Coheed and Cambria's music incorporates aspects of prog rock, punk rock, pop, metal and post-hardcore. Their song Welcome Home (featured in the video game Rock Band) sounds like a rock orchestra: insane guitar rifts and crunchy electric chords, creepy violins, scale skimming bass lines and in-your-face drumbeats. Lead singer Claudio Sanchez's vocals are extremely unique — high-pitched and just plain weird — and his hair brings the vibe of '80s hair metal.
Loudon Wainwright III
Details: Tonight at 7:30. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $27-$39. (727) 791-7400.
Over 45 years, Loudon Wainwright III's career has comprised everything from New York folkster to novelty singer-songwriter to now a favorite of comedy's premier tastemaker. The musician started in 1968, receiving the oft-used label of the "new Bob Dylan." Then he continued playing for four decades, perhaps scoring his biggest hit with the 1972 novelty song Dead Skunk. Now to a certain generation he may be best known for his work with Judd Apatow, including playing the father on Undeclared, and as the father of singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Yet he's still putting out albums including his newest Older Than My Old Man Now, which deals with his father, a Life magazine journalist, and death. — Jimmy Geurts
This week SoundCheck is by local freelance writer Kate Cillian.