With Red Line Chemistry
Details: Tonight at 8, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $34.50-$150. (727) 791-7400.
During their peak, the David Coverdale-fronted '80s rock gods enjoyed a successful 11-year run that yielded eight albums and a chart-topping, inescapable-at-the-karaoke-bar single, 1987's Here I Go Again. The Brits eventually slowed down, trying their hand at a pair of LPs in the '90s, but really lubed up the cogs in the late 2000s by releasing a pair of discs and getting back on the road. They come to Clearwater with the promise of yet another new album (the Chinese zodiac does say it's the Year of the Snake, after all) and legions of devoted fans all over the globe, so expect them to steal some hearts away at this one.
m Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls
With Kate Earl
Details: Sunday 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $32 and up. (813) 740-2446.
The last time the Goo Goo Dolls were in the 813, the '90s alt-rock kings played within the confines of Tampa Bay's most famous zoo/roller coaster park, Busch Gardens. This time frontman Johnny Rzeznik is bringing along the other boy band that formed in Orlando way back in '95. Yeah, that's right, Matchbox Twenty, and while they did shun the general public the last time they were in town (a super-private Clearwater gig in March) don't expect Rob Thomas and company to take us for granted this time. They'll have hits (3 AM, If You're Gone), but their bag of tricks also contains a new album (North, their first LP of original material in a decade) that finds the band sounding as good as they ever have.
Under the Covers: Through Being Cool
With Lonely Monster, the Gaslight Addition, Tres Bien, Macrame Owls, Sun Signs, a Play On Words, Instanter, Alexander & the Grapes, the Other Ryan Willis, and more.
Details: Saturday 7 p.m., the Local 662 and Fubar, 600 block of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $10-$12. (727) 871-4626.
The ideals, lyrics and teary sing-alongs of early 2000s punk and emo are forever etched into the hearts, minds and journal pages of a lot of late 20-somethings. More than a few of those kids ended up forming bands of their own, and a few of them will combine forces, take over two of the 600 block's venues and cover the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, Piebald and Something Corporate. If you've ever wanted to see members of locally loved folkies Alexander & the Grapes play tracks by Pompano Beach emo legends Further Seems Forever, or simply felt compelled to sing your favorite Saves the Day or Jimmy Eat World songs at a high volume, then you're going to want to be in the 'Burg for this one.
. Greg Bates
Details: Saturday 7 p.m., Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.
If you ask Greg Bates why he got his Chevy all shined up, put on cologne or left his favorite ball cap at home, he'll tell you that he Did It For the Girl. The 25-year-old country singer-songwriter is another glimmering product of that Nashville hit machine, but we'd be remiss to dismiss him as just another boy with cowboy boots. Tracks from his 2012 self-titled EP possess that same playful tropical energy of a certain Mr. Chesney (Fill In the Blank), use fiddles to tear at the heartstrings (Lost In Caroline) and even make you want to give your only child a sibling (Brothers). The Dallas Bull might as well be a national monument to line dancing and mainstream country culture — bookings like this one prove they've got good taste to boot.
Roadkill Ghost Choir
With the Eastern Sea, Easter Island, Florida Night Heat
Details: Wednesday 8 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 241-8600.
Roadkill Ghost Choir is on quite a ride as of late. The DeLand sextet has been on the road for the better part of the year and spent three weeks in April honing their chops by opening for modern Americana messiahs Band Of Horses. There's no telling what singer-guitarist Andrew Shepard and his band learned on that trip, but we're willing to bet that the band's sound — a trippy blend of Wilco-esque soundscapes, Lindsey Buckingham-worthy guitar work and classic rock attitude — has morphed into another animal altogether. The tour-routing gods seem to favor this bill, too, as Athens, Ga., prog-pop wonderboys Easter Island will join Austin, Texas, ethereal folk crafters Eastern Seas and Tampa's own Florida Night Heat for a bill that features four headliner-worthy acts in one evening.
Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at SuburbanApologist.com.