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NOW HEAR THIS: 98 ROCKFEST

With Alice In Chains, above, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Young Guns and Gemini Syndrome. Outdoor preshow features In This Moment, Otherwise, Beware Of Darkness and Surrender The Fall.

FRIDAY 5:45 p.m., Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $24.50 and up. (813) 301-2500.

Programming has mostly gone the way of homogenous national playlists in the era of corporate radio, but that shouldn't overshadow 98 Rock's storied 23-year history in Tampa Bay. The station christened itself on the first day of 1990 by playing two straight weeks of Led Zeppelin and put on over a dozen "Livestock" concerts right out of the gate. On Friday WXTB continues that tradition by bringing active rock's biggest names to join Seattle grunge institution Alice In Chains for Rockfest. Tickets are as low as $24.50 (for four-pack deals), but those without a buck to spare can still get there early (3 p.m.) and party by taking in a free preshow concert at the Forum's west plaza.

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Relient K

With Hellogoodbye, William Becket, Mike Mains & The Branches

SATURDAY 6:30 p.m, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.

Relient K's latest offerings find them covering the likes of The Wallflowers, Cake, Tears For Fears, Justin Beiber and even Toto, but the band's legacy shouldn't be defined by two EPs of cheeky karaoke. In fact, frontman Matt Thiessen and company have actually managed to be one the past decade's sturdiest bridges between Christian music and secular pop-punk thanks to a discography that thoughtfully explores a wide range of topics including high school innocence and melodrama (Sadie Hawkins Dance, 17 Magazine), retrospective self-loathing (Who I Am Hates Who I've Been) and offing oneself (Faking My Own Suicide). They'll be joined by power-pop charmers Hellogoodbye, who will also play a free Daddy Kool Records in-store set at 5 p.m.

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The Black Crowes

TUESDAY 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39.50 and up. (727) 892-5767.

Being recognized as the "Best New American Band" by Rolling Stone comes with a lot of responsibility. Just ask the Black Crowes, who kind of succumbed to the pressure of the superlative by going into a pair of personnel-related hiatuses in 2002 and 2006. The Atlanta rock legends, however, are still one of this country's greatest exports and have managed to pull through and honor the sanctity of their 24-year-existence with a four-month world tour supporting a new live album, Wiser For The Time. The double disc, which intertwines deeper cuts like Oh The Rain and Make Glad with classics like Hard To Handle, Smile and She Talks To Angels, actually acts as the perfect preview for what looks to be quite a curtain call for the Crowes.

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Aan

With Sun Signs, Soft Rock Renegades

TUESDAY 9 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.

Tuesday nights are usually reserved for Chinese takeout and playing DVR catchup, but "All Good Tuesdays" has spent the past five years coaxing folks out of their doldrums and into Crowbar's outdoor courtyard for $5 beers and good music. Every now and then, the weekly party coincides with the itinerary of a band on tour, which will be the case when Portland, Ore., alt-pop outfit Aan arrives to spend their day off (they're on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins) supporting a fresh 7-inch release, Mystery Life. If fragmented guitar lines, brutally distorted piano stabs, impassioned shouts and tonic-note resolution sound appealing, then skip the lo mein and check out this "I saw them when" show.

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Peter Murphy

WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m., Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. theorpheum.com.

Who knew Peter Murphy was a Subaru Forester kind of goth? We sure didn't, but then again a lot of not-so-dark details about the 55-year-old former Bauhaus frontman came to light after his March arrest in California on suspicion of drunk driving, hit-and-run and drug possession (did you see that mugshot?). The charges have since been lowered to misdemeanors, and on this tour, "The Godfather of Goth" will actually focus less on himself and more on the 35th anniversary of his former band. Only Bauhaus material will be played at the show, so make sure to dust off those original pressings of In The Flat Field, Mask and Burning From The Inside.

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Willie Nelson

With Lukas Nelson

WEDNESDAY 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.

It's been a really long time since Willie Nelson actually looked like the Red Headed Stranger, but his iconic voice hasn't taken a hit over the course of an untouchable 57-year career that has taken the octogenarian from early gigs as a struggling radio announcer to multiple appearances on country music's biggest stages. He's successfully navigated a few brushes with the law ($32 million in unpaid taxes, a 2010 charge for pot possession) and songs like Bloody Mary Morning, Darkness On The Face Of The Earth and Angel Flying To Close To The Ground represent just an inkling of his innumerable contributions to the great American songbook.

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A Day To Remember

With Of Mice & Men, Issues

THURSDAY 7:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.

Ocala is mostly famous for its abundance of senior citizens, a humongous national forest and top-notch racing thoroughbreds, so it's important to note the way A Day To Remember has put the city on the global map. The band signed to Victory Records in 2006 (Smoking Popes, Taking Back Sunday, and Atreyu all once called the Chicago-based imprint home) and have since released a trio of well-received LPs that effortlessly blend hardcore riffs and breakdowns with melodic singalongs. The band is joined by another one of alternative rock's rising stars, Of Mice & Men.

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