BIGGER AND BIGGER: Next Big Thing
Last year's 97X Next Big Thing was, for the first time, a two-day concert. This year it's a proper two-day festival, as both days of the annual alt-rockapalooza feature top-to-bottom lineups worth catching. Saturday's bill features Bastille, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Elle King and LANY. (And McMahon will headline a free, solo after-party at 11:30 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino). Sunday blows it out of the water with headliners Panic! at the Disco, along with Foster the People, Young the Giant, Chvrches, AJR, Alice Merton, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Grandson, the Knocks, Dreamers, Flora Cash, Max Frost and more. 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $35 and up per day, $50 and up for the weekend. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.
THE CAT CAME BACK: Brian Setzer Orchestra
Next year, Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats will reunite to celebrate their 40th anniversary, embarking on a full-sized tour and releasing their first new album in 25 years. But that's next year. Right now it's the holiday season, which means it's time for the Brian Setzer Orchestra's annual Christmas Rocks tour. Last year, the popular roadshow hit Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time; in our review, we praised Setzer's commitment to presenting a "Formica gleam of an era that maybe never was, but that makes you feel nostalgic nonetheless." What says Christmas more than that? Lara Hope and the Ark Tones open. 8 p.m. Dec. 5. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.75 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
SPOOKY TUNES: Claudio Simonetti's Goblin
There's a new version of Dario Argento's classic giallo horror flick Suspiria in theaters, and it's got an icy, eerie soundtrack by Radiohead's Thom Yorke. But for horror purists, the only Suspiria score that matters is the one created for the 1977 original by Italian prog-rockers Goblin. If you're one of those fans, Claudio Simonetti is here to creep you out. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Simonetti's new version of Goblin is coming to the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City, to play a live version of the Suspiria score accompanied by a screening of the movie. And they'll also play a second set with other cult favorites. $25 and up. (813) 248-9500. theorpheum.com.
THEY LIVE: Every Time I Die
Best act I saw at August's final Warped Tour stop in Tampa? Might have been Every Time I Die, the Buffalo, N.Y., metalcore band celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Led by singer-novelist Keith Buckley, the group headbanged and hair-whipped a side-stage crowd into a frenzy, suggesting they might have deserved a bigger stage. They'll get one when they perform at 6 p.m. Monday at the Orpheum. Turnstile, Angel Dust and Vein open. $25 and up.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: The Outlaws
Since planning their first hometown "Green Grass and Yuletide Jam" concert a few years ago, the Outlaws have built it into a big annual tradition — so much so that this year, they're holding two of them. Henry Paul's Tampa-bred Southern rockers (There Goes Another Love Song) quickly sold out their first show on Dec. 7, so they added another one at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Atlanta Rhythm Section opens. $39.50 and up. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.
SKIP ON IN: Skipper's Smokehouse
If you're looking for one fun club to hang out in all weekend, Skipper's Smokehouse is your spot. Thursday's weekly Grateful Dead tribute night with Uncle John's Band will get a special guest in Jay Blakesberg, a rock photographer renowned for his work with the Dead, who will show and speak about his work. North Carolina dance-rock outfit the Fritz headlines at 8 p.m. Friday; tickets are $10 and up. And beard-rockin' one-man-band Zach Deputy returns at 8 p.m. Saturday. 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666. skipperssmokehouse.com.