Steve Poltz, Movits! and more

Your guide to this week's best live music.

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Young Widows w/My Disco/Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun The title track off Young Widows' In and Out of Youth and Lightness is a heavy sprawling epic of thick fuzzed-out basslines, roiling drumbeats, unrelenting guitars that push through the sinister haze with high wailing solos or screeching distorted riffage, and deep and menacing-compelling lead vocals. The song fits with the overall grimy-industrialized feel and dark lyrical themes of the noise rock trio's third album, which dropped last month and was co-produced by Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket) in their Louisville hometown. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Bayside / Silverstein w/Polar Bear Club/The Swellers/Texas in July Queens, N.Y.-bred alt-rock quartet Bayside has put out several successful albums full of frank narratives, sick guitar solos, brooding melodies, soaring crisp vocals and rhythmically compelling pop-punk jams. Sharing headlining duties on their current Hot Topic-sponsored "Take Action Tour" is Canadian post-hardcore group Silverstein (also pimping a new LP, Rescue); opening acts include indie rockers Polar Bear Club, Warped Tour punk vets The Swellers, and metalcore newbies Texas in July. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) —VQ

8th Annual Rock & Roll Swap Meet w/Thee Knight Sweats/The Friendly Sort/Gino & The Goons/The Lambasters/Magadog A few dozen vendors hawk wares (music, memorabilia, art, handmade clothing, Etsy-chic crafts, etc.), two stages feature live music ranging from the snotty '60s-fused garage rock of Gino & The Goons to the spirited horn-blasted beats of ska-reggae ensemble Magadog (two stages), and hip scensters of all ages mill about playing quasi-serious games of shuffleboard, shopping, and sipping Sunday afternoon-friendly cups of wine and beer ... Yep, it's the eighth annual edition of the Rock & Roll Swap Meet. Be there or be square. (St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, St. Petersburg)

MON 02

Steve Poltz You may not get a feel for folk-pop singer-songwriter Steve Poltz's wicked sense of humor from the one song you know by him ("You Were Meant for Me," which he co-wrote with Jewel), but the guitar-slinging artist has put out several solo releases since then that highlight his cheeky talents, including a children's album, a 56-track collection of 45-second "songs" recorded on his answering machine while he was on the road, and his latest LP, 2010's Dreamhouse, which features songs with titles like "License Plate Eyes" and "Killin' Myself (To Be With You)." (Jaeb Theater at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa)

TUE 03

Movits! w/D'Visitors Some facts you didn't previously know about Movits! (if you knew any at all): 1. The trio is from Sweden, and though their music draws on American influences — swinging jazz, '60s Motown, hip-hop — lead vocalist Johan "Jivin'" Rensfeldt spits his sing-song rhymes in his native tongue. 2. All members generally sport black-framed spectacles, black suits and matching bow-ties, and black-and-white saddle sneakers. 3. The band's first official (widespread) introduction to U.S. audiences was a 2009 performance on The Colbert Report in honor of their debut LP, Äppelknyckarjazz ("Apple swiper jazz"); this tour supports album No. 2, 2011's Ut Ur Min Skalle ("Out of my Head"). (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Nate Najar Trio The final concert in a three-date series of toe-tapping jazz at the [email protected] as produced by guitarist Najar, bassist John Lamb and drummer Stephen Bucholtz. ([email protected], St. Petersburg)

Amanda Shires w/Alias Julius The Texas-born, Nashville-based fiddler, ukulele player, singer and songwriter returns to the Bay area fresh from recording her first Daytrotter Session, "The Sound of the Salted Love" (available for free download at, and hot off her first acting gig — in the aforementioned Country Strong with Gwyneth and McGraw. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)

For a complete list of this week's upcoming concerts, visit our Music Events page.

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