This week in Tampa: Bruce Springsteen, R. Kelly, Santana, 98 Rockfest and more

We're just over one week away from Tampa's Big Guava Music Festival, but the next seven days are anything but quiet. We're about to see some of our most anticipated concerts of the year, including three of them next Thursday, the night before Big Guava hits town.

Here to walk you through one hell of a week -- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, R. Kelly, 98 Rockfest, Santana, M. Ward, Zeds Dead, Mogwai, Chuck Ragan and The Camaraderie, Rob Thomas, Tamar Braxton, George Clinton, Brett Eldredge, Eddie Money, the Romantics, Boz Scaggs, the Mavericks, Dance Gavin Dance, Rodney Atkins, Cole Swindell and many more -- is Ray Roa...

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Review: Cloud Nothings rip through a ferocious set at Crowbar in Ybor City

Cloud Nothings performed at Crowbar in Ybor City on April 22, 2014.

Jimmy Geurts

Cloud Nothings performed at Crowbar in Ybor City on April 22, 2014.

Slowly but surely, names are getting crossed off the “they never visit Tampa!” list of grievances. On Tuesday night at Crowbar, it was Cleveland indie group Cloud Nothings, riding the wave of critical acclaim off their last two albums.

Starting off as a lo-fi, home-recorded act, the band got clearer and louder on 2012’s Attack on Memory and their new record Here and Nowhere Else. Tuesday’s show was a stop in several months of dates spanning several countries and sets at Bonnaroo and the Pitchfork Music Festival. Full Story

Ticket Window: 3 Doors Down; LeAnn Rimes; Crosby, Stills and Nash and more

Two big shows at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino are going on sale this weekend: LeAnn Rimes and 3 Doors Down. But the hottest ticket might be country-folk legends Crosby, Stills and Nash, returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Tampa Bay concerts with tickets going on sale this week include: David Sanborn (May 22, Capitol Theatre), LeAnn Rimes (June 6, Hard Rock Cafe), Julianne and Derek Hough (5 p.m. show, June 10, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Thunder at the Forum (June 13, Tampa Bay Times Forum), Mary Lambert (June 27, State Theatre), moe. (July 5, Jannus Live), WWE Battleground (July 20, Tampa Bay Times Forum), Crosby, Stills and Nash (Aug. 9, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Southern Darkness Fest (Aug. 23, Orpheum and Crowbar), Umphrey's McGee (Aug. 31, Jannus Live) and 3 Doors Down (Sept. 5, Hard Rock Cafe).

Click here for this week's edition of Ticket Window.

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Ready for Record Store Day redux? Delayed shipment of exclusive titles arrives at Daddy Kool Records

Crowds surged into Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg on Record Store Day, April 19, 2014.

Jay Cridlin

Crowds surged into Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg on Record Store Day, April 19, 2014.

Like many other indie record stores, Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg did bang-up business this past Saturday, otherwise known as Record Store Day.

"We did huge," said owner Tony Rifugiato. "We beat last year. We did 30 percent more than last year."

The amazing part? Daddy Kool pulled that off without a full stock of inventory. The shop was one of a handful around the country that did not receive its full allotment of exclusive Record Store Day albums, singles and merchandise. According to Rifugiato, United Record Pressing in Nashville was not able to ship its entire inventory in time, and Daddy Kool was one of the few stores that got the short end of the stick.

Until today, that is. …

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'Bollywood Oscars': Meet the film and music stars in Tampa for the International Indian Film Academy awards

Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor arrived at Tampa International Airport on Monday.

Melissa Lyttle

Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor arrived at Tampa International Airport on Monday.

Tampa Bay gets its first major look at the spectacle of Bollywood tonight in Curtis Hixon Park with IIFA Stomp, a free and public kickoff party to this Saturday's International Indian Film Academy awards at Raymond James Stadium. The event starts at 7 p.m. and features a host of dancing and music, including performances by DJ Clement, DJ Aman Nagpal and Tampa's own DJ Ravidrums, a familiar sight at clubs like Jackson's Bistro.

You've probably been hearing a lot about the so-called "Bollywood Oscars" since it was announced that Tampa would become the first American city to host them. But now we're in the thick of it, which means Bollywood's biggest stars are either on their way to Tampa ... or they're already here.

Former Miss World Priyanka Chopra, who has collaborated with Pitbull and whose song In My City opened Thursday Night Football in 2012? She should be here. Anil Kapoor from Slumdog Millionaire and 24? He's been making the rounds. Deepika Padukone, often called "India's Jennifer Lawrence?" She'll be here too. Prabhudeva, known as "India's Michael Jackson?" Yep. Hollywood stars John Travolta and Kevin Spacey will be here, too.

Caitlin E. O'Conner has compiled a great rundown of the Bollywood stars you might see in Tampa this weekend. Click here to read it.

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Fun 'n Sun preview: Santana, Boz Scaggs, Eddie Money, Rodney Atkins, Shawn Wayans coming to Clearwater

Starting Friday, more than 100,000 people are expected to come to Clearwater for the city's annual Fun 'n' Sun Celebration, which encompasses any number of events in town. That could include concerts at Ruth Eckerd Hall (Santana, Rob Thomas) and Capitol Theatre (Boz Scaggs, the Mavericks), or it could include Friday's free concert in downtown Clearwater with Mark Farner and Stormbringer. It could even include the inaugural Laughs & Draughts Comedy and Beer Tasting, May 3 in Coachman Park with headliner Shawn Wayans.

Mostly, though, it means two days of music in Coachman Park on the downtown waterfront. Saturday's concert is all classic rock, with the Kirk McEwen Band at 1:30 p.m., Orleans at 3 p.m., the Atlanta Rhythm Section at 4:45 p.m., the Romantics at 6:35 p.m. and headliner Eddie Money at 8:25 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday is for country music fans. The schedule includes the LoCash Cowboys at 3:40 p.m., the Swon Brothers at 4:55 p.m., Cole Swindell at 6 p.m. and Rodney Atkins at 7:15 p.m. Gates open Sunday at noon. …

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The Mavericks' Raul Malo talks reuniting the band, covering Springsteen, 'Private Lives of Nashville Wives' and more

Burly Miami native Raul Malo is one of the greatest singers of his, or any other, generation; that rich, soaring baritone is earthy yet operatic.

And yet Malo, for all his rabid fans, has never achieved all-star standing with the masses. Blame his restlessness: country (1989 hit O, What a Thrill), blues, R&B, Latin, torch songs that tear your heart out. And have you ever heard him do the Hollies' The Air That I Breathe or Roy Orbison's Crying? Whoa. He wants it all, as a solo act and with his bandmates.

"Being solo and playing with the Mavericks is two different feelings," says Malo, who brings his reunited band to the Capitol Theatre for two shows next week. "There's such a sense of joy with the Mavericks. That's why we put it back together. The time apart really put it in perspective. It's like breaking up with a girlfriend; after awhile, you just remember the good times."

The Mavericks will perform at 8 p.m. April 30 and May 3 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets are $45-$55. Click here.

For more of Sean Daly's interview with Raul Malo, click here.

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98 Rockfest: Schedule, set times for Avenged Sevenfold, Chevelle, Volbeat and more

One of the biggest 98 Rockfests to date hits the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday. In addition to big names like Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Chevelle and the Pretty Reckless inside the arena, 98 Rock is throwing another big free show outside, with Trivium, Lacuna Coil, Fozzy (that's wrestler Chris Jericho's band) and more performing Friday afternoon.

The station has unveiled the set times and schedule for 98 Rockfest, which should help you plan your day (or, if you work in downtown Tampa and time it just right, your lunch break). Here's the 98 Rockfest schedule:

OUTDOOR STAGE (opens at 1 p.m.)
1:20 p.m.: Nothing More
2:40: We As Human
3:20: Fozzy
4: Lacuna Coil
4:45: Trivium

MAIN STAGE (inside Forum)
The Pretty Reckless
5:55: Saigon Kick
6:45: Black Stone Cherry
7:40: Chevelle
8:50: Volbeat
10:05: Avenged Sevenfold

In addition, Saigon Kick will perform an acoustic set for VIP ticketholders at 5:15 p.m. inside the Forum. Some 98 Rockfest tickets (including VIP) are sold out, but others remain for $19-$59. Click here to get them.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Mary Lambert coming to the State Theatre for St. Pete Pride

When you're looking for a headliner for St. Pete Pride, who better to pick than the woman who co-wrote and sang Same Love?

Mary Lambert, the Seattle singer-songwriter whose work on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gay-rights anthem earned her multiple Grammy nominations -- and the chance to perform on the awards show with Madonna and Queen Latifah -- Will headline the Friday "27/82 The Concert" kicking off this year's St. Pete Pride, one of the largest LGBT celebrations in the country.

Lambert -- who morphed Same Love's success into her own solo single, She Keeps Me Warm -- will perform at 7 p.m. June 27 at the State Theatre, with singer-songwriter Hunter Valentine (The Real L Word) will open. Tickets are $25 and will go on sale April 28 through and

St. Pete Pride will take place from June 27-29 this year. St. Petersburg City Councilmember Darden Rice and longtime LGBT advocate Jay Aller have been named grand marshals of the Pride Parade on June 28. Then on June 29, longtime gospel singer-turned-dance diva Vernessa Ann Mitchell will headline the daylong St. Pete Pride Festival.

For more information about St. Pete Pride 2014, click here.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Kings of Leon coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

It's been four long years since Kings of Leon's last local concert. It wouldn't have been nearly that long, but the Grammy-winning group nearly imploded on the eve of a 2011 tour stop in Tampa, canceling their entire tour and eventually nearly disbanding for good.

Now that they're back with a new album, Mechanical Bull, and are seemingly on steady footing once more, Kings of Leon are ready to return to Tampa, with a show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. They'll play there on Sept. 5, according to Live Nation; tickets are $29.50-$59.50 and they'll go on sale May 9. Click here for details.

In typical Kings of Leon fashion, they're bringing a pair of excellent opening acts -- Young the Giant, who recently sold out Jannus Live, and Kongos, who have a rising alt-rock hit in Come With Me Now and are set to play the 97X Backyard BBQ on May 16.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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SoundBytes: Umphrey's McGee, Paul van Dyk, Crosby, Stills and Nash and more

-- Electrifying jam band Umphrey's McGee are returning to Jannus Live on Aug. 31. Tickets are $25-$30 and they'll go on sale Saturday. Click here.

-- Paul van Dyk has been added to the lineup for the Sunset Music Festival, May 24-25, as the headliner on the trance stage. Click here.

-- Folk-rock harmony heroes Crosby, Stills and Nash will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 9. Tickets are $54.75-$103.75, and they go on sale Saturday. Click here.

-- Ruth Eckerd Hall has also added a second show by red-hot hoofers Julianne and Derek Hough, due to overwhelming demand for tickets. The second show is at 5 p.m. June 10. Tickets are $35-$75. Click here.

-- Jazz master David Sanborn is coming to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on May 22. Tickets are $30-$60. Click here.

-- As noted last week, You Me At Six has postponed their spring tour due to illness, including a May 9 gig at the State Theatre. That show has now been rescheduled for Oct. 2.

-- Speaking of concert postponements: Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy has had to postpone his concert at the Orpheum from June 4 to Aug. 6 due to visa issues. Click here.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*


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Recap: Record Store Day 2014 celebrated at Daddy Kool, Bananas, the Local 662 and more

Record Store Day at Bananas Music in St. Petersburg on April 19, 2014.

Jay Cridlin

Record Store Day at Bananas Music in St. Petersburg on April 19, 2014.

It’s fitting that this year, Record Store Day fell on the day before Easter. Just as some folks only go to church once a year, Record Store Day is the one day a year on which music fans of all stripes have all agreed to indulge their inner music nerd, getting up early, braving long lines, going to concerts and buying more vinyl records than they can realistically afford.

Not everyone is cool with that concept, but I am. I like the idea of a musical holiday – something like a day of reflection and support for the artists you've loved all year long, or in many cases, your whole life. It’s fun and freeing and kind of addictive, even if (let’s be honest) most of us are still going to listen to more music on our iPods, phones, computers or in our cars than we are on a turntable in 2014.

That’s why I was compelled to get up and out early to survey the St. Petersburg scene on Record Store Day 2014. Here’s a blow-by-blow of my 15-hour day – if you participated in any part of Record Store Day, I’m guessing some of it looks familiar. …

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Review: Future drops short, late, hit-packed set at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

Rapper Future performed at Jannus Live on April 18, 2014.

Brian Mahar

Rapper Future performed at Jannus Live on April 18, 2014.

Blink and you could have missed Future's performance at Jannus Live Friday night, a high-energy set packed with hits and some new cuts that lasted less than 30 minutes.

Opening acts weren't promoted as a part of the bill, but they were plentiful, making up the meat of the four-hour concert, leaving just enough time for a Future dessert.

Gracing the stage after 11:30 p.m., the Atlanta rapper got right into it, opting to perform below the stage to be closer to the crowd. His signature locks, which are now golden, peeked out from underneath a wool cap, and his charismatic smile eased the tension of a group that had been simmering for a long time. His DJ had dropped hits Tony Montana and Magic as he made the walk to the front of the stage, and then Future turned his intensity on to light into older tracks like YC's Racks and his own Gone to the Moon.

Once it was clear the audience of hundreds was full of word-for-word fans, the rapper ventured into tracks from his new album, Honest, due in stores Tuesday. …

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The 30 best Tampa Bay concerts of summer: Outkast, R. Kelly, Soundgarden, Sunset Music Festival and more

When I sat down and tried to pick the 25 best concerts between late April and the end of August in Tampa Bay, I just couldn't do it. I had to go with 30. There are just that many great shows -- and countless more amazing concerts that I couldn't list.

My personal Top 5 probably includes R. Kelly (above), the Big Guava Festival, Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden, Tori Amos and Morrissey, though I wouldn't complain about a ticket to Lionel Richie. No, really!

Click here for tbt*'s top 30 concerts of Spring and Summer 2014, from Bruce Springsteen to Katy Perry to Motley Crue.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Welcome to tbt*'s 2014 Ultimate Local Music Guide!

Here’s a secret about Record Store Day: People think it’s all about the vinyl. I’m here to argue that it’s not.

Though RSD’s official release list grows larger and more mystifying every year — this year’s trove includes exclusive and pricey rarities by not-so-indie artists like Bruce Springsteen and One Direction — it’s really the experience of the day that makes it worth celebrating. Even in a festival-saturated culture like ours, Record Store has managed to become arguably the best day of local music on the calendar.

All day long, many of Tampa Bay’s best artists will perform in stores like Mojo Books and Music, Microgroove, Bananas and Planet Retro, giving casual fans a taste of the great music that normally only gets played after dark. It’s like a bay-area-wide festival, with giveaways and special surprises for those who get up and out early.

This year, tbt* is getting in on the act. In conjunction with the good folks at Daddy Kool Records and No Clubs Productions, we’re staging our annual tbt* Ultimate Music Showcase at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Local 662 in St. Pete. Five of the artists spotlighted in this year’s Ultimate Local Music Guide, in tbt* today and all weekend (click here to find a copy) will take the stage: Good Graeff, Fowler’s Bluff, Sonic Graffiti, Archaic Interest and Mountain Holler. Read about them here; watch them live on Saturday. It’s just that easy.Full Story