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This week in Tampa: Tom Petty, Luke Bryan, Chillin' Music Fest, Experience Hendrix Tour and more

It's another eclectic week of music in Tampa Bay, and it's mostly bookended by some of fall's biggest shows -- namely Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Sunday at the Amalie Arena, and a two-night stand by reigning country king Luke Bryan next Thursday and Friday. Here to walk you through those shows and many more -- including the Experience Hendrix Tour, the reggae-rockin' Chillin' Music Fest, Duncan Sheik, the Chainsmokers, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, J-Boog and more -- is Ray Roa...Full Story

Artist of the day: WD-HAN

WD-HAN (pronounced WD, as in WD-40; and Han, as in Han Solo) is a trio that delivers polished, radio-ready rock. This group of mid-20-somethings has been together since 2008, performing all over Florida and opening for New Politics, Sing It Loud, Lady Danville, and Guster.

WD-HAN are Lea Campbell, drums; Cal Henry, guitar; and Spencer Barnes, vocals. This Saturday at the Local 662 in St. Pete, they will release their first full-length album, King of Castles. They sat with us to enlighten us on their plans for world domination.

How did the band come to be?

Henry: We really just started in high school. We were all in the same class and my girlfriend told me her friend Lea played drums, and I was like, “What? A girl drummer? That’s awesome!” So, then she played Fire by Jimi Hendrix — you know, that really intense, cool drum thing. I was like, “Oh, my god; I need her in my band.” …

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Ranking the top 25 Tom Petty songs, in honor of his concert in Tampa

Song rankings are a contentious topics among fans of any artist, especially when that artist is an all-time icon like Tom Petty. So when Sean Daly set out to rank Petty's top 25 songs, in order, he knew he'd get some backlash -- and not just from fans who plan to check out Petty at the Amalie Arena on Sunday night. Click here to read through his list, and then file your hate mail accordingly.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform with Steve Winwood at 7 p.m. Sunday at Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum), 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $32.75-$128.25. Click here for details on the show.

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Ticket Window: 97X Next Big Thing, John Mellencamp, Celtic Woman, Mary Lambert and more

Normally, each week's Ticket Window focuses on concerts with tickets going on sale Thursday, Friday or Saturday. But we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that tickets to the wildly popular classical pop crossover act Celtic Woman on April 25 at the Straz Center actually go on sale today.

Other Tampa Bay concerts with tickets going on sale this week: Mary Lambert (Oct. 25, Capitol Theatre), Sick of it All (Nov. 12, Local 662), 97X Next Big Thing with Fall Out Boy, Young the Giant and Alt-J (Dec. 6, Vinoy Park), Phantom of the Opera (Dec. 17-Jan. 4, Straz Center), Megan Hilty (Feb. 28, Capitol Theatre), Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show (Feb. 28-March 1, Amalie Arena), Tommy Emmanuel (March 6-7, Capitol Theatre), Bela Fleck (March 8, Capitol Theatre), John Mellencamp (March 19-20, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Janis Ian and Tom Paxton (April 13, Capitol Theatre) and Chris Botti (April 15, Capitol Theatre).

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Lineups announced for Plan B Block Party, Don't Stop St. Pete festivals

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Those Darlins

By now, most followers of the Tampa Bay music scene know all about the rift that split the organizing forces of St. Petersburg’s late, lamented Antiwarpt Festival, which last year led to a pair of competing local festivals on the same day — Don’t Stop St. Pete in St. Petersburg and the Plan B Block Party in Ybor City.

This year, thankfully, it appears both sides have made nice — or, at least, they’re not forcing local music fans to pick and choose which festival to support. Not only are they taking place on separate days — Oct. 4 for Plan B, Oct. 18 for Don’t Stop St. Pete — but a few of the Bay area’s best local acts are actually playing both events. Everybody wins!

Over the past couple of weeks, lineups for both festivals have trickled out bit by bit. Neither is 100 percent complete, but here’s what we know so far:

Plan B Block Party

The second annual Plan B Block Party will kick off at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at venues around Ybor City, including Crowbar, New World Brewery, Market on 7th, the Social, the Dirty Shame, Tequilas and more. …

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Photos: Skeletonwitch, Ghoul blast the Orpheum in Ybor City with destructive metal madness

Skeletonwitch performed at the Orpheum in Ybor City on Sept. 14, 2014.

Photo by Brian Mahar.

Skeletonwitch performed at the Orpheum in Ybor City on Sept. 14, 2014.

Ohio metal outfit Skeletonwitch can lay claim to one of heavy music's great bona fides: In 2013, they were barred from playing Orlando's House of Blues after being deemed unfit for Disney property. No matter -- the Prosthetic Records outfit has kept on raging throughout Florida and the rest of the United States ever since, including a Monday night stop at the Orpheum in Ybor City, where they blized Seventh Avenue with a wildly thunderous performance. Joining them were Ghoul, a California thrash metal outfit who have tried to maintain a sense of mystery and anonymity by performing in burlap-sack masks. Brian Mahar was at the show and he shared a few photos. Click the headline of this post for a slideshow.

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Jenny McCarthy talks married life, women in comedy, appearing on Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' and more

For nearly 20 years after she exploded into America’s living rooms (and teenage boys’ fantasies) on MTV’s Singled Out, it was kind of a challenge to categorize the comedy of Jenny McCarthy.

“I’ve always admired stand-ups, but I’ve never wanted to do it because it’s such a different art form,” McCarthy said recently by phone from New York. “For me, my comedy’s always just been through my personality — more funny here and there than actually a joke person. That’s kind of the category I put myself in. I write humorous books, do some funny sitcoms, do campy movies, that kind of thing.”

Today, though, McCarthy’s comedic sensibility can be summed up in three words: Dirty, Sexy, Funny. It’s become a hot brand for the actress and TV personality — first as a comedy special on the Epix network, then as radio show (which returns to SiriusXM this fall), and then a summer tour, which stops at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre on Saturday. The show features veteran female comics doing stand-up about sex and drinking, with McCarthy serving as emcee and starring in pre-taped sketches and interstitials. …

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EDC Orlando lineup: Steve Angello, Cedric Gervais, Knife Party, Dillon Francis and more

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On Monday, it was officially announced that Tampa's Sunset Music Festival will return on Memorial Day weekend 2015. But if you can't wait until then for two days of head-spinning beats and visuals, you have another option this fall: The Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando.

An outpost of the massively popular EDC Las Vegas, EDC Orlando will return to Orlando's Tinker Field on Nov. 7-8, and on Monday, they officially announced their lineup. Steve Aoki, Cedric Gervais (above), Dillon Francis, Knife Party, Steve Angello, the Bloody Beetroots' Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, Alesso, Dash Berlin, Datsik, Above and Beyond, Arty, Aly and Fila, W and W, Tritonal, Thomas Gold, Sander Van Doorn, Flosstradamus, Cosmic Gate and Dirtyphonics are among the biggest names on the bill.

In keeping with the "carnival" portion of the EDM festival's name, Tinker Field will also have carnival rides, live art and midway performers. Tickets are on sale now for $48 and up. Click here for details.

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Want to see 5 Seconds of Summer perform a private, acoustic set in Tampa?

Well, this should be a madhouse -- and one of the most popular contests 93.3-FLZ has ever conducted.

Australian boy-rockers 5 Seconds of Summer, who performed at this year's MTV Video Music Awards after scoring teenybopper hits in She Looks So Perfect and Don't Stop, will play an intimate, acoustic set for contest winners on Oct. 3, before their concert with One Direction at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

As with all 93.3-FLZ contests, you can win tickets by listening to the radio (particularly The Kane Show at 7:25 a.m. from Sept. 22 to Oct. 3), or you can enter via email by clicking here. Either way, you can bet the station will be flooded with entries.

Click here for more details on 5 Seconds of Summer's acoustic performance in Tampa.

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Michael Franti talks yoga, Ferguson, American reggae, Chillin' Music Fest and more

Spend a minute surfing Michael Franti’s website. By the time you’ve read up on his summer yoga workshops, studied his recipe for an oilless salad dressing, absorbed some free guitar lessons and watched him dump ice water on Apple CEO Tim Cook for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, you realize: Franti is no longer just a musician. At home, online and in concert, he’s a full-on lifestyle guru.

“I want our shows to be like an experience, from the time people get there and go into the parking lot to when they leave at the end of the night,” said Franti, calling from his home in San Francisco. “I want people to feel almost like it’s a vacation and be able to experience, of course, great music and great dancing, but also great food and activities to do before and after the show.” …

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97X Next Big Thing lineup: Fall Out Boy, Young the Giant, Alt-J, more coming to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg

Fall Out Boy may have spent three years on hiatus, but you’d never know it from how strongly they’ve come back.

A year ago, they sold out the USF Sun Dome. This summer, they drew 16,000 fans to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. And on Dec. 6, they’ll headline the 14th annual 97X Next Big Thing festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg — arguably the festival’s biggest headliner to date.

The rest of the Next Big Thing 14 lineup is loaded with dynamic young alt-rock bands — Young the Giant, Alt-J, New Politics, J. Roddy Walston and the Business — and only one holdover from 2013, reggae-rock outfit the Dirty Heads. Big Data, Bear Hands and Young Rising Sons round out the bill.

Many of those names will feel familiar to Tampa Bay fans. Over the past year, New Politics, Big Data, Bear Hands and Walston have played free shows for 97X fans. Dirty Heads and Young the Giant have both sold out Jannus Live (and Young the Giant recently opened for Kings of Leon in Tampa). …

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Review / photos: Ty Segall hits the Skatepark of Tampa for raucous, jam-packed show

Ty Segall performed at the Skatepark of Tampa on Sept. 12, 2014.

Photo by Brian Mahar.

Ty Segall performed at the Skatepark of Tampa on Sept. 12, 2014.

One thing that can be said about Friday’s sold-out, sweaty, swarming Ty Segall concert at the Skatepark of Tampa: it's a good thing it got moved from Epic Problem.

As great as it is to catch a critically acclaimed act in a venue as intimate as the DIY punk room, it always seemed like too small a space for Segall. And sure enough, the raucous crowd packed the room to the rafters even in the considerably larger Skatepark of Tampa next door.

Segall is somewhat unique as an artist, with endless indie cred while being openly influenced by classic rock. At the same time, he's a fierce live presence with crowds moshing and stage diving like the audience of a hardcore show at, well, Epic Problem.

The Skatepark of Tampa proved itself a worthy venue replacement. SPoT founder Brian Schaefer took the stage to say the show reminded him of the anniversary party concerts that used to be held at the skatepark. And there’s an undeniable novelty to a show where skaters are cruising a bowl behind you.Full Story

Review: Good Graeff rock and roll on Tampa's TECO Streetcar System

Indie folk-pop act Good Graeff performs aboard the TECO Streetcar on Sept. 6, 2014.

Photo by Demetrius Freeman

Indie folk-pop act Good Graeff performs aboard the TECO Streetcar on Sept. 6, 2014.

As the metallic chime of the TECO Streetcar bell rang, the crowd settled into the wooden seats and sat at attention as Brooke and Brittany Graeff began their two-hour music set.

"We are Good Graeff, it rhymes with safe," said 26-year old Brittany as she introduced her twin sister and herself to the crowd of 70 riders aboard the streetcar departing from Ybor City on Sept. 6.

The band performed as one of the featured acts during last year's inaugural Gasparilla Music Festival and organizers chose them to be part of the streetcar music series, a partnership between GMF and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transport Authority, designed to provide a sample of Tampa's local music scene while showcasing the city's transportation options.

"First we thought it was for a video and then we found out that we were going to be providing entertainment for the people on the trolley and then we were like, 'That sounds so much more rewarding,'" said Brittany when recalling the invitation to perform for the series.

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Review: Bro Safari lights up the Amphitheatre in Tampa with infectious party beats

Bro Safari and MC Sharpness perform at the Amphitheatre in Ybor City on Sept. 12, 2014.

Photo by Ray Roa.

Bro Safari and MC Sharpness perform at the Amphitheatre in Ybor City on Sept. 12, 2014.

To the concerned parents of Tampa Bay: your kids are alright.

Yes, Friday night did find them leaving the house clad in obnoxious fluorescent trucker hats and muscle-exposing tank tops all accented by Mickey Mouse-esque white gloves (“What the heck are those for, anyway?”). And yes, to confirm your suspicions, some of your kids did change into furry boots and skimpy shorts. A few even brought full-body costumes, transforming themselves into purple dragons, puffins and at least one panda bear.

Be happy, though, because your offspring and almost 1,000 of their closest friends were all very safely contained within the walls of 1609 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City.

That’s where they queued up for a midnight line that almost wrapped around the block while New Hampshire-based producer Gabe Baer (a.k.a. CRNKN) treated early birds to Kanye West remixes with James Brown vocal samples spliced in. That’s where they grinded liberally against their boyfriends, girlfriends, and “Hi, nice to meet you” friends. It’s where a few more coordinated souls whipped LED nunchucks around like dance floor ninjas. And it’s where they gather almost each and every Friday night for Amphitheatre’s “# Fridays,” one of Cigar City’s best attended weekly club nights.

Friday was particularly special thanks to Nick Weiller, better known as Texas DJ and producer Bro Safari. The 35-year-old came to Tampa on a hot streak. He’s fresh off shows with EDM Jesus (a.k.a. Skrillex), and while Weiller’s roots lie in the drum and bass of production collective Evol Intent, his solo set leaned heavily on trap, a strain of electronic dance music derived from Southern hip hop that is marked by aggressive beats, sped-dp synth, high-pitched claps and cymbals all anchored by bellowing bass. In a rap context, trap is usually accompanied by lyrics chronicling the very real-life things that happen when one is dealing narcotics. On today’s modern dance floor, sans words, trap is one of the more high-energy subgenres of the electronic music taking over the world.

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SoundBytes: Josh Groban, Bassjackers, JJ Grey, Jukebox the Ghost and more

-- Guess who's headlining this year's Evening in New Delhi Starlight Gala, benefitting the Florida Hospital Foundation? None other than popera prettyboy (and all-around charming gent) Josh Groban. If you've got at least $500 to drop on a ticket, you can see him on Nov. 9 at the Amalie Arena (formerly the Tampa Bay Times Forum). The event is only one of dozens on our annual list of high-dollar charity events; other celebs coming to town for fall charity events include Dick Vitale, Henry Winkler, Diana Nyad and Carl Hiassen. Click here for Amy Scherzer's full story.

-- Speaking of Carl Hiassen: He'll be at this year's Times Festival of Reading, Oct. 25 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Other big names include authors Debbie Macomber and R.L. Stine as well as The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi. Click here for the full Festival of Reading scoop. …

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