-- Jennifer Nettles, the massively voiced singer of chart-topping country duo Sugarland, is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Oct. 24 in support of her forthcoming second solo album. She'll be joined once again by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Brandy Clark, as well as Ryan Kinder. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but according to Nettles' website, they'll go on sale Sept. 4. Click here.
-- Rapper French Montana has been added to Chris Brown's One Hell of a Nite Tour, which hits the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 4. Also on the bill are Migos, Fetty Wap, Omarion, Kid Ink and Teyana Taylor, making this a festival-grade affair. Click here.
-- Some big-name DJs coming to the Amphitheatre this fall: Andrew Rayel (Sept. 26, tickets are $15-$20); Figure (Nov. 25) and Mija (Dec. 11, $10-$15). Click here for a full lineup.
-- DJ trio Keys N Krates are returning to Tampa for the third time this year with a concert at the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 22. Early bird tickets are on sale now for $15. Click here.
-- Leftover Crack, All Torn Up! and Days N Daze are coming to the Orpheum on Nov. 4. Tickets are $12-$15. Click here. …Full Story
Alt-rock station 97X has announced its annual 97X Next Big Thing lineup, and it's heavy on young, alt-rock powerhouses like Twenty One Pilots and Shut Up and Dance hitmakers Walk the Moon, above.
But here's the big news: Next Big Thing is moving back to Tampa.
The annual radio festival will return to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre after spending the last three years in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. This year's 97X Next Big Thing will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today.
Now, on to the 97X Next Big Thing lineup. It's a younger-skewing slate than in years past, topped by Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon and Icelandic folk-rockers Of Monsters and Men. Joining them all are Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Robert DeLong, X Ambassadors, Saint Motel, Glass Animals, Coleman Hell, Borns, Boots and Pvris. At least one more band will be added in September, as well as a local band down the line.
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We're in the dog days of August, which means a lull in the Tampa Bay concert calendar before things start back up again for Labor Day weekend in September. But there's still some good music if you know where to look: Earl Sweatshirt (above), Kip Winger, Lita Ford, Audien, Tribal Seeds, Fear Factory, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Layzie Bone, Jauz, Dex Romweber, Remy Banks and lots of good local acts, too. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...Full Story
Tampa Bay comedy fans have been waiting for years for a local performance by Patton Oswalt, who finally hits the Straz Center in Tampa on Saturday (click here for details).
Oswalt is not only beloved for his stand-up, but his acting, his geekiness and his status as a renowned Twitter commentator, especially on the subject of comedy.
But that, he said in a recent email interview, does not give everyone the right to critique issues related to his chosen profession.
"The people complaining about comedy aren't funny," Oswalt said in a recent email interview. "I'm happy to take criticism from other funny people, but not from the dull and exasperated."
For more of Andrew Meacham's interview with Patton Oswalt, click here.Full Story
Some big concerts got announced this week, but none are bigger than The Weeknd, one of the breakout pop/R&B acts of this year, coming to Tampa a week before Christmas.
Other Tampa Bay concerts and events with tickets going on sale this week: Lavell Crawford (Oct. 10, Capitol Theatre), Insane Clown Posse and P.O.D. (Oct. 12, Orpheum), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Oct. 20-25, Straz Center), U.S. Women's National Soccer Team vs. Brazil (Oct. 25, Citrus Bowl), So You Think You Can Dance? (Oct. 27, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Public Image Ltd. (Nov. 6, State Theatre), A Silent Film (Nov. 16, Crowbar), Katharine McPhee (Nov. 21, Capitol Theatre), Hate Eternal (Nov. 24, State Theatre), Mac Miller (Dec. 1, Ritz Ybor), The Mavericks (Dec. 5, Capitol Theatre), Northlane and Volumes (Dec. 9, Orpheum), Bowzer's Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Party (Dec. 11, Ruth Eckerd Hall), The Weeknd (Dec. 17, Amalie Arena), Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, Raymond James Stadium), Underoath (March 16, Jannus Live), Chris Botti (April 7, Capitol Theatre) and ABBA the Concert (April 16, Ruth Eckerd Hall).
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When it comes to festival branding, it doesn't get much bigger or more colorful than the Electric Daisy Carnival, an EDM bacchanal that has staged enormous concerts in Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, Puerto Rico and numerous other locales around the globe.
One such hotspot: Orlando, which this week released its 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival lineup.
Calvin Harris (above), Kaskade, DJ Snake, Tiesto, Bassnectar, Eric Prydz, Ferry Corsten, Flux Pavilion and Paul van Dyk are among the biggest names on this year's EDC Orlando lineup. Joiing them are dozens of notable support acts, including Audien, Gorgon City, Carnage, Excision, Blasterjaxx, Laidback Luke, Bro Safari, Crizzly and more.
This year's event is Nov. 6 and 7 at Tinker Field, with three stages of music, interactive artwork and numerous carnival rides to keep the party vibe going all night. But with Ultra-level headliners like these, who needs add-ons?
Tickets to EDC Orlando are on sale now for $169 and up ($279 and up for VIP). Click here for all the details on EDC Orlando 2015.
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-- With Donald Trump a major political player, isn't it about time for a Mac Miller renaissance? The Pittsburgh rapper, whose major-label debut GOOD:AM drops Sept. 18, is coming to the Ritz Ybor on Dec. 1. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but keep an eye out here for details.
-- While author, humorist and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman is long overdue for a Tampa Bay appearance, at least we can catch him on Oct. 23 at the Plaza Live in Orlando. Tickets are $25-$36. Click here for details.
-- Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin is coming to the Attic, the new brewery and performance space coming to Ybor City, on Dec. 10. Tickets are $25-$45. Click here.
-- A Silent Film is coming to Crowbar in Ybor City on Nov. 16 alongside Flagship. Tickets are $13-$15. Click here.
-- Want to take part in a Swiss music video shoot? Of course you do. Swiss model and DJ Tanja La Croix is filming a video from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Postcard Inn on the Beach in St. Pete Beach, and they're looking for extras. One catch: You have to register in advance. Click here for details.
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Maybe the second time's a charm.
Doug Benson has announced he's bringing his hugely popular comedy podcast Doug Loves Movies back to the Improv in Ybor City. The show is set for Oct. 31, so expect plenty of Halloween-themed games, costumes and name tags. And as a bonus, it starts at 4:20 p.m., meaning you should have plenty of time to check it out before Taylor Swift or Chvrches that night.
Hopefully, the podcast will actually record this time. Last fall, Benson's inaugural Doug Loves Movies taping in Tampa was marred by a power outage that cost the world a very funny episode featuring Owen Benjamin, Graham Elwood and Tampa's own Matt Fernandez. You can read our recap of the taping here.
For the uninitiated, Doug Loves Movies is a cross between a conversation and a quiz show, with Benson leading his panelists in various film-themed games. The centerpiece of them all is the Leonard Maltin Game, in which comics must guess a movie's title based on hints from Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide -- although he's lately been phasing that game out. So start boning up on games like Build-A-Title, Last Man Stanton and Whose Tagline Is It Anyway? …Full Story
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Fifteen albums into her career, Geri X is finally opening up.
Okay, that’s not entirely true. The Bulgarian-born singer-songwriter is one of Tampa Bay’s most visible artist, thanks in part to her passionate, confessional music. And her packed performance schedule over the past decade means local music fans have had plenty of time to get to know her.
But her new seven-song EP The Low Road “is basically a collection of songs that are new and songs from eight to 10 years ago that have never left my bedroom,” Geri X, 26, said. “I think I’ve only played one of them live, ever. It’s sort of a passion project.”
Self-recorded at home, The Low Road chronicles one of the darker years of Geri’s life, in which she struggled with anxiety, alcohol and the pressures of the road. The resulting EP, she said, is one of the most personal things she’s done since her teenage 2006 debut Radioactive Drool. She’s hand-making a limited batch of 150 copies that’ll include artwork and a lyric “zine.” …Full Story
Last week, news broke that Christian metalcore band Underoath -- one of the most successful bands ever to come out of Tampa Bay, with multiple Grammy nominations and well over a million albums sold -- was reuniting for a performance at the Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, Calif.
Shortly thereafter came the cries from longtime fans: How about a local show, too?
Today, those prayers have been answered.
Underoath is launching a full-on reunion tour next spring, and it'll kick off with a hometown concert on March 16 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, the site of their final concert in January 2013. On this tour, they'll be performing 2004's They're Only Chasing Safety and 2006's Define the Great Line in their entireties. Tickets are $25-$29 and up, and they'll go on sale Friday. Click here, here and here for details.
By the time this tour starts, it'll have been more than three years since Underoath's last show -- not exactly an eternity, especially considering how busy its members have been keeping themselves. …Full Story
-- Looking for something to do with the folks this Thanksgiving weekend? DJ Cedric Gervais is coming to the Amphitheatre on Nov. 28. Tickets are $15-$20. Click here.
-- Country singer Eric Paslay has canceled his Oct. 2 concert at the Straz Center in Tampa "due to scheduling conflicts." Refunds should take place automatically. Click here for details.
-- Punk legend John Lydon of the Sex Pistols is coming to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg with the band that has actually consumed most of his career, Public Image Ltd. Tickets are $29.50-$32, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.
-- Another crop of concerts coming to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater: Comic Lavell Crawford on Oct. 10 ($25-$50, click here), American Idol/Smash alumna Katharine McPhee on Nov. 21 ($50.50-$75.50, click here), The Mavericks on Dec. 5 ($49.50-$69.50, click here) and trumpeter Chris Botti on April 7 ($73-$93, click here).
-- Metalcore outfit Texas In July is bidding farewell to fans with one final tour, and it'll hit the Orpheum on Nov. 12 along with Reflections, To The Wind and Invent/Animate. Tickets are $15-$25. Click here. …Full Story
Has it really been four years since Insane Clown Posse's last local concert?
Yep, the last time Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J gathered the Juggalos in Tampa Bay was all the way back in 2011 at the old Hawaiian Village at the Stadium Green Iguana (remember that? Wow, does time fly).
Before that, INsane Clown Posse were a steadfast presence at the old Jannus Landing, pretty much the only venue in town willing to let the duo to soak their face-painted fans with geysers upon geysers of Faygo. ICP were, in fact, the final act to grace the courtyard stage before its glossier reinvention as Jannus Live.
Well, good things apparently come to those who wait, because ICP are finally on their way back, with a concert scheduled for the Orpheum in Tampa on Oct. 12. Joining them are P.O.D., a headline-worthy act in their own right, as well as Stitches, Young Wicked and Dope D.O.D. Tickets are $25-$50, and they go on sale Friday. Click here for details.Full Story
The story in a nutshell: Charli XCX and Bleachers are canceling the second leg of their fall co-headlining tour, including a Sept. 25 show at Jannus Live.
But Charli XCX and Bleachers' Jack Antanoff are two of the most visible and digitally loquacious musicians of the past year. As such, nothing in their world ever happens "in a nutshell."
So here's the long version.
Blame for the cancellation falls on Charli XCX, who wrote on Facebook that she was backing out of the tour for "personal reasons (including) the fact that I need to be creative." In other words: She's tired of the road and wants to get back to the studio.
"Sometimes touring really puts me in this isolated world where I feel down and sad but primarily I struggle to multitask and write songs at the same time which is what I need to feel OK. I never want to do a show where I just feel like I'm going through the motions. I want to perform and feel alive and like I want to be there and if I force myself to do this, I will not perform a great show for you." …Full Story
Sexy Christmas, everyone!
The Weeknd, the Canadian R&B dynamo who's scored two of the biggest hits of 2015 with Earned It and Can't Feel My Face, is coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 17, the venue announced today. It'll be his second appearance in Tampa, and first since a Straz Center concert that this very blog ranked one of its best of 2013.
The upgrade in venue speaks to just how far the man born Abel Tesfaye has come since crashing the pop music landscape years ago. Once a semi-recluse, refusing to grant interviews or even show his face, he has gradually brought his twisted, psychedelic sex-jam stylings out from the shadows and into the world's bedroom over the past few years, playing late-night TV, headlining major festivals and crashing the Top 40 like a boss. His new album Beauty Behind the Madness, due next week, is a lock to be one of the biggest LPs of the year. …Full Story
Another big week of shows in Tampa Bay is on its way, with concerts by the likes of Tim McGraw (above), Rob Thomas, Umphrey's McGee, Breaking Benjamin, Yes, Toto, Machine Gun Kelly, Donavon Frankenreiter, Cody Simpson, Plain White T's, Beres Hammond, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Young Guns and more. Plus there's Funk Fest, with Jodeci, SWV, Dru Hill, Trick Daddy, 2 Live Crew and more. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa...Full Story