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SoundBytes: Charlie Wilson, K. Michelle, Tycho, Eric Prydz and more

-- Soul music icon Charlie Wilson is bringing his arena show back to Tampa Bay. Wilson's Forever Charlie Tour will hit Amalie Arena on June 20 with special guests Kem and Joe. Tickets are $48-$98. Click here.

-- Three new shows have been announced for the Mahaffey Theater: Comic Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) on June 26 ($32.50-$62.50, click here); radio personality Wendy Williams on July 18 ($39-$79, click here); and funk and dance legend Chaka Khan on Nov. 13 ($42.50-$75.50, click here).

-- Chillwave/ambient DJ/producer Tycho is coming to the Ritz Ybor on June 9. Tickets are $20. Click here.

-- Counting Crows are coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 31 along with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown. Tickets are $53.25-$145. Click here.

-- Budding R&B diva K. Michelle is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 22. Tickets are $43.75-$125. Click here.

-- American Idols Live willl return to Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 7 for an "intimate evening" with this season's top 5 finalists. Tickets go on sale at noon Friday. Click here.

-- Yes and Toto are teaming up for a classic rock-a-thon on Aug. 23 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $53.75-$165. Click here. …

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Tig Notaro coming to the Palladium in St. Petersburg

The last time Tig Notaro came to Tampa Bay, she was a beloved but cult comic who had yet to pop on the mainstream radar -- which is why her show took place in the incredibly cool, incredibly cozy New World Brewery.

Now, though, Notaro is one of the most acclaimed alternative comics alive, a favorite of everyone from Louis C.K. to Sarah Silverman and a Grammy nominee for her revolutionary 2013 special LIVE. Now she's on her way back to Tampa Bay, and the venue is still super-cool and small ... but, understandably, not as small as before.

Notaro will perform at he 185-seat Side Door cabaret theater at St. Petersburg's Palladium, it was announced this week. Tickets are on sale now for $23.75. Click here for details. …

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Ticket Window: Ed Sheeran, Sublime with Rome, Rascal Flatts, Counting Crows and more

A huge edition of Ticket Window this week thanks to a slew of new concert announcements. Here are some of the Tampa Bay concerts and events going on sale this week:

K. Michelle (May 22, Ruth Eckerd Hall), 97X BBQ (May 23, Vinoy Park), Burgatory Fest (May 23, Local 662), Tycho (June 9, Ritz Ybor), Chris Tucker (June 12, Straz Center), Charlie Wilson with KEM (June 20, Amalie Arena), Luche Libre Expectacular (June 27, Bradenton Area Convention Center), mewithoutYou (July 4, Local 662), American Idols Live (July 7, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Rascal Flatts (July 12, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre), Wendy Williams (July 18, Mahaffey Theater), Counting Crows (July 31, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Sublime With Rome with Rebelution and Pepper (Aug. 14, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre), Yes with Toto (Aug. 23, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Ed Sheeran (Sept. 10, Amalie Arena), Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives (Oct. 1, Amway Center), and the Chillin' Music Fest (Oct. 17, Curtis Hixon Park).

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

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This week in Tampa: Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Austin Mahone, Nas and more

If you're a music nerd, the highlight of your weekend is Record Store Day, featuring hundreds of vinyl releases at just about every record shop in the area. Some, including Microgroove and Mojo Books and Music in Tampa, will also have live music. For our full Record Store Day 2015 preview, click here.

Covering the rest of the live music scene this week -- including Jimmy Buffett (above), Bob Dylan, Nas, Austin Mahone, Daddy Yankee, Roberta Flack, Sage Francis, the Ting Tings, Lita Ford, Peter Hook and the Light, Dance Gavin Dance, Crizzly, Cherub, Tommy Trash and more -- is Ray Roa...Full Story

Sublime With Rome, Rebelution, Pepper, more coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

We knew it was only a matter of time before the bands behind America's modern reggae-rock started teaming up for major package tours. It's already happening this July in St. Pete with a Vinoy Park show by Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads. And now it's happening in Tampa.

Sublime With Rome, Rebelution, Pepper and Mickey Avalon are coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 14, bringing a taste of the California coast to our most sweltering summer month. Tickets are $19.50-$59.50, and they go on sale, obviously, on 4/20, this coming Monday. Click here for details.

It's worth noting that while Sublime will always be the undisputed emperors of this genre, the modern incarnation of "Sublime With Rome" only includes one of Sublime's key members, bassist Eric Wilson. Frontman Bradley Nowell, of course, died in 1996, and drummer Bud Gaugh left in 2011. Their replacements, Rome Ramirez and Josh Freese, are pros with solid resumes, so it should still be a, um, sublime show.

Either way, many people may simply be turning out for Rebelution, who sold out back-to-back nights at Jannus Live last summer; or Pepper, who could probably do the same.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Incubus, Deftones coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

It's been a huge week for late-'90s alt-rock revivalists. First Sublime With Rome announces a concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre; now Incubus and Deftones are doing the same.

The two bands -- among the most melodic, thoughtful and popular of the Nu Metal explosion -- will bring their co-headlining summer tour to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 13. Joining them will be Death From Above 1979 and The Bots. Tickets are $18-$92.50, and they go on sale April 24. Click here for details.

The critically acclaimed Deftones (My Own Summer (Shove It), Change (In the House of Flies)) are regular performers in these parts, but it'll be a welcome comeback for Incubus, who have been largely inactive over the last two years. They're working on a new album, so you may hear new songs in addition to classics like Drive, Megalomaniac, Wish You Were Here and Pardon Me. …

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Review / photos: The Who launch farewell tour with smashing show at Tampa's Amalie Arena

The Who kicked off the North American leg of their "The Who Hits 50!" farewell tour at Tampa's Amalie Arena on April 15, 2015.

Luis Santana

The Who kicked off the North American leg of their "The Who Hits 50!" farewell tour at Tampa's Amalie Arena on April 15, 2015.

If this really is their last, long lap around these United States, at least The Who aren’t f-f-fading away.

At Wednesday’s North American kickoff to their The Who Hits 50! Tour, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend wailed and windmilled through a lifetime of rock 'n' roll in two frenzied hours before a crowd of 11,894 at Tampa’s Amalie Arena. Their days of smashing guitars and exploding drums may be long gone, but the show they’ll ride into retirement is still a wildly kicking good time.

"Who'da thought it?” Daltrey, 71, said upon walking onstage, before the first note had even been struck. “It must be the end of the week. At least that's when we thought it would last til."

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Record Store Day preview: Giveaways, parties, live music and a Daddy Kool 7-inch by Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band

Josh "The Reverend" Peyton stopped by Daddy Kool Records to sign copies of a 7-inch vinyl single he produced in conjunction with the shop.

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Josh "The Reverend" Peyton stopped by Daddy Kool Records to sign copies of a 7-inch vinyl single he produced in conjunction with the shop.

On a day earmarked for celebrating record stores worldwide, Daddy Kool Records is taking the concept of DIY to a whole new level.

The St. Petersburg store has partnered with bluesy Indiana roustabouts the Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band to release an official 7-inch single exclusively for Record Store Day 2015. Five hundred copies will be distributed nationwide, including 15 — all autographed — at Daddy Kool.

The 7-inch includes Josh "the Reverend" Peyton's solo take on two blues standards: Willie Dixon's You Can't Judge a Book By Looking at the Cover, made famous by Bo Diddley; and Charley Patton's Some These Days I'll Be Gone. Both were recorded at Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville, in the same Voice-o-Graph recording booth used to record Neil Young's 2014 LP A Letter Home.

While it may not be the highest-profile release hitting shelves this Record Store Day, its limited quantity — and Rev. Peyton's devoted fan base — made it an attractive order for stores stocking inventory. Record stores snapped up all 500 copies within 24 hours, said Daddy Kool co-owner Tony Rifugiato.

For our complete Record Store Day 2015 preview -- including all the parties, giveaways, deals, specials, live music and unique releases at Tampa Bay's independent record stores -- click here.Full Story

Gallery: Lance Bass sings 'Walking on Air' at Club Liquid in Ybor City

Lance Bass at Club Liquid in Ybor City. The former NSYNC member performed "Walking on Air.''

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Lance Bass at Club Liquid in Ybor City. The former NSYNC member performed "Walking on Air.''

Former NSYNC member Lance Bass on Saturday night performed his song Walking on Air featuring Bella Blue at Club Liquid in Ybor City as part of the club's 3-year anniversary party celebration. Bass also posed for photos and did a meet and greet after performing his song. 

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Garth Brooks adds third concert at Tampa's Amalie Arena

We knew Garth Brooks tickets would be hot commodities when they went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, and as expected, demand has spurred the country icon to add another show in Tampa.

In addition to his previously announced concerts at 7 p.m. June 5 and 6, Brooks has just added a 10:30 p.m. concert on June 6. Tickets remain $74.98, all inclusive, but if you want them, you better act fast, because they're flying off Ticketmaster's digital shelves.

Click here for details. And stay tuned for further updates.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Welcome to tbt*'s 2015 Ultimate Local Music Guide!

Since tbt* launched its annual Ultimate Local Music Guide in 2007, we’ve shined a spotlight on more than 90 of our favorite local acts from all genres. And while we always like to think of each year’s issue as a snapshot of the Tampa Bay music scene, it’s always fun to look back and see where our top artists ended up.

Some have signed to big labels and toured internationally (Set It Off, Merchandise, Dynasty). Many release inventive new music every year (Zulu Wave, Alexander and the Grapes, Polyenso, Wolf-Face). Plenty changed direction or broke up; a few eventually got back together. One Ultimate Local Artist, the Hip Abduction, played tbt*’s 10th anniersary party last fall at Jannus Live. Another actually writes for tbt*Aaron Lepley, formerly of November Foxtrot Whiskey and currently of Funny Bunny. (Check out his work here!). …

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Jensen Serf Company: Breaking out of the garage

Jensen Serf Company

Luis Santana

Jensen Serf Company

(Welcome to tbt*’s 2015 Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Up next: Surf-styled garage punks Jensen Serf Company.)

In March, Jensen Serf Company played the Spring Beer Fling, a contemporary take on the ’60s beach party with Georgia garage group the Black Lips replacing the Beach Boys and craft beers replacing Cokes.

It was a fitting venue for the St. Pete duo, whose music melds surf rock riffs with garage and grunge fuzz — the dual influence of “Beach Boys and Nirvana,” said vocalist and drummer Ben Saylor.

“I grew up listening to surf music,” he said. “My dad loves that s--- — (he) grew up surfing and actually listening to Beach Boys on the radio.”

Saylor and guitarist Peter Kokkinakos, both 22, have been friends since childhood and playing music together nearly as long. Saylor got a drum set and Kokkinakos got a guitar in fifth grade and they soon started playing in mostly punk and hardcore bands (“terrible middle school renditions of noise,” Saylor said). …

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This week in Tampa: The Who, Tampa Bay Blues Festival, USF Bullstock and more

Wild week of music ahead in Tampa Bay, with concerts by everyone from The Who to Diarrhea Planet, but let's start with the weekend's biggest fest, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival, featuring Boz Scaggs (above), Tower of Power, Tab Benoit and more. It kicks off with pre-parties tonight at the Palladium, and continues through Sunday at Vinoy Park.

Other acts coming to Tampa Bay this weekend: Young the Giant, American Authors, Smokey Robinson, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Orchestra, Needlz, Extreme, Plain White T's, Rodney Atkins, KC and the Sunshine Band, Josh Turner, Orgy, Flux Pavilion, Matt Pond PA, the Mavericks and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...Full Story

UNRB: Smart, fun-loving ska for the masses

(Welcome to tbt*’s 2015 Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Up next: Energetic ska outfit UNRB.)

You’d have to be comatose to not fall in love with UNRB during one of their live shows.

Part musical performance, part celebration, a set from the four-year-old St. Pete ska outfit is not something you can unsee. It’s pure, unadulterated, forget-you’re-an-adult-for-45-minutes fun.

“The UNRB approach is fairly simple: show up, play music, have fun,” said frontman Noel Rochford. “That formula doesn’t change from show to show, so we always bring our best, whether we’re playing for five people or five thousand.”Full Story

Lions After Dark: For indie rockers, a whirlwind year of sonic growth

Lions After Dark

Laia Gore

Lions After Dark

(Welcome to tbt*’s 2015 Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Up next: Indie rockers Lions After Dark.)

Most would label Lions After Dark an indie rock trio, but they’re much more than what that blanket term connotates.

As their sound has grown and matured over the past three years, it has become less “indie” and more original, unique and all their own. They’ve been leaning towards arrangements more technical in nature, yet still anthemic, rowdy, rambunctious and danceable.

Drummer Curt Pfeiffer lays down a heavy, solid foundation decorated by guitarist Andrew Roden’s blues-fueled, Hendrix-esque riffs and licks. Singer Maddie Pfeiffer, Curt’s sister, is the icing on the musical cake. Her vocal gymnastics are equally alluring, daunting, beautiful and frightening. For their live shows, she recently ditched her floor tom, and opted for an analog Moog synthesizer, which adds a new angle to their aural palette. …

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