If you think Miley Cyrus looks like a human cartoon now, just try to picture her penciled into the universe of Ren and Stimpy.
John Kricfalusi, creator of the twisted early-'90s cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show, assisted with artwork and designs for Cyrus' Bangerz Tour, which hits the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 20. And when Cyrus sat down for a brainstorming session with the artist, "I've never been so star-struck on someone," she said in a recent press teleconference. "I was sitting there at dinner with him, and he just sat there and drew, I'm not kidding, for two hours — pages on pages on pages, every single angle of me, when we were at dinner. I've never been so excited for someone, because I'm a big fan of Ren & Stimpy."
Fitting, right? While Lady Gaga is off name-dropping Jeff Koons, and Jay Z is all about Picasso, baby, our gal Miley is fangirling out over a Nickelodeon cartoon like the subversive pop prodigy she is.
Imagine, for a moment, the challenge Kricfalusi faced. As the most debated and dissected pop artist of the past year, the 21-year-old Cyrus has become a living, breathing spectacle in her own right, merely by twerking down the street. How does one amplify her striking style and outsized persona for an arena-sized stage?
Find out when Cyrus and Icona Pop come to the Forum at 7 p.m. March 20. Tickets are $19.50-$89.50. Click here for details.
For more of Miley Cyrus' thoughts on the influences and impact of her Bangerz Tour, click here.Full Story
-- It appears Sky Ferreira has dropped out of this leg of Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour, which hits the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 20, due to injury. Bummer. So if you were on the fence about attending this one, this might be a good enough reason to sit it out.
-- Don't know when this was announced, but YES: One of our favorite rappers alive, Freddie Gibbs, is finally coming to Tampa, opening for Tech N9ne at the Ritz Ybor on April 15. Hopefully this doesn't mean Gibbs is getting into horrorcore, but we suspect his upcoming album with Madlib, Pinata, is proof that he isn't. Click here for more of Gibbs' tour dates.
-- Kardashian alert! Kim-, Khloe- and Kourtney-affiliated bro Brody Jenner will be coming to ampa this Sunday to host and perform a DJ set at Hogan's Beach. Tickets are $10-$15. Click here.
-- More Hogan's Beach DJ action: Brazzabelle and Helena on March 23; tickets are $10-$15; click here; and Canadian duo Zeds Dead on April 27; tickets are $17.50-$25; click here.
-- Some interesting upcoming comedy shows worth noting: Tom Arnold (April 25-26, Side Splitters), Bert Kreischer (May 9-10, Improv) and wrestling star Mick Foley (May 15, Side Splitters). …Full Story
Free concerts are good. But you know what's really great? A free festival.
So we're mighty intrigued by this year's Summerland Tour, which features founders Everclear and fellow '90s-rock heroes Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog -- and which is promising a free concert in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park on June 14.
According to Ticketfly and a rep for Everclear, the June 14 event will run from 2 to 9 p.m.. That seems like a long time for just four bands; maybe this concert will end up being part of a larger, yet-to-be-determined event. Either way, general admission tickets are indeed free, and VIP admission are just $29.75, which is not a bad deal in and of itself. We'll bring you further details on this concert as they become available.
Last year's Summerland Tour, which brought Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge to the Mahaffey Theater, was an unexpected hoot, with Live's set ranking among our favorite local concerts of the year. So dismiss this cavalcade of '90s rockers at your own risk.
Click here and here for details on Summerland 2014.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*Full Story
We're staring down an amazing week of hip-hop, with concerts on the way by 2 Chainz and Pusha T; Schoolboy Q; Tyler, the Creator; and, um, Vanilla Ice. But the biggest event of next week is Miley Cyrus' return to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, with fellow firestarting femmes Icona Pop in tow.
Here to walk you through those shows, as well as Children of Bodom, Jim Brickman, Aaron Neville, 3OH!3, La Dispute, Capleton, Pianos Become the Teeth, the Nighthawks, Breathe Carolina, DJ Skribble, Between the Buried and Me, King Parrot and more, is Ray Roa...
Every so often, a week comes along when the calendar is simply packed with massive comedy acts. This is that week.
Friday brings Joan Rivers to the Capitol Theatre. Saturday brings Katt Williams to the USF Sun Dome. Sunday brings Aziz Ansari, above, to the Mahaffey Theater. And Bill Cosby comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Sunday and the Lakeland Center on Monday. Throw in Suzanne Westenhoefer at the Palladium, Joy Koy at the Improv and Jim Florentine at Side Splitters, and there's quality comedy everywhere you look this weekend.
Stephanie Hayes pitted the four biggest acts of the weekend against one another to find out whose show is the hottest. Click here for her story.Full Story
In addition to all of the concerts with tickets going on sale this weekend, you might want to consider buying a ticket to the Magic of the Movies & Technical Awards show, April 25 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Held on the eve of the International Indian Film Academy's annual awards -- the so-called "Bollywood Oscars" -- it'll celebrate the music of Ustaad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, above, a well-known Indian musician. Other artists scheduled to perform include Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Farhan Akthar, Bipasha Basu and composer Pritam. Click here for ticket info.
Other concerts with tickets going on sale this week: Lana Del Rey (April 28, Hard Rock Live), Doobie Brothers (May 4, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Taste of Pinellas with the Blues Brothers, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Bruce Hornsby, Loverboy and KC and the Sunshine Band (May 9-10, Albert Whitted Park), Deer Tick with Langhorne Slim (May 14, Crowbar), Kid Ink (May 21, Ritz Ybor), the Menzingers (July 2, 2014) and Ray LaMontagne with Jenny Lewis (July 10, Ruth Eckerd Hall).
Click here for this week's edition of Ticket Window.Full Story
If you like free music, for the next week and a half, Jannus Live is where you want to be.
On March 20, Colorado electro-pop outfit 3OH!3 will play a concert that's free for USF-St. Petersburg students (the rest of us will have to pay $15). On March 28, 97X and Natty Light are sponsoring a free concert by reggae-rockers Ballyhoo! and Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime.
And on March 29, Queens rapper Ja Rule, known for turn-of-the-millennium party jams Put It On Me, Always on Time and Mesmerize, will throw down in a free party sponsored by Hot 101.5.
Just because it's free doesn't necessarily mean you can get in, though. According to the station, the only way to guarantee entry is with a ticket, and those can only be picked up at ticket drops around the Tampa Bay Area. Look for them at a host of area hotspots, starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the Toasted Monkey, 6100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.
Click here for all the details on Ja Rule's free show at Jannus Live.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*Full Story
Jason Isbell performs for 6,000 fans at the Gasparilla Music Festival on May 9, 2014.
After months and months of preparation, and several nearly sleepless nights, by the time Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue closed out the 2014 Gasparilla Music Festival on Sunday, exhausted executive director Ty Rodriguez was primed for an emotional release.
“I got to have my kids come up to Trombone Shorty onstage with me,” Rodriguez said, “and my daughter, who’s 11, and she’s got a wicked memory, she tugged on my shoulders and said, ‘I remember you talking about wanting to be a band manager. Look at what you did.’ And I lost it.”
Two days later — including eight much-needed hours of sleep — Rodriguez was finally able to reflect on the third annual Gasparilla Music Festival, which drew more than 15,000 fans to Curtis Hixon Park this past weekend, including more than 9,000 for the Flaming Lips on Saturday and 6,000 for Trombone Shorty on Sunday.
Considering this was the first year GMF had expanded from one to two days, it’s that last number that has Rodriguez most excited. “We feel exuberant about (Sunday’s) turnout,” he said. “We would have been happy with anything over 2,000. Sunday was the same thought as Year 1 — if we got more than 2,000 or 3,000 people, we would be ecstatic.” …Full Story
For the first time in two years, Taste of Pinellas is coming back to St. Petersburg, with a ton of live music in tow.
Pat Benatar (above) and Neil Giraldo, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Loverboy, KC and the Sunshine Band and the Blues Brothers — yes, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi themselves — will headline this year’s Taste of Pinellas, May 9-10 at an all new venue, Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg.
As always, there will be food from various local restaurants, fireworks, a family zone and more. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the gate and $75 for VIP. They’ll be available starting at noon Friday via Ticketmaster, the Mahaffey Theater box office, All Children’s Hospital and all local Rally stores. …Full Story
The last time rust-voiced troubadour Ray LaMontagne came to Ruth Eckerd Hall, he performed with the late, legendary Levon Helm. This time around, he'll be returning with another beloved -- if much younger -- musical figure.
LaMontagne is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 10 alongside Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, who hasn't played a solo show in Tampa Bay that we know of. L.A. indie duo the Belle Brigade will open the show. Tickets are $53.25-$125 and will go on sale soon. Click here.
LaMontagne is already a proven draw, a soulful acolyte of The Band and Nick Drake perhaps best known for his 2005 single Trouble, which found eternal life in a commercial for Travelers Insurance. But Lewis is an exciting addition in her own right. The former child actress (Troop Beverly Hills) became an indie-rock heroine through Rilo Kiley, but has perservered through her solo and collaborative recordings with artists like The Postal Service, Elvis Costello, Bright Eyes and the Killers' Brandon Flowers.
For the singer-songwriter set, this may be the can't-miss show of the summer.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*Full Story
Put a daisy in your hair and practice your poutiest, most smoldering glares, because the most buzzed-about artist of 2012 is finally coming to Florida.
Indie chanteuse Lana Del Rey is coming to Orlando's Hard Rock Live on April 28, the venue has announced. Tickets are $43-$58, and they'll go on sale Friday. Click here.
Thanks to noirish singles Blue Jeans and Video Games -- not to mention her model-good looks and appealingly retro style -- the singer once known as Lizzy Grant was endlessly debated and dissected before her debut album as Lana Del Rey, Born to Die, even hit shelves. Was she a manufactured superstar-to-be? A product of breathless blog hype? A genuinely original talent?
Now that the buzz has died down, critics and an ever-growing number of fans are beginning to appreciate Del Rey anew. A remix of Born to Die's Summertime Sadness became a huge pop hit, winning a Grammy for producer/remixer Cedric Gervais. And she was mentioned as a possible Oscar contender for her song Young and Beautiful from The Great Gatsby. …Full Story
Call it the Home tour.
Both Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry have released singles by that name -- Daughtry in 2007, the Dolls in 2010 -- so maybe they'll play each version together when they team up for a tour this summer.
The two radio rock powerhouses will bring their roadshow to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 21, according to their websites. A third hit-friendly outfit, Plain White T's, will open the show. Prices haven't been announced, but according to the Goo Goo Dolls' website, they'll go on sale March 22. Click here.
Between the Dolls (Iris, Name, Slide, Black Balloon), Daughtry (Home, It's Not Over, Crawling Back To You) and the T's (Hey There Delilah), it'll be a night full of scream-along hits. Get those vocal cords some rest.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue perform at the Gasparilla Music Festival on March 8, 2014 in Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa.
I heard a rumor on Sunday that Wayne Coyne’s “F--- YEAH TAMPA” balloon ultimately came to rest on the front porch of some unsuspecting family in Tampa Heights. Not your usual Sunday wake-up call, that’s for sure.
But maybe, for at least one family, it was a reminder that this year’s Gasparilla Music Festival was two days, not one, and the crowd that descended on downtown Tampa for the festival’s second day was perhaps even more laid back and loosey-goosey than on Saturday.
In contrast to the chilly, surreal spectacle of the Flaming Lips' Saturday-night set, Sunday brought beach-blanket weather to Curtis Hixon Park, and the riverside half of the park became a patchwork of quilts, sundresses and dancing families. And the lineup was a touch more all-ages accessible than Saturday’s, with big brass, global grooves and singer-songwriters taking center stage. Full Story
The Flaming Lips perform at the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa on March 8, 2014.
Leave it to Wayne Coyne to say what everyone’s been thinking the last three years: “F--- YEAH TAMPA.”
The Flaming Lips’ frontman unleashed a massive silver balloon bearing that profane but apt message at the outset of their headlining set at Saturday’s Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa. And while the balloon quickly floated into the atmosphere – on its way, no doubt, to petrify some unlucky homeowner in Palma Ceia – the message stuck with of the thousands of fans who packed the park.
For the third straight year, the Gasparilla Music Festival showcased the best of Tampa music, food and culture for a demographer’s dream of a crowd – the young and the old, hipsters and hippies, artists and young professionals, all enjoying a laid-back yet lively afternoon hang. Aside from one confusing snafu near the end, when the Flaming Lips abruptly ended their set without an encore, the festival showed no signs of growing pains as it grew from one to two days.
Eff yeah, Tampa, indeed. Or, in the words of Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who greeted the crowd from the main stage: “Tampa’s got its swagger back!” (Well, hey, we can’t all deliver our messages via foul-mouthed balloon, can we?) Full Story
Wild 94.1's Wild Splash brought artists including Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B., Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, Kid Ink and Far East Movement to Clearwater's Coachman Park on March 8, 2014.
It was seven hours after the gates to Clearwater’s Coachman Park opened that Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa crooned his hit Young, Wild & Free for nearly 15,000 screaming coeds and fans, but the entire day embodied the sentiment.
Wild 94.1’s annual Spring Break concert Wild Splash sold out four days before the show, bringing young people from schools around the state and some who were returning home from schools around the nation. They wore bikini tops and shorts in defiance to the unseasonably chilly 60-degree weather and danced along with each as if it would be their last opportunity.
Feeding off that enthusiasm each of the seven hip-hop acts tried to deliver a high-octane performance to stoke the crowd’s inner fires and keep them from shivering.Full Story