SoundBytes: LeAnn Rimes, Marc Anthony, Gold Panda, moe. and more

-- Grammy-winning country queen (and, lately, a queen of tabloid fodder as well) LeAnn Rimes will return to Tampa on June 6 for a concert at the Hard Rock Cafe inside Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Tickets are $55 and they'll go on sale to the general public April 25.

-- Latin pop megastar Marc Anthony is bringing his "Cambio de Piel Tour" to the Amway Center in Orlando on Oct. 5. Tickets are $59-$126. Click here.

-- Speaking of Latin music in Orlando: SeaWorld has announced the lineup for its 2014 Viva la Musica concert series: Chino & Nacho (April 26), La India (May 3), Victor Manuelle (May 10) and Olga Tanon (May 17). Click here.

-- Jam-band favorites moe. are coming to Jannus Live on July 5. Tickets are $22-$25 and will go on sale April 25. Click here.

-- British rockers You Me At Six are postponning their upcoming concerts -- including a May 9 gig at the State Theatre -- as singer Josh Franceschi has been ordered to go on vocal rest. The new dates will take place this fall, and will be announced soon. Click here. …

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Review: Local Natives warm a packed State Theatre in St. Petersburg with meaningful, memorable melodies

Local Natives performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on April 16, 2014.

Brian Mahar

Local Natives performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on April 16, 2014.

Los Angeles indie outfit Local Natives have steadily gained momentum since their 2009 debut, Gorilla Manor. Some have likened them to the Temper Trap and My Morning Jacket with a sprinkle of Radiohead and Dr. Dog.

Funny thing is, most of my friends have never heard of them. Yet their first show in Tampa Bay, Wednesday night at the State Theatre, was sold out.

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Los Lonely Boys to headline Tampa Bay Margarita Festival in Curtis Hixon Park

The bright minds behind Big City Events have been transforming Tampa's party culture in recent years with events like the Summer of Rum Festival, Tampa Tee Off and Tampa River Lights Festival.

In recent months, they've started getting into the music game, too. March's Spring Beer Fling brought Surfer Blood, Beach Day and others to Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. And on May 24, their Tampa Bay Margarita Festival will bring in the group's biggest headliner to date: Los Lonely Boys.

The Grammy-winning rock trio will headline the Memorial Day weekend event, also scheduled for Curtis Hixon Park. The event runs 2 to 10 p.m. and will feature entertainment all day, though Los Lonely Boys are the only act announced so far.

There will, of course, be plenty of margaritas and tequilas on hand, plus fireworks at the end of the day, but if you just want to hear Heaven, general admission tickets are just $10 until April 30, $15/$20 after. VIP tickets are $75 until April 30, $85-$100 after. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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This week in Tampa: Jimmy Buffett, Future, Record Store Day and more

Archaic Interest

Luis Santana

Archaic Interest

Record Store Day has turned into one of the best local music days of the year, with full days of live, local music in and around record stores all over Tampa Bay, including Mojo Books and Music, Microgroove, Daddy Kool, Planet Retro and Bananas. We here at SoundcheckCorp. are especially excited about tbt*’s annual Ultimate Local Music Showcase, to be held at 7 p.m. at the Local 662, next door to Daddy Kool Records in downtown St. Pete. Five of this year’s Ultimate Local Artists — Good Graeff, Sonic Graffiti, Fowler’s Bluff, Archaic Interest and Mountain Holler (a.k.a. Mark Etherington) will play the free show. We’ll be there, and we hope you will be too.

For all the details on Record Store Day, including the musical lineups at most area stores, click here. Here to walk you through the rest of this week’s concerts — including Jimmy Buffett, Future, Passafire, Air Supply, Cloud Nothings, Todd Snider, Griz, Goblin, Vanilla Fudge, Jamie Lynn Spears, Huey Mack, Bad Veins, YG, Young Thug and more — is Ray Roa...Full Story

Nate Najar: Using classical guitar to make personal statements

Guitarist Nate Najar, photographed at the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg.

Luis Santana

Guitarist Nate Najar, photographed at the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg.

(Welcome to tbt*’s Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Today: Classical jazz guitarist Nate Najar.)

Colorful chords and rhythms paint the walls in the shades of retro Brazil as you listen to guitarist Nate Najar’s latest album.

Aquarela do Brazil, which is Portuguese for Watercolor of Brazil, made its European debut on March 24, and is slated to debut in the United States on June 17. Najar, who grew up in St. Petersburg, has made a name for himself on a local level and across the pond in the United Kingdom, where he frequently performs.

It all started on a family trip to Walt Disney World, where Najar fell in love with the guitar. He recalls watching one of the shows that featured a live band and being drawn to the guitar player. “Back then, every show had a band, and I used to always like the guy with the guitar, and I said that I wanted to be the guy with the guitar,” Najar said. …

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Ticket Window: Sugar Ray, Andy Grammar, Toto and more

How do you like your package tours? Do you prefer '90s rock (Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker)? Or yacht rock (Michael McDonald, Toto)? Either way, Ruth Eckerd Hall has you covered, with those two shows both going on sale this week.

Additional Tampa Bay concerts with tickets going on sale this week: Buckcherry (May 17, State Theatre), Shaun Hopper (May 31, Capitol Theatre), Andy Grammar (June 20, Capitol Theatre), the Under the Sun Tour with Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Uncle Kracker and Smash Mouth (Aug. 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Rock 'n' Blues Hippiefest with Johnny Winter Band and Edgar Winter Band (Aug. 16, Ruth Eckerd Hall) and Michael McDonald and Toto (Aug 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall).

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

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Jesse Thelonious Vance: Venture Compound's leader enters experimental new era

Jesse Vance poses for a photo at the Venture Compound, an arts and performance space he runs in St. Petersburg.

Luis Santana

Jesse Vance poses for a photo at the Venture Compound, an arts and performance space he runs in St. Petersburg.

(Welcome to tbt*’s Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Today: Experimental composer and St. Pete arts scene curator Jesse Thelonious Vance.)

Jesse Thelonious Vance creates.

Appeal isn’t a secondary or even a 101st concern as the noise artist and Pangaea Project president turns to his instruments of choice — synthesizers, saxophones, keyboards, typewriters, bullhorns and whatever else he can dream up — to express the sounds in his mind.

“My parents were professional musicians, like full-time,” Vance said. “So I’ve always loved it. But I still haven’t had any formal lessons. As a kid, I took a Suzuki method piano class and I’d do something wrong, but hear it and think, 'Well that sounded cool. Let’s do that again.”’

When he turns to his synths and performs as DC9V, those sounds take on a downbeat hip-hop vibe not necessarily conforming to the traditional beat-hook framework but more a Hot Buttered Soul-esque extended sound exploration. Occasionally, he performs and records under his own name and turns to unconventional instruments to try and mine harsh noises for emotional reaction. …

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Record Store Day 2014: Best parties, must-have releases and more

Melissa Lyttle

Conceived as a way to give indie record stores a little walking-around money in today's big, bad world, Record Store Day has become one of the best dates on the calendar for any fan of any style of music. Artists from Bruce Springsteen to Katy Perry to the Pixies are releasing exclusive RSD items this Saturday, and record stores all over Tampa Bay are getting in on the action with concerts, giveaways and more.

For a full Record Store Day preview -- including a few of Sean Daly's must-have items -- click here. For our guide to the best Record Store Day events around Tampa Bay, keep reading...

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Good Graeff: Twin sisters find indie-pop success around the world

Days removed from a monthlong tour, Brooke and Brittany Graeff of Good Graeff relax in -- where else? -- their tour van.

Luis Santana

Days removed from a monthlong tour, Brooke and Brittany Graeff of Good Graeff relax in -- where else? -- their tour van.

(Welcome to tbt*’s Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Today: The sisters of Sarasota indie-folk-pop outfit Good Graeff.)

To find success in their hometown, Brooke and Brittany Graeff had to go halfway around the world.

The twin sisters had played together in high school in Sarasota, nothing too serious, before parting ways after graduation. Brooke went to Canada to work in foley arts and video game sound design; Brittany traveled to Europe and India before settling in Vietnam. “I heard it was a good place to work,” she said.

The sisters reconnected in Hanoi, where a loyal fan base of American expats urged them to pick up their instruments, return to America and give their indie folk pop project a serious shot.

Since then, Good Graeff has hit the ground running in Sarasota, Florida and beyond. Through support from their friends in America and Asia, they’ve booked slots at huge festivals, toured the country and enlivened the region’s music scene with their unique, bright, energetic cello-driven sound. …

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Jamie Lynn Spears to play free postgame concert for Clearwater Threshers

It seems the Tampa Bay Rays don't have a monopoly on postgame concerts.

Aspiring country singer Jamie Lynn Spears -- perhaps better known as the star of Nickelodeon's Zoey 101 or, if you read the tabloids, the teen-mom sister of Britney Spears -- will perform a free concert this Friday (4/18) at Clearwater’s Bright House Field following the Clearwater Threshers and Lakeland Flying Tigers. Her discography isn't very extensive -- she's currently pushing debut single How Could I Want More -- so this is your chance to get in on the ground floor, Spears-wise.

Also worth noting, the first 1,000 fans on Friday will receive a free Jimmy Rollins bobblehead to commemorate his offseason induction into the Florida State League Hall of Fame. Then on Saturday, it’s Star Wars Night at Bright House Field, with a free postgame fireworks display. Both games start at 6:30 p.m. at the stadium, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $5-$9.50. Click here for all the details on the games and Jamie Lynn Spears' postgame concert.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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'American Idol' Live tour coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Last week The Voice announced plans for a massive summer theater concert tour, featuring past and present singers from the show, and it'll hit Tampa's Straz Center on June 25.

Today it appears to be American Idol's turn.

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota has announced that the American Idol Live 2014 tour will arrive there on July 17, featuring Season 13 finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and, most relevantly to local viewers, Bradenton's own Sam Woolf, above.

According to the Van Wezel's announcement, American Idol Live is also coming to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 18. No other details are available about that show just yet, but we do know that tickets to the Sarasota show will be $55-$105 and go on sale to the public May 9. We'll keep you posted on any news involving the Clearwater show.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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3 Doors Down bringing acoustic tour to the Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa

Kryptonite rockers 3 Doors Down aren't everyone's cup of Mississippi mud pie, but they seem like nice enough fellows. When we chatted with singer Brad Arnold during the Republican National Convention a couple of years ago, he seemed like a pretty cool dude. And yes, bassist Todd Harrell recently picked up a DUI -- but he was suspended from the band because of it. Seems fair, right?

And musically, at least they're trying some new things. The band has announced plans for a summer acoustic tour which will find them unplugging on old hits and long-buried favorites. And their "Songs from the Basement" tour will hit Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Sept. 5.

It sounds like 3 Doors Down have some tricks up their sleeve for this trek. including limited on-stage seating and some pretty deep cuts -- not just massive radio rock smashes like Here Without You, Loser and When I'm Gone.

Tickets to the show are general admission and start at $53. Click here to get them.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Paul McCartney coming to Jacksonville

Yeah, it's Jacksonville. But also, yeah, it's PAUL MCCARTNEY. If ever one man merited a 3-1/2 hour interstate road trip to another corner of Florida, it's him.

McCartney announced another round of dates for his seemingly endless "Out There" tour, including one June 22 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville -- his first Florida tour stop since a visit to Orlando's Amway Center last spring. He'll also be in Atlanta June 21 and Nashville June 25, if you want to make a week of it.

Why Jacksonville, you ask? Actually, McCartney has a pretty long history with the city. The only public concert the Beatles ever played in Florida was at the Gator Bowl in 1964. Then McCartney returned in 2005 as the halftime headliner of Super Bowl XXXIX.

McCartney's concerts these days are legendary affairs, featuring up to three hours of his best Beatles, Wings and solo classics along with new material. Even if you're not a Beatles superfan, you owe it to yourself to see at least one of these concerts at least once in your life. …

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The Real Clash: The freshest, funkiest faces in Tampa Bay hip hop

The Real Clash, photographed at Jannus Live.

Luis Santana

The Real Clash, photographed at Jannus Live.

(Welcome to tbt*’s Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Today: Funky hip-hop collective the Real Clash.)

“Clash” is sort of a misnomer when considering St. Petersburg’s eight-member funk/hip hop ensemble The Real Clash. If anything, it’s a harmonious gathering of local music prodigies creating a groove-heavy yet still insightful listening experience.

Eight members sound cumbersome until you realize they’re a live band with two emcees and a vocalist who can jam about anything — even monkey dung.

“I’ll never forget that song,” said Travis “Big T” Young, 23, the band’s drummer, as he started to nod his head to an imagined beat and emcee Rashad “Shadcore” Harrell, 38, hummed the rhythm they’d improvised at a show where they’d taken suggestions for topics from the crowd.

“I don’t want it / I don’t need it / If it ain’t funky like monkey dung,” sang vocalist Eliana “Voxx” Blanchard, 22, the only lady in the group, as her bandmates joined in to reenact the jam. …

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Fowler's Bluff: Southern Sunshine State spirit, with a side of beer

Fowler's Bluff, pictured at Pair O'Dice Brewing in Clearwater, which is producing a Fowler's Bluff Session IPA in conjunction with the band.

Luis Santana

Fowler's Bluff, pictured at Pair O'Dice Brewing in Clearwater, which is producing a Fowler's Bluff Session IPA in conjunction with the band.

(Welcome to tbt*’s Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Today: Swampy, psychedelic Southern rockers Fowler's Bluff.)

Fowler’s Bluff is as Florida as Jimmy Buffett, without all the seaside connotations of scantily clad women and overflowing bottles of Corona.

Not that the boys don’t know how to have fun; their performances never fail to get the audience on their feet and movin’. Whether it’s one of their up-beat numbers (Wom3n), or something slower and hypnotic (Ambivalent); they always have a psychical effect on the crowd.

Lyrically, they present an esoteric side of Florida’s beauteous offerings. Their music is as expansive and atmospheric as our open waters, and as thick and mysterious as our mangrove swamps. …

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