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My most anticipated concerts of 2012: Radiohead, Sleigh Bells, Glen Campbell and more




As we wrap up a week of looking back at 2011, let's take a brief glance forward at 2012.

At this point, it's tough to pick what will be the best concerts of the first half of 2012. There are just too many to list. But what I CAN do is list the 10 concerts that I, personally, am most looking forward to. Plenty of other shows will be massive, and will be highly anticipated by lots of Tampa Bay music fans -- Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Forum, The Band Perry at the Florida Strawberry Festival, Elvis Costello at Ruth Eckerd Hall -- but that's not what this is about. These are just my picks.

Here are the 10 Tampa Bay concerts I can't wait for in 2012. And please feel free to share your picks in the comments.

The Civil Wars (Feb. 2, Straz Center): The duo, above, delivers a mesmerizing blend of rustic country-folk on songs like Barton Hollow. Ferguson Hall will be a tremendous venue for them.

Sleigh Bells/Diplo (Feb. 4, Ritz Ybor): Sleigh Bells delivered one of my favorite shows of 2011. The fact that they'll be playing new material -- and will be joined by DJ/producer Diplo -- should make this gig even better.

Zola Jesus (Feb. 6, Crowbar): The Russian-American singer's ethereal voice should soothe over anyone who's perpetually bummed that PJ Harvey, Lykke Li, St. Vincent and Regina Spektor never come to Tampa Bay.

Radiohead (Feb. 29, Tanpa Bay Times Forum): My favorite band of all time in a renovated venue I've really come to appreciate. This day cannot arrive soon enough.

Lights (March 9, State Theatre): The Canadian keybarist born Valerie Poxleitner has twice made Soundcheck's annual Best Concerts of the Year list, once in 2009 and again in 2010, and as such is Soundcheck's reigning celebrity crush. This, we believe, is her first headlining show in the area.

Young the Giant/Grouplove (March 17, Ritz Ybor): One of 2011's breakout rock bands, the ridiculously talented Young the Giant, is already on their way to bigger things. And Grouplove is an excellent opener. Consider this a mini-encore of this year's 97X Next Big Thing.

Glen Campbell (March 22, Capitol Theatre)There won't be a dry eye in the house when the Wichita Lineman singer brings his farewell tour to the remarkably intimate Cap in Clearwater.

The Naked and Famous (March 28, State Theatre): This New Zealand electro-pop group's singles, like Young Blood, are ridiculously catchy. I'm hoping for a Passion Pit-style raveup at this one.

Rammstein (April 21, Tampa Bay Times Forum): Admit it: You're as curious about those devilish, world-class pyrotechnics as the rest of us.

Coldplay (June 28, Tampa Bay Times Forum): I saw Coldplay at a festival in Atlanta this fall, and I feel no shame in saying it was the best concert of my life. Their new material from Mylo Xyloto is killer live.

If and when Chris Cornell ever reschedules his postponed November concert at the Tampa Theatre, you can add that to this list, too. Also just missing the cut: The Old 97s (Jan. 22, State Theatre), The Mountain Goats (Jan. 25, Crowbar), The Kills (Jan. 30, Ritz Ybor) Anvil (Feb. 5, State Theatre), the Lemonheads (Feb. 24, Crowbar), Dropkick Murphys (March 5, Ritz Ybor) and Neil Diamond (June 3, St. Pete Times Forum).

What about you? What are your most anticipated concerts of 2012 in Tampa Bay?

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Saturday, December 24, 2011 5:14pm]


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