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News: R. Kelly, Taylor Swift, David Cook and more




-- Remember how, a few weeks ago, we we told you R. Kelly was coming to Tampa on Nov. 29, and theorized that he might be playing the St. Pete Times Forum? Well, as is so often the case with R. Kelly, the joke is on us. He'll actually be at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices are still to be determined, but they're supposed to go onsale at noon Friday. Go here for details.

-- Meanwhile, we have no official word yet on a venue for Taylor Swift's March 4 show in Tampa, but says it'll be the St. Pete Times Forum, which makes sense. Pollstar also says Kellie Pickler and Gloriana will open the show. We can't confirm that, but we do know the always-touring Gloriana will be at the Round Up in Tampa on Nov. 20, and the Manatee County Fair on Jan. 15.

-- And in case you missed it, former American Idol winner David Cook is coming to the Mahaffey Theater on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving. Sean Daly's got the scoop.

-- Via Orlando Weekly: Viernes' single Swimmer's Ear gets a 7/10 from Pitchfork. Yay? Sure, why not. Click here to give it a listen.

-- Congrats to the Mojo Gurus, whose album Let's Get Lit With ... the Mojo Gurus is being released next week in the U.K.

-- Former Lakeland Christian singer Jonny Diaz has started a fall tour video diary.

-- In May, David Dondero and Modern Skirts both played Tropical Heatwave. Next week, they'll both be back in town. Modern Skirts play Oct. 26 at Crowbar, and Dondero plays Oct. 29 at New World Brewery.

-- Here's a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Plies' song Medicine, featuring the Last Damn Show-bound Keri Hilson.

-- Are big doin's a-transpirin' for former Tampa pop-punks The Woodwork? They've been writing music and performing out in Los Angeles, with gigs at the Roxy last week. 'Sup widdat? 

-- The hard rockers of Silas are calling it quits.

-- So arethe ska-punks of The Pants! Check out video of their final show here.

-- Tbt*'s 2009 Ultimate Local Band, Triptico, has a new Web site. Visit it, and you can download their EP, Better Luck, for free. Do it now!

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:13pm]


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