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SoundBytes: Demetri Martin, Common, Cage the Elephant and more




-- If you don't have plans next Wednesday (3/31), head to Orlando -- Demetri Martin, above, will be discussing many Important Things at 8 p.m. at the UCF Arena at the University of Central Florida. Tickets are free for UCF students, $15 for non-UCF students and $25 for the general public. Click here for details.

-- Speaking of artists who are cooler than a polar bear's toenails: Common is coming to Tampa! He'll be at the Mirage on April 3. (The Mirage? No offense to the good folks there, who scored a coup with this awesome show, but ... really?) Click here for details.

-- And speaking of cool comedy (which we were just a couple of items ago), it looks like Brian Posehn will be stopping by Vinyl Fever in Tampa from 2 to 3 p.m. April 17, which is Record Store Day. He'll be signing copies of his upcoming CD, Fart and Wiener Jokes. Yes, that's the real name of it. The re-formed Auto?Automatic?? will also be playing an in-store set at Vinyl Fever that day.

-- Ain't No Rest For the Wicked was one of the funkier dirt-rock songs of the past few years. So it might be worth checking out Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant when they hit the State Theatre on May 14. Tickets are $16-$19. Click here for more.

-- The show by Charlie Louvin April 9 at New World Brewery has been canceled.

-- Deal of the day: Virginia pop-rockers Parachute, who sing that hit She Is Love, are coming to the Orpheum on April 14 -- and tickets are only $11.50. Click here for details.

-- Okay, so John Legend is coming to Tampa ... but it's not for a concert ... but rather for an appearance on a live edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe ... alongside the Rev. Al Sharpton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, former Gov. Jeb Bush and others. We're confused.

-- Soundcheck didn't hit up South by Southwest this year, but plenty of local folks did. Check out SXSW recaps by Morningbell, the Beauvilles and Nine Bullets (here, here, here and here).

-- Newly added to the lineup for SunFest 2010: Smash Mouth, Sean Kingston, Iyaz, REO Speedwagon, We Are Scientists, Crash Kings, Constellations, These United States, Gringo Star, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Bedouin Soundclash, Cowboy Mouth, Alberta Cross, Tigercity and Big D and the Kids Table.

-- If you happen to find yourself at Universal Orlando on Sunday, look out for Ellen DeGeneres -- she'll be taping two episodes of her show live there. Audience tickets are gone, but you can still watch the taping on a screen at CityWalk, and dance to your heart's content. Click here for details.

-- This spring, the Friday Extra concert series is expanding from Tampa's Lowry Park Bandshell to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. Click here for details. We recommend checking out Stolen Idols on May 7.

-- Mickey Avalon has been added to the Kid Rock Chillin' the Most Cruise, leaving Tampa on April 29. Do icebergs exist in the Caribbean? No? Dang.

-- Finally, this has nothing to do with local music, but we can't resist passing it along: Radiohead might win the Kentucky Derby.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:18pm]


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