SoundBytes: Free Energy, Lisa Lisa, Less Than Jake and more
-- One of the biggest buzz bands of this spring is Philadelphia garage rockers Free Energy -- Rolling Stone says so, Spin says so. And pretty soon, you can see them for yourself -- that is, if reports on some blogs are to be believed. Free Energy supposedly has a show at Crowbar on June 5, though it's not listed on their Web site, or Crowbar's. Either way, stay tuned here for updates.
-- Speaking of announcements: The Florida Music Festival finally unveiled this year's headliners: Parachute on April 21, Anberlin on April 22, Less Than Jake on April 23 and Rusted Root on April 24. Click here for details. Here's a list of the other bands performing at FMF 2010, including familiar names like GreyMarket and Not Tonight Josephine.
-- This seems like a worthy cause: A group of artists, including Have Gun Will Travel, GreyMarket and Will Quinlan and the Diviners, are coming together for a benefit for Fuma Bella bartender Rob McArdle, who's having heart problems. It's April 30 at Crowbar, with a requested donation of $10. Click here for details.
-- Tickets to Jack Johnson's concert Aug. 25 at the Ford Amphitheatre are $35-$55, and they go onsale Saturday. Click here for details.
-- Finally, this doesn't have much to do with music, but you know who's coming to Tampa? Mike and Mike. ESPN's Golic and Greeny have a book tour stop at Inkwood Books at 6 p.m. May 20.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Cass Bird.