SoundBytes: Lady Antebellum, Helmet, Freebass and more
-- Tampa music label 24 Hour Service Station got a nice surprise this month when they learned a song by one of their artists, Freebass -- an all-star group starring New Order's Peter Hook, the Smiths' Andy Rourke, Stone Roses' Mani Mounfield and Charlatans UK's Tim Burgess -- was being used in promo spots for Piers Morgan's new show on CNN. The track You Don't Know This About Me is from the supergroup's album It's A Beautiful Life. Check out the video above for a taste.
-- Big news for fans of the early-'90s hard rock outfit Helmet: On the upcoming Metalliance Tour 2011, they'll perform their breakthrough 1992 album Meantime in its entirety, including their biggest hit Unsung. And good news for Helmet news in Tampa Bay: That tour is coming to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on March 20. They'll be joined by Saint Vitus, Crowbar and others. Tickets are $25. Click here.
-- The founder of the punk-connected teenage help organization To Write Love On Her Arms, Jamie Tworkowski, is speaking at Florida Southern College in Lakeland at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in Lakeland. He'll be joined by Thrice singer-guitarist Dustin Kensrue, who will perform. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for details.
-- We're all excited about Lady Antebellum coming to the Strawberry Festival on March 13. But if you can't make it, you might be able to check them out March 23 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, When Lady A will headline a concert called CITA Unplugged, for an association of wireless industry exectuvies. Sounds like a hoot! Click here for details.
-- Hey, Tampa bands: Want to win a slot on the Hard Rock Calling 2011 festival, this June in London? Tampa's new Hard Rock Cafe is giving you that chance. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is holding a battle of the bands, to be judged by local music honchos. Click here for the rules and an entry form. Chosen applicants will play in a preliminary round at 10 p.m. Feb. 24 at the casino, with three bands moving on to the regional finals on March 3. Click here for details.
-- And speaking of battles of the bands: St. Pete's hidden gem the Hideaway Cafe is hosting a yearlong singer-songwriter competition on Wednesday nights. Each week, submit an mp3 of a song to be considered for selection in the contest. A jackpot will be awarded to weekly, monthly and an overall 2011 winner. The competition starts Wednesday. Click here for all the details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*