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SoundBytes: Minus the Bear, Conan O'Brien, 'Guiding Light' and more




-- Seattle alternative crew Minus the Bear, above, are playing South By Southwest next week, and then they're embarking on a big tour in support of their upcoming album OMNI. They'll be at the Ritz Ybor on May 12. No ticket details yet, but keep an eye out at for more.

-- Tickets to the Country Throwdown Tour at the Ford Amphitheatre, with Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Ryan Bingham and more, go onsale March 19. They'll be priced at $23-$38, but if you buy between March 19-21, you can get a special deal: $9.95 for lawn tickets and $20 for reserved seats.

-- Does this mean they've finally arrived? We the Kings are Kidz Bop's Artist 2 Know of the week.

-- Plies' new album, Goon Affiliated, has a release date: May 25. Let's hope it does well; he might need the money.

-- St. Petersburg's Michael Lynche is the man to beat on American Idol. Eric Deggans thinks so. ... Best Week Ever thinks so. ... the New York Daily News thinks so ... Blake Lewis thinks so ...

-- Still no word on a headliner at the Florida Music Festival next month in Orlando, but the keynote speakers have been announced: Monte and Avery Lipman, founders of Universal Republic Records.

-- If you want to be part of Hillsborough Community College's "Four Days of Dance" from April 21-24, the deadline to submit a DVD or video of yourself dancing is Monday. For details on how and when to submit, contact Christina Acosta at (813) 253-7623.

-- We don't watch Guiding Light, so we don't know how big of a deal this is, but five cast members from the soap opera will be in Tampa as part of a "Goodbye Guiding Light" farewell tour on March 27. Kim Zimmer, Grant Aleksander, Robert Newman, Justin Deas and Michael O'Leary will be at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino from 1 to 4 p.m., hanging out and (probably) posing dramatically for the camera. Tickets are $35. Click here to get 'em.

-- Finally, screw Pavement. If we're driving to Atlanta for one concert this year, it's gonna be Conan O'Brien on June 14 at the Fox Theatre.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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