SoundBytes: Monica, Mike Doughty, VNV Nation and more
-- This is getting close to late notice, but '90s R&B singer Monica, best known for The Boy Is Mine and Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days), is coming to the Straz Center on Dec. 30. She'll be joined by Pleasure P and K. Michelle. Tickets start at $24.50. Click here to get 'em. (Shout-out to reader Dwayne for the tip!)
-- Ocala's A Day To Remember are in the running for MTV's 2011 Breakthrough Artist of the Year award. Can they top the likes of Young the Giant, Odd Future, Big Time Rush and Foster the People? Click here to vote for them through Dec. 16.
-- Orlando is plotting a music festival, though it'll be nowhere near the scope of Orlando Calling. The Orange You Glad Music Festival will take place March 8-11, and the biggest name on the bill is buzzworthy indie-rock outfit Cults. But weekend passes are an eminently reasonable $25, so why not pick one up? Click here for all the details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*