SoundBytes: REO Speedwagon, Grupo Mania, School of Seven Bells and more
-- Who are School of Seven Bells, above? They're a dreamy pop trio formed by Secret Machines guitarist Benjamin Curtis and identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. They've toured with Bat for Lashes and Blonde Redhead. And according to their website, they're coming to Crowbar on Oct. 14.
-- Details are scant so far, but we're told REO Speedwagon will soon be announcing a concert at the Mahaffey Theater on Oct. 8. We'll keep you posted on details.
-- Want to open for a national headliner at the Ritz Ybor, and take home $500 in the process? The venue is hosting a battle of the bands on Thursday nights in July. There's a non-refundable $25 entry fee, and the deadline to enter is June 22. Finals are Aug. 19 at the Ritz. Click here for details.
-- Another Jannus Live show: Local/national jazz saxophone superstar Eric Darius. This is a free CD release show on June 30. Click here for details.
-- Also making a rare hometown appearance at Jannus Live: Perpetually popular rapper Plies, on Aug. 14. (Question for discussion: With concerts by 50 Cent, Gucci Mane, Plies and Sean Paul, is Jannus Live now the best hip-hop venue in Tampa Bay? Kinda seems like it, right?)
-- And hey, Jannus Live: As long as you're booking hip-hop shows, We need a Marmalade Music Series concert featuring Dominique Young Unique, Laws, Dynasty, Funkghost, the Basiqs, Blac Soap and Aych, stat!
-- Speaking of Dominique Young Unique: The blog phenom just dropped a new mixtape, Domination. Click here to download it.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Abbey Drucker.