SoundBytes: Ricky Smiley, Royal Bangs, Lil Jon and more
-- Congrats to Tampa rapper Acafool, above, whose song She's Bad was featured on NCIS: Los Angeles Tuesday night. You can watch the episode here; the scene with his song comes in at about the 17:20 mark, during a scene in a bikini bar. You can even hear the lyric "Acafool's in the building." (Does this mean Acafool can legally claim he's collaborated with LL Cool J? Someone get a lawyer on that.)
-- Tampa's New Granada Records has unveiled the details of their annual South by Southwest Showcase. It'll take place March 19 at the Ghost Room in Austin, Texas, with a lineup that includes Tampa's King of Spain and Sleepy Vikings, Orlando's The Pauses, Jacsonville's Sunbears!, Athens, Ga.'s Venice is Sinking and Austin's New Roman Times. Click here for details. The best part? You can download a free 12-song sampler of those aforementioned New Granada artists. Click here to get it.
-- Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae's joint headlining tour is making one stop in Florida: Miami's Fillmore on May 11. But there are a handful of open dates after that. Stay tuned for possible dates in Tampa or Orlando.
-- This weekend, Dean Guitars, which is based in Clearwater, is hosting "DOA 2011," sort of an annual convention for lovers of the brand. Many events are open only to members of the Dean Owners of America Club, but some events are available to the public on Friday and Saturday, including a factory tour and performances by guitarists Vinnie Moore and Michael Angelo Batio. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*