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SoundBytes: Thompson Square, Bernie Taupin, the Tandoori Knights and more




-- About once or twice a year, The Round-Up in Tampa will surprise everyone and pull a great country show out of their 10-gallon hat. On Sept. 23, look for rising country duo Thompson Square (singers of Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not and I Got You, and most recently seen opening for Jason Aldean at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre) at the bar. Tickets are $10-$15. Click here.

-- It's official: 2011 is the year of Peelander-Z! First they tore the old Orpheum a new one during Tropical Heatwave. Then, at the end of July, they put on "the craziest, most fun show" our photographer had ever seen at the new Orpheum. And now they're coming to the Local 662 in St. Petersburg on Sept. 30, alongside the Aggrolites (whom we recently picked as one of our 15 Warped Tour Bands to Watch) and Tampa's own Magadog. No confirmation on this yet, but if Peelander-Z puts on a third insane concert in Tampa Bay in the span of six months, we might have to make them one of tbt*'s 2012 Ultimate Local Bands. Tickets are $13.50-$15.50. Click here for details.

-- Because this is not a concert, we're afraid it can't qualify for Soundcheck's coveted 2011 WTF Concert of the Year Award. But we might give it an honorary shout-out. Bernie Taupin, the legendary songwriter best known for his works with Elton John, will exhibit some of his artwork in late September and early October at Michael Murphy Gallery M (2701N S MacDill Ave., Tampa). He'll appear in person on Oct. 1-2. Click here for the full details

-- Ever heard of the Tandoori Knights? We hadn't either. But then we were told that it's one of many side projects from King Khan, who is something of a garage-rock icon in Canada. Tickets are $10-$13. Click here for details.

-- It took a while, but we finally know who will be on the bill for Shaquille O'Neal's All-Star Comedy Jam on Sept. 10 at Ruth Eckerd Hall: Deray Davis, Corey Holcomb, Capone and Gary Owen. The tour will also be filmed live for a reality show called All-Star Comedy Jam Backstage Pass. Tickets are $39.50-$49.50. Click here.

-- God only knows when Pearl Jam will come back to Tampa Bay. In the meantime, you can check out Cameron Crowe's documentary on the band, Pearl Jam Twenty, on Sept. 20 at the Tampa Theatre. Click here for tickets. (And we really think "Pearl Jam Twenty" should be the name of a band that does Pearl Jam-style covers of Matchbox Twenty songs.)

-- Headlining the 2012 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, according to a press release: Rose Royce, best known for hits like Car Wash and I Wanna Get Next to You. Funky!

-- Cool news from Tampa's own New Granda Records. Their latest signees are two of Florida's finest: local boys Alexander and the Grapes, and Jacksonville's super-fun SUNBEARS!. Click here for details.

-- We'll stop writing about St. Petersburg's ARTpool when they stop throwing such cool parties. On Sept. 17, the boutique will stage "Bowie Fest," an art and glam fashion party dedicated to David Bowie. "Come dressed as your favorite Bowie incarnation or 1980s icon. Special prizes for best Bowie and biggest hair. Featuring an art show inspired by music!" Click here for the details. If you need us, we'll be listening to this for inspiration.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2011 4:05pm]


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