SoundBytes: YACHT, Filter, Steve Aoki and more
-- We've always enjoyed indie-electro-pop group YACHT, above, but we never knew their name is actually an acronym for "Young Americans Challenging High Technology." You learn something every day. We're gonna have to go listen to Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire) again. They'll be at Crowbar on June 1; tickets are $11-$14. Click here.
-- Want to win free tickets to the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw concert on June 2 at Raymond James Stadium? Over the next two months, the stadium will give away 80 tickets through its Facebook and Twitter accounts through various contests, including a video lip-synching contest and photo contest. Click here for all the details.
-- It's been a while since we've pulled out Hey Man Nice Shot, but we may have to when Filter comes to town. The '90s alt-metal group performs April 21 at the State Theatre in St. Pete. Tickets are $18, and they'll go onsale Friday. Click here.
-- Major league party-starter Steve Aoki was most recently seen spinning at the mtvU Woodie Awards, but he's played several times in Tampa Bay, at the Venue, Jannus Live, the Identity Festival ... and, soon, the Ritz Ybor. Aoki will bring his beats to the Ritz on May 16, according to No Clubs Presents. Click here for details.
-- Franz Nicolay, formerly of The Hold Steady, will throw a free concert on April 25 at New World Brewery. But if you're a kind soul, you'll chip in a couple of bucks for gas money. After all the love the Hold Steady has shown Ybor City over the years, don't you owe it to him? Click here for details.
-- So many Queen tributes! First Gary Mullen and The Works will be at the Mahaffey Theatre on April 22. Now The Queen Extravaganza is coming to the Straz Center in Tampa on June 15. Tickets start at $39.50. Click here.
-- Grammy-nominated R&B singer Deborah Cox (We Can't Be Friends) will star alongside Constantine Maroulis in the touring production of Jekyll & Hyde, which opens Oct. 23 at the Straz Center in Tampa. Click here.
-- Potentially huge EDM news: The Sunset Music Festival is returning on May 26 in the parking lot of Raymond James Stadium, with afterparties at the Amphitheatre and Green Iguana Stadium. No headliners have been announced yet, but we'll definitely keep an eye out.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Alin Dragulin.