Vote for your favorite local band to open 97X Next Big Thing
As always, this year's 97X Next Big Thing (featuring a very solid lineup, BTW) is looking for two local bands to open the show on Dec. 6 at the Ford Amphitheatre. Past honorees include Claiborne, Rude Squad, Trace of Day and Radio Reset.
In a neat twist this year, 97X is sponsoring concerts by each of the 10 nominated bands at Push Ultra Lounge in St. Petersburg, starting with a show this past Wednesday by Marksmen and Look Right Penny.
Here's a quick look at all 10 nominated bands, and when they play at Push:
Marksmen: Formerly known as Glasgow, this alt-indie band has two of the best local singles you'll hear all year: The Marksman and The Blue and the Grey. (Oct. 21; their next local show is Monday with Modern Skirts at Crowbar)
Look Right Penny: In about a year, this Hudson sextet has won over fans with a raucous live show and intricate guitarwork. Fans of Paramore might dig it. (Oct. 21)
Oh, Clemency: The under-21 rockers of Oh, Clemency mix Patrick Stump-esque vocals and twisted, almost proggy guitars into something dark and original on Pheremone -- then come right back with a lovely acoustic piano ballad on Acoustic #1. (Nov. 4)
Not Tonight Josephine: The recently be-Loafied modern rockers have been hitting it pretty hard since the release of their EP, This Orphan Heart. Whether they win or not, they're still a band worth keeping an eye on in the next year. (Nov. 11)
Aeralene: Back in July, when Soundcheck named Aeralene an Artist of the Day, we actually wrote, "they might just become the next big things on the Tampa Bay pop-punk scene." My, my, aren't we prescient. (Nov. 11.)
Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander: We've been on board the Tailgunner Joe train for a while now -- super energetic, super talented, a little like Art Brut. They hope to have a new album out by the end of the year. (Nov. 18)