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This week on Soundcheck: A guide to the best and craziest local music of 2011




Normally in this space, you'd be seeing an Artist of the Day. Not this week. This week we're hopping into the Wayback Machine for a look at the best stories, best concerts and WTFfiest moments in Tampa Bay music from 2011.

We'll kick things off this morning with our annual countdown of the Top 10 Local Music Stories of 2011 (click here for the 2009 and 2010 versions). We'll also rank some of our favorite local concerts of 2011 (click here for 2009 and 2010). And we'll give you the chance to weigh in on some of the weirdest appearances of the year.

First, let's look back at some of the local music stories that didn't make the cut in our top 10 for 2011:

-- Skipper’s Smokehouse appears on Man v Food Nation.

-- Lil Wayne goes skateboarding at the Skatepark of Tampa.

-- Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris (above) hits the jackpot in Tampa.

-- The next trial of the century, the Bellamy Brothers vs. Britney Spears, ends with a whimper.

-- Riverview's Ricky Jaime falls just short on So You Think You Can Dance.

-- Avril Lavigne ticks off the Tampa Bay Rays.

-- The Tampa Bay Rays tick off one of the Village People.

-- And the KISS Army takes on the St. Pete Times Forum.

-- A Casey Anthony song goes viral.

-- Charlie Louvin, R.I.P.

-- Get ready for the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

-- The Tampa Tribune sacks pop music critic (and local musician in his own right) Curtis Ross.

-- Buju Banton: Guilty as charged.

-- USF gets two Grammy nominations: One for jazz professor Chuck Owen, the other for a group of choral students.

-- Blues legend Eddie Kirkland dies following a gig in Dunedin.

-- Iron Maiden make Tampa one of two American tour stops in 2011.

-- Ralphie May nearly dies from pneumonia in Tampa.

-- Charlie Sheen brings his winning ways to the Forum.

-- Jannus Live partners with MacDinton’s Irish Pub.

-- After violence erupts, Empire shuts down in Ybor City.

-- Pulp the Party says farewell.

-- So does the Globe Coffee Lounge in St. Petersburg.

-- The Taco Bus goes to Bonnaroo.

Photo: David Galindo, Hard Rock

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 11:21am]


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