This year's Next Big Thing lineup (with performance times), in nine words or less
This year's 97X Next Big Thing concert starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa. Because this is the ninth incarnation of the annual alternative festival, here's a look at each of the bands on the Next Big Thing lineup, in nine words or less:
Rise Against (9:20 p.m.): Gritty Chicago punks will Swing Life Away as headliners.
30 Seconds to Mars (above, 7:45 p.m.): Actor Jared Leto’s band attracts beaucoup female fans.
Chevelle (6:40 p.m.): Loeffler brothers’ grunge hits include Seeing Red, The Clincher.
The Used (5:40 p.m.): Bert McCracken: Most emo singer ever from Utah.
Matisyahu (4:40 p.m.): Hasidic reggae rapper. Really, nothing else to say.
Anberlin (3:40 p.m.): Winter Haven dudes play Christian-style pop rock.
Panic at the Disco (2:50 p.m.): Dropped the exclamation mark; now poppier than ever.
Cage the Elephant (2 p.m.): That song Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked rules!
Metric (1:10 p.m.): Skittery, melodic Canadian indie rockers are critical faves.
Manchester Orchestra (11:40 a.m.): Ambitious, ethereal, alternative anthems. What are they doing here?
Framing Hanley (10:50 a.m.): Grungy Nashvillians did unlikely cover of Lil Wayne’s Lollipop.
Vega Under Fire: Contest winners from Naples dish out danceable pop punk.
Red Light Run: Contest runners-up from Bradenton: Similar, but more emo.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo by Chris Russick.