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Review: Fiona Apple rants at Perez Hilton, wins raves for her music at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


We're still waiting for video footage of Fiona Apple's 10-minute diatribe directed toward gossip blogger Perez Hilton, apparently for posting an unflattering photo of her last week. But someone was filming it from the foot of the stage on Saturday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall, so we imagine it's only a matter of time before it goes viral.

In the meantime, let's focus on the music! Following that odd introduction, Apple delivered an electric 90-minute set packed with old favorites in Clearwater. Sean Daly was among the 1,307 in the crowd, and he writes:

Apple is touring behind new LP The Idler Wheel..., which is just her fourth album in 16 years. Like all her efforts, it's intensely personal about the men in her life, but she doesn't reflect with a whisper and a moan. Periphery featured fluttery notes like Snow White on a helium binge, and Every Single Night had a hook like a lovelorn Apache battle cry.

"What does it say about me that I already feel bad about being mean to Perez Hilton?" she chuckled in the middle of her 90-minute set. She then played the puckish Paper Bag from 1999's When the Pawn..., during which she did her pouty little-girl twist, complete with wobbly spins and stomps of her tiny feet.

Apple was at once defiant and vulnerable, angry and accepting. "Stop calling me frail," she said after new song Daredevil. "I'll beat the h--- out of you guys!" 

For more on Fiona and that rant, click here for Sean's full review.

Photo: Chris Zuppa, tbt*

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Injury forces Renaissance to postpone Clearwater show

anniehaslem.jpgRenaissance lead vocalist Annie Haslam has been diagnosed with a serious spine injury and must postpone nine tour dates --  including a show at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Oct. 6.

Haslam, the lead singer of renowned progressive rock pioneers Renaissance, has been diagnosed with a serious vertebral compression fracture and is required to wear a back brace for two to three months. Her doctors have nixed any traveling for two to three weeks. As a result, Renaissance will be forced to postpone the first nine dates of the first leg of their upcoming 2012-2013 concert tour.

No makeup date was announced but tickets already purchased will be honored on the new date, tour managers said in a news release. 

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne


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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes' Jade Castrinos talks about returning to her hometown of St. Petersburg


Jade Castrinos was born in St. Petersburg, and lived in Treasure Island until she was three. She still remembers her favorite locales, too: Treasure Island, of course, and the beach, as well as an area by her grandmother's house that children called the "secret garden." Her family then moved to California, where she would eventually meet Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert.

Now Castrinos will have a homecoming of sorts when her band comes to Jannus Live with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on Monday. Tickets are $25; click here.

Castrino said the history of the Zeros has been one of gradual evolution, leading up to their St. Pete show.

"Sort of one by one, the band came together in perfect order and time," she said. "And we're on our way to Florida, little by little."

For more with Jade Castrinos, click here for Jimmy Geurts' story.

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SoundBytes: Sarah Brightman, Wonder Girls, Jonathan Coulton and more


-- Gangnam Style sensation Psy may not be coming to Florida anytime soon, but K-pop girl group the Wonder Girls are. They'll perform at the House of Blues in Orlando on Oct. 19, along with Austin Mahone and Megan Nicole. Click here.

-- Popular hard rockers Hinder will perform at a fairly intimate venue, the Local 662, on Nov. 2. Tickets are $25. Click here.

-- According to her website, pop opera star Sarah Brightman will perform at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Feb. 24.

-- The brilliant and hilarious nerd-rocker Jonathan Coulton will perform at the State Theatre on Dec. 8. Tickets are $20-$25, and they go onsale Oct. 5.

-- Tampa International Airport ... a concert venue? Indeed, the airport is launching a new entertainment series, Friday Flight, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5, with The Vodkanauts. Click here.

-- The concert by Del McCoury Band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band that was scheduled for Sept. 26 at the Mahaffey Theatre has been postponed until Feb. 17. Click here.

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Photos: Kendrick Lamar drops rhymes from L.A. on the Ritz Ybor in Tampa


One of the most buzzed-about rappers in America came to Ybor City Wednesday night: Kendrick Lamar, a protege of Dr. Dre and collaborator with Lady Gaga. Luis Santana was in the house; get more of his photos after the jump.

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Ticket Window: Lady Gaga, Diana Krall, 97X Next Big Thing and more


It's a big week for concert tickets going on sale in Tampa Bay. Among the acts included in this week's edition of Ticket Window:

97X Next Big Thing (Dec. 1, Vinoy Park), Sunshine Blues Festival (Jan. 20, Vinoy Park), Vince Gill (Jan. 25, Lakeland Center), Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (Feb. 9, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Jim Brickman (Feb. 16, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Vienna Boys Choir (Feb. 21, Lakeland Center), Lady Gaga (March 13, Tampa Bay Times Forum), Regis Philbin and Pat Cooper (March 17, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Diana Krall (April 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall) and Scooby-Doo Live! (June 8, Ruth Eckerd Hall). 

Click here for this week's edition of Ticket Window.

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Review: OFF!, Negative Approach bring a night of hardcore punk to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg


If punk ever evolved beyond the 1980s, you could scarcely tell from State Theatre’s show Tuesday night.

There were two supergroups composed of punk musicians from decades past, still-standing hardcore heroes Negative Approach and OFF!, featuring one of the all-exalted elder statesmen of punk, Keith Morris.

Morris, now 57, doesn’t look much different from his days touring with Black Flag and Circle Jerks. His frayed and ripped-open jeans are still present, as are his dreadlocks —albeit slightly betraying his age in graying and balding spots. Yet showing little signs of age is his howl, which is near-indistinguishable from that on Nervous Breakdown or Wild in the Streets.

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Artist of the day: Red Room Cinema


Back in 2008, tbt* named Red Room Cinema one of its Ultimate Local Artists for their ambitious, sweeping art-rock that managed to fill any room they played. Since then, they’ve attracted attention from some promient national music blogs.

While their lineup has shifted a bit, but founding members Anthony Maltese and Brian Burleson are back with a new album, Apsis, a four-part instrumental epic inspired by the works of Italian journalist Italo Calvino. Comparisons to Explosions In the Sky are, once again, inevitable. “They sonically navigate the themes of loss, hope and human connection during the final hours as the Moon begins to collapse and rain onto the earth,” says a news release. It doesn’t sound like easy listening, but the gorgeous single We Raise Our Eyes Between the Walls of Glass and Steel definitely goes down smooth. Allmusic called the album a “soundtrack to an unmade movie.”

On Saturday, Red Room Cinema will hold a CD release show at New World Brewery alongside Permanent Makeup and Alameda. Tickets are $8. Click here for info. And click here to order Apsis.

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Artist of the day: Escape Tonight


In August, Escape Tonight released their CD Far From Home. Produced by Joe Quinde (Jay-Z, LL Cool J), it's full of fuzzy, humming grunge-power-pop in the vein of Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr. or early Foo Fighters.

The band — currently singer-guitarist Russell Fama, bassist Rick Herbert, guitarist Pete Tremblay and drummer Chris Denny — formed in early 2011, and have since performed with the likes of Paper Tongues, Less Than Jake and the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Recently they were among the bands opening for Hoobastank at the Half Way to St. Patty’s Day concert at Durty Nelly’s in St. Petersburg.

On Sunday, look for them at the Rock Solid Pressure industry showcase at the State Theatre in St. Pete. Doors open at noon, and tickets are $12. Click here.

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Review: Florence and the Machine bring dramatic style, music to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa


Two days after their electrifying performance at the DeLuna Music Festival in Pensacola Beach, Florence and the Machine made their inaugural appearance in Tampa Bay with a concert Tuesday at the USF Sun Dome. 

A crowd of 5,011 turned out for the English alt-pop band's show. Sean Daly was among them, and he writes of star Machinist Florence Welch:

Her voice is all parts Bjork, Grace Slick and an air siren, a truly remarkable device that also has a legitimate soul-singer burn — Aretha Franklin in Wonderland. She doesn't oversing; instead she carefully paints her pictures, waiting, waiting, and then ... KAPOW. ... 

She could be aloof and melodramatic -- and then break into a grin. "It's about time we make a few sacrifices," she said heavily, "and by that I mean human." But what she really wanted was for the dudes to "raise up" their dates.

"We want to see as many people on shoulders as possible," she said, breaking into the defibriliffic Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up).

For more of Sean's review of Florence and the Machine at the USF Sun Dome, click here.

Photo: Eve Edelheit, tbt*

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Artist of the day: Gitt Swift


Born Sayquon Devonte King in Georgia, rapper Gitt Swift has been in Tampa since age 1. And though he’s still a teenager, he’s beginning to make a name for himself around the Sunshine State thanks to singles like Tighten Up and new track Money Dance. He’s performed at teen nights, colleges and festivals around Florida and the southeast.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, there IS a dance that goes with Money Dance: Reach with your right hand, pull it in; left hand, pull it in; pull in both hands, then “watch me do the money dance.” Study the video. You’ll get it.

Watch for Gitt Swift’s mixtape History in the Making Vo. 2 later this fall.

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97X Next Big Thing lineup: Rise Against, Fun., Silversun Pickups, Of Monsters and Men lead 2012 bill


Think of it as a greatest hits lineup for 97X.

Nine of the acts for this year's 97X Next Big Thing concert, coming Dec. 1, were unveiled Monday night, and seven of them are veterans of past Next Big Thing festivals. Rise Against, Fun., Bush and Silversun Pickups are among the biggest names on the bill. Joining them are NBT vets The Joy Formidable, Grouplove and Paper Tongues, as well as newbies Of Monsters and Men and Twenty One Pilots. At least one national band will be added to the bill, and organizers will no doubt add a few locals, too.

The big news this year: Next Big Thing is moving from Tampa's 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Waterfront Park. Station officials say this will give it more of a festival feel, a bit more like when it was held at Clearwater's Coachman Park. 

A limited number of $25 tickets sold out almost immediately, but you can still get tickets for $35 this weekend; then $45 until the day of the show; then $60 at the gate. So get 'em early.

For all the details on this year's Next Big Thing, click here.

***UPDATE***: Celtic punks Flogging Molly have been added to the 2012 Next Big Thing lineup.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Review: Datsik brings big beat, epic visuals to the Amphitheatre in Ybor City


The foundation shook Friday night at the Ampitheatre when Canadian dubstep DJ Datsik took the stage and boomed 50,000 watts of bass in Ybor City's face.

As usual, the venue was packed with EDM fans sporting bright colored tutus and funky, furry headgear. Glowsticks dotted the sea of dancing bodies. But the intensity of this set brought the EDM experience to a whole different level. This was Datsik's 15th stop on his Firepower Tour, and oh boy did he bring the heat.

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Artist of the day: Faith Addiction


The top dogs of Tampa’s grindcore scene, Cellgraft, recently played their final show at the Brass Mug. So what are they up to now?

In the case of singer Matt McKamey and drummer Chris Wotring, they’ve started a chaotic new metal band called Faith Addiction. Joining them are Feral Babies singer Justin Arnold on bass and former Actions Speak Louder guitarist Joshua Couture.

“We all come from slightly different musical backgrounds which gives the band a somewhat eclectic sound, mixing influences of grindcore, hardcore, punk, D-beat and metal,” said Arnold. “The songs do not have a traditional structure or flow. There are many temp and timing changes throughout the songs and parts typically don’t repeat.”

If you dig the grindcore sound of Cellgraft or the classic punk sound of Feral Babies, they’re worth a listen. Check out their Order From Chaos 7-inch here — or just go see them at the Brass Mug on Wednesday (with Merauder) or at Fubar on Oct. 3 (with Party Time, Razormaze and Ulcer).

Photo: Nicole C. Kibert /

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DeLuna Fest Day 3 review: Zac Brown Band, Florence and the Machine, Bob Mould close the weekend at Pensacola Beach


(All weekend, Soundcheck is at the DeLuna Music Festival in Pensacola Beach, for performances by Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band and more. Click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2. Check us out on Twitter (@tbtsoundcheck) or Instagram (cridlin) for more coverage.)

The Fourth Headliner. Every festival has one. It’s the name on the poster that isn’t quite as big as the top three, but a lot of folks who paid for tickets think it probably should be.

At this year’s DeLuna Fest, the Fourth Headliner was unquestionably Florence and the Machine, a powerhouse of modern rock that is currently touring arenas around the Southeast, including Tampa’s USF Sun Dome on Tuesday. No offense to Zac Brown Band, but many fans who came for the likes of Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Band of Horses gathered early to stake out space for Florence Welch and her mighty Machine.

The English rockers responded with an electric hour of rock ‘n’ soul resplendent in Gothic beauty and theatricality. Had Zac Brown Band been unable to fulfill their duties as mainstage headliners on Sunday, Flo ‘n’ Co. could easily have filled in.

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