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SoundBytes: Fuel, Filter, Hot Water Music and more


-- Can't get enough of these '90s-rock package tours. Fuel, above, and Filter are teaming up for a joint jaunt that'll hit the State Theatre on Nov. 25. Tickets are $25. Click here.

--And look at this! Everclear and Eve 6 at the Beacham in Orlando on Dec. 1! Tickets are $20-$35. Click here.

-- Standard-bearing Gainesville punk outfit Hot Water Music is gearing up for their first headlining tour in eight years, and it'll kick off at the Orpheum on Jan. 16. La Dispute and the Menzingers will open the show. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 2.

-- Lee Fields and the Expressions played the first Gasparilla Music Festival in March. Now you can see the soul masters headline their own show on Dec. 2 at Crowbar. Tickets are $12-$15. Click here.

-- Speaking of the Gasparilla Music Festival: Next year's event is set for March 9.

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Review: Titus Andronicus, Ceremony fuse punk, indie rock at Crowbar in Ybor City


It makes sense that Titus Andronicus and Ceremony would be friends, as they’re two of the punk groups most surprisingly, wholeheartedly embraced by the indie community.

The former’s howling, Replacements-esque sound has been championed by Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, while the latter group has gone from playing powerviolence to that most indie of acts — being signed to Matador Records.

So it only seemed like a matter of time that the two bands would find each other. The two are putting out a split together (“We set a tree on a fire,” Ceremony vocalist Ross Farrar (above) said, matter-of-factly explaining the flame-engulfed cover of their side.) Now they’re touring together, including a show Monday at Crowbar in Ybor City. Starting with Tiny Empires (featuring members of Tampa’s New Bruises and O Pioneers!!!), the show was all about the two worlds of indie and punk.

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The Civil Wars cancel Jan. 22 concert at the Tampa Theatre in Tampa


Bad news: The first must-see concert of 2013 has been axed before 2013 even begins.

Grammy winning country-folk duo The Civil Wars have called off their 2013 tour dates, including a Jan. 22 gig at the Tampa Theatre. No reason was immediately given. Their Jan. 10 date at the House of Blues in Orlando was also canceled.

This seems to be a full-on cancellation, in which case refunds will be available at point of purchase. If it turns out it's just a postponement, ticketholders can either get a refund or have their tickets honored on the new date. We'll keep you posted.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Review: The Bangles bring '80s hits to the Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa

If you really want to review an '80s band right, you better send an '80s band to do the job.

Stuck in the '80s had Chris Stainton of local '80s cover group Rubix Cubed check out the Bangles on Sunday at the Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and here's what he said:

The girls, who aren’t golden girls yet, look absolutely smashing for moms in their early 50s, but vocally, they remain 25. From the dead on harmonies, to Susanna's hair-tossing, Rickenbacker guitar and infectious smile, to Vicki’s leather miniskirt, ripping solos and playful banter, to Debbie’s signature straight blonde locks, thundering drums, and acoustic guitar prowess, it was a show that every card carrying member of the SIT80s nation should have attended.

Click here for Chris's full Bangles review and setlist. As for the video above? We found that on YouTube. Thanks for sharing, TheSilentbreeze!

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The xx coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa


Knock us over with a feather: THIS is one uber-hip show we never saw coming.

British indie pop group The xx are coming to the Ritz Ybor. Yes, that's right: the blog-adored, festival-rocking, Mercury Music Prize-winning purveyors of slinky, minimalist bedroom jams like Crystalised and Islands will be in Ybor City on Feb. 7. According to Ticketmaster, tickets will start at $25 and go onsale Friday. Click here for details.

Among a certain segment of the population -- particularly the segment that always whines about how bands like The xx NEVER come to Tampa Bay -- this will come as big, big news. Get your tickets early -- this one could be packed.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Artist of the day: The Dreadful Snakes


WMNF’s Gram Parsons tribute on Saturday needed a bit of bluegrass bite, so they turned to Lakeland’s Dreadful Snakes.

The five-piece Americana group — guitarists Charlie Boone and Lucien Tender, bassist Cheri Hornsby, mandolin player John Short and banjoist Ken Bailey — arose from local jam sessions and perform a modern take on old-school music, from traditional bluegrass hoedowns to covers of groups like the Decemberists. But the traditional ethos is strong. “All the songs on our site are live playing! No studio mixing here!” they say on their website.

The Dreadful Snakes will perform at Saturday’s Parsons tribute, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Skipper’s Smokehouse. Tickets are $10-$13. Click here.

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Photos: Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie pack 98 Rock's Halloweenie Roast at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa


Up and down the East Coast, concerts are being canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. One of them was apparently Friday's Halloweenie Roast, featuring Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and other macabre metal stalwarts, at Tinker Field in Orlando.

The good news is, tickets to the Orlando Halloweenie Roast were honored at another Halloweenie Roast on Saturday. This one, backed by Tampa Bay station 98 Rock, took place at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre -- and it was extra jam-packed, thanks to all the ticket-bearing folks who migrated west from Orlando.

After the jump, check out more of Andrew Carlton's photos of Manson, Zombie, DJ Starscream (of Slipknot) and more.

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Artist of the day: The Sara Rose Band


Skipper’s Smokehouse is not only a fine live music venue — it occasionally gives musicians a job.

Case in point: Sara Hagan, a server at Skipper’s who also works in the office. She’s also a singer who collaborated with Uncle John’s Band on Great Gig In The Sky during a Pink Floyd tribute show a few years back. After that, Hagan and some other employee/musicians at Skipper’s got together as the Sara Rose Band, which also features bassist Michael Hoag, guitarist Mark Warren, pedal guitarist David Lane and drummer Ken Bailey. They play throwback country with touches of rockabilly, including songs by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam and George Jones.

That makes them a great choice to perform at WMNF’s upcoming Gram Parsons tribute on Saturday. The Sara Rose Band will take the stage along with artists like Have Gun, Will Travel; Steve Vaclavik and the Woeful Ones; Al Torchia and the Tattered Saints and others to perform tracks by the Americana icon. Tickets are $10-$13. Click here for details.

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Review: The Hold Steady rock the Ritz in Ybor City, but Guavaween is no killer party


On Saturday, The Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler Instagrammed a photo of drummer Bobby Drake with his bottom lip puffy and discolored. “The last time we were in Ybor City … Bob’s lip needed medical attention,” he wrote, adding that it had something to do with “complications from getting punched in the face the previous evening.”

The band’s connection to Ybor City – singer-barroom bard Craig Finn’s lyrical home, if not his spiritual – is so deeply rooted that a fistfight ending in a trip to a clinic seems about par for the course. The Hold Steady have played some legendary gigs in Ybor City over the years, from the crowd cramming onstage at Czar to Finn drinking with fans at the Orpheum to a sold-out free show at the Ritz. Saturday’s gig headlining the Ritz Ybor on Guavaween night -- part of a new music festival bringing some 30 bands to six venues around Ybor City -- had the potential to be the wildest of them all.

Objectively, though … it’s hard to call it anything but a flop.

Oh, sure, Finn and company gave it their all, as they typically do, and a passionate few at the edge of the stage cheered and screamed along to beloved cuts like Stuck Between Stations and Southtown Girls. One shaggy bro even walked around the venue passing out free high fives.

But when the band took the stage at around 11 p.m., there were probably fewer than 200 people inside the Ritz’s main ballroom. That was the story across Guavaween's inaugural music festival: The early crowds were light, and the later revelers seemingly had little interest in indie rock.

“Isn’t this Ybor City? Where are the pirates?” said Sagit Shir of indie pop duo Hank and Cupcakes, who played to a crowd of about 40 at Czar.

Actually, the pirates were there. They were just at Prana and the Amphitheatre, not Crowbar and the Orpheum. They came in pink limos dressed as slutty butterflies, and they probably do not know all the lyrics to Sequestered in Memphis.

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Taylor Swift coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa


Taylor Swift can't get much bigger in the country world. So with her new album Red, she's gunning to be the biggest pop star on the planet, too. Having a No. 1 pop single like We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together doesn't hurt.

Next year, Swift will embark on a massive spring and summer arena tour -- and she'll hit the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 20. (That's one day after Rihanna plays the Forum. Talk about a crazy 24 hours on Channelside Drive.)

Tickets are $29.50-$84.50, and they'll go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 16. Do not be surprised if this one sells out. Click here for details. (You can double your Taylor pleasure, if you so desire, by checking her out on April 12 at the Amway Center in Orlando.)

As if to cement her transition from country to pop, Swift has selected British singer-songwriter (and burgeoning teenybopper heartthrob on this side of the Atlantic) Ed Sheeran to open the tour. Sheeran, you'll recall, is already on his way to Tampa -- he'll perform at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball on Dec. 9 at the Forum.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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The Hold Steady: After all these years, still holding steady for Ybor City


It's been three years since The Hold Steady last played Ybor City. What took them so long? We know it's tres speedy and all, but c'mon, Craig Finn, you above all people know that they throw such killer parties.

If that last line made any sense to you, you must be familiar with the indie heroes' long history with Ybor City. Finn has name-dropped Tampa's party district in multiple songs, and since 2006, they've played four shows there. Their fifth will come on Saturday, when The Hold Steady headline the inaugural Guavaween Music Festival. (Click here for the details on the show.)

Longtime Hold Steady fan Justin George decided to break down the group's love for Ybor City. Click here to get the full scoop.

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Artist of the day: Caleb Oosterling

Caleb Oosterling was already a prolific musician, performing violin in Wiregrass Ranch High School's orchestra program. But his latest contribution to the school's arts came as a director.

In May, Oosterling wrote a song, then directed a video for it, that won the school $5,000 for the Florida School Board Association's "What's Super About Public Schools" video contest. You can see the award-winning video above.

"I started off by taking a piece I had been composing and I put words to it," said Caleb. "I just compared it to my own experiences of private school," Caleb said of the writing process for his song and script. "I went to private school for three years and I've been in public school for five years, so I knew the differences; the constrictions of things like school uniforms and closed-toe shoes; the fact the public schools usually have more clubs; and the (public school) teachers all have to have college degrees. There are still things I liked about private school — that it's small and everyone knows each other — but there's things I wouldn't have been able to do there, like drama and playing in the orchestra."

For more on Caleb Oosterling, click here for Michele Miller's story.

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Rob Zombie talks horror flicks, rock spectacle, artistic freedom and more


If you were to guess what a Rob Zombie Halloween movie marathon might look like, you might imagine it'd be made up of the type of modern, violent cult classics that he specializes in.

However, he said he's much more likely to watch the Universal horror classics — films like Frankenstein and Dracula — because they evoke the feeling of being a kid when it was Halloween.

"Not so much newer stuff, because that stuff will always be in rotation on the bus — just anything from the '30s or '40s, that's always what we're watching," Zombie said by phone recently.

These days, the metal musician once known for songs such as Dragula divides his time between making music and directing his own horror films like The Devil's Rejects and Halloween II.

Now he will come to Tampa to play alongside Marilyn Manson at 98 Rock's inaugural Halloweenie Roast on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre. All That Remains, Machine Head, In This Moment, DJ Starscream and Royal Bliss also perform. Tickets are $31-$75.98. Click here for details.

For more with Rob Zombie, click here for Jimmy Geurts' interview.

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Review: Awolnation, Imagine Dragons showcase offbeat pop mastery at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa


Aaron Bruno is a most unlikely pop star, a bedroom Beethoven whose penchant for big beats is matched only by his skill for big hooks. Sail, the biggest single from his pseudonymous alt-rock outfit Awolnation, is a mighty, meaty blast of blues driven by a half-time, womp-wompy beat. It shouldn’t get played on the radio, but it did. A lot.

So you could argue that Bruno, Awolnation’s singer, songwriter and mastermind, shouldn’t be a star. But he is.

And you could argue that Awolnation’s show at the Ritz Ybor Wednesday night shouldn’t have sold out. But it did.

Of course, it’s possible that opening act Imagine Dragons also had something to do with that.

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This week in Tampa: Rascal Flatts, Ludacris, Marilyn Manson, The Hold Steady and more


We're deep into fall now, and you know what that means: It's Homecoming weekend at USF! Ludacris headlines this week's festivities, which are free and open to the public (just be prepared to get a little rowdy).

Other acts in town this week: Rascal Flatts, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, George Clinton, Titus Andronicus, Nero, The Psychedelic Furs, The Lemonheads, The Expendables, Iration, Cisco Adler, Eli Young Band, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Maggie Rose, The Bangles, Two Man Gentlemen Band, Miss May I, The Romantics, Arturo Sandoval, Howard Jones, Why?, Larry and his Flask and the Guavaween Music Festival, featuring The Hold Steady, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Rubblebucket and more.

For more, get Carole Liparoto's concert picks after the jump...

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