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Richard Marx postpones Dec. 4 concert at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre until 2013


Apparently, one sold-out show is enough for Richard Marx.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has postponed his Dec. 4 solo acosutic concert at the Capitol Theatre until an unspecified date in early 2013 "due to a scheduling conflict." Refunds are available at point of purchase, but as the folks at the Cap said in a statement: "Tickets for the rescheduled date will be honored at the new date and patrons are strongly encouraged to keep their tickets for the best seats." You've been warned!

His sold-out show on Saturday will continue as planned. Click here for details on that one.

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Psy to miss 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball due to White House invite; will perform at Tampa's University Mall instead


As with Psy's Gangnam Style video, there's a lot to process in this news.

The Korean pop/hip-hop star had been booked to perform at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball on Dec. 9 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. But according to the station, Psy has been forced to withdraw from the Jingle Ball lineup for a most unlikely reason: He's been invited to perform at the White House. That's right! President Obama is jacking Tampa's Gangnam Style! Can you believe it?

The good news is, Psy is still coming to Tampa. He will appear and perform at "Jingle All the Way," a free, radio-sponsored event at University Mall in Tampa on Dec. 8. The event runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Psy will perform around 4:30 p.m. giving him plenty of time to get to Y100's Jingle Ball in South Florida that same night. 93.3-FLZ will be on site all day, giving away Jingle Ball tickets every 15 minutes.

Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Sean Kingston and others are still booked for the Jingle Ball on Dec. 9, and tickets are still available. Click here for the details on the new Psy-less show, as well as his appearnace on Dec. 8.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Artist of the day: Koncrete Kite


Koncrete Kite may be Tampa Bay’s ultimate family band. Brothers Rich, Greg, Chris, Joe and P.J. Bove have played together off and on for some 30 years, with styles of music that suit the times, from classic rock to grunge to modern rock.

Their new album Full of Bull, says Rich, "took four years with constant recording, and fighting, and re-recording, a childbirth, a divorce, more recording...but the brothers and I are VERY happy with the end result."

Amsterdam has a Dave Matthews-ish quality to it, while Button Fly calls to mind latter-day Red Hot Chili Peppers. Click here to check out Full of Bull on iTunes.

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(Not quite) Next Big Things: A look inside Imagine Dragons' quest for rock stardom


(We had it all worked out. When Imagine Dragons came to Ybor City on Oct. 24 for a show with Awolnation, we were going to shadow them all day for a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into becoming a famous rock band. This article was designed to coincide with their performance at Saturday's 97X Next Big Thing festival ... but today, after singer Dan Reynolds developed a throat infection, they've had to cancel. Still, rather than let the story go to waste, we figured we might as well post it here. We still think it's an interesting look at a band on the rise, even if Imagine Dragons won't be coming back to Florida until 2013. Here's the story as it was originally slated to appear in Friday's tbt*.)

Daniel Platzman shuffles from his tour bus into the light of 11 a.m., just long enough to reach a smaller, idling limo bus up ahead. Bags of food are waiting inside. Platzman pries open a foam container from the Stone Soup Company.

“This is apparently a chicken sandwich,” he says. “I was told breakfast.”

It’s Oct. 24, and Platzman and his band, Imagine Dragons, are in Ybor City for a concert with Awolnation. It’s the third of four shows in four nights, including a wild gig in Atlanta the night before, after which the band hung out until 2 a.m. signing autographs for fans. No one slept well on the eight-hour drive to Tampa.

Breakfast or not, Platzman palms the chicken and chows down. Fuel is fuel. Imagine Dragons are staring down a 15-hour day of self-promotion, networking, meet-and-greets and — oh, yes — a concert, too, on this, the 49th day of a 50-day, mostly sold-out North American tour.

Imagine Dragons are one of the year’s most promising young pop-rock bands, a group whose soaring, sweeping sound — think Coldplay, The Script and Fun. — has yielded a pair of big hits in It’s Time and Radioactive. In September, their debut album Night Visions hit No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200, and they just wrapped up two weeks of sold-out shows across Europe. On Saturday, the band will play the annual 97X Next Big Thing concert at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, and of all the bands on the bill — Bush, Rise Against, Silversun Pickups, the aforementioned Fun. — few seem as fit for the label “Next Big Thing” as Imagine Dragons.

Yet when they arrive in Tampa in October, Imagine Dragons are still mid-stride in their leap to the big time. This is the band’s first time touring by bus — until now, they traveled in an old airport shuttle dubbed the Dragon Wagon. They still carry their own instruments. They hang out with fans after shows. They still see themselves as a band on the rise.

Before Imagine Dragons can go from Next Big Thing to Big Thing Period, they still have days like this.

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Review: Japandroids bring wild noise to long-awaited concert at Crowbar in Ybor City


Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Japandroids’ show Wednesday night at Crowbar was that it happened at all.

It seemed like the Vancouver guitar-drums duo was one of those acts eternally set to bypass Florida, never venturing down further south than Atlanta. Yet during a five-month tour to promote their new record Celebration Rock, they finally slipped into the Sunshine State and into Tampa.

For his part, guitarist and vocalist Brian King was ever the polite Canadian, apologizing profusely for having taken so long to reach Tampa. Yet he swore to make up for it by playing every song the audience could want — a promise delivered and then some.

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This week in Tampa: Next Big Thing, Eddie Vedder, Wiz Khalifa, Alan Jackson, Michael Bolton and more


It sounds almost comical when you say it out loud: This week's concert calendar brings in everyone from Richard Marx and Michael Bolton to Killswitch Engage and Napalm Death. But it's true -- the slate of amazing shows this week in Tampa Bay includes all those shows, plus Wiz Khalfia (above), Eddie Vedder, Alan Jackson, Michael Bolton, Gavin DeGraw, Jars of Clay, Arrested Development, Rodney Atkins, Glen Hansard, Charlie Daniels Band, Tristan Prettyman, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Toubab Krewe, Chris Cagle and more.

And -- oh yes -- there's also 97X Next Big Thing, featuring Rise Against, Fun., Bush, Silversun Pickups, Of Monsters and Men, Flogging Molly, Grouplove, Paper Tongues, The Joy Formidable, Twenty One Pilots and Wolf-Face. Click here for the set times for 97X Next Big Thing.

Get the details on all of this and more after the jump, courtesy of Carole Liparoto.

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Imagine Dragons drop out of 97X Next Big Thing on Saturday due to singer's illness


For more reasons than you can imagine, it pains us to write this.

Imagine Dragons have been forced to withdraw from Saturday's 97X Next Big Thing lineup due to a throat infection on the part of singer Dan Reynolds. The Las Vegas group behind hits It's Time and Radioactive has been on the rise all year, and plenty of people were coming to Next Big Thing just to see them, so this is really a bummer.

Last night, 97X posted a statement announcing the cancellation on Facebook:

...In the middle of tonight's show in Norfolk, they had to stop their performance. He was unable to continue. They've cancelled a bunch of upcoming shows including Saturday's. It's truly a bummer and believe us when we say this is the last thing we wanted to be telling you tonight, but we send our thoughts to the band and hope for a speedy recovery.

The band is expected to release a statement soon, and we'll update the Next Big Thing set times as soon as possible. For now, we can tell you that this is extremely last-minute. We spoke to Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee late Wednesday afternoon, and he was looking forward to Next Big Thing -- especially following the band's sold-out gig at the Ritz Ybor in October.

"All of the fans were just insane," McKee said of the Tampa gig. "It seemed like it was noe of the most rambunctions groups of people that we have ever played for. There were people lining up outside of our bus, waiting for us to get off to meet us, and everybody trying to pull us in each direction to go to a different bar to drink with them. It was crazy. Strippers backstage, trying to get us to go to their club." 

We will have more on Imagine Dragons today or tomorrow. Much more.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*

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Artist of the day: Dan McMillion Jazz Orchestra


When you think of Tampa’s Rock the Park concert series, you typically don’t think of big-band jazz. But for the final Rock the Park show of 2012, the Dan McMillion Jazz Orchestra will provide a nice break from the norm.

The longtime trumpeter and stalwart of the Tampa Bay jazz scene will perform alongside Red Room Cinema and November Rush next Thursday, Dec. 6. McMillion’s wide-ranging style is frequently compared to Maynard Ferguson, so he’ll fill Curtis Hixon Park with his electric solos.

For more on Dan McMillion, click here and here for a pair of profiles, and here to listen to his music. And click here for more on Rock the Park.

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Taylor Swift coming to Orlando for two shows at the Amway Center


You already know that Taylor Swift is coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 20. You probably also know that tickets to that concert sold out in three hours.

But what you may not know -- because it was just now officially announced -- is that Swift is also coming to Orlando for not one but two concerts at the Amway Center. So if you missed out on tickets to her show in Tampa, here's your chance.

Tickets to the Orlando shows, on April 11 and 12, are $29.50-$84.50, and they'll go on sale Dec. 7. Considering the cheapest Taylor Swift Tampa tickets are currently selling for $100 on StubHub and $114 on Razorgator, you might want to circle that date on your calendar.

Swift's Everything Has Changed duet partner, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, will open the Orlando show, just like in Tampa. Click here for all the details on the show.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Idina Menzel talks about her iconic 'Rent' and 'Wicked' roles, recording with Marvin Hamlisch and returning to Broadway


Idina Menzel will sing a few pop hits when she performs at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Satrday. She covers the Police's Roxanne, Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now and Lady Gaga's Poker Face, which she did as an acoustic duet with Lea Michele on Glee. She also sings a few originals.

But of course she'll dip into her Broadway songbook to perform numbers from her most iconic roles: The performance artist Maureen from Rent and Elphaba the witch from Wicked.

“Believe me, I don’t take that lightly,” she said in a recent interview. “To have struck gold twice with Rent and Wicked. I know it’s rare and I’m very lucky to have that kind of phenomenon in my life. They’re not just great shows, they’re shows that resonate with young audiences.”

Menzel performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center. Tickets start at $39.50. Click here for details.

For more of John Fleming's interview with Idina Menzel, click here.

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Ticket Window: Bon Jovi, Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Robin Williams and more


It's an insane week in music, so it's only fitting that we also see an insane week in Ticket Window. Plenty of massive shows are going on sale this week, including the Florida Strawberry Festival, featuring headliners like Blake Shelton (above), Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride and Scotty McCreery. (Those Shelton tickets are a hefty $55, but you know people will pay it.)

Other Tampa Bay concerts with tickets going on sale this week: Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers (Jan. 19, The Club at Treasure Island), Robin Williams (Feb. 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Steve Miller Band (Feb. 13, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Shaun Hopper and Adam Rafferty (Feb. 15, Capitol Theatre), Zac Brown Band (Feb. 22, 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre), the Florida Strawberry Festival (Feb. 28-March 1, Plant City), Bon Jovi (March 1, Tampa Bay Times Forum), Dropkick Murphys (March 3, Jannus Live), Excision (March 3, Ritz Ybor), Helen Reddy (March 14 and 16, Capitol Theatre), Jim Messina (March 16, The Club at Treasure Island), Nile (April 3, State Theatre) and Amy Schumer (May 11, Straz Center).

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

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Next Big Thing set times: When Fun., Bush, Of Monsters and Men, Flogging Molly, Grouplove and more will play in St. Petersburg


After a six-year excursion to Tampa’s 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, the 2012 edition of 97X Next Big Thing returns to its more festival-like roots on Saturday at its new home, Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Through Friday, tickets are $45 at all floridacentral Credit Union locations and $45 plus service fees via Ticketmaster; on Saturday, it’s $60 at the gate. Doors open at 10 a.m. For details, click here.

Here’s the scoop on the 97X Next Big Thing set times and lineup.

Rise Against (9:35 to 10:50 p.m.) Three-time Next Big Thing veterans, this Chicago group blends gravelly punk with strong social activism and a furious stage presence. This will be their second time headlining this festival.

Bush (8:10 to 9:10) Gavin Rossdale and his fellow grunge holdovers have made Tampa a virtual second home since reforming after an eight-year hiatus. By all accounts, they stole the show at Next Big Thing 2011.

Silversun Pickups (above, 6:55 to 7:45) Best New Artist nominees at the 2010 Grammy Awards, L.A.’s Silversun Pickups have actually been big names in the indie rock world for a decade, thanks to fuzzy, snarly singles like Lazy Eye and Panic Switch.

Fun. (5:45 to 6:30) When Fun. played last year’s Next Big Thing, they played at 11:30 a.m. Considering the huge year they’ve had — is everyone sick yet of We Are Young and Some Nights? — it’s no surprise they’ll be playing much later on Saturday.

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Paul Reiser talks returning to stand-up, working with Woody Allen and seeing Helen Hunt naked


Paul Reiser was a fixture on Must-See TV as the star of Mad About You. So when we got him on the phone recently to preview his Friday stand-up show at the Club at Treasure Island, we couldn't help asking him about his co-star, Helen Hunt -- specifically, her nude scenes in the acclaimed new movie The Sessions.

"It’s a very tricky movie to make, I would think, so intimate, so potentially melodramatic but it had such a great, light touch," he said. "And it was a great, great role for her."

Yes, but did she ever show up naked on the set of Mad About You?

"All the time. She would come in like that and we would have to persuade her to put on a jacket. We’re like: Don’t show up nude. After a couple of years she got the hang of it."

Reiser performs at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Club at Treasure Island. Tickets are $40. For details, click here.

For more of Steve Persall's interview with Paul Reiser, click here.

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Richard Marx talks acoustic tours, revisiting old hits and writing with Fee Waybill


Back in 2010, Richard Marx made a little music history when he appeared on stage -- alone -- at the historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater. It was, as he told a slightly skeptical crowd, his first-ever solo acoustic show

"I was never more nervous before a show in my life. Literally sick to my stomach with fear," Marx told me this week in an e-mail chat. "Then about halfway through the first song I realized this might end up being pretty fun."

Marx will return to the Capitol Theater on Saturday and Tuesday for two more acoustic shows. The first is sold out; tickets to the second start at $42.50. Click here for details.

For more of Steve Spears' interview with Richard Marx, click here.

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Artist of the day: Bad Santa and the Angry Elves


Horror punk at Halloween? Absolutely. Yuletide punk around Christmastime? Okay, that’s a new one.

Orlando actor Christian Kelty leads Bad Santa and the Angry Elves, a troupe of costumed characters who spread their unique blend of randy, red-and-green rock ‘n’ roll cheer around Central Florida and beyond this time of year. They play both naughty originals and punk and classic rock favorites reworked with a holiday theme (i.e., Giving In the Name to the tune of Rage Against the Machine’s Killing In the Name). Their sound is sludgy, sultry and shadowy — think the Ramones or Judas Priest delivered with the dark humor of Primus.

In addition to holiday shows this year in New York and New Jersey, you can catch Bad Santa and the Angry Elves on Thursday at the Pegasus Lounge in Tampa. Tickets are $5-$7. Click here.

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