WMNF heads north with inaugural Rockin' The Ranch festival in Brooksville

He's My Brother She's My Sister

He's My Brother She's My Sister

Community radio station WMNF-88.5 is known for one big festival: Tropical Heatwave. But this year, they're branching out with a three-day fest that kicks off Friday at Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville.

The inaugural Rockin' the Ranch music festival, which runs today through Sunday, offers pretty much what one might expect from the station known for its eclectic, genre-bending programming. Acts like He's My Brother She's My Sister, Black Taxi, Paper Bird, The Hip Abduction, and Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso will all cross over into territory that is familiar to audiences older than 30.

In addition to the more rocking acts, the festival will feature a quieter "living room" stage with noted songwriters Fran Snyder, Paul Sprawl, Paul Schneider, Heather Pierson, Jon Carroll and Natalie Gelman.

Click here for Logan Neill's story.

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Photos: Foreigner unplugs for acoustic set at 107.3 The Eagle in St. Petersburg

Foreigner performs an acoustic set at 107.3 The Eagle in St. Petersburg on Feb. 28, 2013.

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Foreigner performs an acoustic set at 107.3 The Eagle in St. Petersburg on Feb. 28, 2013.

Hours before their headlining set on the opening night of the Florida Strawberry Festival, the Juke Box Heroes of Foreigner stopped by classic rock station 107.3 The Eagle in St. Petersburg for an intimate acoustic set for contest winners and radio partners.

The band may not exactly resemble its classic lineup, but founding guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones, vocalist Kelly Hansen and company still know how to rock some power chords and harmonies. The group played four of their biggest hits -- Double Vision, Feels Like The First Time, I Want To Know What Love Is and Hot Blooded -- and answered a few questions.

Jones talked briefly about being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside original vocalist Lou Gramm: "It's a big responsibility. Now I've gotta come up with a few more." And he said a memoir might be in the works: "I'm thinking of compiliing a book of my adventures in rock. It's daunting, and it could be embarrassing for a lot of people." Hopefully it'll include the story he alluded to about Lynyrd Skynyrd teaching him how to detach a hotel-room sink and throw it out your window. …

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This week in Tampa: Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls, Dropkick Murphys and more

The biggest musical event in Tampa Bay this week -- for the next 10 days, really -- is the Florida Strawberry Festival, which starts tonight and will bring artists like Blake Shelton, Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson and Hunter Hayes to Plant City. Click here for Sean Daly's preview of the 2013 Strawberry Festival.

As for the rest of the calendar? It's pretty sweet, too. Guest Soundchecker Kate Cillian is here to walk you through the lineup, including Bon Jovi, Dropkick Murphys, Goo Goo Dolls, Hall and Oates, Excision, Coheed and Cambria, Michael Ray, Mushroomhead, Trapt, Waka Flocka Flame, Keb' Mo, Los Lobos, Zoogma, Dumpstaphunk, Tone Loc, Herb Alpert, Bruce Cockburn, Mod Sun and more. …

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Review: Pink captivates Tampa Bay Times Forum with pop hits, high-flying derring-do

Pink performs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Feb. 27, 2013.

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Pink performs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Feb. 27, 2013.

A massive crowd packed into the Tampa Bay Times Forum Wednesday night for the first local show in four years by Pink, whose increasingly respectable music and ambitious high-wire derring-do have made her one of the biggest pop stars in America. Sean Daly was there, and he writes:

Pink proved she could amaze, and then some, the huge crowd of 16,702. Ab-ripped to the extreme, she alternated between Cirque du Soleil acrobatics (seriously, that stuff was Vegas-quality ridiculous) and strutting the glitzed-out stage like she owned it.

Backed by a full band and all manner of hunky dancing dudes and dudettes — and gamboling about a multi-tiered, effects-fat set equipped with trap doors and two staircases — the star alternated between synthed-out club hits (U + Ur Hand), pop-punk burners (the sinister Trouble) and heartfelt ballads (a gorgeous cover of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game, the pained Family Portrait, an acoustic Who Knew).

Click here for Sean's full Pink review.

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Florida Strawberry Festival lineup: Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery and other acts to watch

One of the biggest annual musical events in Tampa Bay kicks off on Thursday as Foreigner and Chubby Checker take the stage at the Florida Strawberry Festival. It's one of the top country music destinations in the country, a must-play for most Nashville acts on their way up or, in the case of festival headliner Blake Shelton, at the top of their game.

Here are Sean Daly's picks for the five must-see acts on this year's Florida Strawberry Festival lineup, including Shelton, Hunter Hayes (above), Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery and Dwight Yoakam. Click here for a guide to the rest of the festival.

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Ticket Window: Rascal Flatts, Indigo Girls, Andrew W.K. and more

Another show in this year's Country Megaticket goes onsale this week: Rascal Flatts, who will honk their tonks all the way to the Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds on June 7.

Other Tampa Bay concerts with tickets going onsale this week: Jillian Michaels (April 18, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Craig Shoemaker (April 20, The Club at Treasure Island), Suicidal Tendencies (April 30, State Theatre), Boz Scaggs (May 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall), Jon Secada (May 4, The Club at Treasure Island), Clutch (May 9, State Theatre), Andrew W.K. (May 31, Orpheum), Indigo Girls (June 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall) and Rascal Flatts (June 7, Live Nation Amphitheatre).

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

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SoundBytes: Alt-J, Clutch, Tonic and more

-- Winners of Britain’s Mercury Music Prize, and one of the most buzzed-about new alternative groups of the year, Alt-J, are coming to the House of Blues in Orlando on Sept. 24. Tickets are $27.50-$33 and they go onsale March 12.. Click here.

-- Clutch, The Sword and Lionize are teaming up for a mighty night of metal at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. The show is May 9; tickets are $25-$28. Click here.

-- Tonic has been added to the lineup for the Funshine Music Festival, May 3-5 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Click here.

-- There's a ticket deal afoot for Bon Jovi at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday -- $20, down from $30. Click here for details.

-- Former Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan is bringing his act to the Improv in Tampa from April 26-28. Tickets are $20-$22. Click here.

-- The Brass Mug has just booked its second big gig this spring -- first it was Otep on March 22, now it's industrial favorites Fear Factory on May 12. Tickets are $18-$25. Click here.

-- The Gasparilla Music Festival on March 9 has unveiled its complete lineup and schedule, adding locals like Sleepy Vikings, Acme Jazz Garage, Will Quinlan and more. Click here. …

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Andrew W.K. coming to the Orpheum in Tampa

Andrew W.K. is a fascinating guy who wears many fascinating hats: Party-metal emperor, Cartoon Network host, motivational speaker, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic celebu-fan, onetime candidate for Cultural Ambassador to Bahrain ... and, of course, Warped Tour headliner.

That's where we saw him, at least, back in 2010, when he put on a show-stopping feel-good slam dance on the Warped mainstage in Vinoy Park. How can you resist getting down when W.K. and his whole crew are thrashing and boogieing down on She Is Beautiful?

So we're stoked to learn that Andrew W.K., whose hits include Party Hard, It's Time To Party, Long Live the Party, Party Til You Puke and, lest we forget, Party Party Party -- is coming to the Orpheum in Tampa.

The gig will take place in the wonderfully intimate Orpheum in Ybor City. Tickets are just $20, and they go onsale Friday. Trust us, it'll be the best party in town that night.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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SoundBytes: Family of the Year, the Mowgli's, Iceage and more

Family of the Year

Family of the Year

-- California indie-folk outfit Family of the Year should appeal to fans of Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes; you’ve probably heard their track Chugjug in a commercial somewhere. And the Mowgli’s (yes, the apostophe is supposed to be there) have a rising rock hit in San Fransisco. So their combined show at the Ritz Ybor on March 22 should be a big one — especially since tickets are only $10-$12. Click here.

-- What’s the world coming to when we have two buzzworthy bands called Ice Age? Technically, Ice Age is a metal band from New York, and Iceage is a post-punk outfit from Denmark. The Danish group is the one that’ll be coming to Crowbar in Ybor City on June 8. Click here for dates.

-- If you slept on reserved tickets to Blake Shelton’s concert on March 10 at the Florida Strawberry Festival, bad news — it’s sold out. Your best chance at getting in is to line up outside the stadium early that day for one of about 3,000 first-come, first-served seats.

-- Hardcore legends Suicidal Tendencies are coming to the State Theatre on April 30. Tickets are $24 and they go on sale March 1. Click here. …

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Review: Muse bring massive rock spectacle to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa

Muse singer Matt Bellamy performs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

Luis Santana

Muse singer Matt Bellamy performs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

 

Seems ironic that, during their concert Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Muse would introduce the massive rock explosion they call Hysteria with singer-guitarist Matt Bellamy delivering a monstrous, Hendrixified rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

After all, aren’t these guys British? And when it comes to big, ballsy, rock ‘n’ roll bombast, man, do the Brits have our number.

From Zeppelin and Queen to U2 and Coldplay, nothing screams spectacle like a British rock band in size-too-tight pants. For every Kiss and Motley Crue we can throw at them, they’ll volley right back with The Who or Def Leppard.

Muse oh-so-badly want to be a part of that canon – this is a band that used to call its shot by opening with its biggest hit, Uprising – and with every album and tour, they keep upping the ante to get there. They’re Britain’s biggest musical export that doesn’t feature a banjo – and, frankly, we bet Bellamy hasn’t ruled out the idea. …

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Muse plays ping-pong with Tampa Bay fans prior to Tampa concert

Muse singer Matthew Bellamy plays ping-pong with Mary Kate Dahlberg, 24, of Brandon, inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Her boyfriend, Jason Williams, won a 97X contest for the chance to play ping-pong with the group prior to their concert in Tampa on Feb. 23, 2013. Williams' teammate was Muse drummer Dominic Howard.

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Muse singer Matthew Bellamy plays ping-pong with Mary Kate Dahlberg, 24, of Brandon, inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Her boyfriend, Jason Williams, won a 97X contest for the chance to play ping-pong with the group prior to their concert in Tampa on Feb. 23, 2013. Williams' teammate was Muse drummer Dominic Howard.

 

Jason Williams and Mary Kate Dahlberg stood in a small, nearly empty dressing room inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum Saturday night. Before them stood a ping-pong table customized with the logo of a gigantic British rock band.

Dahlberg, 24, slipped her arms around Williams. “Thank you for bringing me,” she said softly.

How could he not? Dahlberg made the iMovie that got them there: A short clip of Williams, a lifelong ping-pong player, pleading his case for why he should get to play table tennis against Muse.

Understand: This was not your everyday radio-sponsored meet-and-greet. Muse is a Grammy-winning trio, one of the biggest alternative rock bands in the world. When local station 97X staged a meet-and-greet contest called “What would you lose for Muse?,” one woman cut off her hair. Another gave away her wedding dress. One guy let a DJ wax an eyebrow.

But as giant as they are, Muse like staging creative contests to get fans involved. On this tour, they’ve brought a custom ping-pong table and offering one fan in each city the chance to play against two band members before the show. In Tampa, eight people submitted videos of themselves doing racket tricks and begging for the prize. …

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Photos: DJ Trauma tribute draws DJs, rappers, radio personalities to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

The parents of former Wild 94.1 DJ Stephen Seravalli, a.k.a. DJ Trauma, who died suddenly in January of flu-like symptoms, thanked the crowd for staging a tribute concert on Feb. 21 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg.

Luis Santana

The parents of former Wild 94.1 DJ Stephen Seravalli, a.k.a. DJ Trauma, who died suddenly in January of flu-like symptoms, thanked the crowd for staging a tribute concert on Feb. 21 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg.

What seemed like half of the DJs, rappers and radio personalities in Tampa Bay turned out at Jannus Live Thursday night to pay tribute to DJ Trauma, a former Wild 94.1 DJ who died unexpectedly in January.

Trauma, a.k.a. Stephen Seravalli, died after contracting flu-like symptoms during a visit to Tampa. He died on the night of Jan. 12 in Phoenix, Ariz.

On Thursday, many members of the local hip-hop community, including rappers like Krazy, Soldier, Rated R and Miami rapper JT Money, turned out to celebrate Trauma's life. Seravalli's parents were there to thank the crowd for their support.

Tbt*'s Luis Santana was there, too. He shares these photos from the event.

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Artist of the day: Permanent Makeup

Permanent Makeup’s laurels rest upon a DIY punk aesthetic, primal drumbeats, chugging melodic bass and delay-drenched guitars.

Permanent Makeup comprises husband-and-wife team Chris Nadeau, bass and vocals, and Susan Dickson, drums and art, with James Bess joining on guitar and vocals. Bess hails from the ashes of Dumbwaiters and Insect Joy, while Nadeau splits time between Permanent Makeup, Blast and the Detergents and Egos. Dickson cut her teeth playing with the likes of Modern T.V. and Crypto Tongue. 

Their musical foray began about two years ago. Their first gig was at Circus Surreal, a multimedia event held at a doctor’s office. Their set was unrehearsed and largely improvised, with vocal duties being handled by friends and guests reading infomercial ad copy. From there, the group has been performing locally and nationally, and is on the cusp of releasing its sophomore effort The Void … It Creeps. The band enlightens us further …

What did you learn from previous acts that you apply or subtract from your current equation? …

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Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z coming to Sun Life Stadium in Miami

It takes a heck of a concert announcement for us to consider driving to Miami. This, we'd say, fits that bill.

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z announced details of their joint summer tour of North American stadiums, and only one date in the entire South made the cut: Aug. 16 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. Beyond that, the nearest city is in Baltimore.

This isn't to say that either JT or Hova won't embark on a solo tour at some point, and who knows, maybe one of them will come back to Florida. For now, though, this is all you get. You'd best get on your Suit & Tie s---.

Tickets for all dates except July 19 in New York will go onsale to the public on Feb. 28 through Ticketmaster. Click here for all the details.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

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Loudon Wainwright III talks death, fatherhood and working with Judd Apatow

Ross Halfin

Over 45 years, Loudon Wainwright III’s career has comprised everything from New York folkster to novelty singer-songwriter to a favorite of comedy’s premier tastemaker.

The musician started in 1968, receiving the oft-used label of the “new Bob Dylan.” Then he continued playing for four decades, scoring perhaps his biggest hit with the 1972 novelty song Dead Skunk.

Now, to a certain generation, he may best known for his work with Judd Apatow, including playing the father on Undeclared, and as the father of singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

Yet he’s still putting out albums, including his newest Older Than My Old Man Now, which deals with his father, a Life magazine journalist, and death. The subject is a familiar one for Wainwright, having written about his father’s death before on History and his mother’s on Last Man on Earth.

He’ll be stopping by the Capitol Theatre on Feb. 28 in a tour promoting the album (click here for ticket details). In an interview, Wainwright talks death, family and Judd Apatow. Here are excerpts. …

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