Vintage Trouble performs at the Local 662 in St. Petersburg on April 30, 2013.
On Tuesday night, I walked into the Local 662 near the end of Vintage Trouble's set, and the dancefloor was in a frenzy. Turns out singer Ty Taylor was there in the middle, dancing and sweating and singing up a storm.
This was a homecoming show for Tampa-born, Brandon-raised bassist Rick Barrio Dill, and you could tell the funk, rock and soul quartet was ready to bring the party to a sold-out show. Fans craned their necks in from the street to get a glimpse of the relatively no-name band that's toured with The Who and Bon Jovi, and just played the mainstage at Coachella.
The best part? After their encore, Vintage Trouble took a bow, jumped offstage into the crowd and marched straight back to the merch tent to sign autographs. That's how a professional band does business, baby.
Click on the headline of this post to see a slideshow of photos from Tuesday's Vintage Trouble show.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*Full Story
Come mid-September, Tampa Bay might become the ultimate New Wave destination.
On Sept. 14, Depeche Mode will perform at the Live Nation Amphitheatre. And it's just been announced that on the eve of that show, Pet Shop Boys will take the stage at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. That's a Friday-Saturday doubleheader featuring two of the most popular and enduring New Wave synth-pop acts of the '80s. (Quick! Someone book New Order or Erasure on Sept. 15!)
The English duo, famous for hits like West End Girls and It's a Sin, will perform at the Mahaffey on Sept. 13. Tickets are $29.50 to $99.50, and they'll go onsale at noon May 4.
Click here for details on the show.
Ben Taylor was tinkering with a song he’d written for his 12-year-old twin half-brothers, and having some trouble with the bridge. So he called the father the three of them share, and over the phone, he sang what he had so far.
“Aw, that’s so beautiful!” said James Taylor. “I wish I had written that for Rufus and Henry.”
The result is Oh Brother, the snappy second track on Ben Taylor’s latest album, Listening. Written to counsel and encourage his young half-brothers, it also became one of Ben’s most overt homages to his father. Not only does he sing of seeking “some of that good old time JT,” his inflection on the lyric, “You can always call out my name” mirrors an almost identical line in James’ 1971 hit You’ve Got a Friend.
“My music is a huge amalgamation of things and influence and styles, but it’s very much made up of music that my parents made that I heard growing up,” said Ben, the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon. “It’s ingrained in me. I have a hard time separating between the two.” …Full Story
-- Looks like Tyga, above, and not Future, will accompany Lil Wayne and T.I. to the Live Nation Amphitheatre on July 13. Click here.
-- This is sure to be one of the hottest R&B tours of the summer: The-Dream and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child are hitting the road and will play the House of Blues in Orlando on June 6. Tickets start at $24. Click here.
-- Orlando's Amway Center continues to dominate when it comes to booking A-list Latin entertainment. On July 6, Grammy-winning Colombian superstar Carlos Vives will hit the Amway Center. Tickets are $19-$119. Click here.
-- Davy Jones may have caught the Last Train to Clarksville (RIP), but that isn't slowing down the Monkees. The three surviving members of the pop icons -- Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork are hitting the road this summer, and they'll make a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 28. Tickte are $50-$175. Click here.
-- Comic Kathy Griffin is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 13. Tickets are $52.50-$150. Click here. …Full Story
These kids today. Why are they all so happy?
Bands bursting with day-glo positivity are a dime a dozen in modern music. Fun., Imagine Dragons, Passion Pit, Walk the Moon, Grouplove and Of Monsters and Men all sing scream-along anthems with fists-in-the-air abandon, and their young fans can’t seem to get enough.
“Maybe it’s just what’s going on in the world — people are kind of sick of feeling down,” said Sam Martin, singer of L.A. indie-pop startups Youngblood Hawke. “They want to find an outlet that makes them feel positive about everything, and music is a big part of that. It’s a way to escape.”
Youngblood Hawke’s hit We Come Running is a perfect example. “I’ve had many people come up to us and say that that song gets them up in the morning,” Martin said. “That song kind of makes them feel like they can do anything.”
Youngblood Hawke — who on Friday will add a shot of youthful exuberance to the Funshine Music Festival at the Florida State Fairgrounds — just released their debut LP, Wake Up, a collection of glossy retro synth-pop and huge, hooky choruses. …Full Story
The last time Marilyn Manson came to Jannus Live, it made national news.
On Nov. 13, 1996, St. Petersburg police were planning to monitor Manson's show in the courtyard to make sure the singer didn't violate local obscenity laws. That, however, happened to be the same night that St. Petersburg erupted into a series of race riots, which meant the cops were needed elsewhere.
That didn't stop Manson from claiming in the pages of Rolling Stone that he was arrested at Jannus for indecent exposure. The cops said it never happened. But hey, where's the fun in being Marilyn Manson if you can't spin a controversial yarn every now and then?
But now Manson is returning to the town where he couldn't get arrested. The shock-rock icon is embarking on a tour of smaller venues, and it'll include a stop at Jannus Live on July 20. Picture Me Broken will open. Tickets are $44, and they'll go onsale Friday. Click here.
St. Petersburg cops, here's your chance to right the wrongs of the past. Break out the videotape, and you might finally be able to lay the bracelets on Marilyn Manson.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*Full Story
We had an inkling this might be coming when OneRepublic booked a show in Orlando, but now it's official: Ryan Tedder and his heart-pounding hitmakers will be part of the Tampa Bay Rays' summer concert series.
OneRepublic, famous for outsized smashes like Apologize, Good Life and Secrets, will perform following the Rays-Toronto Blue Jays game on Saturday, Aug. 17. As always, the concert is free with game admission, but you can buy a wristband for field access.
Here's the Rays' full 2013 summer concert series lineup:
May 11 (San Diego Padres): Kenny Loggins
June 8 (Baltimore Orioles): Martina McBride
June 16 (Kansas City Royals): Imagination Movers
July 14 (Houston Astros): Carly Rae Jepsen
Aug. 18 (Toronto Blue Jays): Victoria Justice Full Story
Huzzah! Tbt*'s 2013 Ultimate Local Music Guide is here! Pick up a copy at a box near you, or click here to check it out online.
Inside, you'll find shout-outs to more than 100 local bands of all genres, plus our 25 most anticipated concerts of summer, some of our favorite #tampabaylive submissions and more. And be sure to download the free Layar app so you can experiment with the issue's augmented reality!
If that's not enough, head to our revamped music page, tampabay.com/music. There you'll find music news, concert photos, videos of our top 10 bands and more. Thanks to everyone who made this happen.
For the third straight year, we’re teaming up with Tampa’s free monthly Rock the Park, to showcase three of this year’s Top 10 artists: Bluegrass jam band The Applebutter Express, fun-loving punks Wolf-Face and genre-pushing rapper-producer Heights NS. They’ll all perform in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park Thursday, starting around 6:30 p.m. For details, click here.
All week, we've been spotlighting this year's class of Ultimate Local Artists, who are making some truly excellent music. Want to get caught up? Here's a recap:
-- Wolf Face: Punk that's howlingly fun, and seriously good …Full Story
What does Bradenton rock band Have Gun, Will Travel taste like?
Hoppy, citrusy and refreshing, according to Cigar City Brewing, which recently brewed a pale ale in the group's honor. The new High Road Ale, named for an upcoming single, is part of a collaboration between the band, Cigar City and Rock Brothers Brewing.
A launch concert/party featuring Have Gun, Will Travel will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Pete Beach's Postcard Inn at 6300 Gulf Blvd. Admission is free, but with a $20 VIP ticket you get a barbecue pork dinner, three High Road Ales and an mp3 download of Have Gun, Will Travel's new single High Road. Click here for details.
For more on Have Gun, Will Travel's High Road Ale, click here for Robbyn Mitchell's story.Full Story
Now that they've reunited for a new album, 13, Black Sabbath are hitting the road. And what's a Black Sabbath tour without a stop in Tampa, the cradle of death metal?
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will bring Black Sabbath's reunion tour to the Live Nation Amphitheatre in Tampa on July 29, according to an announcement from the band. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but the band says the Tampa show will go onsale May 11 via Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
Considering the age of all involved, this might be your best chance to hear the metal icons perform War Pigs, Paranoid and Iron Man live. Get 'em while they're hot.Full Story
Vintage Trouble's Rick Barrio Dill, far left, has found big success since leaving Tampa.
Rick Barrio Dill is in the middle of yet another whirlwind week.
Two nights ago, his band made its second appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In three days, they’ll play the main stage at Coachella. Yesterday they found out they’d be opening for the Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park — after, that is, they wrap up yet another tour with The Who.
Welcome to life in Vintage Trouble, the biggest American band you’ve never heard of.
“We’re still pinching ourselves over here,” Dill, the group’s bassist, said by phone from New York, where Vintage Trouble was playing a private gig for the fashion house John Varvatos. “It’s been a quick three years.”
It’s definitely a far cry from the ’90s, when Dill, a Brandon native, was scraping out a living in Tampa, working in studios and gigging five nights a week. …Full Story
Between Taylor Swift and Rihanna last weekend, and Funk Fest and the Funshine Music Festival next weekend, you'd think we'd have a weekend off from great music. Think again. You can expect another jam-packed slate of national acts coming through Tampa this week.
Among the highlights: 98 Rockfest (with Alice in Chains, above), Willie Nelson, A Day to Remember, the Black Crowes, Vintage Trouble, Relient K, Peter Murphy, Spam Allstars, Asking Alexandria, Dr. Ralph Stanley, STS9, Chris Botti, Air Supply, America, Billy Currington, Suicidal Tendencies and more. Here to walk you through it all is Suburban Apologist's Ray Roa.
Try not to freak out about this, hippies, but you know that Americanarama Music Festival we told you about earlier this week? The one with Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket? The one that local music fans have been freaking out about all week?
They've just added a fourth performer: Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, who will play a solo acoustic set. Not that you needed another reason to buy a ticket, but that's a pretty dang good one.
Tickets go onsale Saturday, starting at the unbelievably reasonable price of $27. Click here to get them.Full Story
Merchandise, performing here at Mojo Books and Music, has attained international fans and acclaim, largely under the radar.
(Welcome to tbt*’s Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Today: Underground indie/punk/New Wave outfit Merchandise.)
As Merchandise plays its first Tampa show in months at Mojo Books and Music, they seem at home.
Singer Carson Cox, who sports a croon and coif akin to Morrissey, dances with a throng of women in the front of the crowd. He vaults the store’s coffee bar. He plays guitar while lying on the floor that’s been slicked by the heels of hipsters.
If Merchandise seems at home, that’s because the band members are. The noisy pop/post-punk quartet, which also includes Dave Vassalotti, Patrick Brady and new drummer Elsner Nino, hails from Tampa. And following the release of last year’s Children of Desire, write-ups from Pitchfork and Spin and several festival dates, the group is poised to be the biggest band to come from the bay area in a while.Full Story
Devin Spears, a.k.a. Nerd Rage, starts another party at the Amphitheatre.
(Welcome to tbt*'s Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we're spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Today: Rising dubstep star Nerd Rage.)
It’s fitting that Nerd Rage is Tampa Bay’s electronic music emissary of the moment.
The man born Devin Spears got his start in a metal band, as so many Tampa kids do, and he’s brought that same aggressive, level-pushing, screamed-out sound to his beats.
“My image is the crazy metal kid who likes to go hard and rage and scream and crowdsurf and all that,” said Spears. “I don’t run around screaming ‘Tampa!’, but everyone knows where I’m from.”
Spears was calling from Austin, Texas, on an off day from his tour with Dirtyphonics and Le Castle Vania. It’s a tour that has been packing venues from coast to coast – and which Spears has generously documented for fans’ voyeuristic pleasure with plenty of Instagrams of booze, backstage bawdiness and party-brah poses.
This raucous rock-star lifestyle should come as no surprise to Nerd Rage devotees in Florida and beyond. As the DJ behind the Amphitheatre’s Friday-night dubstep freakout Pound (stylized simply as "#") Nerd Rage regularly draws more than 1,000 partiers to Ybor City. Full Story