Welcome to tbt*'s 2012 Ultimate Local Music Guide! This year's top artists are among the best the bay has to offer, from indie rock to dubstep to old-school soul.

tbt* Ultimate Local Artists 2012

Welcome to the sixth edition of tbt*'s Ultimate Local Music Guide, in which our editors present the top 10 local Tampa Bay area musicians for 2012. This year we feature the hybrid sounds of indie alt-rockers Drake and Sofia, alt-country blues players The Groves, country punk Crash Mitchell, Tampa's favorite shoegazers Sleepy Vikings as well as several other hot acts currently making sonic waves throughout the Tampa Bay area's local live music scene.

Rockupy Tampa Bay - tbt*'s 2012 Ultimate Local Music Guide Rock the Park - Come check out four of tbt*'s 2012 Ultimate Local Artists at 6:30 p.m. May 4 at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. The Groves, Sleepy Vikings, Drake and Sofia and Crash Mitchell will play a free show!

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The PDF version of Ultimate Local Bands 2011