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  1. Review: You get what you pay for with free U2 album

    Music & Concerts

    Imagine if Bono threw a surprise party (hooray!) but the fancy three-tiered cake was made of sawdust (oh). That's my downer mood after U2 released new album Songs of Innocence on Tuesday in conjunction with Apple's new-product hullabaloo. I couldn't wait to eat this one up.

    Mouthwash, please.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets Bono from U2 after they performed at the end of the Apple event on Tuesday.
  2. Not quite Prince performing 'Purple Rain,' but close

    Music & Concerts

    Chances are good, if depressing, that many of us will never get to see Prince perform his epic 1984 album Purple Rain in its entirety. If "the Kid," as Prince was known in the accompanying movie, ever resurrects his Grammy- and Oscar-winning masterpiece in full, it would no doubt take a let's-go-crazy expenditure …

    Prince and Apollonia Kotero in a scene from Purple Rain.
  3. Prolific punk Ty Segall set to perform at the Skatepark of Tampa

    Music & Concerts

    Theater. Music hall. Skatepark?

    Those venues are all part of the current tour itinerary for garage and glam-inspired rocker Ty Segall, who plays the Skatepark of Tampa on Friday.

    Glam-inspired California rocker Ty Segall’s tour itinerary is eclectic — just like his musical influences.
  4. Pop superstar Taylor Swift among this year's CMA nominations

    Music & Concerts

    A week after Taylor Swift said she's now a full-time pop star, Nashville decided to lure the singer back into her country boots for one last yeehaw.

    Taylor Swift performs to a sold out crowd at the Tampa Bay Times Forum as part of her 2013 Red Tour.
  5. Tampa Bay fall concert guide: from arenas to cozy clubs

    Music & Concerts

    Anytime you scan a master calendar list of upcoming concerts, the big ones always jump out. It’s kind of hard to miss the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, One Direction at Raymond James Stadium or a two-night stand from Luke Bryan at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

    One Direction
  6. 5 reasons why you shouldn't count Kings of Leon out just yet

    Music & Concerts

    Four years ago, the world seemed so right for Kings of Leon.

    Kings of Leon credit: Dan Winters

2014 Tampa Bay Ultimate Local Music Guide


Welcome to tbt*'s 2014 Ultimate Local Music Guide!

There is much to love about this year's Ultimate Local Music Guide (you really do need to pick up a hard copy for the full interactive experience), butall the highlights are here. So take a tour of this page to hear music from 2014 top local bands, watch performances and read the stories!

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Three bands, one man: Interview with Singer-songwriter Mark Etherington