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  1. 97X's Next Big Thing moves back to Tampa with Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon

    Music & Concerts

    For the third time in a decade, Next Big Thing is on the move.

    The Next Big Thing music festival thrown by alt-rock station 97X will shift this year from Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg back to Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, its home from 2006 to 2011.
  2. Music Planner: Earl Sweatshirt arrives, Geri X opens up, bands tackle Taylor Swift in Ybor

    Music & Concerts

    ODD BIRD: EARL SWEATSHIRT

    At some point, Earl Sweatshirt had to show up. For years, his mysterious backstory — exiled as a teen to a boy's academy in Samoa, MIA as his rap crew Odd Future rose to stardom, plagued by addiction and health issues that kept him out of the public eye — …

    Earl Sweatshirt will perform Tuesday night at the Orpheum in Ybor City.
  3. From the archives: Remember the night you saw your first Bruce Springsteen concert?

    Music & Concerts

    Editor's note: This article was originally published in the Floridian section of the then St. Petersburg Times on Nov. 4, 2005.

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band perform at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on  March 23, 2012. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]
  4. Review: 'We Are Your Friends' a soulless, repetitive DJ story

    Movies

    We Are Your Friends is to electronic dance music DJs what Punchline is to standup comedians, a laughable repre-Zen-tation of what it's like to be them. The movie takes something primally appealing and attempts to explain it, fetishize it, turn it into something deeper and more dramatic than …

    Zac Efron stars as Cole Carter, a DJ who wants to make it big, in We Are Your Friends.
  5. Music Planner: Funk Fest, Rob Thomas, an all-new Yes and beer with Umphrey's McGee

    Music & Concerts

    KICK-START THE JAMS: FUNK FEST

    Funk Fest returns to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday for yet another hot, sweaty night of booty-knocking soul jams. You could be forgiven for missing the news, though — Funk Fest has popped up at various venues across Tampa Bay over the last six years, with …

    Jodeci brings ’90s R&B to Tampa with other headliners SWV and Dru Hill at Saturday’s Funk Fest at Raymond James Stadium.
  6. Elvis Presley left the building 38 years ago Sunday

    Blogs

    Where were you Aug. 16, 1977 when news came that Elvis Presley had died?

    The King is dead but lives long
  7. Swooning over this photo of Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in 'I Saw the Light'

    Blogs

    It's getting mighty hard to tell what decade it is around the Things to Do department this week, what with this giant package about all of the '80s entertainment coming back this year and

  8. Music that matters: songs aimed at spanning the racial divide

    Music & Concerts

    In the hours that followed the June 17 mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., Ian Holljes could wait no longer.

    MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 12:  Kendrick Lamar performs on stage during the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Day 2 on June 12, 2015 in Manchester, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  9. 15 protest songs in response to race-related violence

    Music & Concerts

    Over the last year, musicians across all genres have penned protest songs in response to race-related violence in cities like Ferguson, Charleston, Baltimore and New York. Here are 10 rock, folk and pop songs that tackle racial unrest in modern America, and five hip-hop songs that do the same.

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31:  Musician Questlove of The Roots peforms at Infiniti Presents The (RED) Supper To Launch EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES on May 31, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for (Red))
  10. Music Planner: J. Cole, Incubus and Deftones, Tori Kelly and TAKEOFFxLANDING

    Music & Concerts

    NEW KING COLE: J. Cole

    It's easy to sleep on J. Cole. The lanky rapper with the hazy flow doesn't spit chart-toppers like Drake or Kanye West, incendiary truths like Kendrick Lamar or Chance the Rapper, or bangers like Migos or Future.

    J. Cole plays Tampa on Sunday. Big Sean, YG and Jeremih will join him.