Music & Shows

  1. A Kiss and tell moment with Gene Simmons

    Music & Concerts

    One of the proudest — or at least weirdest and most unseemly — moments of my pop critic career was when Gene Simmons, the exceptionally tongued bassist in Kiss, suggested during an interview that he had (ahem) dated my mother. It was at the end of a video conference and the metallic Detroit Rock City …

    (2012)  Gene Simmons of KISS performs on stage in Tampa.
  2. Beach Bum Pirate to play in Ruskin

    Music & Concerts

    Your friendly, neighborhood beach bum pirate just wants to be sure you have a good time.

    Scott Ramsey performs as the Beach Bum Pirate in Ruskin this Sunday.
  3. SoundCheck: American Idol Live, the Fray, Aaron Lewis among top live music picks

    Music & Concerts

    American Idol Live

    With C.J. Harris, Sam Woolf, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson

    American Idol champ Caleb Johnson and show finalists perform Friday.
  4. Lionel Richie, in Tampa tonight, sets a mood like no one else

    Music & Concerts

    When I say Lionel Richie is one of the great mood-setters in pop music, I'm not just talking about spinning his records to better heat up date night. (Although that works, too.)

    Singer Lionel Richie is in Tampa on Monday. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)
  5. SoundCheck: Tim McGraw, Morris Day and the Time, Dave Matthews among top live music picks

    Music & Concerts

    Tim McGraw

    With Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope

    Details: Saturday 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $32-$70. (813) 740-2446.

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  6. Review: On 'Paula,' Robin Thicke holds nothing back — and it's fascinating

    Music & Concerts

    There's absolutely nothing subtle about Robin Thicke, which is both his greatest strength and, well, the reason lots of people think he's a lunkhead. From his elevated hair to his wolfish grin to the audacity of Blurred Lines, the guy is all id, all out there. He definitely shares braggish traits — …

    There’s certainly nothing subtle about Robin Thicke’s new album Paula, a brazen mea culpa to his estranged wife.

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!

Tampa Bay Local Music Quiz: Which music venue is perfect for you?

If you are seeking a live …


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