Music & Shows

  1. The Pals: Tampa pop-rock band seeks meaning in melody

    Music & Concerts

    The Pals are Clearwater quartet of mid 20-somethings who deliver catchy, sing-along, stick-in-your-head melodies. Their music teeters on the edges of traditionalism and modernism, taking listeners to a place that sounds simultaneously familiar and foreign — think the sonic foundations of Copeland and Death Cab For …

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  2. Local acts, national spotlight

    Music & Concerts

    Benjamin Booker, 'Benjamin Booker' (ATO)

    Release date: Aug. 18

    Last year, it looked like Booker was a shoo-in to become Tampa's long-awaited breakout artist. Then he and drummer/co-conspirator Max Norton packed up and took their game to New Orleans. Oh, well. Hard to argue the move didn't work out for …

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  3. SoundCheck: Cassadee Pope among top live music picks

    Music & Concerts

    Cassadee Pope

    Details: Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 987-2855.

    Cassadee Pope performs at the Dallas Bull in Tampa on Thursday (Aug. 21).
  4. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' shakes up pop world (w/video)

    Music & Concerts

    Taylor Swift, she of the saucer-eyed surprise face and cutthroat business acumen, rah-rahed back into our lives Tuesday with Shake It Off, a single from her upcoming "first documented official pop album."

    Taylor Swift arrives at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 10.
  5. With Bacall's death, all 16 celebs in Madonna's 'Vogue' are gone

    Music & Concerts

    An odd bit of trivia about the passing of Lauren Bacall on Tuesday: As Marci Robin pointed out on Twitter, all 16 of the 20th-century stars immortalized in Madonna's Vogue are now dead. The famous black-and-white music video, directed by David Fincher, is an homage to the golden age of Hollywood. The song came …

    Lauren Bacall on stage at the 78th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on March 5, 2006. Bacall died on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2014. [McClatchy-Tribune]
  6. After decades of decadence, here comes Motley Crue once more

    Music & Concerts

    If Sunday's Motley Crue show in Tampa is truly the Sunset Strip heathens' "farewell" gig here — we know the drill with goodbye tours — then we should honor the hair-metalists as one of rockdom's most "dangerous" bands. After all, when it comes to the Crue (singer Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy …

    The Crue: Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee.

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 …

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

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