Music & Shows

  1. 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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  2. 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.
  3. SoundCheck: Winger, Great White, Go Go's among top live music picks

    Music & Concerts


    With Winger, Great White, Slaughter, Stephen Pearcy, Sobriety X, Stone Gray Band

  4. Katy Perry tones down bawdiness, delivers with style in Tampa show

    Music & Concerts


    It's one of the great cruelties of life: Sooner or later, we all grow too old to shoot whipped cream out of our novelty brassieres. Just ask Katy Perry, whose sold-out Monday show at the Tampa Bay Times Forum was decidedly without rocketing foodstuffs, once the record-setting singer's vavoomish trademark.

    Katy Perry performs Monday night before a female-strong crowd of 15,715 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
  5. Review: Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' is lush but lethal

    Music & Concerts

    Lana Del Rey is something of a pop onomatopoeia. Her voice, like her Hollywood-circa-1939 name and persona, is lush, languid, a seductive instrument that makes the singer sound as if she couldn't be bothered to move from the fainting couch. In another time, another medium, the 28-year-old would have given …

    Lana Del Rey’s new album is poised to debut at No. 1 on Billboard. 
  6. Katy Perry's career in kisses

    Music & Concerts

    Katy Perry's kisses, the hot ones and the cold ones, tell the tale of her career. • The singer, a daughter of Pentecostal pastors, commenced as a 23-year-old flirt with overeager lips. Her debut single, 2008's I Kissed a Girl ("and I liked it, the taste of her cherry ChapStick"), hit No. 1 in almost 20 …

    American singer Katy Perry arrives for a photo shoot at the launch of her Prismatic world tour in Sydney On March 4, 2014. Katy has announced that the Prismatic world tour will head to Australia in November 2014 with live performances at concerts in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. AFP PHOTO / Saeed Khan        (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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