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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Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $89-$200. (727) 791-7400.
SPRING HILL — Two years ago, the Special Olympics program in Hernando County was in trouble. After operating for 18 months without a coordinator, the fledgling organization had lost most of its volunteers. Bocce was the only sport local athletes were offered.
After a few scheduled interviews fall through — his fault, my fault, life's fault — Mavericks frontman Raul Malo calls my iPhone, unplanned, on a Monday morning. I laugh and say the apologetic DIY approach is not a very "rock star" maneuver.
Colorful chords and rhythms paint the walls in the shades of retro Brazil as you listen to guitarist Nate Najar's latest album.
Jesse Thelonious Vance creates.
Appeal isn't a secondary or even a 101st concern as the noise artist and Pangaea Project president turns to his instruments of choice — synthesizers, saxophones, keyboards, typewriters, bullhorns and whatever else he can dream up — to express the sounds in his mind.