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  1. A job out of tune with changing tastes in music

    Working Life

    Bill McKaig likes to work with his hands. And his ears.

    Bill McKaig fixes piano keys by reapplying felt to them in his workshop in Tampa. McKaig has been tuning pianos in Tampa Bay for 34 years.
  2. Billy Joe Royal dies, leaving fans "Down in the Boondocks"


    You always remember your first time. I was eight years old when it happened, during one of those summers that movies teach us children never forget.

    My first brush with celebrity.

    What did you think I meant?

    Billy Joe Royal, 73, died in his sleep Tuesday in North Carolina
  3. Music Planner: Club shows abound, from Ghost to Drive-By Truckers to Death Grips

    Music & Concerts


    There are big concerts all around Tampa Bay this week, including Big Sean at the USF Sun Dome. But if there's ever been a week to go to a club show instead of an arena, this is it. Whether you love punk, pop, folk, soul or metal, you'll find it in spades at one of the area's top …

    Death Grips
  4. Tampa's Jingle Ball lineup: 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, more

    Music & Concerts

    There's no Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars or Pharrell Williams atop the lineup for this year's 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball. No one jaw-dropping star with enough cross-generational appeal to help make it the top pop show of the winter.

    Demi Lovato performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2014 at Amalie Arena on December 22, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. She will join the lineup again for the show in 2015. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  5. Florida Orchestra to play for patients at Hillsborough hospitals


    LUTZ — The Florida Orchestra will give free concerts this week for patients and staff at Hillsborough County hospitals, part of an ongoing effort to reach the sick and the elderly.

    Michael Francis conducts the Florida Orchestra earlier this month at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. 

The orchestra will give free concerts this week for patients and staff at Hillsborough County hospitals, part of an ongoing effort to reach the sick and the elderly. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  6. The Weeknd or Miguel: Who's the king of progressive, psychosexual R&B?

    Music & Concerts

    Miguel and the Weeknd last performed in Tampa in 2013. I was at both shows, and both men blew me away. Even months afterward, I couldn't tell you who was better.

    BURBANK, CA - JULY 17:  Singer Miguel performs on The Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater on July 17, 2015 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
  7. Music Planner: Party with Paisley and Aoki, protest with DiFranco, dance with MisterWives

    Music & Concerts

    BRAD ATTITUDE: Brad Paisley

    They don't make 'em like Brad Paisley anymore — mischievous sips of moonshine who can write a killer hook about as well as he can pick a Fender.

    Brad Paisley will play the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday.
  8. Ani DiFranco, unstoppable as ever despite life's speed bumps

    Music & Concerts

    Sometimes Ani DiFranco thinks back to the time she shaved her head.

    Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco will perform in Clearwater on Oct. 7.
  9. Florida Orchestra opens season with controversial pianist


    This weekend is an important one for the Florida Orchestra, with the debut Friday of Michael Francis as music director. Francis will conduct Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.

    Valentina Lisitsa will play Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with The Florida Orchestra. Courtesy The Florida Orchestra.
  10. Behold: Cat rap by Run the Jewels

    It's come to this.

    Having conquered the Internet and the made-for-TV-movie, it appears that our feline overlords have set their sights on the world of music. Cat lovers rejoice!

    Run the Jewels