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Melissa Etheridge performs Thursday at the Mahaffey Theater. Primary Wave

Music Planner: 97X Next Big Thing, Lauryn Hill; Melissa Etheridge brings holiday cheer

HOLIDAY CHEER: Melissa Etheridge Let's clear up one thing: Melissa Etheridge's Christmas tour isn't really a Christmas tour. "There is this time of year that everyone kind of has the same feeling," Etheridge said in a recent phone interview. "We all call it something different, but historically through ancient time …


  1. Back in the '80s, 'My Baby' was The Pretenders' pride and joy


    Looking for a present for an '80s music fan in your life? Just in time for the gift-giving season, the Pretenders have released their first album in eight years. If you are looking for reasons to remind yourself of how good the Prentenders were in the '80s, let's dig out the old chestnut My Baby.

  2. Ephraim Sykes' painful St. Petersburg past fuels his performance in NBC's 'Hairspray, Live!'

    Human Interest

    Maddie Baillio, left, as Tracy Turnblad, Harvey Fierstein, center, as Edna Turnblad and Ephraim Sykes, right, as Seaweed J. Stubbs in the television special "Hairspray Live!" [NBC]
  3. Journey, Asia touring together in 2017


    Journey’s pretty fond of saying how well they’re doing on the tour circuit these days - selling out huge gigs even without Steve Perry fronting the band. Of course, it’s easy to sell out an amphitheater when you have bands like Loverboy, Pat Benatar, Heart, Night Ranger and …

  4. The story behind ... 'Christmas Wrapping' by The Waitresses


    Is there a song from the '80s that better represents the ups and downs of the holiday season better than Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses

  5. Can you name the one American band that recorded with Band Aid?


    Band Aid was considered the best collection of popular musicians that Britain had to offer but not every artist in Band Aid was from across the pond. So who was the answer to the trivia question of what American group participated in Band Aid? It was Kool & the Gang.

  6. A track-by-track review of the Hamilton Mixtape


    For Hamilton fans, Friday's release of the Hamilton Mixtape was like having parents who really don't know how to hide gifts. It's not your fault your …

  7. New Gremlins soundtrack also subject to Mogwai care rules


    Do you remember the three rules for caring for a “Mogwai” from the classic '80s flick Gremlins? Avoid bright light. Don’t get them wet. And never feed them after midnight. Turns out two of those rules apply to the movie’s soundtrack as well.

  8. Dolly Parton promises $1,000 a month for victims of Tennessee wildfires


    Dolly Parton has announced plans to give $1,000 each month to families who lost their homes in the devastating wildfires that have claimed hundreds of buildings and at least seven lives in the Great …

    Dolly Parton performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Nov. 26, 2016.[ Luis Santana | Times]
  9. I was a seat-filler at Barbra Streisand's Tampa concert. Here's what it was like


    The last thing I expected to do Wednesday night was count the pores on Barbra Streisand's face.

    Barbra Streisand performs Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Streisand is scheduled to perform in Sunrise, Florida on Dec. 3.
  10. One band was the status quo in Britain for six decades


    If you were to ask an American to name the biggest Brit bands of the rock 'n' roll era, you'd get responses like The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks and the Rolling Stones. But in England, a band that lasted just as long and produced as many hits in their native country was Status Quo, who were successful all through …