(Through the end of the year on Soundcheck, our contributors are looking back at the best local concerts of 2014. Today: tbt*’s Jimmy Geurts.)
Priests (Jan. 14, Planet Retro Gallery): January was an unusually busy month for up-and-coming acts in Tampa Bay — in one week alone, Speedy Ortiz, Priests and Perfect Pussy all played shows, which is 3/7 of a Pitchfork showcase right there. And while there was an undeniable novelty in seeing Perfect Pussy play a literal storage unit, most impressive was Priests, proving a worthy addition to the long lineage of Washington D.C. punk....
TAMPA — Starting next week, Hillsborough County's animal shelter will temporarily stop taking in pets as it prepares to treat for termites.
Officials are asking owners to hold off turning in their pets beginning at noon Dec. 24 while the shelter temporarily relocates animals from the N Falkenburg Road facility, which will be tented. Normal operations resume on Jan. 12.
The shelter will provide items such as food and crates for owners who need them so they can care for their pets during the interim, county pet services director Scott Trebatoski said....
12/07/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — A dreary, drizzling Sunday morning sky didn't deter local cyclists from coming out for the opening of Tampa's new bike-sharing program.
Coast Bike Share held a launch party at Water Works Park in downtown Tampa and a bike ride to Ybor City with Tampa police escorts that drew a couple hundred attendees, city spokeswoman Ali Glisson said.
Among those present were Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City Council member Mike Suarez, police Chief Jane Castor and Richard Gonzmart, owner of the Columbia Restaurant and new restaurant Ulele, next to Water Works Park....
11/23/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Three days after President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes to immigration rules through executive actions, advocates are starting to spread the word to their communities about how they work.
Tampa lawyer Gil Sanchez held a free immigration seminar Sunday inside Raymond James Stadium. The event's purpose, he said, was to inform those who are potentially affected about what the changes mean — and what they don't mean....
11/16/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — It's often said that ideas can come from anywhere. On Sunday afternoon at the John F. Germany Public Library auditorium, several speakers tried to inspire the next great one on topics related to youth.
This being the TEDxYouth@TampaRiverwalk, the fifth annual installment of the event based on the popular TED Talks series, several presenters at the downtown Tampa library were young people themselves....
11/09/14 Human Interest
As the Bible-Based Fellowship Church held its services Sunday, with shouted proclamations and smashing drums, Tampa police Chief Jane Castor watched from the pews before taking her own turn at the pulpit.
She joked with the pastor about her more subdued Protestant church, then addressed the congregation with a serious message about diversity: Her department needs to look more like the community it serves. ...
Between Interpol’s show Thursday at Jannus Live, and Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas headlining the Coral Skies Festival less than two weeks earlier, one could be forgiven for thinking it’s early-'00s New York City again.
First, no, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs didn’t play a secret show anywhere. But the next question it raised is, what have these darlings of the '00s NYC rock scene been up to more than a decade later?...
Review / photos: Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor wraps up with Less Than Jake, Screaming Females, PUP and more10/31/14 Blog
(For a review of Day 1 of Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, click here.)
As Fest 13 begins its onslaught on downtown Gainesville today, Tampa’s offshoot Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor wrapped up Thursday night with some of the biggest names playing this weekend....
Review / photos: Tampa punks rejoice as Day 1 of Pre-Fest brings Strike Anywhere, Kind of Like Spitting, more to Ybor City10/30/14 Blog
The punks walking the sidewalks of Ybor City, the loud music emanating from various venues and the posters proudly advertising Pabst Blue Ribbon deals made it clear: Fest has returned to Tampa.
Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor began its second year Wednesday night across various Ybor City venues. The two-day festival serves as a prelude to Fest 13, the punk extravaganza running Friday through Sunday in Gainesville....
10/26/14 Public Safety
TAMPA — A police officer who narrowly averted a collision with yet another wrong-way driver on Interstate 275 turned around and arrested the man early Sunday.
Josean Carrasquillo, 25, was charged with driving under the influence. There were no injuries or crashes caused by the wrong-way incident, police said.
According to authorities, Tampa patrol officer John Stanjeski was traveling southbound on I-275 near the Howard Avenue exit at about 3 a.m. Sunday as Carrasquillo was driving northbound on the inside lane. The officer had to swerve to avoid colliding with him, Tampa Police Lt. Ashley Roberts said....
10/22/14 Music & Concerts
For the second time, weeknight Ybor City will be overrun by punks sporting band T-shirts, beards and beers.
Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor returns Wednesday and Thursday as a warm-up to Gainesville's punk festival Fest, which runs Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Florida ska group Less Than Jake and Richmond, Va., punk act Strike Anywhere headline the lineup of more than 70 bands playing Ybor City venues like the Orpheum and Crowbar....
Traffic on Kennedy Boulevard traveled by bicycle, roller skate, skateboard and foot in downtown Tampa on Sunday — everything but cars.
The usually busy road was closed to vehicles from Tampa Street to Nebraska Avenue for much of the day for what is called Cyclovia, an event in which participating cities shut down major streets to open them for cyclists and pedestrians.
Booths offering helmet fittings and safety information, food trucks, live music and more set up along the street. Visitors rode along on a wide variety of bikes, scooters, skateboards and roller skates....
TAMPA — A police officer shot and seriously injured an armed robbery suspect early Sunday at an apartment complex near Ybor City, authorities said.
Officer Ronald Neipert, 29, is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office, Tampa Police Department's Homicide Shoot Team and the Internal Affairs Bureau.
According to the Tampa Police Department, John C. Carr Jr. fired at Neipert and later pointed his gun at the officer before being shot. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition. ...
10/01/14 Music & Concerts
Benjamin Booker's story is the kind to make any aspiring musician jealous. Less than two years after starting to play live, he has been signed to a record label, released his debut album, played festivals, opened for Jack White and appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman and Conan.
He lives in New Orleans, but it was in Tampa where the blues- and punk-tinged garage rocker went to Hillsborough High School and later started playing shows. He moved back to Tampa after college in Gainesville and a first attempt at living in New Orleans....
TAMPA— Jetie B. Wilds Jr. spoke with a deliberate tone when he hosted his public affairs show Citizen's Report on WTMP-AM 1150. His words didn't rise with emotion, but that belied how much he cared about Tampa and particularly the African-American community.
Mr. Wilds, a community activist, columnist, political candidate and former talk show host who welcomed elected officials and dignitaries to his Saturday morning show for years, died Sunday. He was 74....