Stephanie Bolling, Times Staff Writer

A fifth-generation Tampa native, Stephanie Bolling has been a reporter and editorial assistant for the Tampa Bay Times since 2008. She covers community events, concerts and the performing arts. If she's not hanging around Ybor City with the ghosts of her cigar-rolling ancestors, she'll probably be at the beach or a show trying to find the next great local vibe.

Phone: (813) 226-3408

Email: sbolling@tampabay.com

Twitter: @StephBolling

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  1. Review / photos: Chvrches dazzle the Ritz Ybor in Tampa with striking lights, synth-pop hooks

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    Electronic newcomer Chvrches (pronounced “churches”) made their inaugural appearance in the Sunshine State this week, a year after their debut album The Bones of What You Believe peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard charts.

    Their bubblegum synth-pop isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but between being featured on the FIFA '14 soundtrack, covers of songs by artists ranging from Bauhaus to Prince and their ties to the esoteric witch house crew, they’ve garnered a diverse fan base hailing from their homestead in Scotland to an almost sold-out show at the Ritz Ybor Monday night. ...

    Chvrches performed at the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 6, 2014.
  2. Local Natives performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on April 16, 2014.
  3. Review: Avett Brothers deliver a dynamic, harmonic set of folk and rock at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa

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    After seeing the Avett Brothers perform at the USF Sun Dome on Saturday night, I came away convinced that they’re the kind of fellas that’d take you out to a really nice dinner … if they weren’t so famous.

    Buttoned up shirts, (mostly) neat hair, an air of southern gentlemen, these North Carolina boys knew how to shake down a room, sing a tender ballad and rock out while somehow maintaining total class....

    The Avett Brothers perform at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on March 29, 2014.
  4. Review: The Black Angels, Roky Erickson dive deep into psychedelia at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

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    Psychedelia is back. Not in the way that you feel you need magic mushrooms or LSD, but in the way guitar riffs bend and bounce back in reverb, followed by the echo of lyrics you can’t quite make out but somehow understand.

    That, my friends, is the sound of the Black Angels, who played to a nearly full house at the State Theatre Wednesday night. Swallowed in a swirl of feedback and hallucinatory inducing projections, the Austin, Texas rockers took St. Petersburg on a journey into Indigo Meadow, their fourth studio album, in the way a pop-up book comes to life....

    The Black Angels and Roky Erickson performed at the State Theatre on Feb. 26, 2014.
  5. The best Tampa Bay concerts of 2013, Part 4: The Lumineers, The Weeknd, Alabama Shakes and more

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    (All week on Soundcheck, our contributors are looking back at the best local concerts of 2013. Today: Soundcheck contributor Stephanie Bolling.)

    The xx (Feb. 7, Ritz Ybor): ’Twas a big deal when the British trio announced several stops in oft-forgotten-Florida, including one in Ybor City. The sold-out crowd absorbed the delicate dream pop flawlessly delivered from a dark, moody-lit stage. Who knew that the intimate, breathy tracks would translate into surging, soulful musical pulses, reeling you into a deep, romantic reverie? Way to kick off 2013....

    The Weeknd performs at the Straz Center on Sept. 26, 2013.
  6. Review: The Lumineers enliven Tampa's USF Sun Dome with tons of talent, energy

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    Light-hearted, merry mountain rock spilled out of the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Saturday night thanks to the combination of sets from the Lumineers, Dr. Dog and Nathaniel Rateliff.

    The serenade kicked off early at 7:15 p.m. when Rateliff’s four-person musical entourage, including a pregnant Julie Davis on the upright double bass, entered the already crowded venue. Davis’ shy voice complimented Rateliff’s hearty vocals through an energetic 30-minute set. The first of many surprises came when two members from the Lumineers (Stelth Ulvang and Jeremiah Fraites) suddenly appeared on stage to play a boisterous tune with the opener, and exited as fast as they came....

    The Lumineers perform at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Oct. 19, 2013.
  7. Review: Dawes' simple, melodic style draws lovers of all ages to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

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    You might recognize them from the Gasparilla Music Festival in March or as the opening act for Alison Krauss and Union Station in 2011, but on Wednesday night at the State Theater in St. Petersburg, they were the guys everyone came to see: Dawes.

    By the looks of the crowd, it was the type of show you’d bring your boyfriend or girlfriend to, and maybe even dad or grandpa. The alt-country soul/folk rock style appealed to everyone....

    Dawes performs at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Oct. 16, 2013.
  8. Review Black Rebel Motorcycle club digs deep for raw rock at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

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    Out of L.A. and into our backyard, roaring rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club delivered raucous jams to a nearly full house at St. Petersburg’s State Theater Thursday night. From behind the incessant smoke machines and epilepsy-inducing strobe lights came an almost two-hour set that showcased more than half the tracks off their latest release, Specter at the Feast.

    The trio — Peter Hayes, Robert Levon Been and Leah Shapiro — opened with Hate the Taste, setting the perfect lyrical tone to begin a gig: “I wanna ride with you/Why won’t you take me there?”...

    Restavrant opens for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Oct. 10, 2013.
  9. Review: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' measures up

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    She stood there, tears rolling down her cheeks. The glamor, the glitter meant nothing. She collapsed to the floor after the song. She finally had been broken.

    That wasn't how it ended, or how it began, but it was among the most gripping scenes from Jobsite Theater's full throttle season opener, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, at Shimberg Playhouse.

    Hedwig, played by Spencer Meyers, isn't your normal protagonist. She's saucy, eccentric and transgendered. A botched sex change operation left her with "an angry inch," now also the name of her misfit band, which she uses to cope and express her bizarre chain of life events. Music is her medicine and the audience finds her in the middle of a breakdown, or breakthrough. ...

    Spencer Meyers, front, plays Hedwig in Jobsite’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
  10. 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' comes to Straz for intimate show

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    Jobsite Theater presents the cult musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, about an East Berlin transwoman, Hansel, who endures a botched sex change operation leaving her, now Hedwig, with "an angry inch."

    Hedwig's journey manifests in a sort of rock music soliloquy that takes her across countries, genders and love. She joins a glam rock band (the Angry Inch), falls in love and struggles to find what makes her whole after a life seemingly split in half by cities, people and him/herself....

  11. Review: Family of the Year, The Mowgli's get intimate at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa

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    If the line of cargo trailers in lieu of tour buses outside the Ritz Ybor on Friday night was any indication of the intimate show that beckoned inside, then appearances turned out to be right.

    Fewer than 100 people braved the thunderstorm outdoors and crowded into a side room of the venue. Instead of watching Family of the Year and The Mowgli's in the main hall, fans got an up-close-and-personal performance of the bands on the Royal Room’s side stage, which normally housed a projection screen for concert-goers quelling their nicotine needs....

    Family of the Year performs at the Ritz Ybor on March 22, 2013.
  12. Review: 'Much Ado About Nothing' is worth something

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    TAMPA — Sometimes nothing means everything, and everything means nothing, and there's much ado about it. From the schemes and quarrels to comedic commentary on love, Jobsite Theater's production of Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing captures the vulnerabilities of human emotion and error.

    Underneath multicolored lit lanterns and tree branches strung from the rafters, the cast of 10 performed to a nearly sold out show Sunday afternoon....

    Jonathan Cho (Claudio), Roxanne Fay (Beatrice), Ned Averill-Snell (Benedick), Matt Lunsford (Don Pedro), Katrina Stevenson (Margaret), and Betty-Jane Parks (Hero).
Photo by Brian Smallheer
  13. Beer Week: Cafe Hey provides quite a mouthful

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    Beer week is full of surprises. So was the case for North Coast on North Franklin at Cafe Hey Thursday night. Set against the backdrop of the cafe's open mike night, attendees took a self-guided tour of six brews from North Coast Brewery cleverly paired with signature and specialty items from Cafe Hey in Tampa.

    The recommended method began with the lighter beers and progressively moved to the dark side of the palette. Food pairings ranged from soups and desserts to sandwiches and salads....

  14. Beer Week: Brooklyn brew comes to Ybor

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    East Coast in the house! Florida produces some pretty amazing beer, Tampa Bay Beer Week has established that. But don't be stingy now, share some of that home ground pride up the East Coast to the Brooklyn Brewery.

    The Brooklyn Brewery night at the Bricks of Ybor on Wednesday showcased some of the brewery's specialty and signature blends. It seemed the locals quite fancied the beer from the borough. Take the Sorachi Ace. The 7.6 percent saison contains hops grown on a single farm in Oregon. The taste starts as a classic Belgian, but a surprise hit of lemon pepper zings through the finish line....

  15. Beer Week: All hail to the Hopslam!

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    Hail to the Hopslam! This rare baby debuts once a year and flies off the shelf in less than 24 hours of its arrival. Connoisseurs race to the taps and bars beg for a single keg.

    "Some people trade babies for it, some people just pay for it," said Andrew Seeber, bar manager at the Bricks of Ybor.

    Needless to say, Bell's Brewery shindig Monday night at the Bricks thrived on the Hopslam vibe. The 10 percent "liquid gold" gem (as Seeber called it) kept bar line orders repeated like a broken record, "Hopslam," "Hopslam," "Hopslam!"...