Thursday, July 24, 2014

Photo review: KISS at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

"You wanted the best, you got the best, The hottest band in the world!"

And KISS certainly brought out its best for the Army of fans last night (Wed., July 23) who showed up to see them at the MidFlorida Credit Amphitheatre. Descending from the sky, upon a spider shaped platform amid smoke, fire and pyrotechnic glory: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer gave the crowd a hard rockin' show.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Photo review: Katy Perry at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

A look back at the Mon., June 30 show with Capital Cities and Ferras

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Katy Perry returned to Tampa last night (Mon., June 30), bringing her "Prismatic World Tour" to Tampa Bay Times Forum behind last year's Prism, and with supporting acts Ferras and Capital Cities warming the stage before the pop songstress made her grand entrance.

Katy Perry Performing at Tampa Bay Times Forum
  • Tracy May
  • Katy Perry Performing at Tampa Bay Times Forum

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Photo review: of Montreal bring their bizarre celebration to State Theatre

A look back at the Tue., May 6 show.

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

  • Drunk Camera Guy

Less than a year after their last Tampa Bay stop, of Montreal's psychedelic stage returned to town, this time stopping by State Theatre in St. Petersburg. [More after the jump.]

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: Big Guava Music Festival, Day 3 (Sunday) with Foster the People, Girl Talk & more

With photos

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Click here to check out a review & pics from Day 2, and here to check out a review & pics from Day 1.

Big Guava, Day 3 - TRACY MAY
  • Tracy May
  • Big Guava, Day 3
The gloomy wet blanket that had covered Big Guava Music Festival finally cleared on Sunday to reveal the most gorgeous sky possible. Any concerns about sloshing through the mud to the different stages lifted and we were ready for a stellar day of music. Unfortunately, we got a little caught up in the morning sunshine and missed the first few acts of the day, including one I wanted to see, MSMR. But it just wasn’t in the cards. One thing you learn about festivals is to be flexible about which acts you see and not be too disappointed about the ones you don’t. [Text by Deborah, photos by Tracy.]

We breezed out of the heat and right into the Expo Hall to catch the beginning of Earl Sweatshirt's set. Shouting for us to get our hands in the air, he launched into "Kill," the crowd singing right along with him. He was accompanied by Taco Bennett, who, in an attempt to get the energy up, chided us that Tampa was crazy during Tyler, the Creator's show at the Ritz in May. Though it was a little early in the day for so much enthusiasm from the audience, everyone went nuts when Earl urged us to respond to the chorus of "Molasses" ("Hey, I'mma fuck the freckles off'a your face, bitch") before slowing it down a bit for "Chum." While Earl bounced expressively back and forth on the stage, we realized it was time to move on if we were going to catch any other acts in the same time slot. 

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Review: Big Guava Music Festival, Day 2 (Saturday) with Vampire Weekend, Haim & more

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Despite the threat of torrential downpour constantly looming overhead, Saturday at Big Guava proved that Tampa maybe, just maybe, can hang as a go-to city for a big name music fest. Ponchos out in full force and music emanating from four wildly different stages, the day progressed untroubled as big name acts like Haim, Tegan and Sara, and Vampire Weekend brought an easygoing vibe pleasant enough to make you want to extend a middle finger to the dark sky when all was said and done.

  • Andrew Silverstein
  • Danielle Haim

It all began with Bear Hands, a Brooklyn four-piece playing the small Orchard Stage for an early afternoon set. Their brand of indie pop is seemingly average, but just weird and varied enough to keep the interest of the 100 or so watching. Tracks from their latest Distraction and Burning Bush Supper Club sounded laser precise and irrefutably catchy, but these guys looked so disinterested, I wanted to jump the barrier and violently shake each one of them, yelling “You’re getting paid to play music! Next to carnival rides! Get it together!” But I didn't, instead walking to the amphitheater to catch Haim.Whatever barbiturates were in Bear Hands’ Heinekens surely didn’t make their way to Haim’s. The California sisters-led outfit is easily one of the most buzzed-about acts on the bill, and they wasted no time proving their worth to the fervent crowd packed inside the amphitheater. Touting a combined weight of, like, 200 pounds, these three sounded triumphant and carefree as they moved through a malformed and all the more enjoyable set of electro-tinged pop and golden era rock.

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Concert review: Big Guava Music Festival, Day 1 (Friday) with Outkast & others

A look back at Big Guava's first day; photos included.

Posted By and on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 4:08 AM

Outkast, at Big Guava Music Festival 5/2/2014 - TRACY MAY
  • Tracy May
  • Outkast, at Big Guava Music Festival 5/2/2014
Maybe it was the ominous ever-present banks of clouds overhead or the odyssey-like journey through their relentless deluge to get to Tampa’s farthest reaches, where the Big Guava Music Festival awaited us and ultimately, Outkast. Maybe it was the lead-up – navigating the fairgrounds amid erratic changes in wetness, from shower to drizzle to light sprinkle, seeing snippets of other performers while the sense of anticipation grew ever higher and excited buzzing louder as the clock edged closer to 9 p.m. and Outkast’s headlining set. Maybe it was all those years of waiting and wondering whether or not the seminal duo would ever reunite, if maybe we’d never get to see them tear up a stage, and make us dance, bump, slump n’ groove, hoot or howl or sing and rhyme along, throw our hands in the air and wave ‘em like we just don’t care, laugh, cry, say o-yea-yer, blissfully lose ourselves in the funky, soul-rooted hip hop tunes… [photos by Tracy, text by Leilani]

Whatever it was – when the lights dimmed, the curtain dropped from the giant transparent cube that rested in the middle of the amphitheater stage, and the play of lights and shadows on its glass formed the black-and-white flag of Stankonia, and Andre 3000 and Big Boi came storming out from its depths to launch into “B.O.B.” — that amphitheater exploded in a tidal wave of pure rapturous energy as thousands of ecstatic fans burst into cheers, screams and dance, the mass of bodies transforming into a sea of frenetic movement, all waving arms and choppy hand gestures, bobbing heads and dipping bodies, shaking asses and shimmying torsos, fueled on surges of adrenaline that hit peaks throughout the night as Outkast cycled through cuts off five of their six albums (Idlewild made no appearance) and a few odd non-album cuts, and kept the explosive energy up and pumping through much of the 24-song set...

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Photo review: Santana at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

A look back in photos at the concert featuring Latin blues rock heavyweight vets Santana on Tues., April 29 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

Carlos Santana

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Photo review: Lana Del Rey reigns at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Lana Del Rey
It's a Monday evening at Hard Rock Live, Orlando, and I’m surrounded by scores of beautiful young women wearing flower crowns, white dresses, Capri pants, cut-offs — virtually every outfit you may have seen Lana Del Rey wearing at any given point is on display in this crowd.

The scene is a mass chaos. Thousands of fans wait for the venue doors to open; the very first soul in line started her Lana vigil at 6 a.m.!

As I stand near the entrance waiting for my escort into the show, I witness confusion in the waiting crowd regarding Hard Rock’s new ticketless system, where you get in via the credit card used to purchase tickets to the show. Some frustrated fans — who'd purchased their tickets this past fall and were involved in the recent Target ordeal — arrived with new credit cards that didn’t match their ticket purchases and are forced to wait in the box-office line for resolution. But all the ticketing chaos, budding spring heat, or hours waiting in line doesn't appear to dampen the spirits of the waiting fans, and when the doors open around 7 p.m., the general admission crowd rushes in and straight to the front of the stage.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Concert review: Bad Veins hop through Crowbar, Ybor City

A look back in words & photos.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

  • Drunk Camera Guy
  • Bad Veins

Bad Veins seem to love Tampa almost as much as Tampa loves them. Unfortunately, shows that fall on holidays (in this case an official one — Easter — and an unofficial one — 4/20) can make for spotty attendance, and the turn-out for their Crowbar date was far less than it likely would've been at any other Sunday evening show.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Photo Review: The Sounds rock State Theatre, St. Petersburg

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

From the moment she spit into the air and let it fall onto her face, until she blew out the smoke from her last on-stage cigarette that taunted the audience in the smoke-free venue, Maja Ivarsson and her fellow Swedes captivated St. Petersburg.

  • Drunk Camera Guy

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