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SoundBytes: Shakira, Trina, Dylan Scott, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and more

SoundBytes: Shakira, Trina, Dylan Scott, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and more

— ICYMI: Shakira has postponed her Jan. 9 concert at Orlando's Amway Center until Aug. 14 due to vocal cord issues. Tickets will be honored on the new date … but be aware, that's the same night Taylor Swift plays Raymond James Stadium in ...
Published: 01/03/18
Updated: 01/08/18
Flo Rida’s concert at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg: Canceled

Flo Rida’s concert at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg: Canceled

Maybe Florida just got too cold for Flo Rida.The mega-selling hip-pop star was scheduled to perform an open-air concert at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg on Jan. 14, but that show has been called off.No reason has been given for the abrupt cancell...
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Best of 2017: Reviewing Soundcheck’s year in review, from best songs to best albums to best concerts

Best of 2017: Reviewing Soundcheck’s year in review, from best songs to best albums to best concerts

When all is said and done, the thing Florida music fans may remember most about 2017 might be the death of Tom Petty.Petty's death from cardiac arrest on Oct. 2 shocked the rock world, spawning innumerable tributes and deserving reappraisals of his c...
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Best of 2017: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford and Sons, Aaron Carter top Tampa Bay’s best concerts (Part 5)

Best of 2017: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford and Sons, Aaron Carter top Tampa Bay’s best concerts (Part 5)

(All week on Soundcheck, we're looking back at the best Tampa Bay concerts of 2017. Today: Dawn Cate, Chelsea Tatham and Christopher Spata from the Times features staff.)Game of Thrones Live (March 12, Amalie Arena): This was not a typical movie scor...
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Best of 2017: Lionel Richie, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill top Tampa Bay’s best concerts (Part 4)

Best of 2017: Lionel Richie, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill top Tampa Bay’s best concerts (Part 4)

(All week on Soundcheck, we're looking back at the best Tampa Bay concerts of 2017. Today: Times designer Brittany Volk.)"Oh my god.""What?""We won.""What.""WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER."There we were, minding our own business, somewhat enjoying Jus...
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Jim Gaffigan talks about performing on New Year’s Eve, sexual misconduct in comedy and more

Jim Gaffigan talks about performing on New Year’s Eve, sexual misconduct in comedy and more

In the midst of a national conversation about sexual misconduct that has brought to a halt the careers of comedians like Louis C.K. and T.J. Miller, Jim Gaffigan is held up as one of the male comedians worth holding up and celebrating."Jim Gaffigan p...
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Best of 2017: Paul McCartney, Lil Wayne, New Kids on the Block top Tampa Bay’s best concerts (Part 3)

Best of 2017: Paul McCartney, Lil Wayne, New Kids on the Block top Tampa Bay’s best concerts (Part 3)

(All week on Soundcheck, we're looking back at the best Tampa Bay concerts of 2017. Today: Times designer Tara McCarty.)Rae Sremmurd (May 12, Amalie Arena): I will never miss the Weeknd coming through Tampa (or say no to the possibility of seeing him...
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Best of 2017: St. Vincent, Lorde, SZA lead the year’s 10 best albums

Best of 2017: St. Vincent, Lorde, SZA lead the year’s 10 best albums

This is my third year making a Best Albums list, and it's probably the most fun I've had.Unlike 2015 (Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly) and 2016 (Beyonce's Lemonade or David Bowie's Blackstar), there is no overwhelming critical consensus for No. ...
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Best of 2017: Roger Waters, Arcade Fire, Run the Jewels top Tampa Bay’s best concerts (Part 2)

Best of 2017: Roger Waters, Arcade Fire, Run the Jewels top Tampa Bay’s best concerts (Part 2)

(All week on Soundcheck, we're looking back at the best Tampa Bay concerts of 2017. Today: Soundcheck contributor Stephanie Bolling.)Run the Jewels (Jan. 24, Jannus Live): Killer Mike and El-P brought their Run the World tour to town on the heels of ...
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Best of 2017: The year’s 40 best songs, from Logic to Kendrick Lamar to Taylor Swift

Best of 2017: The year’s 40 best songs, from Logic to Kendrick Lamar to Taylor Swift

Let's get this out of the way: There's no Despacito.A lot of people loved Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's hit bilingual single. But in compiling my list of the best songs of 2017, I skipped the biggest of them all, the one that broke num...
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