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Welcome to tbt*'s 2015 Ultimate Local Music Guide!

Since tbt* launched its annual Ultimate Local Music Guide in 2007, we’ve shined a spotlight on more than 90 of our favorite local acts from all genres. And while we always like to think of each year’s issue as a snapshot of the Tampa Bay music scene, it’s always fun to look back and see where our top artists ended  …


  1. Ticket Window: On sale this week Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon and Trombone Shorty

    Music & Concerts

    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:

  2. Stage Planner: Culture clash in 'The King and I', a bittersweet 'End of the Rainbow' at Freefall



    The name stops short of household status. But I challenge anyone to listen to Laura Michelle Kelly sing and make the case that her instrument is anything other than top-shelf.

  3. Music Planner: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Rockfest, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper

    Music & Concerts

    LOLLAPALOOZA REVISITED: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden

  4. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Greatest American rock band ever? Let's make the case

    Music & Concerts

    Florida can't lay claim to many cultural superlatives.

  5. Hey, Sir Paul McCartney is coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on July 10

    Music & Concerts

    When Kevin Preast came to Amalie Arena in early 2016, his bosses issued a challenge:

  6. Hernando Symphony Orchestra closes season with Kaleidoscope concerts

    Music & Concerts

    Egyptian Legacy is a full-orchestral piece that will have audience members feeling as if they are on a journey through ancient Egypt, perhaps with visions of pyramids, or the Abu Simbel temple, or the Great Sphinx.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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 …

  10. 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.