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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. Though life gives and takes, 85-year-old piano phenom never loses control

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — It's Joseph Schwartz's 85th birthday.

  2. Reviews: Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.,' Gorillaz's 'Humanz' cement their status as visionaries

    Music & Concerts

    Need a festival headliner this summer? Call Kendrick Lamar or Gorillaz.

  3. 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:

  4. 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.

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

    Music & Concerts

    LOLLAPALOOZA REVISITED: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden

  6. 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.

  7. 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:

  8. 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.

  9. Looking Back: It's not unusual for Tom Jones to be loved by everyone (August 10, 1971)

    Music & Concerts

    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on August 10, 1971. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer Larry Alspaugh.

  10. For Record Store Day, Mojo Books and Records owners look back on 10 years of growth

    Music & Concerts

    A decade ago, opening a brick-and-mortar book and record store was as dicey an investment as it still sounds today. That didn't stop Dan Drummond and Melanie Cade from opening such a shop near the University of South Florida in Tampa.