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These dead 2017 pop culture gravestones are winning Halloween

Michael Fry, 39, of  Mamaroneck, New York is pretty much winning Halloween this year. He’s a Father and Art Teacher that decided to get creative with his front yard gravestone decor.

Fry painted 2017 pop culture trends on the gravestones and they are the best. A few favorites:

‘Ombre Hair’

‘Plump Lips’

‘Old Taylor Swift’


‘Payless Shoe Source’

‘Watching Live TV’


‘Normal Seasons’

Pure genius!


AWOLNATION release new single ‘Passion’

Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION is back with a new single and details about the yet-to-be named third album. The first single ‘Passion’ dropped on Friday and has some of the serious upbeat rock and roll vibes we can expect from the next album. Bruno told Billboard that “This record I really wanted to make a rock n’ roll/pop album, and I say pop how we grew up listening to that in the sense of Dire Straights or  Born In The U.S.A. or the Cars or Tom Petty or something like that. I felt like this was my opportunity do something like that because I haven’t heard something quite like that in a long time. So I said, ‘I’m gonna make  Born In The U.S.A.  2017, AWOLNATION style.’” Sounds KILLER.

Our new song 'Passion' is out now worldwide. Stream it here: — AWOLNATION (@awolnation) October 13, 2017

This is the first time Bruno has recorded a record from his home studio in Malibu, CA, “I am a homebody, I like being home. And it worked, that was the cool thing.” He explained to Billboard the stark contrast between that experience and the first album, “I’ve never been a city guy. On the first record and after my whole career was in shambles after the first couple of bands I was in I needed to live out there and go out every night and socially network to get the right people to hear my music or develop the right relationships and schmooze a little bit. I think every artist has to go through a bit of a phase. I did that on the first record when I was just broke and in debt and stuff. So I did that, survived it, thank god, a lot of drugs and s*** all around.”

We don’t have a release date for the full album yet but you can hear ‘Passion’ in the lyric video below now!

Read the full interview with Billboard here. 

Trick or Treat on 97x Street

We kinda love Halloween here at 97x.

So the PERFECT way to celebrate is letting you trick or treat on our 97x street!!! Starting next week (Monday 10/15) at 5pm we’ll be giving out tricks or treats when you ring our doorbell. What will we be passing out? Well it could ~exclusive~ Next Big Thing prizes like tickets and a backstage tour with Paramore! Or, it could be like….a framed photo of Nickelback. Or maybe a deflated balloon…?

Listen all next week at 5pm and 5:30pm to trick or treat on 97x street and see what YOU end up with! Ya gotta be caller 13 at 877.327.9797 to ring that doorbell!


For more info on #97XNBT or to purchase tickets, click here.

Top 20 U.S. Cities For Trick-or-Treating

Zillow has released its annual list of the best cities for trick-or-treating in the country. Using some kind of crazy Zillow equation they figure out where you can get the best candy and walk the least.

Here they are!

  1. San Francisco CA
  2. San Jose CA
  3. Philadelphia PA
  4. Long Beach CA
  5. Los Angeles CA
  6. Baltimore MD
  7. Sacramento CA
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. Milwaukee WI
  10. Seattle WA
  11. Dallas TX
  12. Phoenix AZ
  13. Chicago IL
  14. San Diego CA
  15. Denver CO
  16. El Paso TX
  17. Las Vegas NV
  18. Charlotte NC
  19. Portland OR
  20. Mesa AZ

Since there are rudely no Florida cities on this list. Let’s make our own! Comment on our Facebook post your favorite Tampa Bay hood to trick-or-treat!

Imagine Dragons Release Video For ‘Whatever It Takes’

On Thursday Imagine Dragons dropped the music video for their song ‘Whatever It Takes’. It features the band jamming in a house as rain begins and it starts to flood. The house is then seen completely overtaken with water and later catches fire.

The video is falling under some criticism today as people think it’s insensitive and poorly timed given the devastation left by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria this year. Harvey alone displaced about 30,000 due to extensive flooding. However, others say the video can be interpreted as inspiring and a message of strength to those affected given it’s powerful ‘whatever it takes’ message.

It’s unclear when exactly the video was filmed and there has been no statement from the band as to what the message is meant to be.

What do you think? Insensitive or inspiring?

Imagine Dragons will be at the Amway Center November 10th with Grouplove and K.Flay.

To help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, donate here. Help Puerto Rico victims here, and to help all those who need help, including Irma victims, donate to the Red Cross here.

A member of Fall Out Boy just opened a coffee shop

Because what else do you do when you’re not touring with one of alternative’s biggest bands?

Drummer Andy Hurley who joined Fall Out Boy in 2003 has opened Oracle Coffee Company in Portland, Oregon where he moved in 2015. The shop serves local roasts along with vegan pastries as Hurley is a vegan himself!

Fall Out Boy pimped the new shop on Instagram!

Fall Out Boy bring the M A N I A world tour to Amalie Arena on November 5th. After some delay, the M A N I A album will be released on January 19th.

Linkin Park release their episode of Carpool Karaoke

Today Linkin Park posted the entire episode of James Corden’s Carpool  Karaoke they filmed a week before he passed. James Corden had then left it up to his family whether they wanted the video to air or not. A week ago today, his wife tweeted that his family would like the video to be shared and enjoyed. The episode is full of smiles and laughs, a truly great way to remember Chester.

It also features actor, comedian, and Linkin Park fan, Ken Jeong.

The video will remain streaming on their Facebook page or you can check it out below.

With all of our blessings. @CarpoolKaraoke – this time next week on — Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) October 5, 2017

Chester Bennington passed away as a result of suicide on July 20th.

If you or someone you know is in need of help. Please call 1-800-273-TALK.

Paramore Release Outtake Video For ‘Hard Times’

In celebration of their music video for ‘Hard Times’ hitting 50 million views, Paramore released an outtake clip from when it was shot!

Check it out below!

HARD TIMES OUTTAKES. we heard the video hit 50 million views on the Tube. enjoy. — paramore (@paramore) October 11, 2017

Paramore will be headlining day 2 of 97x Next Big Thing. If you don’t have tickets yet you should probably grab some! December 2nd and 3rd at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.


WATCH: Vance Joy Performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last night (10/10) Vance Joy performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and got us all even MORE excited to see him at #97XNBT! Joy sang two songs, his newest smash hit ‘Lay It On Me’ and ‘Georgia’.


Now you understand why you need to see him at Next Big Thing, right? So good! The show is December 2nd and 3rd at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Purchase tickets now!  


Florida Gators Reveal New Uniforms

‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Will Finally Crossover

The caption simply reads “this is real”, but for fans of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead that sentence should be more like ‘This is A REALLY BIG DEAL’. It was initially announced at   New York Comic-Con over the weekend and then later confirmed with this Instagram post.

According to, Kirkman told the crowd that “there is one character that is going to go from one show, that I will not name, to another show, that I will not name…” Who do you think it will be???

Answers to all the questions we have been left with will come soon.   The Walking Dead’s season 8 debut is on October 22. While  Fear The Walking Dead finishes the 3rd season on October 15.

There is now a place to eat cookie dough in Tampa

Dough Nation is now open at 505 N Tampa street in Tampa and this place does more than make your cookie dough eating dreams a reality, but does it for a great cause! 100% of the proceeds which come from Dough Nation goes to support Metropolitan Ministries and the important work they do to feed our community. (Get it? DOUGH-nation? Like donation?! Okay, I’ll stop.)

The site explains that “ It brings together the trendy dessert concept of raw edible cookie dough and doing good for your community. The new spot will serve several flavors including the classic favorites like dark chocolate, s’mores and more. You can enjoy it in the cafe or take it home and even bake it!”

So basically we can now not only chow down on cookie dough without the fear of dying from Salmonella, AND feel awesome about doing it.

Why are Kings of Leon so concerned with this apple?


So, we’re bringing Kings of Leon to Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Saturday, October 28th. We have one big question for the guys…what’s up with that apple?

Seriously…take a look for yourself:


Could it be rotten? Was there a worm in it? Or, was it just too DAMN GOOD!?


Even other band members can’t keep their eyes off it’s juicy goodness.  Apple = BAE


Well, tune-in weekday’s at 5:30p for your chance to win a pair of tix to the show + a Meet & Greet with the band! If you win, you have to promise us you’ll get to the bottom of this apple mystery. Tune-in:

Amazon is stepping up the food delivery game with Five Guys and Chipotle

There really isn’t much that you can’t find on Amazon these days. In fact while I’m writing this, I have my Amazon account pulled up and am doing a little shopping myself. There is really no need to leave the house to shop anymore.

Amazon is really stepping up their presence in the food division with the purchase of Whole Foods and introducing Amazon Fresh, a drive thru grocery pick up earlier this year. They even have their hands in the food delivery with  Amazon Restaurant Delivery but haven’t had much luck with that, until now.

They recently teamed up with Olo, a digital platform which allows you to order, pay for, and have your takeout delivered to you, all online! They mainly focus on larger restaurant chains, with over 200 restaurants totaling around 40.000 locations all over the US. Their clients include Cold Stone Creamery, Jamba Juice, Five Guys, and Chipotle. The added value for Amazon is this partnership will grant them access to the multiple different chain restaurants in Olo’s client database!

With this agreement, Olo will continue to handle the menu and ordering side of the relationship, while Amazon Restaurants will handle the delivery, much like Uber eats and McDonald’s relationship.

What this all boils down to is, can I order a personal trainer from Amazon to come and just move my legs and arms around for me, because I don’t see myself leaving my house ever again. Except for, you know, work.

Vote on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has nominated 19 bands and artists for the 2018 induction. Of these 19, 5 will be inducted and it is 100% decided by your votes! You can vote now through December 5th  here.

To be eligible, artists just have to have released an album in 1992 or earlier. Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine are first time nominees. What 5 do you pick?


Rage Against The Machine

Bon Jovi

Depeche Mode

Judas Priest

The Cars

Dire Straits

LL Cool J

The  Eurythmics

Moody Blues.

The Zombies

J. Geils Band

Kate Bush


The  Meters

Link Wray

Nina Simone

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Rufus (featuring  Chaka Khan).






Where to Score Passes To The Judah And The Lion Green Room

Next Wednesday Judah and the Lion will be performing at Jannus Live in St. Pete! Before that, they’ll be coming by our station for an exclusive acoustic Corona Extra Green Room performance in our Circle K Theatre! Want to be there? We’ve got 2 ways to win! First, listen at 4:30pm through Tuesday 10/10 and just be that lucky caller 13!


Get to our ticket drop! It’s happening Tuesday 10/10 at Franklin Manor in Tampa (912 N Franklin St) from 6p – 7p. (21+) We’ll be giving out tickets every 15 mins!

They’ll also have Corona and Taco Tuesday specials! (TOTES KINDA WANNA GO JUST FOR THE TACOS)

Here’s some pics from their last green room with us before the Twenty One Pilots show in February!

TBT to that one time Judah and the Lion played dodgeball with us at Skyzone Trampoline Park!

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