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‘Welcome To Florida’ sign blanketed by snow

(Photo: Escambia County Sheriff’s Office)

Now you don’t see that every day!! Thanks to Winter Storm Benji hitting the deep South this week, the ‘Welcome To Florida Sign’ in the Northwest Part of our state had a light dusting of snow on it! The storm also left thousands without power and caused many school closures across a few states, but for us here in Florida we just had to break out the sweaters and sit in awe of a sight like this.

Hope you’re enjoying the sweater weather!

 

Joshua Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age Apologizes For Kicking Photographer in the Face

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The strangest thing happened during a Queens Of The Stone Age show in Los Angeles on Saturday night. As you can see in the video below, lead singer Joshua Homme is casually jamming out on stage when he randomly kicks a photographers camera and it hits her in the face?! The photographer, Chelsea Lauren, had to be treated in the ER for her injuries but will be okay. The next day Homme issued two separate apologies via Twitter making it clear he was ‘a total dick’. Initially he had said he thought that he was kicking equipment and NOT  a person but seems to be steering away from that response now.

Just bizarre. See the apologies posted below.

pic.twitter.com/LUdxsTQE6P — QOTSA (@qotsa) December 11, 2017 pic.twitter.com/JCtdOAFEbq — QOTSA (@qotsa) December 10, 2017

Dashboard Confessional headlining U.S. Tour with stop in St. Pete

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They”re BAAAAAACK!!! Today Dashboard Confessional announced they will be taking off on a U.S tour beginning March 20th in Houston and ending April 21st in Hollywood, California. Along the way there WILL be a stop in Tampa Bay at Jannus Live in St. Pete March 24th! This follows the announcement of their first album in over 8 years, Crooked Shadows, due out February 9th and the release of the first single from it, ‘We Fight’.

Tickets go on sale this Friday December 8th at 10am and pre-sale begins tomorrow (Tuesday) December 5th at 11am!

Hear the newest single now!

Tour dates: March 20 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues March 21 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues March 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre March 24 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live! March 25 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues March 26 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz March 27 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte March 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel March 30 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues March 31 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring April 2 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony April 3 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues April 4 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s April 5 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall April 6 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live April 7 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom April 8 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre April 9 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall April 13 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre April 14 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox April 16 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades April 17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore April 18 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues April 20 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues April 21 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

Sam’s Top NBT17 Moments

Sam talks NBT with Barns Courtney

Barns Courtney is going to be one of the must-see sets on Sunday at NBT. He’s an upcoming artist with a truly incredible story. Courtney just released his debut album in September, ‘The Attractions of Youth’, and explained to me that it really tells the story of him coming up from his lowest of lows (being dropped by a label) to his highest and best moments now. How low is low? We’re talking living like a hobo couch surfing in places like abandoned retirement homes! Yeah, he’s got some pretty insane stories.

Despite all that though, he maintains a solid sense of humor and his sincere appreciation for where he is now is awe-inspiring. He’s also an AWESOME stage performing and warns people in the front of the ‘man juices and hormones that will be flying around’.

Take a listen to our interview and don’t miss him at NBT!

Barns Courtney performs Sunday December 3rd. Don’t have tickets?  Listen weekdays at 8am and 5pm,  buy them, OR head to one  of our many ticket drops!

His debut album is DOPE. Hear ‘The Attractions of Youth’ now:

Portugal. The Man break record for most weeks at No. 1 on Alternative charts with ‘Feel It Still’

Big congrats are in order for one of our #97XNBT bands Portugal. The Man! Their hit song ‘Feel it Still’ just broke the record for the most weeks at #1 on the Billboard Alternative  Songs Chart with 20 weeks.

To put that in perspective, they passed songs like Muse ‘Madness’, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ from Green Day, and ‘The Pretender’ from Foo Fighters. According to Billboard, here’s the list of some of the previous title holders:

19 weeks, “Madness,” Muse, 2012-13

18 weeks, “The Pretender,” Foo Fighters, 2007

17 weeks, “Uprising,” Muse, 2009-10

16 weeks, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” Green Day, 2004-05

16 weeks, “It’s Been Awhile,” Staind, 2001

16 weeks, “Scar Tissue,” Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1999

Portugal. The Man perform Sunday December 3rd at Next Big Thing. Don’t have tickets?  Listen weekdays at 8am and 5pm,  buy them, OR head to one  of our many ticket drops!

Sam talks NBT with MAGIC GIANT

Magic Giant performed at BBQ with us in May and absolutely killed it! They have an insane energy on stage that completely took over the crowd in Vinoy Park. That said, when planning the #97XNBT lineup we couldn’t NOT bring these dudes back!!

I got to chat with Zang this week about everything from pre-show rituals (FREAK OUT!!) to on-stage falls and first-time crowd surfing experiences. I have to say though, my favorite part is the awkward moment where Zang surprises me by adding Austin to the call out of no where. These guys are one of a kind.

Hear the whole interview now!

Magic Giant perform Saturday December 2nd at Next Big Thing. Don’t have tickets? Listen weekdays at 8am and 5pm, buy them, OR head to one of our many ticket drops!

 

 

Sam talks NBT with Zach from Portugal. The Man

Probably one of my FAVORITE interviews ever! Portugal. The Man will be performing at #97XNBT this Sunday December 3rd so bassist Zach Carothers called in to chat about it! Of course we didn’t just talk NBT. We had to discuss the wild success of ‘Feel It Still’ and how it is skyrocketed them to a completely new level in their career. He described crossing over into the pop world, “It’s been super funny, it’s a lot brighter and things are a lot cleaner. People are more tan with whiter teeth, have 6-packs and stuff. I’m 36-years-old and from Wasilla, Alaska. It’s not really my place but I’m having a blast hanging out there.” That’s honestly exactly how I picture the ‘pop’ world.

Another one of my favorite moments was when he described the unique experience of driving on the highway in Florida, “I’ll see an orange Lamborghini and be like ‘Rad!’ and then the next [car] is some like swamp mobile and I don’t even know what it is but it’s got tractor tires on it, the next one’s like a 90’s F150 towing a yacht, and then the next one is some like 60’s Chevy straight from Cuba or something!”  We are certainly a unique bunch down here.

Here the whole interview now!

Zach describes his first trip to Florida. YOU CAN SWIM IN THE OCEAN AND NOT DIE?!

Paramore release new video for ‘Fake Happy’

Hayley Williams prances through the streets of New York surrounded by ‘Fake Happy’ faces in the new video. The bands own Zac Farro directed the video which was just released last week. The upside-down smiley faces which surround her have become somewhat synonymous with the song and their latest album After Laughter.

But can we talk about that jumpsuit?!

Paramore will headline Sunday of Next Big Thing on December 3rd at the Ampitheatre! Don’t have tickets? Listen all week at 8am and 5pm OR buy them here!

Panic! At The Disco Releasing New Live Album, ‘All My Friends, We’re Glorious”

Panic! At The Disco’s Death of a Bachelor tour was probably one of the biggest and best tours of 2017 and lucky for us we can now re-live it over and over again!!!! The band just announced the release of All My Friends, We’re  Glorious, a 21-track album throughout the tour. Release date is going to be December 15th with both digital and limited edition vinyl versions but you’ll be able to pre-order starting November 21st here.

THIS IS GOING TO BE GLORIOUS!!!

For those of you without record players, the album will also be available digitally everywhere on 12/15. Vinyl pre-sale starts tomorrow at 12pm ET in the webstore (so set a reminder, it’s gonna be…glorious) – https://t.co/QSEoWxGnkD pic.twitter.com/ATDjeu4biB — Panic! At The Disco (@PanicAtTheDisco) November 20, 2017

Here’s the track list!

1. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time 2. LA Devotee 3. Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind) 4. Golden Days 5. Vegas Lights 6. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out Medley 7. Hallelujah 8. Nine In The Afternoon 9. Miss Jackson 10. This Is Gospel 11. Death Of A Bachelor 12. The Ballad Of Mona Lisa 13. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) 14. Emperor’s New Clothes 15. Nicotine 16. Crazy = Genius 17. Let’s Kill Tonight 18. Girls/Girls/Boys 19. Bohemian Rhapsody 20. I Write Sins Not Tragedies 21. Victorious

Dashboard Confessional drop new single, announce first album since 2009

Our emo dreams CAME TRUE! They’re back! Chris Carrabba and the dudes of Dashboard Confessional are making their return to the music scene with a new single and album. Under their new label, Fueled By Ramen, Dashboard Confessional released ‘We Fight’ yesterday and announced that the album Crooked Shadows will be out February 9th. This will be the first for the band since 2009’s  Alter the Ending.

Can’t wait for this!!

We’re pleased to announce our new single, "We Fight” is available now at https://t.co/GE2Z8wqZCM. Our full length album, Crooked Shadows, will be released February 9th, 2018 on @FueledByRamen #WeFight #CrookedShadows pic.twitter.com/iYXWcxYsNl — Dashboard Confessional (@dashboardmusic) November 15, 2017

Hear the new song now!

Dashboard Confessional,  Crooked Shadows track list 1. “We Fight” 2. “Catch You” 3. “About Us” 4. “Heart Beat Here” 5. “Belong” 6. “Crooked Shadows” 7. “Open My Eyes” 8. “Be Alright” 9. “Just What to Say”

Fort De Soto Beach is covered in millions of snails

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The reason they are here is still unclear but millions of Cerith snails have washed up on Fort De Soto beach. At first you may think the sand is covered by a sea of black pebbles but nope, those are snails.

The snails are not foreign to the Bay area but usually do not arrived in these numbers and would be found on the bottom of the Gulf in the sand. Theories range from low tide, to an algae bloom, to a possible side effect of all of our recent hurricanes.

Might be kind of cool to go down and check it out! Read more on the story here. 

Watch AWOLNATION’s inspiring new video for ‘Passion’

‘Passion’ is the first single off the forthcoming AWOLNATION album Here Come The Runts, due out February 2nd. The video, released last week follows a day in the life of Og de Souza, a Brazilian skateboarder who lost the use of his legs as a child due to Polio. Souza cruises through the city and shreds at a beach side skate park all the awhile carrying a heart-warming smile. Lead singer Aaron Bruno  tells Billboard, “Og has a such an amazing passion for life, positivity and, of course, skating, It’s an inspiration to me and what he does is a great example of how to overcome obstacles in life through your passion. I know music has saved my life on more than one occasion. It’s an honor for us that he wanted to be a part of this video and share some of his life together.”

Watch and get inspired!

Stove Top Stuffing Release Expandable Waist Thanksgiving Pants

We’ve all been there. You’re STUFFED to the brim but the pumpkin pie is still calling your name. Then you see a pecan pie? Maybe I want seconds on sweet potatoes!? HOW WILL I EAT IT ALL?!?

Worry no more. The folks at Stove Top Stuffing have answered your Thanksgiving prayers. You can now eat until your heart’s content with these expandable waist Thanksgiving PANTS! This genius addition to your wardrobe is only $20 and you can buy them at thanksgivingdinnerpants.com with free shipping.

But hurry they will be going fast!

Bastille drop new single ‘World Gone Mad’

Earlier today Bastille dropped a new single and music video, ‘World Gone Mad’. The song is awesome but the video is even better! Since this single is also the lead single for the Netflix film Bright, it features actors Will smith and Joel Edgerton running the streets in post-apocalyptic Las Angeles. Dan Smith of Bastille emerges from a wrecked cop car and makes his way through the now violent and terrifying “world gone mad”.

#WORLDGONEMAD // OUT NOW https://t.co/Jt5ssOh4mB — BASTILLE (@bastilledan) November 9, 2017

What do you think?!

Sam talks Next Big Thing with Vance Joy

We are PUMPED to have Vance Joy on the lineup for Day 2 of Next Big Thing this year! I got to speak with him over the phone this week and we talked everything from birthday plans to new music!

Vance Joy’s 30th birthday is Dec. 1st, so he will be flying straight from Australia to Tampa for NBT. When I asked him his usual birthday wishes and traditions he revealed that he actually likes to act as the hostess with the mostest on his birthday! “I like hosting people at my house, I like having everyone in the same space and making sure everyone has a drink, and getting the music going.” He also clued us into the fact that he DOES have a sweet tooth so we will definitely be making some sweetness happen at NBT!

Joy also just dropped ‘Like Gold’ last week, the newest single from his upcoming album Nation of Two, due out in February. We talked the a lot about the writing process on this album and confirmed that we will be hearing new songs from the album at NBT!

Another highlight from the interview was when he described his favorite festival moment. Just imagine, Vance Joy with a broken foot in a boot, lifting his really ‘heavy’ friend on his shoulders in the rain. Yep. Magical.

Hear his newest single ‘Like Gold’ now!

Vance Joy’s single ‘Riptide’ from 2014’s Dream Your Life Away really put him on the map. In May 2015,  it was the 2nd longest charting single in the U>S on the Billboard Hot 100 with a peak in the #30 position.

 

Queens Of The Stone Age Add North American Tour Dates

Queens of the Stone Age are currently on the Villains World Tour in support of their latest album Villains released back in August.

Lucky for us, they JUST ANNOUNCED tour dates have been added for 2018 that include a stop in St. Petersburg at The Mahaffey Theater on May 2nd, 2018! They have support on the tour from Royal Blood, Ty Segall, Wolf Alice, and Eagles of Death Metal. The St. Pete stop will be with Wolf Alice.

Listen this week (11/6) every day at noon to grab tickets!

DANCE.FROM. ABOVE. #VillainsWorldTour 2018 W/ @royalblooduk & @wolfalicemusic Tickets on sale Friday 11/10 https://t.co/xNo6KPPFal pic.twitter.com/UHSW6XyFP2 — QOTSA (@qotsa) November 6, 2017

 

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