Tampa Bay rock bands Luxury Mane and Hotel Life went ballistic with new music in 2018

Best local albums of 2018.

click to enlarge Luxury Mane, which released, redacted and re-issued a new album  in 2018. - Bandcamp/Luxury Mane
Bandcamp/Luxury Mane
Luxury Mane, which released, redacted and re-issued a new album in 2018.

Luxury Mane/Hotel Life When it comes to Bay area rock and roll, 2018 belonged to Billy Summer. After being hit with a cancer diagnosis that left him in shock and total disbelief, the prolific songwriter went on an absolute tear, impulsively releasing unfinished Luxury Mane album called The Secret Empire of Florida UK in June before backing his friend Captain Joe Harley on a big-country meets roots-rock album (All That Glitters, released in October) under the Hotel Life moniker. Summer then sealed off the year by dropping off the updated LuxMane LP, now titled Domestic Bliss, on December 12. The sounds of re-birth and after-birth are shimmery, baby, and Summer has never sounded better.

Scroll through a slideshow of 2018's best Tampa Bay music releases or see and sample all of them here. Call your local record store to see if it is carrying the release.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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