Tonight in live music; Phantogram and Tycho sell out Jannus, Styx and REO Speedwagon rock the old Gary amp

Seriously, do not miss Tycho tonight.

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Phantogram w/Tycho It’s safe to say that Phantogram — a trip-hop and Bowie-loving band built around childhood friends Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter — has finally made it. CL last saw the Greenwich-based outfit at 97X’s Next Big Thing in December, but it did cut its teeth opening for Glitch Mob in Ybor (July 2011) before headlining The Ritz three-years later. Now Barthel and Carter get to have their band’s name in big lights as they tackle an even bigger room — St. Pete’s Jannus Live — in support of a breakout LP (last year’s Three) where Phantogram made its once-quirky adoration of J Dilla, the Cocteau Twins and Serge Gainsbourg more palatable for the mainstream. Get there early to see Tycho work through cuts from one of last year’s best records, Epoch, which was deservedly nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 59th Grammy Awards. “We’ve been fans of [Tycho’s] for a long time” Barthel gushed about her touring partner when we spoke to her last month. (Jannus Live, St. Petersburg) SOLD OUT

REO Speedwagon w/Styx/Don Felder This particular stop of a co-headlining tour finds REO Speedwagon playing the closing set, but that doesn’t mean that Styx fans have to go all renegade and sail away before Neal Doughty, Kevin Cronin and the rest of the Speedwagon-ers remind fans why they “Can’t Fight This Feeling” that keeps them rocking like it’s still 1985. Don Felder, who was unceremoniously fired from the Eagles in 2001 after decades, opens the show. (MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa) INFO



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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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