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Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness announce acoustic tour ‘The Pen & The Piano’

  • 3:17 pm Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 by Sam

Fresh off an incredible performance at Next Big Thing Andrew McMahon announced a new tour today. ‘The Pen & Piano Tour’ will run 6 weeks form April 10th to May 24th and will feature Allen Stone, Zac Clark, and Bob Oxblood (all formerly of Jack’s Mannequin). It

Sam’s Top NBT17 Moments

  • 1:21 pm Monday, December 4th, 2017 by Sam

I know everyone had their own AMAZING moments at #97XNBT this year but I thought I would share a few of my personal favorites!

Sam talks NBT with Barns Courtney

  • 11:21 am Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 by Sam

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. 

Sam talks NBT with MAGIC GIANT

  • 10:58 am Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by Sam

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!! 

Sam talks NBT with Zach from Portugal. The Man

  • 3:02 pm Monday, November 27th, 2017 by Sam

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.

Sam interviews Wesley form The Lumineers

  • 12:47 pm Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by Sam

This week I spoke with Wesley, lead singer of The Lumineers! It’s been 6 years since the band came to Tampa so we talked Next Big Thing,  their incredible tour stops with Tom Petty, and of course our obsession with Stranger Things!! 

Sam interviews A/J Jackson of Saint Motel

  • 3:01 pm Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 by Sam

Saint Motel are performing on Day 2 of Next Big Thing this year (Dec. 3rd)! Lead singer A/J Jackson called up the studio this week to give us some insight on their virtual-reality album ‘Destroyer’, what we can expect from the show, and even gave some us festival tips!

If you don’t have Next Big Thing tickets yet make sure you score some here!


Bleachers release incredibly fun tour video for ‘I Miss Those Days’

  • 1:51 pm Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 by Sam

One of my FAVORITE moments of the summer was the Bleachers show at Jannus Live. Jack Antonoff knows how to craft a truly fun and entertaining musical spectacle that’s a feast for both the eyes and ears. Their set is one you CANNOT MISS at Next Big Thing 2017.

Paramore Release Outtake Video For ‘Hard Times’

  • 3:29 pm Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by Sam

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

WATCH: Vance Joy Performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

  • 1:32 pm Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by Sam

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’.