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Next Big Thing 7: 1 day, 2 stages, 16 bands

By Jay Cridlin, Times Staff Writer
Published November 29, 2007


Another year, another killer lineup for 97X Next Big Thing 7, set for 10 a.m. Sunday at the Ford Amphitheatre, Interstate 4 at U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Tickets, $32.10-$69.55, are available at 97xonline.com and through Ticketmaster, 813 740-2446. Check 97xoline.com for times and locations for NBT7 Ticket Drops, which offer tickets without service fees.

Headliners

The Used: Hits like Blue and Yellow and All That I've Got have made Bert McCracken and company heroes among the Hot Topic T-shirt set.

Jimmy Eat World: The Arizona rockers have built their 15-year career on playing good, honest rock songs with conviction, like The Middle, Sweetness and Lucky Denver Mint. But ignore the emo label. Bassist Rick Burch said, "We just play rock 'n' roll."

Rise Against: The Chicago band broke into the mainstream with an acoustic ballad, Swing Life Away. They're big-time social activists and PETA supporters.

Angels and Airwaves: An ambitious project of former Blink-182'er Tom DeLonge, A&A sounds like a modern-rock U2 cover band. Their performance of The Adventure brought the house down at NBT6.

Chevelle: Despite some in-family personnel changes, the band's trademark crunchy riffs are still part of the equation.

Paramore: Hayley Williams, the singer for these Tennessee pop-punk stars-in-waiting, brings a shot of hard-core femininity.

Coheed and Cambria: If you can imagine a genre called prog-punk, that's what C&C would be. They've had a hit single, A Favor House Atlantic.

Flyleaf: The hard-edged Texans grind out grungy, spacey power chords to buoy Lacey Mosley's disconcerting vocals. Like several bands in the lineup - Chevelle, Paramore, Mute Math, the Almost, Providence - its members are Christians, but they don't think of themselves as Christian-rockartists.

Against Me!: The Gainesville punks are as contrary and confrontational as singer Tom Gabel's gravel-throated vocals suggest. The slick production on their latest album, New Wave, shows they might be growing up.

Silversun Pickups: These hipster-friendly alterna-rockers have drawn comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth.

The Almost: The local rockers are a side project of Aaron Gillespie, drummer for Christian metalcore band Underoath, but they're much more melodic.

Blue October: The band had to drop out of last year's fest, but return to play an acoustic set from the main stage.

Other bands

Saosin: The SoCal outfit's emo/screamo tendencies haven't changed despite the replacement of original vocalist Anthony Green by new singer Cove Reber.

The Starting Line: The Philadelphia power-pop-punk Warped Tour vets scored an MTV2 hit with the bouncy thrasher The Best of Me.

Mute Math: The New Orleans band's backward video for Typical has made waves online, but it's their live show that has won over fans like late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Providence: These Spring Hill rockers won the contest for a local band to open the show. See them at myspace.com/providenceband.

Contact Jay Cridlin at cridlin@sptimes.com.