Neon Trees play the Ritz Ybor in Tampa

Smallpools and Nightmare the Cat open for the band

May 22, 2014 

Neon Trees play May 28 at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa. [SoftReturn]PUBLICITY PHOTO

Ever since they blasted into the national spotlight four years ago with their ultra-catchy debut single "Animals," Neon Trees have remained one of the best and most popular alt-pop bands in the country. They have a couple of double-platinum singles, they've been on all the late-night shows a couple of times each, and one of their songs has been used in a Buick commercial. They've opened for Flaming Lips, the Offspring and Taylor Swift.

They may be the biggest Mormon band this side of the Osmonds. Their religion isn't a big deal in their music, but it became a topic a couple of months ago when lead singer Tyler Glenn let the world, including his Mormon fan base, know he was gay.

Still, the best bet is that neither the Church of Latter- day Saints nor Glenn's preferences will dominate the evening when Neon Trees perform Wednesday at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa.

Opening for the Utah-based quartet are Smallpools, and up-and-coming power pop outfit who hit big with their first single, "Dreaming," last year, and a British-American five-piece alt-rock outfit called Nightmare and the Cat who have been getting some buzz for their song "Blackbird Smile."

Details: 9 p.m. May 28, the Ritz Ybor, 1501 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. Tickets: $30.90. Information: 813-247-2555, theritzybor.com.

-- Marty Clear

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