Counting Crows perform in Tampa

Indie heroes Toad the Wet Sprocket open the June 11 concert at the Straz

June 5, 2014 

Counting Crows play Wednesday at the Straz Center in Tampa. PUBLICITY PHOTO

It's been seven years since the Counting Crows last released a studio album, but singer Adam Duritz and the boys are still together. And they'll be in Tampa on Wednesday.

They're coming to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts along with Toad the Wet Sprocket, who came out with their first album of the 21st century last year.

Counting Crows, of course, hit the big time in 1993 with their huge single "Mr. Jones" and their great album "August and Everything After." They've posted strong sales ever since, and one of their songs was nominated for an Oscar ("Accidentally in Love," which was used in "Shrek 2"). They're known for energetic, improvisational shows.

They've got a new studio album coming out in the fall.

Toad the Wet Sprocket has been around since the late '80s, with the same four members. They've stayed on their own independent label, Abe's Records, from their first release 25 years ago until their brand-new album "Constellation." It's their first new studio album since 1997. (They broke up for a while after that but they're back together full-time.) They're a solid indie band with a devoted following.

Details: 7 p.m. June 11, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $49.50-$89.50 plus service charge plus service charge; VIP $290 plus service charge. Information: 813-229-7827, strazcenter.org.

-- Marty Clear

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