Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Jay Cridlin, Pop Music/Culture Critic

Jay Cridlin, Pop Music/Culture Critic

Jay Cridlin is the Pop Music/Culture Critic for the Tampa Bay Times and tbt*, and the editor of Soundcheck, a blog about music and concerts in Tampa Bay. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2002 and has been with the Times ever since. Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

Sam Hunt, left, and Luke Bryan appear in the audience at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) TNDC164

Big concerts this weekend: Luke Bryan, Hall and Oates, Weezer, Logic and more

HIS KIND OF NIGHT: Luke BryanIt’s been three long years since Tampa has seen the well-groomed hide of Luke Bryan, the Hollywoodiest hunk in Nashville. But he’s about to make up for lost time. On Saturday he’ll headline...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Sheila E. performs at Canalside on July 31, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Harry Scull Jr.)

Clearwater Jazz Holiday lineup: Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood, Sheila E. and more

Get ready to break out your finest purple during this year's Clearwater Jazz Holiday.A night celebrating Prince, led by proteges Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time, will be among the...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/20/18
Alice in Chains. Photo: Pamela Littky

SoundBytes: Alice in Chains, David Sedaris, Israel Houghton and more

— Alice in Chains are heading back out on the road, and they're coming to Orlando. They'll play the House of Blues on Oct. 27. Tickets are $49.50 and up.
Published: 06/19/18
Beyonce and Jay Z performing during the 56th Grammy Awardson Jan. 26, 2014.  (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images [2014])

Review: On ‘Everything Is Love,’ Beyonce and Jay-Z emerge from chaos defiant, triumphant

In 2016 Beyoncé dropped Lemonade, a culture-quaking song cycle about her troubled marriage to Jay-Z, and more broadly about the black female experience in America. It was her best and most meaningful work, and it was nominated for Album of...
Published: 06/19/18

XXXTentacion, controversial Florida rapper and singer, shot dead at 20

The last words posted to XXXTentacion's Instagram Stories on Monday afternoon: "planning a charity event for this weekend Florida!"Whatever it was, it would have been huge. The 20-year-old singer-rapper was among the...
Published: 06/18/18
Mat Kearney. Photo: AT&T Audience Network via Prime PR Group

SoundBytes: Mat Kearney, Gladys Knight, Big Boi, Ski Mask the Slump God and more

— Singer-songwriter Mat Kearney is returning to the Ritz Ybor on Sept. 27, with Atlas Genius opening. Tickets start at $26.50. Click here for...
Published: 06/18/18
In this April 10, 2016 file photo, George Lopez arrives at the 2016 TV Land Icon Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File) NYET326

George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, more bringing Comedy Get Down tour to Tampa

Nothing like outdoor comedy on a mid-November night in Florida, right?Okay, so it's not a club or theater or even an arena, and it rarely hosts comedy shows of any kind. Still, the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre will bring a host...
Published: 06/18/18
Daryl Hall and John Oates perform at Philadelphia's Hoagie Nation Festival on May 29, 2017. Photo: Stuart Berg.

Daryl Hall and John Oates talk about becoming cool again, their creative partnership and more

In their prime, Daryl Hall and John Oates were a pop-music punch line, enormous stars on radio and MTV, yet as critically uncool as they come. Maneater, Private Eyes, Kiss On My List and Out of...
Published: 06/18/18
Kesha's new cruise will depart from Tampa in February. (Photo by Oliva Bee via Shore Fire Media)

Kesha, 311, ‘Walking Dead,’ more announce cruises departing from Tampa

Kesha faced the camera with a gleam behind her sunglasses and addressed her fans."We're going on a cruise!" she said in an announcement video unveiled Thursday. "We should...
Published: 06/15/18
Jessica Meszaros will be the new host of NPR's 'Morning Edition' on WUSF 89.7. (Courtesy of WUSF 89.7 FM)

WUSF names new ‘Morning Edition’ host

The new host for NPR’s Morning Edition on WUSF-FM 89.7: Jessica Meszaros.The reporter and anchor on Thursday officially replaced longtime host Carson Cooper as the local voice of one of public radio’s signature shows."She has...
Published: 06/14/18