Sunday, August 19, 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

Journey performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2018. (Jay Cridlin | Times)

Review: Journey, Def Leppard defy Father Time, thrill 17,500 fans at Amalie Arena in Tampa

The inevitable question a double bill like Def Leppard and Journey begs is this: Which of the two classic rock hit machines, both well into their 50s and 60s, still rocks the hardest? Stick around, we'll get...
Published: 08/18/18
Photos by SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
The exhibition, Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, opens Saturday, August 18 and runs through February 10, 2019, at the Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg. Graham was a legendary concert promoter who fled the Nazis in Europe at age 11 before going on to help launch the careers of some of the biggest  Rock & Roll artists of all time. Photos and the original letters from the famous Fillmore East concert venue in New York City are on display. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

Rock 'n' roll exhibit arrives in St. Petersburg

The Florida Holocaust Museum takes a rock detour with exhibit on legendary promoter.
Published: 08/17/18
Tanya Tucker. Photo: Adkins Publicity.

SoundBytes: Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie, Young Nudy and more

— The always-intriguing concert calendar at Stockyard Live in Holiday has added a couple of more country veterans to the mix: Tanya Tucker on Nov. 9 ($25 and up,
Published: 08/17/18
Travis Scott. Photo: Epic Records.

Travis Scott coming to Tampa

Travis Scott is the man of the moment right now in hip-hop, with his latest album, the hugely anticipated Astroworld, sitting at No. 1 in the nation.Now he's about to take Astroworld on the road. And...
Published: 08/16/18
Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York on March 22, 2008. She died Thursday at 76. [Rahav Segev | The New York Times]

Cridlin: Aretha Franklin, world’s greatest singer, transcended cultural barriers

Aretha Franklin wore her crowns like no other.At the Grammy Awards in 1972, where she won the fifth of her 18 trophies: A regal scarlet shawl embroidered with gold, swirled around her sturdy Afro. At the first Divas Live concert...
Published: 08/16/18
Photo by Paul Brown
Evanescence, with singer Amy Lee, will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 17, 2018.

This week’s best concerts: Journey, Def Leppard, Wiz Khalifa, Lindsey Stirling, more

HALLWORTHY? Journey and Def LeppardWith Bon Jovi and Dire Straits off the board, Def Leppard, left, is now the bestselling rock band not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (The not-yet-eligible Coldplay and Linkin Park...
Published: 08/15/18
Taylor Swift performs at Raymond James Stadium during the Reputation Stadium Tour on Aug. 14, 2018 in Tampa. (Tailyr Irvine | Times)

Review: Taylor Swift lights up Tampa with majestic, open-hearted concert at Raymond James Stadium

The world's biggest pop star sat alone at a piano in Tampa, looking for the first time in a long time like she wasn't quite sure what to say."This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa," Taylor...
Published: 08/15/18
Hoobastank. Photo by Ashley Osborn.

SoundBytes: Hoobastank, PrettyMuch, Kevin Gates, Every Time I Die and more

— Hoobastank is coming to the Capitol Theatre. The show is scheduled for Nov. 19, with Secondhand Serenade opening. Tickets are $29 and up. Click...
Published: 08/14/18
Highly Suspect performed at 98 Rockfest in 2017. (Jay Cridlin | Times)

Highly Suspect postpone concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

Highly Suspect's upcoming concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg was one of our must-see shows...
Published: 08/14/18
Rick Springfield postpones ‘Best In Show’ concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Rick Springfield postpones ‘Best In Show’ concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Bad news for Rick Springfield fans: The Jessie's Girl heartthrob is postponing his concert this month at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.Even worse news for the Fixx fans: They're no longer on...
Published: 08/14/18