Sunday, March 18, 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

Zion I, The Grouch and Eligh perform on the main stage at Reggae Rise Up  Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
[Sunday, February 26, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Best concerts this week: Reggae Rise Up, Tiffany, Mike and the Mechanics, Foreigner, O-Town

ALL THAT MRAZ: Jason MrazItís no shocker that Jason Mrazís concert at the Mahaffey Theater sold out long ago. Sixteen years after his debut Waiting for My Rocket to...
Published: 03/14/18
Tiffany, the 80s pop star, performs at the Jaeb Theater at the Straz on March 18. Photos courtesy of the Straz Center.

Tiffany talks about the death of malls, her rivalry with Debbie Gibson and more

A lot of questions run through your mind when you're on the phone with Tiffany, the '80s pop princess behind I Think We're Alone NowWhen's the last time she listened to her first album? How does she feel about her...
Published: 03/14/18
David Byrne. Photo by Jody Rogac/Grandstand HQ.

David Byrne coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg

David Byrne only seems to perform in Tampa Bay about once a decade — he last came to town in 2008, and before that, 1997. So a local show by the iconic Talking Heads frontman kind of does feel like a...
Published: 03/14/18
Fans gathered at the 2017 Reggae Rise Up festival in Vinoy Park. (Luis Santana | Times)

How did St. Petersburgís Reggae Rise Up festival become one of the biggest in the country?

St. Petersburg has long been a hub for reggae-rock bands in Florida, with many selling out multiple nights at Jannus Live.If Vaughn Carrick has his way, the city will become the hub of reggae and reggae-rock activity on the...
Published: 03/14/18
The Ying Yang Twins perform at Shephard's Beach Resort on Clearwater Beach in 2013. (Luis Santana | Times)

Turnt Up Tour with Ying Yang Twins, Chingy, Bow Wow, more coming to USF Sun Dome in Tampa

Grab your Sean John, shutter shades and the iciest bling you can find, because the entire early 2000s are coming to Tampa.A collection of hip-hop semi-stars are teaming up for the "Turnt Up Tour," a post-millennial package tour designed to...
Published: 03/13/18
Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

A massive night of metal is coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.Sludge-rock superstars Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin are teaming up for a co-headlining tour that'll hit Tampa on...
Published: 03/13/18
Logic performs at Y100's Jingle Ball at BB&T Center on Dec. 17, 2017, in Sunrise. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) FLRP107

Logic coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

If you've been on a low, you've been taking your time, you feel like you're out of your mind, here's some news that might brighten your day.Logic, the Grammy-nominated rapper behind the suicide prevention anthem...
Published: 03/13/18
Fans dance and cheer in the crowd as Zion I, The Grouch and Eligh perform on the main stage at Reggae Rise Up  Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
[Sunday, February 26, 2017] LUIS SANTANA  |   Times

How St. Peteís Reggae Rise Up festival became one of the biggest in the country

When you think reggae music, one city naturally comes to mind: Salt Lake City, Utah.No, seriously, it makes sense if you think about it, said Vaughn Carrick."It really kind of fits," said the 33-year-old founder of the Reggae Rise Up...
Published: 03/13/18
Colin Quinn. Photo via Pam Loshak/Loshak PR.

SoundBytes: Colin Quinn, Boz Scaggs, Michael Glabicki and more

— Colin Quinn, who postponed a recent show at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre after suffering a heart attack, has rescheduled the show for May 3. Tickets for the original performance will be honored.
Published: 03/12/18
Clean Bandit. Photo by Rita Zimmermann via Big Beat Press.

Clean Bandit cancels concert at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

Clean Bandit would Rather Be in St. Petersburg on April 26, performing for you at the State Theatre. Unfortunately, that won't be possible.In a statement, the Grammy-winning Brits announced that drummer Luke...
Published: 03/12/18