Tuesday, October 16, 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

Toto, with guitarist Steve Lukather at left, will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Oct. 24. (Photo by Kevin Albinder)

Toto’s Steve Lukather talks ‘Africa,’ Weezer, being a punch line and more

Why is Toto’s Africa (well, technically a Weezer cover) one of the most talked-about songs of 2018? Before playing Ruth Eckerd Hall, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather talks about getting the last laugh.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Joe Satriani performs at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on August 30, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Experience Hendrix Tour: Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine, more coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Someday, somehow, we can all probably expect a Jimi Hendrix hologram to head out on tour, right?Until that day comes, the next best thing is the Experience Hendrix Tour, which has become a spring staple at Ruth Eckerd...
Updated: 4 hours ago
It’s kind of a miracle the world hasn’t already gotten Drake to cover Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight, the ‘80s’ ultimate late-night banger merciless in its moodiness. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

After Weezer’s ‘Africa,’ here are 5 more ’80s cheese-pop covers we’d like to see

Can Drake pull off Phil Collins? Does Post Malone just need a friend? We think so.
Updated: 4 hours ago
In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, Trevor Noah on set during a taping of

‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah coming to the Yuengling Center in Tampa

Once the midterms are over, will you be sick of politics for a while? Or will you still want to get out and hear some chatter about the state of the modern world?If your answer is the latter, get ready for a taste of The Daily...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Mike Shinoda. Photo: Frank Maddocks.

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda talks guiding fans through grief, singing Chester Bennington’s vocals before Tampa concert

There are songs Mike Shinoda can't sing. One More Light, for example.The ballad, from Linkin Park's 2017 album of the same name, was already deeply personal when Shinoda wrote it in...
Published: 10/15/18
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Sun Dome no more: After years of struggle, can the new Yuengling Center find a soul?

TAMPA — Kelli Yeloushan slid the latest issue of VenuesNow magazine across her desk."We actually have a full-page ad that just came out today," she said.There on Page 55 of the concert industry trade mag was Yeloushan, director...
Published: 10/12/18
Updated: 10/13/18
Comedian Matt Fernandez during his set for open mic night at de Bine Brewing company in Palm Harbor, July 14, 2018. (Martha Asencio Rhine | Times)

Tampa comic Matt Fernandez releases stand-up special on Amazon Prime

The night Matt Fernandez filmed his first stand-up comedy special, things didn't get off to a calming start."The air conditioning was broken in the green room the night of the show," he said, "so I had to actually hang...
Published: 10/12/18
Mary Chapin Carpenter performed at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Oct. 11, 2018. (Jay Cridlin | Times)

Review: Mary Chapin Carpenter showcases 30 years of stellar songwriting at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater

Before Maren Morris, before Kacey Musgraves, before Kelsea Ballerini – literally, before any of today's country queens were even born – there was Mary Chapin...
Published: 10/12/18
Greta Van Fleet's Josh Kiszka performs on day one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival's first weekend on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

SoundBytes: Migos, Greta Van Fleet, Howie Day and more

— Lots of people in Florida have been waiting for acclaimed young throwback rockers Greta Van Fleet to announce some tour dates here, and now we've finally got some. Unfortunately, the closest date is in Orlando. The...
Published: 10/11/18
Mike Shinoda will perform at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Oct. 19, 2018. Photo: Frank Maddocks.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, back on the road solo, reflects on grief, healing and Chester Bennington

A year after the suicide of bandmate Chester Bennington, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda talks about grief, healing and the future of the band before his first solo show in Tampa.
Published: 10/11/18