Jay Cridlin, tbt* Staff Writer

Jay Cridlin

Jay Cridlin is the entertainment and features editor for 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.

Phone: (727) 893-8336

Email: cridlin@tampabay.com

Blog: Soundcheck

Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

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  1. Coral Skies Festival lineup: Cage the Elephant, Julian Casablancas, City and Colour and more

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    A year after debuting as the Coastline Festival, Live Nation's newly reinvented Coral Skies Music Festival will return to Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Oct. 25, and the lineup is once again heavy on indie rock acts.

    Cage the Elephant and Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas are the biggest names on the just-unveiled lineup, along with Bleachers, City and Colour, Tokyo Police Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Hold Steady, Wild Cub and Junior Prom. Rounding out the bill are two acts that will be familiar to Tampa Bay music fans: Guitarist Benjamin Booker, a former Tampa resident who this year has toured with Jack White and performed on The Late Show with David Letterman; and Good Graeff, the Sarasota indie-folk-pop group that has exploded on the local scene in the past year....

    Julian Casablancas
  2. He's a 'Real American': Hulk Hogan talks about Hogan's Beach and his status as an American icon

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    First came the photo: Hulk Hogan, American wrestling icon, with arms outstretched against the stars and stripes, with the words, "One nation, one team," and the hashtag #LetsDoThis.

    Then came the video: Hogan again, in a 51-second, WWE-style clip, roaring and flexing and exhorting the U.S. men's soccer team to take care of business in the World Cup.

    Thousands of posts and retweets later, Hogan's status as a global symbol of American badassery was reaffirmed. Not that it was ever in doubt....

    Legendary wrestler and sports icon Terry Bollea, a.k.a. Hulk Hogan, poses for a patriotic portrait at his restaurant and bar Hogan’s Beach in Tampa.
  3. Chillin' Music Fest to bring Michael Franti and Spearhead, Stephen Marley, the Expendables to Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa

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    Seems like just the other day Rebelution sold out two straight nights at Jannus Live, and we delved into how Jannus and St. Pete as a whole had become a central clearinghouse for all things related to America's modern alt-reggae-rock movement....

    Michael Franti
  4. Hulk Hogan talks Hogan's Beach, the Fourth of July, being an American icon and more

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    First came the photo: Hulk Hogan, American wrestling icon, with arms outstretched against the stars and stripes, with the words, “One nation, one team,” and the hashtag #LetsDoThis.

    Then came the video: Hogan again, in a 51-second, WWE-style clip, roaring and flexing and exhorting the U.S. men’s soccer team to take care of business in the World Cup....

    Hulk Hogan shows off his patriotic side at his bar and restaurant, Hogan's Beach in Tampa.
  5. Hulk Hogan to join the July 4 party at Hogan's Beach

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    First came the photo: Hulk Hogan, American wrestling icon, with arms outstretched against the stars and stripes, with the words, "One nation, one team," and the hashtag #LetsDoThis. • Then came the video: Hogan again, in a 51-second, WWE-style clip, roaring and flexing and exhorting the U.S. men's soccer team to take care of business in the World Cup. • Thousands of posts and retweets later, Hogan's status as a global symbol of American toughness was reaffirmed. Not that the legacy of Tampa native born Terry Bollea was ever in doubt. • Given Hogan's American-icon status, it's only fitting that the wrestler's waterfront bar and restaurant, Hogan's Beach, will be Tampa's premier party joint this Fourth of July weekend, with live music and fireworks Friday through Sunday. Hogan, who has a home in Clearwater, will likely be there each night, pumping up fans from stage. • Over crab cakes at Hogan's Beach, we grilled the Hulkster on the evolution of his restaurant and his status as a symbol of America. Here are excerpts....

    American wrestling icon Terry Bollea, a.k.a. Hulk Hogan, strikes a pose at Hogan’s Beach in Tampa.
  6. Cigar City Brewing collaborating on Hootie and the Blowfish beer

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    Congratulations, 1995. You're about to get that Hootie and the Blowfish-themed beer you've been pining for.

    Darius Rucker and his roots-rockin' brethren are about to get their own craft brew, thanks largely to a couple of Tampa Bay's hoppiest heavy hitters, Cigar City Brewing and Rock Brothers Brewing. The companies are teaming up with South Carolina's Palmetto Brewing to create Hootie's Homegrown Ale, made with Carolina Gold rice and hints of lemongrass....

    Hootie & the Blowfish have faded from the spotlight in recent years, but they still come together — and of course they could come together with Tampa Bay brewers to make their own beer.
  7. For St. Pete Pride, the Amsterdam bar lets you be the muralist

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    In mural-crazy St. Petersburg, the big white wall just off the roundabout at the corner of Central Avenue and 11th Street could be an artist's dream canvas.

    "We've been approached by a lot of people," says John Cullen, co-owner of the wall and the bar it's connected to, the Amsterdam. "We're right on the roundabout, and people have to slow down. Everybody sees that wall."

    But instead of handing the wall over to a muralist — for a while, at least — the Amsterdam is giving it to the people....

    After St. Pete Pride on Sunday, the Amsterdam at 1049 Central Ave. is inviting people to help paint an LGBT pride mural.
  8. Oddball Comedy Festival coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre; Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick on lineup

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    Is this the biggest comedy event ever to hit Tampa? Could be.

    Funny or Die's 2014 Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival will kick off at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 8, and the lineup is astonishing enough to melt any comedy nerd's brain: Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, @Midnight host Chris Hardwick, WTF podcast king Marc Maron, Comedy Bang Bang's Reggie Watts, Broad City's Hannibal Buress, "Roastmaster General" Jeff Ross, Brody Stevens, Brent Morin and DJ Trauma, to name just a few....

    Aziz Ansari
  9. Rise Against coming to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

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    It's always great to see a festival headliner-level band come to a relatively small local venue like Jannus Live. It happened earlier this year with Arctic Monkeys, and this fall, it'll happen again with Rise Against.

    The Chicago hard rock outfit, who headlined 97X Next Big Thing in 2012 and this summer will play massive fests like New Orleans' Voodoo Experience, Jay Z's Made In American Festival and Summerfest in Milwaukee, will return to Jannus Live on Oct. 5, their first show in the courtyard since 2008. Touche Amore and Radkey will open the show. Tickets are $32.50-$35, and they'll go on sale Friday. Click here....

  10. Luke Bryan adds second show at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

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    For the second year in a row, Luke Bryan is going to play it again, play it again, play it again in Tampa.

    Bryan, the reigning king of country party music, has announced a second show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, "DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND," promoter Live Nation tweeted in all caps. He'll now play there on Thursday, Sept. 25, in addition to his already announced gig on Sept. 26. Tickets to the new show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday....

  11. Slayer, Foster the People coming to Hard Rock Live in Orlando

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    Okay, before you panic, let's be clear: Slayer and Foster the People are NOT going on tour together. It's just a coincidence that both the speed-metal titans and electro-pop hitmakers announced shows at the House of Blues in Orlando on the very same day. We think.

    That said, it's a pretty cool day whenever any venue can announce two such huge shows at the same time. If you're up for a drive to Orlando, here are the details....

  12. Rebelution's Eric Rachmany talks Tampa Bay fans, reggae rock's diverse sounds and more

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    No band has attempted a two-night stand at Jannus Live since Sublime With Rome in 2010. But just like those reggae-rock forefathers, Rebelution might just sell out both nights.

    And singer Eric Rachmany couldn’t have picked a better place to try it....

  13. Hot Chelle Rae to kick off Busch Gardens' first 'Saturday Summer Nights' concert series

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    We're just a few months removed from the whole Blackfish controversy, and Busch Gardens is already jumping back into the concert game.

    Pop-rock outfit Hot Chelle Rae (Tonight Tonight, I Like It Like That) will kick off the theme park's "Saturday Summer Nights" concert series, a new addition to its already popular Summer Nights, which feature extended hours, fireworks, the acrobatic stage show Kinetix and more....

  14. Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime's Pat Downes talks about Bradley Nowell's genius, Jannus Live's unique energy and more

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    It’s impossible to break down the reggae rock landscape without tying everything back to Sublime. That’s just the way it is.

    “They’re pretty much the godfathers of all this stuff,” said Pat Downes, singer for the premiere tribute act Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime. “It’s like they ran through music, space and time and just started pulling stuff that they liked and made sense, and put it in a pot. ... They kind of created the formula within one band, and now it’s a whole genre doing it.”...

  15. How did Jannus Live in St. Petersburg become a hub for reggae-rock bands like SOJA, Rebelution and Sublime With Rome?

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    Eric Rachmany is trying to count how many times he's played St. Petersburg.

    "Oh, man," says the singer of Santa Barbara, Calif. group Rebelution. "I'd say, like, 15 times, maybe?"

    There was a sweaty summer show at the old Garage Bar, now the Local 662, when the A.C. broke and "people were just swaying, looking like they were going to pass out." There was a more recent show at Jannus Live, when it began to downpour, but "everybody just went nuts and made the most of it. It added to the amazing night."...

    Sublime With Rome during a two-night stint at Jannus Live in 2010.