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Jay Cridlin, Pop Music/Culture Critic

Jay Cridlin

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.

Phone: (727) 893-8336

Email: cridlin@tampabay.com

Blog: Soundcheck

Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

Instagram: @cridlin

  1. Hall and Oates, Trombone Shorty, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    Here's a cross-generational show that'll please all kinds of lovers of pop and soul.

    Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates are embarking on a tour that'll bring them to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on May 21, the venue announced today. Joining Hall and Oates are a couple of dynamic live performers steeped in the sounds of classic soul, jazz and rock: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Quite a package tour, there....

  2. SoundBytes: Joel McHale, My Morning Jacket, Flogging Molly, Yelawolf and more


    -- One of TV's busiest comic presences, Joel McHale (The Soup, Community) is coming to the Straz Center on April 9. Tickets are $45.50, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.

    -- Also coming to the Straz Center: Lera Lynn, the Americana singer-songwriter best known for her music from (and Black Rose bar cameos in) Season 2 of HBO's True Detective. She'll perform at the Jaeb Theater on April 11. Tickets are $25 and they go on sale Friday. Click here....

  3. 'Legends of Southern Hip Hop' Juvenile, Too Short, Trick Daddy, more coming to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa


    Get ready for one of the year's biggest, most booming nights of Southern hip hop.

    Tampa's USF Sun Dome on Monday announced that a new "Legends of Southern Hip Hop" concert will take place there on April 23, with a lineup that includes Juvenile (Back That Azz Up), Too Short (The Ghetto), 8Ball and MJG (Space Age Pimpin'), Trick Daddy (Let's Go), Project Pat (Chickenhead) and Pastor Troy (Vice Versa), among others....

  4. SeaWorld Bands, Brew & BBQ concerts: Gladys Knight, Smash Mouth lead 2016 lineup


    While SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are sister parks, they take different approaches to announcing their spring concert series.

    Busch Gardens' Food & Wine Festival -- formerly known as Bands, Brew & BBQ -- announced almost all of its 2016 lineup at once. SeaWorld's concert series -- which is still known as Bands, Brew & BBQ -- announces its lineup week by week....

    Gladys Knight
  5. Leon Bridges coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


    Leon Bridges was one of the breakout singers of 2015, a throwback soul crooner who racked up comparisons to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, a Grammy nomination for best R&B album and an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

    Now he's coming to Tampa Bay for the very first time.

    Bridges will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sept. 14, according to the venue's website. Lianne La Havas will open the show. Tickets are $38.75 and up, and they'll go on sale soon. Click here for details....

  6. Andrea Bocelli talks Valentine's Day, romantic songs, his thoughts on love and fame and more


    Few artists speak the language of love like Andrea Bocelli, the renowned Italian tenor who returns to Amalie Arena on Thursday for his third Tampa concert in five years.

    Unlike the last two, however, this one is tied not to Christmas, but Valentine’s Day. Perfect, we say, because who out there has melted more hearts over the years than Bocelli? What’s the over-under on the number of proposals that’ll take place before, during or after this show? How many tissues will we all need by the end of Time To Say Goodbye?...

  7. Super Bowl halftime show: Colorful Coldplay can't compete with Beyonce, Bruno Mars


    All throughout Super Bowl 50, CBS hyped the halftime show with Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars as “a musical celebration of past, present and future” – as if we somehow weren’t watching a collection of artists between the ages of 30 and 38.

    By the end, you could see what they were going for, as the halftime show made numerous references to halftime performers and performances past, from Michael Jackson and U2 to Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen, both at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. The NFL does tend to love paying homage to itself at every conceivable turn. And apart from a little spotty audio here and there, they got exactly what they wanted....

  8. Beyonce's 'Formation World Tour' coming to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa


    Hot on the heels of performing at halftime of Super Bowl 50, Beyonce has announced plans for "The Formation World Tour" -- and it's coming to Tampa.

    Beyonce will perform at Raymond James Stadium on April 29, according to various reports, including Entertainment Weekly and other outlets. Tickets will cost $40-$275 and go on sale Feb. 16, with a pre-sale beginning Feb. 9. Click here for details....

  9. Beyonce drops 'Formation': Four amazing things about her new pre-Super Bowl single


    Beyonce on Saturday released a surprise new single, Formation, a thumping, righteous, provocative banger that broke the Internet's brains, and which she will reportedly perform live during halftime of Sunday's Super Bowl 50.

    For the Beyhive, this is a lot to process.

    It'll take a few trips to Red Lobster before we can fully wrap our minds around everything this new song represents, but for now, here are four of the most amazing things about Beyonce's Formation....

  10. Review: Barry Manilow offers endless goodbyes in farewell show at Tampa's Amalie Arena


    Here’s the thing about the songs of Barry Manilow: Each one sounds like a closer.

    Each song sounds like an end-of-the-night embrace, all sap and schmaltz and see-you-when-I-see-you as the credits start to roll. Each one’s also a crescendo, swelling and leapfrogging keys until it leaps from the ledge into an ocean-sized ovation.

    And so you wonder: With a songbook like that, how in the world does Barry Manilow say goodbye?...

    Barry Manilow performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Feb. 4, 2016.
  11. SoundBytes: Sunn O))), Parmalee, Magic Man and more


    -- Experimental drone metal outfit Sunn O))), frequently described as one of the loudest bands in the world, are coming to the Orpheum on April 8. Tickets are $25-$55. Click here.

    -- Indie pop acts Magic Man and the Griswolds are coming to the State Theatre on May 24. Tickets are $17. Click here....

  12. Stephen Marley, Lucero added to 2016 Gasparilla Music Festival lineup


    The Gasparilla Music Festival has added a second wave of artists to its 2016 lineup — and more than ever, it’s looking like this’ll be the most diverse fest yet.

    Reggae great Stephen Marley and Memphis alt-rock outfit Lucero (above) will take the stage at GMF 2016, March 12 and 13 in Curtis Hixon Park. Joining them will be electronic rock trio the New Deal, Americana group the Appleseed Collective, Puerto Rican fusion outfit Pirulo y la Tribu and Florida artists Acme Jazz Garage, Sol Caribe, Acho Brother, Boxcar Hollow, Lauris Vidal, Larry Duran and Ella Jet....

  13. This week in Tampa: Andrea Bocelli, Diana Ross, Bryson Tiller and more


    Barry Manilow! Andrea Bocelli! Yanni! This is the greatest musical week your mom has ever had. But if soft rock and popera aren't your bag, there's still a ton of other great music out there in Tampa Bay this week, including Bryson Tiller (above), Diana Ross, Yonder Mountain String Band, Moon Taxi, JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Luther Dickinson, Anders Osborne, Madeon, Hawthorne Heights, the Ataris, Mest, Chris Barrows, Children of Bodom, Bubba Sparxxx, Skylar Spence, Brad Noblitt, Agent Orange, Drivin' 'N' Cryin', Cliff Eberhardt, Keller Williams and more. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa......

    Bryson Tiller
  14. 'Orange Is the New Black' star Laverne Cox cancels University of South Florida lecture


    Maybe all the critical raves racked up by Fox's Grease Live have spurred producers of the network's upcoming take on Rocky Horror Picture Show to step up their game. Because one of the production's stars has canceled an upcoming appearance in Tampa, and rehearsals for Rocky Horror are to blame....

    Laverne Cox
  15. Music Planner: Barry Manilow bids farewell, Diana Ross returns, Bryson Tiller's on the rise

    Music & Concerts


    LOOKS LIKE HE MADE IT: Barry Manilow


    There's a reason Barry Manilow has released albums on which he covers the biggest hits of the '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s ... but nothing from the three decades since.

    "I didn't think anybody wanted to hear my ballad version of Bootylicious," the 72-year-old singer laughed during a recent phone interview....

    Getty Images (2014)