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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


Blog: Soundcheck

Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

Instagram: @cridlin

  1. Weezer guitarist Brian Bell brings his own band, The Relationship, to Ybor City

    Music & Concerts

    The riffs, vocals and jangle-laden melodies of The Relationship are straight from the playbook of power-pop icons like Elvis Costello or Big Star, and that's not bad company to keep.

    Brian Bell, however, isn't too keen on such comparisons.

    "It's funny how people do that," Bell said by phone from Denver, Colo. "A lot of musicians talk in terms of artists they already know — It's Bowie-ish, it's Elvis Costello-like, it's Kinks-y, it's Beatles-y. I never have used any other artist as a model for a sound or a song. It always has to come from an emotion, and capturing the essence of that emotion in a song."...

    The Relationship.   [Rebel Union Entertainment]
  2. 50 years ago, the Rolling Stones' song 'Satisfaction' was born in Clearwater (w/video)

    Music & Concerts

    CLEARWATER — The pool is still there. It's shrouded by palm fronds and heavy gates, but it's there. Stand on Pierce Street, beyond the walls of the Fort Harrison Hotel, and you can hear families splashing, even smell the chlorine.

    Close your eyes and picture this pool a half-century ago. Picture the Rolling Stones, then a scrum of scrawny Brits in lounge chairs, smoking cigs and scratching out a song that would change the course of music. ...

    The Rolling Stones concert at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater in 1965 turned to mayhem after the police stopped the show after only four songs. The band was taken to the Jack Tar Hotel (now the Fort Harrison) and left Clearwater the next day.
  3. Review: Sammy Hagar and the Circle roar into Clearwater, sell out Ruth Eckerd Hall


    Underestimate the appeal of the Van Hagar era at your own risk.

    While David Lee Roth was Van Halen’s first (and, many would argue, only) true frontman, Sammy Hagar belted out plenty of the group’s biggest hits in the ‘80s and ‘90s, enriching and lengthening his own prolific life in rock ‘n’ roll. And if you don’t think that’s a huge part of why a rowdy and sold-out crowd of nearly 2,200 packed Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday for Hagar’s first local concert in years, maybe you just haven’t been drinking enough Cabo Wabo tequila....

    Ex-Van Halen bandmates Michael Anthony, left, and Sammy Hagar perform together at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on April 29, 2015.
  4. UPDATE: Earl Sweatshirt's concert at the Orpheum postponed


    Well, this wouldn't be the first time Earl Sweatshirt has found himself enveloped in mystery and controversy.

    The critically acclaimed rapper was scheduled to perform at Tampa's Orpheum on Thursday night alongside Vince Staples and Remy Banks. But on Wednesday afternoon, the Orpheum posted a photo to Instagram reading: "Fans, we regret to announce that due to a medical isssue Earl Sweatshirt has been forced to reschedule a number of his upcoming tour dates. Including Tampa 4/30/2015 ... If you purchased a ticket from Dope Ent., the Orpheum, or, your tickets will be honored for his rescheudled show. Rescheduled date is TBA."...

  5. Rock Brothers Brewing opening brewery, music venue in Ybor City


    Rock Brothers Brewing, a St. Petersburg company that specializes in giving bands like 311 and Hootie and the Blowfish their own brand-name craft beers, is getting a brick-and-mortar brewhouse.

    The St. Petersburg company has unveiled plans for an ambitious brewery and tasting room at 1901 15th St. in Ybor City, slated to open late this fall. The building — historically a hardware store owned by the family of former Mayor Dick Greco, and until recently the home of the LGBT specialty store MC Film Fest — will include an upstairs live music venue, The Attic, described as a “listening room” for intimate concerts....

    Since launching locally in 2013, Rock Brothers' High Road Ale and Nare Sugar Brown have been popular on tap and in stores around Tampa Bay.
  6. Action sports superstar Travis Pastrana brings Nitro Circus Live to Tampa (w/video)


    The scene: A Nitro Circus Live event in South Africa. Wheelchair-bound extreme rider Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham had been bugging organizers to let him attempt a double front flip — a stunt that had never been landed — from a gigantic ramp at one end of a stadium. No one thought the trick was worth the risk.

    "If you're in a wheelchair, you can't get hurt," Travis Pastrana recalled warning him. "As crazy as the people are, they don't want to see that."...

    Subaru Rally driver Travis Pastrana will compete in the Los Angeles Red Bull Global Rallycross event, a two-race weekend. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.) THIS CONTENT IS PROVIDED BY PRNewsfoto and is for EDITORIAL USE ONLY**
  7. Craig Kopp talks about his rock 'n' roll role at WMNF

    Music & Concerts


    Wearing jeans, New Balance sneakers and an untucked, beachy olive button-up, Craig Kopp leans into his microphone.

    "Dr. Oz says he's the victim of a campaign to silence him," Kopp says. "This is Everyday Ethics."

    His laid-back work uniform may be new, but his voice is familiar to radio listeners who have known him as host of NPR's All Things Considered on WUSF-FM 89.7 for four years. Yet after nearly 40 years in radio, this brief podcast on media ethics is Kopp's only on-air gig. ...

    General Manager Craig Kopp of Tampa's WMNF poses for a portrait in the station's music library which holds tens of thousands of vinyl records and CDs. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  8. Big Guava Festival schedule, set times released: When to see Hozier, Run the Jewels, Ryan Adams and more


    Conflicts, conflicts, conflicts. They arise every time a big-time music festival unveils its schedule and set times, but that doesn't make them any easier to swallow.

    Tampa's Big Guava Music Festival, May 8-9 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre and Florida State Fairgrounds, just unveiled its 2015 schedule and set times, and while most of them don't totally overlap, you'll still have some tough choices to make....

  9. Zac Brown Band coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    They're playing The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday. Their new album Jeykll + Hyde comes out on Tuesday. And this November, the Zac Brown Band is coming back to Tampa.

    The Georgia country-rockers have announced a return engagement at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Nov. 13. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but according to the band's website, they'll go on sale to the public May 15. Click here for details....

  10. Photos: 98 Rockfest brings The Pretty Reckless, Young Guns, Sleepwave, more to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    The big guns came out to play Friday night at 98 Rockfest, as Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against and more hit the stage at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

    But early in the day, downtown Tampa was just as hopping. As Bryan Cranston filmed scenes for The Infiltrator a few blocks north, 98 Rockfest kicked off with a pre-show on the Amalie Arena's outdoor plaza featuring Young Guns, Beartooth and St. Petersburg's own Sleepwave, led by former Underoath singer Spencer Chamberlain....

    Young Guns performed outside Amalie Arena as part of 98 Rockfest on April 24, 2015.
  11. Review: Bob Dylan swings through timeless, intimate set at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


    It is tempting to think of Bob Dylan as a priceless American artifact, an antiquity to be preserved behind crystal-clear, smudge-proof glass. Look, there he is, the voice of a generation, the man who wrote Blowin’ In the Wind! Stand behind the rope! No flash photography allowed!

    But the thing about priceless antiquities is that no one ever takes them out of the cupboard to play. And Dylan, who brought his Never Ending Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall Wednesday night, still wants to play. Just watch him up there, tilting his mic stand, shuffling his feet, sneaking little grins, striking funny poses and finger-gunning his bandmates. Pew pew! ...

    Bob Dylan, shown here in a file photo, performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 22, 2015.
  12. After 50 years, St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater is getting some respect



    Word reaches Todd Beatty in his usual spot, the patio by the load-in dock where he takes drags on unfiltered 305's amid a crew of union stagehands: The temperature in the center of the Mahaffey Theater is 73 degrees. "For the theater, that's warm," he says. "We try to keep it around 70 for shows. Three degrees can make a difference." Beatty, the theater's operations manager, ducks into his office, a tight, windowless room cluttered with concert photos and paraphernalia, nests of wires and walkie-talkies, stacks of artist contracts and cans of WD-40. On his desk is a yellowed chunk of the old Bayfront Center Arena, which towered next door until 2004. ...

    Patrons enjoy the music of the Brian Sutherland Band during the Second Thursday celebration this month on the plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dal? Museum. Once a month, the Mahaffey brings in a local band.
  13. Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor lineup: Desaparecidos, Teenage Bottlerocket and more


    The local precursor to Gainesville's Fest, Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, keeps getting bigger. Its third annual lineup was announced Monday, and it's got plenty of surprising names -- including two of Fest's main headliners.

    Desaparacidos -- Conor Oberst's thrashy emo precursor to Bright Eyes -- is among nearly 80 punkish acts slated to perform at this year's Pre-Fest, Oct. 28-29 at venues around Ybor City. Also on the bill: California veterans Lagwagon, Richmond, Va. troubadour Tim Barry, Wyoming's Teenage Bottlerocket, Pennsylvania's the Menzingers, Michigan ska band Mustard Plug and Philadelphia emo outfit Modern Baseball....

  14. SoundBytes: Pitbull, Colbie Caillat, Umphrey's McGee, Brandon Flowers and more


    -- In case you missed it: John Travolta was in Clearwater over the weekend for a screening of his new movie The Forger at the Capitol Theatre. Click here for Steve Persall's report.

    -- Universal Orlando has announced a blockbuster 25th Anniversary Concert Series running in May and June, with all concerts free with admission: Prince Royce (May 23), Shawn Mendes (May 24), Pitbull (May 30), Kellie Pickler (June 6), Huey Lewis and the News (June 13) and the Goo Goo Dolls (June 20). Click here for details....

    John Travolta greets fans outside the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.
  15. Kacey Musgraves added to Rays Summer Concert Series


    The Tampa Bay Rays on Friday announced their 2015 Summer Concert Series, with artists ranging from the Jacksons to Steve Aoki to Kidz Bop slated to perform free postgame concerts throughout the season.

    Now they've added arguably their most acclaimed act yet: Throwback country singer Kacey Musgraves....