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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. This week in Tampa: Carlos Vives, Young Thug, Dash Berlin, Baauer and more


    With Beyonce Week firmly in the rearview, we can turn our attention to the rest of the Tampa Bay music landscape.

    This week brings an exciting array of shows to town, including Fiesta Maxima with Carlos Vives, Young Thug, Baauer, Dash Berlin, Trampled By Turtles, Rick Ross, Glen Phillips, Flatbush Zombies, George Benson, The Devil Makes Three, Mike Love, Kayzo, Iron Reagan, Hed(P.E.) and more. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa......

  2. X Ambassadors headlining free '97X Bud and Burgers' at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg


    Beer, burgers and a day of free music. Not a bad way to spend a summer Saturday, is it?

    Alt-rock station 97X is planning big things for its inaugural Bud and Burgers party on June 18 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, including a free headlining concert by rising rockers X Ambassadors of Renegades and Unsteady fame.

    The event will also features plenty of Budweiser (hence the name) and burgers from Tampa Bay restaurants. None of that will be free -- it'll be buy-as-you-go, or you can pick up a $30 VIP ticket that includes parking, two drink tickets, free appetizers and more....

  3. From B-sides to bonus tracks, music stars offer more to connect with fans

    Music & Concerts

    In this era of shorter-is-better, 16 songs sounds like a lot for one album. Ellie Goulding thought otherwise.

    "It was very, very tough for me to take songs off," the British singer said of her 2015 album Delirium. "We didn't want it to be a long album, but it ended up being a long album, because I thought all the songs were meant to be together."

    So she turned to the one place pop artists know more music is always welcome: Target....

    Alison Krauss. Getty Images (2012)
  4. Rebelution, Rock Brothers Brewing to debut new craft beer at St. Petersburg festival


    One afternoon last August, on a day off from touring with their band Rebelution, drummer Wesley Finley and keyboardist Rory Carey stopped by Tampa's Cigar City Brewing for some drinks.

    This was no ordinary tasting. Cigar City owner Joey Redner and his brewers were on hand, as were Kevin Lilly and Tony Casoria from Tampa's Rock Brothers Brewing. They were there to help brew the reggae-rock band its very own signature beer....

    In March, Rebelution came to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to perform at a party celebrating their new Rock Brothers beer, Rebelution IPA.
  5. Flume coming to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    The name Flume might not mean much to those who don't follow electronic music. But if you follow the festival industry, you know him.

    The Australian producer born Harley Streten made the second line of Sunday's lineup at this year's Coachella poster. He's sitting pretty on the top line of Sunday's lineup at Lollapalooza. He made the third line of the overall poster for May's Hangout Music Festival. Around the world, he's top-line at Splendour in the Grass, third-line at Osheaga, and near the top of the bill at countless other festivals....

  6. Music Planner: Amy Grant; plus Carlos Vives, Young Thug, Dash Berlin

    Music & Concerts


    Amy Grant couldn't tell whether 23-year-old Tori Kelly was a fan of her work before the two connected for a new cover of Grant's 1991 hit Baby Baby.

    "I got the feeling she was having to learn it for the first time," Grant said by phone recently. "She wasn't even born when that song came out. It was very funny being in the studio, because she was like, 'Yeah, I really like this song.' And I said, 'Yeah, that's kind of what happened the first time it came out.' "...

    Young Thug will perform May 8 at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa.
  7. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


    Aerosmith may or may not be plotting a farewell tour, and it may or may not make its way to Florida. But with or without his bandmates, Steven Tyler is coming to town.

    The Aerosmith singer has announced initial dates for a solo tour in support of his forthcoming country album, and according to USA Today, it has one stop in the Sunshine State: Aug. 29 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater....

  8. Amy Grant talks 'Heart In Motion,' Joni Mitchell, losing music legends and more


    Amy Grant isn’t just a Christian music superstar. She’s written actual, honest-to-goodness hymns.

    Seriously: Crack open your pew’s hymnal this Sunday, and there’s a decent chance you’ll find Thy Word, a 1984 single co-written with Michael W. Smith, that made its way into church songbooks shortly thereafter.

    “I remember thinking, ‘Don’t you have to be dead for this to happen?’” Grant laughed during a recent phone interview. “I never anticipated that. And it still feels a little weird to me. I grew up in a church that had no choir, so it was all congregational singing, and it’s funny to me, because it’s hard to imagine singing what feels like a stylized song, congregational-style.”...

  9. SoundBytes: Gojira, Hillsong Worship, Nahko and Medicine for the People


    -- Gojira is coming! No, not the Pacific Rim monster, but the French metal band. They'll perform at the Ritz Ybor alongside Tesseract (no, not the one from the Avengers movies) on Sept. 27. Tickets are $27.50 and up. Click here.

    -- Adding to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre's busy summer slate is a night of Christian rock featuring Hillsong Worship (a sibling group of Hillsong United), Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Housefires, Urban Rescue and Chad Veach. The Outcry Tour will hit Tampa on Aug. 11. Tickets are $18.95 and up, and they go on sale Friday. Click here....

  10. Jason Isbell coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


    It's not easy to upstage acts like Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers and Future. But if you ask me, I'd say Jason Isbell stole Day 3 of March's Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival.

    Fresh off his first Grammy wins for Best Americana Album (Something More Than Free) and Best American Roots Song (24 Frames), Isbell breezed into Okeechobee and delivered a heartbreaking set of country-tinged folk and rock, crushing heart-wrenching songs like Use Me For Good, Speed Trap Town and Decoration Day....

    Jason Isbell performs at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival.
  11. Review: Tropical Heatwave ditches the Cuban Club, keeps things eclectic in Ybor City


    After the carnival of options that was the Tampa Bay concert landscape on Friday – Beyonce at Raymond James Stadium, 98 Rockfest at Amalie Arena, Alabama Shakes at the Cuban Club – it was nice to have a familiar event like WMNF 88.5-FM’s Tropical Heatwave to help come down on Saturday....

    James McMurtry performed on the outdoor main stage as part of WMNF-88.5 FM's 35th annual Tropical Heatwave festival on April 30, 2016.
  12. Review: Beyoncé overwhelms the senses at Formation Tour spectacle at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium


    If more Beyoncé is what the world wants — and judging by the rapturous response to her surprise new album Lemonade, it absolutely is — rest assured, not a ticket-bearing soul will be disappointed by her Formation World Tour.

    There is so, so much Beyoncé packed into every facet of this roadshow. An astonishing amount of Beyoncé. A revealing amount of Beyoncé. An overwhelming amount of Beyoncé....

    Beyoncé brought her Formation World Tour to Raymond James Stadium on April 29, 2016.
  13. Beywitched: For 40,000 Beyoncé fans, the hype finally became her live presence at Raymond James Stadium



    At 9:01 p.m. Friday, Beyoncé entered the third dimension.

    She was no longer a specter, an abstraction, a flawless face and voice preaching gospel through the world's earbuds. The BeyHive's Queen B, the evasive figure that launched a thousand thinkpieces on race and sex and feminism and fame, was at long last present in the flesh, statuesque in a Victorian lace bodysuit and funereal wide-brimmed hat, striking a pose of singular fierceness for more than 40,000 fans at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium....

  14. Beyoncé Week: Today's the day! Beyoncé is in Tampa!


    Today's the day! More than 40,000 members of the BeyHive will descend on Raymond James Stadium tonight for a hotly anticipated concert by Lemonade queen Beyoncé.

    The show's at 7:30 p.m., with an opening set by DJ Khaled (and who knows who else). Click here for all the details on parking, what you can and can't bring into the stadium, and all other relevant knowledge....

    Beyonce during her Formation World Tour kickoff in Miami.
  15. SoundBytes: Meghan Trainor, Oliver Heldens, Rick Ross, Jesus Culture and more


    -- In case you missed it: Chart-topper Meghan Trainor, the Grammy winner for Best New Artist, has announced a show in Orlando. She'll perform at the CFE Arena on Sept. 18, with opening act Hailee Steinfeld. Tickets are $27.95 and up. Click here.

    -- Rick Ross is slated to make a club appearance at Whiskey North in Tampa on May 7. You know how these appearances can go, of course, but tickets are $25 if you want to take a chance. Click here....