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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. 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. Tickets are $38.75 and up, and they'll go on sale soon. Click here for details....

  2. 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?...

  3. 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....

  4. 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....

  5. 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....

  6. 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.
  7. 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....

  8. 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....

  9. 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
  10. '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
  11. 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....

    Bryson Tiller will play the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Feb. 10.
  12. SoundBytes: Steve Aoki, St. Lucia, Shakey Graves and more


    -- We've got another Bonnaroo band coming to Tampa Bay! New York indie-pop outfit St. Lucia, who wowed crowds with an electric set at the 2015 Big Guava Music Festival, will come to the State Theatre on June 13, shortly after their trip to Tennessee. The show comes in support of their exuberant new album Matter. Tickets are $18-$20, and they go on sale Friday. Click here....

    St. Lucia
  13. Orlando's Moonstone Music Festival unveils lineup additions: Awolnation, Evanescence, Best Coast, more


    A big question mark in Florida's 2016 music festival landscape is the inaugural Moonstone Music Festival, set for Orlando's Central Florida Fairgrounds on April 30 and May 1.

    The lineup is very rock-heavy (Kiss, Def Leppard, Flaming Lips, Vintage Trouble, Scott Stapp), which flies in the face of many other big festials these days. But on Tuesday, Moonstone doubled down on that strategy with a slew of lineup additions, all of them in the world of rock....

  14. SoundBytes: Win Butler, Ray LaMontagne, George Benson and more


    -- We may not be close to an Arcade Fire concert in Florida anytime soon, but this is still pretty sweet. Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler will team with R&B star Miguel to lead the "PoWoW!" late-night jam session at the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, March 3-6 in Okeechobee County. Joining them will be John Oates, Kamasi Washington, the Meters' George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste and members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Soulive. Plenty of special surprise guests are also expected to join in. Click here....

  15. Barry Manilow talks retiring from the road, losing Grammys to Tony Bennett and more


    Barry Manilow may be on what he's calling his One Last Time! Tour. But he still feels young enough that he's not about to retire.

    "I still feel like I'm 35 and I'm still working and I've got all these things to do," he said in a recent phone interview. "I'm working on the show, I'm working on the album. I'm always working on something. ... I'm telling you, I still feel like I've got the same energy that I've always had. I shouldn't. I'm 100 years old. I shouldn't feel like that, because a lot of people my age are old. They feel old, they look older. I'm just a different guy."...