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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. The Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin talks about the band's farewell tour, music industry sexism and more


    The 2016 Billboard Music Awards featured a murderer’s row of A-list ladies: Madonna and Celine Dion, Rihanna and Ariana Grande, Pink and Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears and Meghan Trainor. Gigantic stars, all.

    And yet something about that night still felt off to another Billboard performer: Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go’s....

    The Go-Go's
  2. Music Planner: Guns N' Roses hit Orlando, the Go-Go's say goodbye, new venue

    Music & Concerts


    There are so many shocking things about Guns N' Roses' reunion tour that it's hard to know where to start. A few off the dome:

    1. It's actually happening. Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan on stage together in 2016? A miracle, given all the bad blood over the past 25 years. Yet here we are, with the Gunners rampaging across America and coming to Orlando's Camping World Stadium (formerly the Citrus Bowl) on Friday. ...

    Boris performs at the Orpheum in Tampa on Thursday.
  3. From the 305 to worldwide, Pitbull is Florida's paid ambassador (w/video)

    Music & Concerts

    Two weeks ago, Pitbull stood surrounded by admirers in Los Angeles' Celia Cruz Square, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As he often does, he brought up his childhood in South Florida.

    "To be here and go from La Sawesera, La Pequena Habana, Wynwood, Hialeah, Opa-Locka, Carol City, Liberty City, Allapattah, all these different neighborhoods," he said, "and to be able to be here in Hollywood, getting a star, my friends, it's priceless."...

    Pitbull, shown performing on stage at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., inked a deal last year with Visit Florida to be an official tourism ambassador. That includes using the #LoveFL hashtag at shows and on social media.
  4. Review: Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa give Tampa a powerful contact high at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    "I don’t know about you,” Wiz Khalifa told the crowd of 12,000 at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Thursday night, “but I came here to get high as f---.”

    Judging from the puffs and tufts and billows emerging from the crowd, he wasn’t alone. No surprise there, as Khalifa’s stagemate on the second night of the High Road Summer Tour was Snoop Dogg, only the most famous stoner in popular music....

    Kevin Gates performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 21, 2016.
  5. Reel Big Fish to headline Tampa's Summer of Rum Festival


    Reel Big Fish want to help you drink like a real big fish.

    The Southern California ska punk group, known for their 1997 hit Sell Out and many stints on the Vans Warped Tour, will headline Tampa's fourth annual Summer of Rum Festival, set for noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 3 in Channelside.

    Also on the bill: Tef London, the Freecoasters, the Landsharks, Impulse, Unmotivated and DJ Cardinal....

    Reel Big Fish
  6. This week in Tampa: Dave Matthews Band, Gwen Stefani, Counting Crows, Lil Dicky and more


    This week, we bid a fond farewell and hearty congratulations to Ray Roa, who has been a crucial part of Soundcheck's music coverage over the last few years, and who is leaving to become the music editor at Creative Loafing. Anyone who follows Tampa Bay music knows how much Ray loves and appreciates the scene, and his writing will be sorely missed here. Wish him well, everyone....

  7. Oddball Comedy Festival lineup: Gabriel Iglesias, Hannibal Buress, more coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    This year's Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival is returning to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre -- but this year, it'll feel a little different.

    After two years of lineups featuring critically acclaimeed artists who hew closer to the alt-comedy world (Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Reggie Watts), Oddball is going all-in on club comics with broader appeal, including Dane Cook, Brian Regan, Tracy Morgan and Jim Jefferies....

  8. Van Morrison coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


    He hasn't played Ruth Eckerd Hall in 20 years. All the more reason to snap up tickets to see Van Morrison immediately.

    The legendary Irish singer-songwriter is coming back to Clearwater after a long, long, absence, playing two shows there on Jan. 17 and 18 -- his only upcoming Florida appearances. Tickets are $95.75 and up, and they go on sale July 30.

    Morrison is a historically dynamic live performer, though his touring has waned in recent years. But songs like Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, Have I Told You Lately and Domino have remained revered classics, as has his landmark 1968 album Astral Weeks....

  9. Third Eye Blind's protest set at Republican National Convention, explained by a Third Eye Blind fan


    In Tuesday in Cleveland, late-'90s alt-rock outfit Third Eye Blind played what many are calling a protest concert designed to troll attendees of the Republican National Convention. During the show, they reportedly taunted attendees by promoting LGBT rights, asking fans if they believed in science, and played virtually no hits....

  10. Music Planner: Rob Thomas, Counting Crows, Snoop Dogg, Dave Matthews

    Music & Concerts


    SONGWRITING STARS: Counting Crows and Rob Thomas


    When Counting Crows, above, released their seminal 1993 album August and Everything After, songwriters everywhere couldn't help but take notice.

    "If you were a songwriter and you were in a band, there was no way that that record, at that time, wasn't going to have some sort of influence on you," said Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas, right, who this summer is touring with buddy Adam Duritz's band....

    Wiz Khalifa
  11. Wayne Brady, Arturo Sandoval lead Busch Gardens' new 'Red Carpet' concert series


    In the theme park industry, you've gotta keep up with the Joneses. In Florida, that often means packing your schedule with as many concerts as possible.

    Busch Gardens has done exactly that in recent years, adding new concert series like Bands, Brew & BBQ to keep fans coming to the park, in much the same way Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras series or Epcot's Eat to the Beat series keep fans flocking to Orlando....

  12. SoundBytes: Merchandise, Pierce the Veil, Lordi, Tory Lanez and more


    -- Controversial Tampa art-punks Merchandise have announced a new album, A Corpse Wired For Sound, that'll come out Sept. 23 via 4AD. That same night, they'll perform at Crowbar in Ybor City before heading out on a world tour. All of this news came the same day the band dropped a video for their new single End Of The Week. Click here for the details....

  13. Leon Russell postpones Sunday's concert in Clearwater following heart attack


    Singer-songwriter Leon Russell has postponed a slew of summer and fall oncert dates, including a show Sunday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, as he recouperates from a surgery following a reported heart attack.

    According to a release from the Oklahoma Historical Society (Russell is an Oklahoma native and cultural fixture in the state), the 74-year-old singer suffered a heart attack last week, but that his reps are "optimistic for a full recovery"...

  14. Gwen Stefani talks divorce, finding happiness, her confessional new album and more


    For 20 years, we've known Gwen Stefani as an empowering punk heroine turned platinum pop queen from sunny Orange County, Calif. Just like in her video for Hollaback Girl, the No Doubt singer is America's cheerleader: relentlessly, perfectly positive, even when you know she's suffering below the surface.

    And over the past year or so, there has been plenty of suffering, starting with her embarrassing divorce from Bush singer Gavin Rossdale. But there's also been plenty to get excited about. There's her first solo album in a decade, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, and her summer tour, which hits Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 26. (Click here for details.)...

  15. Gwen Stefani talks bouncing back from 'middle of hell' divorce

    Music & Concerts

    Gwen Stefani sounds unbreakable.

    She's on the phone from Los Angeles, radiating enthusiasm and excitement in a conference call with journalists around the country. The topics are the No Doubt singer's first solo album in a decade, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, and her summer tour, which hits Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 26. And it sounds like she's loving every minute of it....

    Gwen Stefani, above,  performs in a concert at Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center on October 17, 2015 in New York City.