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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. WQYK Guitar Pull: Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, more coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg


    Now that every radio station in town has a year-end festival, you've got to get pretty creative to stand out....

    Hunter Hayes
  2. Tampa's Jingle Ball lineup: 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, more

    Music & Concerts

    There's no Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars or Pharrell Williams atop the lineup for this year's 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball. No one jaw-dropping star with enough cross-generational appeal to help make it the top pop show of the winter.

    And you know what? That won't matter one bit.

    This year's younger-skewing Jingle Ball lineup was announced on Monday, and it features a host of tween and 20-something superstars who on Dec. 19 will once again turn Tampa's Amalie Arena into a shrieking bowl of candy-colored confetti....

    Demi Lovato performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2014 at Amalie Arena on December 22, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. She will join the lineup again for the show in 2015. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  3. SoundBytes: JoJo, Hollywood Undead, Doyle, Killing Joke and more


    -- How often does a onetime teen-pop sensation perform at a club like the State Theatre? It'll happen on Dec. 10 as JoJo (Leave (Get Out), Too Little Too Late) comes to St. Pete. Tickets to see her are just $21-$23, so hop on it when they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here.

    -- Also coming to the State Theatre is a very different sort of idol: Herculean Misfits guitarist Doyle on Nov. 28. Tickets are $16. Click here....

  4. 2016 Jingle Ball lineup: Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nick Jonas, Zedd coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena


    The wait is over: Tampa has its 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball lineup for 2016.

    Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Zedd and Nick Jonas top the bill at Tampa's sixth annual Jingle Ball, one of 10 happening around the country in 2016. Joining them are Tove Lo, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City, Conrad Sewell, Alessia Cara and DNCE. This year's event is slated for Dec. 19 at Tampa's Amalie Arena....

    5 Seconds of Summer
  5. Tampa Bay Blues Festival lineup: Aaron Neville, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, more


    Next year's Tampa Bay Blues Festival will bring a little N'awlins soul magic to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.

    Aaron Neville is among the initial headliners announced for Tampa Bay Blues Fest 2016. He'll be joined by guitar whizzes Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter Trout and many more.

    Next year's fest runs April 8-10 at Vinoy Park. Through Dec. 31, discount tickets are available for each day of the festival, plus a kickoff party on April 7 at the Palladium in St. Pete. Let's look at the daily lineup and ticket options:...

  6. Sunshine Music Festival lineup: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Indigo Girls, Trombone Shorty and more


    Now entering its fourth year, Live Nation's strategy of conquering the Tampa Bay music market with three new festivals has been hit and miss.

    The Funshine/Big Guava Music Festival has been up-and-down over its first three years, with one name change and some unfortunate weather putting a dent in attendance, and leading to some real question marks about 2016....

    Tedeschi Trucks Band headlined the 2015 Sunshine Music and Blues Festival in Vinoy Park.
  7. The Weeknd or Miguel: Who's the king of progressive, psychosexual R&B?

    Music & Concerts

    Miguel and the Weeknd last performed in Tampa in 2013. I was at both shows, and both men blew me away. Even months afterward, I couldn't tell you who was better.

    So I started asking others: Who's your druggy, psychosexual R&B dynamo of choice? Are you Team Miguel or Team Weeknd? Team Weeknd or Team Miguel? I once put the question to R&B singer Jessie Ware. "Oh, that's so mean!" she said, pained by the prospect of picking....

    LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19:  Singer The Weekend performs at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
  8. Selena Gomez coming to Amway Center in Orlando


    A couple of teen-queen singers have new albums coming out this month -- Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. And at least one of them is on her way to Central Florida.

    Gomez has announced plans for a 41-city "Revival Tour" across North America next spring and summer, and while Tampa didn't make the list, Orlando did. The Good For You singer will hit Amway Center on June 10....

  9. Ferg's Sports Bar adds second concert: Darryl Worley, Jason Michael Carroll


    Another week, another concert announcement for Ferg's Sports Bar in St. Petersburg. And this one has a country twist.

    A week after hair-metal acts Warrant, Ratt and L.A. Guns were announced as the first major concert at the venerable baseball bar on Nov. 6, the club has booked a pair of country singer for its second....

  10. 2016 Grammy predictions: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, 'Uptown Funk' and...?


    This year’s Grammy Awards race is over.

    Well, not exactly — there’s still the whole matter of picking nominations, voting for winners and handing out actual trophies, all of which will take place over the next 4 1/2 months. But Wednesday marked the end of this year’s eligibility period, which means we’ve already seen and heard all of this year’s eventual nominees. Anything that comes out between now and the end of the year? Sorry. See you in 2017, Adele....

  11. This week in Tampa: Brad Paisley, Steve Aoki, Ani DiFranco, Death Grips and more


    It's a busy and eclectic week in Tampa Bay music, kicking off with Brad Paisley on Friday and ending with Death Grips next Thursday. Do those guys belong in the same sentence together? Probably not, but we'll take it.

    Other acts with Tampa Bay concerts this week: Ani DiFranco, Steve Aoki, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, Kylesa, MisterWives, Corey Smith, Adventure Club, Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, In the Valley Below, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Electric Six and Here Come the Mummies. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa......

  12. Ani DiFranco talks activism, mellowing with age, becoming a target and more


    A quarter-century after founding Righteous Babe Records in her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., Ani DiFranco is still as fiercely independent as ever, pondering big topics like race, incarceration, gender politics, LGBT rights and the relentless stream of invective she sees every day in the media.

    "Human dynamics are so fascinating to me," she said in a recent phone interview.

    Is she the same teenage maverick who shaved her head, founded her own record label and busked for years on the road to ensure her poetry, her music, her progressive politics and activism would never be diluted by the corporate music machine?...

  13. Underoath's Tim McTague talks reunion shows, King State Coffee, touring in 2016 and more


    In today's Tampa Bay Times, you'll find our story about Tampa's burgeoning small-batch coffee scene, led in part by musicians like Joel Davis (formerly of Ascend the Hill, currently of Fistful) of Commune + Co., and Nate Young (Anberlin) and Tim McTague (Underoath) of King State Coffee....

  14. Music Planner: Party with Paisley and Aoki, protest with DiFranco, dance with MisterWives

    Music & Concerts

    BRAD ATTITUDE: Brad Paisley

    They don't make 'em like Brad Paisley anymore — mischievous sips of moonshine who can write a killer hook about as well as he can pick a Fender.

    Sure, there are a few young gunslingers out there following the Paisley path to success — Jon Pardi and Frankie Ballard come to mind — but it's rare to find a country singer as passionate about the guitar as Mr. Online, who returns to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday. (Just check out the extensively, nerdily catalogued "gear" section of his website.)...

    MisterWives will be at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Oct. 7.
  15. Ani DiFranco, unstoppable as ever despite life's speed bumps

    Music & Concerts

    Sometimes Ani DiFranco thinks back to the time she shaved her head.

    "I'm 18," she says. "It's 1989 or something. And there just isn't the kind of cultural context for a young white girl with a shaved head. Nobody knows what to make of it. Everybody is uncomfortable. People used to stop and ask me the time on the street. Now they cross the street to avoid walking past me. I get followed around every store I go in by the security guard. No matter how open and smiling I try to make my energy, people are nervous."...

    Ani DiFranco has traded in some of her youthful confidence for a calmer midlife sound. She will perform Oct. 7 at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre.