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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

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  1. Music Planner: Run the Jewels rampage into Jannus Live; Don Henley, Kenny Rogers, 'Last Waltz' hit Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Music & Concerts


    Run the Jewels leaked their much-anticipated Run the Jewels 3 at midnight Christmas morning, weeks ahead of its planned Jan. 13 release date. Great gift for fans, but there was one problem: It happened so quickly, so late in the year, that the duo largely missed out on consideration for year-end best-of lists.

    So let's describe RTJ3 this way: It's 2017's best rap album of 2016. It is, like everything Killer Mike and El-P do, a riotous blast of rap with a capital R, rap that honors the genre's braggadocious roots while shoehorning in all kinds of twisty pan-cultural influences. It's a stampede through a comic-book horrorcore fantasy in which invincible heroes Mike and El are "the last two pirates alive," slicing through their foes like throwing stars....

    Run the Jewels perform Jan. 24 at Jannus Live.
  2. Gasparilla Music Festival lineup additions: Ryan Adams, Ghostface Killah, more


    An already strong lineup for the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival just got a whole lot stronger.

    Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams and the Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah lead a new round of lineup additions to the festival on March 11 and 12 at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, joining previously announced headliner Cage the Elephant.

    Other national acts announced Friday: Chronixx, the Marcus King Band and Grandpa's Cough Medicine, with more to come soon. They join Moon Taxi, the New Mastersounds, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs....

    Ryan Adams has been added to the lineup for the Gasparilla Music Festival.
  3. Charlie Wilson, Fantasia coming to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa


    If it's possible for an arena-filling soul music icon to be underrated, that might be the case with Charlie Wilson.

    Uncle Charlie's been a legend since his Gap Band days, making hits of electro-funk gems like like You Dropped a Bomb On Me and Party Train, and even in his 60s, he can still throw down and incredible vocal performance (see John Newman's Tiring Game). So sleep on his resume at your own risk....

  4. Zac Brown Band coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    The new Zac Brown Band album has a name: Welcome Home.

    Does that signify a return to the band's rootsy roots after dabbling in grunge and dance music on their most recent album Jekyll + Hyde? Could be. But we'll find out for sure when the band returns to Tampa next fall.

    The Zac Brown Band will return to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 24, the venue and group announced Friday. Tickets are $27.50 and up, and will go on sale Jan. 20. Click here for details....

  5. Gasparilla Music Festival lineup additions: Ryan Adams, Ghostface Killah, more


    An already strong lineup for the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival just got a whole lot stronger.

    Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams and the Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah lead a new round of lineup additions to the festival on March 11 and 12 at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, joining previously announced headliner Cage the Elephant....

    Ryan Adams
  6. SoundBytes: Dave Chappelle, Rob Thomas, Tortoise, Diet Cig and more


    -- The great Dave Chappelle is hitting the road again and coming back to Tampa Bay -- this time at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Feb. 11. The show is at 7 p.m., but Chappelle often adds shows to his concerts, so there may be more coming. Tickets are $69.20 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here.

    -- Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas will headline this year's Magnolia Ball, a charity gala benefitting the Moffitt Cancer Center. It takes place May 20 at the Marriott Waterside in downtown Tampa. Click here for details....

  7. Okeechobee Music Festival lineup adds Sturgill Simpson, Logic, more


    Packed your tent and sleeping back for the 2017 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival yet? If not, maybe a fresh round of lineup additions will get you going.

    Alt-country star Sturgill Simpson, whose album A Sailor's Guide to Earth is nominated for Album of the Year at this year's Grammys, has been added to the bill for the second annual festival, March 2-5 near Okeechobee.

    Rapper Logic, funk outfit Vulfpeck, electro-pop outfit the Floozies and DJ 12th Planet are among the other new additions, as well as Ganja White Night, Space Jesus, Brasstacks, Kasbo, Pell, the Golden Pony, Vandana, Lawrence, the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Octopus Kid, Slumber, Tomas Station, Jon Simon and Roosevelt Collier's All-Star Jam....

  8. Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras concert lineup: Fifth Harmony, Toby Keith, Ne-Yo, more


    Hot on the heels of Busch Gardens announcing the lineup for its spring Food and Wine Festival concert lineup, Universal Orlando is doing the same with its annual Mardi Gras concert series.

    Toby Keith; Jason Derulo; Ne-Yo; Earth, Wind and Fire; Olivia Newton-John; and the new four-woman version of Fifth Harmony (above) lead the 2017 Mardi Gras concert series, taking place Feb. 4 through March 25 at Universal Orlando. Joining them are Trace Adkins, Collective Soul, X Ambassadors, Kool and the Gang, UB40 and the All-American Rejects....

  9. Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concert lineup: Goo Goo Dolls, Lynyrd Skynyrd, DNCE, Jason Isbell and more


    Start planning your weekends to visit Busch Gardens this spring.

    The Tampa theme park has unveiled the initial concert lineup for its annual Food and Wine Festival, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from March 4 to April 30.

    Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls, Young the Giant, Jason Isbell, Lynyrd Skynyrd, DNCE and Newsboys are among some of the big names on the bill. They'll be joined by Andy Grammer, Kool and the Gang, John Hiatt, Craig Wayne Boyd, Adam Wakefield, Walk Off the Earth, Matt Nathanson, Daya, El Gran Combo, Gilberto Santa Rosa and more....

    Goo Goo Dolls
  10. Music Planner: Rare gigs by Van Morrison; returns of Sunshine Music Fest, Winter Jam

    Music & Concerts

    DEEP JAM: Sunshine Music Festival

    You know your festival is doing all right when one of your performers just got back from winning a Kennedy Center Honor … and she's billed fourth. That's no disrespect to the legendary Mavis Staples — the Sunshine Music Festival is just that deep. In its fifth year, the fest co-masterminded by Live Nation and headliners Tedeschi Trucks Band is thriving in its unique groove of rock, blues, soul and jam-band merriment. Husband-and-wife guitar whizzes Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have a lot to do with that, having curated yet another diverse bill of Hall of Fame-caliber legends (Staples, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Dave Mason), younger jam-band disciples (Grateful Dead tribute Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Railroad Earth) and Southern rock favorites (North Mississippi Allstars, the Greyhounds). It's the rare festival that caters to a truly all-ages crowd. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg. www.

    Pam Tillis performs at the Central Park Performing Arts Center (formerly the Largo Cultural Center) on Saturday. [Photo by Absolute Publicity]
  11. Migos, Kodak Black, Rich Homie Quan, more lead Martin Luther King Jr. Day concerts in Florida


    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has become a big-time weekend for hip-hop fans around Tampa Bay and beyond, as rappers often book club appearances at hotspots like Club Skye and Whiskey North.

    That's the case in 2017, too, as artists like Kodak Black, Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy have concerts in Tampa this weekend. But there's one MLK Day weekend show in Orlando that's also worth noting, and it's a biggie: Migos....

  12. Bonnaroo 2017 lineup: U2, the Weeknd, Red Hot Chili Peppers among acts coming to Tampa Bay


    The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival just dropped its 2017 lineup, and here's something new: All three of the top headliners are already on their way to Tampa Bay.

    U2, the Weeknd and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all have concerts booked in Tampa between now and June, marking perhaps the first time all three of Bonnaroo's top names will also be coming down our way.

    That shouldn't stop Tampa Bay music fans from making the trek to Manchester, Tenn., for one of the world's most celebrated music fests, though. Also on the bill are a host of huge acts who are not (yet) coming to town: Chance the Rapper, the xx, Lorde, Major Lazer, Flume, Travis Scott and Marshmello, among others....

  13. Local bands: Want to open for Bon Jovi in Tampa?


    Local bands, get ready for the gig of a lifetime.

    Bon Jovi has launched a contest to let local and regional bands open an arena slot on their upcoming tour, which includes a stop at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Feb. 14.

    Here's how it works: Visit the contest page or the Facebook pages for Bon Jovi or Live Nation. Live Nation will pick 10 finalists, and Bon Jovi's management team will pick a winner. If you win, you'll find out on or around Jan. 27....

    Bon Jovi
  14. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend brings concerts from Kodak Black, Riff Raff and more

    Music & Concerts

    Over the past decade, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has evolved into a megasized weekend-long celebration for eagle-eyed hip-hop fans. Big-name rappers are in high demand for concerts and club appearances throughout the three-day (and then some) weekend. This year's highlight is a concert by 19-year-old Pompano Beach wunderkind Kodak Black, above, a favorite of Gucci Mane who last year made XXL magazine's "Freshman Class" and popped up on DJ Khaled's Major Key and Rae Sremmurd's SremmLife 2. This is his first local appearance since his release from jail on several charges related to drugs, guns and robbery. He's still facing a sexual battery charge this spring. Tickets to the show at 7:30 p.m. Friday are $30 and up at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550. After the show, Black is also scheduled to make an appearance at AJA Channelside, 290 S Meridian Ave. in Tampa; tickets are $20 and up on

    Handout photo of Kodak Black for a roundup of Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend hip-hop concerts around Tampa Bay. Credit: Atlantic Records
  15. SoundBytes: Sheryl Crow, Bill Maher, Big Sean, Explosions In the Sky and more


    Catching up on some big concert announcements after four jam-packed days of music and college football...

    -- For the first time since 2015, Sheryl Crow is returning to Clearwater. She'll play Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 30. Tickets are $52.75, and they go on sale this weekend. Click here....