Jay Cridlin, tbt* Staff Writer

Jay Cridlin

Jay Cridlin is the entertainment and features editor for 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

Email: cridlin@tampabay.com

Blog: Soundcheck

Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

  1. Sarasota indie folk pop duo Good Graeff find success around the world

    Music & Concerts

    To find success in their hometown, Brooke and Brittany Graeff had to go halfway around the world.

    The twin sisters had played together in high school in Sarasota, nothing too serious, before parting ways after graduation. Brooke went to Canada to work in foley arts and video game sound design; Brittany traveled to Europe and India before settling in Vietnam. "I heard it was a good place to work," she said....

    Indie folk pop group Good Graeff is driven by Brooke and Brittany Graeff, seated here in their tour van in Sarasota.
  2. Good Graeff: Twin sisters find indie-pop success around the world

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    (Welcome to tbt*’s Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Today: The sisters of Sarasota indie-folk-pop outfit Good Graeff.)

    To find success in their hometown, Brooke and Brittany Graeff had to go halfway around the world.

    The twin sisters had played together in high school in Sarasota, nothing too serious, before parting ways after graduation. Brooke went to Canada to work in foley arts and video game sound design; Brittany traveled to Europe and India before settling in Vietnam. “I heard it was a good place to work,” she said....

    Days removed from a monthlong tour, Brooke and Brittany Graeff of Good Graeff relax in -- where else? -- their tour van.
  3. Paul McCartney coming to Jacksonville

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    Yeah, it's Jacksonville. But also, yeah, it's PAUL MCCARTNEY. If ever one man merited a 3-1/2 hour interstate road trip to another corner of Florida, it's him.

    McCartney announced another round of dates for his seemingly endless "Out There" tour, including one June 22 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville -- his first Florida tour stop since a visit to Orlando's Amway Center last spring. He'll also be in Atlanta June 21 and Nashville June 25, if you want to make a week of it....

  4. Review: The Sounds rev up for a feisty, energetic set at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

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    The Sounds can’t say they never got their shot.

    They broke into America from Sweden more than a decade ago, around the time blog buzz made it possible for any band, anywhere, to get big in a hurry. Their post-punk-meets-New Wave singles were played on TV and in commercials. They toured with Foo Fighters, No Doubt and the Strokes. They were strident, swaggering, and they played like they meant it, with a fierce lead singer who can dominate the stage at the drop of a hat....

    The Sounds perform at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on April 15, 2014.
  5. Mark Etherington: One man, three bands, boundless creativity

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    (Welcome to tbt*’s 2014 Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Today: Singer-songwriter Mark Etherington of RedFeather, Set and Setting and Mountain Holler.)...

    Mark Etherington
  6. 'The Voice' tour coming to the Straz Center in Tampa

    Events

    Do you love NBC's The Voice? Great news: Some of the show's stars are coming to Tampa! Um, no, not Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Sorry, didn't mean to get your hopes up there. The Voice has just announced plans for a 31-date tour that will hit Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts on June 25, with a lineup scheduled to include Season 5 champion Tessanne Chin, left, along with Season 5's Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin. Season 1's Dia Frampton will also participate, as will this current season's first-, second- and third-place finishers. Even more fan favorites will be added in the weeks to come for what sounds like a lower-key, "greatest hits" version of American Idol's Idols Live Tour, which generally brings each year's top finishers to arenas around the country (though not, in recent years, to Tampa). Tickets to the show are $35-$65, and they'll go on sale to the general public April 17. — Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer...

  7. Tampa Bay Blues Festival brings Buddy Guy, Irma Thomas

    Music & Concerts

    Once again, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival is playing a little loosey-goosey with the word "blues," packing plenty of funk and soul into this year's lineup — and that's not a bad thing. Sure, blues greats Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland and Coco Montoya lead Friday's lineup, but Saturday brings the smooth and soulful Michael McDonald and the Blind Boys of Alabama, while Sunday features N'awlins royalty Irma Thomas and British soulman James Hunter. It's a spicy sonic gumbo that should go well with all the grub in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. The fest is $40-$50 per day ($175-$200 VIP), $110 for the weekend ($375 VIP). For a tighter, more clublike experience, check out one of the annual after-shows at the Palladium, with Montoya, Selwyn Birchwood and Matt Schofield taking the stage on Friday, and Nikki Hill, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers and Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials on Saturday. Tickets to both after shows are $20. tampabaybluesfest.com....

  8. 97X BBQ lineup: Bastille, The 1975, Sleeper Agent, Kongos, more coming to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg

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    When we spoke to outgoing 97X programming director Michael "Shark" Sharkey recently, he hinted that this year's 97X BBQ lineup could be a game-changer. "This one's going to be really, really big," he said....

  9. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' starring John Lydon, Brandon Boyd, Michelle Williams, JC Chasez coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa

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    Just when you think you've seen it all, a tour comes along that makes you check to make sure it's not still April Fool's Day.

    An all-star production of Jesus Christ Superstar is coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, with a cast that includes -- get ready -- former Sex Pistol John Lydon, a.k.a. Johnny Rotten (as King Herod), Incubus singer Brandon Boyd (as Judas), Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams (as Mary) and 'N Sync's JC Chasez (as Pontius Pilate). British actor Ben Forster will play Jesus, a role he earned by winning the British reality show Superstar....

  10. Former 97X, 102.5 The Bone program director 'Shark' reflects on local radio landscape

    Music & Concerts

    A couple of years ago, Michael Sharkey was in Los Angeles for a concert by Mumford and Sons when he and colleague Dan Connelly decided to drop in on a buddy. A buddy named Jared Leto.

    "We were just sitting on his couch with him, and then he showed Dan and I the first picture on his phone of his character in Dallas Buyers Club," Sharkey recalled. "And we looked at him, and we were like, 'Dude, you look like a woman!' He was thin as a rail at that moment, but he even said at that time, 'Man, I really feel like there's something with this role.' "...

    Sharkey, second from left, with Fun. at 97X Next Big Thing 2012.
  11. Sunset Music Festival lineup: Zedd, Hardwell, Krewella, Benny Benassi, more coming to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

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    What will happen when the Sunset Music Festival extends from one to two days this spring, potentially bringing more than 40,000 candy-colored ravers to Raymond James Stadium over the course of Memorial Day weekend?

    It’s anyone’s guess. But on Wednesday, we finally got a look at the lineup for Tampa’s premiere electronic music festival, and it’ll include some of the biggest names in EDM....

  12. Bullstock lineup: Karmin, Panic! At The Disco, The Neighbourhood playing free concert at the University of South Florida in Tampa

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    University of South Florida students don't mess around when it comes to free concerts on their campus. For events like Homecoming and USF Week, they've managed to book acts like Lady Antebellum, Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa for free concerts on campus.

    This year's USF Week kicks off April 7, and the lineup for the university's annual Bullstock lineup is out: Pop-rap duo Karmin (above), emo favorites Panic! At The Disco and brooding rockers The Neighbourhood. The concert will kick off around 5 p.m. April 11 at a campus location to be determined (it's usually in the Meadows, near the corner of 50th Street and USF Holly Drive), and all USF shows tend to be free to all, not just students....

  13. Mariah Carey drops by Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

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    It isn't easy to sneak one of the world's biggest music superstars in and out of your building. But when you're the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and you're looking for an impressive way to celebrate your 10th anniversary, you make it happen.

    That's how Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, ended up dropping by the Hard Rock on Thursday night, the guests of honor at an uber-exclusive VIP reception -- only 80 invites were handed out -- in the casino's Plum VIP lounge....

    Mariah Carey dropped by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on March 27 to celebrate the casino's 10th anniversary.
  14. R.I.P. Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of Gwar

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    Gwar was not technically a part of the Tampa Bay music community, though you could be forgiven for thinking that.

    The sludgy, gooey, costumed schlock-rockers from Richmond, Va., generally played Tampa Bay about once a year, each time drawing a devoted audience of Tampa metalheads and curious onlookers looking to tick a Gwar show off their concert bucket list. Last year, Cigar City Brewing and a Port Richey homebrewer even produced a Gwar-themed beer....

    Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus performs at the Hawaiian Village at the Stadium Green Iguana in Tampa in 2011.
  15. Florida music festival preview: Ultra, Wanee, SunFest, Big Guava and more of spring's big things

    Music & Concerts

    Suwannee Springfest

    Genre: Americana

    When and where: Through Sunday, Spirit of the Suwannee Park, Live Oak. See suwanneespringfest.com.

    Lineup: Top bands include the Avett Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush Band, Jason Isbell, Steep Canyon Rangers and the Southern Soul Assembly, a supergroup made up of J.J. Grey, Anders Osborne, Luther Dickinson and Marc Broussard. ...

    If you can’t make the Suwanee scene, Brooksville has Stringbreak.