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. Mary Lambert coming to the State Theatre for St. Pete Pride

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    When you're looking for a headliner for St. Pete Pride, who better to pick than the woman who co-wrote and sang Same Love?

    Mary Lambert, the Seattle singer-songwriter whose work on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gay-rights anthem earned her multiple Grammy nominations -- and the chance to perform on the awards show with Madonna and Queen Latifah -- Will headline the Friday "27/82 The Concert" kicking off this year's St. Pete Pride, one of the largest LGBT celebrations in the country....

  2. Recap: Record Store Day 2014 celebrated at Daddy Kool, Bananas, the Local 662 and more

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    It’s fitting that this year, Record Store Day fell on the day before Easter. Just as some folks only go to church once a year, Record Store Day is the one day a year on which music fans of all stripes have all agreed to indulge their inner music nerd, getting up early, braving long lines, going to concerts and buying more vinyl records than they can realistically afford.

    Not everyone is cool with that concept, but I am. I like the idea of a musical holiday – something like a day of reflection and support for the artists you've loved all year long, or in many cases, your whole life. It’s fun and freeing and kind of addictive, even if (let’s be honest) most of us are still going to listen to more music on our iPods, phones, computers or in our cars than we are on a turntable in 2014....

    Record Store Day at Bananas Music in St. Petersburg on April 19, 2014.
  3. The 30 best Tampa Bay concerts of summer: Outkast, R. Kelly, Soundgarden, Sunset Music Festival and more

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    When I sat down and tried to pick the 25 best concerts between late April and the end of August in Tampa Bay, I just couldn't do it. I had to go with 30. There are just that many great shows -- and countless more amazing concerts that I couldn't list.

    My personal Top 5 probably includes R. Kelly (above), the Big Guava Festival, Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden, Tori Amos and Morrissey, though I wouldn't complain about a ticket to Lionel Richie. No, really!...

  4. Welcome to tbt*'s 2014 Ultimate Local Music Guide!

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    Here’s a secret about Record Store Day: People think it’s all about the vinyl. I’m here to argue that it’s not.

    Though RSD’s official release list grows larger and more mystifying every year — this year’s trove includes exclusive and pricey rarities by not-so-indie artists like Bruce Springsteen and One Direction — it’s really the experience of the day that makes it worth celebrating. Even in a festival-saturated culture like ours, Record Store has managed to become arguably the best day of local music on the calendar....

  5. Summer concert preview: Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Zac Brown Band, Nine Inch Nails, more coming to Tampa

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    The best of the best

    These 30 concerts are great, but which ones made tbt* entertainment editor Jay Cridlin's top 10? Scan this page with your Layar app to find out. Need help? See Page 26.

    98 Rockfest

    Headliners Avenged Sevenfold will put on a wild, pyro-filled show, but if you metalheads can't spring for a ticket, there's a free, eardrum-rattling preshow outside the Forum featuring Trivium, Fozzy, Lacuna Coil and more. April 25 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum; tampabaytimesforum.com....

    MAY 1: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
  6. Three bands, one man: Singer-songwriter Mark Etherington talks Set and Setting, RedFeather and Mountain Holler

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    By his own admission, Mark Etherington is no blues guitarist. So it's surprising to hear how influential he considers Jack White.

    "From Jack White, really, I learned how to play chords, and the beauty of the blues," he said. "I'm not a blues guitar player, but I love Delta blues."

    The two singer-songwriters have something else in common. Like the former White Stripe, Raconteur and Dead Weatherman, Etherington has carved out a unique identity in the local music scene, balancing roles in not one, not two, but three popular acts....

    The multitalented Mark Etheringtonn.
  7. Sarasota indie folk pop duo Good Graeff find success around the world

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    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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....

  10. 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....

    Blondfire open for the Sounds at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on April 15, 2014.
  11. 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
  12. 'The Voice' tour coming to the Straz Center in Tampa

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    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...

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

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    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....

  14. 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....

  15. '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....