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

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  1. Jay Leno, Demetri Martin, Russell Peters, Celtic Woman, more coming to the Straz Center in Tampa

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    In this week's edition of Ticket Window, we noted that a big batch of tickets to the Straz Center's 2014-15 season go on sale to the public this Saturday. That includes long-since-announced shows by folks like Ron White, Rick Steves, Anjelah Johnson and the Hit Men....

  2. UPDATE: ZZ Top, Jeff Beck suspend tour, including Sept. 10 Tampa show, due to injury

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    Bad news, classic rock fans. Your guitar gods are not infaliable.

    ZZ Top and Jeff Beck have suspended the remaining dates of their "Beards 'N' Beck" Tour, including a Sept. 10 date at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, after ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill suffered a hip injury aboard the band's tour bus....

  3. Review: Slash goes acoustic for exclusive unplugged set at Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe

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    Top hat? Check. Ray-Bans? Check. Solid-body Gibson Les Paul?

    Actually that's the one piece of the classic Slash ensemble we didn’t see Wednesday at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The iconic guitarist and his vocal partner in crime, Myles Kennedy, took a break from their tour with Aerosmith for an invite-only acoustic performance at the Hard Rock Café....

    Guitarist Slash and singer Myles Kennedy perform at the Hard Rock Cafe inside Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Aug. 27, 2014.
  4. Best popcorn in town? Tampa Theatre seeks donations for new popper

    Food & Dining

    Not long ago, the 15-year-old popcorn machine at the historic Tampa Theatre caught fire, causing some $2,000 in damage. So last week, the theater announced it was seeking $10,000 in donations for a new one.

    "The moment that smell hits you, you just have to have it: TAMPA THEATRE'S FAMOUS POPCORN," the non-profit theater stated in a news release. A new machine — a Gold Medal model #2911ENB with a 52-ounce kettle — would almost double the theater's current batch capacity. "And more capacity," the theater claimed, "will mean faster-moving lines at the concessions stand!"...

  5. Photos: Bea Miller swings by Tampa's 93.3-FLZ, covers Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

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    Teenage singer Bea Miller dropped by pop station 93.3-FLZ in Tampa on Wednesday to perform a couple of acoustic songs -- new single Young Blood and a cover of Sam Smith's Stay With Me (hear a clip here) -- and meet and take questions from fans. She talked about singing through pain, her bucket-list dreams of skydiving and getting a tattoo and the pride she felt in watching her X Factor 2012 castmates Fifth Harmony win a Video Music Award. Check out a couple off photos from the performance by clicking the headline of this post....

    Bea Miller performs at the performance studio of 93.3-FLZ in Tampa on Aug. 26, 2014.
  6. Reggae Rise Up Festival: Rebelution, Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz, more coming to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

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    When Rebelution sold out a two-night stand at Jannus Live earlier this summer, it was clear: Tampa Bay was becoming a national hub for the new American reggae-rock movement....

    Rebelution
  7. Review: Tori Amos celebrates 51st birthday with passionate party at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

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    It was a beautiful and unexpected moment: The family, friends and crew of Tori Amos, leonine goddess of confession, wheeling out a cake for her 51st birthday as balloons and streamers fell from the rafters of Ruth Eckerd Hall.

    Beautiful, because what does Amos do in that moment? She waves off 1,650 singing fans, some of whom brought their own party hats, and hops behind her piano, beaming, to play Happy Birthday to herself....

    Tori Amos performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 22, 2014.
  8. Reviews: Benjamin Booker, 'Benjamin Booker;' Merchandise, 'After the End;' Set and Setting, 'A Vivid Memory'

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    These are supremely heady days for the Tampa Bay music scene. Three of the area’s highest-profile acts in recent years are releasing albums on back-to-back-to-back weeks, all on national or international labels, all accompanied by the sort of cool-kid buzz that rarely makes its way to Florida.

    On Tuesday, blues-rock whiz kid Benjamin Booker released his self-titled debut on ATO Records, home to My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes and Drive-By Truckers. Next week, underground New Wavers Merchandise will release After the End on 4AD, home to Bon Iver, The National and Iron and Wine. And on Sept. 2, St. Petersburg post-metal quintet Set and Setting will drop A Vivid Memory via L.A.’s Prosthetic Records, which has released albums by Lamb of God, Gojira and Testament....

    Merchandise.
  9. FXX 'Simpsons' marathon: The 10 episodes I'm taping

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    For years, I've had a season pass to syndicated reruns of The Simpsons programmed into my DVR. My thinking: If there's nothing else good on TV, hey, at least I'll have five or so Simpsons at my disposal.

    But as any Simpsons diehard knows, the episodes that currently air in syndication hail from its later seasons, all drastically inferior to those from the show's mid-'90s heyday. Which is why FXX's "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon, kicking off at 10 a.m. Thursday and running through midnight on Labor Day, is such a gigantic deal....

    THE SIMPSONS: Phil Hartman and Leonard Nimoy in the "Marge Vs. The Monorail" episode of THE SIMPSONS on FOX.  THE SIMPSONS a and ©1993TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  10. FXX 'Simpsons' marathon: The 10 episodes you must record

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    For years, I've had a season pass to syndicated reruns of The Simpsons programmed into my DVR. My thinking: If there's nothing else good on TV, hey, at least I'll have five or so Simpsons at my disposal.

    But as any Simpsons diehard knows, the episodes that currently air in syndication hail from its later seasons, all drastically inferior to those from the show's mid-'90s heyday. Which is why FXX's "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon, kicking off at 10 a.m. Thursday and running through midnight on Labor Day, is such a gigantic deal....

    Phil Hartman and Leonard Nimoy in “Marge Vs. The Monorail.” 
The Simpsons ©1993
  11. Photos: The Wilson Van, Patrick Wilson rock for a cause at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg

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    How do you know you've made it as a band? You have your own beer.

    At St. Petersburg's 3 Daughters Brewing on Saturday, "The Wilson Van Ale'n" was flowing freely as The Wilson Van -- a St. Petersburg supergroup comprised of siblings Patrick, Mark and Paul Wilson -- played one of their rare hometown gigs in a concert benefitting Academy Prep in St. Pete....

    WTVT-Ch. 13 anchor John Wilson joins his son, actor Patrick Wilson, in a performance of Tom Jones' 'Delilah' at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg on Aug. 16, 2014.
  12. Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor unveils schedule; here's when to see Less Than Jake, Screaming Females and more

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    For the second straight year, Gainesville's punk bacchanal known as Fest will kick off with a two-day mini-festival in Tampa, Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor on Oct. 29-30.

    The lineup has been mostly set for a while, but not the schedule. Today, we found out when many of the biggest names will be performing, and also got a few more interesting details worth passing on. Among them:

    -- You can find the entire two-day scheudle of some 75 bands here, but some of the highlights and headliners that Wednesday and Thursday include Less Than Jake (12:40 a.m. Thursday, Orpheum), Screaming Females (12:30 a.m. Thursday, Crowbar), the Menzingers (11:40 p.m. Thursday, Orpheum), Cheap Girls (11:30 p.m. Thursday, Crowbar), Tim Barry (10:30 p.m. Thursday, Crowbar), Strike Anywhere  (12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Orpheum) and A Wilhelm Scream (11:20 p.m. Wednesday, Orpheum)....

    Less Than Jake
  13. Heard of the Stein & Vine? It's the top bar for tbt* readers

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    How far would you go for a really good bar?

    Would you drive 10 miles out of your way? Twenty? Thirty-five?

    That's the approximate distance from my home to the Stein & Vine on the east side of Brandon — easily an hour on a normal day of traffic. And yet I've probably been there a half-dozen times in the less than two years it's been open — mostly just for work, but also kinda-sorta not just for work, if you know what I mean....

    Owner Ty Mathis of the Stein & Vine poses for a portait in his Brandon gastropub. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  14. Ultimate Bar Guide: 12 Tampa Bay bars perfect for when you're feeling down and out

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. Sometimes, of course, you go to bars when you're not feeling your best. Here are 12 local watering holes that'll cheer you up when you're feeling down, depressed or like you just want to get away from it all.

    We have a hangover: O'Maddy's Bar and Grill

    Hear us out: Sometimes to recover after a night of devilish drinking, you require the hair of the dog that bit you — and a big, hearty breakfast (or lunch) to go along with it. Plenty of bars that cause hangovers at night also serve remedies in the morning. (What a business model!) Take O'Maddy's Bar and Grille in Gulfport, which serves "Dr. Randy Shuck's Hangover Burger" for $10.95. An 8-ounce patty topped with a fried egg, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onions, it's named for Dr. Randy A. Shuck, a professor of medicine at St. Petersburg General Hospital and friend of O'Maddy's owners. Shuck is also Bay News 9's resident medical-heath expert, and after doing a story on hangover cures, he suggested O'Maddy's add a hangover burger to its menu. The result is an 8-ounce patty topped with a fried egg, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onions — "hamburger for the fats and the protein, bacon for the vitamins in it, eggs for the cysteine and then the carbs," Shuck said. Sure, but does it really do the trick? Shuck believes so. "I'm blessed not getting hangovers," he said. "My wife is not blessed, and she says it works well." 5405 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport; (727) 323-8643, omaddys.com....

    The Hub.
  15. Ultimate Bar Guide: 14 Tampa Bay bars that feel like communities (and a few where you might fall in love)

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. One big reason? A sense of community. Here are 14 bars that make us feel like we're embracing the community around us, bars that make us feel at home .. and a few bars where you might just fall in love.

    We're loyal customers: Nolan's Pub

    Lots of bars like to claim that they're like the bar from Cheers. Nolan's Pub does this by placing a physical copy of Cheers' Season 1 DVD on display behind the bar. The thing is, Nolan's is a place where everyone might actually know your name. It's a friendly little pub in downtown Safety Harbor, and if you pop in on any given day, there's a good chance that you'll find owner Craig Davide working behind the bar. This is the kind of place that efficiently turns locals into regulars, but such loyalty pays both ways. The bar's loyalty card — the "McGillicuddy Wheel" — rewards patrons with a Nolan's T-shirt after the first completion, a name on the wall for the second, and an engraved plaque on the bar for the 10th. There are quite a few plaques on the bar, if that tells you anything. 230 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 400-6998, nolanspub.com....

    The sign outside Donk's Sports Tavern in St. Petersburg advertising the "best Cubans in town." [Jay Cridlin  |  Times]