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. Review: Skrillex brings the party (and DJ Snake) to Hogan's Beach in Tampa

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    The last time Skrillex came to Tampa, in 2011, the EDM boy wonder sold out the Ritz Ybor three months in advance, and the electronic music world seemed like his oyster. Surely the next time he came to town, a slew of Grammys in tow, he’d get bumped up to arenas and amphitheatres, right? Or maybe he’d headline a festival?...

    Skrillex performed at Hogan's Beach in Tampa on Oct. 28, 2014.
  2. The Band Perry to perform at 2015 Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor

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    And The Band Perry's tour of unusual Tampa Bay venues continues.

    The chart-topping, award-winning country ensemble is playing a show at Crystal River's Rock Crusher Canyon on Dec. 5. And if you miss them there, they'll be back this way in March, performing at the 2015 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor....

  3. 2014 Born to Ride Jam lineup drops Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Lou Gramm, more

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    Last year’s Born to Ride Jam, which included sets from Paul Rodgers and Joan Jett, went pretty well, attracting more than 7,000 fans to England Brothers Bandshell Park in Pinellas Park. Not so much for the 2014 installment, which is coming Nov. 1.

    A September lineup announcement promised appearances by Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Billy Squier and Lou Gramm of Foreigner. Those names dropped out after the Los Angeles promoter in charge of delivering them went belly-up, said event organizer Frank Giglio....

  4. Tampa band Set It Off's new album 'Duality' charts on Billboard 200

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    It's been a banner year for Tampa-connected acts making headlines around the country, from Merchandise to Set and Setting to Selwyn Birchwood....

  5. Bombay Bicycle Club brings acclaimed sound to Tampa's Coral Skies Music Festival

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    It's safe to say Ed Nash has never had a gig like the one he booked Sept. 19.

    That was the day after the Scottish referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. By coincidence, the Bombay Bicycle Club bassist was booked for a DJ gig in Glasgow.

    "It's an incredibly exciting time to be here," Nash said by phone, shortly after arriving. "I imagine people will be celebrating wildly or drinking their sorrows away. It could be quite a night."...

    Jamie MacColl, Jack Steadman, Ed Nash and Suren de Saram of British indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club.
  6. Bombay Bicycle Club's Ed Nash talks about the Mercury Prize, traveling in America, painting on tour and more

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    It’s safe to say Ed Nash has never had a gig like the one he booked on Sept. 19.

    That was the day after the failed Scottish referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. By sheer coincidence, the Bombay Bicycle Club bassist had been booked for a DJ gig in Glasgow.

    “It’s an incredibly exciting time to be here,” Nash said by phone, shortly after arriving at his hotel. “I imagine people will be celebrating wildly or drinking their sorrows away. It could be quite a night.”...

    Bombay Bicycle Club
  7. Review / photos: Don't Stop St. Pete brings the 'Burg's music, collaborative spirit to Central Avenue

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    They don’t call it Don’t Stop St. Pete for nothing.

    On a Saturday when the Florida Orchestra performed in Vinoy Park, a marine science festival took over USF St. Petersburg, a Day of the Dead party took over Grand Central and Macy Gray lit up Jannus Live, the center of Central Avenue was busy rocking out to nearly 50 bands at the second Don’t Stop St. Pete festival, an evolution of the ‘Burg’s bygone Antiwarpt Festival....

    Displace performs at the Morean Arts Center as part of the Don't Stop St. Pete festival on Oct. 18, 2014.
  8. Review / photos: Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line rock an explosive, sold-out MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

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    It's tough to say what's going on beneath Jason Aldean's low-brimmed Resistol. Is he happy? Is he angry? The shadows on his face don’t yield an easy answer – and Aldean’s not the type to let you get a closer look.

    But the stocky, stoic superstar still wields a rare power over Nashville Nation. On a perfect Friday night in Tampa, Aldean’s sold-out concert with Florida Georgia Line filled the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre like few shows in recent memory – and with his new LP Old Boots, New Dirt landing this week as the No. 1 album in America, he was pumped to celebrate with an arsenal of pyro and an army of guitars....

    Jason Aldean performs at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Oct. 17, 2014.
  9. Review: Porter Robinson brings 'Worlds' to life with symphonic grandeur at the Amphitheatre in Tampa

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    Can a DJ write a symphony? Can a conductor mastermind a rave?

    Both questions linger in the mind after watching Porter Robinson at work. The 22-year-old EDM sensation’s set Thursday at the Amphitheatre in Ybor City played more like a concerto than a clubland bacchanal, bringing Robinson’s dreamlike new album Worlds to life in refreshingly captivating ways.

    Yes, college-aged party kids danced. Yes, many ended the night caked in CO2 and confetti. But when Robinson walked off just before midnight — still a prime pregame hour for the Amp’s normal crowd, even on a school night — Worlds’ hummable melodies were still warm in everyone’s ears, proof that a DJ doesn’t need devastating drops to leave his mark in music....

    DJ Porter Robinson performed at the Amphitheatre in Ybor City on Oct. 16, 2014.
  10. Get 'Happy': Pharrell leads Tampa's Jingle Ball lineup

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    Get Happy, Tampa. Pharrell Williams is finally coming your way.

    The Voice judge and Grammy-winning singer and producer is one of the biggest names on 93.3-FLZ's 2014 Jingle Ball lineup, the Tampa station announced Thursday. Joining him at this year's sixth annual celebration of pop music, set for Dec. 22 at Amalie Arena: Globe-dominating DJ Calvin Harris (Summer), British pop queens Jessie J (Bang Bang) and Charli XCX (Fancy), and 2014 chart-toppers Magic! (Rude) and Meghan Trainor (All About That Bass)....

    The Voice judge and Grammy-winning singer and producer Pharrell Williams is one of the biggest names on 93.3-FLZ's 2014 Jingle Ball lineup. [Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil]
  11. 2014 Jingle Ball Lineup: Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor, more coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

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    Get Happy, Tampa. Pharrell Williams is finally coming your way.

    The Voice judge and Grammy-winning singer and producer is one of the biggest names on 93.3-FLZ’s 2014 Jingle Ball lineup, the Tampa station announced Thursday. Joining him at this year’s sixth annual celebration of pop music, to be held Dec. 22 at Amalie Arena: Globe-dominating DJ Calvin Harris (Summer), British pop queens Jessie J (Bang Bang) and Charli XCX (Fancy), and 2014 chart-toppers Magic! (Rude) and Meghan Trainor (All About That Bass)....

  12. Photos: Plan B Block Party returns to Ybor City; takes over Crowbar, New World Brewery, more

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    Dozens of Oktoberfest bar-crawlers flooded the streets of Ybor City Saturday night. Coincidentally, their home base, Tequilas, was one of six venues for the second Plan B Block Party, an offshoot of the late, lamented Antiwarpt music festival in St. Petersburg. And if any of lederhosen-clad masses happened to stumble into New World Brewery, Crowbar, the Market on 7th, the Dirty Shame or the Ybor Social Club, they got an earful of great local (and national) music to go with their Marzen....

    Before performing at the Plan B Block Party, husband-and-wife twang-folk duo Hymn For Her performed aboard a TECO streetcar as part of the city's Streetcar Live concert series on Oct. 4, 2014.
  13. Squee! 5 Seconds of Summer drop by Tampa's 93.3-FLZ for acoustic show amid hundreds of screaming fans

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    Bailey Ostermann and her friends arrived at 93.3-FLZ in Tampa at 6 a.m. Friday -- at which point there were already 20 people in line -- and they didn't expect to sleep until 2 or 3 a.m., hours after tonight's One Direction concert at Raymond James Stadium.

    "Being a fangirl is, you don't get any time to rest," said Ostermann, 17. Staying up late, stalking..."

    Hundreds of like-minded fans started lining up as early as 2 a.m., hoping to spot chart-topping opening act 5 Seconds of Summer, who dropped by the pop station for an intimate acoustic set and meet-and greet for about 40 contest winners....

    Fans lined up outside the 93.3-FLZ studios in Tampa as early as 2 a.m., hoping to catch a glimpse of 5 Seconds of Summer.
  14. Review: David Gray (and his band) shine in euphoric show at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

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    Crossing the Atlantic with a seven-piece backing band to tour the far reaches of America -- when you're 46, no less, and your biggest hit is 15 years in the rearview -- "it makes no sense financially or otherwise," David Gray said in a recent interview. "But it's what we've done, and it's a glorious thing to be a part of."

    It certainly was if you happened, on Monday, to be at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall, which the English singer and his band filled to and over the brim with robust, richly textured alt-pop music and evangelical energy. Twenty-two years into a career of ups and downs, it's possible Gray has never sounded so alive -- even though, as he admitted, his soulful pipes were a little on the fritz....

    David Gray performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Sept. 29, 2014.
  15. Train, Matt Nathanson to headline Mix 100.7 Mistletoe Show at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg

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    By all accounts, last year’s inaugural Mix 100.7 Acoustic Christmas was a success, bringing adult-alternative hitmakers like the Goo Goo Dolls, the Fray, Colbie Caillat and more to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

    There’s just one thing it wasn’t: Acoustic....