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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

Instagram: @cridlin

  1. Delta Rae's Ian Holljes talks about Charleston, Coldplay, the power of American music and more


    Ian Holljes can remember seeing Coldplay for the first time at the Austin City Limits Festival in 2006.

    “It was one of those moments that had kind of a lifelong impact on me, in terms of what emotions a band can serve to you in a night,” said Holljes. “It was magical. That really set the bar for me.”

    You can hear the influence on After It All, the rousing new album by Holljes’ band Delta Rae, who perform at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre on Saturday (tickets are $25-$30; click here for details)....

  2. SoundBytes: Drive-By Truckers, Three Days Grace, Dej Loaf, Carrot Top and more


    -- The last time Southern stalwarts the Drive-By Truckers came to Tampa Bay, they played the stately Tampa Theatre. This time around, they'll be playing much more intimate quarters, the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. The show is Oct. 11; tickets are $26.50 and up and they'll go on sale Friday. Click here for details....

  3. Once a pop culture king, 'American Idol' shrinks with its tour

    Music & Concerts

    ST. PETERSBURG — Four American Idols wandered through the Salvador Dalí Museum, admiring the surreality of it all.

    "Part of surrealism is taking something from where it normally is," docent Janice Embrey Brown told them, "and putting it somewhere it would never be."

    Clark Beckham, Rayvon Owen, Tyanna Jones and Jax Miskanic can relate. Six months ago, they were just four young singers spread out across the nation. By May, they were American Idol finalists, belting out Top 40 hits for millions of television viewers....

    Rayvon Owen, left, Jax Miskanic, Clark Beckham and Tyanna Jones, four finalists from the latest season of American Idol, test the acoustics at the Salvador Dal? Museum an hour before singing the national anthem at the Tropicana Field. The Idol singers enjoyed a guided tour at the museum Thursday.
  4. Between the Buried and Me's Dan Briggs talks 'Coma Ecliptic,' the death of Yes' Chris Squire and more


    The numbers would have matched up perfectly. Between the Buried and Me was to release their seventh album Coma Ecliptic on July 7 — 7/7 — and they planned to celebrate by launching their summer tour on the same day.

    Then the music industry had to get involved.

    This happens to be the first week that new music releases in the United States will shift from Tuesday to Friday, meaning Coma Ecliptic will drop on July 10, not July 7. The group will be in Florida by then, playing a show in Orlando on Thursday (click here for details) and Fort Lauderdale on Friday....

    Between the Buried and Me
  5. SoundBytes: Sister Hazel, Beres Hammond, Breathe Carolina, GTA and more


    -- The Tampa Bay Rays have added Sister Hazel to their 2015 postgame concert series. The Gainesville rockers will perform following the Sept. 19 game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Click here for details.

    -- Several new shows coming to Jannus Live over the next few months: DJ duo GTA on Aug. 15 (tickets are $30-$40, click here), reggae legend Beres Hammond on Aug. 21 (tickets are $30-$50, click here) and country singer Corey Smith on Oct. 3 (tickets are $22-$27, click here)....

  6. Record store owners lament the move to New Music Friday

    Music & Concerts

    If you're itching to get your hands on this week's new albums by Owl City, Ghostface Killah or Veruca Salt, don't bother hitting your local record shop on Tuesday.

    Starting this week, the music industry is adopting a new timetable for releasing music in America. As part of a push to standardize record release dates around the globe, you'll have to wait a few more days to fill up your latest playlist or cradle that new CD or LP in your arms. ...

    Manny Matalon, manager of Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg, unpacks new inventory for Record Store Day in 2012. Though digital music sales eclipsed physical music for the first time last year, Matalon says CDs and vinyl aren’t as dead as people think.
  7. This week in Tampa: Vans Warped Tour, American Idol Live!, Shinedown, Shaggy and more


    Welcome to a slightly revamped version of This Week In Tampa! From this week forward, Times Pop Music/Culture Critic Jay Cridlin and tbt* music contributor Ray Roa will collaborate on the week's top music picks around Tampa Bay. And there are a lot of 'em!

    This week, Jay and Ray delve into American Idol Live!, Shinedown (above), Shaggy, The Fixx, mewithoutYou, Caked Up, Superheaven, Paul Oakenfold and more. We also dig into St. Pete's Vans Warped Tour and Ybor City's annual Hot Dog Party on Friday, both of which will feature lupine St. Pete punks Wolf-Face. Click here for Jay's preview of those shows....

  8. Crayons abound as Crayola Experience opens in Orlando's Florida Mall


    ORLANDO — Snipping a ribbon of uncut yellow crayon wrappers, Crayola executives on Wednesday officially opened the Crayola Experience, a wildly colorful celebration of artistic creativity at Orlando's Florida Mall.

    In the works for a year, the 70,000-square-foot attraction features an assortment of some 25 interactive art activities, ranging from simple coloring sheets and clay-modeling stations to one-of-a-kind experiences not seen anywhere else. ...

    The Crayola Experience Store.
  9. Nick Fradiani talks about the business side of winning 'American Idol,' writing new music and more


    If you spent time at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in the late ’80s or early ’90s, you may have bumped into a future American Idol.

    “My family stayed in St. Pete every single summer of my life, from when I was I don’t know how old,” said Nick Fradiani, whose father, a professional musician, used to take summer gigs playing piano at the resort. “There are videos of me singing at the TradeWinds when I was like 4 years old.”...

  10. Uncle John's Band hits Chicago for Grateful Dead glory

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Minutes after midnight, Uncle John's Band closes another sprawling set at Skipper's Smokehouse with the Grateful Dead's U.S. Blues, drawing cheers from the tie-dyed faithful.

    Bassist Mike Edwards deflates into a stoop at stage right, wincing, rubbing his hip and his head. He fingers a cigarette as giddy fans share kudos.

    "That was a long four hours," he says, limping off stage....

    As a young man, Mike Edwards wasn't immediately smitten with the music of the Grateful Dead. But he soon fell for the iconography of skeletons and dancing bears. Uncle John's Band, a long-running Grateful Dead tribute band based in St. Petersburg rehearses a new Dead tune. The group has been tapped to perform at an event connected to the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" concerts in Chicago over July 4.  weekend. 
  11. Music Planner: American Idols, Wolf-Face and the Warped Tour

    Music & Concerts


    Life immediately after winning American Idol isn't the gravy train you might think. "The first couple of weeks have been total chaos — long, long days, a lot of travel, haven't slept much," said Nick Fradiani, who in May was crowned champion of American Idol's 14th season. Fradiani has been so busy pushing his single Beautiful Life to radio stations all over the country — "Boston, Providence, Minnesota, Arkansas, all over the place" — that it wasn't until recently he finally had time to sit down and think about, y'know, making new music. But he doesn't mind. "The more you can put yourself out there, the better," he said. "They're putting me to work, for sure."...

    American Idol winner Nick Fradiani and finalists Jax, Clark Beckham, Tyanna Jones and Rayvon Owen will hit Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday.
  12. Original Wailers, Tonic, Everlast, more coming to ROC Park in Madeira Beach


    So this new waterfront park in Madeira Beach really seems to be coming into its own as a concert destination, huh?

    A couple of weeks ago, ROC Park ("ROC" stands for "Remember Our Children") hosted this year's Summerland Tour with Everclear, the Toadies, Fuel and more. And in August, it'll host one of the most anticipated outdoor festivals of the summer, with Culture Club, Howard Jones, C+C Music Factory and more....

  13. Vance Joy to play free concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    Do you love free stuff? Do you love that song Riptide? Do you love Vance Joy, but don't feel like braving the screaming throngs at this Halloween's Taylor Swift concert to see him?

    This show is for you.

    Joy, the Australian singer-songwriter behind the smash pop hit Riptide, will headline the latest free 97X Shindig concert on July 22 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. All you have to do is show up at one of the station's many ticket drops across Tampa Bay between now and the show, and entry is yours (although be forewarned, these shows tend to fill up fast, so get there early)....

  14. Juicy J cancels Sunday's concert at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa


    It's hard out there for a pimp. And for Juicy J fans in Tampa, it just got a whole lot harder.

    The Three 6 Mafia rapper has canceled Sunday's concert at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, according to announcements from the venue and promoters Dope Entertainment. However, his show in Orlando on June 26 is still a go.

    Dope says the Tampa show was canceled "due to personal reasons beyond his control. ... We apologize, but please understand this situation was out of (our) control. Thank you for your understanding."...

  15. Tampa music scene rallying around local producer, guitarist Steve Connelly


    Steve Connelly has for decades been among the Tampa Bay music scene's most ubiquitous personalities. As a guitarist, he was signed to a national label, appeared on the Tonight Show, played a stadium with the Grateful Dead. As a producer, he's brought life to hundreds of songs at his Zen Recording in Pinellas Park by artists like Ronny Elliott, Rebekah Pulley and Have Gun, Will Travel....