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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. Tig Notaro coming to the Palladium in St. Petersburg

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    The last time Tig Notaro came to Tampa Bay, she was a beloved but cult comic who had yet to pop on the mainstream radar -- which is why her show took place in the incredibly cool, incredibly cozy New World Brewery.

    Now, though, Notaro is one of the most acclaimed alternative comics alive, a favorite of everyone from Louis C.K. to Sarah Silverman and a Grammy nominee for her revolutionary 2013 special LIVE. Now she's on her way back to Tampa Bay, and the venue is still super-cool and small ... but, understandably, not as small as before....

  2. Sublime With Rome, Rebelution, Pepper, more coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

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    We knew it was only a matter of time before the bands behind America's modern reggae-rock started teaming up for major package tours. It's already happening this July in St. Pete with a Vinoy Park show by Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads. And now it's happening in Tampa....

  3. Incubus, Deftones coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

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    It's been a huge week for late-'90s alt-rock revivalists. First Sublime With Rome announces a concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre; now Incubus and Deftones are doing the same.

    The two bands -- among the most melodic, thoughtful and popular of the Nu Metal explosion -- will bring their co-headlining summer tour to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 13. Joining them will be Death From Above 1979 and The Bots. Tickets are $18-$92.50, and they go on sale April 24. Click here for details....

  4. Review / photos: The Who launch farewell tour with smashing show at Tampa's Amalie Arena

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    If this really is their last, long lap around these United States, at least The Who aren’t f-f-fading away.

    At Wednesday’s North American kickoff to their The Who Hits 50! Tour, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend wailed and windmilled through a lifetime of rock 'n' roll in two frenzied hours before a crowd of 11,894 at Tampa’s Amalie Arena. Their days of smashing guitars and exploding drums may be long gone, but the show they’ll ride into retirement is still a wildly kicking good time....

    The Who kicked off the North American leg of their "The Who Hits 50!" farewell tour at Tampa's Amalie Arena on April 15, 2015.
  5. Record Store Day 2015: Daddy Kool goes from seller to producer

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    On a day earmarked for celebrating record stores worldwide, Daddy Kool Records is taking the concept of DIY to a whole new level.

    The St. Petersburg store has partnered with bluesy Indiana roustabouts the Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band to release an official 7-inch single exclusively for Record Store Day 2015. Five hundred copies will be distributed nationwide, including 15 — all autographed — at Daddy Kool....

    Josh “The Reverend” Peyton autographs his 7-inch release of two blues standards recently at Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg. The store will have 15 autographed copies to sell on Record Store Day.
  6. tbt* 2015 Ultimate Music Guide Quiz: Which local band should you listen to?

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    Not sure which of our 10 local music acts you should jam out to? We've written an all-telling personality quiz that will fit one of our artists based on the absolute truth of web quizzes. If you'd rather listen to all of the artists in one place, check out our Spotify playlist at: tbtim.es/spotify.

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    St. Pete reggae-rock band Resinated poses for a portrait for tbt*'s Ultimate Local Music Guide.  [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  7. Garth Brooks adds third concert at Tampa's Amalie Arena

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    We knew Garth Brooks tickets would be hot commodities when they went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, and as expected, demand has spurred the country icon to add another show in Tampa.

    In addition to his previously announced concerts at 7 p.m. June 5 and 6, Brooks has just added a 10:30 p.m. concert on June 6. Tickets remain $74.98, all inclusive, but if you want them, you better act fast, because they're flying off Ticketmaster's digital shelves....

  8. Welcome to tbt*'s 2015 Ultimate Local Music Guide!

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    Since tbt* launched its annual Ultimate Local Music Guide in 2007, we’ve shined a spotlight on more than 90 of our favorite local acts from all genres. And while we always like to think of each year’s issue as a snapshot of the Tampa Bay music scene, it’s always fun to look back and see where our top artists ended up.

    Some have signed to big labels and toured internationally (Set It Off, Merchandise, Dynasty). Many release inventive new music every year (Zulu Wave, Alexander and the Grapes, Polyenso, Wolf-Face). Plenty changed direction or broke up; a few eventually got back together. One Ultimate Local Artist, the Hip Abduction, played tbt*’s 10th anniersary party last fall at Jannus Live. Another actually writes for tbt*Aaron Lepley, formerly of November Foxtrot Whiskey and currently of Funny Bunny. (Check out his work here!)....

  9. Smokey Robinson talks Motown legacy

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    Smokey Robinson sounds shocked that it's been 50 years since he gave the world The Tracks of My Tears.

    "My God!" he said with a laugh during a recent phone call from Los Angeles. "Is this the 50th anniversary of The Tracks of My Tears? I didn't know that! My god! Okay! That's incredible!"

    Actually, what's incredible is the year Robinson had in 1965, January to December. Not only did he write and release Tears — arguably his signature song — but he also wrote My Girl for the Temptations, Ain't That Peculiar for Marvin Gaye, and a dozen-plus charting hits for his own band, the Miracles, and others....

    Singer Smokey Robinson says something like Motown “will never happen like that again, ever.”
  10. Tampa Bay's summer concert schedule is packed

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    It's fitting that the spring and summer concert season unofficially begins this week with one of the year's biggest shows, the Who's 50th anniversary tour kickoff Wednesday at Amalie Arena. (See SoundCheck, Page 18.) • Anniversaries, comebacks and see-ya-laters are a big theme on this year's summer slate, with acts like Garth Brooks, Nas, Culture Club and Neutral Milk Hotel playing their first Tampa Bay shows in ages, and artists like Rush and the Rolling Stones playing what could be their final Central Florida shows ever. • The good news is that a ton of hot young acts (Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Smith) are also coming to town, and they're as hot as ever. • We're already eyeballing autumn's gigantic slate of concerts, including Van Halen, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Ed Sheeran and the queen of all pop, Taylor Swift. But first, there's a whole summer to sweat and scream through. • Here are 30 shows between now and Labor Day that have us singing hallelujah. ...

    The Rolling Stones won’t stop in Tampa, but you can gas up and head to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando to see Mick and the boys on June 12.
  11. The Ries Brothers: Bypassing the teen scene for bigger stages

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    (Welcome to tbt*’s 2015 Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Up next: Teenage pop-rock sensations the Ries Brothers.)

    Charlie and Kevin Ries’ living room looks like a mini Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s a guitar signed by the Rolling Stones; there’s a drum head autographed by Aerosmith. Inside the glass-topped coffee table is a guitar autographed by Paul McCartney....

    Charlie, left, and Kevin Ries of the Ries Brothers, photographed at their family's home in Belleair.
  12. Selwyn Birchwood: Singing the blues through a smile

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    (Welcome to tbt*’s 2015 Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Up next: Tampa bluesman Selwyn Birchwood.)

    Selwyn Birchwood smiles so much on stage, it’s easy to forget he’s playing the blues.

    “When I’m on the stage, that’s where I want to be,” says the 30-year-old singer-guitarist from Tampa. “We’re getting to play our music. It’s not like we have a setlist being forced down our throat. We get to write our own songs, we get to play our own stuff, and we get to perform for people. We just try to translate that we’re happy to be there. I’m ecstatic to be on the stage.”...

    Selwyn Birchwood, photographed backstage at the Palladium in St. Petersburg.
  13. Resinated: Bringing the Sunshine City to the masses, one party at a time

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    (Welcome to tbt*'s 2015 Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we're spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Up first: Pinellas reggae rock crew Resinated.)

    The day after a monthlong tour of the East Coast, a trek that put 6,000 miles on their band van, the guys in Resinated are recounting their highs and lows on the road....

    Resinated chill out at their band hangout and rehearsal space in St. Petersburg.
  14. Smokey Robinson talks Motown Records, Otis Redding, his life as a movie and more

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    Smokey Robinson sounds shocked that it’s been 50 years since he gave the world The Tracks of My Tears.

    “My god!” he laughed during a recent phone call from Los Angeles. “Is this the 50th anniversary of The Tracks of My Tears? I didn’t know that! My god! Okay! That’s incredible!”

    Actually, what’s incredible is the year Robinson had in 1965, January to December. Not only did he write and release Tears — arguably his signature song — but he also wrote My Girl for the Temptations, Ain’t That Peculiar for Marvin Gaye, and a dozen-plus charting hits for his own band, the Miracles, and others....

  15. Clearwater Fun 'N Sun lineup: Eli Young Band, Thompson Square, Gloriana and more

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    Look back at the country artists who’ve played Clearwater’s Fun ‘N Sun Festival in years past, and it’s kind of amazing: Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young and Jamey Johnson, among others. Those are some big names, and Clearwater got ’em when they were still on the come up.

    This year’s Fun ‘N Sun is embracing its status as one of Tampa Bay’s most slept-on county festivals with another power-packed lineup....