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 / 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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)....

  6. 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....

    St. Petersburg indie rock group DieAlps! performed at New World Brewery as part of the Plan B Block Party on Oct. 4, 2014.
  7. 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....

    Australian group 5 Seconds of Summer played an acoustic set at the 93.3-FLZ studio on Oct. 3, 2014, hours before their concert with One Direction at Raymond James Stadium.
  8. 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.
  9. 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....

  10. Photos: Zulu Wave rock through 'Jagorilla' at Attic Records in St. Petersburg

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    Zulu Wave -- one of Tampa Bay's best bands, and don't just take out word for it -- celebrated the release of their new LP Jagorilla Saturday night beneath the electric honeycomb of Attic Records in St. Petersburg. The ferocious outfit performed the entirety of the record in the arty, minimalist space, giving fans an up-close glimpse of the polymelodic sonic capital they've built up over the last few years of memorable live shows. As if that weren't enough, St. Pete's instantly recognizable (and not easily forgettable) Wolf-Face opened the show. Click the headline of this post for some photos....

    Zulu Wave celebrated the release of their new album Jagorilla at Attic Records in St. Petersburg on Sept. 27, 2014.
  11. Review: Despite rain, Reggae Rise Up Festival draws thousands to Raymond James Stadium for Rebelution, Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz and more

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    Say this for lovers of the new American reggae movement: They're definitely not fair-weather fans.

    A week after the Chillin' Music Fest packed Curtis Hixon Park, a different crowd -- or maybe they were just the same tri-colored, Jah-loving, reggae-rocking masses, relocated five miles east -- hit the mud-soaked north lot of Raymond James Stadium for Tampa's inaugural Reggae Rise Up Festival. And while thunderstorms and lightning tempered organizers' hoped-for crowd of 6,000, forcing an hourlong rain delay and an evacuation into RayJay, the fact that thousands remained by the end spoke to the ever-growing muscle of the genre....

    Zion I performs at the Reggae Rise Up Festival at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sept. 27, 2014.
  12. Review / photos: Luke Bryan shakes, swivels and struts his stuff at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

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    Does Luke Bryan go home each night and study film of Magic Mike?

    Seriously. For all the shade Bryan and his bro-country ilk take for singing about cutoff-clad honeys dancing on a tailgate, we must remember that no one in country music gets objectified -- and seems to enjoy it -- quite like Thomas Luther Bryan, Nashville’s hottest man-piece by a solid country mile.

    Bryan spent most of his sold-out concert Thursday in Tampa -- the first of a two-night stand at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre -- wiggling and gyrating and swiveling his tightly denimed hips like Tom Jones on the Strip. All night long, fans couldn’t get enough. They could sell tickets to stand next to a dancing Luke Bryan for exactly one minute, and the line would be a thousand women long....

    Brett Eldredge performs at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 25, 2014.
  13. Rewind! Mix it up at Saturday's Cassette Store Day

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    Ron Stoy stands behind the counter at the Sound Exchange in Pinellas Park, watching Creedence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory unspool on a reel-to-reel tape. Before him are a stack of reel-to-reels, each one decades old. The Beatles. Carole King. Sly and the Family Stone. Sinatra.

    "You've got to realize that every record, back in the day, was mastered for tape," Stoy says. Indeed, as Up Around the Bend booms through the store, it's hard to argue it doesn't sound fantastic....

    Tape cassette
  14. Cassette Store Day comes to Tampa Bay; plus this year's essential releases

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    Ron Stoy stands behind the counter at the Sound Exchange in Pinellas Park, watching Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Cosmo’s Factory unspool on a reel-to-reel tape. Before him are a stack of reel-to-reels, each one decades old. The Beatles. Carole King. Sly and the Family Stone. Sinatra.

    “You’ve got to realize that every record, back in the day, was mastered for tape,” Stoy says. Indeed, as Up Around the Bend booms through the store, it’s hard to argue it doesn’t sound fantastic....

    A selection of used cassettes that recently arrived in stock at the Pinellas Park Sound Exchange.
  15. David Gray talks about record-biz survival, loving the American landscape, U2's 'bulls---' album release and more

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    My time with David Gray is coming to a close when, as we’re discussing the challenges of sustaining a career in an ever-changing record industry, I ask what he thought of U2’s Apple-assisted blanket release of their new album Songs of Innocence.

    “I think it’s bulls---, with a capital B,” Gray says emphatically. “Whatever few bucks they took for that, it’s sounding a death knell for the ownership of music, and the meaning of owning music. It’s like, I don’t want their album, you know? I don’t want it to be forced into my entree. It’s like someone broke in and entered your house and put an album on the table. It’s like, can iTunes do that? It don’t want it. Go away.”...