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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


Blog: Soundcheck

Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

  1. Composer Steve Hackman brings Radiohead-Brahms mash-up to the Florida Orchestra


    To most of the world, Radiohead and Johannes Brahms may seem like strange bedfellows — a critically hailed British alternative rock band and an iconic German pianist and composer who's been dead 118 years. Why lump those two together?

    To Steve Hackman, though, the connections are obvious.

    "When you boil them down, ­Radiohead and Brahms are made of the same 12 notes," the composer and arranger said during a recent phone interview. "When treated that way — when treated with some sort of classical precision and technique — a compelling marriage can be made that will be fun for musicians to play."...

    Steve Hackman Courtesy of Florida Orchestra
  2. Steve Hackman talks 'Brahms v. Radiohead,' uniting classical and alternative audiences and more


    When we got Steve Hackman on the phone recently to talk about Brahms v. Radiohead, his symphonic mash-up of BrahmsSymphony No. 1 and Radiohead’s OK Computer, which the Florida Orchestra will perform Friday in St. Petersburg, we had to apologize in advance. We here at SoundcheckCorp. are gigantic Radiohead nerds ... but Brahms? Not so much....

  3. Rush will stop in Tampa on 40th anniversary tour


    Air-drumming Rush fanatics, the moment has arrived: The iconic classic rock outfit is marking their 40th anniversary with a tour and they are coming to Tampa. The prog-rock polymaths have announced plans for their R40 Live Tour, and according to their website, it includes a stop at Tampa's Amalie Arena on May 24. It is, at the moment, their only concert scheduled in Florida. Ticket prices and an on-sale date have not yet been announced (Rush's web site says only "on sale soon," but tickets to concerts in other cities will go on sale starting Jan. 30, so keep an eye out here for updates). Technically, this is actually a 41st anniversary tour, as the band's self-titled debut album came out in 1974. Last year, guitarist Alex Lifeson, right, told Rolling Stone that this tour could be "very pleasing for the fans across the board," but also said it will feature some tracks they haven't played in awhile. "I've always wanted to do some rarer Rush material, and this should be a good opportunity to do that," he said. — Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer...

  4. Tampa Bay residents on 'Survivor,' 'Amazing Race'

    The Feed

    Get ready to root on some locals in the upcoming editions of Survivor and The Amazing Race. CBS has unveiled the next casts for both long-running reality shows, and both will feature folks from Tampa Bay.

    Carolyn Rivera, a 52-year-old "corporate executive" from Tampa, will be part of Survivor: Worlds Apart, which will divide 18 cast members by economic status — "white color," "blue collar" and "no collar" (think artists and bohemians). Rivera, of course, is part of Team White Collar. ...

    Hayley Keel of THE AMAZING RACE premiering on, Wednesday, Feb. 25 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and moves to it\'s regular time period on Friday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  5. Review: Ben Howard digs deep for patient, penetrating concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    About three years ago, a shaggy-mopped young English guitarist took the stage at Jannus Live on his way to world domination. Earnest young fellow by the name of Ed Sheeran.

    Ben Howard, who played the same stage on Tuesday, may not have Sheeran’s frizzy ginger ’do or screamy-tween fan base, but he knows his way around a six-string and pen, and has developed quite a following for his pensive, penetrating poetry. At 27, he’s quite a big deal in his homeland, the kind of chap who wins awards and fills arenas, and has played massive festivals around the world....

    Ben Howard performs at Jannus Live on Jan. 20, 2015.
  6. Coastline Festival with Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, more: Canceled


    St. Petersburg’s Coastline Festival, which was set for Feb. 21 at Vinoy Park with headliners the Flaming Lips and Young the Giant, made the surprise announcement on Monday that it was canceled effective immediately.

    A Coastline Festival scheduled for Feb. 22 in Pompano Beach was also canceled. Refunds are available at point of purchase; those who bought tickets via Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. Click here for details....

    The Flaming Lips
  7. Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter, The Both, more fill Vinoy Park with rock, soul and blues jams at Sunshine Music and Blues Festival


    A day after Live Nation unwrapped a star-studded lineup for May's Big Guava Music Festival -- the Strokes! the Pixies! Ryan Adams! Run the Jewels! -- its first major Central Florida concert of the year, the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival, could've gone down as an afterthought....

    Chris Robinson and his band, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, performed at the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival on Jan. 17, 2015 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
  8. Big Guava Festival lineup: The Strokes, Pixies, Hozier, Ryan Adams, more coming to Tampa


    First came Coachella, then came Bonnaroo. Now Tampa’s Big Guava Music Festival is getting in on the lineup-announcement fun.

    The Strokes, the Pixies, Hozier, Passion Pit, Ryan Adams, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels and James Blake are among the biggest names at this year’s Big Guava Music Festival, May 8 and 9 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre and Florida State Fairgounds. Once again, organizers are also promising an array of “extreme thrill rides,” food truck fare, craft beer and local art....

    The Strokes
  9. Huge around the world, comic Russell Peters turns his focus to Tampa, America


    Russell Peters is trying to explain why the world's biggest comedian can't get a whiff of interest from Hollywood — "My managers, my agents, I'm like, 'You represent these people. Can't you just say, "Hey, why don't you give him a scene?" ' That's all I need." — when suddenly the phone goes dead.

    Five minutes later, Peters calls back to apologize.

    "A call came in, and I thought I declined it, but it turns out I answered it — and it was LL Cool J," he laughs. "He was just talking about some TV project he had, and he thought of me. I'm like, wow. I didn't know LL Cool J knew who I was."...

  10. Susan Tedeschi interview: Never know who will collaborate at Sunshine Music fest

    Music & Concerts

    There are perks to throwing your own rock festival. For example: "It's weird when you do — not to throw out names — but shows with Kanye West," blues singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi laughed recently from her home in Jacksonville. "You're like, This is not our scene!"

    But when you do have your own festival — such as Saturday's third annual Sunshine Music and Blues Festival in St. Petersburg, created and curated by Tedeschi and her husband, guitar god Derek Trucks — you can fill the bill with as many friends, family and like-minded artists as you want....

    Husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi of the Tedeschi Trucks Band bring a diverse lineup to Vinoy Park this weekend.
  11. Modest Mouse, Mutemath added to Gasparilla Music Festival lineup


    The initial Gasparilla Music Festival lineup, released in December, didn’t feature one pure headliner. Instead, organizers played up a diverse trio at the top of the card — Gogol Bordello, the Gaslight Anthem and Trampled By Turtles — and promised more names would be added in January.

    Looks like one of those names is, in fact, this year’s big headliner: Modest Mouse....

    Modest Mouse
  12. Jazz Fest, Hangout Fest lineups: Foo Fighters, The Who, Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, Beck and more


    Two of the Gulf Coast's biggest musical happenings announcing their lineups on the same day? Yeah, that'll brighten up this January Monday in a hurry.

    The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 24-May 3) and Gulf Shores, Ala.'s Hangout Music Festival (May 15-17) both announced their preliminary lineups today, and they are jam-packed with gigantic names. It's worth breaking both of them down, because artists frequently book swings through Tampa Bay on their way to or from both of these festivals. Let's take them one at a time......

  13. Susan Tedeschi talks about running a rock festival, the end of the Allman Brothers Band and more


    There are perks to throwing your own rock festival. For example: “It’s weird when you do — not to throw out names — but shows with Kanye West,” blues singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi laughed recently from her home in Jacksonville. “You’re like, This is not our scene!”

    But when you do have your own festival — such as Saturday’s third annual Sunshine Music and Blues Festival in St. Petersburg, created and curated by Tedeschi and her husband, fellow guitar god Derek Trucks — you can fill the bill with as many friends, family and like-minded artists as you want....

  14. Review: Alan Jackson's songwriting shines in 25th anniversary tour stop at Tampa's USF Sun Dome


    To those who say beer-swilling country music cannot be beautiful, I present to you: A pyramid of cans in the pale moonlight.

    That right there is the humble, heartfelt poetry of Alan Jackson, who for 25 years has reigned as one of Nashville's most respected singer-songwriters. The genteel, mustachioed bard is celebrating his silver anniversary on his new Keepin' It Country Tour, which stopped Friday at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, and in a way he's never felt more needed. When today's biggest country acts sound more like Shinedown than Strait, a guy who doesn't want to rock the jukebox might be just what Nashville needs....

    Alan Jackson performed at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Jan. 9, 2015.
  15. Dickey Betts out, Doors' Robby Krieger in at Sunshine Music and Blues Festival in St. Petersburg


    Booking Dickey Betts is always a dicey proposition. The legendary ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist isn’t getting any younger, and every now and then, he’ll have to cancel a show with little notice — as was the case at the 2013 Tampa Bay Blues Festival.

    Now it looks like Betts, 71, is pulling out of the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival, Jan. 17 at Vinoy Park in St. Pete. The guitarist “unfortunately will not be able to perform this year,” according to a release from promoters Live Nation, "as he is staying by the bedside of a close family member with a serious illness.”...