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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. Brian Wilson coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg


    Brian Wilson is having quite a year, with an acclaimed biopic (Love & Mercy) and a well-received new album (No Pier Pressure) under his belt. 

    Sure, he's no longer buddy-buddy with most of the Beach Boys, but he's still out on the road touring -- and his latest trek will see him stopping in St. Petersburg.

    The legendary singer-songwriter will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 17, it was announced Monday. Tickets are $49.50-$79.50, and they'll go on sale Sept. 11. Click here for details....

    Brian Wilson performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2011.
  2. MTV VMAs: Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Twenty One Pilots among winners, performers coming to Tampa Bay


    Shock and awe! Awe and shock! It's the MTV Video Music Awards, which this year featured more Taylor Swift than you asked for, more Miley Cyrus than we expected, and more Kanye West than even Kanye West can handle. (Nah, just kidding, there is no limit to the amount of Kanye West that Kanye West can handle.)

    For our full recap of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, click here. But there's another aspect to the VMAs, and that is: Which winners, performers and celebrities are coming to Tampa Bay this fall?...

  3. MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift reigns, Kanye West rambles and Miley Cyrus shocks (in a good way!)


    Serious question: Was what transpired on our TV sets Sunday night the MTV Video Music Awards, or a Taylor Swift concert?

    The cavalcade of celebrities, the glitztacularly glittery fashions, the endless shots of your girl interjecting herself into someone else’s dance party – this year’s VMAs had all the trappings of one of Taylor’s recent tour gigs. It was a night orchestrated to please Swift and her Swifties in all their hive-mind glory....

    Miley Cyrus wore, well, this while walking the red carpet at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
  4. Underoath reunion tour: St. Petersburg sells out; Orlando concert added


    Let there be no doubt: The people are ready for an Underoath reunion.

    The Christian metalcore band, one of the most successful acts ever to come out of Tampa Bay, this week announced a comeback concert on March 16 at Jannus Live ... and it sold out within hours of going on sale Friday....

  5. USF's star-studded lineup: George Takei, Laverne Cox, Big Sean, Nas, RJ Mitte, more


    The University of South Florida is wasting no time when it comes to boosting school spirit.

    On the last day of the first week of fall classes, the college announced a frenzy of concerts and celebrity speakers coming to Tampa this school year.

    Heading things up is Star Trek star and prominent social activist George Takei, who will speak at the USF Sun Dome on April 18. The lecture will be part of USF's Frontier Forum, which in years past has hosted speakers like Jane Goodall and Neil deGrasse Tyson. While the first 3,000 USF students will be admitted for free, tickets will be available to the general public starting Oct. 2, at a cost to be determined. Click here for details....

  6. SoundBytes: Jennifer Nettles, French Montana, Andrew Rayel, Halsey and more


    -- Jennifer Nettles, the massively voiced singer of chart-topping country duo Sugarland, is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Oct. 24 in support of her forthcoming second solo album. She'll be joined once again by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Brandy Clark, as well as Ryan Kinder. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but according to Nettles' website, they'll go on sale Sept. 4. Click here....

  7. 97X's Next Big Thing moves back to Tampa with Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon

    Music & Concerts

    For the third time in a decade, Next Big Thing is on the move.

    The huge year-end music festival thrown by alt-rock station 97X will shift this year from Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg back to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, its home from 2006 to 2011. Prior to that, it was held at Coachman Park in Clearwater.

    This year's 15th annual event is set for Dec. 5, the station announced Friday, with Twenty One Pilots, Of Monsters and Men and Walk the Moon headlining 13 bands across two stages. ...

    2012’s openers Twenty One Pilots were the Next Big Thing after all. They are this year’s headliners.
  8. 97X Next Big Thing lineup: Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon, Of Monsters and Men and more


    Alt-rock station 97X has announced its annual 97X Next Big Thing lineup, and it's heavy on young, alt-rock powerhouses like Twenty One Pilots and Shut Up and Dance hitmakers Walk the Moon, above.

    But here's the big news: Next Big Thing is moving back to Tampa.

    The annual radio festival will return to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre after spending the last three years in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. This year's 97X Next Big Thing will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today....

    Walk the Moon
  9. This week in Tampa: Earl Sweatshirt, Lita Ford, Tribal Seeds and more


    We're in the dog days of August, which means a lull in the Tampa Bay concert calendar before things start back up again for Labor Day weekend in September. But there's still some good music if you know where to look: Earl Sweatshirt (above), Kip Winger, Lita Ford, Audien, Tribal Seeds, Fear Factory, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Layzie Bone, Jauz, Dex Romweber, Remy Banks and lots of good local acts, too. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa......

  10. EDC Orlando lineup: Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Kaskade, DJ Snake and more


    When it comes to festival branding, it doesn't get much bigger or more colorful than the Electric Daisy Carnival, an EDM bacchanal that has staged enormous concerts in Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, Puerto Rico and numerous other locales around the globe.

    One such hotspot: Orlando, which this week released its 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival lineup.

    Calvin Harris (above), Kaskade, DJ Snake, Tiesto, Bassnectar, Eric Prydz, Ferry Corsten, Flux Pavilion and Paul van Dyk are among the biggest names on this year's EDC Orlando lineup. Joiing them are dozens of notable support acts, including Audien, Gorgon City, Carnage, Excision, Blasterjaxx, Laidback Luke, Bro Safari, Crizzly and more....

  11. Music Planner: Earl Sweatshirt arrives, Geri X opens up, bands tackle Taylor Swift in Ybor

    Music & Concerts


    At some point, Earl Sweatshirt had to show up. For years, his mysterious backstory — exiled as a teen to a boy's academy in Samoa, MIA as his rap crew Odd Future rose to stardom, plagued by addiction and health issues that kept him out of the public eye — threatened to overshadow anything he might have to say as an artist.

    But here he is, touring again behind acclaimed new LP, I Don't Like S---, I Don't Go Outside, and back on the road to Tampa. Sweatshirt had to postpone an April show at the Orpheum due to illness, but he'll make good on that date Tuesday....

    Earl Sweatshirt will perform Tuesday night at the Orpheum in Ybor City.
  12. SoundBytes: Mac Miller, John Hodgman, A Silent Film and more


    -- With Donald Trump a major political player, isn't it about time for a Mac Miller renaissance? The Pittsburgh rapper, whose major-label debut GOOD:AM drops Sept. 18, is coming to the Ritz Ybor on Dec. 1. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but keep an eye out here for details....

  13. Doug Benson's 'Doug Loves Movies' podcast coming to Tampa Improv


    Maybe the second time's a charm.

    Doug Benson has announced he's bringing his hugely popular comedy podcast Doug Loves Movies back to the Improv in Ybor City. The show is set for Oct. 31, so expect plenty of Halloween-themed games, costumes and name tags. And as a bonus, it starts at 4:20 p.m., meaning you should have plenty of time to check it out before Taylor Swift or Chvrches that night....

  14. Geri X talks about getting off the road, escaping a dark year and more


    Fifteen albums into her career, Geri X is finally opening up.

    Okay, that’s not entirely true. The Bulgarian-born singer-songwriter is one of Tampa Bay’s most visible artist, thanks in part to her passionate, confessional music. And her packed performance schedule over the past decade means local music fans have had plenty of time to get to know her.

    But her new seven-song EP The Low Road “is basically a collection of songs that are new and songs from eight to 10 years ago that have never left my bedroom,” Geri X, 26, said. “I think I’ve only played one of them live, ever. It’s sort of a passion project.”...

    Geri X
  15. Underoath reunion tour kicking off at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    Last week, news broke that Christian metalcore band Underoath -- one of the most successful bands ever to come out of Tampa Bay, with multiple Grammy nominations and well over a million albums sold -- was reuniting for a performance at the Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, Calif....