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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. Reggae Rise Up schedule, set times: When to see Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads and more at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg


    In its new home of Vinoy Park, the Reggae Rise Up Festival has really found its footing. Since moving to St. Petersburg last year, it has expanded to two days for 2017, and on March 4 and 5, fans will see more than two dozen artists on two stages, including Dirty Heads (above), Slightly Stoopid, Iration, Steel Pulse and more.

    The festival just announced three contest-winning additions to the lineup: Rising singer-songwriter-surfer Landon McNamara, plus Oogee Wawa and Of Good Nature. They also announced the schedule and set times for both days. Here it is:...

  2. Long Island sounds: A guide to the many Billy Joel tribute acts coming to Tampa Bay


    When Billy Joel was writing Miami 2017, maybe he should have called it Tampa 2017. Because over the next few months, this area will be overrun with Piano Man tribute bands.

    Joel is one of those artists with so many indelible songs that, much like the Grateful Dead or Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd, there’s a consistent demand to hear his songs live. That’s even the case in Florida, one of the few parts of America where the semi-retired Joel still tours regularly. People just can’t wait until his next show to hear The Entertainer or Only the Good Die Young, no matter who sings it....

  3. SoundBytes: Charlie Puth, Todd Rundgren, Darude, Puddle of Mudd and more


    -- Good news for fans of sensitive young pop balladeers: You'll now get two for the price of one on July 25, as Shawn Mendes has tapped Charlie Puth, above, to open his North American tour, including a stop at Amalie Arena. Click here for details.

    -- Speaking of hit singer-songwriters, Todd Rundgren is returning to the Mahaffey Theater on May 27. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here....

  4. Music Planner: 311 cruises in, plus Justin Hayward, Lee Greenwood and more

    Music & Concerts

    COME ORIGINAL: 311 Cruise

    If you're floating around Ybor City next week, keep an eye out for seafaring reggae-rock fans. They're in town for the annual 311 Cruise from Tampa to Cozumel and likely hitting up a handful of pre-parties in Ybor. The two biggest — concerts at the Ritz Ybor by alternative heavyweights 311, above, on Tuesday and reggae-rock group Rebelution on March 1 — are private gigs. The deadline to win tickets has passed, but you never know; stand outside the venue looking sad, and someone might take pity and let you in. If not, you can find 311 Amber Ale and Rebelution Feeling Alright IPA at three free parties March 1: Rock Brothers Brewing (8 to 9 p.m.), Crowbar (8:30 to 11:30 p.m. with the Movement and Bumpin' Uglies) and Big Easy (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.). If that's not enough, comic Doug Benson, who's also on the cruise, has a show at 8 p.m. March 1 at the Improv. $20. or

    Lee Greenwood performs at Busch Gardens’ Real Music Series next week.
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  5. Twenty One Pilots in Tampa Bay: From next big things to THE big things


    Seems like only yesterday Twenty One Pilots were a barely-signed Ohio duo playing early in the afternoon at USF Bullstock and 97X Next Big Thing. Now they're the hottest alternative band in America, a Grammy-winning duo with a horde of rabid fans coast to coast.

    How did it happen? More importantly, did it happen overnight?

    Not in Tampa Bay it didn't. Here, we've had a front-row seat to the rise of Twenty One Pilots over the past five years, from their early days opening festivals and packing clubs to their sold-out concert Tuesday at Amalie Arena (click here for details). By several measures, this is one of the group's best markets in America....

    Twenty One Pilots sold out at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg in 2013.
  6. Rae Sremmurd to open for the Weeknd at Amalie Arena in Tampa


    The last time Rae Sremmurd came through Tampa Bay, they couldn't come close to filling Jannus Live. Here's guessing they'll do a little better on their next swing through town.

    The Black Beatles upstarts will open for the Weeknd on the spring North American leg of his upcoming Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 Tour, which hits Tampa's Amalie Arena on May 12. Belly and 6lack will also join the show, according to the Weeknd's Instagram....

  7. Wild Splash 2017 schedule, set times, after-parties: When to see Migos, Trey Songz and more


    The biggest hip-hop party of the year is coming to Clearwater next week. And now you know when to arrive.

    Wild 94.1 has unveiled the schedule and set times for the 2017 Wild Splash concert, March 4 at Coachman Park downtown. Bad and Boujee hitmakers Migos will headline the show, followed by R&B star Trey Songz (above), Florida phenom Kodak Black and others....

    Trey Songz
  8. Modern Baseball cancel tour, including March concert at the State Theatre, due to 'anxiety'


    At least part of the new American emo wave is going on hiatus.

    Philadelphia indie rockers Modern Baseball have cancelled their spring tour, including a March 29 concert at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg, due to the band becoming "an immense source of anxiety" and "something that was slowly eating away at our mental health and our friendships," singer-guitarist Jake Ewald wrote on Facebook....

    Modern Baseball
  9. SoundBytes: J. Cole, Wavves, George Thorogood and more


    -- Superstar rapper J. Cole is bringing his new 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour to Orlando's Amway Center on Aug. 16. Tickets are $26.50 and up. Click here.

    -- George Thorogood and the Destroyers are returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 18. Tickets are $30 and up. Click here....

  10. Spoon coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa


    Never underestimate the appeal of The Underdog.

    One of the most popular and acclaimed bands of the mid-2000s blog-rock boom, Spoon, are finally making a long-awaited trip to Tampa, with a concert at the Ritz Ybor on May 1. Tickets are $29.50 and up, and they go on sale Friday. Click here for details....

  11. A complete history of Twenty One Pilots performances in Tampa Bay

    Music & Concerts

    When Twenty One Pilots came onstage in their undies this month to accept a Grammy for their huge hit Stressed Out, many viewers probably wondered: Who were these weirdos, and how on earth did they get here?

    The pop/rap/rock/punk/reggae/theatrical/everything bagel of a band from Columbus, Ohio, is, improbably, the hottest alternative act in America. Singer/multi-instrumentalist Tyler Joseph and animalistic drummer Joshua Dun have gone from complete unknowns to festival headliners who sell out arenas coast to coast. And it all happened seemingly overnight....

    For a story chronicling the rise of Twenty One Pilots in Tampa Bay, here’s a photo of the band performing at Expo Hall of the Florida State Fairgrounds as part of the Big Guava Music Festival on May 2, 2014. Credit: Jay Cridlin
  12. Chris Brown, 50 Cent, more coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    Prepare to party down while wrestling with your moral and ethical self.

    Perpetually embattled R&B superstar Chris Brown is coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 16, the venue announced Tuesday. He's billing it "The Party Tour," and as a result he's bringing a boatload of hitmakers along for the ride: 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. Genasis and Kap G. Tickets to the show start at $26.20 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Click here for details....

  13. Styx, REO Speedwagon, Don Felder coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    Get ready for another classic rockapalooza at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

    FM mainstays Styx, REO Speedwagon and the Eagles' Don Felder are teaming up for a summer "United We Rock" tour that'll hit Tampa's amp on July 18. Tickets start at $27.50 and go on sale Feb. 24.

    Since it's technically a co-headlining tour, Styx and REO Speedwagon are swapping the closing slot throughout the year. The Tampa show will be headlined by REO Speedwagon....

    REO Speedwagon
  14. Incubus, Jimmy Eat World coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    Come summer, it'll be a turn-of-the-century rockfest at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

    Incubus will kick off a huge summer tour at Tampa's major shed on July 7, in support of forthcoming album 8. Joining the Drive and Pardon Me rockers will be emo forebears Jimmy Eat World (The Middle) and, for a touch of new-school flavor, folk-hop rockers Judah and the Lion (Take It All Back). Tickets start at $25 and go on sale  Feb. 24. Click here for details....

  15. Jimmy Buffett coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    How about another round of Jimmy Buffett?

    Days after announcing a May 13 concert at Orlando's Amway Center, Mr. Margaritaville has announced he's bringing his shaker of salt back to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 3. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 via Live Nation; prices have not yet been announced....