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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

Email: cridlin@tampabay.com

Blog: Soundcheck

Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

Instagram: @cridlin

  1. 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....

    Also among this year’s top Next Big Thing bands: Walk The Moon, shown performing at 93.3 WFLZ Jingle Ball Concert in 2012.
  2. 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
  3. 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......

  4. 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....

  5. 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....

    The 7th Avenue Band Slam Homecoming will pay homage to Taylor Swift as bands play original songs and a Swift cover song Saturday at the Ritz in Ybor City.
  6. 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....

  7. 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....

  8. 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
  9. 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....

  10. SoundBytes: Cedric Gervais, Katharine McPhee, Public Image Ltd. and more


    -- Looking for something to do with the folks this Thanksgiving weekend? DJ Cedric Gervais is coming to the Amphitheatre on Nov. 28. Tickets are $15-$20. Click here.

    -- Country singer Eric Paslay has canceled his Oct. 2 concert at the Straz Center in Tampa "due to scheduling conflicts." Refunds should take place automatically. Click here for details....

  11. Insane Clown Posse coming to the Orpheum in Tampa


    Has it really been four years since Insane Clown Posse's last local concert?

    Yep, the last time Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J gathered the Juggalos in Tampa Bay was all the way back in 2011 at the old Hawaiian Village at the Stadium Green Iguana (remember that? Wow, does time fly).

    Before that, INsane Clown Posse were a steadfast presence at the old Jannus Landing, pretty much the only venue in town willing to let the duo to soak their face-painted fans with geysers upon geysers of Faygo. ICP were, in fact, the final act to grace the courtyard stage before its glossier reinvention as Jannus Live....

  12. Charli XCX, Bleachers cancel concert at Jannus Live


    The story in a nutshell: Charli XCX and Bleachers are canceling the second leg of their fall co-headlining tour, including a Sept. 25 show at Jannus Live.

    But Charli XCX and Bleachers' Jack Antanoff are two of the most visible and digitally loquacious musicians of the past year. As such, nothing in their world ever happens "in a nutshell."

    So here's the long version....

  13. The Weeknd coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    Sexy Christmas, everyone!

    The Weeknd, the Canadian R&B dynamo who's scored two of the biggest hits of 2015 with Earned It and Can't Feel My Face, is coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 17, the venue announced today. It'll be his second appearance in Tampa, and first since a Straz Center concert that this very blog ranked one of its best of 2013....

  14. This week in Tampa: Tim McGraw, Funk Fest, Rob Thomas, Breaking Benjamin and more


    Another big week of shows in Tampa Bay is on its way, with concerts by the likes of Tim McGraw (above), Rob Thomas, Umphrey's McGee, Breaking Benjamin, Yes, Toto, Machine Gun Kelly, Donavon Frankenreiter, Cody Simpson, Plain White T's, Beres Hammond, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Young Guns and more. Plus there's Funk Fest, with Jodeci, SWV, Dru Hill, Trick Daddy, 2 Live Crew and more. Here to walk you through it all are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa......

  15. Music Planner: Funk Fest, Rob Thomas, an all-new Yes and beer with Umphrey's McGee

    Music & Concerts


    Funk Fest returns to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday for yet another hot, sweaty night of booty-knocking soul jams. You could be forgiven for missing the news, though — Funk Fest has popped up at various venues across Tampa Bay over the last six years, with varying degrees of success. And it happens to be only one of several old-school R&B and hip-hop festivals coming to town this fall. To help you keep your calendar straight, here's a guide....

    Jodeci brings ’90s R&B to Tampa with other headliners SWV and Dru Hill at Saturday’s Funk Fest at Raymond James Stadium.