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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. Lonely Thanksgiving: A good live show is what you need


    Editor's note: Thanksgiving. A time for the entire family to gather around the table, smiling and laughing over a golden turkey as if life is just one big Publix commercial. Fortunately, some people actually get that experience. But many others don't. Maybe you and your family live in totally different states. Maybe you just don't have a family. Maybe you have chosen a family of friends. Or maybe you just don't want to talk to your family at all. We got you covered. All week, we're bringing you our Guide to Lonely Thanksgiving. Our critics and writers have offered their best advice for going the holiday alone, from TV to reading to eating out. It doesn't have to be a pity party. If you do it right, you can be thankful for your solitude, too....

    There's no better reason to flee to Orlando this weekend than a free concert at Universal Orlando by Carly Rae Jepsen
  2. SoundBytes: Nelly, Graham Nash, David Cook and more


    -- New Year's Eve? Forget about it. This year's hottest year-end 'Burg bash might be Nelly at Ferg's Sports Bar on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Yes, Nelly! It's goin' down, down, baby. Tickets are $19.99 and up, and they go on sale Wednesday. Click here.

    -- Speaking of year-end parties, Tampa Bay's own globe-trotting punks Set It Off are headlining a benefit concert at the Orpheum on Dec. 19 alongside UNRB and Infinity On High. Tickets are $12-$17, and they benefit the Tarpon Springs Leadership and Music Conservatory. Click here....

  3. Rihanna coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    Better have your money ready, because Rihanna is about to get a lot of it.

    A day after rumors started swirling that she would surprise-release her new album ANTI any day now, Rihanna has announced a world tour in support of it, including a gig at Tampa's Amalie Arena on March 13. Travi$ Scott will open the show. Tickets start at $27.25, and they go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Dec. 3 (although pre-sales and VIP sales begin as early as Nov. 30). Click here for details....

  4. Barry Manilow coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    He writes the songs that make the whole world sing. But if you want to see him in person, this might be your last chance.

    Barry Manilow is returning to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Feb. 4, the venue announced Monday. The legendary singer-songwriter and icon of smooth '70s pop is billing this latest trek of dates his "One Last Time! Tour," exclamatory emphasis his, and from all indications, he's not kidding around....

  5. Review: Adele's '25' a massive, expansive soundtrack to the next two years of your love life


    Hello. Water Under the Bridge. When We Were Young. Remedy.

    There you go. Those are the songs from Adele’s 25 you’ll be hearing ad nauseum in coffee shops, on television, at awards shows and in every other conceivable walk of life over the next two years. Those songs will be inescapable. If you stayed up last night and bought 25 at midnight, you’re probably listening to them on repeat as we speak....

    Adele's '25': Get ready to see a lot of this album cover in your playlist.
  6. This week in Tampa: Mavis Staples, 50 Cent, Circa Survive, the Front Bottoms and more


    Kind of a quiet weekend as we head into Thanksgiving -- but it won't feel like that if you're at one of this weekend's big concerts around town.

    Here to walk you through it all -- including Mavis Staples (above), Joan Osborne, George Winston, Circa Survive, the Front Bottoms, 50 Cent, Audien Katharine McPhee, Dumpstaphunk, 12th Planet, Alesana, Figure, Falling In Reverse, Atilla, Metro Station, the Sword and more -- are Jay Cridlin and Ray Roa......

  7. Review: WQYK Guitar Pull showcases a stripped-down Charles Kelley, Lee Brice, more at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater


    WQYK-99.5 couldn’t have picked a better time for its first-ever Guitar Pull concert.

    Two weeks after Sasquachian singer Chris Stapleton shocked and swept the CMAs, potentially heralding a new era of respect for the humble singer-songwriter, six big-time Nashville acts brought their acoustic guitars to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg for an all-night round-robin songfest. Lyrics, laughter and liquor flowed freely as fans were treated to 3-1/2 hours of stripped-down sing-alongs from Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Eric Paslay, Jerrod Niemann and Maddie and Tae....

    Lee Brice performed at the WQYK Guitar Pull on Nov. 18, 2015, at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg.
  8. Okeechobee Fest lineup additions: Avett Brothers, Bassnectar, Odesza and more


    Maybe you missed it, buried amid yesterday's unveiling of the Hangout Music Festival lineup and today's unveiling of the Firefly Music Festival lineup.

    But the inaugural Okeechobee Music Festival in South Florida has unveiled its second wave of artists, too. And considering this is going to be one of Florida's most-watched music events of 2016, any announcement on the lineup should not go unnoticed....

  9. Music Planner: Allen Toussaint's touch abounds, from Mavis Staples to George Winston to 'The Last Waltz'

    Music & Concerts


    Following the death of New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint on Nov. 10, tributes rolled in from around the world. And rightly so: Few Crescent City artists have left as sprawling an influence as Toussaint, the prodigious jazz and R&B pianist, producer and composer. To many, he was arguably better known for penning and producing other artists' hits (Lee Dorsey's Working in the Coal Mine and Labelle's Lady Marmalade, among others). But to musicians, he was a hero. Paul McCartney called him "a massive songwriting talent," while the Roots' Questlove wrote: "This dude wrote some of your favorite music and you just didn't know it." No city does a better job than New Orleans of preserving its musical heritage, and so it shall be with Toussaint, whose disciples won't let his legacy dim. Across the Gulf of Mexico, four concerts in Tampa Bay this weekend prove just how pervasive his touch was....

    George Winston will perform at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg on Sunday.
  10. George Winston talks Allen Toussaint, documenting America's musical heritage and more


    On a recent November afternoon, George Winston was thinking about death.

    He was speaking by phone two days after New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint, a “dear friend” and hero, died suddenly in Spain. Beyond being a great loss for the music, Toussaint’s death prompted Winston to discuss how he sees himself departing this earth.

    “I have in my will, Don’t do anything,” Winston said from a tour stop in Alabama. “I want the least amount of effort. Cremate me right where I am. Don’t fly the body. Just throw the ashes away. Make the least amount of effort possible. Get on with your life. I’m not here.”...

    George Winston
  11. Hangout Fest lineup: The Weeknd, Florence and the Machine, Alabama Shakes, Calvin Harris and more


    East of New Orleans, there aren't many hip music festivals on the Gulf Coast that draw fans from all over the Southeast, including thousands from Florida.

    One of them, the Hangout Music Festival, sits just across the Sunshine State line, right on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. Next year's lineup was just unveiled, and odds are a ton of fans will be driving up from Tampa Bay to take part in the action....

  12. 'Fargo' Season 2: The best soundtrack that doesn't exist


    Every year since 2000, the Grammys have handed out a trophy for best mixtape.

    Okay, fine, technically it’s called the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. But c’mon: It’s a mixtape. Past winners include the hit-heavy soundtracks to Garden State and Juno; last year’s nominees include the period-appropriate mixes from Guardians of the Galaxy, American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street....

  13. SoundBytes: Todd Rundgren, Marty Stuart, Dokken, Bully and more


    -- Buzzworthy fuzz-rockers Bully, above, are coming to Crowbar on Jan. 28, alongside Palehound and more. Tickets are $10-$12, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.

    -- Need Valentine's Day plans? Prolific singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren is coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Feb. 14. Tickets are $37.50-$55.50. Click here....

  14. Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar coming to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater


    A pair of butt-kicking rock queens are coming to the relatively cozy confines of Clearwater's Capitol Theatre in February.

    Pat Benatar, joined by her husband and guitarist Neil Giraldo, arrives first on Feb. 15, with an arsenal of mighty '80s hits in tow: Love is a Battlefield, Shadows of the Night, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, We Belong and more. Tickets are $77-$97, which is pricey, but good luck catching Benatar and Giraldo in such close quarters elsewhere anytime soon. They go on sale Saturday. Click here....

  15. Gospel at the USF Sun Dome: Kim Walker-Smith out, Hillsong United in


    To paraphrase Job: The Lord giveth, and the lord taketh away.

    There's been a shakeup in the concert lineup at the USF Sun Dome, one of Tampa Bay's top venues for gospel and Christian acts.

    First, we have news that Kim Walker-Smith, the contemporary Christian star and worship leader from Bethel Church in Redding, Calif., has canceled her "When Christmas Comes Tour," which was to hit the Sun Dome on Dec. 17, due to "unforeseen circumstances." All tickets will be refunded at point of purchwase....

    Hillsong United