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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. Review: Death Grips blaze through quick, chaotic set at St. Petersburg's State Theatre


    Trolls, art-punks, nihilists, agents of unbridled chaos: Call Death Grips what you will, but at least they know the value of a good night’s sleep.

    Why else would one of the punk world’s most antagonistic bands wrap up Thursday’s sold-out concert at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg at a little-old-lady-like 9:30 p.m., early enough to catch the last half of Project Runway? Who could’ve seen that coming?...

    Death Grips performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Oct. 8, 2015.
  2. Empress Of cancels Saturday's free concert at the Bends in St. Petersburg


    For the second straight day, a cool Saturday club show in Tampa Bay has been called off.

    A day after Thrushes postponed their record release show at New World Brewery due to injury, New York indie pop artist Empress Of has called off her free show on Saturday at the Bends in St. Petersburg. No reason was immediately given. But hey, at least it was a free show, so there’s no need to ask for your money back....

    Empress Of
  3. Safety Harbor's Robin Zander, Cheap Trick among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees


    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday announced its 15 nominees for induction in 2016. And while the Internet may be buzzing about the chances of Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A., here in Tampa Bay, we should be celebrating one nominee above all others:

    Safety Harbor's Robin Zander.

    Yes, Cheap Trick may be forever associated with Rockford, Ill. (and, of course, Tokyo), but lead singer Zander moved here long ago, and has been something of a staple of the scene ever since. His Robin Zander Band pops up in small venues like St. Petersburg's Hideaway Cafe, and his son Robin Taylor, is an aspiring musician in his own right....

  4. Thrushes cancel Saturday's concert at New World Brewery in Ybor City


    Thrushes aren't a household-name band by any means, but their new album Exposing Seas is absolutely worth a listen. Not only is it a melodic, dreamy excursion from the shoegaze haze of a lot of modern indie rock, it was released on Tampa's New Granada Records, which was planning to host a record release party for the Baltimore band on Saturday at New World Brewery.

    Bad news, though: Thrushes have had to cancel due to a pretty nasty injury....

  5. Music Planner: Club shows abound, from Ghost to Drive-By Truckers to Death Grips

    Music & Concerts


    There are big concerts all around Tampa Bay this week, including Big Sean at the USF Sun Dome. But if there's ever been a week to go to a club show instead of an arena, this is it. Whether you love punk, pop, folk, soul or metal, you'll find it in spades at one of the area's top smaller venues. Here are eight amazing shows worth the crowds and the sweat.

    Toro y Moi


    Toro y Moi
  6. One of Ghost's 'Nameless Ghouls' talks Satanism, Swedish pop, Tom Petty, anonymity and more


    It’s a safe bet the Swedish metal band Ghost will never play the Vatican. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like to visit.

    “I’ve always wanted to go, because I think it’s beautiful, the architecture and everything,” said one of Ghost’s anonymous guitarists, calling from a tour stop in Philadelphia a mere two days after Pope Francis left town. “I’d love to visit Jerusalem as well, and really dig into that. It’s an important for many people. It does have a presence of spirituality, whether I’m into it or not, whether I believe in God or not.”...

  7. WQYK Guitar Pull: Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, more coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg


    Now that every radio station in town has a year-end festival, you've got to get pretty creative to stand out....

    Hunter Hayes
  8. Tampa's Jingle Ball lineup: 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, more

    Music & Concerts

    There's no Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars or Pharrell Williams atop the lineup for this year's 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball. No one jaw-dropping star with enough cross-generational appeal to help make it the top pop show of the winter.

    And you know what? That won't matter one bit.

    This year's younger-skewing Jingle Ball lineup was announced on Monday, and it features a host of tween and 20-something superstars who on Dec. 19 will once again turn Tampa's Amalie Arena into a shrieking bowl of candy-colored confetti....

    Demi Lovato performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2014 at Amalie Arena on December 22, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. She will join the lineup again for the show in 2015. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  9. SoundBytes: JoJo, Hollywood Undead, Doyle, Killing Joke and more


    -- How often does a onetime teen-pop sensation perform at a club like the State Theatre? It'll happen on Dec. 10 as JoJo (Leave (Get Out), Too Little Too Late) comes to St. Pete. Tickets to see her are just $21-$23, so hop on it when they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here.

    -- Also coming to the State Theatre is a very different sort of idol: Herculean Misfits guitarist Doyle on Nov. 28. Tickets are $16. Click here....

  10. 2016 Jingle Ball lineup: Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nick Jonas, Zedd coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena


    The wait is over: Tampa has its 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball lineup for 2016.

    Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Zedd and Nick Jonas top the bill at Tampa's sixth annual Jingle Ball, one of 10 happening around the country in 2016. Joining them are Tove Lo, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City, Conrad Sewell, Alessia Cara and DNCE. This year's event is slated for Dec. 19 at Tampa's Amalie Arena....

    5 Seconds of Summer
  11. Tampa Bay Blues Festival lineup: Aaron Neville, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, more


    Next year's Tampa Bay Blues Festival will bring a little N'awlins soul magic to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.

    Aaron Neville is among the initial headliners announced for Tampa Bay Blues Fest 2016. He'll be joined by guitar whizzes Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter Trout and many more.

    Next year's fest runs April 8-10 at Vinoy Park. Through Dec. 31, discount tickets are available for each day of the festival, plus a kickoff party on April 7 at the Palladium in St. Pete. Let's look at the daily lineup and ticket options:...

  12. Sunshine Music Festival lineup: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Indigo Girls, Trombone Shorty and more


    Now entering its fourth year, Live Nation's strategy of conquering the Tampa Bay music market with three new festivals has been hit and miss.

    The Funshine/Big Guava Music Festival has been up-and-down over its first three years, with one name change and some unfortunate weather putting a dent in attendance, and leading to some real question marks about 2016....

    Tedeschi Trucks Band headlined the 2015 Sunshine Music and Blues Festival in Vinoy Park.
  13. The Weeknd or Miguel: Who's the king of progressive, psychosexual R&B?

    Music & Concerts

    Miguel and the Weeknd last performed in Tampa in 2013. I was at both shows, and both men blew me away. Even months afterward, I couldn't tell you who was better.

    So I started asking others: Who's your druggy, psychosexual R&B dynamo of choice? Are you Team Miguel or Team Weeknd? Team Weeknd or Team Miguel? I once put the question to R&B singer Jessie Ware. "Oh, that's so mean!" she said, pained by the prospect of picking....

  14. Selena Gomez coming to Amway Center in Orlando


    A couple of teen-queen singers have new albums coming out this month -- Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. And at least one of them is on her way to Central Florida.

    Gomez has announced plans for a 41-city "Revival Tour" across North America next spring and summer, and while Tampa didn't make the list, Orlando did. The Good For You singer will hit Amway Center on June 10....

  15. Ferg's Sports Bar adds second concert: Darryl Worley, Jason Michael Carroll


    Another week, another concert announcement for Ferg's Sports Bar in St. Petersburg. And this one has a country twist.

    A week after hair-metal acts Warrant, Ratt and L.A. Guns were announced as the first major concert at the venerable baseball bar on Nov. 6, the club has booked a pair of country singer for its second....