Sean Daly, Times Pop Music Critic

Sean Daly

Sean Daly is the pop music critic at the Tampa Bay Times. He has also alliterated for the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper and People magazine. An only child growing up outside of Boston, he spent great chunks of his youth sprawled in front of his parents' monolithic hi-fi system/coffee table. (He burned his besotted college years at Syracuse University doing pretty much the same thing.) Is he socially maladjusted? Absolutely. However, his music collection — from Otis Redding to Bob Dylan, Public Enemy to Stan Getz — is much bigger and better than yours. So there.

Phone: (727) 893-8467

Email: sdaly@tampabay.com

Twitter: @SeanDalyPopLife

  1. Record Store Day tips, exclusives and parties

    Music & Concerts

    Ask Manny Kool about the hype and hope surrounding Saturday's Record Store Day — a glorious all-day bonanza for geeked-out vinyl and music fans — and the smooth-pated, normally chill dude in charge of Daddy Kool in St. Petersburg widens his eyes.

    "Oh god," he says.

    Kool has ordered more exclusive one-day-only merchandise than ever before for the seventh annual salute to indie record shops. "I've never spent so much money," he sighs, joking, "I've mortgaged the house." Mojo Books and Music in Tampa also has an unprecedented bounty of RSD-exclusive merch on the way, some 65 percent more than last year....

    Daddy Kool, on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, will have some one-day-only exclusive merchandise on Record Store Day, including the RSD-exclusive Peanuts/Charlie Brown portable record player.
  2. D is for Draper: Jon Hamm feels 'guilty' on Sesame Street

    Blog

    Although things are getting mighty chilly for Mad Men's Don Draper, actor Jon Hamm is in a far warmer place these days: Sesame Street! And with a rockin' manly beard, to boot! In what could be the cutest video of all time, the 43-year-old actor helps furry Murray with his "emotions," including what it looks like to feel guilty, which Hamm has had seven seasons of Mad Men to perfect. ...

  3. 'Mad Men' Season 7 premiere: Don, Peggy, Roger keep hangin' on — barely

    Blog

    Grab a cigar and pour yourself an Old Fashioned. Each week, Times TV mavens Michelle Stark -- a young go-getter in the Peggy Olson mold -- and Sean Daly -- the Roger Sterling-esque, smiling-through-the-chaos smartaleck -- will vigorously debate Sunday night's episode of Mad Men

    Amid all the zombies and Scandals on right now, it’s easy to forget that Mad Men is still the reigning champ of quality TV. And Sunday night’s premiere was a great, if teasing, Mad Men episode, one that actually has us pumped for this final season (not a given, considering how morose and frustrating last season could be). Oh, sure, the episode was still dreadfully depressing at times (what's up with Don shivering on the icy balcony?), but the buzz of a new decade on the horizon, of change, gave it an exciting energy. Judging by President Nixon's inauguration speech, it looks like we're in January 1969 now, which means this last season will likely span the entire final year of the '60s. More thoughts on the season 7 premiere, Time Zones: ...

    Oh, Peggy. Chin up, kid!
  4. Disney's 'It's a Small World' celebrates 50 years with sing-along (w/video)

    Events

     

     

    It's a world of laughter, a world of tears.

    It's a world of hopes and a world of fears.

    There's so much that we share that it's time we're aware...

     

    It will now be lodged in your head all day long: chirping, looping, NEVER EVER STOPPING.

    That's the gift and the curse of Disney earworm It's a Small World (After All), which Thursday celebrates 50 years of driving a significant swath of our world absolutely bonkers....

  5. The Dwarf House, the original Chick-fil-A, is a fun stop in Georgia

    Travel

    HAPEVILLE, Ga.

    The first time I saw the road sign I almost swerved off Interstate 75. Our highway exits are littered with fast-food conformity — Mickey Ds, BK, T-Bell, the usual — but this was different, a magical anomaly, perhaps even a puckish trick of the light on weary eyes.

    Chick-fil-A Dwarf House!!!

    The !!! are my excitable emphasis, and with good reason. This deliriously named restaurant, located in a blue-collar suburb of Atlanta, sounded utterly bizarre and politically incorrect. And it also hinted at some sort of otherworldly Clucky Circus Town, a funky, forbidden land where things had gone sumptuously, crispily wrong....

    Turn the corner inside the Dwarf House and find the sit-down area with a curious menu. There’s the Hot Brown, fried okra and sweet potato souffle. 
  6. Top 10 potential hosts to replace David Letterman

    The Feed

    Although replacing America's curmudgeon won't be easy, you better believe David Letterman's vacant late-night seat come 2015 will be hotly contested real estate. In keeping with the master's signature Top 10s, we offer up a list of viable — or, if not entirely realistic, at least potentially awesome — candidates:

    Craig Ferguson

    An obvious pick, mainly because there's speculation that Ferguson, who's been hosting the show right after Dave for nine years now, has contractual dibs on the Late Show gig — or a huge buyout from CBS. Ferguson is funny, but would his move make a splash big enough to compete with Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel?...

  7. Universal's retro Cabana Bay resort aims for value

    Attractions

    ORLANDO

    It was 1958, and America was all about zoom. The Space Race was on. Our highways were growing longer, Roadside U.S.A. in full bloom. It didn't matter if the family was headed to Mars or Miami: Travel was the thing, and we were having a blast, World War II behind us, Vietnam yet to cast a pall.

    That giddy, goofy Age of Acceleration — '58 to '62, specifically — drives the postcard colors, futurist architecture and beboppin' soundtrack at the ambitious Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando's new 1,800-room hotel, which carries a reported price tag of some $206 million....

    Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now open.
  8. Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves to team up for CMT's 'Crossroads' on June 13

    Blog

    It's so charmingly odd -- like mismatched socks or cream soda -- it just might work: For the 50th episode of CMT's Crossroads (remember Taylor Swift and Def Leppard? Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum?), the strange-bedfellows concert show will pair cheeky wide-eyed pop princess Katy Perry with stoner-friendly singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, whose 2013 LP Same Trailer Different Park won a Grammy for best country album. (Seriously, that record is just about perfect.) Premiering on June 13, the episode -- so big it will also air on VH1 and MTV -- will feature the stars swapping stories and songs and warbling together in weird, wonderful ways. We can totally see Kacey doing an acoustic cover of I Kissed a Girl; KP has already raved about KM's Merry Go 'Round. If you like what you see, Musgraves will also join Katy for part of her summer tour. Sadly, it won't be in time for Perry's gig at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on June 30. We get Capital Cities instead. Oh well, there's always Crossroads....

  9. 'The Walking Dead' season finale goes for the jugular

    The Feed

    Sunday's finale of AMC's hit The Walking Dead ended not with a beloved character biting the dust or a look-at-the-flowers twist. It didn't deal with sullen themes of mortality. There was no life lesson — save for the fact that going Hungry Hungry Hippo on a dude's neck is an effective form of self-defense.

    Instead, in an altogether Hollywood denouement that might prove smart for the show's future, if a polarizing tease for patient fans, the ballyhooed episode kicked with, lo and behold, some Schwarzeneggerian rah-rah: ...

    As Rick Grimes, Andrew Lincoln gives The Walking Dead’s season a hard-to-forget ending.
  10. 'The Walking Dead' finale goes for the jugular (literally)

    Blog

    Sunday’s finale of AMC hit The Walking Dead ended not with a beloved character biting the dust or a look-at-the-flowers twist. It didn’t deal with sullen themes of mortality. There was no deep life lesson — save for the fact that going Hungry Hungry Hippo on a dude’s neck is an effective form of self-defense.

    Instead, in an altogether Hollywood denouement that might prove smart for the show’s future, if a polarizing tease for patient fans, the ballyhooed ep kicked with, lo and behold, some Schwarzeneggerian rah-rah:...

    A bad guy's neck? For Rick, it's what's for dinner.
  11. Anatomy of a Kill: Behind the beheadings on 'The Walking Dead'

    Blog

    The fourth season of The Walking Dead has had a slew of awesomely violent zombie slayings, and there will no doubt be even more during Sunday's ballyhooed finale. But nothing has quite matched the intensity of a certain scene in Episode 409, aka "After."

    When Michonne, played with seething calm by Danai Gurira, realizes she wants to live and not wander the woods like the zombies encircling her, she goes action-hero berserko with her trademark katana, lopping off undead heads with ninja grace....

  12. #CancelColbert? Take a deep breath, Twitterverse

    Blog

    Apparently, Twitter is no place for satire. However, it's swell for kneejerk reactions. On Thursday, The Colbert Report, tweeting in the guise of comic host Stephen Colbert, responded to news that controversial Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder was starting something called the Original Americans Foundation. Apparently the Comedy Central crew felt that Snyder, whose team name has been attacked for racial insensitivity, was being a bit transparent in his desires. So @ColbertReport fired out this zinger to 1 million followers:

    "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever."...

    Stephen Colbert at a hearing before the Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee in September 2010. The hearing was to examine the needs of immigration agricultural workers for the farming industry.
  13. Knock 'Em Dead: Why 'The Walking Dead' should bump off half the cast on Sunday's finale

    Blog

    It's time to thin the herd. There are too many heartbeats, too many breathers. So Sunday at 9 on AMC, open up the zombie buffet, I say. If The Walking Dead wants to survive and advance into a strong fifth season, the No. 1 show on cable television needs to end its wildly uneven fourth season by knocking off — oh, let's say — half its cast, which has become way too cumbersome. The show has suffered from a cavalcade of characters and plotlines. We've routinely lost touch with crucial heroes because endless, and weaker, narratives need tending....

  14. Behind the scenes of 'Walking Dead': Anatomy of a kill

    The Feed

    For all the contemplative, pudding-slurpin' moments in "After," perhaps the most poetic hour in Walking Dead history, the Season 4 midseason premiere has one of the show's most jarring set pieces.

    When Michonne, played with seething calm by Danai Gurira, realizes she wants to live and not wander the woods like the zombies encircling her, she goes action-hero berserko with her trademark katana, lopping off undead heads with ninja grace....

    As the katana-wielding Michonne, Danai Gurira plays her scene well, taking out the agreed-upon walkers. And then . . .
  15. Review: 'Walking Dead' finale Sunday puts show at a crossroads

    Human Interest

    It's time to thin the herd. • There are too many heartbeats, too many breathers. • So tonight at 9 on AMC, open up the zombie buffet, I say. • If The Walking Dead wants to survive and advance into a strong fifth season, the No. 1 show on cable television needs to end its wildly uneven fourth season by knocking off — oh, let's say — half its cast, which has become way too cumbersome. • The show has suffered from a cavalcade of characters and plotlines. We've routinely lost touch with crucial heroes because endless, and weaker, narratives need tending. • We want Dead, not Dynasty. • So kill Maggie. • Glenn, too. • Keep Tyreese and his mighty hammer. Save Big Baby Judith. But give the heave-ho to Bob, Tara and her twisted ankle, Dr. Eugene, Sgt. Abraham Ford, Singing Beth (definitely Singing Beth). • Carol's cutthroat. You saw how she capped Crazy Lizzie amid the flowers. She snuffed out Ty's main squeeze, too. Let Carol bump off some people! • As a devout fan of the postapocalyptic blood feast, I'm even prepared to sacrifice my favorite characters — Carl, Michonne, vavoomish Rosita — if it means retaining the show's morbidly lonesome theme: that the battle between life and death is intimate, that we're all hopelessly alone and totally in deep. • For weeks, survivors have been heading toward the sanctuary of Terminus, which looks like a '60s hippie commune gone creepy. • For a swath of characters on tonight's finale — byyye, Sasha — let's hope it really is "the end of the line."...

    Glenn, played by Steven Yeung, has seen his character’s growth explode at the expense of other characters.