Monday, November 12, 2018


Jay Cridlin, Pop Music/Culture Critic

Jay Cridlin, Pop Music/Culture Critic

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. Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

Punch Brothers. Photo: Red Light Management.

SoundBytes: Punch Brothers, Diana Ross, Dropkick Murphys, Whitesnake and more

Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert annnouncements.
Updated: 9 hours ago

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic symphony tour coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

The pop parodist's latest offbeat endeavor hits town next summer.
Updated: 9 hours ago
Steven Tyler performs at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June 2016. Photo: Associated Press

2019 Strawberry Festival lineup: Steven Tyler, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Old Dominion, more

Check out the full list of acts and when they're playing.
Published: 11/12/18
R. Kelly performed at the Yuengling Center in Tampa on Nov. 10, 2018. (Luis Santana | Times)

R. Kelly brings no protesters, lots of supporters and one near brawl to the Yuengling Center in Tampa

A planned protest of the controversial singer's concert never materialized, but there was still drama on stage.
Published: 11/11/18
Goo Goo Dolls. Photo: Bob Mussel.

Train, Goo Goo Dolls coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

The double bill goes on sale next week.
Published: 11/09/18
Michael Buble. Photo: Evaan Kheraj

Michael Buble coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

The crooner will kick off his 2019 tour here.
Published: 11/08/18
Ed Sheeran performed at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Nov. 7, 2018. (Octavio Jones | Times)

Review: Ed Sheeran scales up, still shines in frisky concert at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium

Mixing a few rarities into his set, the British singer-songwriter showed why he's the only one in music who can do quite what he does.
Published: 11/08/18
Magic Giant. Photo: Brantley Gutierrez.

SoundBytes: Magic Giant, Dream Theater, Andrew McMahon and more

Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.
Published: 11/07/18
Associated Press
Travis Scott performs at the Voodoo Music Experience in City Park on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in New Orleans. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) LARP109

Live music picks: Travis Scott, R. Kelly, Brian Wilson, Christina Aguilera, more

Travis Scott launches 'Astroworld,' Brian Wilson retires 'Pet Sounds' and R. Kelly faces protests at USF. Plus: Christina Aguilera, Simple Minds, Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie, (Sandy) Alex G and more.
Published: 11/07/18
Courtesy of Kenyette Barnes
Atlanta lobbyist and activist Kenyette Barnes is the founder of #MuteRKelly, a social media movement aimed at diminishing the influence of controversial R&B singer R. Kelly. The group has lent its support to a University of South Florida professor who has launched a petition to have Kelly\u2019s Nov. 10 concert at the Yuengling Center in Tampa canceled or moved. Photo courtesy of Kenyette Barnes.

Before R. Kelly’s Tampa show, #MuteRKelly founder Kenyette Barnes explains why she wants to cancel it

Kenyette Barnes has been trying to silence R. Kelly since her college days in the early 2000s. But only recently has the country started listening.Barnes, an Atlanta lobbyist and activist, is the founder of #MuteRKelly, a social media movement...
Published: 11/06/18