Tuesday, September 25, 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

Comic Hari Kondabolu will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Oct. 5, 2018. Photo: Rob Holysz

Before Tampa show, comic Hari Kondabolu talks Apu, Colin Kaepernick, #MeToo and race in America

Hari Kondabolu’s grandmother died this summer. He spent three weeks in India, saying goodbye and grieving with family. And even then, even at such a sorrowful time in his life, he couldn’t turn off the part of his brain that looks for jokes."To...
Published: 09/25/18
Andy Grammer. Photo: Joseph Llanes.

Andy Grammer talks podcasts, country songwriting, getting booed off stage and more

Andy Grammer will perform at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Friday.
Updated: 8 hours ago
TobyMac. Photo: The Media Collective.

SoundBytes: TobyMac, 2Cellos, Cypress Hill, Andrew Dice Clay and more

— Christian pop superstar TobyMac is gearing up for his biggest Tampa Bay show in some time. He'll headline Amalie Arena on Feb. 24, alongside Jeremy Camp, Ryan Stevenson, We Are Messengers and...
Published: 09/24/18
Louie Anderson will perform at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Sept. 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of Fox.

Louie Anderson talks Emmy, ‘Baskets’ and his brush with #MeToo

Everyone wants a picture. That’s the thing when you win an Emmy. You’re stumbling around at a party, out of your mind with elation, the statuette glued to your hand. Smile and click, smile and click, smile and click."I never turn anyone...
Published: 09/24/18
Niall Horan performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2018. (Jay Cridlin | Times)

Review: Niall Horan, Maren Morris shine in unequal spotlights at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

It was a big ol' pop show Saturday night in Tampa, as a Grammy-winning singer behind one of the year's most unkillable singles got the whole MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre singing.Oh, and Niall Horan was...
Published: 09/23/18
nothing,nowhere. Photo: Primary Talent International.

SoundBytes: The Midnight Hour, Dead Prez, Derez De’Shon, nothing,nowhere. and more

— Rising emo-rap artist nothing,nowhere., who opened for Fall Out Boy last fall at Amalie Arena, will headline the Orpheum on Nov. 24, alongside Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Smrtdeath and...
Published: 09/21/18
Lucero will perform at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Dan Ball)

Lucero’s Ben Nichols talks about the band’s 20th anniversary, Michael Shannon’s intensity and more

Ben Nichols is friendly with Michael Shannon. His brother, director Jeff Nichols, has cast Shannon in all five of his films. And the Oscar-nominated actor stars in a video — a short film, really — for Long Way Back Home, the new single by...
Published: 09/20/18
Lucero will perform at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Dan Ball)

Lucero’s Ben Nichols talks Michael Shannon’s intensity, the band’s chances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more

This is the 20th year of Lucero, the crusty, punk- and alt-country-accented Memphis rockers who've made many an enjoyable sojourn to Tampa Bay over the years. But don't go thinking it's made Ben Nichols newly...
Published: 09/20/18
Rae Sremmurd. Photo: Interscope Records.

Rae Sremmurd to headline USF Homecoming concert at Yuengling Center in Tampa

The University of South Florida's homecoming week is just around the corner, and the school has just booked a nice headliner for its annual centerpiece concert.Chart-topping hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd will headline the...
Published: 09/20/18
Dickey Betts at a press conference for the Gibson Custom Southern Rock tribute 1959 Les Paul at the Gibson Guitar Factory on May 19, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Webster PR)

Dickey Betts in critical condition, facing brain surgery after ‘freak accident’ near Sarasota; upcoming concerts canceled

Months after returning to the stage after years of retirement, legendary Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is "critical but stable" after a "freak accident" at his home in Sarasota County,
Published: 09/19/18