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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. Oscar winner Viola Davis to speak at University of South Florida in Tampa


    The University of South Florida is getting an A-list visitor.

    Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony-winning actress Viola Davis will speak at the school's Tampa campus on April 4, part of the school's University Lecture Series and a centerpiece of its annual USF Week. The event is free and open to the public, though as with most USF lectures, seating is limited with preference given to USF students....

  2. Stevie B, Expose, Ace of Base singer coming to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    Just to clarify: This IS 2017, right?

    Yet another retro-styled pop package concert is coming to Tampa Bay, and it's a doozy: Stevie B (Because I Love You (The Postman Song)), Expose (Seasons Change), Jenny Berggren of Ace of Base (The Sign), Rob Base (It Takes Two), 69 Boyz (Tootsee Roll) and Debbie Deb (When I Hear Music). The Legends of the Old School Festival, as it's called, takes place May 20 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg....

    Stevie B
  3. SoundBytes: Sugarhill Gang, Taking Back Sunday, Mushroomhead and more


    -- The Tampa Bay Storm are taking it back to the oldest of old schools for their season opener. The arena football team is bringing in hip-hop pioneers the Sugarhill Gang for a free postgame concert following their kickoff against the Philadelphia Soul on April 15 at Amalie Arena. Tickets go on sale March 31 for $9.25 and up (click here), and even if you don't care about arena football, that's a pretty good price to hear Rapper's Delight live. Click here for details....

  4. 2017 Vans Warped Tour lineup: Gwar, Blessthefall, Memphis May Fire, more


    Bring extra earplugs to this year's Vans Warped Tour.

    The tour announced its 2017 lineup Wednesday from a live event at Full Sail University near Orlando, and it's arguably heavier than ever on bands that are, well, heavy.

    Among the acts who will play Warped on July 1 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg: Shock-metal icons Gwar, marking their first local show since the 2014 death of founding frontman Oderus Urungus; along with metalcore acts Blessthefall, Memphis May Fire, Hatebreed, Beartooth and the Acacia Strain....

  5. Scorpions, Megadeth coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    Get ready to get rocked like a hurricane.

    German hard rock titans Scorpions are coming to the States for a rare North American tour, and they'll be playing Tampa for the first time since 2011 -- a show that was originally supposed to be part of a farewell tour. Instead, the band is still at it after more than 50 years, and they'll bring their Crazy World Tour to Amalie Arena on Oct. 15....

  6. 2017 Rays postgame concerts: Sabrina Carpenter, Lauren Alaina


    The Tampa Bay Rays' 2017 postgame concert series is taking a decidedly family-friendly turn.

    Teenage pop singer and actress Sabrina Carpenter and American Idol alum Lauren Alaina will play free postgame concerts for the Rays this season, both for early afternoon games on family-friendly Sundays.

    Carpenter, above, who stars on the Disney Channel's Girl Meets World and appeared at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball in December, will play following the Rays and Baltimore Orioles on June 25. Alaina, a rising country star who will tour this summer with Luke Bryan, will perform following the Rays and Boston Red Sox on July 9. Both games start at 1:10 p.m....

    Sabrina Carpenter
  7. Music Planner: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Don't Stop St. Pete, Charlie Wilson

    Music & Concerts

    SOUL REBELS: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

    For Paul Janeway, a man who almost became a preacher and accountant before settling on life as a rock star, playing Elton John's Oscar party was pretty surreal.

    "I've never been in a room with that kind of money, so it was very uncomfortable for me," said the singer for St. Paul and the Broken Bones. "Robert Kraft, who owns the Patriots, was in there. It's culture shock in a lot of ways. Elton is very generous, very kind, and has been very good to us. It really is something that you just kind of go, 'Why are we here? Why did they want us?' "...

    Singer Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
  8. Bell Biv DeVoe, SWV, En Vogue coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg


    The early-'90s R&B revival just keeps on rolling in Tampa Bay.

    You've got Guy, Dru Hill, 112, Tony Toni Tone, Silk and Doug E. Fresh coming to the USF Sun Dome on April 21. You've got New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men coming to Amalie Arena on July 15. You've even got New Jack Swing aficionado Bruno Mars coming to Amalie Arena in October....

    Bell Biv DeVoe
  9. Mike Posner to headline University of Tampa's 2017 Party in the Park


    Plant Park isn't exactly Ibiza, but it might just feel that way April 7.

    Mike Posner, the Grammy-nominated pop singer and songwriter behind hits like Cooler than Me, Please Don't Go and I Took a Pill in Ibiza, will headline the University of Tampa's annual Party in the Park concert for students, faculty and staff. Opening the show are Adam Friedman and Madnap, a UT student and producer-DJ whom Earmilk just today called "your new favorite producer."...

    Mike Posner
  10. Jason Aldean coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    The secret's out.

    The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre has announced the final act of its 2017 Country Megaticket, and as expected, it's Nashville superstar Jason Aldean on Aug. 18. Chris Young and Kane Brown will open. 

    All of this was anticipated, as Aldean had already announced a Tampa show (but no date) for this summer, and that date was suspiciously blank on the Amphitheatre's calendar....

  11. SoundBytes: Jamey Johnson, Adam Ant, James Blunt, Gad Elmaleh and more


    -- Outlaw country star Jamey Johnson is coming to the Mahaffey Theater on May 25. Tickets are $30 and up and they go on sale Friday. Click here.

    -- If British singer-songwriters are your thing, you'll get double the pleasure this summer, as Ed Sheeran has just announced James Blunt will open his upcoming North American tour, which hits Tampa's Amalie Arena on Aug. 29. Click here....

  12. 2017 Fun 'n Sun Clearwater country lineup: Billy Currington, Chase Rice, A Thousand Horses, more


    Clearwater might be going all-in on a big new amphitheater for Coachman Park to host some of its annual festival-style concerts. And one that would benefit in a big way is coming up soon: Fun 'n Sun Clearwater.

    The annual citywide celebration features a big country concert on April 29, and this year's headliners have just been announced: Billy Currington, Chase Rice, A Thousand Horses, Runaway June and Aubrey Wollett....

    Billy Currington
  13. Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    Two Miami megastars will be Messin' Around on tour together this summer.

    Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias are teaming up for a blockbuster summer tour that'll hit Tampa's Amalie Arena on June 22. CNCO will open. Tickets are $29.95 and up, and they'll go on sale Friday. Click here for details.

    With Pitbull's controversial stint as a Visit Florida spokesman behind him, he's free to focus on his music, especially his new album Climate Change. The man has enough hits to fill several lifetimes, and his concerts are ridiculously high-energy affairs. ...

  14. St. Paul and the Broken Bones' Paul Janeway talks snazzy suits, soul heroes and more


    Here’s one thing they don’t teach you in Rock Star School: The importance of wardrobe maintenance.

    “When I first started, I got this really nice Billy Reid suit, and it was like, Wow, this is awesome! This is the nicest suit I’ve ever owned!” said Paul Janeway, the flamboyantly attired singer of Alabama soul-rock collective St. Paul and the Broken Bones. “Then about two weeks in, I blew out the crotch, and I was like, All right, I’m going to have to have more than one suit.”...

    St. Paul and the Broken Bones
  15. St. Petersburg's the Hip Abduction, SweetWater Brewing team up for 'Hip-Biscus Tropical Ale'


    Bands teaming up with Tampa Bay craft breweries to create a custom beer is old hat — see Cigar City Brewing with Gwar, Dunedin Brewery with Dropkick Murphys or Rock Brothers Brewing with 311 or Hootie and the Blowfish....

    The Hip Abduction is partnering with SweetWater Brewing Company on "Hip-Biscus Tropical Ale."