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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

Email: [email protected]

Blog: Soundcheck

Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

Instagram: @cridlin

  1. Soundbytes: Joe Bonamassa, Bebe Rexha, Coin and more


    -- Buddy Guy, who's headlining the 2018 Tampa Bay Blues Festival, may be the world's greatest living bluesman. But its most popular bluesman right now might be Joe Bonamassa, who will return for a two-night stand at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets start at $96.50, and they'll probably still sell out well in advance. Click here....

    Joe Bonamassa
  2. Tuesday's Nothing More concert moved from the State Theatre to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    Nothing More was one of the highlights of April's 98 Rockfest, a thoroughly entertaining rock outfit with a larger-than-live stage presence.

    So maybe it's no surprise that their show tomorrow in St. Petersburg is moving to a larger venue.

    The show, originally slated for the State Theatre, is being moved to Jannus Live "due to popular demand." The show with Palisades, My Ticket Home and Hell or Highwater will now take place at 6:30 p.m. at Jannus. Original tickets will be honored, and even more will now be available for purchase....

    Nothing More performed at 98 Rockfest 2017 in Tampa.
  3. Tom Cruise's son Connor Cruise to DJ Halloween party at Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe


    Whenever Tom Cruise comes to Clearwater on Church of Scientology business, he keeps a low profile. Occasionally he'll meet with local leaders or pop into a college basketball game, but otherwise, he's in and he's out and you never hear about it....

    Connor and Tom Cruise attended the 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four in Tampa.
  4. 2018 Sunshine Music Festival lineup: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Phish's Mike Gordon, more


    Tedeschi Trucks Band is injecting a little extra jam into next year's Sunshine Music Festival.

    Phish bassist Mike Gordon will join Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi's soul-rock band at their annual festival on Jan. 13, 2018 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Considering Phish hasn't played a show in Tampa Bay in more than 20 years, you can bet Phishheads will flock to this one....

    Tedeschi Trucks Band
  5. 2018 Tampa Bay Blues Festival lineup: Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Delbert McClinton, more


    Another Tampa Bay Blues Festival, another visit from the great Buddy Guy.

    The 81-year-old blues icon will return to headline the 2018 Tampa Bay Blues Festival, April 6-8 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Guy will headline Saturday's festivities; fellow guitar greats Robert Cray (Friday) and Delbert McClinton (Sunday) will join him atop the lineup. Other notable names at the 2018 Blues Fest: Beth Hart, John Nemeth, Ronnie Earl and Janiva Magness. Here's the full lineup by day:...

  6. Throwdown by the Bay: Jake Owen leads country festival lineup at Tampa's Amalie Arena


    After a couple of successful years where they brought headliners like Brantley Gilbert, Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton to warm up Tampa's winter nights, U.S. 103.5 put its Throwdown by the Bay on hold for 2016....

    Jake Owen
  7. Charles Bradley, acclaimed Florida soul singer, dies at 68


    Acclaimed Florida R&B powerhouse Charles Bradley, whose raw, pained voice earned him the nickname the Screaming Eagle of Soul, has died of cancer at 68, his representatives announced Saturday.

    Bradley, who was born in Brooklyn but raised in Gainesville, lived a difficult live, one marked by broken familiies, homelessness and health issues. He spent years in clubs impersonating his idol, James Brown....

    Charles Bradley performed at the 2016 Gasparilla Music Festival.
  8. After Tampa concert, Arcade Fire members party, preach politics at Crowbar


    After waiting more than a decade for Arcade Fire’s first appearance in Tampa, fans didn’t have to wait long for their second.

    Shortly after wrapping their concert Friday at the USF Sun Dome, half of the Grammy-winning indie rockers popped down to Crowbar for an intimate “Disco Town Hall” to raise awareness of voter reform – specifically, the restoration of voting rights to 1.5 million convicted felons in Florida...

    DJ Windows 98, a.k.a. singer Win Butler of Arcade Fire, performed at a "Disco Town Hall" at Crowbar following the band's concert at the USF Sun Dome on Sept. 22, 2017.
  9. Review: Arcade Fire open hearts, play with passion at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa


    Gloves off, hearts open and disco balls glittering, Arcade Fire scaled the stage for the first time ever in Tampa, pouncing and flailing and performing with all the passion that’s made them one of the world’s most celebrated rock bands this century.

    And at some point they had to look up and see all the empty seats around them and wonder: What happened?

    Yeah, Tampa, what happened? Why were so many seats in the USF Sun Dome unfilled Friday night? Here’s a band that’s headlined the world’s biggest festivals, that owns a Grammy for Album of the Year, that just last week filled Madison Square Garden, that’s near the top of the list of countless indie rock nerds’ concert bucket lists – and fewer than 4,000 fans turned out, a little more than a third of the venue’s capacity....

    Arcade Fire performed at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2017.
  10. Ed Sheeran coming to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa


    Let it never be said Ed Sheeran hasn't given the people of Tampa what they want.

    The blockbuster British busker will return to Tampa Bay for the sixth time in seven years in 2018, this time playing his biggest venue yet: Raymond James Stadium.

    Yes: That's one guy with one guitar, headlining a 65,000-seat stadium. And you know what? Considering his August show at Amalie Arena sold out almost instantly, and his latest album ÷ (Divide) is the frontrunner for the Grammy for Album of the Year, he'll probably pack the place out....

  11. New World Brewery, one of Tampa Bay's most beloved venues, closing this weekend


    After 22 years, New World Brewery is shutting down this weekend.

    The beloved bar and live music venue on Ybor City's Eighth Avenue is closing to make way for a condo and retail development. Everything there will be packed up and moved to a new building a few miles north, just off Busch Boulevard.

    For a generation of musicians, this one hurts. New World Brewery might not be the area's best live music venue — although some would argue it is — but it's probably the best local music venue, hosting more Tampa Bay artists of all stripes than just about anywhere else. It was where musicians hung out before and after gigs, commingling over craft beers or catching bands like My Morning Jacket or TV on the Radio before they hit it big....

  12. New World Brewery is closing. Where will all its concerts go now?


    Ever since it was announced that New World Brewery was closing its beloved Ybor City location and relocating to a spot farther north, there’s been an outpouring of nostalgia from artists, promoters and fans throughout the Tampa Bay music scene.

    But from a practical standpoint, there’s another issue to consider. Best case, New World’s new, larger location won’t open until early 2018. Until then, where are all its concerts going to go?...

    Allison Weiss performed at New World Brewery in 2015.
  13. Farewell, New World Brewery: 11 Tampa music scene regulars toast a beloved venue


    It's hard to put into words what New World Brewery has meant to the Tampa music scene over the past 22 years.

    The intimate Ybor City patio may have hosted more local bands than any other venue since 2000, from genres ranging from indie rock to punk to hip-hop to reggae. It's a real musicians' bar, the sort of spot artists migrated to before and after shows. It was a place that hosted both up-and-coming and established national acts, yet found a way to give stage time to countless local bands....

    Matt Burke and Have Gun, Will Travel, shown performing at New World Brewery in 2009. Burke credits the venue with shaping how the band wanted to develop.
  14. After 22 years, it's last call for beloved Ybor venue New World Brewery

    Music & Concerts

    YBOR CITY — Steve Bird spreads his tools across a patio table. He has awnings to unbolt and paraphernalia to unpry, from the busted Bop City neon by the stage to the Simpsons "El Duffo o Muerte" mural in the courtyard. He'll uproot a fountain and dismantle a roof and attempt to keep his bar intact. The decades-old walls have to stay, but the bricks that pave the courtyard, yep, he's taking those, too....

    Long time music venue and hangout New World Brewery in Ybor City will be closing its doors and moving locations. Patrons enjoy one of the last events before New World Brewery changes its location to Busch Blvd in Tampa. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  15. Sleeping With Sirens' Kellin Quinn talks voice care, going pop, the future of guitar rock and more


    It’s a full-time job, being the singer of a popular rock band with a new album dropping in the middle of the tour. But Kellin Quinn isn’t opposed to considering what comes next.

    “As I get older, it would be cool to have an opportunity to do something besides this band,” the Sleeping With Sirens singer said by phone from his home in Michigan. “But it would have to be something really special, something that makes me go, like, Huh...”...

    Sleeping With Sirens