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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. Music Planner: Safety Harbor SongFest returns, along with the Wilson Van, Flaming Lips and Lil Uzi Vert

    Music & Concerts

    FLAME ON: Flaming Lips

    Some 35 years in, two things remain clear about the Flaming Lips: (1) They're weirder than ever, to the point where their weirdness has drifted into self-parody; and (2) they could not possibly care less. Set aside the Oklahoma freakniks' first quarter-century, from the leftfield hit She Don't Use Jelly to their turn-of-the-century masterpieces The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. In the past decade, Wayne Coyne and company have gone supernova with the insanity, from 24-hour songs to albums encased in gummy skulls to collaborations with Miley Cyrus. Their latest flight of fancy: Reimagining songs from their new album Oczy Mlody as fictional live performances from the International Space Station on a limited album due on Record Store Day. Exhausting as it can be to be a Flaming Lips fan, at least their live shows remain blissfully phantasmagorical experiences. And at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N in St. Petersburg, they'll be joined by Clipping, the electric alt-rap outfit led by Hamilton Tony-winner Daveed Diggs. So for now, we'll still give the Lips the benefit of the doubt. Few do weird better, and at least their weirdness is memorable. $39.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.

    Fantastic Negrito is one of the performers at the 2017 Safety Harbor SongFest on Saturday, April 1.
  2. SoundBytes: Bill Anderson, Victor Wooten, STRFKR and more


    -- Legendary country songwriter Whisperin' Bill Anderson has canceled his April 5 concert at the Palladium "due to a scheduling conflict." Refunds are available at point of purchase. Click here.

    -- Bassist Victor Wooten is bringing his Victor Wooten Trio to the Capitol Theatre on May 10. Tickets are $34.50 and up, and go on sale April 1. Click here....

  3. 2017 Sunset Music Festival lineup: Major Lazer, Above and Beyond, Zeds Dead and more


    This year’s Sunset Music Festival is going hard on island vibes.

    Electro-dancehall outfit Major Lazer, whose enormous, Caribbean-tinged hits include Lean On and Cold Water, tops the lineup for Sunset 2017, returning to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium May 27-28. Joining them atop the bill are British trance trio Above and Beyond, trap and bass producer RL Grime and genre-mixing Canadian DJs Zeds Dead....

    Major Lazer
  4. SoundBytes: Ann Wilson, Howie Day, Alan Walker and more


    -- Heart singer Ann Wilson is bringing her summer solo tour to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on June 10. Tickets are $49.50 and up. Click here.

    -- Daily Show host Trevor Noah has added a second show to his sold-out appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall on June 2. Tickets to the 10 p.m. show start at $43.25 and go on sale Friday. Click here....

    Ann Wilson
  5. Viola Davis lecture in Tampa moved to USF Sun Dome


    Wow, who knew booking a hugely acclaimed and admired Oscar winner would prove to be so popular?

    Do to "extremely popular demand," the University of South Florida is moving its April 4 lecture with actress Viola Davis (Fences, The Help, How to Get Away With Murder) from the Marshall Student Center to the USF Sun Dome. Students who have already secured a ticket are confirmed for a seat at the new venue. All remaining student tickets will be released at 3 p.m. today via this link....

  6. Phoenix coming to the House of Blues in Orlando


    Among the many surprise guests who popped up at Tampa concerts over the weekend -- Francis Ford Coppola, Tony Bennett, Nicolas Cage -- were writer-director Sofia Coppola and her husband, Phoenix singer Thomas Mars....

    Sofia Coppola and her husband, Thomas Mars of Phoenix (at right), attended a 100th birthday gala for Maestro Anton Coppola on March 25, 2017 at the Straz Center in Tampa.
  7. Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa


    A few months ago, Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas told the Times about his band's frequent early comparisons to Counting Crows.

    "I remember there was an article somebody had written, a review of the record, and it said we sound like a band that spends all of our time standing in front of the mirror going, 'No, no, no, let me be Adam Duritz next,' " Thomas said in an interview. "At least it was clever."...

    Matchbox Twenty
  8. 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....

  9. 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
  10. 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....

  11. 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....

  12. 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....

  13. 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
  14. 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?' "...

    The Menzingers perform at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday.
  15. 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