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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

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  1. This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Deftones and more

    Music & Concerts

    DEF JAMS: Deftones, Rise Against

    After nearly 30 years as a band — man, has it really been that long? — Deftones, above, are getting "more efficient with our time," said keyboardist and DJ Frank Delgado. "We'll go out for a month, month and a half tops, and then come home for a month. There's a really good balance right now with being able to be normal, especially with everyone having kids and families." But when the Sacramento, Calif., alt-metal veterans hit the road and light it up, watch out. The group, which returns to Tampa Thursday, is out for blood in support of last year's Gore, a pummeling album that shows co-founders Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter and Abe Cunningham aren't slowing down in middle age. This is the 20th anniversary of the band's breakthrough album Around the Fur, featuring the hit single My Own Summer (Shove It) — and while the band never really considered building an anniversary tour around it, that might be harder in 2020, when the band's Grammy-winning masterwork White Pony turns 20. "It hasn't come up, honestly, but I'm sure it will," Delgado said. "Especially since White Pony is such a seminal work for us. It sounds fun, and it makes sense. I think right now, it's all about just being efficient with our time, and also not overkilling ourselves." Easing the burden on the band this summer are their partners on this co-headlining tour, Rise Against. The show, featuring openers Thrice and Three Trapped Tigers, stops at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $17.50 and up. (813) 740-2446. ...

    Handout photo of Deftones, performing 6/22/17 at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.
  2. SoundBytes: Maxwell, Tony Bennett, Paula Cole and more


    -- R&B crooner Maxwell is returning to Tampa Bay, this time with a show at the Mahaffey Theater on Sept. 1. Tickets are $45 and up, and they go on sale Friday. Click here.

    -- Also coming to the Mahaffey: Pink Martini with China Forbes on Jan. 23. Tickets are $39.50 and up. Click here....

  3. Luis Fonsi coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


    He may have the song of the summer in Despacito. Now Luis Fonsi is hoping that magic stretches into fall.

    The Puerto Rican heartthrob singer, whose Justin Bieber- and Daddy Yankee-assisted remix became a rare non-primarily-English song to top the Billboard Hot 100, is bringing his "Song + Dance" tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sept. 20, the venue has announced. (He'll also be at Orlando's Hard Rock Live on Sept. 23.) Tickets to the Clearwater show start at $53.25. Click here....

    Luis Fonsi
  4. Mumford and Sons coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    And the hits keep coming!

    In a year that's already seen a host of "they never come to Florida" bands get crossed off fans' bucket list, we're getting another huge one: Mumford and Sons.

    The enormously popular English rockers will make their Tampa debut in a concert on Sept. 20 at Amalie Arena. Hiss Golden Messenger will open the show. Tickets are go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details. (This is part of a multi-date swing through Florida; they'll also be at Orlando's Amway Center on Sept. 21.)...

  5. Deftones' Frank Delgado talks 'White Pony,' DJ gigs, craft beer, opening for Guns N' Roses and more


    When Frank Delgado joined Deftones, he couldn’t really play an instrument. Didn’t really own any instruments, in fact.

    “I started hanging around these guys and being creative with them with all that I had, which was records,” said the DJ and keyboardist, who played alongside the Sacramento, Calif., alt-metal veterans for years before officially becoming a full-fledged member for 2000’s White Pony. “My whole thing was trying to figure out how to utilize it in a different way than what I think people thought a DJ was supposed to be in a rock band.”...

  6. Lorde coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    Cross another big name of the list of pop stars making their first-ever appearances in Tampa.

    New Zealand phenomenon Lorde will play Amalie Arena on April 11, 2018, it was announced Friday. Tickets start at $35.75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 23. Click here for details.

    The announcement of the singer's Melodrama World Tour -- which also includes a stop in Miami on April 12 -- came on the same day Lorde released her sophomore album Melodrama, featuring the hits Green Light and Perfect Places. It follows her 2013 debut Pure Heroine, released when she was just 16, which gave the world the mega-hits Royals....

  7. SoundBytes: John Mulaney, Inner Circle, Four Year Strong and more


    -- Oh, hello! Comic John Mulaney is coming to the Mahaffey Theater on Sept. 28. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here.

    -- Reggae legends Inner Circle are coming to Largo's Central Park Performing Arts Center on Sept. 1. Tickets are $24.50 and up. Click here....

    John Mulaney
  8. Kaleo postpones free 97X concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    Here's a reason to really sing the blues.

    Bluesy Icelandic alt-rock band Kaleo has postponed their free July 5 concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg due to a medical issue. Instead, the free show, sponsored by alt-rock station 97X, will take place Aug. 8.

    "It is with tremendous regret that we must cancel select summer shows and festivals due to an unforeseen medical diagnosis," singer JJ Julius Son wrote on Twitter. "We were very much looking forward to seeing everyone on the road this summer and we are continuing to play as many shows as possible surrounding medical treatments. Thank you for all of your support and understanding."...

  9. Review: U2 light up Raymond James Stadium in Tampa with vivid, cinematic concert


    The big, brilliant rainbow hung high above the Tampa skyline for as long as it could, a good half hour and change, a harbinger of Irish gold if ever there was one.

    Then the sun set and U2 took the stage at Raymond James Stadium. And for the rest of the night, every last color belonged to them.

    Unbowed by an afternoon of showers that had some 60,000 poncho-wrapped fans fearing the worst, the Irish rock superstars delivered a vivid, cinematic and magnificently colorful performance as part of a 30th anniversary tour celebrating their landmark album The Joshua Tree. For multiple generations of fans, from U2 lifers to the kids and grandkids on their laps, it was all they were looking for and more....

    U2 performed at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on June 14, 2017.
  10. U2 fans find what they're looking for in Tampa at Joshua Tree anniversary show

    Human Interest

    The sunset sky above Raymond James Stadium was neither blood-red nor bullet-blue, but at least it was no longer pouring. And that was music to the ears of some 60,000 poncho-wrapped U2 fans, who braved thunderstorms and traffic for the Irish rock legends' first Tampa concert in eight years.

    Unbowed by a daylong threat of thunderstorms, fans lined up well before dawn to get a good spot inside RayJay, where a brilliant rainbow hung in the sky until U2 took the stage to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their landmark album The Joshua Tree....

    Rachel Hart, left, of Gainesville and Laura McGill of Orlando look at video Wednesday of U2 lead singer Bono that Hart captured outside the stadium.
  11. This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Dierks Bentley, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney tribute

    Music & Concerts

    BACK INTO BLACK: Dierks Bentley

    The last time Tampa saw Dierks Bentley, he was headlining a high-dollar tailgate party for Alabama and Clemson fans outside this year's College Football Playoff National Championship. Which is totally fitting, since few acts seem to enjoy a good party as much as Bentley. While he discovered and embraced a more subdued side on 2016's Black — the smoldering title track and Elle King duet Different For Girls — the Arizona native still loves swirling a black Solo cup around the air on Drunk on a Plane or Tip It On Back. Last summer's headlining show in Tampa was a wildly entertaining affair, and this year he's got fellow tailgate tippler Cole Swindell (Chillin' It) and California-cool crooner Jon Pardi (Dirt on My Boots) opening, so it should be just as good. 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N. Remaining tickets start at $45. (813) 740-2446.

    Dierks Bentley performed at the pregame Championship Tailgate concert at Raymond James Stadium in January.
  12. Bryan Adams coming to Coachman Park in Clearwater


    After Bryan Adams played a jam-packed concert at Clearwater's Coachman Park in February 2016 -- his first local concert with a full band in a dozen years -- he told Ruth Eckerd Hall officials he loved the experience so much that he couldn't wait to come back.

    One year later, he's getting his wish.

    Adams will return to Coachman Park for a concert on Sept. 10, according to Ruth Eckerd Hall, which has been booking concerts in the park. Tickets are $20 and up, and they go on sale Saturday....

    Bryan Adams performed at Clearwater's Coachman Park in February 2016.
  13. Florida's Seven Kingdoms push through challenges to reach metal success


    Florida metal band Seven Kingdoms has been on an upward trajectory. The band has released several albums to increasing sales and critical acclaim. It had been supporting bigger bands, including a North American tour with Blind Guardian and a European one with Stratovarius.

    But after a decade of losing money, sacrificing friendships, changing jobs, missing social outings and watching parents struggle to help them, the band members needed to see some return on their investment....

    Seven Kingdoms
  14. Weather without U2? What to expect if it rains for Wednesday's concert in Tampa


    Forty years ago this month, a rained-out Led Zeppelin concert in Tampa led to riots at the old Tampa Stadium.

    Could the same thing happen Wednesday night with U2?

    Bono and company are a peace-loving bunch, to be sure, but with evening rain forecast for their Joshua Tree anniversary tour stop at Raymond James Stadium, a lot of fans might be getting nervous....

  15. Zulu Wave's Michael Barrow talks about leaving Tampa Bay, planning a farewell show and more


    A long time ago, Michael Barrow made himself a promise. If the music thing wasn’t working by the time he turned 30, he’d stop chasing the dream and move on.

    Barrow’s 30th is looming in February. But at the moment, the singer and guitarist is not quite ready to give it up.

    “I think I might break my rule,” he said. “But I’ll definitely have to redefine it in some way.”...

    Zulu Wave, with Michael Barrow second from left.