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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. Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Cleese, Ana Gasteyer, more coming to the Straz Center in Tampa


    Get ready to mix some science, comedy and music in with your diet of Broadway musicals in Tampa.

    The Straz Center for the Performing Arts has announced the bulk of its 2017-18 season, and it includes such figures as astrophycisist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Monty Python's John Cleese, Saturday Night Live's Ana Gasteyer and Chris Thile of Nickel Creek and A Prairie Home Companion....

  2. Who will headline the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa?


    The NFL announced Tuesday that Tampa will host Super Bowl LV in 2021, a result of stadium construction delays in Los Angeles.

    Among the leading questions on our mind: Who will headline the halftime show?

    A ridiculous question, we'll admit. The NFL hasn't even announced the halftime performers for its 2018 (Minneapolis), 2019 (Atlanta) and 2020 (Miami) Super Bowls, much less its just-shifted 2021 game in Tampa....

    Taylor Swift performed at Raymond James Stadium in 2015. Could she return for Super Bowl LV in 2021?
  3. Above and Beyond's Tony McGuinness talks festivals, acoustic shows, obsessive fandom and more


    Hanging on a wall of Tony McGuinness’ London home is a portrait of actor Rutger Hauer from Blade Runner, a film with which McGuinness admits he’s “mildly obsessed.”

    “That was kind of the first inspiration for me dying my hair blond,” McGuinness said during a recent FaceTime call, Hauer’s imposing mug hovering behind him.

    That sort of intense fandom has served McGuinness well in his long and varied career in music, first in rock bands, then as a major-label marketing executive, and, for the last decade and a half, as a member of the blockbuster English trance trio Above and Beyond....

    Tony McGuinness, left, with Above and Beyond.
  4. As summer concert season starts, Tampa Bay venues remain vigilant after Manchester attack

    Public Safety

    In the aftermath of the Monday night explosion that killed at least 22 people — including children — moments after a pop concert ended in England, local venues assured the public that security will remain tight for the Tampa Bay area's upcoming big-ticket shows.

    "First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this horrible tragedy at the Manchester Arena," said Raymond James Stadium officials in a statement issued Tuesday....

    Fans cross Himes Avenue in Tampa toward Raymond James Stadium before the start of Beyonce's Formation World Tour in Tampa on April 29, 2016. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  5. SoundBytes: Washed Out, Yellow Claw, Ace Frehley and more


    -- Chillwave producer Washed Out is returning to Tampa, this time at the Orpheum on July 15. Tickets are $23. Click here.

    -- The Sunset Music Festival has announced after-party info for this weekend. Tritonal and 4B will headline on Saturday; tickets are $20 and up. Yellow Claw will headline on Sunday; tickets are $25 and up. Both events take place at the Ritz Ybor. Click here for info....

    Washed Out
  6. Idina Menzel talks Taylor Swift, Joni Mitchell, balancing pop and Broadway and more


    No matter how great a show Idina Menzel puts on Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, it’ll forever pale to the one she gave Tampa on Halloween in 2015.

    That’s the night Menzel dressed as Frozen’s Queen Elsa and joined Taylor Swift at Raymond James Stadium to sing Let It Go....

    Idina Menzel will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
  7. Review: Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars bring monster rock might to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    In one corner was Matt Bellamy of Muse, stepping from the shadows in glowing blue shades and glowing blue sneakers, a glowing blue guitar strapped across his red satin jacket, moaning and wailing like Bono reborn.

    In the other was Jared Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars in a sparkling gold jacket and nighttime shades, flannel cinching his beltline, striking messianic poses and twirling his arms like rotor blades to stir the crowd into hysterics....

    PVRIS performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on May 21, 2017.
  8. Could 2018 NHL All-Star Game bring major concert festival to Tampa?


    In case you missed the news this week, Tampa is reportedly the top choice to host the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, which would bring one of hockey's premiere events to town for the first time in nearly 20 years.

    Anytime a big-time sporting event comes to town -- the Super Bowl, the College Football Playoff's National Championship, even a PGA tournament -- that means big-time music is probably coming, too. And the NHL All-Star Game would be no different....

    If the NHL All-Star Game returns to Tampa in 2018, it might give Drake a chance to dust off the Steven Stamkos jersey he wore in concert in 2016.
  9. R.I.P. Chris Cornell: Looking back at his and Soundgarden's concerts in Tampa Bay


    I've written about Chris Cornell dozens of times over the years. Among the phrases I've used to describe his voice: "golden," "preserved in amber," "a work of art," a "jet-engine wail," "always the Seattle scene's best."

    I could keep going, but you get the picture: I truly loved Soundgarden and Cornell, probably the best singer-songwriter of the grunge generation, and one of the best in all of rock over the past 30 years. Here's my tribute to a personal musical hero, found dead early Thursday in what a medical examiner ruled suicide by hanging....

    Chris Cornell and Soundgarden performed with Nine Inch Nails at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in 2014.
  10. Cridlin: With death of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, a dynamic voice goes dark


    Chris Cornell may have been grunge's finest songwriter. He sang, in his bronzeworthy wail, of alienation and decay, of black holes and black days and the void of the superunknown. He sang, too, of love and hope, of rebirth and absolution, of pains he could never wipe away.

    He also sang — in songs now harder than ever to hear — of suicide.

    The songs that made Cornell one of the most dynamic voices in rock will take on new poignancy following his death early Thursday at 52. Police in Detroit found Cornell unresponsive in a casino hotel bathroom while on tour with his iconic Seattle grunge group Soundgarden, according to the Associated Press. A medical examiner ruled the death suicide by hanging. ...

    Chris Cornell speaks to the media as he arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Neil Diamond in Los Angeles in 2009. Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died Wednesday night in Detroit at age 52. [Associated Press]
  11. Review: Bishop Briggs lives up to next big thing hype at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg


    Bishop Briggs paced the State Theatre stage like a penned-up puma, pouncing and snarling and singing with a fire belying her 24 years.

    And then between almost every song during her sold-out concert on Wednesday, she would grin ear to ear and hunch shyly into her mic.

    “The thought of headlining our own tour was such a far-off dream,” she said with a laugh. “We’re happy to say, with you guys, we did it.”...

    Bishop Briggs performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on May 17, 2017.
  12. SoundBytes: Band of Horses, Grizzly Bear, Rick Ross and more


    -- Jannus Live is continuing their excellent hot streak of indie rock shows by booking Band of Horses on Oct. 6. Tickets are $29.50 and up and go on sale Friday. Click here.

    -- One indie rock show Jannus Live didn't get: Grizzly Bear. They're embarking on a huge tour, but the closest it'll come is Orlando's House of Blues on Nov. 15. Click here....

  13. Paul McCartney delays start of summer tour in Florida


    First, the bad news: Paul McCartney is pushing back the start of his upcoming "One On One" tour, which was scheduled to begin July 5 in Miami.

    Now the good news: It shouldn't affect his July 10 concert in Tampa.

    McCartney announced Wednesday that he was moving his tour-opening concert at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena from July 5 to July 7 "to accomodate enhancements for the tour's production." It's unclear what difference those two extra days will make, but an official announcement says the enhancements will be "exciting," so we'll see....

  14. This week's best concerts in Tampa Bay: Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars, George Thorogood

    Music & Concerts

    ROCK GODS: Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars

    It's fitting that Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars are touring together, because frontmen Matt Bellamy and Jared Leto, right, seem like a pretty perfect match. From their bombastic sci-fi space rock to their myriad accolades (Grammys for Bellamy, an Oscar for Leto) and Hollywood ties (Bellamy dated Kate Hudson; Leto is, well, Leto), they seem like they'd love hanging out, always trying to one-up one another with some show-offy guitar lick or epic stage maneuver. This concert, featuring openers PVRIS, is the second of about 15 shows they'll play together this year, with space in between for Muse to headline some of the world's biggest festivals and Thirty Seconds to Mars to finalize their follow-up to 2013's Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. 7 p.m. Sunday, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $22 and up. (813) 740-2446.

    Local bluesman Selwyn Birchwood will perform at the Ale and the Witch on Thursday, May 25. Photo by Paul Natkin.
  15. Phantogram, Tycho coming to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    Jannus Live is on a roll in 2017.

    Already this year, they've hosted mega-hot acts like Run the Jewels, the Shins, Portugal. The Man and Lil Uzi Vert. Now comes another show sure to draw out the tastemakers: Phantogram and Tycho....