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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: cridlin@tampabay.com

Blog: Soundcheck

Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

Instagram: @cridlin

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  1. Hey, Sir Paul McCartney is coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on July 10

    Music & Concerts

    TAMPA — The rumors are true: Paul McCartney is indeed coming to Tampa for the first time in 12 years.

    He'll perform at Amalie Arena on July 10, venue officials announced Tuesday. Tickets are $31.25 and up and go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, May 1.

    PHOTO GALLERY: Paul McCartney through the years...

    Kevin Preast, Senior Vice President of Event Management at Amalie Arena, left, speaks Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Tampa, as John Valentino, Senior Vice President at AEG Live, center, and Steve Griggs, CEO of Amalie Arena look on after announcing that Paul McCartney will bring his One On One Tour to Amalie Arena. The tour, which opened on April 13, 2016 in Fresno, California, will come to Amalie Arena on July 10, 2017.
  2. Paul McCartney coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on July 10; how to get tickets

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    UPDATE: The rumors are true: Paul McCartney is indeed coming to Tampa for the first time in 12 years. He'll perform at Amalie Arena on July 10, venue officials announced Tuesday. Tickets are $31.25 and up and go on sale at 10 a.m. May 1. See amaliearena.com or check back here soon for more details. Read the latest here...

    Paul McCartney arrives for a screening of "This Beautiful Fantastic" at the SVA Theatre in New York this past December.
  3. SoundBytes: Isley Brothers, Donald Fagen, Trombone Shorty, Post Animal and more

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    -- Here's a cool show for all you Stranger Things fans out there: Chicago psych-rock band Post Animal, which features Joe Keery, the actor who plays Nancy's smarmy boyfriend Steve on the smash Netflix series (that's him on the right, above), on guitar. They're coming to New World Brewery on June 30. Tickets are $7. Click here....

    Post Animal, featuring Joe "Steve from 'Stranger Things' Keery on the right.
  4. 'Harry Potter,' 'La La Land' orchestral concerts coming to Tampa Bay

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    Accio concert tickets.

    The Florida Orchestra will bring the music of Harry Potter to life with a one-night performance of John Williams' score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, accompanied by a live screening of the film. The score and screening take place Sept. 30 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

    This is the first Tampa performance for the popular "Harry Potter Film Concert Series, which launched last year and will hit hundreds of performances in 35 countries through 2018. Tickets to the show start at $38.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. May 12. Click here for details....

    A scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  5. Kings of Leon coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

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    A month and a half after headlining the Okeechobee Music Festival, Kings of Leon have announced they're coming back to Florida.

    The Tennessee rockers will bring their upcoming fall tour to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Oct. 28, Live Nation announced Monday. Dawes will open the show. Tickets are $32.50 and up, and they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details....

    Kings of Leon
  6. Review: Neil Diamond spins 50 years of hits, memories for fans at Tampa's Amalie Arena

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    It’s a story Neil Diamond has told before, and one he’ll surely tell again. But they never tire of it in Tampa.

    “We’re real happy to be here in my premiere city,” Diamond told the crowd of more than 14,500 Sunday at Amalie Arena. “I played here 50 years ago. It was my first professional performance. Some of you may have been there. Oh, I loved every minute of it, and I decided to do it again and again and again. So here we are tonight.”...

    Neil Diamond performed on April 23, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  7. Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor lineup: Against Me!, Beach Slang, Smoking Popes, more

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    What says Florida punk like a double dose of Against Me!?

    The alt-punk heroes led by Laura Jane Grace will headline both nights of the fifth annual Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, an annual precursor to the giant punk gathering known as Fest in their hometown of Gainesville.

    This year's Pre-Fest will return Oct. 25-26 to venues around Ybor City. Bands announced on the initial lineup include Against Me! both nights, as well as Beach Slang, Rainer Maria, Smoking Popes, the Lillingtons, Teenage Bottlerocket, Mustard Plug, A Wilhelm Scream, Mikey Erg and more. Click here for the full Ybor lineup so far....

  8. Petition launched to stop Bill O'Reilly's appearance at Tampa's Amalie Arena

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    Bill O'Reilly may be off the air at Fox News. But his show in Tampa is still on.

    A petition has been launched calling Amalie Arena and other venues around the country to cancel a series of tour stops featuring O'Reilly, comedian Dennis Miller and Fox News personality Jesse Watters. So far, the petition, launched by the social advocacy group Care2, has attained more than 22,000 supporters....

  9. Mojo Books and Records owners talk Record Store Day, their 10th anniversary and more

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    A decade ago, opening a brick-and-mortar book and record store was as dicey an investment as it still sounds today. That didn't stop Dan Drummond and Melanie Cade from opening such a shop near the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    Today, Mojo Books and Records is coasting right along, thanks in part to another institution marking its 10th edition in 2017: Record Store Day. The annual celebration of independent record store culture returns Saturday, the same day Mojo marks its 10th anniversary with a day of music and giveaways at their store....

    Melanie Cade, co-owner of Mojo Books and Music in Tampa.
  10. Kenny G talks practice, collaborations, comedy, the perfect sax solo and more

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    Even with some 75 million records sold, Kenny G isn't about to ditch practice.

    The smooth jazz saxophonist, who performs Friday at Coachman Park in Clearwater (click here), still practices three hours a day, running his scales and perfecting his technique, just so he can stay as sharp at 60 as he was at 17, when he first joined Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra....

    Kenny G
  11. For Record Store Day, Mojo Books and Records owners look back on 10 years of growth

    Music & Concerts

    A decade ago, opening a brick-and-mortar book and record store was as dicey an investment as it still sounds today. That didn't stop Dan Drummond and Melanie Cade from opening such a shop near the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    Today, Mojo Books and Records is coasting right along, thanks in part to another institution marking its 10th edition in 2017: Record Store Day. The annual celebration of independent record store culture helped build a generation of millennials who are as into new vinyl as their parents and grandparents. ...

    Melanie Cade stands for a portrait at Mojo Books and Records in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, April 14, 2017.    The store is celebrating its 10th anniversary. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  12. Interview: Kenny G comes to Clearwater, the perfect sax solo always on his mind

    Music & Concerts

    Thinking of picking up the saxophone? Great! Wonderful! Kenny G 100 percent supports your decision!

    Just don't ask him for lessons.

    "I've never done that," the uber-smooth saxman said in a recent interview, calling from traffic in L.A. "It's not like I haven't had where they've asked me to come in and do a master class. But in terms of a real teaching thing? No. I'm still a student."...

    UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Musician Kenny G performs at the 2015 LA’s Promise Gala at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 30, 2015 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  13. SoundBytes: Austin Mahone, Warpaint, Gabriel Iglesias and more

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    -- Tween-pop star Austin Mahone is growing up, and heading back out on tour. He'll stop at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on June 1. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.

    -- Indie outfit Warpaint will open for Depeche Mode at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 13. Click here....

  14. Music Planner: Neil Diamond, Kenny G, Spring Jam, Record Store Day, Ronny Elliott

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    GOLDEN DIAMOND: Neil Diamond

     

    It can be easy these days to overlook Neil Diamond's expansive catalog of hits, both his own and written for others. But then you pick up a collection like Neil Diamond 50 — 50th Anniversary Collection, a new 50-song retrospective released to commemorate the golden anniversary of his first hit, Solitary Man. And you're reminded how sharp and snappy Diamond's early songs were, from Cherry, Cherry to I'm a Believer to Thank the Lord for the Night Time. You get lost in the soft-focus sparkle of sappy ballads Be and The Story of My Life. And yeah, you even get sucked up in the schmaltz of Heartlight and Play Me. He's been a pop punch line, and yeah, Sweet Caroline has mutated into a cultural monster no one can control. But the beauty of Diamond's 50th Anniversary Collection, and his 50th anniversary tour, is that he's able to linger in different eras of his career. Don't miss the 76-year-old icon at 7 p.m. Sunday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35.75 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com....

    Teddy Riley, left, and Aaron Hall of Guy will perform Friday.