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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

  1. Rae Sremmurd to open for the Weeknd at Amalie Arena in Tampa


    The last time Rae Sremmurd came through Tampa Bay, they couldn't come close to filling Jannus Live. Here's guessing they'll do a little better on their next swing through town.

    The Black Beatles upstarts will open for the Weeknd on the spring North American leg of his upcoming Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 Tour, which hits Tampa's Amalie Arena on May 12. Belly and 6lack will also join the show, according to the Weeknd's Instagram....

  2. Wild Splash 2017 schedule, set times, after-parties: When to see Migos, Trey Songz and more


    The biggest hip-hop party of the year is coming to Clearwater next week. And now you know when to arrive.

    Wild 94.1 has unveiled the schedule and set times for the 2017 Wild Splash concert, March 4 at Coachman Park downtown. Bad and Boujee hitmakers Migos will headline the show, followed by R&B star Trey Songz (above), Florida phenom Kodak Black and others....

    Trey Songz
  3. Modern Baseball cancel tour, including March concert at the State Theatre, due to 'anxiety'


    At least part of the new American emo wave is going on hiatus.

    Philadelphia indie rockers Modern Baseball have cancelled their spring tour, including a March 29 concert at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg, due to the band becoming "an immense source of anxiety" and "something that was slowly eating away at our mental health and our friendships," singer-guitarist Jake Ewald wrote on Facebook....

    Modern Baseball
  4. SoundBytes: J. Cole, Wavves, George Thorogood and more


    -- Superstar rapper J. Cole is bringing his new 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour to Orlando's Amway Center on Aug. 16. Tickets are $26.50 and up. Click here.

    -- George Thorogood and the Destroyers are returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 18. Tickets are $30 and up. Click here....

  5. Spoon coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa


    Never underestimate the appeal of The Underdog.

    One of the most popular and acclaimed bands of the mid-2000s blog-rock boom, Spoon, are finally making a long-awaited trip to Tampa, with a concert at the Ritz Ybor on May 1. Tickets are $29.50 and up, and they go on sale Friday. Click here for details....

  6. A complete history of Twenty One Pilots performances in Tampa Bay

    Music & Concerts

    When Twenty One Pilots came onstage in their undies this month to accept a Grammy for their huge hit Stressed Out, many viewers probably wondered: Who were these weirdos, and how on earth did they get here?

    The pop/rap/rock/punk/reggae/theatrical/everything bagel of a band from Columbus, Ohio, is, improbably, the hottest alternative act in America. Singer/multi-instrumentalist Tyler Joseph and animalistic drummer Joshua Dun have gone from complete unknowns to festival headliners who sell out arenas coast to coast. And it all happened seemingly overnight....

    Twenty One Pilots
  7. Chris Brown, 50 Cent, more coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    Prepare to party down while wrestling with your moral and ethical self.

    Perpetually embattled R&B superstar Chris Brown is coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 16, the venue announced Tuesday. He's billing it "The Party Tour," and as a result he's bringing a boatload of hitmakers along for the ride: 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. Genasis and Kap G. Tickets to the show start at $26.20 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Click here for details....

  8. Styx, REO Speedwagon, Don Felder coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    Get ready for another classic rockapalooza at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

    FM mainstays Styx, REO Speedwagon and the Eagles' Don Felder are teaming up for a summer "United We Rock" tour that'll hit Tampa's amp on July 18. Tickets start at $27.50 and go on sale Feb. 24.

    Since it's technically a co-headlining tour, Styx and REO Speedwagon are swapping the closing slot throughout the year. The Tampa show will be headlined by REO Speedwagon....

    REO Speedwagon
  9. Incubus, Jimmy Eat World coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    Come summer, it'll be a turn-of-the-century rockfest at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

    Incubus will kick off a huge summer tour at Tampa's major shed on July 7, in support of forthcoming album 8. Joining the Drive and Pardon Me rockers will be emo forebears Jimmy Eat World (The Middle) and, for a touch of new-school flavor, folk-hop rockers Judah and the Lion (Take It All Back). Tickets start at $25 and go on sale  Feb. 24. Click here for details....

  10. Jimmy Buffett coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    How about another round of Jimmy Buffett?

    Days after announcing a May 13 concert at Orlando's Amway Center, Mr. Margaritaville has announced he's bringing his shaker of salt back to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 3. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 via Live Nation; prices have not yet been announced....

  11. SoundBytes: The Naked and Famous, Boston, Marsha Ambrosius and more


    -- A few months after playing 97X Next Big Thing, blissfully melodic indie-pop outfit the Naked and Famous, above, will make their way from New Zealand back to St. Petersburg for a gig at the State Theatre. Tickets are $27.50 and up. Click here.

    -- Another indie pop outfit coming to the State Theatre: Coin on May 12. Tickets are $12 and up. Click here....

    The Naked and Famous
  12. 311, Rebelution playing private craft beer parties at the Ritz Ybor; here's how to win tickets


    Last year it was Hootie and the Blowfish in St. Petersburg. Now a Tampa brewery's music industry connections are once again paying off in the form of some high-profile concerts in an intimate venue....

  13. Music Planner: Dashboard Confessional, Clearwater Sea-Blues, a weekend of Juggalos and more

    Music & Concerts

    LETTING THE SUNSHINE IN: Dashboard Confessional

    One of the great ironies of the early 2000s emo boom was that its dreamiest poster boy, Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, hailed from sunny Boca Raton.

    "I really found out who I was supposed to be when I got there," the Connecticut native said in a phone interview with the Times' Kathryn Varn. And he still looks forward to each gig in Florida — such as Thursday's concert at the Ritz Ybor....

    Will Hoge is at the Attic in Ybor City performing on Saturday.
  14. Review: Bon Jovi, older and wiser, shows Tampa's Amalie Arena lots of Valentine's Day love


    Jon Bon Jovi was pacing the stage, racking his brain, trying to remember the name of the Tampa rock station that first played their debut single Runaway back in 1984. He could remember the DJ, Ron Diaz, but he couldn’t remember the call letters. So he grabbed a mic and quizzed the audience.

    "Bonus points on Valentine's Day for the first girl who can tell me the name," he challenged the crowd of 18,000 during Bon Jovi’s concert Tuesday at Amalie Arena. "I'm going to come down to give you kisses."...

    Bon Jovi performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Feb. 14, 2017.
  15. Jimmy Buffett coming to the Amway Center in Orlando


    If there's one thing we know about Parrotheads, it's that they travel in flocks.

    So you can bet busloads of them will make the drive from Tampa to Orlando to see Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at Orlando's Amway Center on May 13. Tickets start at $33 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24. Click here for details....

    Jimmy Buffett