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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. 311 coming to the Cuban Club in Tampa


    For the second time this year, 311 is playing a small club in Ybor City. This time, though, you might actually have a shot at getting in.

    The normally amphitheater-headlining band has booked a show for Nov. 4 at the Cuban Club in Ybor City -- just a block or so from the Attic and Rock Brothers Brewing, which produces the band's signature 311 Amber Ale. Rock Brothers, which is producing this show under the moniker "Moffitt Rocks Tampa Bay"; as the band's website notes, it'll be a fundraiser for the Moffitt Cancer Center....

  2. The Who's Roger Daltrey coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


    The Who may be nearing the end of their touring days. But Roger Daltrey is not.

    The Who's singer is embarking on a new solo tour this fall, and it'll stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Oct. 30. It'll be Daltrey's first gig in Tampa Bay since a Who gig in 2015, and his first solo stop since 2009, also at Ruth Eckerd.

    While Pete Townshend and bassist Pino Palladino won't be on hand, plenty of other members of the modern Who will be -- guitarist Simon Townshend (Pete's brother), drummer Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr's son), bassist Jon Button and keyboardists Frank Simes, Loren Gold and John Corey. So basically every almost every member of the Who playing live shows these days....

    Roger Daltrey performing in Tampa in 2015.
  3. Review: Jason Aldean fires up a country-dude party at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    Country music has a dude problem.

    I’m not talking about the proliferation of mindless bro country over the past half-decade, nor am I referring to the fact that most of Nashville’s best music these days comes not from said bros, from female singers and songwriters.

    I’m talking about the fact that there are just too many dudes. Slick dudes, scruffy dudes, poppy dudes, "traditional" dudes -- attractive and pleasant enough, yet all more or less interchangeable. They sing virtually the same songs, open and middle the exact same tours. Even their names are plain and repetitive -- who can tell Kip Moore from Justin Moore, Chase Rice from Chase Bryant, Chris Lane from Chris Young from Brett Young from Brett Eldredge?...

    Jason Aldean performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2018.
  4. 97X Next Big Thing expands to two days; Paramore, the Lumineers lead lineup


    This December, 97X is putting the big in Next Big Thing.

    For the first time, the station’s annual alt-rock festival will expand from one day to two, Dec. 2 and 3 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. Leading the 17th Next Big Thing lineup: Paramore and the Lumineers.

    “Honestly, it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” said Dan Connelly, 97X’s director of branding and programming. “The Lumineers came to us, they haven’t played the market in years, and we’re one of the biggest spinners of that band in the country. They know this event, management knows this event, and they kind of singled us out and said, ‘Would you do something like this?’”...

    The Lumineers
  5. SoundBytes: Authority Zero, Kid Cudi, Purity Ring, Rich Chigga and more


    -- Arizona punk outfit Authority Zero stopped by Bananas Music in St. Petersburg this afternoon for an in-store acoustic set before their concert tonight at Jannus Live. That's them in the photo!

    -- Here's one that might be worth the drive to Orlando: Kid Cudi on Oct. 14 at Hard Rock Live. Tickets are $42 and up. Click here....

    Authority Zero performed at Bananas Music in St. Petersburg on Aug. 18, 2017.
  6. At 'American Idol' auditions in Orlando, there are life lessons in line

    Music & Concerts

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — From her spot across the lawn, Sasha Orihuela studies her son.

    Jeremy Joshua Dorsey is laughing at the front of the line, flipping his bottle of water, fanning himself with his palm. He doesn't look nervous, but then, he is 16. He never does.

    Orihuela pulls out her phone.

    Go over your song, she texts. Start going over your words.

    No response. She calls him twice. He doesn't answer....

    Vonabell Marie of Tampa auditions for American Idol at the Disney Springs in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, August 17, 2017.   Hundreds of people showed up for the first auditions for ABC's reboot of 'American Idol'. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  7. 'Candle in the Wind' was the perfect song at a tragic moment

    Music & Concerts

    When's the last time you listened to the biggest pop single of the modern era?

    Not Thriller. Not I Will Always Love You. Not My Heart Will Go On. No, not Despacito, either.

    That would be Candle in the Wind 1997, Elton John's 1973 ode to Marilyn Monroe, reinvented 24 years later as a tribute to Princess Diana.

    Hastily rewritten by Bernie Taupin in the days after Diana's death, Candle sold 33 million copies, more than any song since Bing Crosby's White Christmas. The paean to "England's rose" was not intended as a pop hit — John and Diana were good friends, and he was invited to perform at her funeral — but that's exactly what it became, ending up as one of the longest-reigning No. 1 singles in history....

    John’s recording of Something About the Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind 1997 was certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in its first day of release in the United States.
  8. Tupac? Dio? Elvis with the Beatles? Hologram tours could hit Tampa Bay sooner than you think


    When a hologram of Tupac Shakur "performed" at Coachella in 2012, it sparked the idea that hologram tours could revolutionize the concert industry. Michael Jackson! Frank Sinatra! Whitney Houston! Elvis Presley opening for the Beatles! Finally, we could see them all again!

    Five years later, the technogy isn't quite there. But it's getting close. Venue officials around Tampa Bay have discussed booking hologram tours for a while now, and while nothing has come close to fruition, it's only a matter of time....

    Snoop Dogg and a hologram of Tupac Shakur at Coachella in 2012.
  9. Trans-Siberian Orchestra to tour, play Tampa's Amalie Arena after death of founder Paul O'Neill


    Four months after the death of founder Paul O'Neill, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has announced it'll resume touring this fall, with a stop in O'Neill's home base of Tampa.

    The holiday rock spectacular will return to Amalie Arena on Dec. 17, with concerts scheduled at 3 and 7 p.m. TSO will also play Orlando, another city with longstanding ties to the group, at 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 16....

    Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  10. There's a local memorial for Linkin Park's Chester Bennington this weekend

    Music & Concerts

    Because he sang so often, and so passionately, about the trials of pushing through pain and desperation, Linkin Park fans have taken the July 20 suicide of singer Chester Bennington really hard.

    So hard in fact, that hundreds of fan-organized, band-sanctioned memorials have popped up across the nation. One will take place Saturday night in St. Petersburg, the same night Linkin Park's new tour was to hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. ...

    Chester Bennington, left, performs during the MMRBQ Music Festival 2015 in Camden, N.J. Hundreds of Linkin Park fans are gathering to pay tribute to late singer weeks after his death. (Associated Press [2015])
  11. This week's best Tampa concerts: Jason Aldean, Elvis: Live, Cheat Codes and more

    Music & Concerts

    HUNK O' BURNIN' LOVE: Jason Aldean

    He may not be a close-up-ready pinup like Luke Bryan or Brad Paisley, but Jason Aldean is a tightly wound ball of bedenimed beef in his own right, a tight-jawed snarler whose songs sizzle in all the right spots (Dirt Road Anthem, Burnin' It Down, Any Ol' Barstool). The tough-yet-sensitive act works — Aldean is a two-time reigning Entertainer of the Year from the Academy of Country Music, and a three-time Male Vocalist of the Year champ. His show at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4202 U.S. 301 N, is loaded with hunky country lunks, including Chris Young (I'm Comin' Over, Think of You), 23-year-old social media superstar Kane Brown (What Ifs) and country DJ Dee Jay Silver. $65.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.

    Girls, Guns and Glory will headline WMNF’s Americana Fest on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa.
  12. Will we ever see hologram Elvis on stage? Never say never, Priscilla Presley says.

    Music & Concerts

    Will we see an Elvis Presley hologram tour anytime in the near future?

    Priscilla Presley isn't sure.

    "I know there's something in the mix, and I've seen the preliminaries, but nothing's come up as far as when," said the King's former wife, a key figure in the estate that controls his image. "I never say no. It all depends on the authenticity of it, the looks of it. It would have to be so close to Elvis."...

    Elvis: Live in Concert, a tour spectacle featuring a live orchestra backing the voice of Elvis Presley, projected onto a movie screen. The tour comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on 8/18/17. Credit: Graceland.
  13. Priscilla Presley talks about the 40th anniversary of Elvis's death, his new orchestra tour, more


    It's Elvis Week in Memphis. It comes around each year, a fresh slate of concerts and memorials and celebrations honoring the life and music of Elvis Presley, who died Aug. 16, 1977.

    That's almost exactly 40 years gone by. But to Priscilla Presley, it feels nothing like it.

    "It still resonates with me, that day," the King's wife of six years, and mother of his only child, Lisa Marie, said by phone on the first day of Elvis Week. "It's still hard to believe, believe it or not, not having him, receiving a telephone call in the middle of the night. Even when a call comes in the middle of the night, my eyes open wide, and the first thing I think is getting the phone and thinking it's him."...

    Priscilla Presley
  14. EDC Orlando lineup: Zedd, Armin Van Buuren, Marshmello, Kaskade, Diplo and more


    Orlando's Electric Daisy Carnival may never get as big as its Las Vegas counterpart, but year after year, it keeps gaining steam as one of the top EDM events in the Southeast.

    The festival just unveiled its lineup for 2017's event, Nov. 10-11 at Tinker Field, and it's a doozy. Among the headliners: Zedd, Armin van Buuren, Kaskade, Marshmello, Galantis, Gareth Emery, Excision, Alan Walker, NGHTMRE, Zomboy, Slushii, Jamie Jones, Infected Mushroom and a special B2B (combined) set by Diplo and A-Trak....

  15. Sound Exchange closing Brandon record store, opening bigger shop in Pinellas Park


    The Sound Exchange is downsizing. But it’s not quite what you think.

    The venerable Tampa Bay record-store chain announced Tuesday it is closing its Brandon shop this fall and moving all of its inventory into a much larger Pinellas Park location. Eventually, the store’s existing Pinellas Park store could be folded into the new spot, leaving the 30-year-old chain with two local outlets instead of three....

    Erin Stoy at the Sound Exchange's Tampa location in 2016.