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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. Michael McDonald talks writing with Kenny Loggins, retiring from the road and more


    The highlight of this year's Clearwater Jazz Holiday might be the Avett Brothers, or it might be Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, or it might be the one-two Motown combo of the Four Tops and the Temptations.

    But let's be honest: The biggest highlight will probably be the rare opportunity to see Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins perform together....

    Michael McDonald
  2. As Faith Hill and Tim McGraw come to Tampa, here's why their love fascinates and endures

    Music & Concerts

    Eight years ago, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill stood on the sidelines of Raymond James Stadium, waiting for Hill's cue to perform America the Beautiful before Super Bowl XLIII. He held her hand and they kissed as the Steelers, Cardinals and a television audience of 150 million waited in the wings.

    I couldn't tell you if any of this made it to air, though, because I didn't see it on TV. I was standing a few feet away, watching Hill and McGraw cuddle live....

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw perform during the “Soul2Soul” World Tour at Staples Center on July 14 in Los Angeles.
  3. Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins: Yacht rock paradise at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday

    Music & Concerts

    Frosty wine coolers and a misty sunset sea breeze. White linen pants and a tilted captain's hat. Coconut milk and an awful lot of rum.

    Memories of the smooth, soft-rock '70s are thick with tantalizing pairings, some best left in the faded, crackling Polaroids of youth. But there's a doozy that's never quite left the public's favor, and honestly never should:

    Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins....

    Kenny Loggins performs during Little Kids Rock Benefit 2016 at Capitale on October 5, 2016 in New York City.
  4. Conor Oberst, Johnnyswim concerts moved out of State Theatre over construction issues


    Two more concerts -- including one this weekend -- have been moved out of the State Theatre in St. Petersburg as the venue continues to experience scaled-down crowd capacity following recent construction.

    Saturday's concert by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Cursive's Tim Kasher has been moved to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets purchased for the old venue will be honored at the new; otherwise they're $30.50. Click here for details....

  5. SoundBytes: Kevin Hart, Anthrax, Darlene Love, Yandel and more


    -- Happy early New Year's Eve, everyone: Kevin Hart is bringing his "Irresponsible Tour" to Orlando's CFE Arena on Dec. 31. Tickets go on sale Friday. Click here.

    -- Speaking of Orlando: An enormous Puerto Rico hurricane relief benefit concert is happening there on Thursday, organized by reggaeton star Yandel. "Puerto Rico: Somos Uno" will take place at the Amway Center; artists tapped to appear include Alexis y Fido, Wisin, Zion y Lennox, Jerry Rivera, Nacho, Jencarlos Canela, Jowell y Randy and many more. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here....

  6. Reviews: Beck's 'Colors,' St. Vincent's 'Masseduction' thrive in vibrant, alternative pop worlds

    Music & Concerts

    Flash back, if you will, to Aug. 25, 2015, and one of the more unusual stops on Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour. That night in Los Angeles, Swift brought out guests St. Vincent and Beck to perform the latter's single Dreams.

    Swift probably respects both artists a lot. Maybe she liked the song, too. But there's no doubt she also hoped to earn critical cred by having two of alternative music's coolest, most creative polymaths collaborate live on her stage. ...

    Recording artist Beck accepts the Best Rock Album award for "Morning Phase" onstage during the 2015 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
  7. Review: Florida Georgia Line, Nelly cast off headlines, party all night at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    The encore was really the point of it all. This was the part of Florida Georgia Line's sold-out concert Friday at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Amphitheatre where the duo was joined on stage by their unlikely tourmate Nelly, who performed his 2002 chart-topper Hot In Herre, followed by their collaborative pop-country behemoth Cruise to close the night.

    Naturally, 19,000 fans in cutoffs and snapbacks leaned in and howled along, emboldened by countless Bud and Corona tallboys. Which means that if anyone had any objection to the party up on the stage, it went totally unnoticed....

    Florida Georgia Line performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Oct. 13, 2017.
  8. SoundBytes: Black Label Society, Megadeth, Miranda Sings, the Green and more


    -- Zakk Wylde is bringing his Zakk Sabbath project to Jannus Live tonight, but he's already planning a return trip soon. His main band, Black Label Society, will perform at Jannus on Jan. 26 along with Corrosion of Conformity and Red Fang. Tickets are $33. Click here.

    -- Megadeth had to cancel their concert with the Scorpions on Sunday in Tampa, but guitarist Kiko Loureiro and bassist David Ellefson will swing through town for a performance, Q&A and signing at Replay Guitar Exchange in Tampa. It takes place from noon to 2 p.m. Click here for details....

  9. Fozzy's Chris Jericho talks about living in Tampa, hanging with rock stars, having a hit in 'Judas' and more


    Having a hit single changes everything.

    For years, Fozzy was a fun, occasionally goofy hard rock band best known for its lead singer, pro wrestler/author/raconteur Chris Jericho. But the band's new album Judas, released today, spawned a radio hit in the title track. And that, said Jericho, is a big deal on tour.

    "We're doing more walkups than ticket sales, and ticket sales are great," said Jericho, who lives in Lutz. "The good thing with the album is, there's a lot of songs that are locked and loaded in the chamber. Judas wasn't the unanimous pick for the single. There's Painless and there's Elevator and there's Burn Me Out. We wanted to make this record like Hysteria or Appetite for Destruction or Kick by INXS, where there's five or six or seven singles on the radio, and when the single has reached its peak, the next single is ready to go, and it's just as good, if not better than the last."...

  10. Between the Buried and Me concert moving from the State Theatre to Jannus Live


    Yet another concert is moving out of the State Theatre due to construction and capacity issues.

    Between the Buried and Me will move their Oct. 18 concert at the State Theatre to Jannus Live. Tickets to the show, honoring the 10th anniversary of their album Colors, will be honored at the new venue. Click here....

    Between the Buried and Me
  11. State Theatre update: Insane Clown Posse, more concerts moving back from Tampa to St. Petersburg


    The revolving door of concerts at the State Theater is once again spinning.

    Three of the concerts that moved from the State to the Cuban Club last week due to construction delays – Insane Clown Posse on Oct. 17, Superjoint on Oct. 19 and Lods of Acid on Oct. 20 – are now moving back to St. Petersburg.

    General manager Kendra Marolf said the venue had reached an agreement with the fire marshal about the club’s new post-construction capacity, which she said is “greatly reduced” from before, but enough to handle those three shows....

  12. Sabrina Carpenter added to 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball lineup in Tampa


    Funny, we were just thinking this year's 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball lineup was feeling a little dude-heavy.

    This year's pop extravaganza in Tampa loaded with male artists -- Zedd, Nick Jonas, Liam Payne, Charlie Puth and more -- with only one woman, Camila Cabello, on the bill. Compare that to every other iHeartMedia Jingle Ball lineup, which all have at least one big female name (Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Halsey, Kesha) near the top....

  13. Review: Chris Thile trades 'Prairie Home' folk for virtuosic mandolin chops at the Straz Center in Tampa


    Is mandolin face a thing? It sure is if you’re Chris Thile, judging from his performance Wednesday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

    The 36-year-old musical polymath – MacArthur Fellow, A Prairie Home Companion host, leader of Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers and too many bluegrass/jazz/classical collaborations to list – hugged his instrument like Hendrix, fingertips flying with ferocity. Here he’d arch the brows above his sunken eyes, there he’d curl the lip of his grimace to his cheekbones, all throughout he’d herk and jerk as his body snapped with convulsed with each note of string-popping virtuosity....

    Chris Thile performed at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Oct. 11, 2017.
  14. Tiesto, Cedric Gervais coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa


    It seems like a million years ago, but there actually was once a time when electronic dance music wasn't a gajillion-dollar industry, with EDM's top names drawing crowds of tens of thousands at festivals around the world.

    Back then, around 2009 to 2011, DJs like Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Skrillex could play clubs as small as the Ritz Ybor. Now, of course, they've graduated to much bigger things, right?...

  15. This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Florida Georgia Line, Hispanic Heritage Festival, more

    Music & Concerts

    PARTY DOWN: Florida Georgia Line, Nelly

    This was supposed to be one of the great pop-country escapes of fall 2017: a tour pairing Florida Georgia Line with Nelly for a night of hip-hop and bro-country hits, including their 2012 joint smash Cruise. And it may still be that. But the good times turned sour over the weekend when Nelly was arrested after an allegation of rape following a concert outside Tacoma, Wash. He was not charged, and has adamantly argued his innocence. At press time, Nelly was still scheduled to perform at FGL's concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. However the case plays out, his presence might cast a cloud over what should have been a mindlessly fun night — especially considering the more mature, thoughtful themes that Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have explored in more recent singles like H.O.L.Y., May We All and God, Your Mama, and Me. If Nelly drops off the bill, we'll let you know this week at Otherwise, they'll be joined by Chris Lane and Morgan Wallen for the show. $49 and up. (813) 740-2446.

     Puerto Rican singer Farruko is headlining the Hispanic Heritage Festival on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Clearwater’s Coachman Park