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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. SoundBytes: Washed Out, Yellow Claw, Ace Frehley and more

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    -- 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
  2. Idina Menzel talks Taylor Swift, Joni Mitchell, balancing pop and Broadway and more

    Blog

    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.
  3. Review: Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars bring monster rock might to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

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    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....

    Jared Leto and Thirty Seconds to Mars performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on May 21, 2017.
  4. Could 2018 NHL All-Star Game bring major concert festival to Tampa?

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    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.
  5. R.I.P. Chris Cornell: Looking back at his and Soundgarden's concerts in Tampa Bay

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    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 performed a solo show at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg in October 2015.
  6. Cridlin: With death of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, a dynamic voice goes dark

    Obituaries

    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]
  7. Review: Bishop Briggs lives up to next big thing hype at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

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    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.
  8. SoundBytes: Band of Horses, Grizzly Bear, Rick Ross and more

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    -- 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....

  9. Paul McCartney delays start of summer tour in Florida

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    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....

  10. 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. livenation.com....

    Singer Stevie B tops the bill at LOTOS Music Festival on Saturday, May 20, at Jannus Live.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  11. Phantogram, Tycho coming to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

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    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....

    Phantogram
  12. George Thorogood talks Southern rock, Chuck Berry and other legends and more

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    Over the past 40 years, George Thorogood has become one of American culture's best-known, hardest-touring bluesmen. But the original Delaware Destroyer could've been a Southern rocker.

    "I listened to our sound, I listened to the style I played, and the record label I thought we should have been on was Capricorn," the 67-year-old singer said in a recent phone interview, referring to the Macon, Ga., label that housed the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band and the Outlaws. "I had that Southern slide boogie thing going — which I still do — and I thought that was the label that we could fit right into."...

  13. Interview: George Thorogood could've been a Southern rocker (but don't ask about Chuck Berry)

    Music & Concerts

    Over the past 40 years, George Thorogood has become one of American culture's best-known, hardest-touring bluesmen. But the original Delaware Destroyer could've been a Southern rocker.

    "I listened to our sound, I listened to the style I played, and the record label I thought we should have been on was Capricorn," the 67-year-old singer said in a recent phone interview, referring to the Macon, Ga., label that housed the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band and the Outlaws. "I had that Southern slide boogie thing going — which I still do — and I thought that was the label that we could fit right into."...

    Performing Thursday in Clearwater, George Thorogood is eager to prove he’s still got it.
  14. SoundBytes: Paramore, 21 Savage, Supersuckers and more

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    -- The good news: Paramore is coming to Florida! The bad news: They're coming everywhere but Tampa Bay. In addition to launching their Parahoy! cruise from Miami next year, they'll play Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami on their just-announced fall tour in support of new album After Laughter. The closest of these dates is Sept. 10 at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center. Tickets are $38.50 and up. Click here....

  15. Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

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    What a way for music lovers to wake up on a Monday morning.

    Two of pop music's biggest and most vital stars, Katy Perry and Kendrick Lamar, have announced tour stops at Tampa's Amalie Arena.

    Lamar, the West Coast rapper behind some of this decade's most critically acclaimed albums -- including last month's DAMN. -- will hit Amalie Arena on Sept. 1. It'll be his second stop there, following a gig opening for Kanye West in 2013. YG and D.R.A.M. will open this show. Tickets start at $35.75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Click here for details....

    Katy Perry and Kendrick Lamar both announced separate tour stops in Tampa on Monday morning.