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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. Review: Mumford and Sons shower Amalie Arena with love in euphoric Tampa debut

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    There are releases, and then there are releases. And minutes into their concert Wednesday at Amalie Arena, Mumford and Sons gave Tampa the latter.

    "Only took us 10 years, but we're here," singer Marcus Mumford told more than 12,800 fans who'd been clamoring for a show for the band's entire lifespan. "And there's nowhere else we'd rather be."

    And with that, out came the banjos and stand-up bass and the joyously bellowed refrains of Little Lion Man, punctuated midway through with a powerful pop and maelstrom of white confetti....

    Mumford and Sons performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Sept. 20, 2017.
  2. SoundBytes: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Living Colour, Diana Krall and more

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    -- As reported by our bretheren at Stuck in the '80s, British electronic pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are coming to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on April 13. Tickets are $35. Click here....

    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  3. Clean Bandit postpones Oct. 3 concert at the State Theatre until 2018

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    Believe it or not, here's a concert postponement that DOESN'T have anything to do with Hurricane Irma.

    British electro-pop outfit Clean Bandit has postponed their Oct. 3 concert at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg due to an unspecified medical issue.

    "We've had to move our U.S. tour back to April 2018," the Grammy-winning Rather Be hitmakers said in a statement. "We're so sorry but we promise these shows will be worth the wait. All tickets and packages for the October tour will be honored for rescheduled dates. If you can't come anymore, you can get a refund from your ticket provider."...

    Clean Bandit
  4. This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Arcade Fire, Zac Brown Band, Cardi B and more

    Music & Concerts

    FINALLY: Arcade Fire

    Does it matter that Tampa's long-awaited first concert from Arcade Fire is coming in support of Everything Now, their worst-reviewed album? Not in the slightest. The Montreal indie rock collective's stellar live reputation comes from years of exuberant anthems like Wake Up, No Cars Go and Reflektor. "You have to go with your gut of what new songs you're including," said multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry. "You kind of intuitively go with what feels good, picking specific old songs to lean on as part of the live set — not just balancing the old and the new." Wolf Parade opens at 8 p.m. Friday at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com. ...

    FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, Cardi B performs at The Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia. Cardi B has a breakthrough hit with "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" and the rapper said she's ready to follow the single's success with an album next month. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File) NYHK101
  5. Tampa Bay concert venues offer deals, take donations for Hurricane Irma victims

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    After a week-plus of concert cancellations brought on by Hurricane Irma, the Tampa Bay music scene is ready to get back to work. And Irma is still front and center in everyone's minds.

    A handful of venues and organizations are offering deals and accepting donations for Irma victims in the coming weeks. A roundup:

    -- Amalie Arena in Tampa willhost a Goodwill donation drive through this weekend, including the Mumford and Sons concert on Wednesday; the Bill O'Reilly/Dennis Miller event on Sept. 23; and Lightning games on Sept. 19, 22 and 24. There will be a collection site on Thunder Alley, where they'll be accepting shoes, clothing and household items. Cash donations can be made behind Section 101. Click here for details....

    Victor Wainwright
  6. SoundBytes: Jeff Dunham, Bleachers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Blue Oyster Cult and more

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    -- Blockbuster ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is returning to Amalie Arena at 3 p.m. April 29. Yes, an afternoon show. That bodes well for a second show added later, if this one sells out. Tickets are $48.25. Click here.

    -- Did you miss Bleachers at Jannus Live over the weekend? Good news: They've been added to the lineup for 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 3 in Tampa. Click here....

    Jeff Dunham
  7. Who's on your Tampa Bay concert bucket list? Peter Gabriel, Daft Punk, Adele or...?

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    It's a momentous week in Tampa Bay music, as two huge bands who have long avoided touring in this market, Mumford and Sons and Arcade Fire, finally arrive, playing concerts on Wednesday and Tampa, respectively.

    That got us wondering: Who's left?

    Not many big acts, it turns out. You have to go back years, sometimes decades — 2005 for Aretha Franklin, 1997 for Beck, 1990 for A Tribe Called Quest, 1988 for Philip Glass, 1985 for Madonna, 1975 for Kraftwerk, 1973 for Stevie Wonder — but eventually almost everyone makes it. Artists who’ve never played solo shows have come with old bands, like Jack White (the White Stripes, 2003), Bjork (the Sugarcubes, 1988) and Brian Eno (Roxy Music, 1972). Even Massive Attack, the British trip-hop trio whose frontman, Robert Del Naja, is the rumored real identity of notorious street artist Banksy, played the Ritz in Ybor City in 1998. And when Bansky’s played your town (maybe), you really have to stretch to find someone who hasn’t....

    Peter Gabriel
  8. Wondering why your favorite artist never comes to Florida? Here's why

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    Richard Reed Parry has never been to Tampa. You don't need to remind him. He knows.

    "We didn't start out playing in Florida at all," said the multi-instrumentalist for Montreal indie rockers Arcade Fire. "We didn't get offers down there, and the tours that we booked just didn't hit Florida. So we kind of missed it."

    Fans in Tampa are well aware.

    When you love a band, it can feel like a personal slight when they don't bring their tour to town. Some artists skip major American markets for decades at a time; others never visit at all. Barbra Streisand made her first trip to Tampa last fall. Queen, Peter Gabriel, Daft Punk and Adele have never come....

  9. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry talks about Gulf Coast living, the band's creative process and more

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    For a band that's never been to Tampa, Arcade Fire has a lot of love for the Gulf Coast.

    Brothers and bandmates Win and Will Butler hail from the Houston suburbs, and the Montreal band decamped to New Orleans to record its latest album, Everything Now.

    "It's such a beautiful, unique culture down there, and such a vibe that's unparalleled to anywhere else in the world," multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry said in a recent phone interview. "There's so much incredible music going on all the time. It's like throwing darts at the world's biggest dartboard. Any day, any night, you can go out and there's always some very, very good, possibly really heavy, music going on. I'm a music fan as well as a musician, so for me, that's really heaven."...

    Arcade Fire
  10. Hurricane Irma; Sammy Hagar reschedules Coachman Park concert; Bryan Adams show canceled

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    We have good news and bad news and a little more good news coming out of Ruth Eckerd Hall today.

    First, the good: Sammy Hagar and the Circle have rescheduled their concert that was slated for this past weekend at Coachman Park in Clearwater, but postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The show, with openers Night Ranger, will now take place Nov. 14. Tickets for Sunday's show will be honored at the new one. Click here for details....

  11. Why don't certain bands and tours come to Tampa? Here are five reasons

    Music & Concerts

    Richard Reed Parry has never been to Tampa. You don't need to remind him. He knows.

    "We didn't start out playing in Florida at all," said the multi-instrumentalist for Montreal indie rockers Arcade Fire. "We didn't get offers down there, and the tours that we booked just didn't hit Florida. So we kind of missed it."

    Fans in Tampa are well aware.

    When you love a band, it can feel like a personal slight when they don't bring their tour to town. Some artists skip major American markets for decades at a time; others never visit at all. Barbra Streisand made her first trip to Tampa last fall. Queen, Peter Gabriel, Daft Punk and Adele have never come....

    Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons performs live on stage at Autodromo de Interlagos on March 12, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)
  12. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry talks finally coming to Tampa, the band's creative process

    Music & Concerts

    For a band that's never been to Tampa, Arcade Fire has a lot of love for the Gulf Coast.

    Brothers and bandmates Win and Will Butler hail from the Houston suburbs, and the Montreal band decamped to New Orleans to record its latest album, Everything Now.

    "It's such a beautiful, unique culture down there, and such a vibe that's unparalleled to anywhere else in the world," multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry said in a recent phone interview. "There's so much incredible music going on all the time. It's like throwing darts at the world's biggest dartboard. Any day, any night, you can go out and there's always some very, very good, possibly really heavy, music going on. I'm a music fan as well as a musician, so for me, that's really heaven." ...

    “It’s all extremely intuitive and super from-the-heart,” Richard Reed Parry, pictured, says of Arcade Fire’s music. After years of festival-headlining performances, the band will perform in Tampa for the first time on Friday.
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  13. Jerry Rivera postpones show at Ritz Ybor due to Hurricane Irma

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    Latin pop star Jerry Rivera is the latest artist to see his Tampa concert postponed in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

    The singer was set to play the Ritz Ybor on Sept. 21. That concert will now take place Dec. 7.

    Refunds will not be offered, but tickets to Thursday's show will be honored on the new date.

    For details, see ritzybor.com.

    For a running list of cancellations and postponements, click here....

  14. One Direction's Niall Horan coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

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    One Direction fans, your wait is over. One of your beloved is finally coming to Tampa.

    Niall Horan will bring his 2018 tour to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 22. To clarify: That's NEXT Sept. 22, as in 2018. Go ahead and pick up a fresh Niall calendar to help you tick off the months.

    It's quite a leap up in venue from the House of Blues in Orlando, which Horan will play Nov. 9. But he's had a pretty successful run so far as a solo artist, with Slow Hands, the single from his upcoming solo debut Flicker, becoming a big hit....

  15. Luis Fonsi talks Florida roots, 'Despacito,' late-career success and more

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    It's possible, just maybe, that without the spark of young love in Tampa, the world might not have Despacito.

    "I had a girlfriend that lived in Tampa during my Orlando high school days, so I visited Tampa quite a bit," Luis Fonsi said in a recent email to the Tampa Bay Times. "My parents also had a small beach apartment in St. Pete, so I definitely know my way around the Tampa/St. Pete area. Great memories!"...