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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. Charles Bradley, acclaimed Florida soul singer, dies at 68

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    Acclaimed Florida R&B powerhouse Charles Bradley, whose raw, pained voice earned him the nickname the Screaming Eagle of Soul, has died of cancer at 68, his representatives announced Saturday.

    Bradley, who was born in Brooklyn but raised in Gainesville, lived a difficult live, one marked by broken familiies, homelessness and health issues. He spent years in clubs impersonating his idol, James Brown....

    Charles Bradley performed at the 2016 Gasparilla Music Festival.
  2. After Tampa concert, Arcade Fire members party, preach politics at Crowbar

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    After waiting more than a decade for Arcade Fire’s first appearance in Tampa, fans didn’t have to wait long for their second.

    Shortly after wrapping their concert Friday at the USF Sun Dome, half of the Grammy-winning indie rockers popped down to Crowbar for an intimate “Disco Town Hall” to raise awareness of voter reform – specifically, the restoration of voting rights to 1.5 million convicted felons in Florida...

    DJ Windows 98, a.k.a. singer Win Butler of Arcade Fire, performed at a "Disco Town Hall" at Crowbar following the band's concert at the USF Sun Dome on Sept. 22, 2017.
  3. Review: Arcade Fire open hearts, play with passion at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa

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    Gloves off, hearts open and disco balls glittering, Arcade Fire scaled the stage for the first time ever in Tampa, pouncing and flailing and performing with all the passion that’s made them one of the world’s most celebrated rock bands this century.

    And at some point they had to look up and see all the empty seats around them and wonder: What happened?

    Yeah, Tampa, what happened? Why were so many seats in the USF Sun Dome unfilled Friday night? Here’s a band that’s headlined the world’s biggest festivals, that owns a Grammy for Album of the Year, that just last week filled Madison Square Garden, that’s near the top of the list of countless indie rock nerds’ concert bucket lists – and fewer than 4,000 fans turned out, a little more than a third of the venue’s capacity....

    Arcade Fire performed at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2017.
  4. Ed Sheeran coming to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

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    Let it never be said Ed Sheeran hasn't given the people of Tampa what they want.

    The blockbuster British busker will return to Tampa Bay for the sixth time in seven years in 2018, this time playing his biggest venue yet: Raymond James Stadium.

    Yes: That's one guy with one guitar, headlining a 65,000-seat stadium. And you know what? Considering his August show at Amalie Arena sold out almost instantly, and his latest album ÷ (Divide) is the frontrunner for the Grammy for Album of the Year, he'll probably pack the place out....

  5. New World Brewery, one of Tampa Bay's most beloved venues, closing this weekend

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    After 22 years, New World Brewery is shutting down this weekend.

    The beloved bar and live music venue on Ybor City's Eighth Avenue is closing to make way for a condo and retail development. Everything there will be packed up and moved to a new building a few miles north, just off Busch Boulevard.

    For a generation of musicians, this one hurts. New World Brewery might not be the area's best live music venue — although some would argue it is — but it's probably the best local music venue, hosting more Tampa Bay artists of all stripes than just about anywhere else. It was where musicians hung out before and after gigs, commingling over craft beers or catching bands like My Morning Jacket or TV on the Radio before they hit it big....

  6. New World Brewery is closing. Where will all its concerts go now?

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    Ever since it was announced that New World Brewery was closing its beloved Ybor City location and relocating to a spot farther north, there’s been an outpouring of nostalgia from artists, promoters and fans throughout the Tampa Bay music scene.

    But from a practical standpoint, there’s another issue to consider. Best case, New World’s new, larger location won’t open until early 2018. Until then, where are all its concerts going to go?...

    Allison Weiss performed at New World Brewery in 2015.
  7. Farewell, New World Brewery: 11 Tampa music scene regulars toast a beloved venue

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    It's hard to put into words what New World Brewery has meant to the Tampa music scene over the past 22 years.

    The intimate Ybor City patio may have hosted more local bands than any other venue since 2000, from genres ranging from indie rock to punk to hip-hop to reggae. It's a real musicians' bar, the sort of spot artists migrated to before and after shows. It was a place that hosted both up-and-coming and established national acts, yet found a way to give stage time to countless local bands....

    Matt Burke and Have Gun, Will Travel, shown performing at New World Brewery in 2009. Burke credits the venue with shaping how the band wanted to develop.
  8. After 22 years, it's last call for beloved Ybor venue New World Brewery

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    YBOR CITY — Steve Bird spreads his tools across a patio table. He has awnings to unbolt and paraphernalia to unpry, from the busted Bop City neon by the stage to the Simpsons "El Duffo o Muerte" mural in the courtyard. He'll uproot a fountain and dismantle a roof and attempt to keep his bar intact. The decades-old walls have to stay, but the bricks that pave the courtyard, yep, he's taking those, too....

    Various decor and memorabilia fill the walls and shelves at New World Brewery in Ybor City.
Long time music venue and hangout New World Brewery in Ybor City will be closing it's doors and moving locations. Patrons enjoy one of the last events before New World Brewery changes its location to Busch Blvd in Tampa.  [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  9. Sleeping With Sirens' Kellin Quinn talks voice care, going pop, the future of guitar rock and more

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    It’s a full-time job, being the singer of a popular rock band with a new album dropping in the middle of the tour. But Kellin Quinn isn’t opposed to considering what comes next.

    “As I get older, it would be cool to have an opportunity to do something besides this band,” the Sleeping With Sirens singer said by phone from his home in Michigan. “But it would have to be something really special, something that makes me go, like, Huh...”...

    Sleeping With Sirens
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Arcade Fire, Zac Brown Band, Cardi B and more

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    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. ...

    Handout photo of the Zac Brown Band, performing at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on 9/24/17. Credit: Shore Fire Media
  14. 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
  15. 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