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Review: The New York Pops Bridges the Generation Gap

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017

As the older generation always says “I don’t understand what those kids are listening to these days.” I grew up in a household where I thought my parents’ music wasn’t only good, but probably ...

Review: Preeminent Songbird Regina Spektor Shines for an Adoring Sold-Out Radio City Crowd

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, March 14, 2017

Talk about a pre-Purim bliss. Pop songbird Regina Spektor received a standing ovation from her adoring fans just for walking onstage at the onset of her nearly two-hour show at Radio City Music Hall on ...

Top Artists Band Together To Benefit God’s Love We Deliver at the Beacon

ZEALnyc, February 20, 2017

God’s Love We Deliver, New York City’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses has been offering their services for 31 years, and now it’s time to ...

Review: 'Bandstand' Dances, But Doesn't Always Deliver

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 27, 2017 There are so many elements to be savored in the new Broadway production Bandstand. First and foremost is the wonderfully inventive choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, who also serves as the show’s director. It was great fun to watch ...

Review: 'Six Degrees of Separation' Sparks a Connection

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 26, 2017 Oh, that Allison Janney. She can do more with one little finger than most performers can manage with their entire bodies. And that voice. That deep, dry, hilarious, wonderful voice. She’s one of that rare ones who can ...

#MakeItMagnifique: Tea and Cheese at the French Cheese Board in ...

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, April 26, 2017 Sometimes joy comes sliced between poached pears and baguette. So it is at the French Cheese Board, a tender slice of SoHo at 41 Spring Street. Polyglot gourmand Charles Duque created this permanent pop-up to communicate the creamy wonder of ...

100 Days, Funding and a Shutdown - We've Seen It Before ...

By Mark McLaren with Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, April 26, 2017 There is, if you can believe it, even greater scrutiny on President Trump this week as he approaches his first 100 days in office, and as he and Congress haggle over funding a wall, Obamacare, and the ...

Jazz Notes: Jazz Icon Ella Fitzgerald Honored With NYC Mayoral ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 25 2017 Even though the legendary Ella Fitzgerald died in 1996 at her home in Beverley Hills, she was a bona fide New Yorker throughout her remarkable career. Her story as The First Lady of Song began at the Apollo Theater ...

Review: 'Anastasia'—A Little Girl's Dream Comes True

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 25, 2017 Walking into the Broadhurst Theatre I felt like a little girl at Christmas. I was finally going to see my favorite childhood movie come to life onstage. Anastasia, directed by Darko Tresnjak, boasting a book by Terrence McNally with ...

Review: 'The Antipodes' Tells Us Stories About Stories

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 25, 2017 There are stories. And there are stories about stories. There are stories that number stories, that outline stories, that list stories. Somehow, The Antipodes, the new play by Annie Baker, directed by Lila Neugebauer at the Signature Theater, is ...

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Comes to Brooklyn In May

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 25, 2017 The third year of this up and coming fair brings a wide range of contemporary art from the African continent and its diaspora on May 5-7, 2017. You will see work from Senegal, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, ...

Review: The New York Pops Bridges the Generation Gap

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017 As the older generation always says “I don’t understand what those kids are listening to these days.” I grew up in a household where I thought my parents' music wasn’t only good, but probably better than the ...

Review: Dance Theatre of Harlem Continues Its Legacy

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017 Founded in 1969 and inspired by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Dance Theatre of Harlem was established as a beacon of hope for young people. Through training in classical art form, instilling discipline and focus, a challenged ...

Pop Notes: Singer/Songwriter Chrysta Bell Delivers an Intimate Lynchian Performance at Top of the Standard

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 14, 2017

The connection for singer/songwriter/ingénue Chrysta Bell’s burgeoning career is her sometime collaborator and muse, director David Lynch. With Lynch revisiting his mysterious, unsettling, supernatural ...

Review: ‘One Africa Music Fest’—The First of Its Kind and Hopefully More To Follow

By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, July 30, 2016

Keeping true to my fanaticism for Afrobeats music, when I heard that an Afrobeats concert series was coming to New York with some of the biggest recording artists in the genre, I knew I would be in ...

Lincoln Center is ‘Out of Doors’ Again This Year—And All For FREE!

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, July 15, 2016

Lincoln Center will open its doors to the public for three weeks of free concerts and performances beginning on July 20 through August 13 for its annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. No tickets are ...

The Governors Ball Music Festival—not a complete rainout

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By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, June 14, 2016

This year’s sixth annual Governors Ball Music Festival was held June 2-4, 2016 at Randall’s Island Park. Randall’s Island is located literally in the middle of the ...

Ace Frehley Teaches a Master Class in Rock and Roll History

Michael Scapp, Contributing Writer, April 24th, 2016

Legendary guitarist Ace Frehley seems to be on a mission to prove to the world that his sobriety is for real. For the past decade he has even outpaced his former band KISS as far as album releases and all ...

Conrad Sewell Turns Heads with All I Know – EP Review

Amber Williams, Contributing Writer, January 21, 2016

The London-born, Australia-raised singer and songwriter Conrad Sewell turns heads with his new EP All I Know, as he ...

iii from Miike Snow Slated for Release in March – Pre-order Availabe on iTunes

Gerald Allen, Contributing Writer, January 10, 2016

Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow is set to release their third studio album entitled iii later on in March. This is the first project that the Stockholm-based trio has ...

The Arcs at Terminal 5

The Arcs at Terminal 5 / Afterword

by David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, December 10, 2015

The Arcs cannot be stopped. Last night they played an exceptional thirteen-song set for a sold out Terminal 5 and suggested that what I may have errantly dubbed a Dan ...

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Foreword / The Arcs at Terminal 5

by David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword /Afterword, December 9, 2015

Dan Auerbach will probably prove to be the greatest pop musician of my lifetime. And most likely yours, my friend. And tonight, The Arcs, Auerbach’s latest undertaking, play ...

QUEEN – A Night at the Odeon

QUEEN – A Night at the Odeon. Can you believe it’s been 40 years since Bohemian Rhapsody? : REVIEW

The legendary British rock band Queen has been inexplicably busy these past few years despite losing their incomparable or unmatched front man Freddie Mercury to AIDS almost 25 years ago.  Queen’s debut album was released in mid-1973, and despite all of the outside elements ...

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Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill celebrates 20 Years with new commemorative release

At the onset of the Summer of 1995, the reimagined Alanis Morissette had emerged from her previous candy-coated TV star image as she embraced the Alternative genre full-throttle with the Emmy-Award winning Jagged Little Pill. Her controversially frank lyrics from ...

Gary Clark Jr. Terminal 5

Gary Clark Jr. at Terminal 5 / Afterword

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, October 29, 2015

Gary Clark Jr. is a man of the people. Add that to the guitar hero’s long list of accolades. Last night he played to a sold out house at Terminal 5.  Road ready ...

Foreword / Gary Clark Jr. at Terminal 5

Foreword / Gary Clark Jr. at Terminal 5

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, October 27, 2015

This week you’re well advised to make another trip to Terminal 5. Grammy-award winner Gary Clark Jr., is playing Wednesday night in support of his second ...

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Tove Lo at Terminal 5 / Afterword

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, October 22,2015

Tove Lo is awesome. She performed Wednesday night at for a sold out Terminal 5, the last show of the American leg of her Queen of the Clouds ...

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Foreword / Tove Lo at Terminal 5

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, October 21,2015

Great news this week, boys and girls: Tove Lo is playing Terminal 5 on Wednesday, October 21. If you’ve listened to pop music in the last two years, then ...

Jewel Picking up The Pieces

Jewel – Picking Up the Pieces – album review

Jewel Kilcher not only allows but invites her fans and public to enter into her own life’s new phase.  She has just released her new book Never Broken which is oddly not the first biography on this singer/poet as well as a brand new album which is cleverly ...

The Rough and Tumble

The Rough & Tumble at Rockwood Music Hall / Afterword

By David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, September 24, 2015

 

The Rough & Tumble played Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage One Wednesday night. The self-proclaimed “teeny tiny travelling folk ...

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Foreword / The Rough & Tumble at Rockwood Music Hall

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, September 23, 2015

The Rough & Tumble are playing Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side Wednesday night at 9pm and I’m going to see what’s what. Once based in ...

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CeeLo Williams new single ROBIN WILLIAMS – too soon? – Single Review

By Michael Scapp, Contributing Writer,  September 23, 2015

 

While on the surface, it may seem that CeeLo’s new solo single is a direct tribute to the ...

John McCauley (of Deer Tick) at City Winery / Afterword

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, September 10, 2015

Last night, September 8, John McCauley played to a seated and well-behaved audience at City Winery. From the get-go, everything was ...

Foreword / John McCauley (of Deer Tick) at City Winery

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, September 8, 2015

Deer Tick front man John McCauley is back at City Winery for a second night tonight. On ...

Alberta Cross Announce New Record Ahead of Upcoming Tour

Alberta Cross played an unannounced tune-up show last night at the 11th Street Bar in the East Village. The short set included numerous new songs, and a guest appearance by icon Lenny Kaye. The Brooklyn-based band will ...

Kevin Burke Releases His Debut EP, Waiting Season– Album Review​

After my initial personal listening party for Kevin Burke’s debut EP, the music felt solitary and personal.It came as no surprise to me then to find out that he had written and performed all of the five songs himself. It feels very much like a solo project, in the same way ...

Father John Misty at SummerStage / Afterword

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, August 6, 2015

Father John Misty played Central Park’s SummerStage this past Wednesday night at Rumsey Playfield for a crowd of roughly two thousand. The space, designated ...

Foreword / Father John Misty at SummerStage

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, August 3, 2015

Father John Misty is playing SummerStage in Central Park this Wednesday, and you’re well advised to be there. You’re probably familiar with Father ...

East River Bandits at 11th Street Bar / Afterword

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, July 25, 2015

Wednesday night, the East River Bandits brought their alt-country sound to The 11th Street Bar. In a wooden room that simultaneously conjures your ...

Foreword / East River Bandits at 11th Street Bar

This Wednesday night, July 22nd, the East River Bandits are slated to play The 11Th Street Bar. If you don’t know the Bandits or the bar, don’t despair – both are properly off the beaten path, but absolutely worth ...

“It’s gonna get loud, it’s gonna get heavy” – VERUCA SALT return with GHOST NOTES – Album Review

The year is 2015 and the reunited supergals of Veruca Salt, Nina Gordon and Louise Post, are back with a brand new album of songs entitled Ghost Notes. As a fan of the band, I’ve been impatiently waiting for this day since April of 2014, when they ...

Foo Fighters at Citi Field / Afterword

The Foo Fighters took Citi Field Wednesday night, the first show of a two night stand in Queens for the NYC leg of their once Sonic Highways, now Broken Leg World Tour.

Opening for the Foo were Brighton born British ...

Foreword / Foo Fighters at Citi Field

The mighty Foo Fighters are at Citi Field this Wednesday and Thursday for the NYC leg of their Sonic Highways turned Broken Leg Tour. Front man Dave Grohl, who broke his leg rocking extra hard in Sweden earlier this summer, will be hobbled, but he’ll still be center stage on a ...

Veruca Salt Releases Ghost Notes: A Revisit to Eight Arms to Hold You – Album Review

Oh my, I just discovered today that one of my all-time favorite bands, Veruca Salt, will be releasing a new album, Ghost Notes in just a few days. I’ve listened to the new singles that they’ve released since the ultimate female dynamic duo Nina Gordon and ...

Taylor Swift, Haim, Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes at Metlife Stadium, July 10, 2015 – Concert Review

July 12, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

One of the most highly anticipated concerts of 2015 finally arrived at the ginormous Metlife Stadium and it more than lived up to the hype. Reigning pop princess Taylor Swift took New Jersey by storm and was ...