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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 ...

Hilary Duff – X Marks the Spot With Her New Release Breathe In, Breathe Out – Album Review

Hilary has left a long gap of seven years between albums, but the glamorous divorcee is back with Breathe In, Breathe Out, perhaps a not so subtle nod to another 90s has been – Bush. Her first single released two months ahead is called Sparks. While her style has ...

Shakespeare Reigns (Even When It Rains) In Outdoor Productions Around ...

ZEALnyc, June 23, 2017 Presenting Shakespeare’s plays in outdoor settings during the summer months has become a veritable institution in America and around the world. New Yorkers have been privileged with the Public Theater having started their tradition in Central Park in the early 60’s, and ...

The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Summer Theater

ZEALnyc, June 23, 2017 The phrase "summer theater" conjures up images of everything from small converted barns and non-typical performing spaces showcasing the talents of youthful, up-and-coming performers, all the way to prestigious, highly-regarded festivals bringing together high-profile star-dotted casts and directors; thereby enabling us to while ...

Berkshire Theatre Group Brings Musicals, Dramas and Farce to Multi-Venue ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, June 22, 2017 What do famous Hollywood legends and current film stars have in common with Western Massachusetts? A history and a connection to the Berkshire Theatre Group. Gracing the stage of the Colonial Theatre from when it first opened its doors ...

Kick Up Your Heels at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing

ZEALnyc, June 22, 2017 Certain events and traditions help us celebrate the changing seasons. While during most of the year activities take place indoors in concert hall venues and theaters, we know it's summer when everything starts moving outdoors. For three weeks each summer the plaza in ...

Review: 'Fulfillment Center,' A Quietly Moving Character Study

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 21, 2017 There's a long strip of a stage. A folding chair. And six orange cones. But something is missing in the lives of the folks in the new Manhattan Theatre Club production Fulfillment Center by Abe Koogler. Oh yes, fulfillment. ...

Summer on the Hudson: Sponsoring Free Events All Summer at ...

ZEALnyc, June 21, 2017 Summer on the Hudson, sponsored by the NYC Parks department, features an unbelievable number of special events and full day festivals for individuals, as well as the whole family. Dividing Riverside Park into sections, each area sponsors a whole range of performances and ...

Review: The Laudable But Rambling Path of ‘Bella: An American ...

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2017 There aren’t nearly enough women or African Americans writing musical theater. Not by a long shot. So when someone comes along who is both, it’s really something to celebrate, even if the results don’t always measure ...

Patrick Wilson Replaces Steven Pasquale in New York City Center ...

ZEALnyc, June 20, 2017 While the 2017 Tony Awards are still fresh, New York's new theater season begins. Early and with turmoil. 1984, fresh from a successful run at London's Almeida Playhouse opens this week with a dystopian look at society that could speak to the import of social ...

'1984'—The First Broadway Production of the 2017-2018 Season

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2017 It’s a book; it’s a film, and now it’s a play. It’s George Orwell’s classic 1984, written in 1949, which gives a chilling look at a future marked by war, government surveillance and public mind control. ...

Review: NYCO Celebrates the LGBT Community With 'Angels in America'

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, June 19, 2017 Commencing a new annual tradition of programming in honor of LGBT Pride in June, New York City Opera recently presented the New York premiere of Hungarian composer Pétér Eötvös's 2004 operatic adaptation of Tony Kushner's great ...

Avril Lavigne: The Self-Titled Comeback That Should Have Been Huge – Album Review

In this digital age, not many artists have that ability to command their public to run to the nearest stores to pick up their new release. Taylor Swift fans will storm the stores in droves every two years when she releases her albums, the same with Adele and Justin Timberlake, yet for the rest ...

Faith No More – 18 Years May Have Been Too Long to Bring Us Sol Invictus – Album Review

Back when lead singer Mike Patton joined FNM in 1989, their album The Real Thing surely exhibited signs of a new exciting brand of heavy metal music. When they followed up in 1992 with Angel Dust, these hints of genius were realized. Unfortunately due to the dismal passing fad ...

The Who and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at Forest Hills Stadium, May 30, 2015 – Concert Review

June 1, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Forest Hills Stadium has a rich history hosting some of the best live shows of all time by legendary artists including The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, The Rolling Stones, ...

2015 Summer Event Kicker – NYC Pop Music Preview

April 28, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

In the words of The Lovin’ Spoonful, “hot town, summer in the city”, NYC and the surrounding Metropolitan area looks to have another scorcher ahead with ...

Mat Kearney and Parachute at Best Buy Theater, March 24, 2015 – Concert Review

March 28, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Mat Kearney is a rock folk musician based in Nashville who has received critical acclaim and widespread recognition for his Columbia Records debut, Nothing Left to Lose (2006). His hits include ...

Liz Longley at Rockwood Music Hall, March 21, 2015 – Concert Review

March 25, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

A Berklee College of Music graduate, Liz is an accomplished folk singer-songwriter who has been touring solo for several years, building a loyal following across the country. Her albums Somewhere in the ...

Alabama Shakes at Beacon Theatre, March 11, 2015 – Concert Review

March 18, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Powered behind the high octane voice of Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes has shaken up the music industry by storm. The group received three nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Best Rock ...

Meghan Trainor and Sheppard at Irving Plaza, March 15, 2015 – Concert Review

March 17, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Meghan Trainor began singing at the age of 6 and songwriting at age 11. In 2014, she was signed to Epic Records by L.A. Reid after performing her song All About That Bass on the ukulele for him. That ...

Hozier and George Ezra at Beacon Theatre, March 6, 2015 – Concert Review

March 8, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Grammy-nominated artist Andrew Hozier-Byrne is one of those rare musicians smashing together blues, gospel, folk and soul that sound like nothing else on today’s music scene. ...

Diana Ross at Kings Theatre, February 3, 2015 – Concert Review

February 4, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Motown returned to Brooklyn to heat up a cold winter night as the one and only Diana Ross took the stage at the re-opening of the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn (built in 1929) for its inaugural show. The ...

London Grammar at Terminal 5, January 28, 2015 – Concert Review

January 30, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

London Grammar is a British indie rock trio formed by front woman Hannah Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman and percussionist Dominic ‘Dot’ Major. Hannah and Dan first met in the halls at Nottingham ...

Sam Smith at Madison Square Garden, January 16, 2015 – Concert Review

January 18, 2015
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Since his first gig at the tiny Mercury Lounge (250 capacity) in New York a year and half ago, Sam Smith has skyrocketed to musical fame and now finds ...

Event Kicker – 2015 NYC Pop Music Preview

January 1, 2015
Dan Kupfer
Editor, Pop Music

Get ready for a blast off to 2015 with a mix of today’s hottest artists, artists on the rise and everything in between.

There is no better way to kick off ...

2014, A Phenomenal Year in Live Pop Music

December 26, 2014

Dan Kupfer,

Editor, Pop Music

As we close out another phenomenal year of live pop music events, let me take you on a journey of some of my personal highlights of 2014.

There was no shortage of some ...

Echosmith at Webster Hall, November 14, 2014 – Concert Review

November 15, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Echosmith is an LA-based indie pop band formed in 2009 made up of four siblings — Graham, Sydney, Noah and Jamie Sierota, who range in age from 15 to 21. ...

Flyleaf at Gramercy Theatre, October 16, 2014 – Concert Review

October 18, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Flyleaf is a hard rock Christian band who was named MTV’s artist of the week in 2007. Original lead vocalist Lacey Sturm departed in 2012 and has been ...

Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden, October 7, 2014 – Concert Review

October 8, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Legendary British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967 by Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood. After moderate success in the late ’60s, the ...

The Script at Hammerstein Ballroom, October 1, 2014 – Concert Review

October 7, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Since 2009, Irish pop rockers The Script have been lighting up New York City venues with their infectious and catchy music. The band consists of lead ...

Aloe Blacc at Santos House Party, September 30, 2014 – Concert Review

October 2, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Aloe Blacc is a singer-songwriter musician whose style combines R&B, soul, hip hop and funk. He is best known for his hits I Need a Dollar, The ...

Train and Alex & Sierra at Radio City Music Hall, September 25, 2014 – Concert Review

September 26, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop Music Editor

Alex & Sierra (Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton) came to prominence by winning the third and final season of The X Factor USA. They became the ...

The Eagles at Madison Square Garden, September 13, 2014 – Concert Review

September 14, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop & Jazz Editor

The Eagles illustrious career began in 1971 when Don Henley and Glenn Frey were hired as session musicians for Linda Ronstadt. They are considered one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s ...

Parachute at Irving Plaza, September 12, 2014 – Concert Review

September 14, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Editor Pop & Jazz

Originating from Charlottesville, Virginia, Parachute has been creating and performing infectious pop ditties since their incarnation in 2006. The ...

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper at Jones Beach Theater, August 29, 2014 – Concert Review

August 30, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop & Jazz Editor

Two heavy metal legends shared the stage at the beautiful Jones Beach on a gorgeous summer night. Alice Cooper whose career spans five decades is known for his live shows which incorporate elements of ...

Johnnyswim at Bowery Ballroom, August 19, 2014 – Concert Review

August 26, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop & Jazz Editor

Johnnyswim broke out in 2008 with their debut self-titled EP Johnnyswim. They consist of married duo Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, both singer-songwriters who reside in Nashville, TN and ...

Edward Rogers at Joe’s Pub, August 17, 2014 – Concert Review

August 18, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop & Jazz Editor

Singer-songwriter Edward Rogers was born in Birmingham, England and has lived in New York City since the 80s. In 1985, this garage-band drummer endured a subway accident that left him without his right ...

Kiss and Def Leppard at Jones Beach Theater, August 6, 2014 – Concert Review

August 7, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Pop & Jazz Editor

Fitting recent trends, metal heavyweights Def Leppard and Kiss have joined their rock and roll forces, touring together and putting on a show for the ages.

Def Leppard has had one of the ...

Q&A with Scars on 45 at Mercury Lounge

July 30, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Editor Pop & Jazz

I sat down recently at Mercury Lounge to chat with Danny Bemrose and Aimee Driver from Scars on 45 about their experience in the music industry, their approach to songwriting and their new album which they ...

Scars on 45 at Mercury Lounge, July 30, 2014 – Concert Review

August 1, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Editor Pop & Jazz

It’s been a long journey for one of England’s darling Indie rock bands Scars on 45. Inspired by popular groups including Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay, and The Beatles, they achieved mainstream success in ...

Queen + Adam Lambert, Madison Square Garden, July 17, 2014 – Concert Review

July 18, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Editor Pop & Jazz

It’s been 32 years since Queen last appeared at Madison Square Garden and now former American Idol finalist Adam Lambert has enthusiastically taken the baton indirectly from the mystical and ...

O.A.R./Phillip Phillips at Jones Beach, July 11, 2014 – Concert Review

July 13, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Editor Pop & Jazz

O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) is an American roots rock band, formed in 1996. Their sound combines alt rock, roots rock, reggae and pop. O.A.R. has released eight studio albums and five records of various ...

Seether at Gramercy Theater, July 1, 2014 – Concert Review

July 14, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Editor Pop & Jazz

There was much anticipation for Seether’s 2014 tour to promote their new album Isolate and Medicate. They played a record release gig on July 1 at the very intimate 500-seat Gramercy Theater. ...

Lionel Richie at Jones Beach, June 25, 2014 – Concert Review

June 28, 2014
Dan Kupfer
ZEALnyc Editor Pop & Jazz

Lionel began his 45-year career fronting Motown Record’s successful R&B band, the Commodores. The Commodores are famous for many soul hits including Easy (#4 on Billboard’s Hot 100), ...