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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 ...

Review: 'The Children' Takes A Piercing Look At Adulthood

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, December 12, 2017 From the moment you enter the theater, you know something ain’t right. Things are cockeyed. Maybe it’s the bottle of wine you had at dinner? No, there is something definitely off-kilter about the stage at the Samuel ...

Review: Baritone Andrei Bondarenko Brings His Communicative Power To Weill ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, December 12, 2017 The voice-police were out in force for Andrei Bondarenko’s performance Friday night at Weill Recital Hall, and from the look of things, they were not most pleased, although candor compels me to note that few of them disdained ...

Review: Violinist Janine Jansen's 'Perspectives' Proves Exciting and Enlightening at ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 Dutch violinist Janine Jansen’s reverential following is bound to proliferate in the wake of her five-concert Perspectives series this season at Carnegie Hall, the second installment of which took place December 9 at Zankel Hall.  Two days after a ...

Review: Alvin Ailey Is 'Electrifying' In Its Holiday Residency at ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 This past Saturday evening's performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was electrifying and diverse. [caption id="attachment_48201" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 'Memoria;' photo: Steve Wilson.[/caption] The evening began with Memoria, ...

Review: Philadelphia Orchestra Is In 'Superb Form' Under Nézet-Sé...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 The Philadelphia Orchestra's latest Carnegie Hall appearance under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin began exhilaratingly with the New York premiere of Thomas Adès's newly expanded Suite from Powder Her Face, an orchestral suite appropriating music from ...

Jazz Notes: Two Weeks of Maestro Kenny Barron at the ...

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 11, 2017 Two years ago Kenny Barron brought his piano magic to the Village Vanguard in the holiday season. This year he's aboard for two six-day stands at the club he calls home. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz ...

Art Break: Combining Elements in 'Mary Frank Pilgrimage' at DC ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 A lot of powerful art can be created using the environment as an inspiration but it also can be easy to miss the mark. After all, when you get down to it, the natural world is more complicated ...

Review: 'Pirates' At Play At Skirball

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017 The first snow of the season is predicted this weekend, and respite from the cold can be found at NYU Skirball Center for the few remaining performances of The Hypocrites' summery version of The Pirates of Penzance. The audience ...

The Magical Evening of Singalong: The Music of Stevie Wonder ...

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 8, 2017 As we are fully entered into the holiday season, the art of song holds sway, ranging from omnipresent secular carols to time-honored Hanukkah folk tunes to the majestic Handel’s Messiah oratorio. But this year as we approach ...

Things Are Running AMOC In Boston (And If All Goes ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017 Looking for the re-invention of opera’s traditional image? Look no further, as Boston is becoming a hot-bed of boundary-pushing, inventive, chance-taking artists. Witness the launch of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) introducing its first line-up of productions ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...