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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 begin touring next week in support of its forthcoming self-titled record, due ...

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 that McCartney’s ...

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 for SummerStage concerts during the program’s run from late May to ...

NYC This Week: 2.19.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 This President's Day, take some time to plan a great week of New York City culture. We have some great ideas. Tony Kushner's monumental Angels in America took Broadway by storm in 1993, with its unvarnished examination of AIDS ...

Art Break: LaToya Ruby Frazier Champions the Oppressed Through Photography ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 19, 2018 Art Break knows that art and the act of creating it is a powerful thing. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pieces of LaToya Ruby Frazier, now at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in upper Manhattan. Her ...

Review: Drama Reigns at the New York Philharmonic, and Not ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 16, 2018 Those weren’t boos you heard at Thursday night’s Philharmonic concert at Geffen Hall—they were howls of rage and contempt, and cries of “What an idiot!,” and a shouting-match that might have led to fisticuffs if a ...

Review: The York Theatre's Oy-Vey-Worthy 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2018 First, let’s all acknowledge a deep debt of gratitude to the venerable York Theatre and their commitment both to fostering new musicals, and to unearthing old ones, polishing them off, and giving them a chance to shine in ...

Review: 'Hey, Look Me Over' Surprises at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2018 As any musical-theater devotee can tell you, Encores! is the annual series of performances at New York City Center of historical musicals that have somehow fallen through the cracks. Every year, Encores! chooses three musicals to resurrect, and each ...

Aaron Tveit In Concert With Lincoln Center's American Songbook: All ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 12, 2018 In case we’ve never met, there’s something you should know about me: I’m a little loony on the subject of Aaron Tveit. It all started a decade ago when I snagged a $10 preview ticket to an ...

Review: Clémentine Margaine's 'Haunting Vocalism' Highlights Muti Leading Chicago ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, February 12, 2018 One of the Second City's greatest cultural institutions, the revered Chicago Symphony Orchestra, visited Carnegie Hall in a varied program under the baton of Riccardo Muti. Of particular interest was the New York premiere a newly commissioned concerto by ...

Art Break: Love Is All Around (or at least in ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 12, 2018 Valentine’s Day is this week and we’ve got a lot of lovely art to share with you (and it won’t cost a thing!). We start with Desiree Dolron’s show downtown at the Grimm Gallery ...

What's Coming Up at JALC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 9, 2018 Jazz at Lincoln Center's ideological goals could not be more evident from merely perusing the upcoming event listings for the most intimate space in its arsenal, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. The nightspot runs on a daily basis with bookings ...

Review: The Dynamic Duo of Bell and Denk Deliver a ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, February 9, 2018 With an eagle's wingspan and a long arching torso, Bell's charismatic playing fills the Isaac Stern Auditorium. In a recent, lofty, recital program alongside his frequent pianist, the expressive Jeremy Denk, paid tribute to the hall's namesake Stern, in ...

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 John Misty, even if the name appears to you, dimly lit, just beyond the ...

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 back porch, with mix-and-match wooden chairs, and an old barn, with rough-hewn ...

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 knowing. I sat down with the band earlier this week to discuss the show this ...

“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 released MMXIV, a two song EP that whetted the ...

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 garage rockers, Royal Blood, who many of my friends cautioned me, were ...

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 guitar spangled ...

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 the incomparable Louise Post have ...

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 accompanied by strong supporting artists ...

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 adapted to today’s fads ...

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 many ...

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 of Grunge music, ...

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, Bob Dylan, The Talking Heads and The ...

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 an abundance and variety of must see music events this summer. Outdoor events are the ...

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 Nothing Left to Lose, Undeniable, Closer to Love, ...

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 Middle (2009) and Hot Loose Wire (2010) ...

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 Performance for their smash hit Hold On, ...

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 pop masterpiece launched her career and reached ...

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. His trademark scorching vocals and ...

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 historic theatre which had been abandoned for ...

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 University and discovered third member Dot ...

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 himself performing to a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden which holds about ...

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 the New Year than with Billy Joel as he continues his residency playing monthly gigs at the newly ...

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 of the biggest household names in rock and roll as the Piano Man Billy Joel ...

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. They signed to Warner Bros. Records in May 2012 and are best known for their hit song ...

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 replaced by Kristen May (former lead singer of Vedera), a singer with a beautiful voice. ...

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 group underwent a shakeup and lineup changes and with the additions of Christine McVie, ...

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 vocalist/pianist Danny O’Donoghue, vocalist/guitarist Mark Sheehan, and drummer Glen Power. ...

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 Man, and for writing and performing vocals on Avicii’s Wake Me Up, which charted at #1 in 22 ...

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 first and only group to win the American version of the show and have already sold more than a ...

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 and are one of the world’s ...

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 current lineup includes Will Anderson (vocals, guitar, and piano), Johnny Stubblefield ...

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