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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 ...

Review: Ken Urban's 'A Guide for the Homesick' Digs Deep ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, October 20, 2017 A “rising star” in theater, and HP Fellow, Ken Urban continues his successful momentum in Boston with the current premiere of his latest play, A Guide for the Homesick, which grabs its audience immediately with emotional intensity, a character ...

Review: 'Lonely Planet' Spins But Never Soars

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 20, 2017 There’s something off about Lonely Planet. This play should sear and burn, should leave you choking for air. And maybe it did, when Steven Dietz’s two-hander premiered in 1994 at the height of the AIDS crisis. But this ...

Review: This 'Torch Song' Still Blazes

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 20, 2017 A confession: I never saw the original Torch Song Trilogy, or the three separate plays that came before it. So I have nothing to compare it to, no memory of Harvey Fierstein in the lead role, no sense of ...

Review: Violinist Maxim Vengerov is Both Fierce and Tender as ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 20, 2017 The Montreal Symphony made a flying visit to Carnegie Hall this past Wednesday night—literally; they’d played the same pieces the night before in their stunning new concert hall back home—bringing a recent piece by Samy Moussa, ...

Jazz Notes: The Queen of Cabaret Marilyn Maye Dazzlingly Swings ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 19, 2017 The iconic cabaret singer Marilyn Maye loves to work. In fact, she says with gusto, “I work every day of my life.” As the preeminent singer of the “art of song,” as she calls it, Maye exudes a ...

The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair Expands to the Javits ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 18, 2017 The International Art Fair for Prints & Editions, now in its 26th year, is known for its dazzling array of works in the mediums of prints and books. Previously located at the Park Avenue Armory, the fair has ...

Jazz Notes: The Jazz Foundation of America's 26th Annual Loft ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 18, 2017 With its motto ("Please help us to save the very people who saved you all these years with their music"), the New York-based Jazz Foundation of America has been raising funds to help and support elderly blues and ...

Review: Bill Murray Blurs the Lines of Literature, Classical Music, ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, October 18, 2017 Comedian, actor, writer, and now singer: Is there anything Bill Murray can’t do? Not likely. A chance encounter on a plane brought Murray and acclaimed cellist, Jan Vogler to the stage at Carnegie Hall this past Monday evening. ...

Review: Alison Fraser Stars In a 'Squeamish' One-Character Play

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, October 17, 2017 In Aaron Mark’s psychological horror play Squeamish, Alison Fraser’s character of "Sharon" starts off with a slow burn; she turns up at her psychiatrist’s office in a little black dress in the middle of the night ...

Canadian Composer Samy Moussa Makes Carnegie Debut with Montréal ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, October 16, 2017 This week the Montréal Symphony Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall with a program of Bartók, Brahms and the Canadian composer Samy Moussa. Moussa, who is 33, was born and studied in Montreal, and has a long history with ...

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 ...

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 ...