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The latest news in New York City music. From The Beacon to Madison Square Garden, find previews, reviews and commentary here at ZEALnyc.

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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 Mork and Mindy star Robin Williams who took his own life in 2014, but the song is more of a PSA which invokes the names of other fallen big name ...

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 strikingly un-Deer Tick. City Winery is a lovely venue, with racks of wine casks exposed to ...

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 a solo tour that spun out of staple Newport Folk Festival peripheral offering, Deer Tick and Friends, McCauley will play City Winery ...

The Power of Art

Art Break: The Power of Art Through the Ages at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 17, 2018 This week, Art Break is looking at a wide variety of art movements as well as their purpose and meaning. The oldest material on our list comes from The Frick’s exhibition of fifteenth century religious and devotional ...

There Will Be Blood

Review: Film Soundtracks Take Center Stage in NY Philharmonic's Art ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 If the New York Philharmonic were to program an evening of music by avant-garde Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, I suspect it would be a tough sell. The audience would be limited, and probably dwindle in number as the night ...

Agnes

Review: 'Agnes' Brings Dramatic and Meteorological Tensions to 59E59 Theater

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 Agnes is a compelling play about family, friendship, and connections. Set in a three-bedroom New York City apartment, Agnes presents five millennials sheltering themselves from a major storm. The talented playwright, Catya McMullen, adeptly sets up the backstory for ...

Feast of San Gennaro

The Feast of San Gennaro Returns to NYC's Little Italy

ZEALnyc, September 13, 2018 For the 92nd time the Feast of San Gennaro, a faith-based celebration honoring the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, takes place in the neighborhood of Manhattan affectionately known as "Little Italy" (Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets; the festival stage is located ...

Collective Rage

Review: 'Collective Rage' — a Terrific Play in 5 Betties

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, September 13, 2018 How many Betties does it take to make a great play? Five, if the new play from the MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel is any proof. Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties by Jen Silverman, directed by Mike ...

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A Day @: Williamsburg Provides Uncommon Eating, Shopping, and People Watching

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, September 12, 2018 Williamsburg is yet another one of Brooklyn's neighborhoods which has transformed over the last couple of decades. It morphed from a sad example of urban decay to a much sought-after home to the young and vibrant. It has ...

Scraps

Review: 'Scraps' Explores the Pain of Survival

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, September 11, 2018 It’s a story we’ve heard so often that we have to fight complacency: a young man is shot and killed by police, for doing nothing more than being black. Which is why a visit to the Flea ...

Fall Preview jazz and cabaret

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Jazz and Cabaret

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, September 11, 2018 In the summer, large-scale spotlight concert events that serve as a multi-cast spectacle are prevalent (most noteworthy from North American outposts like Montreal and Newport), but once Labor Day rolls over, it would seem that jazz might take ...

Art Break

Art Break: 'Soul of a Nation' at the Brooklyn Museum ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 10, 2018 This week Art Break showcases a variety of styles and thinking about art and what it can do. The abstract art method is represented with two shows: DIA: Chelsea’s display of Blinky Palermo’s formal shapes saturated ...

Fall Preview Art

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Art and Museums

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 7, 2018 Fall is finally here, bringing a huge variety of museum exhibitions to town. There are the blue-chip names like Andy Warhol, Eugene Delacroix, and Sarah Lucas having impressively large shows, and relatively unknown artists who are more than ...

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 ...

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 ...

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