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Glenn Gamboa

Glenn Gamboa is Newsday's chief pop music critic and has been writing about music for more than 20 years.

A winner of several national awards, he headed the paper's team chronicling the impact of hip-hop in America, a project that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005.

He has appeared as a music industry expert on the BBC, NPR, MSG Network and several other radio and TV stations, as well as numerous newspapers and magazines.

A native of Cleveland, Gamboa currently lives in Brooklyn.

Watch Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon

Blake Shelton has been a mainstay on "The

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Blake Shelton was worried about doing “The Tonight Show.”

At a recent press lunch with reporters for the upcoming season of “The Voice,” which returns for its seventh season on NBC on Monday, Shelton was wondering how he ended up agreeing to do a lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon and Gwen Stefani.

When I asked him what songs he was doing, he said he was doing Taco’s version of “Puttin’...

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Elton John set for New Year's Eve at Barclays Center

Elton John will be heading to Brooklyn to

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Elton John will ring in the new year at Barclays Center.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will celebrate his first New Year's Eve concert in New York City at the Brooklyn venue.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 through Ticketmaster. American Express cardholders can purchase pre-sale tickets starting at 10 a.m. Monday.

And if you're one of the many Billy Joel fans holding out...

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Cher reschedules Nassau Coliseum concert

Cher's farewell "Dressed to Kill" tour will now

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Cher has rescheduled her area concert dates to give her more time to recover from what doctors are calling an acute viral infection.

The Nassau Coliseum date of her “Dressed to Kill” tour has been pushed back from Sept. 22 to Dec. 8. The Madison Square Garden shows, originally set for Sept. 19 and 20, will now be held Dec. 10 and 15. The show at the Prudential Center will be held Dec. 12 instead...

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Tom Petty reveals rockin' escape plan at Madison Square Garden

Tom Petty on stage at Madison Square Garden

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Forget what Gene Simmons says.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers know better.

“Rock and roll is alive,” Petty said at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, as he introduced the band’s version of the classic “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” as an encore. “Rock and roll can set you free.”

Petty & The Heartbreakers, especially guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench,...

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New U2 album 'Songs of Innocence' falls flat

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets the crowd

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The most surprising thing about the new U2 album "Songs of Innocence" (Island) wasn't its unusual release Tuesday -- given free to all of iTunes account holders worldwide after Apple's announcement of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch.

It wasn't that the much-delayed album, which has gone through a series of high-profile producers that included Rick Rubin and Danger Mouse, was finally finished.


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