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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.

Fitz & The Tantrums rock U.S. Open opening ceremony

Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrum sings

(Credit: AP / Darron Cummings)

For Fitz & The Tantrums drummer John Wicks, playing at the U.S. Open's opening ceremonies Monday night was a combination of his two passions -- music and tennis.

Wicks finished second in the state in doubles when he graduated from high school in Bainbridge Island, Washington., and always dreamed of playing on the stadium court.

He just thought it would be with a tennis racket...

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Zedd, Motley Crue in this week's G2M2

Zedd is set to headline Electric Zoo 2014

(Credit: AP)

Got a minute? Use that time to plan out your music week. On Glenn Gamboa’s Music Minute (G2M2 for short), we’ll fill you in on the week’s biggest concerts, show you some must-see videos and let you know about the songs you need to buy. Check it out here at Backstage Pass every Monday morning.

This week, check out Electric Zoo all weekend at Randall’s Island with headliners David Guetta, Kaskade...

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