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Demi Lovato set for Nassau Coliseum

Demi Lovato performs at the Teen Choice Awards

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Demi Lovato must have really liked Nassau Coliseum when she visited this summer as a judge for “The X Factor.”

The “Heart Attack” singer announced plans to return to Uniondale on her upcoming “Neon Lights” tour, which launches in February in Vancouver. Lovato will play Nassau Coliseum on March 11, with another area stop scheduled at Izod Center on March 7.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m....

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Intro 9.30.13: Videos from Phoenix, Bastille, Blondie and more

Lead singer Thomas Mars of French band Phoenix

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Phoenix brings its “Bankrupt!” tour to Barclays Center Wednesday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE LIST

PHOENIX, “Trying to Be Cool.” At Barclays Center Wednes-day. BASTILLE,...

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'X Factor' Top 40 includes 3 LI singers

Holbrook's Al Calderon auditions for "The X Factor"

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After bringing out the largest crowd ever to audition for “The X Factor,” Long Island has three contestants left in the competition, as the show picked its Top 40 last night.

Al Calderon, the charismatic 19-year-old restaurant host who wowed the judges with his soulful version of “Sara Smile” made it through to the next round, as did Simone Torres, the 19-year-old student from Port Jefferson...

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Miley Cyrus naked on Rolling Stone cover

Miley Cyrus poses topless on the cover of

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Miley Cyrus is naked on the cover of the new Rolling Stone, giving her now-signature, sticking-out-her-tongue look.

Cue the controversy.

The 20-year-old, former “Hannah Montana” star is used to it, after all. Following her twerk-tastic performance in a nude-colored bikini on MTV’s Video Music Awards, complaints rose up from everyone from the Concerned Women for America to the guy who...

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Free Nirvana tattoos to honor 'In Utero' 20th anniversary

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Sure, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s iconic “In Utero” album Tuesday.

You could pull on some flannel and crank up “Heart-Shaped Box” really loud. You could pick up the band’s “Live and Loud” concert on DVD, recorded in Seattle shortly after the album’s release. You could even buy the super deluxe edition of the album, which includes the demos and live...

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Intro 9.23.13: Videos from Superchunk, Neko Case, The xx and more

Superchunk's Mac McCaughan plays the CBGB Festival on

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Despite their new album’s title Superchunk don’t really hate music. They prove it at Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Saturday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE LIST

SUPERCHUNK,...

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Alexa Ray Joel tackles 'Just the Way You Are' for Gap

A screenshot of Alexa Ray Joel performing her

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Alexa Ray Joel is following in the footsteps of both her famous parents with her latest project.

Monday, she unveiled both her new ad campaign as a model for Gap, like mom Christie Brinkley, and the campaign’s theme – her version of father Billy Joel’s classic “Just the Way You Are.”

In the spot, directed by Danny Clinch, Alexa Ray plays the same kind of piano her dad used when he recorded...

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Intro 9.16.13: Videos from Vampire Weekend, Pixies, Jake Bugg and more

Pictured from left: Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra

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Vampire Weekend graduate to arena-rock status, stopping at Barclays Center Friday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE LIST

VAMPIRE WEEKEND, “Diane Young.” At Barclays Center Friday....

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'X Factor' finds lots of Long Island talent in auditions

Holbrook's Al Calderon auditions for "The X Factor"

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Long Island looked pretty good on “The X Factor” tonight.

Not only did the show announce that the crowds auditioning at the Nassau Coliseum were the biggest in series history, but Simon Cowell and the rest of the judges uncovered some serious Strong Island talent.

Al Calderon, a 19-year-old restaurant host and “designated ‘Happy Birthday’ singer” made a huge impression on the panel with...

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Billy Joel named Kennedy Center honoree

Billy Joel performs at "12-12-12" a concert benefiting

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Billy Joel will receive America's highest award for performers in December, when he is honored at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, alongside pianist and bandleader Herbie Hancock, guitarist Carlos Santana, actress Shirley MacLaine and opera singer Martina Arroyo.

The Kennedy Center Honors are awarded to performers for their lifetime contributions to American...

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