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Bruno Mars, Taking Back Sunday in the launch of G2M2

Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl

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Got a minute? Well, starting today, you can 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, you can get ready for Bruno Mars’ shows...

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Beyoncé, Jay Z stun in 'On the Run' tour at MetLife Stadium

Jay Z and Beyonce perform at MetLife Stadium

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The complicated explanation of what Beyoncé and Jay Z's "On the Run" tour is about involves esteem issues, drunk dialing etiquette, feminist theory, art appreciation and a deep exploration of the roles of hip-hop and R&B superstars in popular culture.

The simple explanation? It was awesome.

And the power couple's first tour together, which filled MetLife Stadium Friday night and...

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Katy Perry's 'Prismatic' Madison Square Garden show

Katy Perry performs during "The Prismatic World Tour"

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To fully enjoy the finale of Katy Perry’s “Prismatic” tour, fans had to put on a pair of special glasses handed out around Madison Square Garden, a pink pair, sponsored by Cover Girl.

The “PrismVision” glasses simulated looking through a prism, which made the light show and fireworks during, you know, “Firework” seem much more impressive than they really were.

It’s a strategy that Perry...

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Jay Z, No Doubt to headline Global Citizens Festival

After Jay Z wraps up his "On the

Jay Z will headline this year’s Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 27 on the Great Lawn in Central Park, along with Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, fun., The Roots and Tiesto.

Tickets to the concert are free, but only are available to those who join in “campaigning for positive change” with the event’s sponsor the Global Poverty Project on a series of issues. Fans can register at the Global Citizens...

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Idina Menzel set to sing All-Star Game national anthem

Idina Menzel attends the 68th Tony Awards at

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Once again, Major League Baseball has turned to Long Island for All-Star Game performers.

Syosset native Idina Menzel, 43, will perform the national anthem before Tuesday's game as well as Bob Dylan's "Forever Young," as a nod to Dylan's home state of Minnesota, which is hosting this year's game.

Menzel follows Brookville's Marc Anthony, who performed "God Bless America" at last year's...

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'Neil Young' takes on Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' on 'Fallon'

Neil Young impostor Jimmy Fallon is joined by

Apparently, Iggy Azalea isn’t the only “fancy” one.

Jimmy Fallon, in the guise of Neil Young, enlisted Crosby, Stills, Nash – promoting “CSNY 1974” (Rhino), a new box set, out yesterday, collecting songs from their massive stadium tour that year – Monday night to take on the Iggy smash “Fancy,” with surprisingly good results.

Not only does Fallon nail Young’s distinctive vocal style...

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Pink Floyd reveals new album 'The Endless River'

David Gilmour and his wife Polly Samson.

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Pink Floyd plans to release “The Endless River,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ first new album in 20 years, according to Polly Samson, the novelist wife of singer/guitarist David Gilmour who co-wrote some of the songs.

Samson Tweeted that the album was based on the same 1994 sessions that created Pink Floyd’s album “The Division Bell” and called it “Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful.”...

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Ed Sheeran's surprise show at The Paramount Saturday

Pictured, Ed Sheeran performs on day 1 of

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Ed Sheeran, who currently has the No. 1 album in the country with “X” (Atlantic), will play a secret show at The Paramount in Huntington Saturday night at 9. Tickets for the all-ages show will be $20 and available only at the box office. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Paramount spokesman Adam Ellis said Sheeran was doing a rehearsal at The Paramount Saturday afternoon for a radio show and decided to...

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Harlan Friedman on Billy Joel and the '10th band member'

Billy Joel takes the stage at Madison Square

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Billy Joel plans to play monthly shows at Madison Square Garden for as long as the public is interested. Follow his first year of this groundbreaking music-industry experiment by looking at his shows through a variety of viewpoints -- from critics, musicians, celebrities and fans. This month, it’s Glen Cove’s Harlan Friedman, former WLIR DJ and current owner of Oyster Bay-based The Harlan Group,...

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Matthew Koma, Afrojack light up 'Good Morning America' in Central Park

Seaford native Matthew Koma is currently promoting a

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Matthew Koma made his morning broadcast television debut in grand style, playing for a packed Central Park as part of the “Good Morning America” summer concert series.

The Seaford native played “Illuminate,” as part of Afrojack’s concert Friday morning, following appearances by Sting and Wrabel.

“It's always a rush to play the hometown,” Koma said, following the show. “But when the stage...

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