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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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Melanie Martinez shines at Marlin Room

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: SingerMelanie Martinez

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Melanie Martinez is the real deal. It’s as clear as the plastic on her handmade, see-through dress.

In the Baldwin native’s first New York show to support her “Dollhouse” EP (Atlantic), she charmingly showed fans at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room Tuesday night that her unique musical vision is ready for prime time.

Backed by a two-man band (dressed in man-size onesies with bibs that say...

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Joan Jett to star in Lifetime movie adaptation of Stephen King's 'Big Driver'

Joan Jett at the American Music Awards on

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When we last saw Joan Jett, she was stunning us with an in-your-face version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to induct the grunge pioneers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Now, Long Beach’s Jett has taken the next logical step – she’s co-starring in a Lifetime movie.

OK, so it’s not just any Lifetime movie. It’s an adaptation of “Big Driver,” the Stephen King novella, starring...

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Intro 6.23.14: Videos from Melanie Martinez, Avicii, Foreigner and more

Baldwin's Melanie Martinez will release her major-label debut,

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Baldwin’s Melanie Martinez brings her “Dollhouse” to the Marlin Room Tuesday.

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MELANIE MARTINEZ, “Dollhouse.” At Marlin Room Tuesday.


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Fall Out Boy, Paramore rock Jones Beach

Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz performs June

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The Monumentour pairing of Fall Out Boy and Paramore – two of only a handful of rock bands who can power their way onto the pop charts and, more importantly, pop radio – pays tribute to the tradition of massive rock shows, while updating it to create that personal connection younger fans demand.

Fall Out Boy used so much pyro you could feel the heat Saturday night at the back of the sold-out...

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