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'American Idol' recap: Alex Preston impresses, but will likely be cut

Alex Preston performs A Great Big World's "Say

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Somehow, it only seems fitting that Season 13 of “American Idol” is limping to a close, with its surest singer losing his voice and its shining young hope showing some mistakes due to her inexperience.

As it celebrated its 500th episode with a retrospective and greetings from many of its past winners, it only serves as a reminder that none of this season’s remaining singers could really compete...

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Cher bringing farewell tour to Nassau Coliseum

Cher’s long farewell to touring is getting a little longer.

The superstar added 14 dates to her “Dressed to Kill” tour, including a stop at Nassau Coliseum on Sept. 22 and two dates at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 19 and 20.

Tickets for the tour, supporting her recent “Closer to the Truth” album, go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday through Ticketmaster. American Express cardholders can buy...

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'The Voice' recap: Josh Kaufman takes the semifinals

Josh Kaufman performs in the semifinals of Season

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“The Voice” semifinals was an oddly dark night, as coach Adam Levine complained about the compromises needed for artists to get to the finals of a singing competition.

That would be a more believable debate if he wasn’t, you know, coaching a singing competition.

“I'm going to say some bold words right now,” Levine said, in support of Christina Grimmie, adding that he felt he was also...

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Intro 5.13.14: Videos from Afghan Whigs, Lady Gaga, Lykke Li and more

The Afghan Whigs released "Do to the Beast,"

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Afghan Whigs celebrate the release of “Do to the Beast,” their first album in 16 years, at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday.

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

AFGHAN WHIGS, “Algiers.”...

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Billy Joel packs 65th birthday party with surprises

Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden on

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Billy Joel’s 65th birthday party turned out to be quite the bash at the sold-out Madison Square Garden on Friday night, packed with moments that will be memorable to both the artist and his audience.

"You're supposed to retire at this age," Joel said in his welcome. "Or at least not have the name Billy."

But Joel showed no sign of getting ready for retirement at this show, repeatedly...

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'American Idol' recap: Caleb Johnson amazes on Top 4 week

A look at "American Idol's" final four contestants:

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It may have been “Love Week” on “American Idol,” but the judges were oddly critical, especially considering they are only two weeks from the finale.

Now, there are always big-picture shenanigans involved when it comes to “Idol” producers. (Their failed attempts to save Sam Woolf from going home last week by creating a “twist,” where a unanimous vote from the Top 5 to have no elimination that...

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'The Voice' recap: Josh Kaufman leads Top 8

Josh Kaufman performs "I Can't Make You Love

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Sometimes, it’s easy to take “The Voice” for granted, especially when it’s bringing the idea of “How can I miss you when you won’t go away?” to life.

But Top 8 night was so packed with great performances that it became obvious why the show is pounding that other singing competition. Somehow, they will send three singers home tonight, any of whom could probably out-sing this season’s “American...

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Intro 5.5.14: Videos from M.I.A., Cher, Haim and more

M.I.A. is touring to promote 2013's "Matangi" album.

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M.I.A. will bring the noise to the Knockdown Center in Queens on Thursday and 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

M.I.A., “Bad Girls.”At Knockdown Center Thursday...

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Little Toby Walker, an LI native, set for NY Blues Hall of Fame

Long Island native Toby Walker performed before a

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Little Toby Walker’s love affair with the blues started with the Rolling Stones.   

When he read about some of his favorite Stones songs, he learned they were written by Chester Burnett and McKinley Morganfield, better known as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. And he headed to the record store near his Brentwood home and bought their records. He was hooked.

“That’s when...

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Mariah Carey sets release date for new album, 'Me. I am Mariah'

Mariah Carey's new album will be released May

(Credit: Mariah Carey via YouTube.com)

Mariah Carey has apparently mastered “the art of letting go.”

She’s let go of the album title. She’s let go of the much-delayed album’s release date of May 6. She’s let go of the song “The Art of Letting Go,” as well as the singles “Almost Home” and “Triumphant,” because they didn’t make the cut for the new album. And she even let go of the idea of a Beyonce-styled surprise release.

Thursday,...

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