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Ryan Star on Billy Joel's 'epic moment' at MSG

Billy Joel performs on 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 singer-songwriter Ryan Star, the Dix Hills native whose album “Angels + Animals” hit stores in January....

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Intro 2.6.14: Videos from Marc Anthony, Skrillex and more

Marc Anthony needs you to know he'll be

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Brookville’s Marc Anthony celebrates Valentine’s Day weekend at Prudential Center Friday and Barclays Center 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.

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MARC ANTHONY, “Vivir...

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Ryan Star launches 'Angels + Animals' at Bowery Ballroom

Ryan Star's first single from "Angels + Animals"

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Ryan Star was launching his new album “Angels + Animals” (RStar) Tuesday night, but it was a song from his former band Stage that summed up the evening best.

“Nothing describes my life more,” he told the sold-out Bowery Ballroom, as he went into Stage’s “Sink or Swim.”

The Dix Hills native walked away from his record deal at Island Records last year in order to work on “Angels + Animals”...

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Intro 1.13.14: Videos from Ryan Star, Jay Z, Disclosure and more

Ryan Star, a singer-songwriter and rock artist from

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Ryan Star celebrates his new “Angels + Animals” album at Bowery Ballroom Tuesday.

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

RYAN STAR, “Impossible.” At Bowery Ballroom Tuesday....

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Ryan Star's 'NYC Takeover' hits Rockwood

Ryan Star performs at Rockwood Music Hall on

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Ryan Star told the packed Rockwood Music Hall last night that the lyrics from his new EP “Animals” (Ryan Star) set off a lot of worry among fans and friends.

“I’ve gotten the most concerned texts about my life ever – and tweets, and Facebook comments,” said the Dix Hills native. “There’s been a lot of ups and downs.”

“But this is one of the ups,” he says, launching into the lovely ballad...

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Intro 8.5.13: Videos from Maroon 5, Kenny Chesney, Ryan Star and more

Adam Levine performs with Maroon 5 on NBC's

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Former Five Towns College students Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5 return to Long Island as headliners at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Sunday.

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.

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Hear the new Ryan Star song 'Bullet': Exclusive

Ryan Star released his new EP "Animals" on

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Ryan Star is taking matters into his own hands.

“I’m running and gunning,” says the Dix Hills native, who recently decided to leave Island Records and release his music himself. “It’s open season now.”

Star signed with the major label earlier this year, after he managed to get his single “Stay Awhile” into the Top 25 on the adult contemporary charts on his own. But when faced with potential...

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