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Paul Simon & Sting's Madison Square Garden setlist, surprises

Sting and Paul Simon perform together at Madison

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Paul Simon and Sting’s “On Stage Together” tour has been a head-scratcher since it was announced.

Wasn’t Simon’s music part of what the punks and new wavers led by Sting and The Police rebelling against in the late ‘70s? Well, after seeing them together for two hours and 40 minutes Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, it all becomes a little clearer.

Simon and Sting like each other...

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Sting to tour with Paul Simon, duets with Matthew Koma

Every little thing he does is magic: Sting

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Sting announced his joint tour with Paul Simon Tuesday morning, a collaboration that includes a stop at Madison Square Garden on March 4. But last night, his duet partner was Seaford’s Matthew Koma.

Both Sting and Matthew Koma performed sets at The Cherrytree House Live show at Magicopolis in Santa Monica last night, along with Michael Kiwanuka and Michael Einziger. However, the biggest surprise...

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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.

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Sting playing Public Theater benefits in Manhattan

Sting will release his "The Last Ship" album

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Sting will roll out his upcoming album “The Last Ship” (Cherrytree/Interscope) with 10 benefit concerts for The Public Theater, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9.

“The Public Theater, a New York institution committed to supporting all of the city's distinct communities, was a natural fit to perform this material that is, at its core, about the importance of community,” Sting said in a statement. His...

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