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Watch Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon

Blake Shelton has been a mainstay on "The

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Blake Shelton was worried about doing “The Tonight Show.”

At a recent press lunch with reporters for the upcoming season of “The Voice,” which returns for its seventh season on NBC on Monday, Shelton was wondering how he ended up agreeing to do a lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon and Gwen Stefani.

When I asked him what songs he was doing, he said he was doing Taco’s version of “Puttin’...

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Hoodie Allen set for Theater at Madison Square Garden

Long Island rapper Hoodie Allen, seen in 2013,

It may sound like a movie, but this is for real.

Hoodie Allen -- the Nassau County rapper building his career on his own, purposefully staying on his own label -- is set to play the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 28. Tickets are $35-$45 and go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster.

Allen’s biggest New York area show yet is part of his tour supporting the upcoming “People...

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Twisted Sister, Bleachers in this week's G2M2

The band Twisted Sister will be playing a

Got a minute? 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.

Happy Labor Day! Celebrate the holiday with new music from Bleachers and Modern Baseball, as well...

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LI Music Hall of Fame tickets on sale now

Debbie Gibson tweeted that she was honored to

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The Long Island Music Hall of Fame put tickets for its Oct. 23 gala at The Paramount in Huntington, honoring the Billy Joel Band, music industry titans Clive Davis and Ron Delsener, record-setting singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson Broadway legend Patti LuPone and others, on sale at Ticketmaster at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Tickets are $75 and $150. Premium VIP seating, which includes dinner,...

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Billy Joel band set for Long Island Music Hall of Fame induction

Billy Joel's band from the '70s and '80s

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Thought the Billy Joel tickets went fast for his show at The Paramount last year? Just wait until the tickets go on sale Wednesday for this year’s Long Island Music Hall of Fame gala.

Though Joel isn’t officially part of the gala, his core band from the ‘70s and ‘80s – including drummer Liberty DeVitto, who sued Joel over royalties in 2009, and the late Doug Stegmeyer, his longtime bassist...

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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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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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Intro 6.16.14: Videos from Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Journey and more

Fall Out Boy: June 21, as part of

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Fall Out Boy take over Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Saturday with Paramore for their “Monumentour” to save rock and roll.

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

FALL OUT BOY,...

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Intro 6.2.14: Videos from Hoodie Allen, OutKast, Future and more

Local rapper Hoodie Allen has a new mix

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It’s a homestand for Hoodie Allen as he wraps up his “Hanging with Hoodie” tour at Bowery Ballroom Saturday and 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.

THE LIST

HOODIE ALLEN, “Show...

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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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