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Glenn Gamboa

Glenn Gamboa is Newsday's chief pop music critic and has been writing about music for more than 20 years.

A winner of several national awards, he headed the paper's team chronicling the impact of hip-hop in America, a project that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005.

He has appeared as a music industry expert on the BBC, NPR, MSG Network and several other radio and TV stations, as well as numerous newspapers and magazines.

A native of Cleveland, Gamboa currently lives in Brooklyn.

'The Voice' recap: Kat Perkins leads strong Team Adam

Kat Perkins performs "Open Arms" for Team Adam

(Credit: NBC / Tyler Golden)

“The Voice” playoffs continue with tough cuts, as the coaches narrow their teams from five contestants to three.

Team Adam’s cuts seemed especially hard, considering that his entire team performed better than anyone Team Shakira had to offer.

Here’s how the night shaped up:


Kristen Merlin, “Two Black Cadillacs”: She drew standing ovations from Shakira and Adam...

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Intro 4.14.14: Videos from Taking Back Sunday, Kid Ink, Betty Who and more

Taking Back Sunday, from left: bassist Shaun Cooper,

(Credit: Natalie Escobedo)

Taking Back Sunday shows off songs from its new “Happiness Is . . .” album at Best Buy Theater Tuesday, Wednesday and April 21.

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



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Nirvana gets an incredible Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

Dave Grohl performs with Nirvana following the band's

(Credit: AP / Charles Sykes)

The battle at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony wasn’t the one anybody was expecting.

It wasn’t between the members of Kiss (they were all actually quite nice to each other onstage) or between Kiss and the Rock Hall officials (mostly nice, but Paul Stanley did feel he had to complain a bit). It wasn’t between Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, and the surviving members...

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'American Idol' recap: Caleb Johnson dominates '80s Week

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Contestant Caleb Johnson

(Credit: Fox / Michael Becker)

After last week’s “American Idol” results show, the conspiracy theorists were out in force.

Did teenage heartthrob Sam Woolf really get the fewest votes last week? Or did producers say that he did so that he’d be saved by the judges to energize his tween-heavy fanbase? I’m not usually one for conspiracy theories, but considering Wednesday night’s opening for ’80s Week, they sure did need Sam...

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'The Voice' recap: Sisaundra Lewis leads Team Blake

Sisaundra Lewis performs during "The Voice" Season 6

(Credit: NBC / Tyler Golden)

Now that “The Voice” has finally reached its “playoff” round, (The Round Formerly Known as The Knockouts) there’s a time-tested music industry battle brewing on the team Blake Shelton has chosen to field for public votes.

Sisaundra Lewis has an incredible voice and she showed how well she can use it on Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” But young Jake Worthington has a pretty good counter-argument...

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