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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.

Jones Beach concert lineup: Kings of Leon ready to rock

From left, Matthew Followill, Nathan Folllowill, Jared Followill

(Credit: Getty Stephen Lovekin)

At least, when Kings of Leon performs their his "Sex is on Fire," they will luckily be near the water during their performance at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 13. KoL is the latest band to join this season's hard-rocking schedule, which includes recent additions Kiss & Def Leppard (Aug. 12) and Aerosmith (July 10).

Tickets for Kings of Leon go on sale at 10 a.m. April 25 through...

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'The Voice' recap: Josh Kaufman leads Top 12

Josh Kaufman performs "Stay With Me" on Top

(Credit: NBC / Tyler Golden)

“The Voice” finally hits the live shows and the results were, well, mixed.

Theoretically, the main differences between “The Voice” and “American Idol” disappear once both shows hit the live shows, but that’s not true. “The Voice” finalists are much more seasoned and confident on stage and the show’s coaches are far more entertaining and likable than the “Idol” judges. That said, Adam Levine,...

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Intro 4.21.14: Videos from Static Jacks, Baths, Pet Shop Boys and more

The Static Jacks are, from left, Ian Devaney,

(Credit: Ben Rowland)

Static Jacks keep their “I’ll Come Back” promise, returning to Glasslands 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

STATIC JACKS, “I’ll Come Back.” At Glasslands Friday.HELLOGOODBYE,...

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Coldplay to preview 'Ghost Stories' album with surprise show at Beacon Theatre

Chris Martin speaks during the 29th Rock and

(Credit: Getty Images / Larry Busacca)

Call it magic.

Arena rockers Coldplay will preview their upcoming album “Ghost Stories” with a surprise show at the intimate Beacon Theatre on May 5. Because Chris Martin and the guys want the tickets to go to fans, they’re not announcing how to get tickets to the public. They plan to email information to those who sign up for emails on their website coldplay.com.

The lead single “Magic”...

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'American Idol' recap: Alex Preston leads Top 7

Alex Preston performs The Police's "Every Breath You

(Credit: Fox / Frank Micelotta)

Usually “American Idol” producers get what they want.

Last season, they wanted a female winner and they did everything in their power to make it happen. This season, they want teen heartthrob Sam Woolf to happen, a tall order considering his inexperience. Barring that, they clearly want a showdown between Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene, the two power singers.

The thing is Alex Preston...

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Jay Z, Beyoncé tour possibly in the works, reports say

Beyoncé and Jay Z open the 56th Grammy

(Credit: Getty Images)

Is it time for a Mr. & Mrs. Carter Tour? Maybe!

Jay Z and Beyoncé are reportedly planning a quick, 20-date summer tour, including a possible stop at a New York stadium on July 4, according to the New York Post. No word from Jay or Bey's camps or the Yankees, who would have to host the show since the Mets have a homestand against the Rangers at Citi Field that weekend.

A short, co-headlining...

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