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John Legend, Band of Horses set special Super Bowl week shows

John Legend will perform a special concert for

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All those flashy, star-studded Super Bowl parties coming up are going to be mighty tough to get into for average, noncelebrity folks. However, Citi is offering cardholders special access today to its “Evenings with Legends” series, featuring intimate concerts from John Legend on Jan. 29 and Band of Horses on Jan. 30 at the McKittrick Hotel.

Tickets to the shows go on sale at 11 a.m. today...

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Kanye West set for Nassau Coliseum

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Kanye West plans to wrap up his “Yeezus” North American tour with a show at Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 23.

The “Yeezus” extravaganza – which includes a mountain, some sort of stalking yeti and indoor snow – offers a crafty framework to provide context for one of the best albums of 2013. Tickets go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster. American Express cardholders can buy pre-sale tickets starting...

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Intro 1.6.14: Videos from Jay Z, Jake Bugg, Kid Ink and more

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Jay Z kicks off his “Magna Carter” homestand with a show at Barclays Center 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 JAY Z, “PSA.” At Barclays Center Sunday and 1.13 KID INK,...

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Billy Joel show was Barclays Center's biggest yet

Billy Joel performs at Barclays Center. (Dec. 31,

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Billy Joel’s New Year’s Eve show didn’t just mark his first public concert in Brooklyn, but it now holds the record for the biggest show yet at the Barclays Center.

Joel’s concert – which also drew an international audience for “You May Be Right,” broadcast as part of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” – brought just over 18,000 to the Brooklyn arena.

“We are thrilled that so many...

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Billy Joel rocks in 2014 at Barclays Center

Billy Joel performs at Barclays Center. Joel launched

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Billy Joel rocked in 2014 with a massive, two-hour extravaganza at Barclays Center that marked his return to full-time touring in America.

Joel launched his first public concert in Brooklyn -- he recalled playing some private gigs in Bay Ridge when he was 17 with his band Lost Souls – with "Miami 2017," which drew a huge ovation with its reference to the borough. The response was...

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Intro 12.30.13: Videos from Billy Joel, Phish, Alesso and more

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Newly minted Kennedy Center Honoree Billy Joel will make his Brooklyn debut and ring in 2014 on Tuesday at Barclays Center.

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

BILLY JOEL,...

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Intro 12.23.13: Videos from Pitbull, Zedd, Pretenders and more

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 04: Pitbull performs onstage

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Nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like Pitbull, right? Um, well, he’ll be shouting “Timber!” at least at Barclays Center 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

PITBULL,...

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OneRepublic set for Jones Beach

OneRepublic will play Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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Yes, it’s snowing outside, but maybe you want to make some plans for next summer. OneRepublic certainly hopes you will.

The “Counting Stars” band has announced it’s playing Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 29 as part of its “Native Summer” tour. The Script will open.

Citi cardholders can buy pre-sale tickets starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Regular tickets are $20-$89.50 and go on...

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Nirvana, Kiss lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 class

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Nirvana and Kiss lead this year’s class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, with their celebration set to be the first ceremony open to the public in New York.

Also set to be inducted at the Barclays Center on April 10 are: Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens. The E Street Band will receive the Award for Musical Excellence, while Beatles manager Brian...

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'The Voice' recap: Tessanne Chin will win

Tessanne Chin performs on "The Voice" Season Five

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Well, there won’t be much suspense Tuesday night on “The Voice” Season 5 finale – at least not much generated by the contestants. (There’s always a chance of some sort of Lady Gaga-generated craziness. Or Celine Dion-esque drama. Or both!)

Tessanne Chin should win “The Voice” handily.

She simply outclassed Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin, with the power and control of her voice. The former...

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