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Intro 8.12.13: Videos from Valerie June, Ariana Grande, Wheatus and more

Valerie June releases her debut “Pushin’ Against a

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Valerie June rolls out her excellent “Pushin’ Against a Stone” album with shows at City Winery Monday and Wednesday.

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.

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VALERIE JUNE, “You...

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All-Star Game musical lineup: Neil Diamond, Marc Anthony, Candice Glover

Neil Diamond singing "Sweet Caroline" in the eighth

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Neil Diamond will bring the “Sweet Caroline” tradition to Citi Field for Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game. So good! So good! So good!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform his hit in the middle of the 8th inning, marking his first appearance at the Mets’ home field, while his new charity single "Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down)," which will raise funds for the Wounded...

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'American Idol' finale: Candice Glover should win, but...

The "American Idol" season 12 final two, from

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Hey, “American Idol” had a good finale!

Both Candice Glover and Kree Harrison performed well and the choice is in the “Idol” voters’ hands now. (And the judges didn’t get to talk much, so it was even more enjoyable than usual.)

Who will win? Well, if this was purely a singing competition, it would be Candice, who was both bolder with her vocal choices and a stronger singer overall. But...

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'American Idol' Season 12: Candice Glover soars, but will she go home?

"American Idol's" final three from left, Angie Miller,

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This is what “American Idol” does best.

Most of the show’s problems faded away last night, as the focus shifted away from the comments from outsiders and the judges’ odd bickering back to the contestants for Hometown Visit Week. When (is “if” actually possible?) producers retool “Idol” in the off-season to try to reverse its ratings collapse, they should remember this show and go back to the...

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'American Idol' Season 12: Candice Glover leads Final 4 fight night

Judges Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson on "American

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The wheels are officially coming off the “American Idol” bus.

Pretty much everyone looked bewildered during last night’s show, from the Final Four contestants to the feuding judges to even normally unflappable host Ryan Seacrest.

It was a mess. Just in time for the first show of the May ratings book! And for its first head-to-head battle of the year with “The Voice”! (“The Voice” aired...

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'American Idol' Season 12: Amber Holcomb rules Top 4 power rankings

"American Idol" - Top 4: Candice Glover, Angie

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Sometimes, the “American Idol” contestants do their best to prove the judges right.

Last night, more than usual, song choice actually became more important than the performances themselves. Nicki Minaj likes to go on about how the Final Four are all “superheroes” with their vocals. While that’s not exactly true, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison clearly have a greater mastery of singing than...

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